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Momopeho's ECUADOR 2008: the sun's route country

CABANAS BATABURO

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In the middle of the untouched rainforest of the Ecuadorian Amazon basin on the Tiguino river we find our Lodge Bataburo, which offers all the necessary comfort with out losing the adventure spirit. It is located 90 kilometres south east from the town of Coca (Francisco de Orellana).

The river Tiguino flows through the Huaorani Territory. Here we find the mystical and wild heart of the primary rainforest. Together with the Organization of the Huaorani villages, the ONHAE, we agreed to build the Bataburo Lodge in their ancestral land. Bataburo Lodge has been built in the style of the indigenous Amazon people , in complete harmony with the surrounding jungle. The accommodations are in double rooms, with mosquito-nets, electricity (110V) and with shared, tiled baths. But also we offer two cabins with private facilities. The dining room is spacious and airy, overlooking the adjacent oxbow lake. It offers as well a bar and a space to relax in hammocks. The kitchen serves hearty local cuisine. Try traditional yucca (manioc), plantains, and several varieties of fruit harvested from nearby rainforest farms. Plates of chicken, beef, or vegetarian food are usually part of the menu. The bounty of the nearby rivers provide us with fresh fish.

The cabins are one of the few places in Ecuador where one can experience extremely isolated primary rainforest while maintaining a high level of personal comfort. The complex provides an excellent environment for families with children.

PRICES PER PERSON IN $USA

TYPE
DAYS
FROM - TO
$USA
SLEEPING ONLY AT LODGE
4
FRI - MON
285
5
MON - FRI
325
6
DAILY(*)
365
CABANAS + 4 NTS AT TENTS (ADVENTURE)
7
DAILY(*)
665
CABANAS + 5 NTS AT TENTS (ADVENTURE)
8
DAILY(*)
750

(*) Minimum 4 pax. Childs under 12: 20% discount. Include: Transport from-to El Coca (Aprox. 7-9 hours), accommodation at double cabins, sharing bathroom, 2 people tents (when applicable), full board including fresh water, guided tours by natives, plastic boots. NOT included: Double cabin private room $ USA 20 per pax, air ticket Quito – Coca – Quito $ USA 126 –or- Bus (10-11 hours) $ USA 10 each way, Huaorani Territory Admission $ USA 20 per pax, bar, tips personal expenses.

ITINERARIES

4 days- 3 nights (Fri to Mon)

1. Day.- Receptio by our staff at El Coca ( Francisco de Orellana), tranfer on bus to the Huaorani Territory, Tguino community, located at Pastaza Province. Lunch, navigation by the Tiguino river, downstream. On route we will observe birds and mammals, as parrots, toucans and sometimes monkeys. At lodge will receive a briefing from the guide and later on will enjor a welcome cocktail. Diner and accommodation.

2. Day.- Early in the morning we will go on a canoe by the Tiguino river and if we are lucky will look at vaious types of birds. Breakfast. Trekking of 4 - 6 hours, receiving explanations of flora and fauna and it's use by the natives to build their houses, weapons or medicine. Return to lodge, lunch. In the afternoon, fishing and caimans observation. Diner.

3. Day.- Very early in the morning, trekking looking for mammals. After breakfast other trekking while native guides explain us more about the complicated jungle's system. Lunch and in the afternoon navigation by the laggon. Also a competition of "cerbatana". At night walking looking for insects, amphibious and others can not be seen at daylight.

4. Day.- Early in the morning we'll do a little tour to continue discovering birds and animals (Optional). Breakfast. Pack our luggage for a navigation upstream by the Tiguino river. On route will get lunch at a beach. At the bridge a bus will be waiting us to carry us to El Coca to arrive around 16:30 PM.

5 days - 4 nights (Mon to Fri)

Day 1 Reception by our staff in the city of Coca (Francisco de Orellana), and bus ride to the Huaorani-village Tiguino, situated in the Pastaza Province, Lunch and navigation downstream in canoe by motor on the Tiguino River. On the way we have the opportunity to see many different birds, such as parrots, toucans, and also monkeys. In the Lodge, the guide explains the program of the next days, then a welcome cocktail and dinner.

