Discovering Yasuni - 5 Day Adventure

Discovering Yasuni - 5 Day Adventure


5 Days / 4 Nights

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This Amazonic camping expedition to the Amazon Basin is the perfect off the beaten track adventure for nature lovers, explorers and wildlife enthusiasts. The Yasuni National Park, found in Ecuador's Amazon basin, is world-famous for its spectacular biodiversity and authentic indigenous cultures, still very much alive today. As you kayak downriver and on the lagoons, you will have the impression that the animals follow you every step of the way. This home of parrots, toucans, macaws, kingfishers and herons flying over the river, are a sight to behold and the nosey giant otters will come up close and personal to check you out! Home to a number of monkey species, jumping from tree to tree and the spectacular jaguar, the master predator of the jungle, these magnificent animals share their habitat with the native Kichwa people. These indigenous tribes are happy to share their history and we will learn everything about their ancient connection with Mother Nature. This off the beaten track adventure into the jungle will leave you reconnecting with the planet on this sustainable and ecological adventure.

Special features of our 5 day Yasuni Adventure: 

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

Places to Visit:  Quito, Yasuni,

Duration:  8 Days and 7 Nights. 

Type of Service: group tours. 

Accommodation:  Camping at every destination that you will visit. The campsites have been carefully chosen and we can guarantee that you will feel comfortable and your every need catered for! 


Make sure your flight arrives to the town of Coca in the morning to make the most of your time in the Ecuadorian Amazon. We will head out on a scenic drive to the Tiputini River, on the edge of the YASUNI National park. Here, we can enjoy a riverside picnic while the guide makes the final preparations for this jungle adventure. Our first incredible experience will be a canoe trip down the spectacular river, completely surrounded by spectacular nature and wildlife. Along the way, we will be able to spot river turtles, monkeys, caimans...

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    Today, we will continue our canoeing expedition, heading further into the lush tropical jungle. Every day spent in the Amazon is a different adventure and the deeper we head into the jungle, the more surprising and pristine this jungle becomes. The wildlife is more abundant and we can appreciate many species of monkeys, capybaras and tapirs, as well as bird species such as swallows, flycatchers, herons, sandpipers and hawks. Today we will also enjoy a short hike to learn more about the local medicinal plants. In the evening we will a...

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      After breakfast we will head out in canoe once more, down the Tiputini River. The river will lead us to the Amarun Cocha, meaning Anaconda Lagoon in the native Amazonian dialect. The lagoon is found in pristine, virgin forest and is the habitat of the largest snake on the planet, the famous Anaconda. We can also enjoy the views over stunning landscapes with incredibly dark, clear waters in a flooded forest. Over here we will discover the magnificent piranhas, caimans and boa constrictors, amongst other animal species. We will head ba...

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        After breakfast, we will head out on a hike to the lush green tropical rainforest to learn about the area's rich flora, including its medicinal plants. We will then take a canoe ride to the indigenous Kichwa community of Mandari Panga to learn about their traditional way of life, including their stories about their history and ancient practices. We will also learn how they make their traditional drink called chicha. In the afternoon we will go fishing out on the a relaxing afternoon activity.

          Today we will wake up super early to head to the parrot clay lick. The idea is to see these spectacular birds by visiting the clay lick where a number of different bird species come together to feed on the mineral-rich clay. We will be able to see species of parrots and macaws, and even a few predators in the area. The minerals help the birds to digest and detoxify their standard jungle diet. Clay licks are unique in the Amazon rainforest because they offer the opportunity to see a wide range of Amazon wildlife. After this amazing ex...

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            WHAT'S INCLUDED

            • Transportation: Private and comfortable land transportation, motorized canoe, dugout canoe.
            • Accommodation based in double occupancy:  3 nights in Amazon Explorer Campsite - comfortable safari-style tent camping inside of Yasuni National Park.
            • Meals: 3 Breakfast, 4 Lunches and 3 Dinners.
            • Activities: Navigations in Tiputini River, Anaconda lagoon, parrots clay lick (Saladero), Hiking in pristine forest, Visiting the native Kichwa communities, Wildlife spotting, Night hikes.
            • Gear: Dry bags, life jackets, dugout canoe with an outboard motor, rubber boots.
            • Staff: Certified expert English-speaking naturalist trip leader and local guides


            • Airfare Quito-Coca round trip (optional travel by bus).
            • My Own Room & Tent supplement $260.
            • International flights.
            • Airport transfers to/from Quito airport.
            • Travel insurance (mandatory).
            • Required immunizations (mandatory) (yellow fever vaccination).
            • Meals not described in the itinerary.
            • Personal expenses.
            • Tips ($30 – $40 per person for guides and staff).

            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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