Yaku Kausay Cultural Experience

During this Yaku Kausay Cultural Experience, you will be immersed in Kichwa mythology. The knowledge of their inhabitants, children, young people, old people keeps great secrets.

The activities are in hands of the Kichwa community Añangu. It is important to take into account the different codes of ethics and rules of behaviour.

You will enjoy everyday life and learn about their traditions and cosmovision. During your stay, you will be taken apart from urban stress to a world where nature comes to live.

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Notes:

  • Please check with your trusted travel advisor for special prices for your kids & for solo traveller prices.
  • Destination

  • Included

    24/7 Assistance
    English Speaking Guides
    Services as described
  • Not Included

    Domestic Flights
    International Flights
    Personal expenses
    Services not described
    Tips
    Transportation
    Travel insurance
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Day 1: Hello Yasuní

Your cultural experience begins from the town of Coca, at “La Mision” river port, whose name recalls the mission of capuchin monks who occupied the area in the past century.
    At this place, the staff will welcome you, take your luggage to the motorboat, while you meet with your guide and fellow travellers for a briefing about the area overlooking the Napo River.
    Then you will board on a comfortable motorboat for about two hours to enjoy the clear waters and amazing rainforest.
    Arriving at Napo Cultural Center, you have the outstanding chance to step onto the aboriginal territory of the Kichwa Añangu community, whose members will welcome you with a traditional and refreshing ice-cold “wayusa”. This is one of three known caffeinated holly trees, the leaves of the guayusa tree are dried and brewed like a tea for their stimulative effects.
    Hike along “Playas” trail to experience Amazon wildlife for the first time in the river islands and shores amidst one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth.
    Kayaking is also available as an optional activity for around 45 minutes to enjoy an overwhelming and colourful sunset in the vastness of the Napo River.
Meals included: Box Lunch & Dinner
    Hotel: Standard Cabin at Napo Cultural Center - subject to availability
    • Type of service: Shared
 
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Day 2: Kuri Muyu & Observation Tower

You will begin this morning with a visit to the intercultural interpretation centre "Kuri Muyu" which means golden seed in the native language, handled by the women of the community also known as “mamakuna”.
    You will have the opportunity to learn about the kichwa culture, crafts, customs and traditional use of natural resources directly from the people of the community.
    You will return to the center of the community to have lunch at the dining hall and take a break in the lodge before hiking one hour in order to climb up the observation tower reaching 35 meters above the surface with high chances to spot a variety of birds, howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, toucans, parrots and sloths.
    In the evening, you will have time to settle back and prepare for a traditional typical dinner to taste local flavors of the Amazon, such as “maito” which is grilled fish wrapped in a “bijao” leaf and if you have an adventurous palate try the grilled worms of the “chonta” locally known as “chontakuru”.
    After dinner, prepare your flashlight for a night walk around the lodge to see different kinds of insects, reptiles and even nocturnal mammals like the night monkeys.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Hotel: Standard Cabin at Napo Cultural Center - subject to availability
    • Type of service: Shared
 
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Day 3: Farewell

To close with a flourish, take part in the optional “wayusada” ritual, in which at dawn around 4:30 am is the time when the kichwa family share together the sacred “wayusa” and has been a way to past their ancient knowledge to the new generations.
    Here you also share traditional chants and have the chance to “interpret dreams” with the wisest “mamakuna” in the community, a mystique experience indeed.
    Then head back for breakfast, while the staff pick your luggage for your return to Coca town, onboard the comfortable motor boats for the last chance to appreciate the Ecuadorian rainforest landscape until you reach “La Mision” river port.
Meals included: Breakfast
    Type of service: Shared
 
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