Bataburo's location is great - far away from human centers and the sky (on the only clear night) was stunning. The area is quite nice with a "private" lake and some very interesting wildlife (we saw hoatzin, tapir, caiman, tarantulas, parrots, monkeys, frogs, insects, lots of nocturnal creatures). The guide was knowledgeable and tried to be helpful.
The original entertainment included piranha fishing (and then eating your catch), eating lime ants and curare, drinking water from liana, shooting blow pipe etc.
It's very hot and humid, lots of mosquitoes, my wife thought she saw a rat (it was some nocturnal relative - see attached image) and on her way trampled a tarantula. You have to sleep inside a net and take malaria pills - but you probably know all that being on your way to jungle.
Naturally, the rooms are very basic with just a bed.
The "shower" is a rusty pipe with tepid yellow water.
The jungle in general was less impressive/beautiful than cloud forest.
We were almost late for our flight back as the bus that was supposed to pick us up was late. Luckily, Julio found us a car that took us towards the bus which probably saved us an hour (we were among the last ones to board the plane anyway).
We chose Bataburo as it was one of the only places with power supply (however limited) in the area. It wasn't cheap, but we need power as we have a ton of electronic devices (about 10) - our 3 cameras and their backup disks being the most important ones with PDA being a close second. After we flew from Quito to Coca, then spent 3 hours on a very rough road and then another 3 hours in a motorized canoe we were told that the generator was broken for the last couple of weeks and it was closer to the nature this way. Frankly, it was a huge disappointment - you get no cold drinks (and it's hot there!), no light after dark (except candles) so you can't read a book, no chance to charge your devices like cameras (our main hobby is photography and we came there to take pictures), the food selection was limited etc.
We were also arriving to Bataburo in time for our 1st anniversary and it was a huge disappointment for us to be stuck there for 5 days w/o power supply.
If not for the great guide - Julio - I'd rate the experience even lower.
I must say that when we voiced our disappointment, we were offered to taken back - but the decision to make this offer took too long, so we could only leave on the next day.
We decided to stay because:
- We weren't sure the flight back would be available on that day
- The prospect of staying even one night in Coca didn't appeal to us (the place is a dump)
- We already paid for our return flights five days later
- We would totally waste at least 2 days on a pointless travel back and forth
As a side note, our attempt to get part of the $1K we paid (a lot of money by local standards) was in vain as we mentioned the fact that the guide was exceptional in our survey.
If you know where you're going and only expect to enjoy the jungle - go for it.
But if something goes wrong... well... you can only relax and try to enjoy it - which we did :-)