Tena Amazon Tour including… a midwifery house?

A deep immersion in Amazonian culture
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A deep immersion in Amazonian culture
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Looking for something a little different? At Impactful Travel, we specialize in crafting custom itineraries tailored to your unique travel desires and ethical values.

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  • Duration3 Days, 2 Nights
  • Group size1 - 10 pax
  • All year roundCertain festive days excluded
  • Bookings At least one week in advance
  • Starting point From your hotel in Quito, to Tena (optionally: back to Quito)

This Tena Amazon tour is a brilliant blend of unique experiences that might seem unrelated but actually fit together perfectly, a proof of our innovative approach and impactful way of traveling.

Through this itinerary, you will explore two contrasting aspects of Ecuadorian life in a seamless manner. First, you’ll have a glimpse into the time-honored tradition of natural childbirth, reflecting the deep roots and cultural heritage of the people of the region. Following that, you’ll be transported to the breathtaking spectacle that is the Amazon rainforest, a vibrant celebration of life in its rawest form.

These contrasting aspects of Ecuador, both rooted in nature, provide a comprehensive insight into this extraordinary country. We are sure you will be pleasantly surprised! Read the full itinerary further below.

 

Discover more of the Ecuadorian Amazon around Tena

Embrace the extraordinary and delve deeper into the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Your journey of discovery extends beyond Tena, a captivating city enveloped by the lush Amazon rainforest. Let’s explore more!

Impactful Tours around Puyo

A town near Tena is Puyo, where your Impactful journey can continue with our other experiences. Practice permaculture at Los Yapas Holistic Center in the Amazon. Join an inspiring mission, learn about the forest’s biodiversity, and witness restoration projects.

Or spend a day at the Yanacocha Wildlife Rescue Center and step into the shoes of the passionate volunteers dedicated to nurturing and protecting the region’s diverse wildlife.

An Impactful trip to Baños

And don’t miss out on the Baños Waterfall tour from Tena. This ready-made adventure seamlessly connects Tena and Puyo with Baños, taking you on a journey through awe-inspiring landscapes and cascading waterfalls.

 

The Ecuadorian Amazon around Tena Travel Guide

Looking for more ways to explore the Tena region? Dive into our comprehensive Travel Guide to Tena, packed with local insights and sustainable travel tips. Discover hidden gems, get a taste of local flavors, and connect with the heart and soul of Tena in a way that respects the environment and supports local communities.

Lydia Vereschildt is one of the founders of Impactful Travel; developing transformative journeys with a triple impact

With this tour, we aim to support Ecuador’s cultural tradition of natural childbirth, fostering appreciation among travelers and helping preserve it. Simultaneously, we’re committed to nature conservation. By offering a journey through the biodiversity-rich Amazon rainforest, we bring awareness to its protection needs and direct funds towards these crucial efforts.

LydiaOur Ecuador-based co-founder

Day by Day

Day 1From Quito, via Amupakin, to the jungle lodge

Begin your day at your hotel in Quito, where we will collect you at 08:00 am for a roughly four-hour journey to the Amazonian province of Napo. As we traverse the distance, marvel at the dramatic shifts in geography, climate, vegetation, and fauna, as well as the diverse cultures of the people we encounter.

At lunchtime, we have arranged a highly unique stop that is sure to pique your interest. Around noon, when the sun is at its zenith, we will visit a very special locale where the ancient tradition of natural childbirth is still preserved. This place is known as Amupakin, a self-organized birthing center run by Kichwa midwives. They provide holistic health services and traditional plant-based medicines, preserving ancestral medicine practices as a valuable symbol of identity.

After a brief introduction to Amupakin’s mission, we will proceed to Kuyana Lodge, situated on an Amazonian island, where you will be lodging for the next two nights and experiencing the jungle in all its glory.

Start of the actual Tena Amazon Tour

Upon your arrival at the lodge, you’ll be warmly greeted with a native drink. From there, set off to explore the enchanting Kuyana Island. Climb up to the viewpoint where breathtaking vistas await, then cool off with a refreshing dip in the serene riverbanks. As twilight descends, get ready to enjoy a dinner crafted from a fusion of fresh local ingredients. End your day with a night walk and gather around a crackling campfire by the river, as stories and laughter fill the air.

