We spend 2 nights at the Eco Amazonia Lodge and I was quite worried, having read some negative comments about this place. However, my reservations proved to be unfounded and it proved to be an excellent experience – as long as you keep in mind that you have chosen to stay in the jungle, in a lodge …. And not a five-star hotel. And it should be kept in mind that this lodge contributes to animal-welfare (Monkey Island).
Organization: We were greeted by the manager, an extremely polite gentleman, who informed us about the basic things we needed to keep in mind conc. food, drinks, the rooms, potential annoyances etc.
Room: each room is a cabin. Sure, this cabin is basic, the huts are built in rows (yes, I agree with others – there could have been more effort to create a more exotic feel) and you can hear everything said in the next hut, plus there is no warm water most of the times. But, the huts are also spacious and probably, most people won’t be planning to spend time in the cabin if they have paid to get into the jungle. Keep in mind that there is no electricity after 10 pm, so bring a torch (or 4) and expect the fan not to work (so have sth. light to wear). Possibly also bring some kind of insect-repellent that does not require electricity. And, as you will be told by the manager, do NOT keep any kind of edible items in the room …. And come to terms with the fact that you will find a lizard or, worse, a cockroach or two at some point in your room . After all, the rooms have no glass windows, but only windows with nets which do not really keep out anything. However, when you lie in bed, in absolute darkness, and hear the tropical rain come rushing down … that’s magic!
Restaurant & bar: luckily, lunch & dinner were quite satisfactory (though some guests did not enjoy the meal served in the palm leaf). Breakfast is disappointing. The drinks at the bar are super – but first you need to pray that there is someone at the bar and second have to accept that they are served only when there is electricity … the barman was unable to fathom that you do not need an electric blender for every drink, but can shake and stir instead. Thus, until the evening, you have to make do with wine & beer.
Monkey Island: right across the Lodge, a lovely trip. Our guide was very careful to ensure that we did not scare the monkeys or left behind the plastic bottles the monkeys stole from us. Yes, the monkeys jumped onto our shoulders, but that was not because the tourists were out of control, but because the monkeys wanted to be fed. From what I understood, the lodge is involved in saving monkeys from being commercially traded and releases them there into the wild again. Their babies are then re-introduced into the jungle.
Jungle hike: Obviously, we did not get to see any wild animals, but I wasn’t really expecting any wild animal to hang around the jungle-path waiting for the tourists-groups to be gawked at. What do you do get to see is plenty of fauna and plenty of mosquitoes. Wear long sleeves and buy local anti-repellent cream (the European anti-repellents do absolutely nothing!). You are given, by the lodge, boots to wear.
And the best of the whole lodge was the baby-Quati, As far as we understood, it had also been saved and now was the cutest fellow ever, even joining us on our jungle-hike, as if it were a dog!
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