After an early breakfast, set off canoeing down the Shiripuno River in traditional Huaorani style hoping to catch a glimpse of the birds active in the morning hours. The first stop is the Apaika community, inside the Yame Reserve, a 55,000-hectare protected area managed by the Huaorani Association, which leads the region’s ecotourism initiatives. Enjoy a quick snack and visit Apaika’s small interpretation center, where you can learn more about Yasuní National Park. To complete the afternoon, you’ll be able to join the community in some of its daily activities and share in its history, myths and magic. Afterwards, the group continues a couple more hours downriver near the Huaorani village of Nenquepare. You will spend the night here, camping out along the Shiripuno River, sleeping with the sounds of the Amazon’s animals. The well-constructed and comfortable fly-camp is part of a community initiative, so you will really get to participate in and support community tourism at its finest.