LAGOON ADVENTURE AND SHUAR TRADITIONS DAY TRIP
ECOSYSTEMS OF AMAZONIAN WETLANDS
Wetlands cover a small portion of the planet but their capacity to capture carbon is enormous. They can store 50 times more carbon than tropical rainforests, which helps keep heat-trapping gas that contributes to climate change out of the atmosphere.
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05H00: The beautiful city of Coca will be our meeting point where we will begin our journey. After embarking the canoe, we will navigate for around an hour and 20 minutes along the Napo River to the Taracoa lagoon.
As we arrive at the lagoon, we will have the opportunity to connect with the Amazon in its maximum splendor. First we will walk along a steel scaffolding pathway for about approximately 40 minutes. Here we will enjoy the unique flor and fauna. At the end of the pathway we will embark on a rowing canoe to traverse around the exuberant black water lagoon. This lagoon is home to alligators, piranhas, anacondas and colorful birds that will make us happy with the singing of their sounds. We will also hike in the middle of the jungle to observe primates of different species.
10:30 AM We will travel down the river approximately 40 minutes to our next destination, the Shuar Cultural Center community.
11:00 AM After disembarking our canoe, we will be receive a traditional welcoming with the Shuar ritual of the spear and “Tsaant-tobacco.” This welcome is a fundamental part of the spirituality of the Shuar people.
The welcome ritual will immerse you intimately into the life and essence of Shuar culture. At the center we will share ancesral stories and legends, ancestral knowledge, and the medicinal use of sacred plants. You will get to the experience to ancestral foodways with tastings of medicial spirits and gastronomy. After eating lunch, we will practice ancestral games of the Shuar culture.
14H30 PM Return to the beautiful city of Coca, where we will end our activities.
We are located on the south/east bank of the Napo River, in the Flor del Pantano community, within the Yasuní biosphere reserve
Bus to the city of Coca
A bus from the Trans Esmeraldas or Baños company leaves from the station in Quito, located in Carcelén (in the northernmost area of the city of Quito) or from Quitumbe (located in the south of Quito) at 11 pm (the day before at the beginning. The trip lasts 7 hours. Your guide will meet you in Coca.
In Coca – Address: Eugenio Espejo and Amazonas (next to the safari hotel)
In Coca our guide will transfer you to the Malecón, where we will board a motorized canoe to navigate the Napo River. During our journey down the Napo River, you will enjoy the opportunity to observe the unique flora and fauna of the area. We will travel along this river for approximately 1 hour until we arrive to Shuar Cultural Center
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Shuar Cultural Center offers cultural immersion tours focused on bringing our visitors into the world of Shuar cosmovision where we live in balance with nature and jungle spirits.
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