Ecuador holiday, Huaorani Amazon lodge & hiking

“A tailor made, eleven day holiday in Ecuador’s Amazon and Andes, with a chance to meet remote indigenous communities. Staying in lodges, with one domestic flight. ”

Highlights

Quito | Hike to Mojanda volcano | Otavalo | Zuleta Lodge | Avenue of the Volcanoes | Canoe trip on Amazon to Huaorani Ecolodge | Learn about Huaorani culture | Rainforest trek

Description of Ecuador holiday, Huaorani Amazon lodge & hiking

On this Ecuador walking holiday, a tailor made tour, you will get a chance to immerse yourself in the country’s thriving indigenous cultures of the Amazon and Andes. Starting in Quito, and taking time to enjoy this magnificent colonial city, you then head to more remote spots. All accessible during this eleven day trip, as Ecuador is a relatively small country, although you will take one domestic flight to reach the Amazon region where you will be exploring.

Highlights along the way include hiking to the crater of Mojanda Volcano, a 4-5 hour trek along ancient trails that takes you to the volcano’s largest crater lake. Followed by four days with one of the most remote Amazonian communities on earth, the Huaorani tribe. Staying at their jungle lodge, which is only accessible by canoe, you will have a chance totally immerse yourself in rainforest life. Learn about traditional survival and hunting skills and take guided hikes to some of the Huaorani’s most special and sacred places.

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism: Ecuador holiday, Huaorani Amazon lodge & hiking

Environment

Staying with the Huaorani people, one of the most remote Amazonian cultures on earth is a life changing experience. When you visit here, an indigenous leader will also tell you about the tribe’s fight against oil exploration and logging. Each Eco lodge is made from local wood and natural palm-thatched cabins. Biodegradable products are used and electricity is solar powered. A bio filter renders all waste products either recyclable or harmless before going into the river.
We encourage people to travel overland where possible (a fantastic experience in itself in South America for the views and sense of space you get)
We urge clients to focus their trip on a few places rather than trying to connect many destinations by flights.
Some of our suppliers have foundations or projects that benefit from the hotel/cruise boat or lodge that they operate and we prefer to use these where possible. We explain this to our clients and indeed it can be used as a big selling point throughout the trip planning process.

Community

We actively support community based projects. For every Peru booking we will donate £10 to the Living Heart Foundation who have several excellent projects that reach out to the remote Andean regions where children often have poor nutrition and education.
In Ecuador, guests staying at the Huaroni Ecolodge have a direct positive effect on the local community. Local people welcome you on arrival and take you downstream in a shallow dugout canoe called a quilla. Local Huaorani guides take you on long nature hikes into the forest and teach you about setting traps, making fires without matches, build a jungle shelter, use a blowgun and learn hunting techniques. The main goal of this project is the preservation of traditional Huaorani practices to keep Huaorani culture alive and protect the rainforest. You will also visit the Bicultural Ecology Education project and learn how to harvest manioc, a Huaorani staple. You can visit the community’s handicraft market - buying these goods help the Huaorani maintain their culture and support the local families who make them.

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