This was an incredible opportunity to learn about ways of being and thinking that are vastly different from the ways most of us in developed countries have ever experienced. Go now if you are able as time is changing these people forever. We had some glitches in out trip and if you go you must be prepared to adapt as this is the rainforest - vast, green, and wild. There were 6 tourists in our group and we needed 2 planes to get in. Four of us went in one plane and our backpacks and the other 2 tourists were supposed to follow us shortly in the other plane. We landed on the grassy strip in the middle of the rainforest and waited 4 hours but the plane with our friends and our packs never arrived. We felt very worried and there was no way to contact anyone to find out what happened. A lack of radio communication left us feeling vulnerable. We found out the next day when we were reunited with our friends and packs that second plane was not allowed to take off due to a storm that had rolled in. The Huaorani people were wonderful to be with. Happy to share their world with us. Clearly struggling to find their own ways in the new world rapidly encroaching on their ways of life. We visited 3 separate communities of Huaorani people and at each community the people greeted us with warm welcomes. Our naturalist guide Cris was a strong knowledgeable leader. Our Huaorani guide Gaywa was delightful and tolerant of our lack of ability in the rainforest. He seemed to love trying to teach us how to use a blowgun or throw a spear. The hope of the younger Huaorani's showed in their faces. We were honored to have for a moment been a part of a disappearing world. Cabanas were clean and very comfortable. Food was adequate. Canoe trips up and down the Shiripuno delightful.
- 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
- Huaorani Ecolodge Ecuador/Yasuni National Park