JUNGLE

COTOCOCHA LODGE

All of Cotococha´s bungalows are scattered on our 4 hectares of jungle environment, emphasizing quality and coziness for an unforgettable rainforest experience. Four cabins are situated along the rivershore offering some awesome views of the great Napo River. Electricity is not provided at the bungalows, but Cotococha Amazon Lodge has oil lamps along the paths and at the bungalows, which illuminate the property creating a very romantic atmosphere.

Our unique Amazon lodge is located in the upper Amazon basin overlooking the majestic Napo River. Because the Napo River has a low water level, you can take a refreshing swim or simply relax on the small sandy beach. The shore is also used as a dock for Cotococha´s canoe, where several of Ecuador´s Amazon tours depart. Cotococha Lodge has a cozy lounge with a fireplace which offers comfortable seats to read or share your Amazon tour experiences with other travelers. A recent addition to the social areas is a second floor reading area. In the evenings and mornings you can enjoy breathtaking views of sunsets and sunrises which color the skies, waters and the Amazon rainforest.

  • Accommodation
  • Bar Area
  • Restaurant
  • River Shore
  • Social Areas

At Cotococha you are able to design your own Amazon tours day by day. An expert local guide will assist you choosing the excursions according to your wishes and interests. Most itineraries in our Amazon Tours include visits to the local communities, hikes in the rain forest, canoe trips, night walks, cascade visits, river tubing or rafting, and other activities. Cotococha offers high quality tours led by experienced native guides. After your Amazon rainforest adventure, come back to enjoy tranquillity at your comfortable lodge.

  • Butterfly Farm
  • Local Communities
  • Caves and Cascades
  • River Tubing and Balsa Rafting
  • Jungle Trekking
  • Wildlife Spotting
  • Rafting and Kayaking
  • Pimpilala Falls Adventure

ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrival to the Lodge in the afternoon. After the long drive we can relax for a while in our beautiful spacious bungalow built in a rustic native design surrounded by gardens full of amazing jungle plants and flowers. A delicious dinner will be served in a romantic candlelight setting at the attractively decorated restaurant. Afterwards we will enjoy a special welcome drink, relaxing ourselves around the elegant fireplace, to coordinate and discuss next day’s activities with the local crew. We’ll feel absolutely comfortable in this lovely peaceful setting filled with nightly sights and sounds of the Amazon jungle.

Day 2

After breakfast, we depart by canoe upstream for ten minutes, arriving to a small shore where we begin a fun and thrilling one hour walk, marvelling ourselves with the jungle’s secondary forest diverse flora and fauna. After our short hike, we’ll find ourselves in a breathtaking cascade “La Cascada de Latas” where we will take a refreshing bath in its clear crystal waters and enjoy the surrounding views, which, mixed with the jungle sounds, makes it a unforgettable experience. We return along the same way to have lunch at the lodge.

After lunch we put on our “wet gear” (rubber boots & rain poncho) to start an exciting walk in the rainforest ready to find the secret wonders of the mysterious hidden jungle, finding amazing plant species with medicinal properties, which will be explained in detail by our expert native guide: their characteristics and how the jungle inhabitants used them in ancient times. We’ll also observe a great variety of insects, small groups of monkeys weaving around the giant trees; though we will need some luck to observe them, we must stay very quiet to admire these beautiful creatures. Dozens of curious colourful birds tag along with us during our walk whistling enchanted notes delighting our senses. After about three hours of walking we come back and arrive to the Lodge. At night, dinner and gathering around the fireplace. It’s time for a good and peaceful rest delighted by the nightly sounds of the jungle.

Day 3

After breakfast, we will have to prepare our return trip. End of program.

The program includes:

  • Lodging in bungalows with private bathroom and hot water
  • Mentioned visits and excursions
  • Native Spanish speaking guide
  • All meals (from the dinner of the first day to the breakfast of the last day)
  • All taxes

The program does not include:

  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Extras
  • Please note that all itineraries are subject to change and availability without any prior notice.

Day 1

Arrival to the Lodge in the afternoon. After the long drive we can relax in our bungalow. Dinner. A very special welcome drink is served while sitting around the open fireplace to coordinate and discuss next day’s activities with our crew, plus an introductory speech about the Amazon Jungle by our Lodge’s Administrator.

Day 2

Early in the morning we’ll have breakfast. Afterwards we must prepare our gear: boots, raincoat so we can be ready to begin the adventure! We will board a canoe and start our journey downstream through the enchanted Amazon Jungle along the imposing Napo River. Arrive to Misahualli, where we make a short stop to check our papers with local Marina, so don’t forget your passport!! Continuing our canoe-trip we arrive to Arajuno River. Visit to Animal Rescue Centre “AmaZOOnico” which is specialized in the rescue of wild animals for specie conservation and reintegration into the wild. In here we will observe a great variety of species such as: toucans, all kind of colourful parrots, various kinds of monkeys, jaguars, capybaras and much more!

Afterwards, we will enjoy a delicious lunch in the river shore, picnic style. We’ll have the opportunity to swim in the river or just resting peacefully surrounded by a wonderful natural atmosphere.

After concluding this day’s experience, we’ll head back to the Lodge, but first we will visit a Quichua family and learn about their millenary culture and traditions such as gold rinse in the river shoreline, traditional pottery making, making of typical drink “chicha” made of yuca (a traditional Ecuadorian manioc), and the use of the “serbatana” (blowpipe for hunting use). After this amazing encounter with Quichua culture, we return to the Lodge by foot over secondary jungle pads. Upon arrival enjoy a snack. At night, after dinner, we’ll have our usual meeting around the fireplace to share our day’s experiences.

