Kayak into the pristine heart of the Amazon as a guest of the Huaorani tribe. The biodiversity of plants, birds and animals will be sure to astound you, however one of the trip highlights has got to be the privileged interaction with one of the world’s most primordial forest tribes.
The Huaorani (also known as Waorani) have lived as hunters and gatherers in the rainforest for hundreds of years, entirely without contact from the outside world until the end of the 1950s. This expedition will give you a deeper understanding of the forest as you learn how the Huaorani Indians use it to forge a living.
You will have a chance to see more than 100 different species of tropical birds, including the prehistoric Hoatzin. Moreover, during this expedition you will have a great opportunity to learn how to use a blowgun, throw a spear, forage edible fruits, weave tree fibers and identify medicinal plants. You will Kayak through the lakes of a flooded forest and possibly enjoy sightings of the Black Caiman crocodile, a formerly endangered Amazon species. Your visit will also promote Huaorani cultural identity and the conservation of their rainforest home. Our stay in the Shiripuno community eco-lodge especially provides increasing benefits to the Huaorani people. You will hear impressive Huaorani stories and reciting of traditional chants. This kayaking expedition is about experiencing first hand one of the most important and bio-diverse ecosystems on Earth through the eyes of the people who have lived here for millennia.