My husband and I just returned from a wonderful trip to the Ecuadorian Amazon. We knew we wanted to experience the rainforest but were interested in a more remote, unique and cultural experience. After explaining our interest to representatives at the travel company Adventure Life, it was suggested that we stay at Huaorani Lodge, an ecolodge located within the territory of the Huaorani people, an indigenous group within the Ecuadorian jungle. We decided it was for us and thereafter Sullivan with Adventure Life helped us plan the trip from start to finish. It was exactly what we had hoped for. After staying a night in Quito, we were picked up by our guide and spent the first part of the day traveling into the jungle by car, plane and finally canoe. Thereafter we spent the next seven days enjoying hikes, bird-watching, swimming in and canoeing on the river and, most importantly, spending time with the Huaorani people and learning their ways of life. Their welcoming nature, skill set and symbiosis with the environment were truly awe inspiring. Our guides, Gabo and Eweme, were extremely knowledgeable, patient and fun to be around, and they, along with all the staff members at the lodge, were the best hosts we could have had. The lodge itself was also fantastic. The cabins were comfortable and had screened in walls which allowed us to enjoy the sights and sounds of the jungle while affording us protection from the insects at night. The meals were filling and delicious- our chef, a young Huaorani man named Remigio, was amazing. The location was also ideal, adjacent to the beautiful river and truly remote. I strongly recommend this trip to anyone who is looking for the adventure of a lifetime and who wants to experience the true beauty and bounty of the Amazon rainforest. You won’t regret it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay in an eco-lodge situated at the headwaters of the Amazon and run by the Huaorani, one of the most isolated ethnic groups on earth: first contacted by the outside world only 55 years ago, they speak a language that is unrelated to any other. You’ll learn to use a blowgun, hear their leader relate the tribe’s fight against oil exploration, and take a two-day meander down the Shiripuno River in kayaks, watching for tropical birds and monkeys.Highly Commended -The Virgin Holidays Responsible Travel Award 2009 and 2010Best Company in Innovation 2010 - LATATrips of a Lifetime award by Travel & Leisure 2010Best Sustainable Tourism Project 2008 and 2009 - LATABest Adventure Travel Companies on Earth by National Geographic 2009 ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Huaorani Ecolodge Hotel Yasuni National Park
- Huaorani Ecolodge Ecuador/Yasuni National Park