Cultural Immersion in The Ecuadorian Amazon


Cultural Immersion in The Ecuadorian Amazon


7 Days / 6 Nights

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Staying with a homestay family in the Ecuadorian Amazon offers the best way to see the largest tropical rainforest in the world, through the eyes of the local tribes. You will have the unique experience to connect with their belief systems, giving us incredible insight into why every single element of the jungle is vitally important in their lives. You will learn all about what is sacred to these people on this unique cultural immersion experience, such as waterfalls, rivers, mountains, caves, trees, medicinal plants, and animals. This is the perfect opportunity to see places in a hands-on way while hiking in the pristine forest. This off the beaten track cultural experience is perfect to discover the bond that exists between nature and the local people of the magnificent Amazon.

Special features of our 7 day Cultural Immersion in the Amazon Adventure: 

Type of Tourism:  Nature, Biodiversity, Adventure, Off the beaten track

Places to Visit:  Quito, Llanganates National Park, Ecuadorian Amazon

Duration:  7 Days and 6 Nights. 

Type of Service: group tours. 

Accommodation:  3 star hotel in Quito followed by a traditional Amazon homestay. We can guarantee that you will feel comfortable and your every need catered for! 


Today is arrival day to Quito, the capital of Ecuador. This well preserved colonial city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is located on the equator in a valley at the foothills of the Pichincha volcano. You can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area if you arrive early. In the evening, the guide will meet you at the hotel’s lobby for a welcome briefing at 6 pm. We will discuss the details and questions you may have about the tour. This first day is a good acclimatizati...

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    Today we will leave the city of Quito for a scenic drive across the eastern Andean mountain range. We will have impressive views of spectacular volcanoes and the lush, green cloud forest along the journey.  We will stop- off in the high mountain town of Papallacta for a soak in the volcanic hot springs before heading off to The Guango hummingbird reserve to witness these this impressive, colourful birds.  We will continue driving down towards the Amazon Basin and enjoy a hike into the canyon found in the middle of the Llang...

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      Today is the day we get to learn more about our host family in the jungle. We can take part in their everyday activities and learn about the customs and traditions as well as their natural products such as medicinal plants. We will head out on a hike with the family to collect local plants, weave with vines and enjoy other traditional activities that the families still use to this day.

        After breakfast, we will head out on a 1 hour hike to Wuaysayacu. This is a natural complex of lagoons and waterfalls where you can go swimming and explore this exquisitely pristine part of the jungle. In the afternoon we will go out searching for gold, using the traditional gold panning methods and in the evening we can enjoy some traditional stories around the campfire. 

          Possibly the most fascinating day with the family as we will learn more about their traditional customs and take part in the traditional drink CHICHA preparation process. An intrinsical part of Andean and Amazonic culture, the drink is enjoyed with meals or at parties and family gatherings. We will begin by collecting the roots from the fields, as well as other special plants that are going to be used in the preparation. We will then learn and take part in the process of chicha making. Cocoa is also an important product of Ecuador, o...

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            Today we will leave the Amazon and our incredible family, being more educated by other traditional cultures such as these Amazonic people. We will head back to the capital of Quito for our final evening.

              Today is the final day of this incredible Cultural Immersion tour.  We will collect you from the Quito hotel to head to the airport for your flight back home or to your next exciting destination!

                WHAT'S INCLUDED

                • Transportation: Private, comfortable transportation.
                • Accommodation based on double occupancy: 4 nights in homestay, 2 nights in 3+ star hotel in Quito.
                • Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 4 Dinners.
                • Activities: Soaking in Papallacta hot springs, participating in daily activities, cultural night and shamanism, exploring local villages, hike to the waterfalls, chocolate making and tasting, weaving baskets with a palm leaf.
                • Gear: Helmets, life jackets, paddles, rubber boots, ropes harnesses.
                • Trip Leader: Certified expert leaders and local guides.
                • Group size: Small group.

                WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

                • My Own Room supplement costs $ 299 USD.
                • Travel insurance mandatory.
                • Meals not described in the itinerary.
                • Extra meals – food budget $ 80 USD.
                • Alcoholic drinks.
                • Personal expenses.
                • Tips.

                Trip Preparation & FAQS

                You can check our safety protocols in the following link:

                We do not include travel or health insurance and we strongly recommend a comprehensive travel insurance for any unexpected circumstances. This is not obligatory, however. An full travel insurance policy that covers cancellations and delays as well as medical insurance.

                We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure that you are up-to-date with the recommended vaccinations when traveling to the destination. In any case, a negative Coronavirus Molecular Test (PCR) is needed to enter the country.

