Tena is a popular launching point for jungle, kayaking and rafting tours in Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest region. The entry to the city is marked by a statue of the indigenous hero Jumandy, who courageously led an uprising against the Spanish colonizers in 1578, and was subsequently executed. The town is popular with travelers, since it is known as being peaceful, orderly, clean and more geared towards tourists.
Tena and its surrounding indigenous communities are also bases for many volunteers working for reforestation projects or community support in development initiatives in diverse and connected areas, such as ecotourism and capacity building.
Arrival at the Lodge in the afternoon. After the long drive we can relax for a while in our beautiful spacious bungalow built in a rustic native design surrounded by gardens full of amazing jungle plants and flowers. A delicious dinner will be served in a romantic candlelight-setting at the attractively decorated restaurant. Afterwards we will enjoy a special welcome drink, relaxing ourselves around the elegant fireplace, to coordinate and discuss next day’s activities with the local crew. We’ll feel absolutely comfortable in this lovely peacefull setting filled with nightly sights and sounds of the Amazon jungle.
After our delicious breakfast we’ll be more than ready to start today’s adventure! We will start with a canoe ride down the imposing Napo River crossing the enchanted Ecuadorian jungle.
Here we will visit the Animal Rescue Center “AmaZOOnico”. It is a specialized organization dedicated to the rescue of wild animals and restoring them into their natural habitat. We will observe a great variety of species such as toucans, parrots, all kind of monkeys, ocelots, capybaras and much more…
After breakfast, we depart by canoe upstream for ten minutes, arriving at a small shore where we begin a fun and thrilling one hour walk, marveling ourselves with the jungle’s secondary forest diverse flora and fauna. After our short hike, we’ll find ourselves at the breathtaking cascade “La Cascada de Latas”.
After lunch we put on our rubber boots to start an exciting walk in the jungle’s primary forest, ready to find the secret wonders of the mysterious hidden jungle, finding amazing plant species with medicinal properties, which will be explained in detail by our expert native guide.
After breakfast, we will have to prepare our return trip. End of our program.
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Gulliver Expeditions is a local operator that organizes Ecuador Tours to travelers that like to experience Unlimited Adventures like climbing to the closest point on earth to the sun in the Chimborazo Volcano or travel along the deepest landscapes in the Amazon Rainforest to the stunning sceneries of the Galapagos Islands.