One of our guides: Pacheco



A traditional house on the river

3 Day Exploration

This program will take you on an exciting journey deep into the rainforest. You will spend a night in a traditional Chachi village and learn about a way of life which has changed little in 400 years. The next day you will visit the Cotacachi Cayapas Reserve and will walk through the beautiful forests to a stunning waterfall.

Day 1

The adventure begins in Borbon, a small port on the Rio Cayapas. We have a daily canoe service from Borbon to San Miguel in a canoe called the ´San Miguel Eco Tourismus. The journey takes 3-4 hours and provides an excellent introduction to the the life of people here. When you arrive in San Miguel, you will take up a room in the San Miguel lodge, and have lunch in the restaurant. After lunch you can take part in a range of activities which include:

                        - Fishing from canoes with the locals.
                        - Visiting the community forests.
                        - Listening to a Marimba demonstration (traditional music).
                        - Joining in the daily football (soccer) match.

Alternatively you can relax in a hammock on the veranda and enjoy the beautiful views, and tranquillity.

Day 2

After a hearty breakfast we depart for the reserve with guides, food and equipment. To reach the reserve we will travel up river for 3-4 hours in a canoe without motor. Just before the reserve lies the indigenous village of Corriente Larga where we will stop. The large distance between this village and Borbon has helped to preserve the traditional lifestyle, this makes it an excellent place to learn about the culture of the Chachi Indians. We will spend the afternoon learning about the way of life of the Chachis and will be able to observe traditional activities such as basket weaving. In the early evening we will have supper before settling down for the night in a traditional house.

Day 3

We will take breakfast early and then travel upriver to the reserve. In the reserve we will walk through the forests to a beautiful waterfall where we can swim and relax. After this we will walk back to the canoe and return to San Miguel, arriving in the late afternoon.