Yachana Lodge's contributions to conservation and education are at once extraordinary and subtle. They range from preparing the next generation of environmental stewards to protecting enormous swaths of rainforest. They include serving our own organic, farm-raised meals to sustainable solar electricity. In other words, the environment is not something we 'consider' at Yachana, but rather living in harmony with nature pervades every aspect of our life.
Nevertheless, being green doesn't mean we've forsaken comfort! To the contrary, at Yachana we've found ways to deliver the luxury you deserve while protecting the environment that sustains us. Yachana Lodge offers first-rate accommodations and a wide range of amenities all in the midst of incredible natural beauty of the rainforest.
Yachana Lodge is an award winning, Amazon ecotourism destination that inspires thousands of international and Ecuadorian visitors each year.
This just in! Yachana is a winner in the Ashoka and National Geographic Geotourism Challenge! Out of 323 entries from 83 countries, Yachana was selected amongst the three winners as the best example of geotourism. We greatly appreciate all those who helped us achieve this honor. For more information, visit the Ahoka website here, and our entry here (with youtube video).
'Yachana' is an indigenous Kichua word that means 'A place for learning',which is the best description of what we do. As you embark on your journey deep into the Amazon, you can be proud that your visit is helping to address education, conservation and sustainable development in a unique way in this environmentally sensitive region. At Yachana, we believe the future of the rainforest is inextricably linked to the well-being of its inhabitants; only those who call the rainforest their home can ensure its survival.
You will hike in Primary and Secondary rainforest with one of Yachana's English-speaking naturalist guides and discover the amazing symbiosis of the animals, birds, trees, plants and insects to name but a few. You will discover how the area's peoples have coexisted with the forest for centuries. You will visit Yachana's extraordinary and impressive Technical High School set up for the indigenous youth of the Amazon and learn about its organic farm. You will visit a traditional healer for a cleansing ceremony, stargaze from our stunning deck and visit our Butterfly House. You will have time to relax in your hammock and to swim in the River Napo or to sip a drink whilst watching a spectacular sun setting over the river. Whatever your motivation for visiting Yachana, you can be sure that your experience will be unforgettable.
Come and experience the beauty and adventure of Yachana!
All itineraries are organized according to your interest and the climatic/seasonal conditions, nevertheless, please find here an example for a 4 day itinerary:
4-days / 3-nights
Your journey into the Amazon Jungle starts in the jungle town of Coca, where you’ll be greeted by your Yachana guide, transported by bus to the river port and then board a 57 foot (18 meters) motorized canoe for the three hour trip up river. A box lunch will be served as you navigate the Napo River (please advice of any dietary restrictions in advance of your trip). Also, life vests are provided so you can fully relax and enjoy your ride along one of the largest tributaries to the legendary Amazon River. At Yachana Lodge, you’ll receive a warm welcome from the native staff who will serve you a refreshing beverage and snack while introducing you to the Lodge facilities. After you’ve had a chance to rest, your guide will take you on a short hike to an overlook where you can see the splendor of the rainforest reach out as far as the eye can see in every direction. On clear days you can even see Sumaco Volcano rising up in the distance. If you don’t want to take the hike up the hill to the overlook, you can also choose to visit the beautiful Butterfly House. L/D
After breakfast, your guide will lead you on a journey into the rainforest where he’ll explain the uses of various plants and amaze you with the diversity of birds and animals that inhabit the rainforest he calls home. You’ll return to the Lodge for a traditional Amazon lunch. After lunch you’ll have an opportunity to rest or explore the Lodge grounds on your own. Later in the afternoon you’ll have the option of staying at the Lodge or visiting a local healer where you’ll participate in a traditional cleansing ceremony. This is an interesting cultural experience where you’ll also have the opportunity to practice your skills at using a blowgun and spear. Afterwards you’ll have time to rest before dinner. Dinner is served at 7:00pm. On one of your evenings, you’ll have a chance to take a night walk to discover a totally different side of the forest. On this walk, you’ll experience the small insects, amphibians, reptiles and other animals that only come out at night. B/L/D
You have the option to start your day early by participating in a bird watching excursion before breakfast, or you can sleep a little longer before enjoying another splendid breakfast, the first of the day’s Amazon culinary delights. After breakfast, your guide will lead on a hike in search of the endemic hoatzin, a prehistoric bird found only in select areas of the Amazon, and then to the Yachana Technical High School, where you’ll have a chance to interact with the region’s next generation of leaders. This will take most of the morning and will give you an opportunity to see how a meaningful education is making a difference in the lives of many young people from the Amazon region. If you want, you can return to the Lodge before lunch and participate in an Amazon cooking class led by our chefs. After lunch, there’s time for a siesta before you try your hand at making a natural fiber basket and a traditional ceramic bowl from Amazon clay. After dinner there’s free time for your own leisure activities or optional activities scheduled by the Lodge. B/L/D
You’ll have a hearty breakfast and then travel by canoe from Yachana to the city of Coca for your travel back to Quito (according to your choice either by bus or plane). As you navigate downstream you’ll have one last opportunity to appreciate the vastness of the Amazon rainforest and reflect on your experience at Yachana. B/L
NB: Please read all itineraries as a guide only. All routes and programs can change without notice due to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety reasons and the wildlife encountered during the travel. Flexibility is the key to the success of any tour. Nevertheless the safety and the interest of our passengers is always our first priority.
Yachana Lodge is the only Ecuadorian Amazon lodge that hires virtually all local staff and indigenous naturalist guides. Our personnel receive extensive and continuous training and have years of experience providing a true eco-tourism experience and award-winning service. All of our guides are from the Amazon region, which means they have an intrinsic understanding of the rainforest. Additionally, they are fluent in English, Spanish, Kichua and other indigenous languages.
Your professional guide will be by your side as you:
We aim to make Yachana Lodge the best geotourism destination in Ecuador by supporting education, team work, improving customer service and infrastructure in order to satisfy our client's needs, and by improving the quality of life of the local community. We aim to be an example of sustainable tourism by constantly improving our system of procedures, policies, and development strategies.
We offer our visitors a unique educational experience with the local Amazonian culture and nature, with outstanding service that satisfies and exceeds clients' expectations. We maintain a permanent dedication to the sustainable development of the community, by generating resources, employment, and providing education for local communities.
Yachana´s Environmental Quality and Sustainability Policy:
Yachana offers lodging, food and beverage services, adventure and education through experiences with the local Ecuadorian Amazonian nature and culture.
We strive to provide wellbeing to our guests, employees, and partners. We contribute to the protection and care of the environment, as well as the social development and education of local communities with the promise of supporting their rich cultural heritage.
At Yachana Lodge we apply the philosophy of providing quality and conservation, where preserving nature, and offering our guests a safe and unforgettable learning experience defines each of our processes and services.
Prices 2016 - per person
In the price included:
Private transportation Coca - Lodge - Coca
Accommodation in double rooms
Meals as mentioned in the program (B= breakfast; L= Lunch/Box Lunch; D= Dinner)
Water, coffee, tea
Daily excursion program
Naturalist bilinguals guide (English/Spanish).
Rubber boots (only until size 44) and rain ponchos for the tour.
Not included in the price:
Tips and personal expenses
Everything that has not been included in the program
International flight airport tax Quito (USD 41.- per person)
Flight Quito – Coca – Quito