Ecuador Amazon Jungle - 5 days Trip Notes

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    • Total twin price tool tip
      USD $1,195
      CAD $1,270
      AUD $1,320
      EUR €920
      GBP £790
      NZD $1,565
      ZAR R12,015
      CHF FR1,130
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    • Total single price tool tip
      USD $1,480
      CAD $1,575
      AUD $1,635
      EUR €1,135
      GBP £980
      NZD $1,940
      ZAR R14,880
      CHF FR1,400
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Ecuador Amazon Jungle - 5 days
Trip code: GGHG-O
Validity: 01 Jan 2014 to 31 Dec 2014
Uncover the secrets of the Ecuadorian Amazon on this breathtaking adventure into the heart of the jungle. You'll meet local indigenous families and learn their cultural traditions. Take guided walks on which you'll discover some of the abundant plant and animal life that call this region home. Plus, you'll discover the thrill of sleeping in this secluded spot deep in the Ecuadorian jungle, and awake to the sound of exotic birdcall. This is an unforgettable journey to one of the most biologically diverse places in the world.
Table of Contents
StyleGroup sizeIssues on your trip
ThemesYour fellow travellersWhat to take
MapAccommodationHealth
ItineraryMealsSafety
Also available to purchaseTransportTravel insurance
Itinerary disclaimerGroup leaderResponsible Travel
Culture shock rating Joining point A couple of rules
Physical ratingJoining point instructionsThe Intrepid Foundation
Included activitiesArrival complicationsResponsible Travel projects
Optional activitiesFinish point Carbon offset
Money ExchangeFinish point instructionsFeedback
Spending moneyEmergency contactFurther Information
TippingEmergency funds
Ecuador might be smaller than its heavyweight South American neighbours, but this audacious land stakes a legitimate claim as the continent's most complete package. Blessed with a bonanza of perfect beaches and the remarkable Galapagos Islands, Ecuador’s wealth of natural riches make it a one-stop shop for incredible real life experiences. Come and indulge in a scoopful of the Amazon rainforest, a generous helping of the Andes and a refreshing glass of colonial Quito - Ecuador makes for a scrumptious serving of South America’s best.
Style
Original
  • Original trips are classic Intrepid adventures. With a mix of included activities and free time, they offer plenty of opportunities to explore at your own pace and take part in activities that really get beneath the skin of a destination. While the occasional meal may be included, you'll have the freedom to seek out your own culinary adventures. Accommodation is generally budget or tourist class (2-3 star), but you're as likely to find yourself as a guest of a local family as staying in a hotel or camping. Transport will vary as well. Depending on the destination and the itinerary you could find yourself travelling on anything from a camel to a train or a private safari vehicle. It's all part of the adventure! Original travellers have a desire to make the most of their travel time and really get to know a place, its people and cultures.
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Short Breaks
Map
Ecuador Amazon Jungle - 5 days
Itinerary
Day 1 Quito/Amazon Jungle
Bienvenidos! Welcome to Ecuador!
Your trip starts with an early pick up from your preferred Quito hotel at 8am.
It is imperative that we at Intrepid know the location of your overnight hotel in Quito at least 7 days prior to the start of this trip. If you are finishing an Intrepid trip in Ecuador the day before this trip starts, we will know where you are staying at. If you are not finishing an Intrepid trip prior to this trip starts, we can help you arrange extra accommodation in Quito for you. Please contact your booking agent for more details.
Alternatively, please inform your booking agent at least 7 days before the this trip starts the name and address of your hotel in Quito where you need to be picked up from on day 1 of this trip.
The day before your trip starts an Intrepid local representative will meet you at your hotel. The representative will call prior to advise you of the exact time. Please have your passport and insurance information ready for this meeting. If you arrive in Quito late at night the day before this trip starts, an envelope will be waiting for you at your hotel containing all the information and vouchers you need for this trip. If you do not receive this envelop, please call our local emergency number on 09 4014877.
Your early morning transfer takes you to Quito airport in time for a 30min flight north to the town of Coca.
A Yachana lodge representative meets you at the airport and takes you to the river port before boarding an 18m (57 foot) motorized canoe for a 2.5 hour trip up river. Life vests are provided.
A box lunch is served as you navigate one of the largest tributaries to the mighty Napo.
At Yachana Lodge, you’ll receive a warm welcome from our native staff that will serve you a refreshing beverage and snack while you are introduced to the Lodge facilities and issued rubber boots to use during your stay with us.
In the afternoon, and once you settled at the lodge, your guide takes you on a short hike to a panoramic point for rainforest views that extend as far as the eye can see in every direction.
Dinner at the lodge is normally served at 7pm.
ALTITUDE SICKNESS:
Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!
Before your trip: Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatising to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.
During your trip: While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly. Please read the following document carefully and, during your trip, utilise the table on the back daily to record your own perspective of your general health and any symptoms you may experience:
http://d3oxn90f3yphmd.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/file_attach/52735_product_altitude-sickness.pdf
Accommodation
Jungle Lodge (1 nt)
Days 2-4 Amazon Jungle
After breakfast, you will board our Ranchera (typical local bus) and accompany your guide as he/she leads you on a journey into the rainforest stopping to observe birds, and possibly monkeys, along the way.
