Day 1: Arrival
Hotel Casa Sol
AM/PM: Airport pick up and transfer to your hotel in Quito.
Day 2: Andes Mountains / Arrival to Archidona
AM: Drive through the Andes and into the jungle!
PM: Arrival to Archidona and the beautiful jungle hosteria of Hakuna Matata. Spend the afternoon relaxing in the beautiful nook of Chaupishungu River.
Day 3: Guayusa Tour / Traditional Lunch / Blue Lagoons of Cando
AM: Presentation on the Runa Foundation with a tour of Guayusa Factory and Tree Nursery.
PM: Eat a traditional lunch of Maito and then travel into the community of Cando to explore and relax in the beautiful blue lagoons.
Day 4: Guayusa Ceremony/Harvest Guayusa and Visit Artisan Shops
AM: Guayusa Ceremony: The day will begin with a steeping hot gourd of guayusa and the closeness that is shared among family and friends as they sip on this ancient beverage and ready themselves for the day. Then take a tour of a family’s farm and learn more about the native plants and species that dwell there. In the afternoon refresh yourself with a swim in the river!
PM: Travel into Tena and visit the local indigenous artisan shops.
Day 5: Visit “Monkey Beach” in Misahualli / Tour the Kichwa Museum
AM: Travel to Misahualli and spend the morning exploring the area, relaxing on the river, and playing with the monkeys that roam freely throughout Misahualli.
PM: Visit the local Kichwa museum, run by the community of Chichicorumi. Learn more about Kichwa culture, hunting tools, traditional clothing and much more!
Day 6: Rafting or Jungle Hike
AM/PM: Spend the day hiking in the beautiful primary forest, canoe up the Amazonian rivers, and see a butterfly/exotic animal reserve. Learn how artisanal chocolate is made within communities and how traditional hunting traps are used to capture animals in the wild. You can also choose to spend the day on relaxing and rafting down the exotic Napo River.
Day 7: Quito
Hostal Casa Sol
AM: Return to Quito.
PM: Explore the historic part of Quito.
Day 8: Fly Home