Day 3

After breakfast, we depart by canoe upstream for ten minutes, arriving to a small shore where we begin a fun and thrilling one hour walk, marvelling ourselves with the jungle’s secondary forest diverse flora and fauna. After our short walk, we’ll find ourselves in a breathtaking cascade “Las Latas” where we will take a refreshing bath in its clear crystal waters and enjoy the surrounding views, which mixed with the jungle sounds, makes it a unforgettable experience. We return to have lunch at the lodge.

After lunch we put on our “wet gear” (boots & rain coat) to start an exciting walk in the jungle forest ready to find the secret wonders of the mysterious hidden jungle, finding amazing plant species with medicinal properties, which will be fully explained by our expert native guide: their characteristics and how the jungle inhabitants used them in ancient times. We’ll also observe a great variety of insects, short monkey groups weaving around the giant trees; we must stay very quiet to admire these beautiful creatures. Dozens of curious colourful birds tag along with us during our walk whistling beautiful notes delighting our senses. After about three hours of walking, we come back and arrive to the Lodge. At night, a delicious dinner and relax by the fireplace while enjoying an exotic cocktail or drink from our bar.

Day 4

After breakfast, we must prepare for our drive back to the city. End of program.

The program includes:

  • Lodging in bungalows with private bathroom and hot water
  • Mentioned visits and excursions
  • Native Spanish speaking guide
  • All meals (from the dinner of the first day to the breakfast of the last day)
  • All taxes

The program does not include:

    • Drinks
    • Tips
    • Extras
    • Any other service not specified in the program
  • Note that 8 passengers minimum are required to offer you the AmaZoonico Animal rescue center excursion.
  • Please note that all itineraries are subject to change and availability without any prior notice.

Day 1

Arrival to the Lodge in the afternoon. After the long drive we can relax in our bungalow. Dinner. A very special welcome drink is served while sitting around the open fireplace to coordinate and discuss next day’s activities with our crew, plus an introductory speech about the Amazon Jungle by our Lodge’s Administrator.

Day 2

Early in the morning we’ll have breakfast. Afterwards we must prepare our gear: boots, raincoat so we can be ready to begin the adventure! We will board a canoe and start our journey downstream through the enchanted Amazon Jungle along the imposing Napo River. Arrive to Misahualli, where we make a short stop to check our papers with local Marina, so don’t forget your passport!! Continuing our canoe-trip we arrive to ArajunoRiver. Visit to Animal Rescue Centre “AmaZOOnico” which is specialized in the rescue of wild animals for specie conservation and reintegration into the wild. In here we will observe a great variety of species such as: toucans, all kind of colourful parrots, various kinds of monkeys, jaguars, capybaras and much more!

Afterwards, we will enjoy a delicious lunch in the river shore, picnic style. We’ll have the opportunity to swim in the river or just resting peacefully surrounded by a wonderful natural atmosphere.

After concluding this day’s experience, we’ll head back to the Lodge, but first we will visit a trap museum in a Quichua Community, is a very interesting exhibition of how they used to hunt for centuries. We return to the Lodge by canoe. At night, after dinner, we’ll have our usual meeting around the fireplace to share our day’s experiences.

Day 3

After breakfast, we get ready with our rubber boots and water ponchos for 3 hours walking in a jungle forest. With an experienced native guide, you will be able to learn many interesting subjects about plant uses, insects’ variety, bird watching, and the species that lives in this unique forest. We will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch in this natural surrounding. After lunch we come back and arrive to the Lodge to rest. At night, we are going to enjoy a delicious dinner and a relaxing time by the fireplace while enjoying a tropical cocktail or drink from our bar.

Day 4

After breakfast, we depart by canoe upstream for ten minutes, arriving to a small shore where we begin a fun and thrilling one hour walk, marvelling ourselves with the jungle’s secondary forest diverse flora and fauna. After our short walk, we’ll find ourselves in a breathtaking cascade “Las Latas” where we will take a refreshing bath in its clear crystal waters and enjoy the surrounding views, which mixed with the jungle sounds, makes it a unforgettable experience. We return to have lunch at the lodge.

In the afternoon we will visit a Quichua family and learn about their millenary culture and traditions such as gold rinse in the river shoreline, traditional pottery making, making of typical drink “chicha” made of yuca (a traditional Ecuadorian manioc), and the use of the “serbatana” (blowpipe for hunting use). After this amazing encounter with Quichua culture, we return to the Lodge by foot over secondary jungle pads. Upon arrival enjoy a snack. At night, after dinner, we will have our usual meeting around the fireplace to share our day’s experiences.

Day 5

After breakfast, we must prepare for our drive back to the city. End of program.

The program includes:

  • Lodging in bungalows with private bathroom and hot water
  • Mentioned visits and excursions
  • Native Spanish speaking guide
  • All meals (from the dinner of the first day to the breakfast of the last day)
  • All taxes

The program does not include:

    • Drinks (should be paid by cash at the lodge)
    • Tips
    • Extras
    • Any other service not specified in the program
  • Note that 8 passengers minimum are required to offer you the AmaZoonico Animal rescue center excursion.
  • Please note that all itineraries are subject to change and availability without any prior notice.

JAMU LODGE

Welcome to

Jamu Loge

Jamu means Armadillo in the indigenous language Siona, is a privately owned lodge located in the incredible ecosystem of Cuyabeno, where customers can enjoy different kinds of activities. We are located along the river Cuyabeno, 15 minutes downstream from the wonderful Laguna Grande. Our lodge practices a policy of minimal environmental impact. They have light/no connectors) But if we have connectors in social areas, where they can recharge all kinds of cameras, etc. Solar panels help us work in the operating areas with a 110wtz capacity.

