Ecuador Amazon Adventure

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About Our Ecuador Ecotour

Journey from the charming capital city of Quito, through the Andes Mountains and into the rainforest through the famous “Gateway to the Amazon”. From the comfort of an ecolodge built and maintained by a small native population, we will guide you through the waterways, forests, and into their traditional dream culture in a way most travelers can’t experience. Watch for pink river dolphins, wild toucans, howler monkeys and other exotic creatures in this incredibly biodiverse tour in a secluded corner of the Amazon rainforest.

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What’s Included In The Amazon Ecotour
  • 7 nights of comfortable accommodations
  • All of your breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • Waterfall tours, wildlife tours, hiking tours, kayaking, motorized canoe rides, night tours, national park entrance fees, a tour of Baños & airport transfers
  • An English-speaking Ecuadorian guide, Achuar guides, as well as a Gondwana trip leader for groups of more than 6
  • Secure transportation across Ecuador, including roundtrip, chartered flights to the Kapawi Ecolodge―your safety and comfort always come first.
Amazon Ecotour Accommodatations

These hotels and lodges have been hand picked in order to satisfy your need to safely relax in friendly locations that are close to the day’s activities.

Hacienda el Porvenir

  • On the slopes of Rumiñahui Volcano, in a truly privileged position, Hacienda El Porvenir is the ideal spot from which to explore Cotopaxi, to get a first hand look into the Andean way of life, and rest up!

Kapawi Ecolodge

  • The founding vision of this ecolodge and reserve is to create―in one of the most remote environments in the world―a haven of ease, good taste, and understated luxury. Local craftsmen from the Achuar community come together to build a series of comfortable cabins in the vernacular style of the rainforest, using local materials upgraded in design.

Hotel Casa de Hacienda la Jimenita

  • Featuring comfortable and luxurious suites, an on-site restaurant with cozy fireplaces and an extensive garden, free Wi-Fi, natural trails and an archaeological tunnel on-site, the Casa de Hacienda la Jimenita is the perfect ending to great travels.

La Casa Verde Eco Guest House

  • A beautiful, comfortable and ecological place to relax and enjoy everything Baños has to offer.
Becky Roth“We just got back from Gondwana’s Amazon Rainforest and Machu Picchu Ecotour. This was the experience of a lifetime. From the moment we stepped off the plane in Quito, Ecuador until our guide dropped us off at the airport in Cuzco, Peru everything was taken care of. We just had to focus on the amazing adventure we were having. We feel like we have experienced something very special and unique – going places most tourist do not go. We got an “inside” look at the culture and indigenous people which was extremely meaningful in a way that took me by surprise. Our group was small and our fellow travelers were a delight. The food was extraordinary (even for a vegetarian) and plentiful. I just can’t say enough and I hope I am able to travel with Gondwana again someday. Thank you Jared.”
—Becky Roth
Allie Constant“Over the 9 days in Ecuador I completely fell in love with the country!!! Roberto had a lot to do with my now obsession with Ecuador. He is so passionate and he makes you want to be as excited as he is about everything. Honestly when I got there I was not very excited about birds. Now, I notice every single bird that flies by, I am curious about everything around me and that is all because of Roberto. I am very thankful for all he has taught me. He was also there to help us with anything and everything. He did a great job of making us feel immersed in the culture; I did not feel like a tourist in Ecuador. We would just stop on the side of the street and get an amazing plate full of food from a woman cooking for like $3. It was awesome. Zip lining over that river basin was the coolest thing ever. I loved the swing in Banos, and Banos in general is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The waterfalls and the mountains are breathtaking. In addition, I am obsessed with Kapawi. I didn’t want to leave. I loved it! Kapawi has my heart. Everything about it. The people, the animals, I loved everything, even the mouse that ate a hole through my bag :)”
—Allie Constant
Edmond Tsang“Gondwana brings more joy, fun, smile, laugh and awareness to our travel experience! One of my favorite ways to see the world!”
—Edmond Tsang
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We offset the emissions from your round-trip flight to Ecuador through Carbon Fund. You will receive a certificate upon arrival in Ecuador.

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Just what is “Carbon Offsetting”?

Get Ready To Travel To The Amazon!
Start Date End Date Per Person Single Supplement Trip Capacity Availability
Aug 3
2017
Until Aug 10
2017
$2,795 Per Person $410 Single Supplement Trip Capacity: 14 SOLD OUT
Nov 2
2017
Until Nov 9
2017
$2,795 Per Person $410 Single Supplement Trip Capacity: 14 Contact To Book

*4 Guest Departure Minimum
Ask us about custom dates for individuals, couples, families, and groups.

