Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle

  • Ecuador

Live like a local in the Amazon Rainforest, learn Quichua traditions by interacting with your local hosts, visit an animal rescue centre and hone your blowgun skills.

The Amazon Rainforest is so full of life; embrace it for yourself during a week unlike any other. From Quito, you’ll travel to your new home in the jungle and meet the Quichua family who will host you in their home for the next four nights. Discover waterfalls on jungle walks and travel to an animal rescue centre by canoe. You’ll learn about medicinal plants and how to use a blowgun, experience a shaman ceremony, and visit a local school. Most importantly, you’ll befriend a people few outsiders have the honour to even meet.

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Suitable for
All ages
Trip Code
SEJL
Travel Style
Local Living
Service Level
Basic
Physical Grading
3 - Average
Trip Type
Small Group
Group Size
Max 16, Avg 10
Transport
Local bus, motorized canoe, pickup truck, walking.
Accommodation
Rustic jungle lodge (4 nights), hotel (2 nights).
Meals
4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
Other
  • Amazon Jungle homestay (4 nights)
  • Visit to AmaZOOnico Animal Rescue Centre
  • Walks to a viewpoint and a waterfall
  • View more
    • Chocolate Culinary Experience
    • Mud Mask therapy
    • Medicinal plants jungle walk
    • Visit to Cando School
    • Cultural night including a jungle marriage ceremony
    • Shamanic Healing
    • Transport between destinations and included activities.

Day 1 Quito

Arrive at any time.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

accommodation

Hotel Eugenia

Optional Activities:

  • Quito City Tour and Equator

    The durantion of the activity is about: 5 hours and 30 minutes, includes a Visit to the Old Town of Quito: Compania Church, San Francisco Square, Panecillo View Point, and sighseeing of part of the New Town towards the Eqautor, Intiñan Museum,where pax can learn about the Coriolis Effect and get a diploma afteryou balance an egg on a nails head, and after this visit treturn to Quito.

    The tour takes places in the city at 2850 meters, most of the people have no problems with altitude. The walk is moderate and easy.

    Enjoy a city tour of Quito, visiting key sites including the Old Town, the Cathedral of Quito and the Panecillo. Also, explore the Mitad del Mundo or "Middle of the World," where you can straddle both sides of the Equator.

  • Mindo Cloud Forest - Full Day Trip

    Drive northwest for 2 hours, enjoy the dramatic change of vegetation heading down from the Andes into the cloud forest. Mindo is a tiny town set amidst some of the most beautiful and peaceful countryside in the entire country. It is a centre for both nature and adventure activities. Go walking through the cloud forest and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the different waterfalls, take time to ride up the cable car with amazing views. Visit a butterfly farm and see an array of colourful hummingbirds for which Mindo is renowned. In the afternoon, opt for an organic chocolate tour and tasting. This trip takes roughly 9 hours departing at 7 am, this tour includes a guide and transport only, any activities upon arrival will be additional, lunch is not included.

  • Otavalo Market - Full Day Trip

    Discover some amazing local art, tapestries, and textiles at Otavalo’s famous artisan market, the largest handicraft market in South America. Wander the stalls to meet local artists, and find one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Head north from Quito along the Pan-American highway for 2.5 hours. On the way, visit the village of Calderon to see colourful figures made of bread and visit Cayambe to taste typical ‘biscochos’ (local biscuits). Try your hand at haggling in the market – it’s expected for every purchase. A good negotiator could get at least 20 per cent off the starting price. After, continue on to the leather market at Cotacachi or Peguche the weaving town. The market is open daily, however Saturdays are the busiest. This trip takes roughy 8 hours, departs daily at 8 am.

  • Cotopaxi Volcano - Full Day Trip

    Enjoy a spectacular 2 hour drive to Cotopaxi Volcano National Park to see the highest active volcano in the world (5,897m/ 19,347 ft). Visit a museum in the park and hike around a lagoon at the bottom of the volcano to learn about the flora and fauna found at this altitude. Continue by car up the volcano to the parking lot, at over 4,500m/14,763 ft. Walk for an hour and a half to the refuge and after a short break, continue to the glacier (if the weather holds out). Return to Quito in the afternoon. **Park entrance fee is not included and is split among the number of travellers in the group**

  • Teleférico

    Enjoy spectacular views of Quito from this sky tram up Volcán Pichincha. Choose to go for a hike at the top, or just come along for the ride.

Booking pre- or post-trip accommodation is highly recommended to fully experience the city and take advantage of the many optional activities available.

Day 2 Quito / Tena

Travel by bus and truck into the Amazon Jungle. Spend the next 4 nights in rustic wooden huts with a local Quichua family in their small village. Walk to a viewpoint and get a natural mud face mask treatment.

Local bus

From the bus, transfer to a truck for the final part of the journey to reach the homestay.