Accommodation

Jamu Lodge has 3 cabins and 2 towers; Built in a traditional, rustic style with elevated thatched roofs. Three of the cabins with 2 double rooms w/u (beds with mosquito nets), each with its own private baths and shower with hot water; Respectful of the environment. The 2 towers have 8 double and 2 triple rooms. In a two-storey cabin you will find our spacious dining room and hammock room. And the last cabin includes the kitchen area and the crew accommodation

Dining Room

The heart of our lodge is a spacious dining room. We pride ourselves on our ability to prepare and serve fresh food in such an isolated place. In this activity we make sure that the fresh and local ingredients, such as bananas and cassava are used in the base of our recipes, so that you have the pleasure of eating and enjoying the virgin atmosphere of the surrounding jungle. Our blend of Ecuadorian and international cuisine cheers your palate, but make sure you save room for dessert! Afterwards you can enjoy a cocktail in the bar or relax with a beer in our comfortable hammock lounge.

ITINERARY

IMPORTANT NOTE:

On the 3 day/2 night tour, you will find two options for the second day, this choice; It will be in charge of our guide depending on the organization we already have with the groups.

Day 1:

Reception in Lago Agrio at 9:30h for passengers arriving by land and 11:00h (maximum time) for passengers arriving by air, from where we take the private transport to the entrance of Cuyabeno, where we will have a box lunch. At this point, visitors have to register at the booking office.

Here our naturalist guide will give you information about the reservation, important recommendations and other tips to start navigating for two hours on the Cuyabeno River of Jamu Lodge. During the canoe ride you get a first glimpse of the jungle and you will see different types of birds such as the caciques, Oropendolas and the prehistoric bird Hoatzin. You may also be able to see a variety of monkeys and other jungle animals, depending on weather and weather conditions. We will arrive at Jamu Lodge around 4:30 pm. At that time you will be shown to your rooms and you can relax a bit. After the NAP we will leave the lodge to swim in the lagoon and see a beautiful sunset in the middle of the large lagoon. Then you will return to the camp for dinner, and you can finish your first day in the jungle, relax in a hammock or have a drink at the bar.

Day 2 (option 1):

After breakfast there is a walk of approximately 3 to 4 hours in the primary forest, where the guide will explain to us about a tropical forest, and medicinal plants. You can also see big trees like the CEIBO or small insects like ants. You will return to the camp for lunch and take a break and in the afternoon we will go to see the beautiful butterflies and swim in the lagoon. If possible we will be able to observe the beautiful grazed dolphins and enjoy the impressive sun-fall. Then we return to the camp for dinner. At night we do a night activity, focused on the search for alligators on the banks of the river.

Day 2 (option 2):

After breakfast we start in a canoe downstream on a journey of about an hour to visit a family of the Tarapuy community.  We will be able to learn how to prepare cassava, a traditional yucca bread, where we will help in the elaboration.

We will learn to use the materials of the jungle to make bread, in this we occupy all the day; Returning to the Lodge at about two o’clock in the afternoon.  After lunch we have relaxing activities; To end the day we will have a short walk through the primary forest focused on observing nocturnal insects, like spiders, gekos or scorpions and to listen to the noises and sounds of the night.

Day 3

Early in the morning before breakfast, a birdwatching excursion is optional. Returning to the lodge we have breakfast and then the check out 9:30 AM from the lodge with a transfer to Lago Agrio to take the bus or the return flight.

The normal tour ends in the city of Lago Agrio at approximately 15 PM.

Day 1:

Reception in Lago Agrio at 9:30h for passengers arriving by road and 11:00h for passengers arriving by air, from where we take the private transport to the entrance of Cuyabeno, where we will have a box lunch. At this point, visitors have to register at the booking office.

Here our naturalist guide will give you information about the reservation, important recommendations and other tips to start navigating for two hours on the Cuyabeno River of Jamu Lodge. During the canoe ride you get a first glimpse of the jungle and you will see different types of birds such as the caciques, Oropendolas and the prehistoric bird Hoatzin. You may also be able to see a variety of monkeys and other jungle animals, depending on weather and weather conditions. We will arrive at Jamu Lodge around 4:30 pm. At that time you will be shown to your rooms and you can relax a bit. After the NAP we will leave the lodge to swim in the lagoon and see a beautiful sunset in the middle of the large lagoon. Then you will return to the camp for dinner, and you can finish your first day in the jungle, relax in a hammock or have a drink at the bar.

Day 2

After breakfast there is a walk of approximately 3 to 4 hours in the primary forest, where the guide will explain to us about a tropical forest, and medicinal plants. You can also see big trees like the CEIBO or small insects like ants. You will return to the camp for lunch and take a break and in the afternoon we will go to see the beautiful butterflies and swim in the lagoon. If possible we will be able to observe the beautiful grazed dolphins and enjoy the impressive sun-fall. Then we return to the camp for dinner. At night we do a night activity, focused on the search for alligators on the banks of the river.

Day 3

After breakfast we start in a canoe downstream on a journey of about an hour to visit a family of the Tarapuy community.  We will be able to learn how to prepare cassava, a traditional yucca bread, where we will help in the elaboration.

We will learn to use the materials of the jungle to make bread, in this we occupy all the day; Returning to the Lodge at about two o’clock in the afternoon.  After lunch we have relaxing activities; To end the day we will have a short walk through the primary forest focused on observing nocturnal insects, like spiders, gekos or scorpions and to listen to the noises and sounds of the night.

Day 4

Early in the morning before breakfast, a birdwatching excursion is optional. Returning to the lodge we have breakfast and then the check out 9:30 AM from the lodge with a transfer to Lago Agrio to take the bus or the return flight.

