– Available as 5 days tour from US $985 –
Listen to the sound of the rainforest and enjoy the ease whilst paddling along the Tiputini River in a Kayak. Experience the life of the jungle and watch as squirrel monkeys are jumping from tree to tree, toucans are calling over your head, shy mammals are coming to the riverbank to drink water and countless of colorful birds are crossing your path.
Mandari Panga Eco-Camping offers a breathtaking 5-day adventure where you can explore the diversity of Yasuni National Park in a kayak. The daily excursions start early morning, kayaking downstream the Tiputini river to visit various destinations in the area of the indigenous community Mandari Panga. For upstream courses you will change to a motorized canoe. The Tiputini River is a very quiet river without rapids, which is easy to pass even for beginners.
An extensive program of hikes and kayak rides around the camp is offered every day. The jungle and its inhabitants await you with all its sounds, scents and surprises. Be curious!
A Respect Travel representative or the Camp will pick you up from the airport or bus terminal in Coca Town. From there we drive for two hours through small towns and gravel roads through local communities. Arriving in the village of Pindo, the kayaks are ready to start the adventure. For about 4 hours, we’ll row along the majestic Tiputini ricer, surrounded by nature and wildlife, with the Yasuni National Park on our right. You are likely to be welcomed by a variety of birds such as oropendolas, kingfishers and parrots. About halfway through, we stop for lunch at the riverbank, before we reach our destination of the first day – a small basic campsite, nestled in the jungle along the river. In the evening a delicious welcome dinner will be served. The first night we’ll spend in this campsite.
After a delicious breakfast, we’ll pass through a part of the community of Mandari Panga where we can observe some small farms of yuca, plantain, coffee, cocoa, and other edible and medicinal plants. After our visit, we’ll hike for about 40 minutes to reach a clay leak – a rock and clay wall with a high concentration of minerals where a number of parrots come to lick the clay to detoxify and clean their systems of the toxins accumulated in their normal diets and to help with digestion. A breathtaking spectacle!
Afterwards we take a break for lunch before paddling deeper into the jungle and eventually reach the main campsite of Mandari Panga in the late afternoon. Your comfortable and spacious tents are set and the chef is awaiting you with a delicious dinner.
The lodge has eight simple cabins that each accommodate up to three people. All cabins have a private terrace and a spacious private bathroom with unheated running water. Bedsheets, towels and mosquito nets are provided. Three times a day, the lodge serves simple but delicious hot dishes based on locally grown foods. The riverbank invites you to relax and observe – letting jungle life come to you.
Activities take place either in the morning, afternoon, or for a full day. Itinerary varies due to weather conditions and interest of guests and will be finalized with the guide on-site.
- Expedition of the river by kayak, teeming with the Amazon’s wildlife: birds, mammals, amphibians, and countless plants, trees and natural medicine resources
- Guided hikes through the jungle
- Visit to the home of an Indigenous family *highlight*
- Visit to parrot clay lick
- Night walks in the jungle
- Nocturnal canoe ride
We refrain from presenting a given itinerary as the exact process can only be defined at the campsite depending on weather conditions and guests’ interests. All tours are private, and no group will be on the same path as another.
- Transport Coca – Camp – Coca
- Accommodation in a private, two-person tent
- Three hot meals (starting with lunch on the first day and ending with breakfast on the last day)
- Snacks during expeditions
- English-speaking Naturalist guide
- Kayak rent
- Local guide
- Rubber boots
Tour does not include:
- Flight ticket from/to Quito (round-trip about US $300) or
- Bus Ticket from/to Quito (US $ 40 return ticket)
- Surcharge for Family tent in the main camp (spacious tent with headroom, US $40)
- Private expenses
- Any occurring payment fees – please see our payment policies
- Additional service not mentioned
For prices and a non-binding personal offer, please contact us via our online contact form or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also see our terms and conditions and information on payment and methods. We are pleased to make you an offer.
Why this Eco-Camping?
We selected this campground because the owners place great value on sustainability. The atmosphere is unique and special and provides an opportunity to see billions of stars with zero light pollution—a breathtaking experience not to be missed. Although the Eco-Camp is not directly managed by the community, the Indigenous people of two tribes are strongly supported by the income of the camp in terms of employment, transportation, medicine and education for kids. We are proud to support the great work of this new project.
– Available as 5 days tour from US $985 –