Indigenous Cultures & Amazon Rain Forest Tour

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Indigenous Cultures & Amazon Rain Forest Tour

Experience the Native Tribes of Ecuador and the Stunning Amazon Rain Forest!

Worldaway Learning Tours presents one of its most historically amazing and culturally diverse Educational Vacations: the 8 Day Indigenous Cultures and Amazon Rain Forest Tour!

Upon arrival you’ll get to know your Professional Tour Guides and your fellow travelers, quickly realizing that Ecuador is the perfect place to learn, live, explore, and enjoy!

Immerse yourself in the culture of Ecuador as the 8 Day Indigenous Cultures and Amazon Rain Forest Tour offers the opportunity to get to know different native tribes of the area, experience their way of life, and discover the wonder of the Amazon!

You’ll find challenge and delight outside of your comfort zone as you get to know a life of life different from yours and travel to lands that many have never seen!

Monday starts the journey into a new world off with excitement and wonder: The Imababura Province-Home of the Otavalos People! A true highlight of the 8 Day Indigenous Cultures and Amazon Rain Forest Tour, the Otavalos are a prominent indigenous culture of Ecuador who still speak the language of the lost Incan Empire – Quechua!

Next up is a Cloud Forest Tribe dates back to pre-Incan times! The 8 Day Indigenous Cultures and Amazon Rain Forest Tour takes you deep into the Cloud Forest in Santo Domingo de les Tsachilas City! Dive into their culture with learning opportunities surrounding their language, food, traditions, and shamanism.

PLUS: Experience the wonder and splendor of the rain forest as a true Amazonian on the THE AMAZON EXPERIENCE TOUR!  The perfect way to end the 8 Day Indigenous Cultures and Amazon Rain Forest Tour, this journey allows you to become one with the Rain Forest and even experience an original Amazon Tribe! On a 4 Day Excursion, see the breathtaking natural beauty, rare plant and animal life, and unique culture (including Amazonian Shamanism) that shapes the human/rain forest relationship in the region!

No Previous knowledge is necessary for the trip: anything you need to know, you’ll learn along the way from our Professional Guides! Make friends with fellow travelers, stay in high quality accommodations, and immerse yourself in new cultures! Sign up today for the Trip of a Lifetime!

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1: Sunday - Arrival Day


    Collection from Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito.
    Transport to your accommodation.

    Welcome meeting to get to know your guide/s and the other travellers in your group.

  • DAY 2: Monday - Imbabura Province

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    At 7am, you will be picked up from your hotel.

    Departure to Imbabura Province – Home of the most prominent indigenous culture of Ecuador the Otavalos people – a culture that speaks the famous Quechua language with roots that can be traced back directly to the lost Incan Empire!

    Then straight to one of the communities where we will visit a little women handicrafts factory.

    Time for lunch with a family and some activities in the community.

    Return to Quito around 6pm.

  • DAY 3: Tuesday - Santo Domingo de los tsachilas city

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    At 7am, you will be picked up from your hotel.

    Departure to Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas City, home of one of the most interesting tribes of the cloud forest and also considered as a pre-incas triibe. We will share a full day with them to learn about their language, food, music, traditions and shamanism.

    Return to Quito about 6pm.

    The Amazon Rain Forest Experience begins tonight leaving Quito by bus at 10.30pm heading to Lago Agrio City.

  • DAY 4: Wednesday - Amazon Rain Forest Experience - day 1

    After arriving at our meeting point in Lago Agrio, we will greet you with a welcome breakfast to begin our trip to the Amazon Rain Forest.

    After this, the transport will pick you up & take you to the entrance of the Cuyabeno Reserve (Cuyabeno Bridge River). This will take about 2 hours.

    Lunch will be served then we will start our exploration into the Amazon Jungle of Ecuador by boat. While on the canoe ride be ready to hear the sounds of the wildlife, while you watch the scenery changing along the Cuyabeno River waters and between trees. You will be able to watch the birds, monkeys and other jungle creatures.

    You will be accompanied by a guide who will provide information on how the animals and plants interact and balance the life within the Cuyabeno Ecosystem in which they coexist.

    Finally we arrive at the Ecolodge, where we will settle into our cabins.

    After dinner our native guide gives us a brief introduction of the activities for the next few days in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

  • DAY 5: Thursday - Amazon Rain Forest Experience - day 2

    On the morning before breakfast, you can hear the noise of birds flying around our bungalows in the Ecolodge.

    After breakfast, we continue upriver to start trekking on the banks of the Cuyabeno River, where you can see different species of plants, huge trees, aquatic vines, orchids, medicinal herbs and a large number of wild animals and birds of the Amazon jungle.

    After serving lunch, you will have time to swim and relax in Laguna Grande while watching the pink and gray dolphins play on the water.

    Once you have enjoyed one of the best sunsets of your life, we will return to the lodge for dinner.

    After dinner, you will embark on an exciting canoe ride where you will see the famous Black Caimans of the Amazon. During this journey you will hear the mysterious noises of the forest. This is an experience you will never forget.

  • DAY 6: Friday - Amazon Rain Forest Experience - day 3

    Early in the morning we will enjoy breakfast then travel by canoe to the Siona Indigenous Community, where we can interact and learn about their traditions, culture and customs. We will also learn to elaborate the Casabe – a typical dish of this ancestral tribe.

    Lunch will be served in the community and finally we will meet the Shaman, which will make us perceive and interact with their spiritual world, channeling their energies, visionary, healing and divinatory skills acquired over the years.