The normal tour ends in the city of Lago Agrio at approximately 15 PM.

Day 1:

Reception in Lago Agrio at 9:30h for passengers arriving by road and 11:00h for passengers arriving by air, from where we take the private transport to the entrance of Cuyabeno, where we will have a box lunch. At this point, visitors have to register at the booking office. Here Our naturalist guide will give you information about the reservation, important recommendations and other tips to start sailing for two hours on the Cuyabeno River of Jamu Lodge . During the canoe ride you get a first glimpse of the jungle and you will see different types of birds such as the caciques, Oropendolas and the prehistoric bird Hoatzin. You may also be able to see a variety of monkeys and other jungle animals, depending on weather and weather conditions. We will arrive at Jamu Lodge around 4:30 pm. At that time you will be shown to your rooms and you can relax a bit. After the NAP we will leave the lodge to swim in the lagoon and see a beautiful sunset in the middle of the large lagoon. Then you will return to the camp for dinner, and you can finish your first day in the jungle, relax in a hammock or have a drink at the bar.

Day 2

After breakfast there is a walk of approximately 3 to 4 hours in the primary forest, where the guide will explain to us about a tropical forest, and medicinal plants. You can also see big trees like the CEIBO or small insects like ants. You will return to the camp for lunch and take a break and in the afternoon we will go to see the beautiful butterflies and swim in the lagoon. If possible we will be able to observe the beautiful grazed dolphins and enjoy the impressive sun-fall. Then we return to the camp for dinner. At night we do a night activity, focused on the search for alligators on the banks of the river.

Day 3

After breakfast we start in a canoe downstream on a journey of about an hour to visit a family of the Tarapuy community.  We will be able to learn how to prepare cassava, a traditional yucca bread, where we will help in the elaboration.

We will learn to use the materials of the jungle to make bread, in this we occupy all the day; Returning to the Lodge at about two o’clock in the afternoon.  After lunch we have relaxing activities; To end the day we will have a short walk through the primary forest focused on observing nocturnal insects, like spiders, gekos or scorpions and to listen to the noises and sounds of the night.

Day 4

There will be a visit to the surrounding area for birdwatching by native canoe called “keel”, and another hike in the forest are activities for Day 4. While paddling has the best chance to see more of fauna and flora and you can get a good idea of what looks like a flooded forest. You can see a wide variety of different birds and monkeys. Because this activity is approximately 4 – 5 hours long, we will take a box lunch on the tour with us.

Day 5

Early in the morning before breakfast, a birdwatching excursion is optional. Returning to the lodge we have breakfast and then the check out 9:30 AM from the lodge with a transfer to Lago Agrio to take the bus or the return flight.

The normal tour ends in the city of Lago Agrio at approximately 15 PM.

LA CASA DEL SUIZO

In the Amazon

AT THE EDGE OF CIVILIZATION

It’s easy to forget how close you are to civilisation when surrounded by the perfect wilderness of the Napo River, the Amazon’s largest and most powerful tributary, and its lush, tropical forests. But La Casa del Suizo is accessible by car or bus (with a secure carpark to leave your vehicle) around three and a half hours from Quito, followed by an easy 20-minute ride on motorized canoe.

Sleep

OUR ROOMS

Leisurely awaken to the calls of tropical birds and the rush of the majestic Napo River in our 77 peaceful rooms, each with its own terrace and hammocks to take in exquisite river and jungle views in private. Full electricity (including numerous power outlets), ceiling fan and 24-hour hot waterensure the most comfortable of stays.

The swimming pool

THE WORD “TROPICAL” DOESN’T ONLY APPLY TO CARIBBEAN BEACHES

Discover what it means here in the Amazon when you take a dip in the swimming pool after your day’s adventures, watching the setting sun turn the sky all shades of pink over the river and lush forests, swapping stories with friends and family.

The bar

INDULGE YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS WITH OUR SIGNATURE DRINKS

End the day with an ice-cold craft beer, crisp white wine or fluffy piña colada at our well-stocked bar manned by expert mixologists, sitting back in the homey lounge or river-view seating. Please note that drinks are not included in your package.

ITINERARY

A DAY AT LA CASA DEL SUIZO

Each day at La Casa del Suizo, we participate in several morning, afternoon and full day activities. These programs will begin after an early breakfast, and are led by both native and bilingual guides.

If you arrive before lunch, your package will include an activity in the afternoon. Lunch on the day of arrival will be included, and all meals up until and including breakfast on your day of departure.

If you arrive after lunch, your package will not include an activity on the afternoon of your arrival. Your final activity will take place on the morning of your departure, followed by lunch before you leave.

Packages include one activity with river transport, like the raft-building adventure per day, which will take place in the morning. Afternoons may include the ceramic, Kichwa family or canopy activities, for example.

Optional activities are not included in this package.

Cultural encounters and wonderful wildlife

After breakfast we board a dugout canoe. At all times we will be on the lookout for tropical birds and interesting vegetation.

Just across the river from La Casa del Suizo is AmaZOOnico, a rescue centre for wounded and displaced tropical rainforest animals. Here we can see coatis, tapirs, and several species of monkey, snakes, and a variety of colourful birds, many of which wander around freely.

Lunch Casa del Suizo

Mid-afternoon, we continue on to the village of Ahuano, where we learn about traditional Quichua culture. A local host shows us how to make chicha, a typical beverage (tasting optional!), and demonstrates the spiritual cleansing rituals still practiced today throughout the surrounding community. Finally, we participate in a blowgun target-shooting contest – but don’t expect to beat the natives!