Day 2 Very early in the morning we navigate the Tiguino River downstream in a row canoe to observe birds and mammals. Breakfast, and a walk of 4-6 hours in the jungle accompanied by a native guide and a translator. We have the chance to learn about the flora and fauna of the region and the Huaorani culture and the use of their various medicinal plants. Return to the Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon we go by boat fishing for piranhas and on the way back observation of caimans. Dinner.

Day 3 Early in the morning we have an excursion where we search for monkeys. Breakfast and we go on an other hike with the guides where they explain more about the complex system of the rainforest. Lunch. In the afternoon we row with the canoe in the lagoon and we have a competition with the blowpipe. Dinner and a night walk in the forest to observe insects and other nocturnal animals.

Day 4 Breakfast. Excursion of 4-6 hours in the jungle to an hidden oxbow lake where often an Anaconda can be seen sunbathing on the shore. On the walk,the guides explain the elaboration of the Curare, a very strong poison the Huaorani use to hunt with the blowpipe. In the afternoon we go on the river for sport-fishing. Dinner

Day 5 Very early in the morning we make a little hike to observe birds and mammals (optional). After breakfast we pack up our equipment and navigate the Tiguino River upstream. On the way we have lunch on a sandy beach. On the bridge our bus is waiting for us and we arrive at approx. 4 :00 pm. back in Coca. It is possible to catch the last flight back to Quito.

6 days - 5 nights

The area surrounding the cabins is untouched primary forest with an extensive system of hiking trails for easy access to the incredibly diverse surroundings.

1. Day.- Reception by our staff in the city of Coca (Francisco de Orellana), and bus ride to the Huaorani-village Tiguino, situated in the Pastaza Province, Lunch and navigation downstream in canoe by motor on the Tiguino River. On the way we have the opportunity to see many different birds, such as parrots, toucans, and also monkeys. In the Lodge, the guide explains the program of the next days, then a welcome cocktail and dinner.

2. Day.- Early in the morning we will go on a canoe by the Tiguino river and if we are lucky will look at vaious types of birds. Breakfast. Trekking of 4 - 6 hours, receiving explanations of flora and fauna and it's use by the natives to build their houses, weapons or medicine. Return to lodge, lunch. In the afternoon, fishing and caimans observation. Diner.

3. Day.- After breakfast will navigate downstream. Lunch. Intallation of our base camp at the river's shore to trek with the guides who will explain about the diversity of plants and animals of the region. Diner. At night another trekking for looking some animals can not be seen at day.

4. Day.- Early in the morning navigation on padle canoes for observations. After breakfast, trekking with native guide's explanations regarding the complex of the system. After lunch, some of relax and then fishing. At night a fire will welcome us down the stars.

5. Day.- Breakfast. Trekking of 4 - 6 hours. Guide will explain us how the "curare" (Hard poison) is made and used at hunting. After lunch return to lodge for a navigation looking for some "anaconda" taking sun.

6. Day.- Very early in the morning we make a little hike to observe birds and mammals (optional). After breakfast we pack up our equipment and navigate the Tiguino River upstream. On the way we have lunch on a sandy beach. On the bridge our bus is waiting for us and we arrive at approx. 4 :00 pm. back in Coca. It is possible to catch the last flight back to Quito.

7 days - 6 nights

1. Day.- Reception by our staff in the city of Coca (Francisco de Orellana), and bus ride to the Huaorani-village Tiguino, situated in the Pastaza Province, Lunch and navigation downstream in canoe by motor on the Tiguino River. On the way we have the opportunity to see many different birds, such as parrots, toucans, and also monkeys. In the Lodge, the guide explains the program of the next days, then a welcome cocktail and dinner.

2. Day.- After breakfast navigation by the Tiguino river, downstream, to the Cononaco river and then continue untill reach the huaorani town of Bameno on a 7 hours jorney. Lunch at a river's beach. Close to Bameno will install our camp close to a cabana. Diner.

