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  • Prt. de Misahualli / Tena - Napo - Amazonia - Ecuador


(Per Person )
  • 15d / 14n tour
  • South America

3 borders / Leticia Colombia, Tabatinga Brazil, Santa Rosa Perú, and Iquitos

Francisco de Orellana’s route through the Amazon (Amazonas)

Francisco de Orellana was a Spanish explorer born in Trujillo, Cáceres, in 1511. He has gone down in history for being the first Spaniard to discover the Amazon jungle and navigate the Amazon River in his adventures.

Francisco de Orellana travelled from the city of Francisco de Orellana in (Coca) Amazonia, Ecuador, navigating the Napo River, a tributary of the Amazon River, to Peru, at the mouth of the Amazon River, thus following the route taken in 1542.

The discovery of the Amazon River was made on 12 February 1542 by Francisco de Orellana, second in command of the expedition led by Gonzalo Pizarro. Francisco de Orellana died in 1546 in the northern region of Brazil.

The origin and source of the Amazon River is in the Apacheta ravine, on the slopes of the Nevado Quehuisha, in Arequipa (Peru), from where an Apacheta stream descends through the mountains until it flows into the Amazon River and empties into the Atlantic Ocean, on the northeast coast of Brazil.

Distance from the province Francisco de Orellana city (Coca), Ecuador to Iquitos (Peru) on the Napo river at 597.8 km. Plus 461 km. From Iquitos Peru to the three borders, Leticia Colombia, a journey by river in total of 1,058 km. for 15 days.











Tour Plan


Programme and Itinerary of the route of Francisco de Orellana

Day 1: Mr. certified bilingual tour leader will pick you up from your accommodation in Francisco de Orellana city (Coca), at 07:30 am. Then we will go for our breakfast in a restaurant in the city.

Before departure we will give a brief overview of the 15-day expedition to the 3 borders of the Amazon River. At 09 am, we will be transferred by private vehicle to the malecon of the Napo river. From here we will depart by private motor boat for about 2 hours downstream to the sector of Pompeya at 46 km. From here we will go by private vehicle for 25 minutes to the scientific station Limoncocha. We then canoe across the 7 km of this large lagoon to the other side to stay 1 night in a rustic Eco-Camping Lodge inside the Limoncocha reserve.


After lunch we will go for a walk in the virgin forest for 3h discovering the fauna and flora together with mixed explanations of medicinal plants, insects, observing monkeys, birds, visit to a giant Ceiba Pentandra tree.


Before the end of the afternoon we will go to a special site for toucan, monkey and bird watching. After dinner we will make a night navigation for the sighting of the Black Caiman (Melanosuchus Niger) and the observation of fireflies (a unique and magical spectacle).

Day 2: At 05:45 am we leave by canoe to navigate the canyon and the big lagoon for 3 hours. This trip will be special for the sighting of birds and monkeys. And appreciate the sunrise sunset. After this activity return to the Eco-Camping Lodge for our breakfast... Departure with all the luggage to the station to then go by car for 25 minutes to the Napo River and then continue by canoe to the Yasuni National Park at 42 km we arrive at an eco-lodge.

Then we will go by canoe to observe howler monkeys and howler monkeys on the banks of the river. We will make a short hike to the first tower of 45 meters high where we will climb the stairs to the top of this tower to appreciate with our equipment of binoculars and telescopes will be able to observe species of monkeys, macaws, toucans, beautiful panoramic view of the green mantle of Yasuni and the serpentine Napo River along with its beautiful sandy beaches in its splendor ... Finish the day with dinner. 

Day 3: At 06H00 am. we go to the first salt lick or clay lick, here we stay about 30 minutes to appreciate this unique spectacle of the arrival of parrot species that feed on clay full of minerals for their rehydration, such as electrolytes, sodium, manganese, phosphorus, calcium and potassium.

We walk for 45 minutes to the second clay lick, a special mixed site where parakeets, Scarlet Macaws, monkeys and peccaries come to the clay lick. In this clay lick we wait for the arrival of these species for 1h to 2h.

