The most accessible Amazon rainforest option from Quito, the Cotococha Lodge is ideal for those having too little time to visit areas deeper inside the rainforest (such as in the Cuyabeno or Yasuni reserves), those seeking a little more comfort in their rainforest experience, or travelers continuing on to southern Ecuador. In addition to being a quick get-away or a gentle/convenient introduction to the rainforest, the lodge itself is popular with travelers for its romantic style and superb food/service – not to mention having some of the best activities in the area. The Cotococha Lodge is located in the Upper Amazon Basin, close to the town of Tena, in a region characterized by small Kichwa communities and abundant vegetation of the Ecuador tropical rainforests. Indeed, this is one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world with a high number of endemic species of flora and fauna. This comfortable Cotococha Lodge itself overlooks the amazing Napo River, with its small, stony islets and sandy shores. The lodge has been awarded the Smart Voyager Certification, a kind of seal of approval to Ecuadorian hotel and tour boat operators that meet a set of strict conservation standards for protecting the environment, wildlife and the well-being of workers and local communities.

From

US$ 205

Highlights

Ecuadorian Amazon, Waterfall Visit, Birding

Itinerary Details

Quito – Arrival at the Lodge – Welcome Dinner and Drink

AM:

PM: Reaching the lodge in the afternoon after a long drive, you can relax for a while in your spacious bungalow built in a rustic native design and 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 around the elegant fireplace to coordinate and discuss next day’s activities with the local guides. You will feel absolutely comfortable in this lovely peaceful setting filled with the nocturnal sounds of the Amazon jungle.

AM: After breakfast, we depart by canoe upriver for ten minutes, arriving at a small riverbank where we begin a fun and thrilling one hour walk, marveling at the secondary forest’s diverse flora and fauna. After a while, we’ll find ourselves at a breathtaking waterfall, “La Cascada de Latas,” where we will take a refreshing swim in its clear crystal waters and enjoy the surrounding views. Mixed with the jungle sounds, this will make for an unforgettable experience. We will return along the same route at have lunch at the lodge.

PM: After lunch we will 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. Your expert native guide will explain in detail the characteristics of amazing plant species that possess medicinal properties and how these were used by the jungle’s inhabitants in earlier times. We’ll also observe a great variety of insects as well as small groups of monkeys racing through giant trees. Though we will need some luck to observe them, you will have to stay very quiet to admire these beautiful creatures. Dozens of curious colorful birds will likely tag along with us during our walk, whistling enchanted notes that delight our senses. After about three hours of walking, we will return to the lodge, where that evening we will have dinner and gather around the fireplace. That night you should have a good and peaceful sleep delighted by the sounds of the jungle.

AM: After breakfast, we will prepare for our return trip.

PM:

Prices

2 - 7 Persons

USD$ 205

Included in the price

  • A canoe during the tour
  • All meals, from dinner on the first day until breakfast on the last day
  • Accommodations with full board
  • Services of a community guide
  • Walks and tours as per the itinerary
  • Purified drinking water
  • Use of rubber boots & rain ponchos

Not included in the price

  • Transportation (Quito – Cotococha Lodge – Quito)
  • Any service not specified in the program
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Extras and personal expenses
  • Alcoholic and bottled drinks (should be paid for in cash at the lodge)

Quito – Arrival at the Lodge – Welcome Dinner and Drink

AM: Reaching the lodge in the afternoon after a long drive, you can relax for a while in your spacious bungalow built in a rustic native design and surrounded by gardens full of amazing jungle plants and flowers. A delicious dinner will be served in a romantic candlelight setting at the attractively designed restaurant. Afterwards we will enjoy a special welcome drink, relaxing around the elegant fireplace to coordinate and discuss next day’s activities with the local guides. Plus, the lodge’s manager will give an introductory presentation about the Amazon jungle. You will feel absolutely comfortable in this lovely peaceful setting filled with the nighttime sounds of the Amazon jungle.

PM:

AM: Early in the morning we’ll have breakfast and afterwards prepare our gear – boots and raincoat – to begin our Amazon adventure! We will board a canoe and start our journey downriver through the enchanted Amazon jungle along the imposing Napo River. Reaching the village of Misahualli, we will make a short stop to check our papers with local marina ...so don’t forget your passport! Continuing our canoe-trip, we will finally reach the Arajuno River and visit the “AmaZOOnico” Animal Rescue Centre, which specializes in the rescue of wild animals for species conservation and reintegration into the wild. At the center, we will observe a great variety of species, such as toucans, all kinds of colorful parrots, various types of monkeys, jaguars, capybaras and many more!

PM: Afterwards, you will enjoy a delicious picnic-style lunch on the riverbank. You’ll also have a chance to swim in the river or just rest peacefully surrounded by a wonderful natural environment. After concluding this day’s experience, we’ll head back to the lodge, but first we will visit a Kichwa family and learn about their millenary culture and traditions such as panning for gold, traditional pottery work, making a typical yucca-based drink called “chicha,” and using the “serbatana” (a blowpipe used for hunting). After this fascinating encounter with authentic Kichwa culture, we will return to the lodge by foot on secondary jungle pads. Upon arrival, you can enjoy a snack. At night, after dinner, we’ll have our usual meeting around the fireplace to share our day’s experiences.

