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Kuankus: Spelunking the Tayos Cave

Kuankus: Spelunking the Tayos Cave

per person
Cost: From $300

Downstream the legendary rivers Namangoza (home of the Arutam) and Zamora, the incredible Santiago River is formed where we will navigate close to the Kuankus Shuar community. From thereon through narrow paths surrounded by jungle, we will get to the entrance of the mythic los Tayos cave, a natural and deep jewel in the Condor mountain range. To access it you must descend 55m rappelling. Once inside, the magic unison sound of thousands of tayos invite you to appreciate the incredible forms of life that have adapted to live in the darkness of this beautiful underworld. Each chamber, each tunnel and geological formations have been the silent witnesses of each adventurer that has set foot in the most incredible cavern system of South America. This, combined with the history of ancient civilizations and the set of skills of 4Regiones experts, plus the ancient wisdom and tradition of the Shuar people is a guarantee of safety, social and environmental responsibility, basic components to make this one of the greatest experiences of your life.

  • Level
  • Duration
    3-4 Days
  • Activity
  • Age Range
  • Suggested Number of Participants
    Min: 8
  • Temporality
  • Languages
    English – Spanish
  • Includes
    Local Expert
    Survival Kit
  • Not Included
    Back Pack
    Hiking poles
    Water Bottle
    Sleeping Bag
    Transportation to Santiago de Mendez

Combine this trip:  Rafting Upano (discontinued by volcanic eruption)

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  • Navigate the Namagoza and Santiago rivers.
  • Trekking in the Condor mountain range.
  • Descending to Los Tayos Cave.
  • Exploration of tunnels and chambers in the cave.
  • Rock formations inside the cave.
  • Cave fauna.
  • Stories and leyends.
  • The Tiwiran family.

Tour Location

Condor Mountain range, Morona Santiago.

Tomás Espinosa Tomás Espinsa is a professional, he works as an adventure tour guide , his affinities and specializations are several, among them: Gastronome, downhiller, pioneer in packrafting, certified high ropes handling, search and rescue, fishing, coaching and tree climbing (aka "Trepatroncos"). Tomas is an avid explorer and connoisseur of backcountry trails and has extensive experience in academic and experiential tourism. It was part of the project Ecuador is my court and search for Project Loon (Google).

Felipe Meneses Felipe has 20 years of experience leading adventure trips in Ecuador. He started guiding while he was finishing his career in biotechnology at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ). His experience and knowledge took him to explore long lost trails and to travel to other countries where he had the opportunity to learn, grow and guide various types of trips including rapids, trails, exploration, mountain hiking and biking, equestrian, steam train, and nature. He has led trips for several tourism companies including REI Adventures, OARS, ROAM, Southern Explorations, Bike Hike and Neotropic. In 2015, he received a recognition as one of the best adventure tourism guides worldwide. He enjoys guayusa tea, botany, photography, country food and history. He is currently a National Guide specialized in patrimony and adventure and has participated in the organization and implementation of several events including Survivor, Racing the Planet, Geo Challenge and the search and extraction of Project Loon. His favorite trips account for epic journeys such as the one where he searched for and recuperated a satellite fallen on the slopes of the Sumaco volcano.
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