    You will also have time to acquire the beautiful handicrafts made by the locals.

  • DAY 7: Saturday - Amazon Rain Forest Experience - day 4

    Early in the morning we will do some birdwatching down the river, as well as enjoy a completely fascinating sunrise.
    After that activity we will serve breakfast then embark on a canoe ride along the Cuyabeno River back to civilization.
    The transportation will pick us up from the entrance of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.
    We will head back to the meeting point in Lago Agrio.  This will take about 2 hours.
    Return to Quito by bus.

    (All excursions and times on this itinerary are subject to change and largely depend on weather, season, group limitations, group interests, and guide decisions based on passenger safety and organized operations).

  • DAY 8: Sunday - Departure Day

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    Return transfers to Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito.

Like all of our exciting Educational Tour options, this tour offers participants a carefully crafted balance of learning elements (lessons, lectures, seminars, field study, etc), planned activities and excursions (cultural activities, mini-tours, sightseeing, etc) and free time for you to explore in your own way or to simply relax. This is what makes Worldaway Learning Tours so unique!

Here’s what you can expect on this tour*:

Free Time

*Breakdown provided for informational purposes only. Individual experiences may differ. 


Our ‘Start Dates’ represent the day that you should arrive into the country. This is officially the first day of the tour and is the day that the local guide has set aside to meet and collect the tour participants. To allow this to be a smooth process, we ask that you do your best to arrive in the morning of the official start day. If you’re having troubles finding a suitable flight, or if you are worried about your flight arrival time, let us know so that we can assist.

No. Flights are not included in the listed tour price. We have participants joining our tours from all around the world, and as such we believe that individuals can find the best deals on their own. Need some help finding flights? We can guide you to some great resources, so just ask.

*We strongly recommend that you only purchase flights once your tour has been confirmed.

Yes. It is important that you are covered in the event of something terrible (or just terribly annoying) happening. Whether it’s a last-minute flight change, losing your luggage, or falling ill while abroad, if you have proper travel insurance cover, you can sit back and enjoy the experience worry-free.

We believe that World Nomads is the best insurance provider for adventure travelers. Policies through World Nomads cover trip cancellation, medical emergencies, emergency evacuation, as well as lost, stolen or damaged personal belongings. Their policies are extremely competitive so get your free no obligation quote here!

It is each traveler’s responsibility to ensure they have the correct tourist entry visa/s and any necessary vaccinations. Both of these items depend on your own background – i.e. What passport are you travelling on? What vaccinations you have had previously? We can certainly help guide you through the process and have lots of great advice to give, so again, just ask.

Yes! While we welcome groups, families, couples and friends, our Learning Tours are also designed with individual travelers in mind. You’ll be part of a larger group which is made up of other intrepid travelers from all over the world. This is a great way to meet like-minded people and we’re sure you will make a few long-lasting friendships.

On most tours the minimum number of participants is 2 and maximum is 12. Group sizes vary at different times of the year, but generally speaking we will do our best to ensure there is at least 4 participants on each tour where possible.

In most cases, yes! There are some instances where tour participants will travel by foot, like walking a short distance between your accommodation and a learning or activity center for example, but for everything else, the transport is all arranged for you!

As mentioned above, flights, visas, insurance and vaccinations are not included – so these costs are additional to the listed tour price. In addition, you should consider the following:

  • Airport taxes and entry/departure fees (if not included in your flight ticket)
  • Additional food, drinks and snacks
  • Money for optional activities /excursions (where available)
  • Personal spending money (think souvenirs!)

The amount of additional money you may need is impossible for us to judge, and really does depend on your own spending habits, but if you have any questions about this, or want some help working out your budget, just let us know.

In most cases, no. Breakfast is often included at your accommodation, but lunches and dinners will be subject to the tour itinerary. As such, some are included, some are not, but this does of course provide a wonderful opportunity to try out the local cuisine for yourself.

Yes. It has become fairly common for tour participants to request special dietary provisions, so in most cases this can easily be catered for. If you have concerns about this though, let us know and we can discuss it with complete confidentiality.

Yes, absolutely! Free time is an important part of every tour. There is nothing more frustrating than having to follow a strict and unforgiving itinerary. Where possible, you will have free time to explore, partake in some of the local attractions and activities, or simply relax – it’s up to you!

Great! Simply follow the prompts on the ‘Book Now’ tab to secure your spot on this truly unique adventure. As soon as we receive your booking, we’ll get to work making sure everything is organized for you. It’s that easy!

Once you have completed the booking form you can secure your spot by paying a deposit of US$500. This is part of the total tour price and will be deducted from your final invoice. The balance needs to be paid 6 weeks prior to your tour start date. Don’t worry – we will send you a reminder when that time comes and an invoice which you can simply click and pay.

*If you wish to join a tour that is starting in less than 30 days, you will be prompted to pay the entire tour fee at the time of booking.

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Indigenous Cultures + Amazon Rain Forest Tour (8 Days)

Visit Indigenous Communities + 4 Day Amazon Experience Tour
US$ 1550
  • 3+ Star Hotels w/Daily Breakfast
  • Twin Share Room w/Bathroom (single & double rooms available)
  • Experience 3 of Ecuador's most iconic indigenous communities
  • Weeknight Cultural Activities + Indigenous Language Lessons
  • Gain first-hand experience of the food, music, traditions and shamanism
  • 2 x Airport Transfers
  • 4 Day Amazon Experience Tour
  • including:
  • Accommodation w/Meals, Bilingual Guide, Daily Transportation and Excursions
  • Certificate of Completion

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