AM: After breakfast, we will depart by canoe upriver for ten minutes, arriving at a small riverbank where we will begin a fun and thrilling one hour walk, marveling at the secondary forest’s diverse flora and fauna. After a while, we’ll find ourselves at a breathtaking waterfall, “La Cascada de Latas,” where we will take a refreshing swim in its clear crystal waters and enjoy the surrounding views. Mixed with the jungle sounds, this will make for an unforgettable experience. We will return along the same route to have lunch at the lodge.

PM: After lunch we will 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. Your expert native guide will explain in detail the characteristics of amazing plant species that possess medicinal properties and how these were used by the jungle’s inhabitants in earlier times. We’ll also observe a great variety of insects as well as small groups of monkeys racing through giant trees. Though we will need some luck to observe them, you will have to stay very quiet to admire these beautiful creatures. Dozens of curious colorful birds will likely tag along with us during our walk, whistling enchanted notes that delight our senses. After about three hours of walking, that evening we will return to the lodge for dinner and to gather around the fireplace. That night you should have a good and peaceful sleep delighted by the sounds of the jungle.

AM: After breakfast, we will prepare for our drive back to the city.

PM:

Prices

2 - 7 Persons

USD$ 325

Included in the price

  • Use of a canoe during your tour
  • All meals, from dinner on the first day until breakfast on the last day
  • Accommodations with full board
  • Services of a community guide
  • Walks and tours as per the itinerary
  • Purified drinking water
  • Use of rubber boots & rain ponchos

Not included in the price

  • Transportation (Quito – Cotococha Lodge – Quito)
  • Any service not specified in the program
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Extras and personal expenses
  • Alcoholic and bottled drinks (should be paid for in cash at the lodge)

Quito – Arrival at the Lodge – Welcome Dinner and Drink

AM:

PM: Reaching the lodge in the afternoon after a long drive, you can relax for a while in your spacious bungalow built in a rustic native design and surrounded by gardens 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 around the elegant fireplace to coordinate and discuss next day’s activities with the local guides. Plus, the lodge’s manager will give an introductory presentation about the Amazon jungle. You will feel absolutely comfortable in this lovely peaceful setting filled with nightly sights and sounds of the Amazon jungle.

AM: Early in the morning we’ll have breakfast and afterwards prepare our gear – boots and raincoat – to begin our Amazon adventure! We will board a canoe and start our journey downriver through the enchanted Amazon jungle along the imposing Napo River. Reaching the village of Misahualli, we will make a short stop to check our papers with local marina ...so don’t forget your passport! Continuing our canoe-trip, we will finally reach the Arajuno River and visit the “AmaZOOnico” Animal Rescue Centre, which specializes in the rescue of wild animals for species conservation and reintegration into the wild. At the center, we will observe a great variety of species, such as toucans, all kinds of colorful parrots, various types of monkeys, jaguars, capybaras and many more!

PM: Afterwards, you will enjoy a delicious picnic-style lunch on the riverbank. You’ll also have a chance to swim in the river or just rest peacefully surrounded by the wonderful natural environment. After concluding this day’s experience, we’ll head back to the lodge, but first we will visit a trap museum in an indigenous Kichwa community, which has an interesting exhibition of how for centuries they used to hunt. We will 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.

AM: After breakfast, we will get ready with our rubber boots and ponchos for 3 hours of trekking through the jungle. Led by an experienced native guide, you will be able to learn many interesting facts about the uses of various plants, the great variety of insects, birdwatching, and the different species of wildlife that live in this unique forest. We will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch in these natural surroundings.

PM: After lunch, we will return to the lodge to rest. At night, you can enjoy a delicious dinner and relax by the fireplace while enjoying a tropical cocktail or drink from the bar.

AM: After breakfast, we will depart by canoe upriver for ten minutes, arriving at a small riverbank where we will begin a fun and thrilling 1-hour walk, marveling at the secondary forest’s diverse flora and fauna. After a while, we’ll find ourselves at a breathtaking waterfall, “La Cascada de Latas,” where we will take a refreshing swim in its clear crystal waters and enjoy the surrounding views. Mixed with the jungle sounds, this will make for an unforgettable experience. We will return along the same route for lunch at the lodge.

PM: In the afternoon we will visit a Kichwa family and learn about their millenary culture and traditions, such as panning for gold, traditional pottery work, making a typical yucca-based drink called “chicha,” and using the “serbatana” (a blowpipe used for hunting). After this fascinating encounter with authentic Kichwa culture, we will return to the lodge by foot on secondary jungle paths. Upon arrival, you can enjoy a snack. At night, after dinner, we’ll have our usual meeting around the fireplace to share our day’s experiences.

Prices

2 - 7 Persons

USD$ 430

Included in the price

  • Use od a canoe during the tour
  • All meals from dinner on the first day until breakfast on the last day
  • Accommodations with full board
  • Services of a community guide
  • Walks and tours as per the itinerary
  • Purified drinking water
  • Use of rubber boots & rain ponchos

Not included in the price

  • Transportation (Quito – Cotococha Lodge – Quito)
  • Any service not specified in the program
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Extras and personal expenses
  • Alcoholic and bottled drinks (should be paid for in cash at the lodge)

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