5 days from £995pp plus international flights.
This holiday gives you an insight into the lives of the Huaorani, an indigenous tribe in a remote part of the Ecuadorian Amazon. You'll learn survival skills and spend time getting helping them as they go about their everyday lives. all this in the knowledge that your visit is providing vital financial support for this vulnerable community.
While these cultural aspects form the undoubted core of the holiday, you'll also have time to enjoy the varied bird and animal life of the rainforest, spotting caiman in the river, squirrel monkeys in the trees, and marvelling at the bright colours of parrots and macaws. Your guide to this richness is a Huaorani naturalist expert, eager to share his knowledge and enthusiasm.
Exploring is a mix of hiking and canoeing, and you'll have the chance to bathe beneath a waterfall, go for a nocturnal walk in the forest and spend a night in a campsite constructed by a local community, for a truly immersive experience of nature.
For anyone with an interest in culture and conservation, this is a wonderful opportunity to experience life with a tribe forging an existence in a remote, wild location and living in harmony with nature.
Guide price from (pp sharing): £995 (ex. international flights)
4 nights accommodation (3 at Huaorani Lodge and 1 at a community campsite) on a twin-share basis; meals as specified; transport as specified; flight Coco-Quito and flight taxes; entrance fee to Huaorani Territory;services of an English-speaking guide; guided activities including camping; use of camping equipment (tent, mattress, sheets); use of rain poncho, Wellington boots and umbrella if needed; biodegradable soap and shampoo; water carrier.
International flights and taxes; visa (not currently needed by UK passport holders); travel insurance; drinks (soft drink and beer at the lodge); tips; items of a personal nature.
Getting there: This tour starts and ends in Quito. Return flights from London start from around £900 per person, depending on season and availability. We usually book these flights for you.
You will be collected in Quito early on day 1, so will need a night's accommodation before the tour which we are happy to book for you.
Departure dates: This holiday can begin on any day of the week except Sundays.
How this holiday helps
If you want to see the Amazon rainforest from the perspective of some of its indigenous inhabitants, come and visit the Huaorani tribe in Ecuador.
Only contacted in 1956, Huaorani means ‘people’or ‘human beings’. They are few in number, fiercely independent and proud, warm, friendly and funny. Not many visitors come here, and if you do, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome by the community who will show you how they live in the forest, show you the flora and fauna, take you in dugout canoes and generally let you try your hand at being a human being!
You’ll not stay in the village (which is too intrusive for the community) but in a simple, small palm-thatched eco-lodge which the community has built.
It’s an over-used phrase, but this really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience which proves to be life-changing for many.
Find the best time to visit Ecuador
Time: GMT -5 hours
Flight time: There is an international airport at Quito and at Guayaquil. KLM and Iberia have routes via Europe to both cities. The flying time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly via America.
Language: Spanish is Ecuador's official language.
Visas: Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.
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