Day 1 Quito
Welcome to Quito! Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the town of Quito and the surrounding area.
In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel at 18:00pm for a welcome briefing and there will be plenty of time to discuss details and answer any questions you may have regarding the adventure. Our first day is an informational and acclimation day.
Day 2 Quito - upper part of the Arajuno River
Early in the morning we will start our drive across the eastern Andean range towards the Amazon basin. This journey of 4 hours will show you fascinating landscapes of the Amazon forest, waterfalls and small, colorful local villages. Before we get ready for kayaking, a picnic will be served on the river shore. While exploring the upper part of the Arajuno River and
paddling downstream for 2 hours, we will be on the lookout for wildlife such as neo tropical
otters, caimans, toucans, parrots, monkeys, etc. After reaching and checking in at the Itamandi
eco-lodge you will have the possibility to go on a night hike to discover all the beautiful night-
active creatures. Our guide will tell you a lot about the wildlife in the jungle.
Day 3 Arajuno River - The animal shelter
Today we will paddle down the river for about two hours discovering the beauty and wildlife
that inhabit this river. With some luck we may see neo tropical otters and caimans, also
colourful tropical birds are quite common along the Arajuno. The animal shelter we are visiting
today is home of different species of mammals, birds and reptiles that have been rescued and
some have been reintroduced into the wild. Our support is essential for this project to
continue. Later we will enjoy a picnic on the river side and then we will visit the Anaconda
In the afternoon after arriving at the lodge we will canoe to Santa Barbara Community, so we
can learn more about the Kichwa indigenous people, they are always happy to share their
tradition and even some jungle food.
Day 4 Arajuno river - Puembo
Early in the morning before breakfast we will take the canoe up the Arajuno river to the parrots clay lick, to observe different types of these beautiful birds, then we continue and have a quick stop to see the pocket monkey, the smallest primate in the world. After breakfast, enjoy a break soaking in the volcanic hot waters of Papallacta and also attend a relaxing walk into the cloud forest to see bromeliads and orchids.
In the late afternoon we will be transferred to Puembo, a lovely village near to the Quito airport.
Day 9 Santa Cruz Island - Baltra Island - Quito
After our final breakfast in the Islands and the last photos taken with the sea lions, we will transfer to Baltra's airport in time to catch the flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland.
Day 10 Quito
Today our trip will end and you will have your International departures. Take with you your memories and photos and leave a piece of your heart, as you will want to return to Ecuador soon to experience more of this enchanted land. We wish you a "buen viaje"!