This is a truly special place ... the forest walks and natural environment are fascinating, but it is the visits with the local people that will linger in my memory forever. We visited a total of three local villages during our time at Huaorani Ecolodge and encountered, quite possibly, the most generous and welcoming people we have ever met. It didn’t matter that we often needed two translators to communicate or that many of the Huaorani perceive Canada simply as “a very cold place that takes more than 60 days to walk to.” We tell them about snow and they tell us about the forest and the pressures impacting their lifestyle. We laugh, sing, dance, and tell stories.
Other reviews have touched on many of the things I would like to say ... the sounds of the jungle, the comfort of the lodge, learning to shoot a blowgun, and meeting the Huaorani leader Moi. All of it was outstanding. We recently sent friends and they had the same experience. I can't say enough about the impact this trip had on us. Go now!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay in an eco-lodge situated at the headwaters of the Amazon and run by the Huaorani, one of the most isolated ethnic groups on earth: first contacted by the outside world only 55 years ago, they speak a language that is unrelated to any other. You’ll learn to use a blowgun, hear their leader relate the tribe’s fight against oil exploration, and take a two-day meander down the Shiripuno River in kayaks, watching for tropical birds and monkeys.Highly Commended -The Virgin Holidays Responsible Travel Award 2009 and 2010Best Company in Innovation 2010 - LATATrips of a Lifetime award by Travel & Leisure 2010Best Sustainable Tourism Project 2008 and 2009 - LATABest Adventure Travel Companies on Earth by National Geographic 2009 ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Huaorani Ecolodge Hotel Yasuni National Park