We’ve selected Kuyuna Eco-lodge for its perfect blend of luxury accommodation and authentic jungle immersion, alongside a commendable commitment to sustainability. Read more about the Kuyuna lodge below. 

Please note: in case the Kuyuna Lodge is unavailable, we can arrange for alternative lodges in the same area! We will of course notify you so that you can make that choice. 

Day 2Full Day at the jungle lodge

Start your day at the jungle lodge with the simple pleasure of bird watching, observing the local fauna in their natural habitat.

Embark on a guided walk to the Ushpayacu waterfalls, a serene location where you can immerse yourself in the jungle’s stunning beauty while admiring the cascading waterfalls along the way.

To wrap up your day, participate in a traditional cooking class where you’ll learn to create delectable local dishes, even crafting your own chocolate.

Throughout the day you’ll savor typical meals, each one a modest yet delightful fusion of fresh local ingredients, bringing you closer to the heart of the region’s cuisine.

Day 3From the jungle lodge to Tena or back to Quito.

The last day of your Tena Amazon tour begins with breakfast prepared from a fusion of fresh local ingredients. Afterward, join us in our efforts to maintain the beauty of this region through the Hollín river reforestation project. Get your hands a little dirty and plant a tree, leaving a lasting mark on this incredible landscape.

As the day winds down, we’ll arrange for your return to your hotel in Tena or Quito (the latter at an additional price). If you prefer, drop-offs at other locations along the way can be organized. Please mention it clearly in the booking process. We ensure your journey with us ends as smoothly as it started, leaving you with memories and experiences to cherish.

 

Please note that the itinerary is subject to changes due to weather conditions and operational decisions.

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What makes this experience Impactful?

This tour fosters an intimate understanding of Ecuador’s cultural heritage, particularly its traditional midwifery practices, and the rich biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest. It advocates for both cultural preservation and environmental protection.

Furthermore, the tour includes a stay at Kuyana Lodge, a champion of sustainability nestled in the abundant Amazon. The lodge employs eco-friendly practices like water recycling, use of biodegradable toiletries, energy-efficient lighting, and on-site vegetable gardening. With support from the United Nations Organization for Agriculture and Food (FAO), they have reforested over 300 native plants. They also support local indigenous communities through responsible cultural tourism.

This commitment to sustainable travel sets the tour apart.

Details

Price Includes

  • Private transportationPick up and drop off from/to your hotel in Quito / Tena (back to Quito is optional)
  • English-speaking guide(except for the transfer out of the lodge on day 3)
  • ActivitiesVisit to Amupakin, scheduled excursions and planting a tree
  • All mealsLunch at Amupakin; three meals a day at the lodge
  • AccommodationTwo nights at the Kuyana lodge (or an alternative in case we agree on that)
  • Full use of all the lodge facilities
  • Unlimited water, coffee, and tea at the lodge
  • Rubber boots up to size 12 (UK) / 14 (US – men) / 47 (EU)

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Frequently Asked Questions

About the Tena Amazon Tour including a midwifery house

Isn’t it invasive to visit a place like Amupakin?

Visiting places like Amupakin can be seen as invasive if not done with respect and understanding. It’s crucial to approach such experiences with an attitude of learning and appreciation for the local culture and traditions.

Why spend time cooking at Kuyana?

Besides exploring the Amazon’s natural wonders, visitors can deepen their experience by connecting with the local community. This includes visiting a native family’s home to learn about their customs and traditions. Participating in meal preparation and dining together offers an enriching, immersive cultural experience.

Is this a private excursion or will I share the experience with other travelers?

The transfer from Quito and on to the lodge is private. The experience at Amupakin might be shared with other visitors, and the activities at the jungle lodge are most probably shared with a few other, like-minded travelers, as well. 

How is Tena (and Archidona) connected to Puyo and Baños?

