Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle

6 nights in Ecuador


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.

What's Included


Rustic jungle lodge (4 nts), hotel (2 nts).


4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners


Flights not included
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Optional Activities

Quito: Quito City Tour This tour of Quito is perfect for seeing fascinating panoramas, churches, and historical architecture of Quito. Learn about colonial art, culture, legends, and traditions. Quito was designated by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage Site. The trip takes about 3.5 hours including the visit to the lookout point of El Panecillo where you will find one of the best views of Quito. Trip includes English speaking guide/driver and private transportation) - Entrance fees for the churches and Panecillo are not included in the price and are approx $ 9 USD p/p. - Price for 1 person : $ 50 USD - Price for 2+ persons : $40 USD City Tour + Equator Line (Combination of City tour and Middle of the World Tour) After the scenic city tour of Quito (described above) we go to the Equator line museum . Here we visit the Inti Ñan local museum where you can see different experiments to prove that you are at the Centre of the Earth. On the 00°00’00” line at the museum, you will have the opportunity to interact with demonstrations of phenomena that occur in nature, and which can be tested on our magnetic equatorial line. This trip takes about 5 hours in total and includes English speaking guide/driver and private transportation ) - Entrances fees for City Tour : $ 6 USD (Churches) - Equator line fees : $ 6 USD (Museums) - Price for 1 person : $ 60 USD - Price for 2+ persons : $45 USD The Middle of the world Driving 25 Kms. (16 miles) north of Quito, marks the exact Middle of the World, latitude 0º. Here you can stand with a foot on each hemisphere. We will visit the Inti ñan site museum (pathway of the sun) which show the diversity of Ecuador's native groups . On the 00°00’00” line at the museum, you will have the opportunity to interact with demonstrations of phenomena that occur in nature, and which can be tested on our magnetic equatorial line. Later we head up to Pululahua crater view point , which is one of the two inhabited volcanic caldera in the world. Trip includes English speaking guide/driver and private transportation) - Entrance fees for the Museums are not included in the price and are approx $9 USD p/p. - Price for 1 person : $ 50 USD - Price for 2+ persons : $40 USD Otavalo Market The Otavalo market is considered one the biggest and best native markets in South America. Here you can find an extremely wide variety of handicrafts made in Ecuador. We head north along the Pan-American highway for 2.5 hours. On the way we visit the village of Calderon to see the bread figures and Cayambe to taste the typical ‘biscochos’ (local biscuits). After you have explored the Otavalo market, we go to the leather market at Cotacachi or Peguche the weaving town . The busiest Market Day is Saturday with the most vendors, but the market is open daily. This trip takes about 8 hours and can depart everyday at 08h00 am (trip includes English speaking guide/driver and private transportation ) - Price for 1 person : $ 100 USD - Price for 2+ persons : $70 USD Mindo Cloud Forest – Full Day Drive northwest for about 2 hours, enjoy the dramatic change of vegetation as we go down the andes to the cloudforest. 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. Time for lunch in a local restaurant (not included) and visit a butterfly farm where you will be able to see an array of colorful humming birds for which Mindo is renowned. In the afternoon there is also the option of an organic chocolate tour which includes a demonstration of the chocolate-making process and of course tasting too! This trip takes about 9 hours and can depart everyday at 07h00 am (trip includes English speaking guide/driver and private transportation ) Allow : $10 USD for lunch and $ 20 USD for entrance fees. - Price for 1 person : $ 100 USD - Price for 2+ persons : $70 USD Cotopaxi Volcano A spectacular 2-hour drive in private transport takes us to Cotopaxi Volcano National Park , the highest active volcano in the world (5897 m) . We 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. We then continue by car up the volcano to the parking lot, at over 4500m. Then we walk approximately 1.5hrs to the refuge at 4800m, and after a short break, continue to the glacier (if the weather holds out). We head back to the Pan-American highway to have lunch somewhere near Latacunga, or buy a box lunch on the way to have more time in the park. Return to Quito in the afternoon. This trip takes about 8 hours and can depart everyday at 07h00 am (trip includes guide/driver in english and private transportation ) - Price for 1 person : $ 100 USD - Price for 2+ persons : $70 USD - Does not include Cotopaxi Park Entrance fee $40 USD per group ( Park fee cost can be split between travellers) PAPALLACTA HOT SPRINGS 
Two hours drive to the east are the Termas de Papallacta. They are located on the Cinnamon trail, (65km from Quito) which is the same route that Francisco de Orellana took in 1542 when he crossed the Andean mountain range in search of spices and gold, and discovered the Amazon River. Things to do:
 a) Hot springs pools with different temperatures and sizes with views of the Antisana volcano 5750m. b) Trekking up the river
 on marked path c) Horseback rides
 - extra cost d) Relax in the new spa recently inaugurated (spa services not Included in entrance fee cost.) Important Note: - Lunch not included however restaurant available onsite offering typical Ecuadorian meals with some international options. - Return to Quito in the afternoon.
 - This tour provides transport service only. Your driver will drop you off at the Hot Springs and wait for you when you are ready to leave. - Full day tour Tour Price: $100 USD – 1 Person $50 USD per person for 2+ travellers $7 USD Entrance fee per person Rainforest: Rafting available TELEFERICO ( CABLE CAR ) You can get from 2.800 m to 4.200 m in 10 minutes and view Quito at your feet. Take a taxi from the hotel $3 to get there. Entrance $8 foreigners. Locals $4 Option for a small hike inside the complex.(bring warm clothes) Shops and restaurants available Monday to Friday 9:am to 5:pm Saturday and holidays 10:am to 5:00 pm NOTE: These prices are based on 2 clients but if you are a single traveler we can accommodate your trips as well. If there are more than 2 clients booking, the prices may be less than those quoted above. Please note that many optional activities will need to be paid in cash.

Good to Know

In order to arrive in the heart of the Amazon jungle we travel by public bus and then continue by way of private van or 4x4's depending on group size. When in the jungle transportation is limited to walking around and exploring the area on foot. WIth all meals and activities included, there is no need to worry about getting around.


Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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. Included Activities: Amazon Jungle Homestay Mud Mask Therapy Transport: Local bus (6.00 hour(s))

Guided walk to a waterfall then return home for a cacao culinary experience and tasting. Learn about medicinal plants on an afternoon jungle walk. Included Activities: Amazon Jungle Homestay Chocolate Culinary Experience

Morning car and canoe ride to the AmaZOOnico Animal Rescue Centre. Free time in the afternoon to relax in the jungle. Included Activities: AmaZOOnico Animal Rescue Centre Visit Amazon Jungle Homestay

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. Additional Notes: Whitewater rafting is an option instead of the artisan crafts session. Included Activities: Cando Community School Visit Jungle Wedding Ceremony Shamanic Healing Ceremony Amazon Jungle Homestay

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. Included Activities: Blowgun Contest and Demo Transport: Local bus (6.00 hour(s))

Depart at any time.


The Pimpilala Lodge is located in the Amazon jungle, 45 minutes from Tena. The lodge offers varied basic accommodation in rustic wooden huts or bungalows, both with mosquito nets. All travellers will have access to shared showers (no hot water) and toilets outside of the rooms, but located very near by. A local family lives in the main lodge and they encourage people to hang out and see how they cook. A common area with hammocks is a popular place to relax.

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