How to visit the Amazon in just 1 DAY in Ecuador- plus $100 all-inclusive 4-day trips

I know, I know…

You don’t do mud, mosquitos, humidity, or ‘getting dirty’ in general.

Thus, visiting the Amazon doesn’t interest you.

But Ecuador offers something NO OTHER SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY OFFERS.

Ease of access to the Amazon.  it’s right there, you can drive right in (no flights needed)!

Just 3 Hours by car from Quito (the capitol city) and you are in Tena and then Misahualli, where the paved roads end and the full-blown Amazon jungle starts.

Compared to other South American countries, to experience the Amazon you don’t have to fly in and spend 5 days without internet (unless you want to).

The other day, in Quito, I said, “hey, I got a free day, let’s go to the Amazon.”  And off we went.  Once there we went deep in by canoe and spent one night there and were back in Quito by the next afternoon!

Once in Misahualli we took a motorboat on the great Napo River (that empties into the Amazon).  Met with natives, visited an indigenous community, got spiritually cleansed by a local Shaman (holy man)…(for now, passed on the Ayahuasca, although may consider it in near future)

…saw dozens of species of monkeys, toucans, an anaconda, a leopard, alligators, and parrots.  Had the opportunity to eat worms off the grill (which I declined), instead ate a whole local Tilapia lunch for $3.

Plus, a highlight for me was when I met a cool local who explained to me about current and ancient hunting techniques in the jungle by the natives.

My advice if you go is to give yourself at least two days, and right in the port you can hire anything you want to do.  There are a few agencies you can hire activities like day canoe trips into the Amazon, indigenous village visits, tubing in nearby rivers, or a visit to the local Amazonian animal rescue center.

Wait until you are there to book your accommodation as the cheapies are not online.  I stayed at one very acceptable place on the river with pool called France Amazonia Lodge and it was like $15-18 per person.

Anyway, definitely a great day (or two) trip from Quito most foreigners NEVER DO because they think going to the Amazon requires a large time and monetary investment like in most other countries.

And for the $100 (per person) all-inclusive 4 day Amazon trips including all accommodations (some camping), transportation by motorboat, guide and food which leave from Misahualli ask at the agencies in the port, they can set it up, try Ruben at the N Pakcha agency in the port 0983276201 NO EMAIL, although I have NOT used him, and have NO affiliation with him, just talked to him at his office there.

 

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A river in the Amazon.

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Can you see the Anaconda?

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Grilled worms, anyone?

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A Tapir

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A Shaman or local witch-doctor if you will?

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Hotel France Amazonia where I stayed, nice place, about $18 per person.

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The nicest beach in Ecuador is…

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“I didn’t know Ecuador had anything like this!” My Ecuadorian friend said upon arrival.

“Me neither,” I responded.

It was a couple weeks ago, and we had just arrived to BY FAR the nicest beach I’ve ever seen in Ecuador.

Portete.

I know what you’re saying, where?

It’s small, and undeveloped, but I’ve visited over 80% of the Ecuador coastline and walked maybe 40%, and its the best.

Truely caribbean-esque white sand, turquoise water with nothing but palm trees in sight.

Portete is a small island just off shore a few kilometers south of Mompiche on the north coast of Ecuador about an hour or so south of Esmeraldas.

You park your car in a guarded lot and then catch a small motorized dingy a few minutes to the island. To your right you will be able to see the all-inclusive luxury resort De Cameron and straight ahead the palm-fringed islet.

You’ll think you were in the Caribbean, or southeast Asia as most Ecuador beaches don’t have this feel.

There are places to eat as you can see in the pic below by the shrimp lunch I had right on the beach there for $3, but to sleep I’d stay in nearby Mompiche where you can find decent rooms with AC and WIFI for around $15 per person.

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Budget airline arrives in Ecuador, brings lower prices to USA: Get RT Miami-Quito under $400

VivaColombia is a budget airline based out of Colombia that just made getting to the US from Ecuador and vice versa a whole lot cheaper.

And not just once in a blue moon, pretty much anytime you want to go in 2015 you can find a roundtrip flight QUITO to USA (MIAMI) for around $400 with my below method.

I noticed chatting to guests at my hotel near the Quito airport, as of last month, April 2015, VivaColombia has upped its frequency of flights to a few a day (which has lowered the price) from Quito to Bogota.

So first, buy a Quito to Bogota round trip with Viva which is going for around $185 taxes included.

That´s cheap!

Then, use Spirit Air, another personally-preferred budget carrier, to get roundtrip from Bogota to Miami which I´m seeing start around $249 taxes included.

That´s $434 taxes included, roundtrip, everything.

This is currently the cheapest way I´ve seen to get from North America to Ecuador in 2015.

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