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All the communities are located inside the Amazon, which has an unrivaled natural wealth. Therefore, in every community, you will be able to observe the incredible flora and fauna, rest in hammocks and walk in the rainforest, and you will learn about the Kichwa culture and its traditions. Below, you can find more specific information on each community, to help you choose which one(s) better fit(s) your expectations.

IMPORTANT: Tours have a minimum of two days and a maximum of four days per community. If you want to visit several communities, we can organise longer tours. The programs are detailed for your information only; they are therefore flexible and can be adapted to everybody's wishes. Don't hesitate to ask for more information or make special requests!

It is located in the Llanganates National Park, 1 hour by car from Tena. It is the ideal place for adventurers who like long mountain hikes o climbing waterfalls of some 40 meters high. The visitors will be able to swim and purify themselves in the Waysa Yaku natural pool, and the Amarun Kachi ("snakes' meeting place") and Alukus waterfalls; visit sacred sites and a museum on the Kichwa culture; observe thousands of butterflies.

Hosting capacity: 10 people

 

It is located 1 hour by car, 45 minutes by canoe and 1 hour walking from Tena, in the protected primary forest. Therefore, it is highly recommended for students, adventurers and scientific research. The rooms, with views on the Cusano river, are not inside the community. It is a great place to rest, observe nature and visit sacred sites, like the cave of supernatural spirits “Supay Uktu” or the giant Ceiba tree. From the natural viewpoint of Chuva Urku, you can see the basin of the Napo river and, weather permitting, the Sumaco volcano. On the return, you can visit family houses and the Animal Rescue Center “El Amazónico”.

Hosting capacity: 10 people

Additional cost for water transportation: 120 $ per group and per tour.

 

The Santa Elena community is located in the Limoncocha Biological Reserve, in the Sucumbios Province, at some 7 hours by bus from Tena and 9 hours from Quito.

Limoncocha is one of the places in Ecuador that offers greatest diversity of mammals and a huge number of amphibians, birds and reptiles. The most famous attraction are the caimans found in the lagoon: the black alligator and white alligator. It is a very important ecosystem because it has flora and fauna very interesting from the scientific point of view. It is the closest lagoon from any city in Ecuador.

Hosting capacity: 22 people

 

It is located 45 minutes away from Tena by car. The community is established around a main square, where there is a school, a center for child development and a first-aid center. The community invites you to live in a family, discover its daily life, prepare traditional food and drinks, learn traditional agriculture techniques, make your own crafts, listen to popular stories and legends, learn to survive in the rainforest and heal sicknesses, stress, "bad wind" (mal viento), using medicinal plants and herbs. There is a natural pool with healing powers for skin illnesses. Hikes to the secondary forest until the cave of the Forest Spirit (Uchu Tikan), which is 70 meters long. You can also go to the Latas waterfalls and practice tubing on the Napo river.

Hosting capacity: 20 people

 

The community is located 1 hour by car, 25 minutes by canoe and 2-3 hours walking from Tena (you can also reach it by car in an hour instead of the hike). The lodge is 400 meters away from the community, with views on the Huambuno river. Rio Blanco is famous for its medicinal plant gardens and shamanic healing ceremonies. There are short as well as long hikes for adventurers. You can swim in the Anaconda waterfall (Amarun Pakcha) and live together with a Kichwa family, participate in agriculture and their daily life. 

Hosting capacity: 30 people

Additional cost for water transportation: 60 $ per group and per tour.

 

The lodge is located 1 hour by car and 25 minutes by canoe away from Tena, at the bank of one of Napo river branches; the families are located on an island in front of the lodge and the community is on the opposite river bank. You will not experience community life, but you will be able to participate in the families' daily life, agriculture and gold panning. Short hikes to the natural viewpoint to see the Anaconda island are possible; you can also visit the Animal Rescue Center "El Amazónico", go on traditional canoe rides, do tubing and sports fishing. This is the perfect place for seniors and people who want to relax.

Hosting capacity: 12 people

Additional cost for water transportation: 60 $ per group and per tour.

 

It is located 25 minutes away by car from Tena and 10 minutes walking. The typically built eco-rooms are located besides a Kichwa family, on the Jatun Yaku river bank. The families live along the path. There are natural swimming pools and sports fields. You can hike to the Puma Rumi carving rockand the natural viewpoint Pasu Urku, where you can see the Sumaco volcano in case of good weather. You can live together with a Kichwa family to learn about daily life, take part in agriculture, crafts making and preparation of traditional food and drinks. There is also a museum about Kichwa culture. One of the most important attractions is the Jatun Yaku river, a class III river for rafting and kayaking (please request in advance if you want to do it). The last night, you will be able to participate in a farewell program with indigenous dance and gift exchange. 

Hosting capacity: 45 people

 

It is located 35 minutes by car from Tena. The rooms are established at the bank of the crystal clear Talag river, 500 meters away from the community. You can go on short or long hikes to waterfalls and the natural pool of the “Waysa Yaku” Blue Lagoon; climb the Wasila mountain and observe the Napo river and other neighboring villages; discover impressive limestones and golden oriolesvisit the bilingual Community Educational Center where you can learn about Kichwa writing; practice sports with the children of the community; and live together with the families to learn about culture and the preparation of traditional food and drinks.

Hosting capacity: 15 people

 

Prices (per person and per day, exclusive of taxes)

*for all communities except Limoncocha

 

2 days

3 days

4 days or more

2 to5 pax

52 $

49 $

46 $

6 to 9 pax

49 $

46 $

43 $

10 to 13 pax

46 $

43 $

40 $

14 or more

43 $

40 $

37 $

Prices for the lodge of the Limoncocha Lagoon (exclusive of taxes):

 

2 days

3 days

4 days or more

2 to 5 pax

69  $

67   $

65   $

6 to 9 pax

65   $

63   $

60  $

10 to 13 pax

60  $

58   $

56  $

14 or more

56   $

54   $

52   $

Special prices:

  • Students receive a discount
  • Children under 3 don't pay and children from 4 to 6 pay 50%
  • Tour leader:
    • over 5 pax, does not pay  
    • less than 5 pax, pays 50%
  • The driver pays 50%
  • Teachers: one free place for every 15 students

Prices include:

  • Welcoming and introduction to the program in the central office in Tena
  • Land transportation Tena-Community-Tena, except for Limonococha: the traveler is responsible for transport to Limoncocha.
  • 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in rooms with private or shared bathroom, single beds, sheets and mosquito net.
  • Cultural program (with Kichwa music and dance)
  • Native guides from the community, trained and certified by the Ministry of Tourism and the RICANCIE corporation
  • Crafts making
  • Rubber boots for hikes and life jackets for canoe rides
  • Boiled water available all day
  • Luggage storage at the central office

Prices do not include:

  • Taxes
  • Water transportation (in the communities where it is applicable, i.e. Chuva Urku, Rio Blanco and Runa Wasi)
  • Cleaning by a shaman, which are considered sacred rituals in our culture, is optional and has an additional cost of 30 $ per group. Furthermore, it is recommended to give a small tip for the spiritual cleaning that is part of this ceremony.
  • Our guides are native, so they speak Kichwa and Spanish. If you need a translator into English, you should request it at least a week in advance and there is an additional cost of 35 $ per day and per group.