After a delicious breakfast, you will have the opportunity to hike the community trail to visit an impressive waterfall, one that has special importance for the Huaorani. Once there, you can take a dip in the energizing waters to recharge for the trip back to Quito. The fairly easy walk is three hours altogether, and your naturalist guide will be sure to point out any special plants and animals you may come across. Once back at the campsite, bid farewell to the Huaorani and start the return journey downstream in canoe. This will begin to an introduction to how the oil industry has impacted the Huaorani lands. Head to the border between traditional Huaorani territory and that of the petroleum companies, though it all used to belong to the Huaorani. Here you will see the road built by oil companies in the early 1970s, which crosses the river, and transitions from forest to “civilization.” Roads are symbols of modern deforestation, providing access and means for human populations to grow at a rapid rate. On this short tour, you will witness the crude reality of our collective thirst for oil as you ride alongside miles of pipelines that pump oil across the Andes to the port of Esmeraldas. This brief journey through oil territory illustrates the reality of the threat facing the rain forest and the Huaorani people. You will also realize why your visit to Huaorani Lodge was so important!
After a 2-hour overland ride down the auca road, you will reach the banks of the Río Napo and the town of Coca, where you will catch your flight back to Quito in the late afternoon. Connection to your international flight home.