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Yachana Lodge
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Reviewed February 7, 2011

I recently stayed at the Yachana Lodge with a large student group from California. Our stay was amazing in this jungle paradise. The staff at the lodge are comprised of student from the Yachana Technical School which is operated by the same gentleman who runs the lodge. We were provided with an extremely knowledgable guide, Robert, who was a treasure. Robert is a kind and gentle soul that has dedicated his existence to preserving his home lands along with sharing his knowledge of the local flora and fauna. If you have the opportunity to request a guide for your stay, Robert is the choice to make. He made the whole trip...

  • Stayed: January 2011
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Reviewed April 27, 2010

I can only say great things about Yachana Lodge.

The setting: in the rainforest with breathtaking views of the Napo River

The accommodation: My room was a very comfortable cabin with its own terrace complete with hammock overlooking the wonderful lush vegetation and exotic plants of Yachana’s grounds.

The food: deeelicioius. I had great food whilst taking in the wonderful views of the surrounding rainforest and river.

The staff: genuinely helpful and efficient. Really great people.

The activities: Our small group was assigned its own individual guide called Avel. Avel arranged plenty of varied activities for us during our stay. Trekking in the jungle, visiting a local market, spear throwing , visiting the college and students are some examples. All through our excursions Avel kept us smiling and interested with his wonderful humour and extensive knowledge. A brilliant guide.

Summary: I really felt at home here. The staff are welcoming and friendly – and it’s all very genuine. Thanks to the excursions we gained a great insight about the surrounding natural habitat and local community. And visiting the college whose students (from the local community) benefit from the profits made by Yachana was a great experience.

Moreover the team behind Yachana organized everything for our trip to Ecuador, including the second half of the trip to the Galapagos. Internal flights, transfers, hotels etc. All we had to do was get our return ticket to Ecuador and turn up.
I thoroughly recommend Yachana Lodge.

A very unique place offering a very enjoyable and memorable experience.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 20, 2010

I met a great variety of employees (Douglas (founder), Hugh, Lars, Paola, Emanuel, my fantastic guides Delfin & Juan, and several attentive folks whose names I missed) and all of them provided excellent, attentive service. Their cause - educating locals and travelers about the importance of the amazon jungle ecosystem - was always present but never pushy. Rather than getting in the way, their cause adds to your personal experience so you know your experience is contributing in a positive way.

Other lodges may be 'deeper' in the jungle, but Yachana has access to large pieces of primary (untouched) jungle that provide tourists like me the amazing, life-changing experience we hope to enjoy when we travel, plus it gives back to the local people of all tribes as a whole -- not just helping a single, local community - through education and opportunity.

Additionally, Yachana only hires locals as guides. I enjoyed a freelance guide (Delfin) and a guide who serves on the Yachana board (Juan) -- both of whom come from communities where they still use blowguns to hunt, run barefoot through the jungle, and many of the people have never seen a car in their lives. Authentic. Real. I definitely recommend spending time with Yachana Lodge! Great cause. Great experience. Great service.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 2, 2009

I travelled to Yachana Lodge on the Napo river from Quito. I would thoroughly recommend it as I had a varied and fascinating trip. The lodge is located on the Napo river, the largest tributary of the Amazon and is beautifully located. Sunsets are a photogrpahers dream and as soon as you arrive you are made to feel very welcome and part of a very special family.

The lodge is different because it is run by local people and is part of a foundation that has created conservation projects and learning for indigenous people. There is a high- school nearby that is run by the foundation where children from local Amazon tribes are tooled with the skills they will need back in their communities. The nature and wildlife trails are all guided with local guides.

Juan was our guide and until his late teens had lived in his community as a hunter. His tracking skills were amazing; he could see birds, primates and insects that only a trained hunter could see. He would call the birds and they would answer and appear. He speaks fluent English and Spanish so it was easy to understand everything about the fauna and flora.

The food is all grown organically on the lodge`s farm and the meals were excellent. We got to make our own lunch on one day with foods from the rainforest - a real experience.
The accommodation was clean and basic with en suite bathrooms. There were very few mosquitos but sand flies were a problem if you didn´t cover up. Service was impeccable - the staff couldn´t do enough for you and seemed genuinely delighted to have you to stay at the lodge.

A truly memorable experience and one that needs to be shared.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 20, 2009

We stayed three nights at Yachana. Their location is beautiful (you take a three hour boat ride from Coca). The rooms are nice, but not over the top, the food was really good, We had a guide assigned to only family and he was great (Jose). The profits from the lodge run a high school for indigenous youth so they have a good thing going. Just a great Amazon experience.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with family
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Thank ixonia
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