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The Jungle Lodge El Jardin Aleman is located in Pununo/Misahualli, Napo Province, 235 km from Quito. On the way to the jungle you pass through the scenic Andes. When you arrive to the highest point (4000 m) you go down through the subtropical cloudy forest to the tropical jungle. The trip is an extraordinary experience to see how the vegetation and landscape change. You can observe also the different indigenous cultures and see how people vary from the highlands to the rainforest.
The lodge is surrounded by 330 acres of protected rainforest. Additionally, the lodge protects 264 acres of primary rainforest on the banks of Napo river.
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Day 1: Arrive to the Lodge by public or private transportation. If you are in time you can take a short walk around the Lodge. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Breakfast at 8.00 a.m. After breakfast take a life vest and cushion for the canoe trip. Departure 9.00 a.m. from the beach of the lodge. Canoe ride on the Misahualli and Napo River. Visit to indigenous people earning their live by gold panning (tip per canoe 2.- US$). Arrive to the PROTECTED FOREST "MISICOCHA" of the Jungle Lodge El Jardin Aleman and hike in the forest. Admire the extraordinary flora and the exotic sounds of the primary rainforest. If you are lucky see toucans, oropendulos, parrots and small monkeys. Your local indigenous guide will explain the flora and fauna of the Amazon Region with special emphasis on medicinal plants.
Lunch is in a typical hut with a wonderful view over the Napo river. Embark the canoe and ride upstream to visit the Indian village Muyuna and see how to prepare "chicha", a fermented yucca drink and if you like, taste it (tip per canoe 3.- US$). Here you can buy handicrafts created by the local indigenous people. You continue your canoe ride to the Shaman’s home. Visit the local witch-doctor and experience a magical world. Learn about the medicinal plants, see a cleaning ceremony and experience the blow pipe, a traditional form of hunting. Return to the lodge by canoe. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Breakfast at 8.00 a.m. You start your jungle hike at 9.00 a.m. Your native guide will explain the typical plants of this area and their daily use. See banana, coffee, cocoa and much more. During you hike you pass through a labyrinth of high rocks with caves and amazing vegetation. Lunch at lodge.
In the afternoon at 3.00 p.m. you will walk along the Misahualli river to the small village of Pununo where we cross a suspended bridge over and enter the territory of the indigenous Community of "Alto Pununo". See how the indigenous live and work. Continue to the bridge of the Pununo river and go back to on the left shore of the Misahualli river to the Pununo Community. Back to Lodge. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Breakfast at 8.00 a.m.. Today you will walk to the silicon mine on the Misahualli river. Silicon is a white sand used to make glass and ceramic. In this area you will see three different kinds of water coming out of the ground: white water with sulfur, black water with petrol and normal spring water. The smell of sulfur attracts a lot of butterflies and other tropical insects. It is also a preferred place for parrots. This is geologically one of the oldest areas of the Alto Napo Region. Back to lodge for lunch. In the afternoon visit to the village Misahualli. Here you can observe a group of cappuccino monkeys on the beach and at the central plaza. Visit a butterfly farm and learn about the life cycle of the most colorful and fragile insects (entrance fee 2.- per person). Back to lodge for dinner and overnight.