(It is possible to visit a Kichwa community to appreciate ancestral customs and typical Amazonian folklore), or if you do not want to do this activity with the community we can hike through the virgin forest for 3h discovering its fauna and flora along with the mixed explanations of Mr. guide, in the tour it is possible to find monkeys, guans, macaws, peccaries ... In the afternoon we will go to visit a second tower of 45 meters high, climb the stairs to the top to observe species of birds and monkeys, Mr. guide offers binoculars and binoculars. The guide offers binoculars and telescope equipment for this activity. Return to the lodge. End of the day with dinner. 

Day 4: After breakfast we will go down the Napo river for 34.7 km to the canyon of the Reserve Pico. To the canyon of the Pañacocha Reserve south of the Yasuni. Here we will spend 1 night in another Eco-lodge on the shores of the lagoon.

After lunch we will go by canoe to navigate around the lagoon to observe bird species, eagles (Osprey), toucans, monkeys (sport fishing for piranhas available). At night we will do night navigation to find owls.

Day 5: At 05 and 45 am, we will navigate by canoe through the canyon of the Pañayacu River for bird watching (Blue Macaw - Blue and Yellow Macaw) (White-throated Toucan) (Channel-billed Toucan) (Red capped Cardinal) (Golden headed Manakin) (Cocoi Heron) (Fasciated Tigeer Heron) (Neo tropical Cormorant) (Aninga Anbinga) (Woodpeckers) (Monkeys). If very lucky (Giant Otter - Pteronura Brasilensis).

After breakfast we leave Pañacocha by canoe navigating the Napo River to Nuevo Rocafuerte on the Peruvian border, 100 km away. It takes 5 to 6 hours. Here we stay in a hostel for 1 night. After lunch we will canoe through the Yasuni River Canyon to observe pink dolphins, monkeys, and birds. Finish the day with dinner.

Day 6: Early in the morning we will canoe down the Yasuni River Canyon to a Blue-and-yellow Macaw clay lick. Visit to the Jatun Cocha lagoon where you will meet a species of monkeys, a prehistoric bird (the Horned Screamer). Breakfast in a camping area.

Then, we will go on a canoe trip to discover the fauna that inhabits this large lagoon of Jatun Cocha and the second lagoon of Tambo Cocha. Return in the afternoon to the hostel for our lunch... We leave by canoe from Nuevo Rocafuerte to Cabo Pantoja Peru at 26.0 km, we enter Peruvian territory, passport check at immigration for our entry visa. Lodging in a hostel. Dinner and rest.

Day 7: We continue our journey by canoe on the Napo River towards Prt. Mazan at 366 km. During the trip we will enjoy the beautiful scenery of the river and its white sandy beaches, watching dolphins that follow the course of the river, bird species, turtles. Depending on the time of the year and the flow of the river we arrive at Santa Clotilde at 236 km. The journey takes 8 to 9 hours. Overnight stay in a hostel. End of the day with dinner. 

Day 8: Then the canoe trip continues in the direction of Varadero Mazan, 130 km away. From here we cross the river Amazon by motorbike taxi by road. Here we continue by speedboat (Ferry) on the Amazon River to the pier of Iquitos, capital of the district of the province of Maynas and the department of Loreto. Overnight stay in a hostel. End of the day with dinner.

Day 9: At 07:00 am. We start the day with a boat ride on the Amazon River for about 45 minutes to the Monkey Island Reserve where you can see several species of primates and sloths in freedom.

On the way back to Iquitos we will visit a humble neighborhood of Belen, a very important place to know the suburb (Favelas), this tour we will do it by boat like walking through the neighborhoods of Italy, but in the Amazon, we will see the floating houses, markets of jungle products, tubers, medicinal resins, aphrodisiacs, and many articles of great importance. We have a typical local lunch.

Walk along the Amazon river boardwalk. This tour is nice to see the sunset of the oasis of the sun, we will also see the curiosities in the bars to try the aphrodisiac cocktails called "Rompe calzón" "Levántate pajarito muerto". We finish the day with dinner.

Day 10: We start the day at 07.00 am. With the first visit to the Amazon Ethnographic Museum, also known as the Amazon Museum, is an anthropological museum. Museum of the native indigenous cultures of the Amazon. The museum covers the different indigenous nationalities that lived in the area of Brazil, Peru and Colombia, highlighting some as the. Waiwai, Kirikati, Canela, Palikur, Tiriyo, Xikrin-Kaipo, Kuben Kran Kegn, Bororo, Karaja, Tikuna, among other tribes.

