EXPLORING THE JUNGLE 4D
Day 1: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM | CHECK IN - WELCOME LUNCH
We begin the tour with a Welcome Lunch and a short briefing with general information about your stay at Suchipakari Lodge.
3:00 PM | INTRO TO THE AMAZON EXPLORER
Walking through primary and secondary forest trails, we observe distinct species of birds and insects as well as a great variety of trees and medicinal plants.
The guides explain how such plants are used not only in medicine, but also in construction and other local activities. Along the trails, there are several opportunities to up the adventure factor with vines for swinging from tree like Tarzan or walking under towering trees through untouched forest to observe the giant kapok tree (Ceiba Pentandra) and the Strangler Fig Tree (Ficus sp), feeling the presence of innumerable creatures filling every corner of the forest.
5:00 PM | ADVENTURES ON THE RIVER
Afternoon, we go on to experience the true adventure of explorers. From a sandy river beach our guide shows us how use your own hands to paddle on board fun tubes. Prove your skills, test your coordination. Swim at your own pace, be amazed with incredible landscapes and discover a natural world. So those who wish can float down the river for about an hour, en route back to Suchipakari Lodge
7:30 PM | SPECIAL DINNER & WELCOME COCKTAIl
DAY 2: NAPORUNA TERRITORY
8:00 PM | BREAKFAST
9:00 PM | WATERFALL WALKS
Choose your best FULL DAY Waterfall Trail:
1. RAYUCOCHA TRAIL
2. RIO BLANCO TRAIL
3. OMBUNI TRAIL
Explore incredible rain forest surrounding to Suchipakari Lodge. Here, there are a number of walks (with varying levels of difficulty) that can last anywhere from an hour-and-a- half all the way up to four hours, taking you through thick and humid jungle, crossing muddy paths and encountering all sorts of wildlife. All the while your local guide will introduce you to all the hidden secrets and wonders of the jungle.
1:30 PM | LUNCH
3:00 PM| INDIGENOUS FAMILY VISIT
Learn & share about the jungle way of life of Indigenous Families in this intimate encounter
A Quichua women, welcomes guests. Through an unobtrusive dialogue, we learn about their day-to-day lives, shows us how to make chicha, a typical beverage (tasting optional!), demonstrates the spiritual cleansing rituals still practiced today throughout the surrounding community.
Finally, we participate in a blowgun target- shooting contest – try your luck and see if you can hit the monkey target - but don’t expect to beat the natives! It’s an intimate, unique experience, in which we discover both the differences and similarities between our own and another culture.
7:30 PM| SPECIAL DINNER
Will be served at this time. Find your seat and get comfortable while our waiters serve you each course.
DAY 3: WILDLIFE & NAPO RIVER
8:00 AM BREAKFAST
9:00 AM ADVENTURES ON THE NAPO RIVER
We board a dugout canoe and navigate 1 hour down the scenic Napo River. The destination is AmaZOOnico. You’ll never get closer to jaguar, ocelot or tapir than you will at this rescue sanctuary for Amazon creatures. Led by volunteer guides, you’ll hear the incredible and sometimes tragic stories of the residents of the centre. Here we can see coatis, capybara, tapirs, and several species of monkey, snakes, boa and a variety of macaws, toucans, parrots, or colourful birds, many of which wander around freely in their natural habitat at close range. By visiting AmaZoonico you are helping to guarantee the protection of these creatures.
1:30 PM BOX LUNCH
2:30 PM | CAIMAN´S LAGOON
We continue on to the Family Kichwa, where a local host shows us how to call the caimans on the lake. We can observe the prehistoric bird “Hoatzin”, woolly monkeys, squirrel monkeys, just to mention a few. We also learn about their farming habits, medicinal plants, as well as the ancestral way of hunting with blowguns (cerbatana) and handmade traps in the forest. We have the opportunity to see real hunting traps which were traditionally used by the local natives. The guides demonstrate how they work and explain which animals are caught in each one.
Return to Suchipakari EcoLodge to enjoy the facilities of the hotel, and of course, at all times we will be on the lookout for tropical birds and interesting vegetation...
7:30 PM SPECIAL DINNER
8:30 PM NOCTURNAL WALK
On a night walk we give you the chance to enjoy the creatures and sounds of the Amazon Jungle at night. Sometimes we can see amazing things during this activity. Make sure that you bring a flashlight for this fantastic experience.
DAY 4: CHOCOLATE ROUTE
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM | BREAKFAST
9:30 AM | CHOCOLATE: Considered as "a gift of the Gods".
In this “hands on” program, you will have the opportunity to learn interesting aspects of cocoa and chocolate, from its origin and history, participating in all the production process, from the harvesting of the fruit, drying and grinding of the seed, also the developing of the traditional drink of our ancestors, and of course enjoying a high quality organic chocolate.
Enjoy this journey through the history, culture, traditions and the flavor.