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Kuankus: Exploring the Tayos Cave

Kuankus: Exploring the Tayos Cave

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Downstream of the Namagonza and Zamora rivers, the mighty Santiago river is formed. We will navigate its waters to reach the Kuankus Shuar community.
From there on trough narrow paths and surrounded by the jungle, we will find the entrance to the mythic «Cueva de Los Tayos» (Oilbirds Cave). This deep cave is the jewel of the Northern Cóndor Range and in order to access the cave, we must descend some 180 feet by rappel. Once inside, the magical unison sound of thousands of Tayos welcome you to this underworld marvel. Trough each chamber and tunnel you will discover huge geological formations in one of the most incredible cavern system in South America and together with the Shuar peoples’ knowledge and that of your experts from 4regiones you will gain a deeper understanding of its rich history. This is bound to be one the most amazing experiences of your life!

  • Level
  • Duration
    3-4 Days
  • Activity
  • Age Range
  • Group
    8 min. Required
  • Temporality
  • Languages
    English – Spanish
  • Includes
    Local Expert
    Entrance Fees
    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 Namangoza and Santiago rivers
  • Trekking in the Condor mountain range.
  • Rappelling down to the cave
  • Exploring the tunnels and chambers in the cave system
  • Rock formations
  • Cave fauna.
  • Legends and stories from the cave
  • The Tiwiran family

Tour Location

Condor Mountain range, Morona Santiago.

Tomás Espinosa Tomás Espinosa is an avid explorer and connoisseur of remote roads, paths and trails. His main area of expertise is in instructional and experience-based tourism. He has taken part in search and rescue projects such as: «Ecuador es Mi Cancha» and Project Loon Search for Google. He has many affinities and specializes in many areas, including: downhill mountain biking, packrafting, certified high rope management, search and rescue, fishing, coaching and tree climbing.
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