During your rainforest trek your guide will explain the uses of various medicinal plants and amaze you with his knowledge of the several species of birds and animals that inhabit the rainforest, which he calls home.
Return to the lodge for lunch and an opportunity to rest before the next activity.
In the afternoon you take our ranchera to Agua Santa community in order to board a raft downriver to observe a local family panning for gold. From there, using either inner-tubes, a small rubber raft or just life jackets, you can float/swim as you continue down river to the Puerto Rico port for pick up to return to the lodge, a relaxing way to enjoy the spectacular scenery that surrounds you.
On your way to the river you will have a chance to visit the Yachana Training Center. The Administrative will give an explanation of the activities to be carried out there.
After dinner on one of your evenings at the lodge your guide will offer to take you on a night walk to discover a totally different side of the forest that only comes alive after dark. On this walk, you have the chance to see many small insects, amphibians, reptiles and other animals.
DAY 3
You have the option to start your day early by participating in a bird watching excursion or sleep little longer before enjoying another splendid breakfast, the first of the day’s Amazon culinary delights. After breakfast, you will board our ranchera to go to a farm where you can see and harvest some products you have probably never seen or prepared before. Return to the lodge and learn how to make chocolate using organic cacao harvested from the local families. Turn the cacao beans into delicious jungle chocolate, one of the main ingredients for several of the delectable deserts served at the lodge and drink a delicious coffee made with the roasted coffee beans picked by you. You will be fixing your own lunch.
After lunch, you will travel by canoe to the home of shaman and his family to learn about local Kichwa culture and traditions, and to participate in a cleansing ceremony. Afterwards, try your skills at using a typical blowgun and spear. This is a wonderful cultural activity to know a local family.
Return to the lodge for dinner. Rest before dinner and enjoy the sunset from your balcony or dining hall.
DAY 4
Before breakfast you have the chance to participate in an early morning bird watching excursion.
After breakfast, you will visit the Cacao Collection Center. It is a project dedicated to community development in the local community where Yachana is located. Your visit greatly supports its activities.
Then you will hike back to the main road where the ranchera will be waiting for us to go to a trail that will take us to La Paz Waterfall. The journey will take approximately 3 hours where you will be served a box lunch.
Time to enjoy the waterfall and if are lucky enough you may see some parrots!! Later on we head back to the lodge to relax before dinner.
Then, sit around the campfire as your guide tells you some of the stories and legends of the Amazon and be amazed by the sounds of the jungle at night.
Included Activities
  • Daily Amazon jungle activities lead by an English speaking local guide
Accommodation
Jungle Lodge (3 nts)
Day 5 Amazon Jungle/Quito Airport
After a hearty breakfast you travel back to Coca airport for your return flight to Quito.
You are scheduled to arrive into Quito Airport at approximately 3pm however flight delays are not uncommon in this part of the world. If you have an outbound flight today we recommend you to fly after 9pm.
Your trip finishes upon arrival to Quito airport. If you need assistance with extra accommodation and transfers in Quito please contact your sales agent for assistance.
After the trip: Your feedback is important to us. We have made many trip changes over the years based on past traveller feedback. So if you want to tell us anything, from how great the service was at a particular hotel or how delicious an included meal was or if you have any improvement suggestions then please go to www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback. We'll even give you 5% off your next Intrepid trip if you fill in feedback within 4 weeks. Thanks!
Also available to purchase
For many of our trips we have other services or experiences that are also available to purchase to extend your trip or to make your holiday a little easier. Below is a list of other travel products you can purchase in conjunction with this trip.
    • Galapagos Isabela Island (GGHI-O)
    • Galapagos Family Adventure (GLFB)
    • Galapagos Family Holiday (GLFB)
    Itinerary disclaimer
    Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website: www.intrepidtravel.com
    Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.
    Culture shock rating

    Expect some culture shock. You'll be exposed to signs of poverty and access to services may be sporadic. The food will be quite different to home and English speakers harder to find. Respecting the local culture will make it easier to fit in and really experience the location.
    Physical rating

    Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
    Included activities
    Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.
    Optional activities
    A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
    Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
    Money Exchange
    The official currency of Ecuador is the US dollar (USD).
    Please note that in Ecuador automatic money machines often limit the amount you can withdraw. This can be $100 or $200 per day depending on your card.
    Spending money
    Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
    Tipping
    If you are happy with the services providing a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. We recommend that any tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group, rather than collected and passed on by the group leader.
    The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
    Restaurants: Please check the bill and if there’s an addition of 10% service charge, there’s no requirement for tipping. Otherwise, 10% of the total bill amount is appropriate.
    At local markets and basic restaurants: Leave the loose change.
    Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest US$1 per person, per day for local guides.
    Your crew (including the leader and driver, and perhaps cook depending on your trip): You may also consider tipping your crew for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline US$2-3 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
    Group size
    Maximum of 50 travellers per group.
