Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group, Locally Hosted

Ecuadorian Rainforest Experience (4 days)

ME to WE

Tena, Ecuador To Tena, Ecuador

Valid for Departures Now Through: 04 Feb 2019

Ecuadorian Rainforest Experience (4 days)

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Tena, Ecuador
Minga Lodge Dinner

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

Welcome Dinner

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.

Day 2
Tena, Ecuador
Minga Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Community Orientation and Volunteering

After breakfast, take a quick jungle walk or canoe ride to a nearby WE Villages community. Here, you'll have an opportunity to interact with local members and together, contribute to an ongoing sustainable development project such as laying the foundation for a new classroom.

Lunch

Back at the lodge, join fellow travellers for lunch on our indoor-outdoor dining terrace, which offers stunning views of the nearby river.

A Day in the Life

There’s no better way to understand the ways of local people than by walking a mile in their shoes. Meet a local farmer and join their family to carry out their daily activities, such as planting seeds, collecting water from the river and harvesting crops.

Dinner

Connect with the group as you gather around the dinner table for a family style feast, and share in the excitement of a day packed to the brim with new experiences.

Optional: Wild Amazonian Night Hike

Day 3
Tena, Ecuador
Minga Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning Rainforest Excursion

Before breakfast, explore beyond the property trails and hike through the rainforest, where, if you are lucky, you may see a myriad of flora and fauna, including toucans, Long-tailed Potoos, gargantuan cebo trees and countless species of insects, spiders and snakes. We can arrange hikes from between 30 min to 1 hour: let your guide know what you would prefer.

Volunteering in the Community

Continue the momentum on the build site. As you work, remember to take many water breaks and chat with the community members working alongside you.

Lunch

Reconvene with the group back at the lodge for lunch and a bit of down time before carrying on with the remainder of the day. Kick your feet up for a quick afternoon siesta in your hammock, or join friends for a game of cards in the shade.

Shamanic Ceremony and Weapons Training

Let a local shaman guide you and your fellow travelers to a nearby vantage point high above the river for a traditional cleansing ceremony and blessing. For an ethereal and earnestly Amazonian experience, close your eyes and allow the divine smoke to be wafted over you, propelled by large jungle leaves. Next, channel your inner Kichwa hunter and learn firsthand from an indigenous weapons expert how to throw a spear and shoot a blowgun. Test your precision alongside a friend as you both take aim at targets of papayas mounted on sticks

Dinner

Share trip photos and stories with your group over a sunset dinner. Tune into your senses and enjoy the warm breeze on your skin, the rich tastes in your mouth and the surrounding sounds of the jungle.

Day 4
Tena, Ecuador
Minga Lodge Breakfast

Optional: Morning Birdwatching

Depart From Minga

Say goodbye to the Amazon as you head out on a short boat journey back to Coca to continue your Amazon adventure.

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Description

Deep in the Amazon jungle, the vast Napo River winds past shorelines enveloped by throngs of lush, emerald green forest and bursts of tropical color. By motorized canoe, traverse the Los Rios, a waterway that feeds into the world’s second longest river and learn about the creatures and insects that call this rainforest home. On shore, hike through dense flora and fauna with your expert guide, taking in spectacular panoramic views of your surroundings as well as parrots and rare bird species. Experience the joy and warmth of Kichwa culture as you’re welcomed into a local community, and connect with fellow mothers, fathers and families. Join a minga—a Kichwa word meaning “the coming together of people for the greater good”— and work alongside community members on a sustainable development project.

About Us

ME to WE is an innovative social enterprise that provides products that make an impact, empowering people to change the world with their everyday consumer choices. ME to WE measures the bottom line by the people empowered and the lives transformed. Living ME to WE means working together to create sustainable change, and making a difference with everything we do—from choosing travel that leaves a positive footprint on the planet, to making purchases that give back. Our family and corporate trips focus on bonding, learning and growing closer to the group and the WE Villages partner community they visit.

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