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Llanganates National Park, Ecuador

Come and stay with the Andi family in traditional wooden cabins on the banks of the Jatunyacu River. Fill your days with a choice of over 10 different activities as you explore the surrounding jungle and get an insight into the Kichwa way of life.

A hammock with a view of the Amazon jungle and river behind.

Our most popular jungle tour. You can choose what you do – giving you the right balance between experiencing traditional indigenous life, enjoying the natural wonder of the rainforest, being active and relaxing in hammocks.

Choose two activities per day…
first activity – lunch – second activity – relax in a hammockdinner – get together around the campfire
From 1 – 3 days

Price: $55 per person per day

Note: There is a 2-person minimum for all jungle tours. Alcoholic drinks are not included.

The tour includes:

– transport to the family’s jungle cabins and the return journey to Tena

– full days of jungle activities

– accommodation at the cabins (traditional wooden Kichwa houses)

– all meals (vegetarian option available) and water

– your local English or Spanish-speaking guide (you choose)

– waterproof welly boots for walking through the jungle

You choose your activities when you arrive.

What to bring

Come in sandals and light clothes suitable for walking in the jungle and bring enough clothes for 3 days (jeans are not recommended).

Bring swimming clothes and a hat.

Bring insect repellent, sunscreen and a bottle of water

A light or a torch for after dark and your camera (in a plastic bag or dry bag) to get some great photos of jungle life.

Come and experience the jungle with us!

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Trek through the jungle

Walk along jungle paths, over branches, through mud and streams – look out for the leaf-cutter ants and the birds!

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Make (and eat!) chocolate

Toast it, grind it, mix it, stir it and… eat it!

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Take a canoe trip

Explore the rivers, caves, villages and wildlife in the gentlest way – from the waterway.

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Do a shaman ritual

See how the spiritual leaders of indigenous communities have looked after their people for millennia

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Tube down the river

Float down the river and ride the rapids with tubing – it is rafting without the paddling!

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Make “chicha”

A traditional indigenous drink with varying strengths for children, women and men – try making it!

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Swim in the lagoon

For fun in a cool, clean natural pool, choose a trip to the lagoon.

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Fish in the river

Feeling hungry? Try out traditional net fishing down at the river.

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Pan for gold

Try out river panning and find yourself some treasure!

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Watch butterflies on the nocturnal walk

Ecuador has over 4500 species of butterfly – see hundreds of them on this nocturnal walk.

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Climb a waterfall

Get soaked on the climb up Pimpilala Falls – stunning scenery on this rocky hike.

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Take the medicinal plant tour

Learn about how the Kichwa people have been using the plants around them to survive for hundreds of years.

Suggested 3-day Itinerary

Here is a suggestion of how to spend your time with us. But it is your trip and we want you to get the most out of it – so you can choose the activities you want!

Day 1:

The trip starts at 9am at the Raft Amazonia office at Av. 15 de Noviembre y Cesar Augusto Rueda. (We can also pick you up from your hotel/hostel if you prefer). From Tena, we travel into the jungle by private taxi and after about 45 minutes we

arrive at the family’s small farm at Cando. A short walk along a jungle path brings us to the wooden cabins that look out over the Jatunyacu River.

Once you’ve put your bags in your cabin, we start our first activity. You might want to try something active, such as the waterfall hike or something more relaxing like learning about the medicinal plants growing around the cabins – cinnamon, mango, bananas, papaya and cacao are all in sight as well as plants (such as ayahuasca) that indigenous people have used for generations.

After a traditional lunch, the second activity begins. How about trying out some traditional indigenous skills such as fishing or heading down to the river to pan for gold.

After that, there‘s always time for a gentle siesta in a hammock before dinner.

Day 2

You’ll wake up to the beautiful sound of the river rushing nearby, smell the fresh air around you and start your morning with a delicious breakfast.

If you feel like something active, the walk to the Pimpilala Falls is exhilarating. Under the shade of the unforgettable rainforest canopy, we climb to the top of the three waterfalls and some of the highest parts of the park. We have time to enjoy its refreshing and energising natural waters before returning to the cabins for lunch.

In the afternoon, you might want to try tubing down the river (great fun and not too much effort!) or wait for nightfall and watch butterflies on the nocturnal walk.

Day 3

On the last day, many people choose to walk to the lagoon – a beautiful, deep, natural rock pool where you can jump in, swim or simply relax on a sunny rock.

After lunch on the last day, one or the most popular activities is chocolate making. From picking the cacao pods straight from the tree, to roasting, grinding and cooking the chocolate, you’ll make one of the world’s favourite foods yourself! And best of all, at the end you’ll have a delicious dessert of sweet, sticky fresh-tasting chocolate – best enjoyed with some fresh mango or papaya, picked straight from the tree.

After saying goodbye to the family and Victoria the Parrot, we head back up the path to where the 4×4 is waiting for us to take us back to Tena.

Any questions? See our FAQs or contact us.

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