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My-Quito.com : Jungle and Eco Lodges

Jungle lodges in the Oriente
 
Imagen2 034_1To the east of the Andes, lies the start of a vast area of lush tropical rainforest that stretches across the amazon basin to the Atlantic Ocean. It is a difficult area to traverse and most visitors will stay in one of the jungle lodges, who can arrange transport to where you will be staying. Unless your destination is nearby to one of the few towns (Puyo, Tena, Misahualli, Coca, Macas), then it is likely you will need to travel by motorized dug-out to get there. It can be very wet in this region, so bring appropriate clothing/footwear, and a polythene bag for your camera. When choosing your lodge, one big plus is where they have a tower or other high vantage point -you will see a completely different view of the jungle from up high.
 
The lodges generally have offices in Quito which can book your stay and arrange the necessary transport.
 
More about the Oriente.
 
Sucumbíos
Cayabeno Lodge -thatched cabins in the Cayabeno Reserve in the north east of Ecuador.
 
Tapir Lodge -based in the northeastern Province of Sucumbíos, in the upper Ecuadorian Amazon region, within the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, the Lodge was built in partnership with some family members of the Siona Community.
 
Napo / Orellana Province
Imagen2 017_1Arcoiris Jungle Lodge -set on the banks of river Napo, one hour by motor canoe from the town of Francisco de Orellana (El Coca). Accommodation is in comfortable bungalows on a high hill covered with untouched jungle -the resort owns 50 hectares of primary jungle. No TV or radio in order not to disturb the wildlife, but wifi internet access is available.
 
Cabañas San Isidro & BirdEcuador -located in 1300 hectares of the heart of the lush subtropical zone of the eastern Andes near the town of Cosanga, Cabañas San Isidro has a reputation as one of the finest birding and general interest cloud forest lodges in Ecuador.
 
Casa del Suizo -provides comfortable accommodation, first-class meals and expert guides in order for you to fully enjoy the wonders of the tropical rainforest by the Napo River.
 
Cotococha Lodge -offers seventeen bungalows built in a traditional style overlooking the River Napo, about half an hour from Tena. They can organise a complete tour from Quito, taking in Papallacta, Baños and Cotopaxi on the return.
 
Manatee Amazon Explorer -riverboat accommodating 30 guests in comfortable cabins with private bathrooms and running hot water, individual air conditioning, on board laundry service, large
dining room, bar and lounge area, panoramic terrace, delicious cuisine and the finest multilingual naturalist guides, plus the highest safety standards, personable service and efficiency.
 
Misahualli Jungle Lodge -can host up to 100 guests who stay in comfortable suites and cabañas. The lodge is built on a 145-hectare plot of protected primary and secondary rainforest of which, 3 hectares are gardens and green space.
 
Imagen2 056_1Napo Wildlife Centre -community-based ecotourism lodge in the Yasuni National Park.
 
Sacha Lodge -jungle lodge located 50km down the Napo, on a 3200-acre (1300-hectare) private reserve, guests will take their first walk along a raised boardwalk through dense flooded palm forest to Pilchicocha lake.
 
Sani Lodge -Quechua community ecotourism project perched on an oxbow lake in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle.

SierrAzul LodgeSierrAzul -cloud forest reserve on the eastern slopes of the Andes on the road from Baezav to Archidona, 150km from Quito. Set in an area rich in diversity, there are more than 250 species of bird, including humming bird and toucan in a forest of caucheras (big rubber tree). Mammals that frequent the area include mountain tapir and spectacled bear. Activities include bird watching, horse riding, mountain biking and kayaking,

Yachana Lodge -located on the banks of the Napo river in over 3000 acres of primary and secondary rainforest near the tiny community of Mondaña - two hours by motorized canoe from Coca.
 
Yuturi Lodge -15 multiple huts with private bathrooms, made with typical local materials in the Yarina reserve.
 
Wildsumaco -in the rainforest to the east of Quito at an elevation of 1400m this lodge is dedicated to birding.
 
Pastaza
Altos del Pastaza -24 rooms scattered across 96 hectares of primary rainforest. They have a viewing point "el Mirador" where you can see Sangay, Altar, and Tungurahua Volcanoes. Located near "Hola vida" reserve at km 16 route Puyo-Macas. (593)-9-8530616
 
Morono Santiago
Kapawi -Kapawi is the largest community-based project ever developed in Ecuador.  Kapawi was created to provide high service in one of the most remote and pristine areas of southeastern Ecuador, away from oil exploitation and other destructive practices. 
 
Zamora Chinchipe
Cabañas Copalinga -a family run lodge, located 3 km from the Bombuscaro entrance of Podocarpus National Park. The lodge has 8 wooden cabins for a maximum of 18 people and offers excellent birdwatching opportunities.
 
Loja
Cabañas Rio Yambala -in the foothills of the Podocarpus National Park, the cabins are a great base for hiking, horse trekking, birding or just relaxing.

Coastal Regions
See also hotels, lodges and cabins on the Pacific coast.
 

 
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Featured Lodge:

Cotococha Lodge Set in the Amazon Rainforest overlooking the Napo River, The Cotococha Lodge offers a hidden escape in vibrant surroundings. There are 17 guest bungalows built using local materials. Their restaurant serves both traditional and international food. Expert guides accompany you on visits to local communities, rainforest walks, tubing and rafting. Meals and excursions are included in the rate.

Featured book:

Yasuni Green Gold: The Amazon Fight to Keep Oil Underground
by Gines Haro (Author), Georgina Donati (Author), Troth Wells (Editor), Mauro Burzio (Photographer)
New Internationalist
Sep 2008.
 
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Insight Guide Amazon Wildlife
Insight Guides
by Hans Ulrich Bernard, Hans-Ulrich Bernard Paperback - August 1, 2002
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Hostels:
For travellers on a budget, see our page on hostels in the Oriente.