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Amazon Jungle Homestay

Over 15 years ago, one of our tour leaders met a local Ecuadorian jungle guide by the name of Delfin Pauchi. Delfin invited this tour leader and G Adventures group to his home in the Amazon where he and his family gave them the opportunity to experience their way of life, and the natural wonders of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Since this was such a positive experience for both Delfin's family and the travellers, we developed a working relationship and over the years many G Adventures groups have experienced life with Delfin, his wife Estela, and their six children. With suggestions and training from a Peace Corps Volunteer and continued visits and support from G Adventures groups, Delfin and Estela developed “Cabañas Pimpilala” and are now able to offer memorable homestays for our travellers.

Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this amazing homestay in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay with a friendly Quichua family near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things — one that may give you a different perspective on life. Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants. Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture.

Mud Mask Therapy

Head out on a walk into the jungle with your CEO and local Quichua host to an area known for its healing mud. After an explanation about the exfoliating, rejuvenating, and relaxing properties of the mud, experience a therapeutic mud mask applied by your Quichua host. Walk back to the homestay letting the mud work its magic.

accommodation

Cabanas Pimpilala

Meals Included

  • Dinner

Day 3 Tena

Guided walk to a waterfall then return home for a cacao culinary experience and tasting. Learn about medicinal plants on an afternoon jungle walk.

Amazon Jungle Homestay

Over 15 years ago, one of our tour leaders met a local Ecuadorian jungle guide by the name of Delfin Pauchi. Delfin invited this tour leader and G Adventures group to his home in the Amazon where he and his family gave them the opportunity to experience their way of life, and the natural wonders of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Since this was such a positive experience for both Delfin's family and the travellers, we developed a working relationship and over the years many G Adventures groups have experienced life with Delfin, his wife Estela, and their six children. With suggestions and training from a Peace Corps Volunteer and continued visits and support from G Adventures groups, Delfin and Estela developed “Cabañas Pimpilala” and are now able to offer memorable homestays for our travellers.

Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this amazing homestay in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay with a friendly Quichua family near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things — one that may give you a different perspective on life. Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants. Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture.

Chocolate Culinary Experience

Expand your knowledge of local food production and learn everything there is to know about cacao. If it's in season, collect cacao pods from the nearby plants and learn about the history of cacao in Ecuador. While the plant has been harvested since the early 16th century, the late 19th century saw the beginning of the Ecuadorian cacao boom. The plant remains a key export and fundamental in supporting local communities across the country. Roast and de-shell the beans, then re-heat the beans with milk and cinnamon into a fondue to be eaten with local fruits. Enjoy a fire-side, traditional jungle snack!

accommodation

Cabanas Pimpilala

Optional Activities:

  • Medicinal Plant Jungle Walk

    Take a walk through the rainforest with locals and learn how to identify and prepare different medicinal uses of plants and insects found in the jungle.

  • Guided Waterfall Walk

    Make your way through the jungle, learning more about the lush greenery and insects and animals that call it home. Walk to a series of waterfalls, suit up in a harness, and climb your way to the top for beautiful views.

    While not overly difficult, this activity does require a moderate level of fitness.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4 Tena

Morning car and canoe ride to the AmaZOOnico Animal Rescue Centre. Free time in the afternoon to relax in the jungle.

AmaZOOnico Animal Rescue Centre Visit

Take a guided tour of AmaZOOnico, a rescue and rehabilitation centre that rehabilitates, reintroduces, and cares for animals who are victims of illegal trafficking. See large cats and reptiles up close, and learn all about the important work of this sanctuary.

free time

Kick back and relax in a hammock or explore more of the jungle.

Amazon Jungle Homestay

Over 15 years ago, one of our tour leaders met a local Ecuadorian jungle guide by the name of Delfin Pauchi. Delfin invited this tour leader and G Adventures group to his home in the Amazon where he and his family gave them the opportunity to experience their way of life, and the natural wonders of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Since this was such a positive experience for both Delfin's family and the travellers, we developed a working relationship and over the years many G Adventures groups have experienced life with Delfin, his wife Estela, and their six children. With suggestions and training from a Peace Corps Volunteer and continued visits and support from G Adventures groups, Delfin and Estela developed “Cabañas Pimpilala” and are now able to offer memorable homestays for our travellers.

Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this amazing homestay in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay with a friendly Quichua family near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things — one that may give you a different perspective on life. Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants. Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture.

accommodation

Cabanas Pimpilala

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5 Tena

Visit the Cando School in the morning and participate in a recess soccer match against the students. Experience a shamanic healing ceremony and a mock jungle marriage ceremony during the final evening in the jungle.

Cando Community School Visit

When G Adventures first started visiting the Cando Community, there was no school for the children. They had to travel at least 45 minutes by car to get to school, and since there are not a lot of cars in the community many children had to walk several hours to get to school. With the help of G Adventures and members of the community, a school was built in the Cando Community and Delfin's wife, Estela, became the very first teacher. Today, twenty children between the ages of 6 and 11 attend this school and Estela now receives payment from the Ecuadorian government for her teaching wages.

Peek into a small school in the Cando community to see what a jungle school is like, and interact with the kids in a friendly match of soccer (or fútbol as the locals call it) during recess break. Learn how G Adventures and the Cando community helped to build this much-needed school – local children previously had to travel long distances to attend school in another area.

Jungle Wedding Ceremony

Learn more about local traditions in a mock jungle wedding ceremony. Hey, what happens in the jungle stays in the jungle, right?

