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Laguna Grande, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve 210151 Ecuador
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Bamboo Lodge is a small amazon hotel with a big heart for the amazon rain forest and a real passion for the magical Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in Ecuador. We are an Ecuadorian and German management with an excellent & experienced crew and we have the pleasure to work in one of the most beautiful areas of the amazon basin, in the heart of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.
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Laguna Grande, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve 210151 Ecuador
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Puerto Asis Airport45 miSee all flights
Lago Agrio Airport49 miSee all flights
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We visited for 4 nights which we would highly recommend for maximum experience. You basically start with 10 people in a group that stays the same with the same guide. People start leaving ,depending on their length of stay, and it becomes a more private experience as the time goes by. There was only 6 of us on day 3 and only 2 of us on day 4/5. Day 1 and 5 are mostly travel time but the itinerary does a good job building some activities into these days as well. I definitely would not recommend 2 nights if at all possible. The travel time is long just to get to Lago Agrio and then there is further 2 hours to the river and 2 hrs on the river which can be enjoyable if you are lucky with the weather. Min 3 nights, I would say. The location can not be beat. Closeness to the lagoon means you can go swimming nearly every evening and that is amazing at sunset time. In case you are wondering, in the middle of the lagoon is perfectly safe and the water is perfect. A lot of the other lodges are further down the river and not in such amazing location, with boats motoring by all day long. Our guide was Willian and he was knowledgeable and did go the extra mile to allow us to see animals. Such as disembarking on a pig farm on the way to the Siona village to see tiny monkeys :). He does have a true passion for his job and it shows. There were little extras included all the time and it makes all the difference. The highlight for us was the Siona village trip where we did so many interesting activities and the 1/2 day canoe ride on last day. Overall, the value is unbeatable but I would recommend upgrading to the jungle suite or the little house with a hammock on top. The jungle suite was amazing. We upgraded while we were there and there was a vacancy. As our neighbors were extremely noisy people and the standard rooms are only divided by partial partitions. If you are lucky with the neighbors, or plan to spend most of the time socializing in the restaurant or swinging in the hammock on the dock, it is more then adequate. If you value peace and privacy, then upgrade is highly recommended. We loved it and you will too!
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We stayed here for 4 days, 3 nights. It was an unforgettable experience! The food was delicious. We had a really good time with our guide miquèl. His passion for the amazone made our trip more interesting, because he can explain every detail from the amazing nature. He is really enthusiastic en created a really fun atmosphere. We also liked the frequent use of the paddle canoe instead of the noisy motor boats as other lodges. We highly recommend this lodges, also because it have small groups.
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Our son decided to do some after graduate travelling in South America. First part alone, second part with his girlfriend. Suddenly, my wife and I got an idea: lets visit them! For us: first time to Ecuador. We made plans with them to visit the jungle first after arrival. We choose the Bamboo Lodge far way in the jungle. Why we made this choice? Not a too big capacity of visitors and most of the time that means more personal attention of the staff and the idea of a Lodge made out of Bamboo seemed attractive to us. After our flight from Quito to Lago Agrio on June 25th we have been met by a member of the organisation team who took us to our bus. It took two hours to bring us to the place where our guide called Willian with a boat was waiting for us for the last 30 km of travelling deep into the jungle. He started to welcome us and told us about our further travel with the boat to the Lodge and about a save way of being in the jungle. The boat trip was a sightseeing trip with spotting of animals right away from the beginning. But first a good Ecuadorian lunch. Afterwards into the boat, life jackets on and our captain started the engine. Willian started to talk and gave us lecture after lecture about the life in the jungle and the ecosystem in Spanish for our 2 Frenchmen in the boat and in English for our party of four. He told us that part of the jungle is floated for 10 months each year. But the trees with their tops above the water (about 4 meters deep) keep alive. The guide proved to be amazing. He could almost feel the presence of an animal nearby. After 10 minutes we met our first snake taking a sunbath on a branch. Everybody had missed it, but not our Willian. And for 3 hours our boat trip went on with Willian talking and spotting other snakes, birds, monkeys and even a sloth. After this interesting boat trip we arrived at Bamboo Lodge near the Laguna Grande of the Cuyabeno district. It honoured its name: all houses made of Bamboo. The staff received us with a big smile and with a fresh cool juice. After this we had some time to bring our luggage to our rooms (we had 2 suites: lovely!). Afterwards into the boat. We were brought to the middle of Great Lagoon to have a swim. It is a strange idea to swim in water where cayman and piranha are living, but everyone survived and then we had diner: soup, main course and dessert! A surprising meal deep down in the jungle! After the diner wild life searching started with Willian: in the dark with torches a walk through the jungle, all dressed with shirts with long sleeves and long trousers with some Deet on to keep away the mosquitoes. Amazing spiders, another kind of snake, frogs, a lot of different kinds of ants carrying small pieces of leaves into their “homes”. Never known that there are 400 of different specimens living in this part of the jungle in a hectare! Next day again a surprisingly good breakfast if you take into account how much effort is needed to bring all to this a remote Lodge. And then into the motorboat. We were dropped at the other side of the Laguna grande for a walk through the jungle but now at day light. Willian first advice: do not touch anything! You never can tell or there might be some poison out there! Another amazing time with our guide. He seemed to detect all kinds of animals by their sounds, way of movement of the leaves. Another lovely time of listening to his lectures about the jungle. Walking through a swamp was part of it and then we understood why we had to wear boots: to keep your feet dry and it is also helpful to prevent snake bites. After about 3 hours we got to another boat and we had to paddle back for about 30 minutes to have our lunch at Bamboo Lodge! After our lunch we were surprised by a lovely group of small monkeys giving us a nice show of their way of living about 10 meters away from the Lodge. The rest of the day on the water again to spot all kind of animals. Even dolphins were seen and cayman as well. Another dive into the water and another lovely meal. Next morning birds watching from the tower in the camp. Exciting to see all those colourful birds but also some black vultures. And then breakfast and our way back to civilisation on June 27th , where another lunch was waiting for us. 72 amazing hours in a beautiful surrounding with comfortable housing with a very kind and competent staff and Willian, who made our trip with his knowledge of the jungle to a unforgettable experience! Thank you Bamboo Lodge! It was lovely to be a part of you!
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Our family of four spent 3 nights and 4 days at Bamboo Lodge. It was probably the best travel adventure experience of our lives. Miguel, our guide, was half university professor and half rugged adventurist. His immense knowledge, boundless energy, and passion for the Amazon rainforest made our trip go from great to a life changing experience. The food was also terrific, and Fabian, the boat driver, was next level. We saw caimans, sloths, lots of monkeys, anacondas, dolphins, many birds, boas, and lots of cool spiders and insects. Swimming in the lagoon each evening was so fun! The visit to the river community was fantastic too. I highly recommend Bamboo Lodge as a great small operation if you are wanting to visit the upper Amazon.
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The price is good, but the rooms are not as you think. I paid for a private room with a double bed. There were 3 beds in the room and the bed they made up was a twin. The "walls" in the room do not fully extend to the top, so you actually have no privacy and can other people fart or talk. The food was great, the guide was great but there's no hot water, so get ready to rough it.
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EcuadorSucumbios ProvinceCuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
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