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Ikiam Expedition - Tour Operator Amazon Basin - Ecuador

Ikiam Expedition is an authentic and exceptional travel experience. After traveling from Quito to Puyo to Shell, you depart for Shiona in a five-passenger Cessna. Upon arrival, you take a 30-minute canoe ride to reach the territory of the Shiwiar, an indigenous community deep in the Ecuadorian jungle. With Ikiam, you become a part of the Shiwiar community, learning and living among this community only accessible by air. The Shiwiar are only a bit westernized, live in a non-monetized society, and continue to practice the rituals and beliefs they have cultivated over thousands of years.

Here, there are no expensive meals, no spacious suites: you sleep simply in a traditional house (mosquito net included!) and participate in the daily life of four Shiwiar families, helping to make handicrafts and prepare food. There is no set tour or agenda; you are free to explore the forest, view the amazing diversity of species or swim in the river at your leisure. Only five outsiders are allowed on the site each week. In Shiwiar territory, you are not viewed as a tourist or a client, but as a friend who has come to the jungle to help and to learn.

Ikiam Expeditions is committed to showing the outside world the beauty of the Shiwiar way of life, without compromising their existence. The company is devoted to ecotourism and is locally owned. The goal of the community and of the company is to defend this territory from oil exploitation and to preserve the Shiwiar culture.

Ikiam Expeditions is pricier than many of the ecotour companies you’ll find in Ecuador, but the level of cultural immersion that you are sure to experience should be more than enough to make up for the extra cash.



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Contact Information:
Phone: 09-9099-1941/9815-6132
E-mail: fundacionshiwiar(at) / ikiamp21(at)

Other hand-picked tour operators in Amazon Basin that may be of interest: Selva Vida Travel, Rios Ecuador, Papangu Tours, Fausto's Canoe Tours, TeoRumi Travel Agency, Great Tours CIA LTDA, The River People, Amazonpanki Tours, Madre Selva and Selva Verde.

18 Feb 2013

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