Dolphin River Expedition - Galapagos Center Expeditions - Amazon rainforest
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Dolphin River Expedition

5 days - 4 nights

Pink river dolphins have survived for centuries due to the local belief that they possess magical powers that allowed them to be untouchable, now they are in danger of extinction in other areas.


According to Achuar legend, at night they turn into handsome gentlemen who seduce wives and daughters before returning to the river.


Explore with us and seek out this endangered mythological creature.


Daily operations available from 2 or more passengers.

Day 1:

Once at Shell, guests will be received by our Achuar representatives and will be assisted for the flight. The plane will rise over the immaculate pristine jungle, on a 50-minute flight, arriving at the landing strip of the local Sharam community, where they will be welcomed by the Achuar guides.


Lunch at Achuar Lodge.


Afterwards, guests will have the opportunity to relax, unpack and get a feel for the surroundings.


Afternoon: we will have a quiet activity where guests can walk along one of the River beaches. Here, our guides will give guests an introductory orientation session with information about the rainforest and the Achuar culture, while enjoying a beautiful sunset.


At night after dinner, we will explore the River in search of nocturnal animals such as monkeys, alligators and birds. All this coupled with a fantastic starry sky.


Day 2:

Our guides will escort guests on a 30-minute boat ride to reach one of the best natural attractions, the Clay lick, where guests will see different species of parrots, macaws, and parrots such as the Cobalt-Winged Parakeet, Chestnut- Fronted Macaw and Yellow Crowned Amazon.


After breakfast guests can take a walk, approximately 2 hours with stops, where they will learn about medicinal plants of the area and tropical forest ecology.

Lunch at Achuar Lodge. Time to rest.


Afternoon: guests will be able to explore, via balsa, the River and its connecting lagoons, while looking at the local wildlife such as the pink river dolphin. As the river is quite calm, swimming is completely safe.


After dinner: guests can partake in a spectacular night walk, observing the many  kinds of insects and amphibians that are found around the Sharam Community.


Day 3:

Early in the morning we are going to participate in “Guayusada” ceremony and dreams interpretation. Later, guests will have the opportunity to finding and spotting the great variety of birds that the southeast Rainforest of Ecuador offers like Hoatzin, Aninga, Speckled Chachalaca, White Eared Jacamar, Cocoi Heron, Neotropic Cormorant, and the Great Egret.



We can enjoy a cleaning ritual with Shaman of the community ($20 per person)


Breakfast and departure for a full day activities: our guides will escort guests along the Tsenkush o Kawau trail and visit Sharam Guanchanza waterfall, which in English means “golden parrot”. Where the guests can learn about the benefits and uses of the palms to the Achuar and the important ecological role-played by insects and animals in the forest.


In the afternoon, some activities will be offered: including fishing where you can fish for piranha or catfish and traditional food (“maito”) cooking classes.


Day 4

This day the guests could go to Bird watching up the river or to go to the Clay lick. Breakfast and departure for a full day activities: our guides will escort guests along the Waterfall trail. During this time guests can learn about the forest and its benefits for the Achuar native people. Our guides will also teach guests about Achuar hunting techniques and ARUTAM the spirit of the forest.


After lunch: guests will visit an Achuar community. This is one of our most popular activities offered, because of the significant cultural contribution to the Achuar people.


Guests will have a chance to see a community and its members and purchase some traditional handicrafts. Return to the lodge followed by dinner.


After a traditional typical dinner: cultural activities (legends in hammock house, traditional greetings) Guests will also be able to learn and practice the art of Achuar face painting and how it relates to their different activities. (Standard Itinerary).


Day 5

Early morning: our guides will bring guests to specific points near the hotel, in order to locate various species of birds. Breakfast and preparation for departure.

In the last few hours before departure from the Achuar territory, guests can participate in a blowgun contest to demonstrate who is the best hunter, among the guides and guests.

  • Fly back to Shell (included).
  • Return to Quito along the same route as the arrival.


  • Lodging in a private cabin
  • All meals (starting the lunch first day and finally with the breakfast the last day)
  • Snacks for all excursions
  • Native Guide
  • Rubber Boots
  • Ponchos Waterpoof
  • Wifi in the Bar area
  • Activities & Ecursiones detailed in the itinerary


  • Personal Expenses
  • Extras
  • Other activities or services not specified

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