Yachana Lodge – Coca 

Yachana Lodge is an award winning, Amazon ecotourism destination that inspires thousands of international and Ecuadorian visitors each year. ‘Yachana’ is an indigenous Kichua word that means ‘A place for learning’, which is the best description of what they do, as your visit is helping to address education, conservation and sustainable development in a unique way in this environmentally sensitive region.Come and experience the beauty and adventure of Yachana!

Your stay at Yachana can be full of activities, or you can take it easy and just enjoy “slow travel” in your beautiful surroundings and with great lodge service. Regardless of how you choose to spend your time there, they will strive to give you the complete Amazon experience.

Sample itinerary

Day 1: Quito- Coca. The Napo River is one of the primary tributaries into the Amazon River. For the next two hours you will enjoy the lush vegetation along the banks of the Napo as you travel upriver in our canoe. Watch for local people carrying out their daily activities along the river.

You will arrive at Yachana Lodge around 4 PM in the afternoon where our cooks will have fresh lemonade and a snack ready for you. Our staff will welcome you and you will have time to relax or explore at your leisure. Dinner is at 7 PM. During dinner, your guide will discuss with you the itinerary of your time at Yachana Lodge.

Days 2, 3 and 4: Excursions, swimming, relaxing…..

There are many activities and excursions to do during your time at Yachana Lodge. You may want to fill every minute or you may want to take time to relax and swing in your hammock. Your guide will help you to plan your activities based on your interests and the needs of your group.

An introductory talk by your guide will introduce you to the history of the area and the work of Funedesin. There are many options for hikes through different types of forest. The hikes will be tailored to the needs and interests of the group. Some hikes take the visitor into a mix of primary forest, secondary forest and agricultural land. These hikes introduce the values and challenges of all types of forest and land uses. Other hikes focus on the wonders of the primary forest. Your guide will take you to see the projects of FUNEDESIN including the clinic, the food processing house, and the sustainable agriculture farm. For many people, the cultural visit to the home of a Quichua elder is a highlight. Here you will learn about Quichua culture, participate in a traditional cleansing ceremony, and test your skill with a blowgun and spears. Cooling off with a swim in the Napo River is a great way to spend a hot afternoon. Many guest like to take the canoe upriver, jump overboard in their life jackets, and float back to Yachana.

Longer stays can be easily arranged. Browse through the list of possible excursions included with this package.

Day 4 or 5: Yachana – Quito

On the day you leave Yachana, breakfast will be at 7 AM. Bring your bags to breakfast and they will be transported to the canoe while you enjoy breakfast. The canoe will plan to leave by 8 AM, arriving in Coca in the late morning for the flight to Quito.

Activities

Hike deep into primary and secondary rainforest to discover wildlife (7 species of toucan, Great Potoos, Long-tailed Potoos and many more animals, birds, insects, snakes and spiders await!)

Discover native plants and trees including an extraordinary array of medicinal plants and their uses.

Early morning birdwatching on an island upriver and see over 30 species of birds in an hour including Whitehawk eagles and Blackhawk eagles.

Explore Yachana’s 4,300-acre (1,700 hectare) Protected Forest and visit our biological research station where biologists are documenting thousands of species and and new species.

Go on a night hike and discover another world that comes out only at night including the Tailess Whip Scorpion with its 20cm long antennae, snakes and frogs and enormous spiders.

Participate in a traditional cleansing ceremony led by a local medicine man and test your skills at the indigenous arts of blowguns and spears used for hunting.

Tour the Yachana High School’s campus and Organic Farm and interact with the students – learn about their lives in the rainforest that is their home.

Learn to make traditional ceramic bowls called “mokaua” from an indigenous woman with clays collected from nearby little streams and weave your own basket from plant fibers collected from the surrounding forest.

Visit the local community, elementary school, and the health clinic founded by Yachana and local villages.

Observe a local family panning for gold – this is a genuine activity practiced by the poorest Amazon families who will genuinely enjoy your company and teaching you what they do.

Enjoy a refreshing swim in the Napo River, one of the largest tributaries to the Amazon River.

Float downriver in a canoe and enjoy the sights and sounds of the rainforest.

Stargaze from our fabulous riverside deck.

Watch stunningly beautiful sunsets from a high overlook.

Visit our butterfly house and learn about true symbiosis and the life cycle of a butterfly.

Enjoy the beautiful botanical gardens that surround the Lodge and identify some of over 90 species flowers with our photographic guide.

 

2013 & 2014 Rates Single Double
4 days, 3 nights
Tuesday to Friday
$988 $760
5 days, 4 nights
Friday to Tuesday
$1244 $1001
Children under 12 receive a 50% discount.
Children under 5 are FREE.
All rates are per person, in US dollars and subject to change at any time.
Itineraries are subject to change at any time and for any reason.
NOT INCLUDED:
Quito-Coca-Quito add $190 US

 

RECOMMENDED PACKING CHECKLIST
Long sleeved cotton shirts,2 or more Insect repellent Long trousers,2 or more (not Jeans)
Shorts,2 or more ment dry Zip-lock bags to keep clothes/equipment dry Binoculars(optional)
T-shirts,2 or more Torch (Flashlight) with extra batteries Cotton socks, a pair per day
Sun block Comfortable walking shoes and sandals Insect repellent
Windbreaker or sweater Toiletries (biodegradable shampoo and soap) Hat or cap
Bathing suit Plastic water bottle Cotton underwear
Book and note book Original passport Camera

Price Includes:

Price Doesn’t Include:
  • Accomodation
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Transportation from Coca to lodge
  • Excursions
  • Meals
  • Rubber boots and rain poncho
  • Transportation Quito-Coca- Quito $135 return flight
  • or return bus about $20
  • Additional beverage
  • Tips