Shamanic Healing Ceremony

Take in some culture and witness a shamanic healing ceremony done by a local shaman. A volunteer from the group will participate, and the CEO will translate the ceremony as the shaman does a mock healing complete with chanting.

Amazon Jungle Homestay

Over 15 years ago, one of our tour leaders met a local Ecuadorian jungle guide by the name of Delfin Pauchi. Delfin invited this tour leader and G Adventures group to his home in the Amazon where he and his family gave them the opportunity to experience their way of life, and the natural wonders of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Since this was such a positive experience for both Delfin's family and the travellers, we developed a working relationship and over the years many G Adventures groups have experienced life with Delfin, his wife Estela, and their six children. With suggestions and training from a Peace Corps Volunteer and continued visits and support from G Adventures groups, Delfin and Estela developed “Cabañas Pimpilala” and are now able to offer memorable homestays for our travellers.

Learn about local traditional beliefs and customs on this amazing homestay in the Ecuadorian Amazon close to Napo River. Stay with a friendly Quichua family near the community of Cando. They've introduced countless visitors to local living and a completely different way of doing things — one that may give you a different perspective on life. Take part in a number of amazing activities. Hike through the rainforest, plunge into waterfalls, and learn the uses of tropical plants. Experience local tradition, and learn about Quichua history and culture.

accommodation

Cabanas Pimpilala

Optional Activities:

  • Whitewater Rafting

    Hit the rapids in the Amazon, and enjoy the thrill of a lifetime! Enjoy amazing scenery as you paddle past rainforests on this wild ride.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Whitewater rafting is an option instead of the artisan crafts session.

Day 6 Tena / Quito

Enjoy a blowgun demonstration and participate in a contest to show off new found skills. Say goodbye to Delfin and his family, then travel back to Quito.

Blowgun Contest and Demo

Learn how a blowgun and darts are made and how they are used in the jungle. Take turns trying to use one; the closest dart to the target marks the honourary blowgun champion of the group.

Local bus

Hop on a truck at the homestay before catching a bus back to Quito. Once in Quito, transfer across town to your accommodation.

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

accommodation

Hotel Eugenia

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 7 Quito

Depart at any time.

Optional Activities:

  • Quito City Tour and Equator

    The durantion of the activity is about: 5 hours and 30 minutes, includes a Visit to the Old Town of Quito: Compania Church, San Francisco Square, Panecillo View Point, and sighseeing of part of the New Town towards the Eqautor, Intiñan Museum,where pax can learn about the Coriolis Effect and get a diploma afteryou balance an egg on a nails head, and after this visit treturn to Quito.

    The tour takes places in the city at 2850 meters, most of the people have no problems with altitude. The walk is moderate and easy.

    Enjoy a city tour of Quito, visiting key sites including the Old Town, the Cathedral of Quito and the Panecillo. Also, explore the Mitad del Mundo or "Middle of the World," where you can straddle both sides of the Equator.

  • Mindo Cloud Forest - Full Day Trip

    Drive northwest for 2 hours, enjoy the dramatic change of vegetation heading down from the Andes into the cloud forest. Mindo is a tiny town set amidst some of the most beautiful and peaceful countryside in the entire country. It is a centre for both nature and adventure activities. Go walking through the cloud forest and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the different waterfalls, take time to ride up the cable car with amazing views. Visit a butterfly farm and see an array of colourful hummingbirds for which Mindo is renowned. In the afternoon, opt for an organic chocolate tour and tasting. This trip takes roughly 9 hours departing at 7 am, this tour includes a guide and transport only, any activities upon arrival will be additional, lunch is not included.

  • Cotopaxi Volcano - Full Day Trip

    Enjoy a spectacular 2 hour drive to Cotopaxi Volcano National Park to see the highest active volcano in the world (5,897m/ 19,347 ft). Visit a museum in the park and hike around a lagoon at the bottom of the volcano to learn about the flora and fauna found at this altitude. Continue by car up the volcano to the parking lot, at over 4,500m/14,763 ft. Walk for an hour and a half to the refuge and after a short break, continue to the glacier (if the weather holds out). Return to Quito in the afternoon. **Park entrance fee is not included and is split among the number of travellers in the group**

  • Otavalo Market - Full Day Trip

    Discover some amazing local art, tapestries, and textiles at Otavalo’s famous artisan market, the largest handicraft market in South America. Wander the stalls to meet local artists, and find one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Head north from Quito along the Pan-American highway for 2.5 hours. On the way, visit the village of Calderon to see colourful figures made of bread and visit Cayambe to taste typical ‘biscochos’ (local biscuits). Try your hand at haggling in the market – it’s expected for every purchase. A good negotiator could get at least 20 per cent off the starting price. After, continue on to the leather market at Cotacachi or Peguche the weaving town. The market is open daily, however Saturdays are the busiest. This trip takes roughy 8 hours, departs daily at 8 am.

  • Teleférico

    Enjoy spectacular views of Quito from this sky tram up Volcán Pichincha. Choose to go for a hike at the top, or just come along for the ride.

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