Gallery From The Amazon Ecotour

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Learn from the locals on this unique experience
Learn from the locals on this unique experience
Enjoy The Kapawi Ecolodge’s natural and remote environment
Enjoy The Kapawi Ecolodge’s natural and remote environment
An Achuar man drinking Chicha
An Achuar man drinking Chicha
Birdwatching from the lodge is amazing in the early mornings and afternoons
Birdwatching from the lodge is amazing in the early mornings and afternoons
Experience the Amazon Rainforest in comfort & safety
Experience the Amazon Rainforest in comfort & safety
Horseback riding in Cotopaxi National Park
Horseback riding in Cotopaxi National Park
Swing at the end of the world!
Swing at the end of the world!
One of the many creatures you can safely see in the jungle
One of the many creatures you can safely see in the jungle
Pgymy marmosets, one of the world’s smallest monkeys, can be seen in the Amazon Rainforest
Pgymy marmosets, one of the world’s smallest monkeys, can be seen in the Amazon Rainforest
La Casa del Arbol Swing (Photo by @triffer26)
La Casa del Arbol Swing (Photo by @triffer26)
Unforgettable cultural exchange
Unforgettable cultural exchange
Search for three-toed sloths & more!
Search for three-toed sloths & more!
The award-winning Kapawi Ecolodge
The award-winning Kapawi Ecolodge
Macaws flying near Kapawi Ecolodge
Macaws flying near Kapawi Ecolodge
Visit this waterfall and more on the famous waterfall route (Photo by @KellyAPeters)
Visit this waterfall and more on the famous waterfall route (Photo by @KellyAPeters)
A treefrog at Kapawi Ecolodge
A treefrog at Kapawi Ecolodge

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Ecuador Travel FAQ

Our Andes to the Amazon Rainforest Ecotour requires a moderate amount of physical fitness. Guests should feel comfortable riding a small chartered plane. Additionally, while hiking and walking is optional, it is highly recommended that guests feel comfortable with a few miles of hiking to get the most of their experience. Additionally, due to the remoteness of the Kapawi Ecolodge, it is important that guests feel a reasonable level of physical confidence and mobility. This trip is not recommended for guests with compromised immune systems or who feel they are generally susceptible to illness. While not required, the ability to traverse several flights of stairs will also enhance guests’ experience. Contact us for more information.
The villages belong to the Achuar, an indigenous nation of about 8,000 members, living off the land in their semi-autonomous territory. Until the 1960s, the concept of a Westerner was completely unknown to the Achuar. It was only then that a few missionaries entered their territory, promoting catholicism and making the Achuar aware of other forms of development.

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Because the Achuar depend on the rainforest for all of their basic needs, they have a profound respect for nature. A collective stance against companies depleting the rainforest’s natural resources for oil, timber, and water (just to name a few) has protected their home.

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The Amazon Rainforest (Or Amazonia, which I think is way “cooler”) is just shy of 3 million square miles of “moist, broadleaf forest”, and falls within the nations of Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Columbia, and others. So let’s attempt to visualize this, which I assure you, is not easy.

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Our Amazing Tour Guides


Lorena Ledesma

Experienced in birding and very knowledgeable about reptiles and amphibians, Lorena has spent eight years guiding ecotours in the region she is most passionate about – the Amazon.
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Roberto Cedeno

Roberto finds guiding in the Amazon Basin especially rewarding because there is always something new to see, and he can consistently expect the unexpected.
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Mery Borja

In order to combine her love of nature, traveling, languages, and working with people, she studied Tourism Management at University and is licensed as a National Tour Guide. She has been working as a guide since 1999.
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More About The Achuar

The Achuar lives in extreme isolation in an area considered “terra incognita” until the late 1960s when missionaries began entering their territory. There were virtually no converts, but an increase in intercultural contact began that shaped the future of the Achuar nation. Due to a unified position against resource extraction, they have maintained their territory free of highways, oil, timber, and mining companies. They successfully developed a separate revenue source in the form of the Kapawi Ecolodge.

Gondwana-founder and guide, Jared Sternberg lived with the Achuar for a summer and published a chapter in “Tourism in the Green Economy,” using the Achuar’s ecolodge as a case study—he has insider access to the Achuar Territory.

A portion of the proceeds from this South American ecotour will be donated to the support of the indigenous Achuar Nation.

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