                We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure what medications you will need to bring to the destination. Pharmacies and drugstores are common in all cities, however, it is not certain that you will be able to find a specific drug that you can find in your country of origin.

                As in any city in the world, there can be pickpockets in crowded places. We suggest being vigilant at all times, but if you are in a group you will always be safer.

                We do not include the cost of any domestic or international flight in any of our programs. These services must be booked independently by each guest.

                Yes, hotels will charge the cost of a double room as standard, so a single supplement will be charged if you are traveling alone.

                VA Expeditions is supported by Valencia Travel, a company with more than 12 years of foundation with a solid financial position. We have insurance from the insurance company La Positiva, that supports us and protects our guests from any eventuality at the destination, covering our guests for more than 5 million US dollars.

                Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

                Yes, in addition to multi-day programs, we offer half-day experiences and excursions without overnight, which you can purchase as additional services. In case you wish to purchase one of these services, you can ask your guide, the transfer representative or your sales representative to provide you with the support you need.

                Yes, you can add additional or optional services to your regular tour. We appreciate contacting your sales representative for any changes you wish to make.

                Yes, you can travel with children and we have many activities to do as a family, however, depending on your itinerary, some experiences can be a bit demanding for young children. As a recommendation, we suggest that you ask your sales consultant if the tour you wish to book is suitable for children.

                We work with a maximum group size of 12 passengers for sustainability reasons and a more personaized experience.

                We suggest making your reservations at least one month before your trip in order to reserve the best hotels, transportation and services for your travel dates, however, in last minute cases, we can reserve up to 15 days in advance.

                We suggest consulting with your embassy to review any documents, tests or special visa you need for your trip.

                The official currency in Ecuador is the United States dollar (USD). In large cities there is a good chance that you will find ATMs or ATMs, however, we suggest that you do not rely entirely on this solution, as it may not be enabled to work with your bank.

                Yes, we cater for all special dietary requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any allergies or special dietary needs.

                As a sustainable travel company, we are in constant search of how we can improve the sustainability of our operations, that is why we carry out the following activities to generate a fair and sustainable development in our areas of operation: "Women & Weaving - Sacha Warmi" project to support women from an indigenous community in the Ecuadorian Andes and Pan Animalia

                a project to improve the quality of life of stray dogs in Galapagos Islands.

                Tips are not included in the cost of the tour. You should plan to tip 10% in restaurants and for your guided services, however, tipping is never required.

                Cultural norms vary within each Latin American country, even within each city within the country, however, we recommend the following measures to have a pleasant visit in each destination: Latin American culture in general tends to be closer and more informal than in others cultures, so there is usually always a friendly approach in all conversations, and going directly to the point could be considered offensive to some people. Personal space can be much shorter as well, but without being interpreted as sexual in nature. 

                The schedules are also usually more relaxed and informal, however, this is not the case of VA EXPEDITIONS, since we will always respect the hours indicated in your itinerary. This may be different for other appointments that you can book on your own at other locations.

                This depends on each itinerary, and will be indicated in the detail of the day. However, our itineraries always usually include free times to offer more flexibility to our guests. 

                For any emergency, we appreciate contacting the following number: +593 2 255 8805

                At VA Expeditions we believe that every action we take should generate a positive impact on the communities and the environment of our entire production chain, which is why we carry out various activities focused on this objective. For an example of our sustainable projects, visit:

                All our guests have 24/7 support for any type of emergency or eventuality. For emergencies you can contact the following number: +593 2 255 8805. For general inquiries, you can write to us at the following email: 

                This depends on each itinerary, but generally is a ratio of one guide for every nine guests.

                This depends on the type of the type of Travel insurance that the passenger has. We recommend that you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy for better care and hospital facilities.

                The tours are carried out by an expert team that has determined the optimal times of visits to make the most of our guests' time, without rushing. All our programs are customizable, so if at any time at the destination you want to adjust the pace of the trip, you can ask your guide to reach a consensus with the whole group in case you need to make adjustments to the pace of the trip.

                Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

                Yes, you can safely store any luggage at your  hotel.

                For city tours, there are public bathrooms available, in remote destinations bathroom facilities are more sparse.

                In the mountains and remote places there is no Internet connection. Hotels and public places usually have WIFI available.

                In cities and tourist centers you will have good telephone reception. In remote areas, there may be no cell phone reception.

                It depends on each itinerary. We suggest contacting your account representative to give you specific information regarding your  program.

                The tap water in Ecuador is not always friendly on the stomach for those who haven't been in Latin America for a while. There is purified water in each of the accommodations which you can use to fill up each morning, so be sure to pack a reusable water bottle or two. There will also be water in the transportation.

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