Arrival in Coca; transfer by River Boat.
After you collect your luggage, you'll be transferred to a boat port on the banks of the Rio Napo. Sit back and enjoy the 2 hour ride, feeling a cool breeze on your face as your guide gives you an insider’s view of Amazon River culture.
Minga Lodge Arrival & Orientation
Step off the boat at Minga Lodge just in time to take in your first spectacular Amazonian sunset over the Rio Napo. Your lush tropical surroundings will be glowing pink and orange as you snack on local treats like plantain chips and yucca fritters, washed down with a glass of chilled guayusa tea.
Follow a ME to WE team member along winding stone pathways and raised walkways to your cabin nestled into the jungle.
Meet with our team to learn about the WE Villages development model. Our local staff work with rural villages and regional governments to support, teach and empower people within five Pillars of Impact:
1. Education: Quality primary education
2. Water: Safe/clean drinking water and sanitation systems
3. Health: Sanitation & health care services
4. Food: Agriculture and food security
5. Opportunity: Alternative income projects
Let the aromas of cumin, oregano, garlic and onion be your guide as you make your way back to the dining hall from your cabin, along meandering stone pathways and over a footbridge across the creek. Feast on Western favorites and local delicacies like heart of palm, stinging nettle and fish cooked in palm leaves. Add some fire to the meal with a scoop of ajihot sauce, if you dare!
Optional: Wild Amazonian Night Walk
When the sun goes down, the rainforest comes alive. Join your jungle guide for an adventurous night walk to discover the incredible array of nocturnal wildlife that calls the jungle home. You might spot frogs, spiders, tree snakes and owls—but with tens of thousands of species in the Amazon Basin, there's no limit to what this one-of-a-kind experience might have in store.