Offering one of the most privileged yet responsible Amazonian experiences in South America, and enveloped in the rainforest’s thick folds, like a curtain against civilisation, this ecolodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon region is run by the Huaorani Tribe : one of the most isolated ethnic groups on the planet.
The journey there is all part of the experience and more than worth it when you meet these vivacious people in their extraordinarily remote home, making you understand how first contact was only made with them 55 years ago! The Huaorani live within the borders of the Yasuni National Park, claimed to be one of the most biologically intense place on Earth for its richness of vegetation and concentration of wildlife.
Depending on your chosen length of stay, there will be a fixed schedule of activities and daily outings with the tribe learning about their culture (myths, legends, customs) as well as accompanying them on their hunts, using a blowgun, visiting other communities and local markets, climbing trees, trekking through the forest, to even sitting down with the tribe’s elder to talk about their fight against oil exploration in the area.
There are five simple but comfortable and private cabins, meaning your time here is shared with only a maximum of 10 guests. The staff at the lodge are also very helpful and make every effort to make sure you are comfortable and well-looked after. One more thing – the food is modest, fresh and delicious.
Update: As of May 2016, Huaorani Ecolodge is closed due to Chinese oil interests. Read more here.