Adventures on the river

We begin the day with an early breakfast. Walking through primary and secondary forest trails, we observe distinct species of birds and insects as well as a great variety of trees and medicinal plants. The guides explain how such plants are used not only in medicine, but also in construction and other local activities. Along the trails, there are several opportunities to up the adventure factor, with hanging bridges and vines for swinging from tree to tree like Tarzan.

We go on to experience the true adventure of explorers past, building and navigating a raft! On a small river island our guide shows us how to bind balsa logs together with rope to form a ‘vessel’, so those who wish can float down the Napo for about an hour, en route back to La Casa del Suizo. The duration of this visit is around 4 hours.

After the walk we eat lunch in the jungle, before experiencing the true adventure of explorers past, building and navigating a raft! On a small river island our guide shows us how to bind balsa logs together with rope to form a ‘vessel’, so those who wish can float down the Napo for about an hour, en route back to La Casa del Suizo.
The duration of this visit is around 4 hours.

Lunch at La Casa del Suizo, followed by “the Island”

A one-hour walk around a totally flat river island where we can spot a great variety of plants and insects. Later we visit the Mariposario (Butterfly House) where we can witness the awesome life-cycles of butterflies.

  • Transport to and from La Casa del Suizo
  • Canoe ride for entering and leaving the hotel
  • 2 nights’ accommodation
  • Aquatic transport in activities
  • All meals
  • Bilingual guide
  • Activities led by native guides
  • Rubber boots in excursions
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Taxes
  • Drinks
  • Tips

BAMBOO LODGE

About us

We are an Ecuadorian and German management with an excellent passioned & experienced crew. We have the pleasure to work in one of the most beautiful areas of the amazon basin, in the heart of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in Ecuador. 

We only accommodate up to 20 guests at the same time, so we can insure excellent personal services and an unforgettable amazon rain forest experience for our guests. Our tours are guided by knowledgeable, bilingual (English, Spanish) naturalist guides with a real passion for the Amazon rain forest, especially for the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

The lodge is located in between Tierafirme forest, what means never floated forest and forest floated by black waters (Igapó), 250m from the Laguna Grande and the equator line.Thanks to the great location and having one of the  highest biodiversity on earth in relation with the  size  of the reserve, around the lodge you can find 167 different mammal specious such as monkeys, sloth & the pink river dolphin, reptiles like caymans & boas including the queen of the amazon,the anaconda, more  then 500  specious of birds incl. macaws, toucans and the Harpy eagle, besides that different amphibians including the poison dart frogs,tree frogs and famous Suriname toad, more then 300 specious of fish (catalogued) and  countless specious of plants like lianas, fungus and trees with medicinal & traditional uses.

Bamboo Lodge Service

  • Free pick up from the airport Lago Agrio
  • Free & save parking options (in Lago Agrio or at the Cuyabeno bridge)
  • All meals included (Optional: Vegetarian or vegan meals)
  • Transport shuttle by bus and canoe
  • All activities guided by licensed naturalist guide (bilingual)
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Each room (matrimonial, double, triple & family) with private bathroom & hot shower
  • 24-hours reception service
  • Rain poncho, life jacket & rubber boots for the duration of stay

ITINERARY

What’s included?

  • Welcome or Goodbye Cocktail
  • Full transportation by private bus transport and engine canoe from Lago Agrio to Bamboo Lodge, during the tour and back to Lago Agrio.
  • Fully guided program with knowledgeable bilingual naturalist guide (english and spanish).
  • Meals & drinks (breakfast, lunch & dinner (vegetarian or vegan meals possible) & drinks: water, coffee, tee, hot chocolate, lemonade/juice).
  • Accommodation in standard room(comfortable & simple matrimonial, twin, triple or family ( 1 matrimonial, 2 single beds) rooms with private bathroom.
  • Rain poncho, life jacket & boots for the duration of the tour.

Standard room: US$240 per adult

Jungle Suite: US$280 per adult

Day 1

  • 9 am meeting in Lago Agrio, 2 hours ride in a private bus to the Cuyabeno entrance.
  • Lunch at the Cuyabeno Bridge
  • First glimps of the amazing flora and fauna of Cuyabeno during the 2 hours canoe ride down to Bamboo Lodge, your guide will provide information about the amazon rain forest and the Cuyabeno reserve and you get the first chance to spot monkeys, birds, anacondas and much more
  • Arrival at the Lodge at around 3 pm
  • Canoe ride along the river and around the lagoon to look for pink dolphins and other wildlife, swim and enjoy the jungle sunset from the famous Laguna Grande
  • Exciting jungle night walk looking for insects, spiders, frogs & reptiles

Day 2

  • In the morning you go for a 3 to 4 hours jungle day hike with a licensed naturalist guide (bilingual) who will explain about rain forest ecosystems, wildlife and medicinal plants. Even through most of wildlife in Cuyabeno you will spot from the canoe, of course you can always get lucky to see monkeys, deer, wildpigs etc.
  • After lunch and some relax time you go out padding in our extra light canoes, getting the chance to spot more wildlife in silence without the engine noise, for the sunset you you get another chance to enjoy the sunset at the Laguna Grande
  • At night you go caiman spotting by engine canoe: there are 3 different types of caimans in Cuyabeno, the largest one is the back caiman which grows up to 6 meters. You can also get lucky and spot boas & night birds.

Day 3

  • Early birdwatching at 5.30 am, get up early to get the chance to see new bird specious you have not seen yet
  • Breakfast at 8 am in the lodge
  • Departure back to the Cuyabeno entrance at 9.30 am – your last canoe ride on the Cuyabeno river
  • At the Cuyabeno entrance the private bus will wait for you and bring you back to Lago Agrio.
  • Arrival back in Lago Agrio around 2 pm
  • The private bus can drop you directly at the airport, at the bus terminal, or at the meeting point for the private transport to Quito.

