Paddle and Explore the Huaorani Territory in the Amazon Basin in Equador

Journey by sea kayak deep into the heart of the Amazon jungle on an active excursion, with an emphasis on wildlife and ecology with Adventure Life Journeys. The outfitter’s Amazon Adventurer Eight-Day tour explores the Huaorani territory in the vast Amazon basin.

During the trip, adventurers will paddle in expedition kayaks and camp for five nights. Along the way, they’ll observe wildlife and learn about the medicinal uses of Amazon plants, trees and insects. Visitors will also meet with the Huaorani people, who make their living from this green land, and have the opportunity to experience a little of the lives of these natives. No experience is necessary for this unique and adventurous experience in the Amazon rain forest.

Quito, Ecuador, serves as the starting point for this journey. A morning flight will take visitors over the Eastern Cordillera of the Andes and down into the Amazon basin to begin the expedition kayaking trip. Here the Ecuadorian Amazon boasts some of the world’s highest biodiversity and sustains the traditional lifestyle of numerous indigenous groups.

On this exceptional journey, visitors will paddle sea kayaks down the Shiripuno River into Huaorani Territory. Along the way, guests will meet and learn about these unique people as they share a little of their vision of the rain forest. Days are spent exploring and paddling three to six hours each day to a new campsite; several hikes into the surrounding forest are also mixed in.

Each day unveils the splendors of the Amazon, revealing the intimate side of the region that most visitors miss. The trip affords many opportunities to view the wildlife riches and to absorb the beauty of this remote area. The silent journey down river offers excellent opportunities to spot monkeys, capybara, toucans, macaws, tapir and maybe even the elusive jaguar.

During hikes into the forest, a naturalist guide talks about the complex ecology of the rain forest, and a Huaorani guide explains the medicinal and everyday uses of the area’s plants and trees. Along the way, visitors will have a chance to fish for giant catfish and piranha or take a cool swim with the sharp-toothed fish. All fishing is catch and release, so there are plenty of big fish to go around. The journey ends on the morning of the seventh day by heading back upriver on motorized canoe to catch a return flight to Quito.

Adventure Life Journeys specializes in off-the-beaten path, small-group wildlife and natural history tours. The company offers unique and incredible combination adventures that deepen guests’ appreciation of nature, ecology and the surrounding culture. This year’s expedition dates include year-round departures extending from January through December, and the fee is US$1550 per person.

The trip includes two nights’ accommodation in comfortable hotels and five nights’ camping, with all meals while in the jungle, as indicated. The company also provides also provide several popular trip extensions. Transportation including local flights, taxi/Jeep, motorized and paddle dugout canoes and the services of ALJ’s bilingual local naturalist guide, an Indian guide, and a representative in Quito are also included. Accommodations are clean and comfortable and the food is good, but this is not a luxury trip. For details on this trip or other adventures, contact Adventure Life Journeys, at 800-344-6118 or visit the company website at www.adventure-life.com

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