amazon lodge advice
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Feb 7, 2013 6:43 PM Last Post By: rickdarnell
Feb 2, 2013 7:33 PM
Feb 2, 2013 8:13 PM
1My opinion is certainly biased, since I stayed at Shiripuno Lodge last month. For me, one person it cost $350 for 3 nights, and it was amazing. I observed 5 different monkey species moving through the forest there. The Napo river lodges reportedly do not offer quite as much variety and biological diversity, since there is more human activity up there. The human settlements mean more hunting by the indigeounous people, and this means some of the endangered monkey species have left for more isolated areas.
Shiripuno lodge is almost 4 hours by boat from the nearest road, does not use electric lighting, and must be at least 60 km from the nearest electric lights. The stars at night were amazing!
Feb 3, 2013 4:40 AM
2I had to check Cotococha's Web site to see where it is located. It is near Tena, which is more about adventure activities than wildlife--and, indeed, that is mostly what Cotococha offers. The forest there is secondary, and their Web site plainly states that wildlife is hard to spot, so they will take you to an animal rescue center. Most of the activities offered can be done from Banos without having to book a package.
If it's wildlife you're interested in, no, you cannot just "show up" in the Amazon and expect to book excursions a la carte. Take a look at the lodges in the Cuyabeno region; most seem to be lower on the luxury scale (and price). You will get the most wildlife bang for your buck there.
Feb 3, 2013 7:39 AM
3I stayed at the camping at Sani Lodge last year and it was great, absolutely worth it. To stay at the camping is a good option to the more expensive cabins. For example I see that this year 5d/4n at the camping cost $580 per person while it cost $915 per person (if you are two) in a cabin. And if you want to save money you can take the bus to Coca instead of flying.
While staying at Sani Lodge we also saw five different species of monkeys. It was Squirrel Monkeys, Red Howler Monkeys, Woolly Monkeys, Common Night Monkey and Mono Negros (a Tamarin Monkey).
You can read more on Sani Lodge’s webpage: www.sanilodge.com
If you are interested I have also got a travel page about Sani Lodge with photos and tips (but it is not completed yet): http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/3fbdb/22ac41/
Feb 7, 2013 4:41 PM
4I stayed at a place called chinimp tuna in the amazon and it was really cheap and great. It was $25 a day and it included food lodging, native guides, and all activities included. It was great becuase it was off the beaten path and I learned a lot about amazonian culture. It was a bit rustic, but that was one of the best parts about it. It was like the real amazon.
Feb 7, 2013 4:42 PM
Feb 7, 2013 6:43 PM
6I spent countless hours researching a trip into the Ecuadorian Amazon and the time was well spent.
My wife and two teenage daughters stayed at the Huaorani Ecolodge. Amazing time with the Huaorani, one of the last contacted indigenous peoples in the Amazon. Flew to the village in a small cessna, landing in an airstrip carved out of the jungle. Google the lodge and check it out. Everyone agreed the trip was the highlight of our 3 weeks in Ecuador and may well be one of the most amazing experiences we'll ever have.
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