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Huaorani Amazon Kayak Expedition 6 Days

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Days: 6
Effort: Moderate to Challenging


Activities: Expedition Kayaking, Bird and Wildlife Watching, Hiking, Indigenous Community Interactions

Huaorani Amazon Kayak Expedition 6 Days

Kayak deep into the heart of the Amazon to discover the Huaorani tribe and wonders of the amazon wildlife in an unforgettable amazon adventure. Join this naturalist kayaking expedition to see the most bio-diverse ecosystem on the planet through the eyes of those who have lived here for centuries.
The Huaorani have lived for thousands of years in the rainforest with no contact from the outside world until 1956. Learn to throw a spear, weave fibers from a tree, forage medicinal plants and edible fruits, and shoot a blowgun. This journey gives you the opportunity to understand how the Huaorani use the secrets of the rainforest to survive. This expedition also encourages the protection of Huaorani cultural identity and their rainforest home.

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Trip Highlights

  • Kayak through pristine primary forest to observe Amazon plant and wildlife.
  • Cultural interaction with Huaorani communities.
  • Learn how to use a blow gun, weave with tree fibers, and identify medicinal plants.
  • Hear Huaorani stories and recite traditional chants.
  • See more than 100 different species of tropical birds, including the prehistoric Hoatzin.
  • Sightings of the Black Caiman crocodile, a formerly endangered Amazon species.
  • Encounter other wildlife including monkeys, peccaries, frogs, snakes, paca, and tapir.
  • Explore micro-ecosystems in a 500-year-old Ceiba tree.
  • Kayak through the lakes of a flooded forest.
  • Skilled naturalist guide accompany you every step of your journey.

 

Itinerary

DAY 1: INTRODUCTION TO THE RAINFOREST

DAY 2: HUAORANI COMMUNITY AND PADDLING DOWN THE SHIRIPUNO

DAY 3: SHIRIPUNO LODGE AND NOCTURNAL WILDLIFE HIKE

DAY 4: RAINFOREST HIKE AND FLOODED FOREST EXPLORATION

DAY 5: RETURN TO COCA

DAY 6: FLIGHT TO QUITO

Lodging: Camping, basic lodge, and tourist hotel

INCLUDED: Road and river transportation to and from Coca; all camping gear including sleeping bags, kitchen, social and bathroom tents; all meals as described (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner); expedition kayaks and safety gear; certified professional bilingual guide; entrance fee to Huaorani territory; two nights camping, two nights basic lodge, and one night tourist class accommodations in Coca. For groups larger than 6, additional dugout canoes are taken for logistical support.

 NOT INCLUDED: Flight Quito-Coca-Quito, beverages and guide tips.

 IMPORTANT FACTS

TRAVEL TIME: 30-minute flight (Quito-Coca-Quito) and 2-hour drive (each way) to river put-in

SEASON: All year

PROVINCE: Pastaza

TERRITORY: Huaorani Reserve (678,220 hectares), about 55 miles (90 kms) south of Coca

CLIMATE: Tropical humid forest

ALTITUDE: 700 feet (220 meters)

AVERAGE TEMPERATURE: DAY 59-93ºF / 15-34ºC, NIGHT 53-62ºF / 12-17ºC

DEGREE OF EFFORT: Moderate to Challenging. This specific program takes place mostly in a remote and undeveloped area. You must be aware of the possible risks of this type of travel (e.g. limited medical facilities in the area, jungle and river travel, non-standard accommodations).

SUGGESTED ITEMS TO PACK: waterproof binoculars, quick-dry clothing, hat, and mosquito repellent

Environmental and Cultural Sensitivity

Guests will receive a conservationist interpretation of the ecology and actual situation of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest. Our purpose is to reinforce and promote the long-term conservation of Huaorani cultural identity and the nurturing of their environment. Your visit will help encourage the Huaorani to support responsible ecotourism as a viable, sustainable alternative to surrendering to the destructive appetites of the oil industry. Campsites may vary, based on weather conditions. We recycle and transport out all non-organic garbage.

About the Huaorani People

The Huaorani are a tribe of Amerindians native to a small section of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest numbering approximately 3,500 individuals. They are highly unique from surrounding indigenous tribes, and their language is unrelated to any other on Earth. They are extraordinarily spiritual people, making no distinction between the physical and spiritual worlds. They were also formerly one of the fiercest tribes ever recorded in documented history. It is estimated that up to 60% of Huaorani deaths were murders around the 1940s. The Huaorani were the last of Ecuador’s indigenous tribes to be contacted by the outside world (this occurred in 1956), and as many as 2 of their clans still resist all contact with the outside world and continue to live as they have for centuries. Many other Huaorani clans have been dramatically affected by missionaries and the oil industry.

Safety

Guides are WFR (Wilderness First Responder) certified. We use a complete first aid kid, including an anti-snakebite suction cup. We use GPS equipment for exact positioning, as well as SPOT satellite rescue system for emergency communications where cell phones don’t work. Our contingency plan includes a helicopter emergency evacuation service (if required cost is additional, but could be reimbursed by your travelers’ or health insurance).

Equipment

During the camping portions of the trip, we use the following equipment: a portable toilet, solar showers, Eureka & Northface tents, Prijon expedition kayaks, lifejackets, dry bags, a cataraft or dugout canoe, and rubber (Wellington) boots.

About the food

We do not add to the pressure on the environment by consuming food that the Huaorani hunt or gather from the forest. The majority of the food is brought in from Quito, including drinking water. During the trip, we offer freshly cooked meals by our staff. Breakfast includes granola, fresh fruit, whole wheat bread, fresh coffee or tea, cereal, marmalade, pancakes or French toast, yogurt, and eggs of your choice. Box & picnic lunches include a variety of sandwiches, fruits, cheeses, dried fruits, juices, and fresh vegetables. Dinner includes fresh soups, pastas, local dishes, rice, beans, plantains, yucca, meats, fish, mashed potatoes, fresh salads and vegetables, complemented with wine (two nights), water, and/or juice.

Travel Style

While it is nice to have a schedule, you may find it more satisfying to let the forest and the weather set chart the course of this trip. Although we attempt to stick to the itinerary, changes may occur due to river conditions, health, or other variables. Being flexible in the Amazon will allow you to get the most from your experience.