Tena (along with Archidona) is conveniently and logically connected to Puyo and Baños through roads, with various public transportation options available for commuting between destinations. While the journey times and routes may vary based on the chosen mode of transportation, making strategic stops and exploring attractions along the way can transform this trip into a truly rewarding experience.

Don’t forget to check out our selection of tours that can help you make the most of your time in these incredible destinations! We even have a tour that takes you from Tena to Baños whilst visiting worthwile places along the way! 

Is this tour physically demanding?

Not really. Just keep in mind that the jungle is generally quite hot and humid, that it might rain a lot and become muddy at times, and that there will be (all kinds of) bugs. 

What kind of weather should we expect during this route?

The dry season from December to March offers more predictable weather for outdoor activities. The wet season, from April to November, is perfect for river activities like kayaking and rafting but expect frequent rain showers.

Find more info about climates in Ecuador in our blog “Best Time to Travel to Ecuador“.

How can I see the pricelist of this tour, including the optional services?

If you want to see the price for your situation, please select an amount of travelers (number of adults, children, etc) on the right side of the website (or the top, on mobile). You will then see that total price for your party right above it. For some tours, the price will change according to the amount of people. 

Additional services, like in this case the additional cost of transportation back to Quito, can be booked later on in the booking process. 

What is there is no availability at the Kuyuna Lodge?

In case the Kuyuna Lodge is unavailable, we can arrange for alternative lodges in the same area! We will of course notify you so that you can make that choice. 

General questions

For questions about booking a tour, prices, preparation for your trip, health and safety or other themes, please check our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you can’t find your question & answer, email us and we’ll add it!

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The achimamas, midwives, welcoming visitors to their Amupakin center to teach and share their wisdom about childbirth with ancient techniques and medicinal plants. | Impactful Travel in Ecuador

Amupakin

Discover Amupakin, a beacon of ancestral wisdom and a haven for the preservation of Kichwa culture nestled deep in the heart of the Amazon. Founded by the visionary María Antonia Shiguango in 1998, this remarkable organization is dedicated to the noble cause of safeguarding indigenous knowledge and promoting maternal and child health through natural medicine.

Amupakin’s mission transcends the ordinary – it’s not just about preserving traditions but also about breathing life into the ancient Kichwa Amazonian vision, a priceless treasure at risk of being forgotten. The organization is a living testament to Sumak Kawsay, an age-old concept that celebrates harmony and balance between humans and their environment.

At Amupakin, you’ll find a vibrant community offering a unique blend of traditional midwifery, natural gynecology, ancestral medicine, and cultural tourism services. A green pharmacy and a living pharmacy nourish the body, while the library nourishes the mind with its rich collection of resources.

But what truly sets Amupakin apart is its people – the midwives. These skilled practitioners are the heart and soul of the organization, embodying the Kichwa wisdom and sharing it with the world.

Now, Amupakin extends a warm invitation to you. Come and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Kichwa culture, meet the incredible midwives, and explore this unique space where tradition meets transformation. Whether you’re seeking personal growth or simply wish to make a difference, your journey to Amupakin promises to be a transformative experience.

Ivo, Lu, and Isaac are the family who founded the Kuyana Lodge. Their dream was to recover a jungle space, and create a magical place where nature is the main character. Visit this lodge near Tena, Ecuador with Impactful Travel!

Kuyana Lodge

Impactful Travel invites you to experience the magic of Kuyana Lodge. Founded by Ivo, Lu, and Isaac, this family’s dream was to “recover a jungle space, and create a magical place where nature is the main character.” They accomplished this dream within a year, transforming a magnificent reserve into a haven of six beautiful cabins.

The lodge showcases sustainability at its finest; from an innovative water filtration system that recycles gray water, to energy-efficient LED lighting, to an on-site vegetable garden that supplies fresh produce. With the support of the United Nations Organization for Agriculture and Food (FAO), over 300 native plants have been reforested.

What makes Kuyana Lodge truly special is its dedication to responsible cultural tourism. It provides stability for local indigenous communities, preserves traditions, and limits guest capacity to ensure personalized experiences. By visiting this lodge, travelers not only immerse themselves in an enchanting jungle escape, but also contribute directly to forest restoration and sustainable travel.

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