Experience an unforgettable time in the Ecuadorian Amazon
YARINA ECO LODGE
A magical nature getaway
Welcome to the fantastic world of the Ecuadorian Amazon Forest "YARINA ECOLOGICAL RESERVE", a veritable paradise located in the province of Orellana, in the heart of YASUNÍ National Park.
The adventure starts with a 30-minute flight from Quito to El Coca, traversing the majestic Andes, and flying over the beautiful Ecuadorian forest. Then you will sail through the waters of the Napo River, the main tributary of the Amazonas River, up to its confluence with Rio Maduro.
The crossing from El Coca toward the Yarina Ecological Reserve is comfortably done in power-driven canoes, and takes about one hour, during which time you can enjoy the view of the beautiful riverside landscapes and the homes of Quichua communities, that even today keep their customs and traditions, such as the making of "chica de yuca" (a traditional saliva-fermented yuca drink).
Get ready to enjoy days filled with adventures, learning and new discoveries.
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Adventure, wildlife, cultural exchange and much more
Our programs include
- * A full board meal plan
- * Scheduled excursions
- * Local Spanish-speaking tour guide
- * Bilingual English-speaking tour guide
- * Housing in multiple-occupancy cabins
- * Rubber boots (up to Ecuador size 43/USA size 10)
- * Fluvial transportation Coca–Yarina–Coca
- * Fresh bottled water during excursions and meals
Our programs do not include
- * Tips and snack bar expenses
- * Extra meals and drinks
- * 12% VAT (value-added tax) + 10% on services
- * Transportation Quito–Coca– Quito
- * Rubber boots larger than Ecuador size 43 (USA size 10)
- * Personal items: flashlight, raincoat
Example of our program activities
Every day of the week we offer a different and unique itinerary at Yarina EcoLodge
All of our programs start with the arrival of the visitors at the Lodge. On the first day, lunch is served right after arrival. We finish on the final day with breakfast and transfer back to El Coca city.
Breakfast. We take a canoe ride through the Maduro River up to Sapococha lagoon. We walk around the lagoon, delighting in the sounds of the birds, amphibians and other animals, while we learn about several types of aquatic plants. We return to the Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, we visit the Socali Trail, distinguished by the variety of forest lands that it crosses. This trail is used as a route to the primary forest area. Return to the Lodge, have dinner, and go to the accommodations.
Tuesday or Saturday
After breakfast, we go on an adventure as we take the Capibara trail and cross marshlands, home to a vast amount of palm trees. We then return to the Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, we set aside our boots and excursion clothing to put on T-shirts and shorts. We take a canoe and enjoy some pleasant piraña fishing. But before fishing, our guides will show you the most distinguished weapon of the Amazon: the "cerbatana" or "bodoquera" ("blowgun" or "blowpipe"). Return to the lodge, have dinner, and go to the accommodations. At night, the second group leaves the Lodge to go on a paddle canoe trip on the lagoon to watch caimans.
Breakfast. We get equipped for hiking. We take a canoe and sail down the river and into the jungle, watching butterflies, orchids and amphibians up to the Dos Ramas trail. There, we go for a short walk to learn more about medicinal plants, birds and other animals. Return to the Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, we sail up to the Napo River and enjoy an afternoon on its beaches, swimming and getting to know the riverside and its inhabitants.
Thursday or Sunday
After breakfast, we take the power-driven canoe leaving the boundaries of the reserve to visit an indigenous family of the West Kichwa community. Our guides will instruct the group on their traditions, customs and way of life. Return to the Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, we get equipped for hiking and visit the Gatusos trail, where we learn more about the usage of certain plants in the indigenous culture. We delight in the sounds of birds, insects and other animals. We return to the Lodge for dinner and go to the accommodations.
All programs are subject to change by reason of force majeure to ensure visitors’ safety, as well as by reason of other unforeseen circumstances, negligence by any third party, weather conditions or interest of visitors.
Terms & conditions
Children younger than 12 get a 30% discount.
Our pricing is based on double-occupancy or shared cabins. If you wish to be lodged in an individual cabin, there is an additional cost of 50%.
Our pricing includes participation in the guided group tours. If you need an individual guide for private excursions, an additional fee applies–please contact us.
Our programs include a translator (Spanish–English). If you need a translator for another language, please contact us.
In the afternoon, we take the Tucán Trail, which leads us to one of the tallest observation towers in the Amazon. We stay at the observation tower for a while and watch a large variety of birds. We return to the Lodge. Lunch. In the afternoon, we get equipped for hiking and visit the Sendero de los Caimanes ("Trail of the Caimans"), a site where you will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge even more about the usage of plants in the indigenous culture. We will enjoy the sounds of birds, monkeys, insects and other animals, as we paddle along the river and the lagoon. Return to the Lodge for lunch and then go to the accommodations.
We customize your trip
Our trips are 100% customizable
We help you fulfill your dreams. Our customized trips offer you the freedom for you to come up with your own adventures. Build your itinerary with us. Please contact our staff.