This lodge is about a 45 minute canoe ride down the Napo River from Coca. It is located just up a much smaller river that is very narrow. The lodge is one large open air building with a lounge, restaurant & bar and a about 20 small cabins. Each room is in its own cabin and has an attached bathroom. The bathroom is partially open air, but covered from any rain. Several cabins share a propane hot water heater that only heats water once the hot water is turned on. The best way to get warm water is to run just the hot water and then turn on the cold water once it gets hot. The cabins have several screened windows with curtains, but when you have a light on in the cabin, they are pretty much see-through. The cabin walls and door have some gaps so most folks felt more comfortable using the mosquito nets located above each bed. I didn't use it during this visit and did not get any bug bites. The electricity comes from a generator that is typically only on from 6 - 10 p.m. This is when you can recharge your electrical devices. The bar had one kind of beer (large bottle for $3), 2 kinds of wine (Chilean red & white) and several type of liquor. However, there is no ice for the bar until the generator kicks on in the evening. The meals were served to us family style except for the main dish (portion size was somewhat small). Since we were at the lodge on Christmas Eve, the kitchen staff cooked a turkey for our evening meal. During the day, our local guide (Hymi) took us hiking in the forest where we learned about the plants and saw many birds and some poison dart frogs. One of the highlights was an evening visit to a nearby lake where we so the glowing firefly larvae in the shallow water. The lodge has a monkey-viewing platform where they set out bananas.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The YARINA Eco Lodge is strategically located in an area of forest that counts on the highest diversity of micro-habitats in the Napo area, this means that there are more species of animals, birds, reptiles and insects than else where in Napo river and surrounded. Welcome to the fantastic world at the Ecuadorian Amazon. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Yarina Eco Lodge Ecuador/Yasuni National Park