Run by the Huaorani Tribe : one of the most Isolated Ethnic Groups on Earth

Facilities & services
  • 5 standalone cabins with en-suite bathrooms and 24-hour electricity powered by solar panels
  • Dining Area and Bar
  • Hammock House for relaxing
  • Getting there: 4-hours drive from Quito followed by a 45-minute small aircraft flight and a canoe ride down the river to reach this secreted community
  • Various programmes and daily activities depend on the length of your stay, but here are just some the things you may be doing:
  • Learn how to use a blowgun and days out hunting
  • Spend your days with the Huaorani Tribe learning about their myths, legends, practices and traditions. Visiting local markets and how they are struggling against the pollution of the nearby oil industries
  • Kayak and canoe down the Shiripuno River in search of wildlife and local flora
  • Walking trails through the rainforest
  • See tropical birds, monkeys, reptiles and much more rainforest fauna
  • Community visits and interactions

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

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