My wife, 9-yr old son and I recently spent 3 nights at Liana Lodge (Mar 21, 22, 23) and we take from that memories that will last a lifetime. When we arrived by motorized canoe, we were met by René, our very friendly host from Switzerland. After helping us up to the main building with our luggage, he started giving us the introductory information session when all of a sudden several monkeys decided to form their own welcoming committee. We had a great time watching them, especially one bold fellow who made himself comfortable at the lodge's bar. They made several more appearances at the lodge over the next few days during our stay and were always a source of entertainment. Our cabin was spacious and comfortable, but don't expect a sterile environment carved out of the rainforest spoiling you with every creature comfort. Rather expect a more authentic rainforest experience including finding the odd harmless creepy-crawly in your cabin. Looking back, these weren't so bad and have given us lots of stories to share with our friends and family. The meals at the lodge were excellent with lots of local flavours including plantain and yucca prepared in different ways. The excursions we took were top-notch. AmaZOOnico is doing great work to reintroduce animals back into the wild. Approximately one third of the animals are able to be set free after their rehabilitation there. They employ a wonderful volunteer force that is friendly and knowledgeable. Our next excursion involved meeting a local Kichwa family where we experienced watching the making of and tasting of chicha, which is a fermented drink made from yucca. We also learned how to shoot a blowgun (the highlight of our visit for our son) and were shown the foods that were growing in the surrounding forest, including cacao, papayas, bananas, pineapples, cherimoya, and yucca. No mono-crops here. Just highly sustainable, mixed, shade-grown crops. We also saw a wild caiman living wild in a nearby lagoon. The last excursion we took involved heading upriver to learn how to pan for gold and how to cast a fishing net. We didn't catch any fish but we did find some gold. Our guides were great and were able to work around the language barrier (for us English gringos) to get their points across. We had a lot of fun at Liana Lodge and met some other really nice guests and staff. Maybe the best thing was watching our son thoroughly enjoying himself in a natural setting without a TV, computer, or any other screens. Thanks for everything Liana Lodge!
- Also Known As:
- Liana Hotel Tena