3. Day.- In the morning we will go with the Huaorani for a long trekking by the jungle. Will show us the use of animals and plants for the elaboration of their houses, weapons and medicine. There is also possible to join them on a hunting with "cerbatanas" and the "curare" poison. In the afternoon will visit a far away lagoon to fish "piranha". Return to camp and diner.

4. Day.- After breakfast will visit the Bameno town learning about their way of living and culture. Huaoranis have just decades of contact with civilization so maintain their culture even have contact with modern world and oil companies. After lunch fishing or a soccer game with young ones of town. At night will try to look for caimans.

5. Day.- Before breakfast will navigate downstream trying to observe various kinds of birds and mammals. Later on, trekking to a birds place where salt and other minerals is an atractive for them so can be seen easily. In the afternoon fishing and and night walking.

6. Day.- Will arrive to the lodge and have opportunity for a navigation by the lagoon. Time to relax and diner.

7. Day.- Very early in the morning we make a little hike to observe birds and mammals (optional). After breakfast we pack up our equipment and navigate the Tiguino River upstream. On the way we have lunch on a sandy beach. On the bridge our bus is waiting for us and we arrive at approx. 4 :00 pm. back in Coca. It is possible to catch the last flight back to Quito.

8 days and 7 nights

Navigating in a motorized canoe on the rivers Tiguino and Cononaco in the middle of the most untouched and dense rainforest in Ecuador; paying attention on the hikes to explanations from the guides about the flora and fauna; listening in the tents to the nightly noises in the forest; learning in the remote Huaorani - village about their ancient and traditional culture: this is our adventurous tour into the Huaorani - Territory.

Day 1 Reception by our staff in the city of Coca (Francisco de Orellana), ride by bus to the Huaorani-village Tiguino, situated in the Pastaza Province, Lunch and navigation by motorized canoe the Tiguino river downstream. On the way we have the opportunity to see many different birds, such as parrots, toucans and also monkeys. In the Lodge Bataburo the guide explains the program of the next days. Welcome cocktail and dinner.

Day 2 After breakfast, we navigate the Tiguino River downstream to its mouth with the Cononaco River and we follow it until we arrive at the Huaorani village of Bameno. It takes at least seven hours to get there and on the way we have lunch on a sandy beach. We build up our camp close to the village and have dinner.

Day 3 In the morning, we accompany several Huaorani into the forest for a longer walk. They show us how they use the different plants to build their houses and their weapons and their use as medicine plants. The option also exists to join them on a traditional hunt with the blowgun and with curare poisoned darts. In the afternoon we visit a hidden lagoon for sport fishing. Return to the camp and dinner.

Day 4 After breakfast we visit the whole village and learn about their culture and way of life. The Huaorani have been in contact with our civilization for only a few decades and try to hold on to their traditions, but cannot stop all the inventions and problems of our culture and the oil companies. After the lunch we go fishing or play a football game against almost the whole village of Bameno.

Day 5 After breakfast we break down our camp and navigate more of the river downstream to a new campground. Afterwards we go on a hike where the guides explain more about the complex system of the rainforest. In the afternoon we have some time to relax and we create our own handicrafts in the Huaorani style such as necklaces and crowns. In the night we navigate on the river and search for caimans and other nocturnal animals.

Day 6 Early in the morning we drift the river down and hopefully have the possibility to observe different birds and mammals. After the breakfast we walk to a saltlick, a place where the mammals and birds come to eat the mineral soil. In the afternoon sport fishing. Dinner and a night tour to observe insects and other nocturnal animals.

Day 7 Today during the day we return to the Lodge Bataburo. There we go rowing on the lagoon and try to spot an anaconda lying in the sun

Day 8 Very early in the morning we make a little hike to observe birds and mammals (optional). After breakfast we pack up our equipment and navigate the Tiguino River upstream. On the way we have lunch on a sandy beach. On the bridge our bus is waiting for us and we arrive at approx. 4:00 pm. back in Coca.

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