Important note: The order of activities can change according to weather conditions and organisation purposes.

 

What’s included?

  • Welcome or Goodbye Cocktail
  • Full transportation by private bus transport and engine canoe from Lago Agrio to Bamboo Lodge, during the tour and back to Lago Agrio
  • Fully guided program with knowledgeable bilingual naturalist guide (english and spanish)
  • Meals & drinks (breakfast, lunch & dinner (vegetarian or vegan meals possible) & drinks: water, coffee, tee, hot chocolate, lemonade/juice)
  • Accommodation in standard room(comfortable & simple matrimonial, twin, triple or family ( 1 matrimonial, 2 single beds) rooms with private bathroom
  • Rain poncho, life jacket & boots for the duration of the tour

Standard room: US$280 per adult

Jungle Suite: US$340 per adult

Day 1

  • 9 am meeting in Lago Agrio, 2 hours ride in a private bus to the Cuyabeno entrance.
  • Lunch at the Cuyabeno Bridge
  • First glimps of the amazing flora and fauna of Cuyabeno during the 2 hours canoe ride down to Bamboo Lodge, your guide will provide information about the amazon rain forest and the Cuyabeno reserve and you get the first chance to spot monkeys, birds, anacondas and much more
  • Arrival at the Lodge at around 3 pm
  • Canoe ride along the river and around the lagoon to look for pink dolphins and other wildlife, swim and enjoy the jungle sunset from the famous Laguna Grande
  • Exciting jungle night walk looking for insects, spiders, frogs & reptiles

Day 2

  • In the morning you go for a 3 to 4 hours jungle day hike with a licensed naturalist guide (bilingual) who will explain about rain forest ecosystems, wildlife and medicinal plants. Even through most of wildlife in Cuyabeno you will spot from the canoe, of course you can always get lucky to see monkeys, deer, wildpigs etc.
  • After lunch and some relax time you go out padding in our extra light canoes, getting the chance to spot more wildlife in silence without the engine noise, for the sunset you you get another chance to enjoy the sunset at the Laguna Grande
  • At night you go caiman spotting by engine canoe: there are 3 different types of caimans in Cuyabeno, the largest one is the back caiman which grows up to 6 meters. You can also get lucky and spot boas & night birds

Day 3

  • After breakfast in the lodge you leave the lodge for a almost full day trip going deeper into the Cuyabeno forest (2 hours by engine canoe) spotting more wildlife until you reach the Siona community
  • Visit the Siona indigenous community where a Siona woman will welcome you and take you to harvest yuca and she will show you the process of making casave (yuca bread) – of course you are welcome to help and try it
  • Lunch provided by Bamboo Lodge at the community
  • One of the Siona Shamans will explain about their shamanic tradition and beliefs
  • Flexible: Swim and sunset at the Laguna Grande, depending on time you get back
  • Dinner at the lodge
  • Early birdwatching at 5.30 am, get up early to get the chance to see new bird specious you have not seen yet
  • Breakfast at 8 am in the lodge
  • Departure back to the Cuyabeno entrance at 9.30 am – your last canoe ride on the Cuyabeno river
  • At the Cuyabeno entrance the private bus will wait for you and bring you back to Lago Agrio.
  • Arrival back in Lago Agrio around 2 pm
  • The private bus can drop you directly at the airport, at the bus terminal, or at the meeting point for the private transport to Quito

Important note: The order of activities can change according to weather conditions and organisation purposes.

 

What’s included?

  • Welcome or Goodbye Cocktail
  • Full transportation by private bus transport and engine canoe from Lago Agrio to Bamboo Lodge, during the tour and back to Lago Agrio
  • Fully guided program with knowledgeable bilingual naturalist guide (english and spanish)
  • Meals & drinks (breakfast, lunch & dinner (vegetarian or vegan meals possible) & drinks: water, coffee, tee, hot chocolate, lemonade/juice)
  • Accommodation in standard room(comfortable & simple matrimonial, twin, triple or family ( 1 matrimonial, 2 single beds) rooms with private bathroom
  • Rain poncho, life jacket & boots for the duration of the tour

Standard room: US$330 per adult

Jungle Suite: US$420 per adult

Day 1

  • 9 am meeting in Lago Agrio, 2 hours ride in a private bus to the Cuyabeno entrance.
  • Lunch at the Cuyabeno Bridge
  • First glimps of the amazing flora and fauna of Cuyabeno during the 2 hours canoe ride down to Bamboo Lodge, your guide will provide information about the amazon rain forest and the Cuyabeno reserve and you get the first chance to spot monkeys, birds, anacondas and much more
  • Arrival at the Lodge at around 3 pm
  • Canoe ride along the river and around the lagoon to look for pink dolphins and other wildlife, swim and enjoy the jungle sunset from the famous Laguna Grande
  • Exciting jungle night walk looking for insects, spiders, frogs & reptiles
  • In the morning you go for a 3 to 4 hours jungle day hike with a licensed naturalist guide (bilingual) who will explain about rain forest ecosystems, wildlife and medicinal plants. Even through most of wildlife in Cuyabeno you will spot from the canoe, of course you can always get lucky to see monkeys, deer, wildpigs etc.
  • After lunch and some relax time you go out padding in our extra light canoes, getting the chance to spot more wildlife in silence without the engine noise, for the sunset you you get another chance to enjoy the sunset at the Laguna Grande
  • At night you go caiman spotting by engine canoe: there are 3 different types of caimans in Cuyabeno, the largest one is the back caiman which grows up to 6 meters. You can also get lucky and spot boas & night birds

