Travel from Quito to the Amazon rainforest
12-19 August 2005
How to get to the Amazon rainforest? Despite the short distance, the complete trip from an hotel in Quito to Amazon rainforest lodge takes almost a full day, involving a brief flight, a 4x4 drive, a canoe ride and a short hike.
The journey from Quito begins with a 20 minutes flight, operated with a twin engine jet aircraft, bound for Puerto Francisco de Orellana (locally known as Coca).
The landscape soon after takeoff from Quito.
East of this volcano, the Amazon basin begins.
Photos of the Amazon basin from the air.
Approaching Coca (or Puerto Francisco de Orellana).
Photo of Coca airport.
Left picture: the bus from airport to dock. Right picture: the luggage is waterproofed for the long canoe ride to the lodge.
Photo of Coca village in Ecuador.
The Napo river and the motorized canoes used to transport the group from coca to the lodge in the Amazon rainforest.
About two and an half hours are spent in the motorized canoe, navigating Napo river.
Occasionally, traces of human activity is visible along the river .
From this dock, a 20 minutes walk to a small lagoon begins. Registered luggage is carried by porters.
Finally, a brief canoe ride brings every passenger to the lodge in the heart of Amazon rainforest.
Because of a strike in Coca, the group has to travel by motorized canoe for about 8 hours to Tena, where a 1 hour bus ride to a local airport begins.
The runway in Tena is used by kids to play. An horn warns everybody, each time that an aircraft is about to takeoff or land.
Photos of Tena airport. The flight is today operated by Beechcraft 1900 and lasts about 25 minutes. It is a spectacular trip between mountains volcanoes.
Photos of volcanoes in Ecuador from the air.
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