Next, we will go to an animal rescue centre. Here we can get a close look at manatees, otters, turtles, monkeys, caimans, sloths, English monkeys, anteaters and other animals.

Visit to the Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Farm, a butterfly farm and very important to know. This animal orphanage. Pilpintuwasi houses a lot of varieties and species of exotic butterflies, and also functions as a rescue centre for some Amazonian species of wildlife. 

Day 11: We will go to visit 2 special sites in Iquitos, the cathedral of the Iglesia Matriz, a neo-Gothic style temple, which was built in 1911, located in the centre of the Plaza de Armas.

We go to the house of the legendary Fizcarrald, the biggest rubber tapper more than 526 years ago. Also the bronze museum and its history where the Indians were used as human moulds, the house of iron, all of them of great historical interest. Finish the day with dinner... Take a full day tour on the Amazon River to a Yagua tribe community, where you will appreciate typical dances, taste their typical food and much more, their way of life of this people in the Amazon.

Day 12: We will leave Iquitos in the morning by speed boat (Ferry) on the Amazon River for approximately 8 to 9 hours to the sector of Horse Cocha which is located in the Northeast of the country, on the right bank of the Amazon River at 320 km. We will stay here in Horse Cocha to spend the night, a very cozy place because of its lagoon.

Day 13: After breakfast we will sail by boat to Santa Rosa Peru, 50 km away, here we will go to the immigration office to stamp our passports.

Then we will cross to Leticia Colombia at the three borders. Leticia Colombia, and Tabatinga Brazil, 370 km from Iquitos. Our accommodation will be in a hostel in Leticia. At 190 m. a. s. n. m.  Here on the 3 borders they speak Portuguese, Colombian Spanish, and Peruvian Spanish. The three currencies of the three countries are also in circulation. Peruvian Sol, Brazilian Real, and Colombian Peso...ity tour in Leticia. Finish the day with dinner.

Day 14: We go for a full day boat tour on the Amazon River to the nature reserve of Leticia where we meet aquatic plants, such as the world's largest lotus. Biggest lotus in the world. Giant water lily, (Victoria Regia - Water lily) In this area we observe the fauna of the Amazon, caimans, birds, dolphins. Walk in the forest, visit the monkey sanctuary on an island.

Day 15: In the morning we go to Tabatinga Brazil for another full day tour where we visit an Indigenous community of the Wuitotos culture and appreciate their ancestral traditions, traditional and typical food of the Amazon sector. We visit the ethnographic museum El Hombre Amazónico where we see a large collection of pottery pots, oars, bows and arrows that were used in rituals and ceremonies.

Finish the day with a special dinner of a delicious barbecue to bid farewell to the tour of 15 days and 14 nights along the route of Francisco de Orellana.

Description of Eco-Lodge accommodation

  • The lodgings are in Eco-Lodges and hostels, double, twin, triple and quadruple rooms, all beds have mosquito nets, private bathroom and showers, electricity.


  • Breakfast on the first day.
  • River transport.
  • Lodging in Eco-Lodge and tourist class hostal during the tour.
  • Full meals menu type, strict vegetarian or pure vegetarian or omnivorous.
  • Purified water to drink during the tour.
  • Entrance fee to Yasuni and all visits during the tour.
  • Navigation in private motor canoe to do the tours inside the Yasuni Park from Rocafuerte.
  • Excursions and activities according to program and itinerary of the tour for 4 days.
  • Rubber boots only up to size 44.
  • Binoculars and telescope equipment for bird and monkey watching.

Not included

  • Hydrating drinks.
  • Personal backpack.
  • Rain jacket.
  • Coats for the cold.
  • Sun block / Mosquito repellent.
  • Dry Bag Waterproof.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Walking poles.
  • Personal gear.
  • Travel insurance policy.
  • Personal medical kit.
  • Personal torch.
  • Rubber boots (size larger than #44).
  • Bank transfer fee / PayPal / Western Union / 15% IRS tax.
  • Dinner on the last day of the tour.
  • Rubber boots (size larger than #44).

For enquiries and rates:
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Email: ventas@selvaverde-misahualli.com

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