Day 3

  • After breakfast in the lodge you leave the lodge for a almost full day trip going deeper into the Cuyabeno forest (2 hours by engine canoe) spotting more wildlife until you reach the Siona community
  • Visit the Siona indigenous community where a Siona woman will welcome you and take you to harvest yuca and she will show you the process of making casave (yuca bread) – of course you are welcome to help and try it
  • Lunch provided by Bamboo Lodge at the community
  • One of the Siona Shamans will explain about their shamanic tradition and beliefs
  • Flexible: Swim and sunset at the Laguna Grande, depending on time you get back
  • Dinner at the lodge

Day 4

  • Full paddling adventure day:
  • After brealfast you take a lunch box and leave the lodge for an paddling adventure day, exploring different cuyabeno lagoons in our extra light paddling canoes, deeper in the reserve where no engine canoe goes
  • Lunch & Break in the forest
  • Short walk in the forest
  • Coming back to Bamboo Lodge in the afternoon
  • Relax, take a hammock and enjoy the jungle with a cold bear or soft drink
  • Dinner at the lodge
  • Optional: Go out for another night walk

Day 5

  • Early birdwatching at 5.30 am, get up early to get the chance to see new bird specious you have not seen yet
  • Breakfast at 8 am in the lodge
  • Departure back to the Cuyabeno entrance at 9.30 am – your last canoe ride on the Cuyabeno river
  • At the Cuyabeno entrance the private bus will wait for you and bring you back to Lago Agrio.
  • Arrival back in Lago Agrio around 2 pm
  • The private bus can drop you directly at the airport, at the bus terminal, or at the meeting point for the private transport to Quito

Important note: The order of activities can change according to weather conditions and organisation purposes.

SACHA LODGE

A Dream of The Wild

Discover the story behind Sacha Lodge


Sacha Lodge’s story begins in the 1970s when Swiss founder Benny came to Ecuador in search of adventure. He was captivated by the Napo River, and in 1985, Benny opened his first tourist lodge, La Casa del Suizo, on the Upper Napo.

But soon, civilization approached, and to satisfy his appetite for wilderness, Benny went in search of a place to build a lodge deeper into the forest. Months later, he was taken to a stretch of forest some two hours from Coca. Benny immediately fell in love with the mysterious black water of Pilchicocha lake and purchased 500 hectares of land surrounding it. With the help of 170 local employees, Sacha Lodge was officially opened in 1992 with six guest rooms.

As time went on Benny continued to expand the facilities while purchasing more land, and to date he has incredibly acquired 5,000 acres.

The Experience

Everything about the Ecuadorian Amazon is Awe-Inspiring


Rivers so wide you can barely see the other side; supersized kapok trees and electric blue morph butterflies; tiny insects that roar and gentle giants who only venture out at night. Each acre of these forests along the banks of the Napo River has more biodiversity than almost the whole of North America, yet the thrill of spotting tamarind monkeys, giant otters, toucans, boa constrictors, caimans or owls never diminishes. Here, dark water creeks are the canals that lead you further away from civilization and deeper into the wild.

Amazing Wildlife

Here you are immerse in the natural world


The astounding biodiversity of Sacha Lodge provides the opportunity to encounter those strange and exotic creatures prowling through your dreams. An incredible 600 species of birds and 50 of bats, tiny pigmy marmosets and giant otters call the reserve home, a space six times the size of New York’s Central Park. Creatures of all shapes and sizes live happily around the lodge – look out for Lucy the Caiman on her morning patrol and the families of monkeys chattering by the rooms. We never leave food to attract animals. The Lodge has been in place for over two decades and we have protected against hunting to such an extent that the creatures have no need to fear humans.

Comfort With Adventure

We are proof that yo do not have to sacrifice comfort for adventure


With luxurious beds, hot water showers, ceiling fans and bug-proofed windows, our accommodation is the perfect base for your exploration, while other spaces within the Lodge offer spectacular nature experiences without having to lift a finger. That’s not to mention delicious meals and wines – all the more delightful when you remember where you are.

The Species


All around Sacha Lodge, diversity of species is extraordinarily high. Monkeys are seen quite frequently, but how many of the eight species found here will cross your path?

They range in size from the tiny half-pound pygmy marmoset to the cacophonous 17-pound red howler monkey. Night monkeys huddle in groups as small as two while squirrel monkeys can travel in groups of more than 150. Besides monkeys, there may be as many as 60 other species of mammals within our Reserve (not including up to 50 species of bats). With your eyes peeled you might spot an anteater, a three-toed sloth, or even an ocelot as you infiltrate their natural habitat. A variety of lizards and snakes can also be found along our trails, if you move quietly and stay alert. Several different boas, vine snakes and even the giant anaconda have been seen during many of our excursions. There are a few poisonous snakes as well, but not to worry – they try to stay out of peoples’ way and no one has ever been bitten here. Frogs, on the other hand, are much more common to see, from bulgy-eyed tree frogs and camouflaged leaf frogs to tiny colourful poison-dart frogs. So watch your step, day or night.

ITINERARY

Once you have arrived at Sacha Lodge, you are free to create your own itinerary with your guide, choosing from our list of activities. Please note, some activities are dependent on the weather.

*Longer itineraries available.

