DAY ONE.- Arrival in the Amazonian town of Coca, Ecuador. This is your point
of departure for
adventure down the Napo with your final destination, Iquitos, Peru.
This jungle city is located on the shores of the Amazon River. While
in Coca, you will be our guest at the San Fermin Hotel. After you
are settled, we will have an information session regarding your trip
to Iquitos, Peru.
DAY TWO.- After a good breakfast, our adventure begins at 9h00 a.m.
From Coca, we travel down the Napo River by motorized boat for
approximately one hour to the town of Pompeya. From here, we begin
to Kayak east down the Napo until the Amazonian community of Añangu
where we make camp, enjoy a great meal and relax. There is an option
to sleep at Sani Lodge at extra cost.
DAY THREE.- Our kayaking day begins at 6h00 as we continue to
navigate downstream until Yasuni National Park. Here we stop at the
parks infamous clay lick and observe many species of parrots as they
descend (weather permitting) to eat the kaolin clay. The parrots
often eat fruits which have high concentrations of toxins and the
clay binds to these toxins and neutralizes their effect. This could
be compared to the parrots going to the pharmacy to take their
medicine. There is also an option at extra cost, to enter into the
Añangu lagoon for a 2 hour visit. This lagoon is property of the
community of Añangu and the Napo Wildlife Center Lodge. We then
board a motorized boat and travel to Samona Yuturi Lodge where you
will spend the night in comfort in one of the cabins which includes
private bath. The local Kichwa indigenous people manage this lodge
located on a tributary of the Napo, the Yuturi River.
DAY FOUR.- After an early morning breakfast at Samona Yuturi Lodge,
we kayak down the Napo to Santa Maria de Huririma for lunch. Our
expected arrival time at the border town of Nuevo Rocafuerte should
be in the late afternoon. This Ecuadorian town located in front of
Peru has all the comforts of most towns including stores, telephone
and even internet. After supper, we will rest and prepare for the
DAY FIVE.- Another special day is planned. After breakfast, we
travel up the Yasuni River in kayak to another entrance gate to
Yasuni National Park, the beautiful Jatuncocha Lagoon. There is an
abundance of flora and fauna in the region and hopefully we will
encounter monkeys, toucans, parrots, river dolphins, giant river
otters and any other species the forest may share with us. In the
afternoon, you will have the opportunity to fish for piranha and
after supper, we begin our adventure looking for caimans in the dark
of the night.
DAY SIX.- After breakfast, we kayak the river area that feeds the
lagoon and search for birds, giant river otters and other species.
In the afternoon after a good lunch, we head back in our motorized
boat to our destination, Nuevo Rocafuerte, where we dine and sleep.
The next day our Peruvian adventure begins as we navigate in Kayak
down the Napo River and visit the various communities along its
DAY SEVEN.- In the morning, we complete Ecuadorian border procedures
and travel to Pantoja, Peru in motorized boat. The duration of this
trip is approximately 1h30 minutes. After our arrival at Pantoja, we
immediately complete Peruvian border procedures. We are now ready to
kayak down the Napo to the indigenous community of Torres Causana
where we set up camp for the night. Here you will notice a change in
the mighty Napo River as it widens with many river islands. From
here, we guide you down the Napo from our motorized boat as you
kayak behind us.
DAY EIGHT.- After breakfast, we kayak down a tributary to the
indigenous community of Wayoya (2 hours from the Napo). After
visiting the Wajoya people, we return by motorized boat to the
shores of the Napo River, make camp and settle down for a good
DAY NINE.- After breakfast, we pack up and travel by kayak from
Santa Maria de Nanay to Puerto Elvira. During this trip that lasts
most of the day, we pass the communities of Angoteros and Campo
Serio. From here and weather permitting, you may kayak down the Napo
without guided assistance. Our motorized boat is always available
for emergencies or help due to poor weather conditions.
DAY TEN.- After breakfast, we kayak down the Napo to the community
of San Carlos. After setting up camp, we relax and discuss the
events of the day.
DAY ELEVEN.- Today, we travel down the Napo to the Curaray River and
then continue on to the Peruvian town of Santa Clotilde. Tonight, we
have the opportunity to sleep in a basic hotel and dine in a local
restaurant. After dinner, we visit the town of Santa Clotilde which
has electricity and telephones. Our hotel is equipped with a private
DAY TWELVE.- Today alter breakfast we travel by Speed boat 5 or 6
hours (depending on water levels) to the town of Mazan. From here,
we take another speed boat and travel up the Amazon River
(approximately one hour) to the city of Iquitos. We should arrive in
Iquitos at 2 p.m. Our adventure concludes in the Amazonian city of
Iquitos where you will find many tourist sights to visit. Do not
hesitate to ask us for any recommendations.
Your trip Includes: Lodging and dinner in Coca, private transport
from Coca-Iquitos-Coca, lodging and food travelling down the Napo,
purified water and camping equipment. During our adventure, we are
accompanied by a motor operator, assistant, cook and cooks aid,
logistic assistant and guide.
Your trip Does Not Include: Flight tickets, bus travel from Quito to
Coca, return international flights, travel insurance and loss of
After leaving Coca, we travel 300 kms east down the Napo
to Yasuni National Park. Here we spend four
beautiful days searching for Amazon River Dolphins,
Paiche (largest freshwater fish on the planet) and of
course fishing for the infamous piranha. It is
estimated that over 2,500 species of fish thrive in
Amazonia and over 500 species are registered along the
Napo and its’ tributaries.
Our guests will sleep in the border town of Nueva
Rocafuerte but visit the park during the day.
Jatuncocha is a huge lagoon located inside the park’s
border. Here we will begin our tour searching for
two species of dolphins, various shorebirds including
the Horned Screamer and spend some time fishing.
We will also walk along some interesting trails and of
course search for caimans in the evening.
After completing Ecuadorian border procedures in Nueva
Rocafuerte, we continue our trip to the Peruvian border
town of Pantoja,. From here our Peruvian adventure
begins as we continue down the Napo, camping on its
shores or spending the night with a local family.
Our final destination is the Amazon Riv er
and Iquitos, Peru.
AMAZON RIVER MAP
1j8888888888888888888History of the Napo River
In February 1541, Gonzalo Pizarro set out from Quito in
search of El Dorado and cinnamon with over 10,000 animals and
humans including over 200 Spaniards, 4,000 indigenous people,
2,000 pigs, and much the same in numbers for llamas, horses and
dogs. Francisco de Orellana joined the expedition at Sumaco
without knowing the severe problems that the Pizarro expedition
faced. A 100 of the expedition members died from cold exposure,
twenty-five miles outside of Quito in the Andean highlands. The
expedition also faced many difficulties including Indian
attacks, crossing mountain ranges, hacking through forests,
crossing rivers, traveling through heavy rains and facing
hunger, sickness and death. When Pizarro and Orellana joined forces, more of the same
problems still occurred. To avoid starvation, expedition members
ate all their llamas, dogs, horses and desperately searched for
the help of indigenous tribes to avoid starvation. Since this
expedition was desperately going wrong, Orellana suggested that
he be allowed to continue downriver from the junction of the
Coca and Cosanga Rivers in search for food. Both he and Pizarro
agreed that Orellana would look for and return with food for the
other members of the expedition. Orellana left with about 56 men and a newly constructed rustic
boat leaving Pizarro and 140 men behind. Eventually, Pizarro and
his depleted crew arrived at the junction of the Coca and the
Napo but many of the expedition members had died and Orellana
had already left downriver on the Napo to discover the Amazon
River. Pizarro felt betrayed since Orellana did not return with
food but it would have been impossible to paddle upriver against
the current and Orellana moved on facing Indian attacks from the
many tribes he encountered. Orellana was very violent and cruel
towards any tribe that did not cooperate with his group. Pizarro dropped the expedition and Orellana and his surviving
crew eventually reached it’s destination in August 1542. Upon
his return to Spain, Orellana managed to avoid the legalities of
his supposed betrayal despite Pizarro and his false accusations.
our trips are designed to according to your specifications as to the amount of
time available for each guest, budget requirements, level of adventure (hard and
soft), physical requirements and wildlife observations. Most of our tours
include camping, lodge tourism, paddle excursions, hiking, trekking, canopy
towers for birdwatching, etc. After discussion with each guest, we design each
tour according to your specifications and you are always accompanied on our
Amazonian tours with a naturalist and native guide. If you are a writer,
journalist or film maker, we have the experience, contacts and knowledge to
facilitate your work while in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Transport Boat Public
Transport Private From Nuevo Rocafuerte to Santa Clotilde