The Huaorani people have inhabited the headwaters of the Amazon for millennia and have lived as hunters and gatherers, entirely without contact from outer world right up until the end of the 1960's. Indeed, at least one Huaorani clan continues to shun all contact from the outside world. They continue to maintain a largely traditional lifestyle, living from the rainforest, though missionaries and oil companies have had some influence.
The Waorani have a reputation of being the fiercest warriors in the Amazon. They have never been conquered or colonized.
The Waorani will continue to struggle for their survival, but in order to preserve their homeland and culture they must, paradoxically, adopt modern ways.
'Waorani indigenous communities still live in harmony with the forest'.
|2017 rates per person from (Subject to change):*|
|6 Day 5 Night package (Min. 1 person)||859.00|
|8 Day 7 Night package (Min. 1 person)||1,099.00|
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Having traveled this far to get to the headwaters of the Amazon, it makes sense to adapt to your new environment and get into the rainforest rhythm.
This involves waking up early, having breakfast, and setting out on the morning adventures in order to take advantage of the coolness. The other peak in wildlife, when you also take outings, is the late afternoon as the heat from the equatorial sun is slackening. There's time to relax during the heat of the day, to read a book, take a siesta, swing in a hammock, or swim in the refreshing Shiripuno River; the naturalist guide is available to assist you in any way.
Evenings are the times for delicious meals, discussions at the table and flashlight walks to look for things that 'go bump' in the night. The naturalist guide sums up the day's events and informs you of the plans for the following day. Depending on how many nights you are here, the guide gives a short talk on any number of topics to do with the rainforest or conservation.
Your hosts' rainforest rhythm beats a little differently. Their lifestyle is not dictated by time, but rather the value of family solidarity and sharing. Life is a happy event, and no matter what the circumstances they are always laughing and smiling.
One of the most predictable aspects of the rainforest is its unpredictability, which means that Mother Nature has the last say, so please be patient if plans must be changed to adapt to weather conditions.
And of course one of the most predictable aspects about the rainforest rhythm is its unpredictability, which means that 'Mother-Nature' has the last say and often the program has to adapt according to weather conditions, so please be patient if we have to change any pre-made plans.
Our Hosts rainforest rhythm beats a little differently. Their lifestyle is not dictated bytime, rather their strongest value is that of family solidarity and sharing among the people. Life is also a happy event, and no matter what the circumstances they are always laughing and smiling. It's a great attitude to adopt, not to let the little things get you down.
Programs are subject to change without notice due to seasonal changes, last minute weather conditions.
Rate includes:accommodation in private cabins, native naturalistic guide, English speaking guide, three meals per day during the tour, excursions, bottled water to drink all time, rubber boots up to size 43
Does not include: transportation Quito and back to Quito, bar bills, tips for the staff, personal jungle equipment, rubber boots (size 44 upwards)
Ground Transportation Quito-Coca-Quito $20 pp subject to change
Air fare Quito-Coca-Quito $ 175 pp subject to change
Waorani Territory entrance Fee $ 60 per person
What to Bring
- Cotton shirts
- Small backpack (waterproof)
- Insect repellent
- Shorts, 2 or more
- T- Shirts, 3 or more
- Torch (flashlight)
- Sun block
- Bathing suit
- Cotton underwear
- Original Passport
- Hat or cap
- Water Canteen
- Book and notebook
- Long trousers
- High speed film
- Cotton socks
- Comfortable walking sandal
- Prescription medicines