Includes:

  • Transfer to and from Sacha Lodge from Coca airport
  • Local taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Water, instant coffee or tea
  • Activities: Treetop Walk, Kapok Tower, Forest walks, Nighttime caiman spotting, Piranha fishing, Butterfly house, Lake Pool

Does not include:

  • Air ticket Quito-Coca-Quito
  • Soft drinks, except the ones detailed above
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for guides
  • Visit to Providencia Community of Yasuní
  • Gift shop purchases

SAMPLE DAY

After making your reservation, Sacha Lodge will book your flight from Quito the Coca. From the moment you set foot at Quito airport you will be in the safe hands of one of our bilingual team members, and will be guided all the way to the Lodge.

After arriving at Sacha Lodge around lunchtime and meeting your guide – who stays with you for the entirety of your trip – you will take your first excursion into the forest. Once you have returned and had dinner, you will set out for your first nighttime adventure.

A typical day at Sacha begins at sunrise or earlier, taking advantage of the cool morning hours when the rainforest’s animals are most active.

Each group agrees on a wake-up time, when their guide will knock on their door for a rude awakening! Breakfast will begin half an hour after that.

Wherever the destination, our excursions proceed slowly in order to appreciate the fascinating details that our guides point out around you.

You might begin the day paddling dugout canoes along tannin-rich black-water creeks and lakes, where luxuriant lianas, orchids, bromeliads and palm trees thrive, always with the possibility of spotting animals, from the tiny pygmy marmoset to the feared ocelot or puma. Then, you could board the motorized canoe for a short ride along the Napo River to visit the Providencia Community of Yasuní, learning about their jungle way of life and testing out their cooking techniques, stopping to watch the parrot disco of the clay lick along the way.

You will return to the Lodge in the late morning, in time for a 1PM lunch. In the time between lunch and your afternoon adventure, you are free to enjoy the Lodge, lounging on sun chairs with a book on the Balsa, or cooling off in the Lake Pool. Activities begin again between 3:00PM and 4:30PM and often continue into the evening, when the nocturnal insect and frog chorus begins. An afternoon excursion might see you trekking through pristine Terra Firme forest, where 150-foot kapok trees tower above and roots form huge buttresses to give trees support, your guide pointing out the crest owl territory and calling to the howler monkeys. You could then climb 94 feet (30 meters) up to the Canopy Walk, a 940-foot (275-meter) bridge across the treetops from where you can spot dozens of animals and birds.

Days at Sacha Lodge do not end with the fading of the light, or even with dinner. Night walks and canoe trips, with the aid of flashlights, often reveal creatures seldom seen during daylight. Caimans (of the alligator family) and giant insects rule the jungle after sunset. Do you dare search for them?

*Please note: activities are subject to weather, though Forest Walks, the Kapok Tower, and Canopy Walk are the keystones of the Sacha Lodge experience.

Once you have arrived at Sacha Lodge, you are free to create your own itinerary with your guide, choosing from our list of activities. Please note, some activities are dependent on the weather.

*Longer itineraries available.

Includes:

  • Transfer to and from Sacha Lodge from Coca airport
  • Local taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Water, instant coffee or tea
  • Activities: Treetop Walk, Kapok Tower, Forest walks, Nighttime caiman spotting, Piranha fishing, Butterfly house, Lake Pool

Does not include:

  • Air ticket Quito-Coca-Quito
  • Soft drinks, except the ones detailed above
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for guides
  • Visit to Providencia Community of Yasuní
  • Gift shop purchases

SAMPLE DAY

After making your reservation, Sacha Lodge will book your flight from Quito to Coca. From the moment you set foot at Quito airport you will be in the safe hands of one of our bilingual team members, and will be guided all the way to the Lodge.

After arriving at Sacha Lodge around lunchtime and meeting your guide – who stays with you for the entirety of your trip – you will take your first excursion into the forest. Once you have returned and had dinner, you will set out for your first nighttime adventure: snake spotting in the jungle, or canoeing among caimans on the lake.

A typical day at Sacha begins at sunrise or earlier, in order to take advantage of the cool morning hours when the rainforest’s animals are most active.

Each group agrees on a wake-up time, when their guide will knock on their door for a rude awakening! Breakfast will begin half an hour after that.

Wherever the destination, our excursions proceed slowly in order to appreciate the fascinating details that our guides point out around you.

You might begin the day paddling dugout canoes along tannin-rich black-water creeks and lakes, where luxuriant lianas, orchids, bromeliads and palm trees thrive, always with the possibility of spotting animals, from the tiny pygmy marmoset to the feared ocelot or puma. Then, you could board the motorized canoe for a short ride along the Napo River to visit the Providencia Community of Yasuní, learning about their jungle way of life and testing out their cooking techniques, stopping to watch the parrot disco of the clay lick along the way.

You will return to the Lodge in the late morning, in time for a 1PM lunch. In the time between lunch and your afternoon adventure, you are free to enjoy the Lodge, lounging on sun chairs with a book on the Balsa, or cooling off in the Lake Pool. Activities begin again between 3:00PM and 4:30PM and often continue into the evening, when the nocturnal insect and frog chorus begins. An afternoon excursion might see you trekking through pristine Terra Firme forest, where 150-foot kapok trees tower above and roots form huge buttresses to give trees support, your guide pointing out the crest owl territory and calling to the howler monkeys. You could then climb 94 feet (30 meters) up to the Canopy Walk, a 940-foot (275-meter) bridge across the treetops from where you can spot dozens of animals and birds.

Days at Sacha Lodge do not end with the fading of the light, or even with dinner. Night walks and canoe trips, with the aid of flashlights, often reveal creatures seldom seen during daylight. Caimans (of the alligator family) and giant insects rule the jungle after sunset. Do you dare search for them?

*Please note: activities are subject to weather, though Forest Walks, the Kapok Tower, and Canopy Walk are the keystones of the Sacha Lodge experience.

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