I had a few days between a trip in Brazil and a trip to the Galapagos and decided the amazon was the biggest thing missing from my trip. I really wanted to be deep in the jungle and see the animals all around me but knew I really couldn't afford that. But I still wanted to experience the jungle a little bit and this was a great way to do that.
As I said in my title you are really just on the edge of the amazon jungle here, if you are expecting to see animals all over the place this is not the place to go. If you are expecting to see a bit of the jungle this is the place.
The staff here are amazing, I was supposed to be meeting a friend in Quito at the airport in the afternoon and driving straight to the lodge. My connecting flight was delayed and long story short I didn't get in until close to 10pm. A drive to the lodge was not feasible at the time but my friend called Pablo and coordinated and Pablo arranged to pick us up and take us to a place to spend the night.
As we then arrived at the lodge in the middle of the day, the workers were preparing for dinner and most of the other guests were out so we were just shown to our room and we hung out until Pablo and his mother came to greet us and fill us in on our activities.
We went on a few jungle hikes, to a waterfall and just through the jungle. We learned about the trees and their uses and saw some bugs and animal tracks. We had chose a rafting option so spent a day rafting on the Napo River. this was an amazing experience and am glad that we chose it. On our last day we were given the option of going to a cave or going to an animal center. Our bathing suits were already dirty and we were leaving the next day so we opted for the animal center. It was really just a zoo but had a great variety of animals, there were also some birds (parrot-like) and monkeys running free so we did sort of get to "see" monkeys and birds in the wild.
The food at the lodge was AMAZING, my only complaint was for me it was too much as it was always three courses (soup, main and desert) lemonade and water were always provided as well. Each meal was different and we experienced a nice variety of cuisine.
Pablo and his mother run a great lodge, looking to do everything to give you a great experience. He even mentioned to me at the end that they do offer guests the opportunity to get up ridiculously early and go to another lodge in hopes of seeing animals in the wild. So Pablo will try to cater to your needs as best as possible just ask him!
I am glad we chose to stay here and we had a great experience, I do have to warn you there are rather large moths that will hang around your room but if one gets into your room the workers will come and get rid of it for you :-) Just from personal experience...
So if you want to get a taste of the amazon for a good price come here!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located only 2h30 from Quito's New Airport, Huasquila is the closest Amazon Lodge in Ecuador!Private transfer, departure every day, no minimum of persons required,Easy reservation, credit cards accepted!No yellow fever and malaria shots required.Best option for Galapagos extension, even one night stay possible:! (Being so close to the airport we pick you up from your flight and bring you back on time the day you leave back home without getting into Quito's traffic jam (it takes about 1h30 from Quito to the new airport!!!!).At the beginning of the Amazon-Andes circuit, passing Termas de Papallacta, Rio Napo, Banos, Chimborazo and Cotopaxi, you can start or finish your Ecuador Trip with us.First class personalized service.100% Accessible (even wheelchairs), the best family option ever! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Huasquila Amazon Lodge Ecuador/Cotundo