This tour is ideal for those interested in supporting sustainable community tourism and getting out of conventional paths.
Day 1: Napo River and Arajuno River tour
The first stop is a guided tour through the jungle to an ancient tree called Ceibo, which is believed to be more than 200 years old. The guide will also point out several plants, fruits and trees along the way. After the walk, you'll visit a local Kichwa indigenous family. They will give you a tour around a cocoa farm and then teach you how to make chocolate.
For the adventurous at heart, you can try the ancestral game 'floating down the river in a tube', which is considered a soft water sports class. This activity is optional and you can continue by canoe. The next stop is the animal rescue center AmaZOOnico, where you'll learn how the experts rehabilitate, reintroduce and care for animals that have been victims of illegal trafficking.
The next stop along the Napo River tour is a visit to another local family, you'll spend time learning about indigenous weapons on Lake Caiman. Later, you'll visit the island of monkeys by canoe, where you can see them in their natural habitat. The last stop will be the town of Kichwa called El Mirador.
After a day full of adventure, you'll settle in the ecological cabins, relax and enjoy the incredible surroundings of the jungle before joining the dining room for dinner. After dinner, you can light a fire or take a night walk.
Day 2: El Mirador Community
You'll start the day with a nutritious breakfast, then, you'll sail in a motorized or traditional canoe and travel along the Arajuno River to a jungle path. Your expert guide will point out medicinal plants and demonstrate how our ancestors used traps to capture animals to support their families.
On the way, you'll enjoy an impressive panoramic view of the jungle before returning to the indigenous village. In the community, you'll share a traditional meal and learn from people how to make crafts with materials found in the jungle. The members of the community will also perform a cultural dance (Kichwa wedding demonstration) before returning to the canoe and returning to Puní Bocana, there, you'll take a bus back to Tena.