    Your fellow travellers
    This trip is operated in "Join-In" basis and you may travel alongside other Intrepid or non-Intrepid travellers during included activities.
    Accommodation
    Jungle Lodge (4 nts)
    Meals
    4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
    Budget for meals not included:
    USD 100.00
    Transport
    Group leader
    Intrepid Short Break Adventures are not accompanied by an Intrepid group leader. Local guides may be used on some itineraries.
    Joining point
    Your Quito Hotel
    N/A
    Quito
    ECUADOR
    Joining point instructions
    Your trip starts with an early pick up from your preferred Quito hotel. It is imperative that we at Intrepid know the location of your overnight hotel in Quito at least 7 days prior to the start of this trip. If you are finishing an Intrepid trip in Ecuador the day before this trip starts, we will know where you are staying at. If you are not finishing an Intrepid trip prior to this trip starts, we can help you arrange extra accommodation in Quito for you. Please contact your booking agent for more details.
    Alternatively, please inform your booking agent at least 7 days before the this trip starts the name and address of your hotel in Quito where you need to be picked up from on day 1 of this trip.
    The day before your trip starts an Intrepid local representative meets you at your hotel by 5PM. Please have your passport and insurance information ready for this meeting. If you arrive in Quito late at night the day before this trip starts, an envelope will be waiting for you at your hotel containing all the information and vouchers you need for this trip. If you do not receive this envelop, please call our local emergency number on 09 4014877.
    If you require any pre or post tour accommodation we recommend
    Sierra Madre Hotel
    Veintimilla No 464 y Luis Tamayo
    Quito
    PH + (5932) 2505687
    Arrival complications
    We don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the emergency contact section below for who to contact depending upon your starting location.
    No refund is available on missed transfers or portions of your trip owing to a different flight arrival or delayed flight arrival. Any additional cost incurred in order to meet up with your group is at your own expense.
    Finish point
    Quito
    Quito
    ECUADOR
    Finish point instructions
    Your trip finishes upon arrival to Quito airport. If you are not scheduled to fly out from Quito airport the same day this trip finishes, we can help you arrange additional transfers and accommodation in Quito. Please contact your booking agent for more information.
    Emergency contact
    In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Ecuador Operations Office can be reached on:
    Outside Ecuador: +593 9 94014877
    From within Ecuador: 09 94014877
    For all other enquiries please contact our Reservations department which is open 24 hours, 6 days per week. For further contact details please use the following page:
    Emergency funds
    Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$400, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
    Issues on your trip
    While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
    We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.
    You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.
    What to take
    What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we recommend keeping the weight under 10kg / 22lb.
    Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.
    You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.
    Health
    All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.
    You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
    DRINKING WATER:
    As a rule we recommend you don't drink tap water, even in hotels, as it contains much higher levels of different minerals than the water you may have at home. For local people this is not a problem as their bodies are used to this and can cope, but for visitors drinking the tap water can result in illness. Generally this isn't serious, an upset stomach being the only symptom, but it's enough to spoil a day or two of your holiday. Bottled water is widely available and your leader can recommend safe alternatives when available. Water consumption should be about 3 litres a day. Rehydration salts, motion sickness tablets, and diarrhoea blockers are available from many pharmacies.
    ALTITUDE SICKNESS:
    Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!
    Before your trip.
    Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor
    We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatizing to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.
    During your trip.
    While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly.
    Please read the following document carefully and, during your trip, utilise the table on the back daily to record your own perspective of your general health and any symptoms you may experience:
    http://d3oxn90f3yphmd.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/file_attach/52735_product_altitude-sickness.pdf
    Safety
    Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.
    We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
    In addition to any included activities on your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. Our local representative may be able to assist you with available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that our local representative has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
    For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:
    Travel insurance
    Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
    When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the trip until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by our local representative.
    If you have credit card insurance our local representative will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact telephone number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
    Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:
    Responsible Travel
    We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller:
    Latin Americans can be very conscious of appearance so try to be casual but conservative in your dress. Outside of beach areas halter tops and very short shorts should not be worn. When visiting churches or religious sites shoulders and knees should be covered.
    A couple of rules
    Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our local representative has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
    The Intrepid Foundation
    Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.
    The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$5,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your group leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:
    Responsible Travel projects
    Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in Ecuador include:
    * The Charles Darwin Foundation protects species in the Galapagos that are on the borderline of extinction. Focusing on the island of Floreana, they hope to re-introduce several locally extinct and critically endangered keystone species that are integral to the ongoing balance and sustainability of the marine and terrestrial ecosystems.
    Carbon offset
    Carbon Offset C02-e 136.00 kgs per pax.
    Feedback
    After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.
    Remember that once you’ve left your feedback you’ll automatically be entered into our monthly draw for a US$500 (or equivalent in your local currency) travel voucher.
    Further Information
    A book is a great way to get inspired about a destination… and make long waits at airports more bearable! These books should get you in the mood for a trip to Ecuador: