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6 Day Omacawayno Community and Amazon Rainforest Safari in Ecuador

Shiripuno River, Ecuador

Amazonian Safari in Ecuador

Minta Huaorani Tours invite you to join them on this exotic safari through the Ecuadorian Amazon. You will take a canoe on the Shiripuno River and explore the natural surroundings of the jungle, observing its one-of-a-kind wildlife and getting to know the culture, customs, and traditions of the native communities living here in complete and utter union with nature.

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Minimum group size: 3 persons
  • Maximum group size: 9 persons
  • Children policy: Children of any age are allowed to participate
  • Starting point: Puerto Francisco de Orellana
  • Ending point: Puyo or Puerto Francisco de Orellana
  • English, Spanish speaking guide

Highlights

  • Discover kilometers of untouched rainforest
  • Observe countless bird species and other animals
  • See anacondas, river turtles, macaws, toucans, tapirs, and more
  • Visit the community of Conan and Cawiha, Omacawayno
  • Try traditional Huaorani tree climbing techniques
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • Guides included

Styles


5 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: 3-9 participants
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Accommodation

The accommodation will be in tents.

Program

Day 1: Arrival

You will be picked up by Huaorani staff in Coca (San Francisco de Orellana) at the airport, bus terminal, or your hotel upon arrival. Travel by road three hours to the Shiripuno River, then by motor canoe down the Shiripuno, discovering kilometers of untouched rainforest, all the while observing countless bird species and other animals. You arrive at a beach where you will camp for the night.

Day 2: Omacawayno community

Travel deeper into the Amazon Rainforest on the Shiripuno River and later on the Cononaco River to Conan and Cawiha’s community, Omacawayno, again viewing the pristine jungle of the Oriente along the way.

During the trip, you have the opportunity to observe animals such as anacondas, river turtles, macaws, toucans, tapirs, and more. In the community, you will be received by the Omaca family and share an afternoon and evening getting to know them.

Day 3: Forest hike

You will try traditional Huaorani tree climbing techniques, visit a yucca farm near the community, and observe some of the most magnificent trees in the forest - ceibos. In the afternoon, you will learn how Huaorani blowguns and spears are made and will get the chance to practice using them against artificial targets.

You will take a brief hike through the forest, collecting materials used to build houses and make crafts before sharing time with members of the community, making traditional Huaorani bags and hammocks while trying chicha, a traditional Huaorani yucca-base drink. At night, you will go on a post-dinner hike to observe a completely different and well-hidden ecology.

Day 4: Extended hike to a lagoon

After breakfast, you can speak with Cawiha about the Jaguar Spirit, the traditional Huaorani lifestyle, and the history of the first contact with non-indigenous peoples. You can also listen to traditional Huaorani chants and myths sung and orated by various members of the community. After lunch, you will go on an extended hike to a lagoon near the community.

Here you can find an incredible biodiversity and have the opportunity to see any of the more than 600 bird species and any of the 13 species of primates native to the region. Your quiet walk through the forest will bring you in contact with the abundant flora and fauna of the area, such as leaf-cutter ants, rubber trees, lizards, snakes, and other animals and plants.

Also, Cawiha and Conan will share with you traditional Huaorani knowledge of medicinal plants. You return to the community for dinner and the chance to spot nocturnal caimans along the banks of the river.

Day 5: River tour

Wake up early to travel down river in the hopes of catching a glimpse of tapir families bathing. During the trip, you will also have the opportunity to observe animals such as anacondas, river turtles, macaws, toucans, tapirs, and more. You arrive to the small Huaorani community of Bowanamo where you will eat lunch and visit a salt lick in the hopes of seeing various bird species such as parrots and macaws.

After your brief trek, you travel further downriver to the community of Bameno. In the village, you will have the chance to speak with Huaorani elders and immerse yourself in the life of the community for an evening.

Day 6: Departure

After a hardy breakfast, you will be picked up by a charter plane and, with a fond farewell from the Huaorani of Bameno, Cawiha, and Conan, you will board the flight to Puyo and pass over miles of untouched forest.

Note: Actual trip itineraries vary from the sample given above. Please consult with your tour guide to confirm your group specific itinerary. No outside guides are allowed on the tour, only translators.

Location

The small Huaorani village is located deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon in the Yasuní National Park and is home to a family of Huaorani fighting to maintain their way of life and preserve their forest in the face of intense external pressures.

Food

During your stay, you will be provided with three daily meals. Your personal chef, Conan Bare Omaca, has over fifteen years of experience as a professional cook. His training has brought him to various cities, hotels, and lodges throughout Ecuador.

As the only Huaorani with extensive professional training as a cook, Conan completely understands the need for quality food prepared in a sanitary way while traveling. From pancakes and bacon to tropical fruit covered in homemade chocolate syrup, Conan will assure that your culinary experience will be one of the highlights of your trip.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Guides
  • Transportation
  • 3 daily meals
  • 5 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Gratuities
  • Taxes

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 3 participants

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