Sustainable tourism is a way to give back to the communities visited while also experiencing cultural exchanges between the tourists and the locals. This tour offers a unique opportunity to understand better how the indigenous people of the Amazon live. Visit the jungle in a more intimate way by not only seeing the beauty but living the experience as well.
The tour begins at 8:30 am from the Akangau Jungle Expeditions office in Tena. Travel by bus to the Punta region then by motorized canoe along the Napo River and explore different areas along the way.
The first stop is a guided tour in the jungle to an ancient Ceibo tree, believed to be more than 200 years old! The guide will also point out various plants, fruits and trees along the way. After the hike, continue down the river to visit a local Kichwa indigenous family. They will give a tour of their cacao farm then teach you how to make chocolate!
After the walk, it’s time to get in the water again but this time in an inner tube! Tubing is considered a class I extreme aquatic sport. Your guide will share some important dos and don’ts before the float begins. Head downstream towards our third stop, AmaZOOnico!
AmaZOOnico is an animal rescue center that rehabilitates, reintroduces and looks after animals that have been victims of illegal trafficking. During the rehabilitation process, some animals can be successfully reintroduced to a protected area called Selva Viva. The animal rescue center has many animals that are are native to the Amazon rainforest.
The next stop along the Napo River tour is to visit another local family and spend time at the Caiman Lake. Also, we learn about indigenous weapons, tools and traps, some of which are still being used by the people today.
Then travel to the Sacha Sisa Lodge where you can settle in before meeting for dinner.