Cultural exchange & Communty life expedition 2 days

Tena, Ecuador

18 reviews
Jun 20 - 21, 2022
Group size: 1 - 5
Cultural exchange & Communty life expedition 2 days
Tena, Ecuador

18 reviews

Jun 20 - 21, 2022
Group size: 1 - 5

About this trip

This tour is designed to experience up close the life of the locals in the Amazon.  The people living here support themselves through local, sustainable tourism and offer a variety of activities such as canoeing, playing ancestral games, observing wildlife, jungle treks and getting to know the local families.  This tour is ideal for those interested in supporting sustainable community tourism and stepping off the beaten path. 

What’s included

  • Guide
  • All meals
  • Rubber boots
  • Pure water
  • Accommodation
    in Rustic cabaña
  • Transport

What’s not included

  • Extra meals and drinks
  • Entrance
    animal rescue Center $5 per person
  • Tips

Available Packages

Trip Price


Day 1
Ahuano tour- Napo river & Arajuno River


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!

For the adventurous at heart, continue the next leg of the journey by floating down the river in an inner tube, which is considered a mild, class I aquatic sport.    This activity is optional and continuing by canoe is also available.

However you go, the next stop is to the animal rescue center, AmaZOOnico.  Learn how they rehabilitate, reintroduce and care for animals that have been victims of illegal trafficking.  Not all animals can be reintroduced but those who can, are set loose in a nearby protected forest called Selva Viva.

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.

We will visit by canoe the monkeys island. who live in their natural state.

The final stop on today’s adventure is to the Kichwa village called El Mirador.   Here, settle into the eco-cabins, relax and take in the incredible jungle surroundings before joining at the dining area for dinner.   After dinner, we can light a campfire or take a night walk.

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Akangau Jungle Expeditions
18 reviews
Akangau Jungle Expeditions is a tour operator located in Tena, amazon region, Ecuador .We offers authentic jungle tours steeped in the culture, heritage and traditions of his people.Tour options include one-day and multi-day jungle tours, rafting and canoe trips, fishing expeditions, shaman ritual experiences, homestays in Kichwa communities, wildlife viewing, visits to the primary rainforest, giant ancient ceibo trees, or to nearby waterfalls, lagoons or caves.


It was an excellent trip just as described in the itinerary . The organization , the guide , lodge staff and boat driver were all exceptional . We had so many great experiences and the guide was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the jungle . Accommodation also very clean and well presented . Would recommend this trip to everyone
By Sarah L for Tour Snake 3 days / 2 nights CUYABENO 2024 on Mar 21, 2024
We had a great time, the trip was so well planned, packed with different activities. Our guide Orlando was amazing! Highly recommend him.
By Jadrana T for Upper and Lower amazon 3 DAYS/ 2 NIGHTS on Dec 31, 2023
Beautiful location. But a poorly organized trip. Especially when it came to arrival/departures, many things were unclear. Did not get to experience the things promised on the itinerary. Little care for details. I would not do it again.
By Lola G for Tour Casique Cuyabeno 4 days / 3 nights on Dec 23, 2023
I enjoyed my two night excursion with my guide Efrain. He made sure i understood him and helped all along the way. The facilities could have been fresher and newly painted, but it was fine. The food was good, they provided what I had requested. We didn’t see wildlife or birds, but heard a lot of sounds in the jungle.
By Ellen J for Route of dreams 2 days / 2 nights on Dec 21, 2023
From beginning to end, our experience with Akangau was flawless. Very good communication prior to the trip, quick to answer questions and arrange pickup. During the trip, Daniel was the perfect guide - it seems there isn't any plant, animal or insect he doesn't have encyclopaedic knowledge of, and he knows the local, Spanish and English names for everything. All of the transport was on time, the lodge was a lot more comfortable than we expected, and the food was good too. When my wife was sick, Daniel even made sure to take me to the Shaman to collect some medicinal plants to make an infusion for her, which worked well. When we wanted to make adjustments to the tour to suit our specific interests or preferences, he made it happen. At the end of the trip, they helped us check bus timetables and got us to the bus station in time to make sure we left safely for Quito. Some of the trekking is quite intense at parts, so if you are unsure about this, check the details with Akangau to understand the distances/times/climbs involved. They would likely be able to adjust the standard itinerary accordingly if needed We thought the trip was very good value too, and recommended it to anyone who wants to do a jungle tour in Ecuador!
By Matthew L for 3 days Upper and Lower amazon Lodge on Dec 09, 2023
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