Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle
Day 1 Quito
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Amazon Jungle (1D)
Travel by bus and pickup truck into the Amazon jungle where you will spend the next four nights with a local Quichua family in a small village in rustic wooden huts. Walk to a viewpoint and have a natural mud facemask treatment.
Day 3 Amazon Jungle (1B,1L,1D)
Guided walk to a waterfall then return home for a cooking class to make one of many jungle treats such as chocolate, wrapped grilled fish or a chicha cassava beer drink. Learn about medicinal plants on an afternoon jungle walk.
Day 4 Amazon Jungle (1B,1L,1D)
Morning car and canoe ride to AmaZOOnico Animal Rescue Center. Free time in the afternoon to relax in the jungle.
Day 5 Amazon Jungle (1B,1L,1D)
Visit the Cando School in the morning complete with a recess soccer match against the students before learning to make jungle artisan crafts in the afternoon. Whitewater rafting is an option instead of the artisan crafts session. During your final evening in the jungle, experience a shaman healing ceremony and a jungle marriage ceremony. CANDO COMMUNITY SCHOOL Over 10 years ago, one of our tour leaders met a local Ecuadorian jungle guide by the name of Delfin Pauchi. Delfin invited this tour leader and G Adventures group to his home in the Amazon where he and his family gave them the opportunity to experience their way of life, and the natural wonders of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Since this was such a positive experience for both Delfin's family and the travellers, we developed a working relationship and over the years many G Adventures groups have experienced life with Delfin, his wife Estela, and their six children. With suggestions and training from a Peace Corps Volunteer and continued visits and support from G Adventures groups, Delfin and Estela developed “Cabañas Pimpilala” and are now able to offer memorable homestays for our travellers. When G Adventures first started visiting the Cando Community, there was no school for the children. They had to travel at least 45 minutes by car to get to school, and since there are not a lot of cars in the community many children had to walk several hours to get to school. With the help of G Adventures and members of the community, a school was built in the Cando Community and Delfin's wife, Estela, became the very first teacher. Today, twenty children between the ages of 6 and 11 attend this school and Estela now receives payment from the Ecuadorian government for her teaching wages.
Day 6 Quito (1B)
Enjoy a blowgun demonstration and contest. Travel back to Quito.
Day 7 Quito
Depart at any time.