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Amazon Wildlife Kayak Exploration, 5 Days

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Days: 5
Effort: Moderate

Activities: Searching for Wildlife, Lake and River Kayaking, Hiking, Bird Watching, Observation Tower, Indigenous Community Encounters

Amazon Wildlife Kayak Exploration, 5 Days

Deep in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon lies Calluacocha Lake, located in the heart of a 40,000 hectare nature and wildlife sanctuary home to more than 500 species of birds, 13 species of monkeys, 1,000 species of butterflies, and 1,500 species of trees, as well as caimans, jaguars, ocelots, otters, millions of insects, and more. We experience this amazing biodiversity firsthand by kayak, traversing the Amazon’s breathtaking waterways around Calluacocha and Pañacocha Lakes. Pañacocha Lake is home to the endangered freshwater pink dolphin and the equally rare Amazonian manatee. These reserves are located in a wildlife corridor that connects two important larger reserves: Yasuni National Park (982,000 hectares) to the south, and Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve (600,000 hectares) to the north.

Our home base for this extraordinary trip is a beautiful lakefront lodge that offers quality accommodations, personalized service, and gourmet meals. The lodge and nature reserves we visit in this wildlife journey are 100% Kichwa-owned ecotourism projects. When you explore these amazing reserves, you will contribute directly to improving these indigenous communities’ education, transportation, and health systems. This sustainable tourism operation promotes nature conservation, cultural identity preservation, re-integration of ancestral customs, and political autonomy despite the pressure of nearby oil companies.

Trip Highlights

  • Amazon kayaking in two different pristine wildlife reserves
  • Searching for the endangered Pink Freshwater Dolphin
  • Actually seeing over 100 different bird species
  • Stay in a quality Kichwa-owned eco-lodge and dine on gourmet meals
  • Contribute to a 100% Kichwa-owned ecotourism project
  • A 30 meter (100 foot) observation tower over the Amazon canopy
  • Close encounters with the Black Caiman crocodile and other nocturnal life
  • Hiking through pristine primary forest
  • Cultural encounters with traditional Kichwa indigenous families
  • Parrot Clay Lick with hundreds of parrots from 4 different species


Day 1: Transfer to Coca & Kayaking on the Challuayaku River
Day 2: Kayak in the Challuacocha Lake & Observation Tower
Day 3: Kayaking in Panacocha Lake
Day 4: Jungle exploration hike & Kichua Community Visit
Day 5: Parrot clay lick & return to Quito

Private road and river transportation, professional bilingual naturalist guide, local Kichwa indigenous guide, hard-shell or inflatable kayaks, life vests and other safety equipment, dry bags, deluxe jungle lodge accommodations, and all meals as described (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner).

Airfare between Quito-Coca-Quito; bar service at jungle lodge; and guide tips.

This itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions and/or river water levels.


TRAVEL TIME: 30-minute flight and 3-hour boat transfer each way (Quito-Coca-Quito)
SEASON: All year
ALTITUDE: 700 to 900 feet (220 to 300 meters)
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE: Day 70-90ºF / 18-30ºC, Night 60-78ºF / 14-20ºC
SUGGESTED ITEMS TO PACK:  Waterproof binoculars, quick dry clothing, hat, and mosquito repellent.