First some words from my wife - Amazoonica is a wild animal rehab center for recovered attempted smuggled animals or injured animals. The Liana Lodge is staffed by mostly German volunteers with local paid staff. It was started by a woman (Swiss or German) who married a quecha indiginous man and set up the lodge and rehab center to preserve piece of the rainforest.
We had a lovely screened, thatched roof cabin with bathroom and front porch hammock. It rained like crazy both nights so the river was too high for tubing, but we did enjoy slogging through the forest in our Wellington boots.
I still got insect bites, but so many fewer than 18 years ago. No tarantellas in the roof, no mosquito nets and no need to take malaria pills. To see the "real" jungle now, one must go east from Coca, but I enjoyed this visit very much.
And now my comments - Liana Lodge and the Amazon were both great. We started out of Tena in the wrong direction, giving a group of road maintenance workers a great laugh about 10 km west of Tena when we needed to be going south. Got to the parking lot for the canoe at least 1/2 hour late, but they patiently waited for us. All of the staff at the lodge and at AmaZOOnica were wonderful, especially after they got a call from the owner of the car park saying I had left the car lights on. It was getting dark, but the bartender and I hopped in the canoe, rushed back to the park, and the car still started right up. The canoe ride back to the lodge was in darkness, but we made it safely. The next day Josepha and Saul gave us two tours that will never be forgotten. I even hit the wooden owl with the blow gun from about thirty feet. And Rene and Louisa were a huge help with all arrangements. The kitchen staff prepared wonderful meals for us three times a day. And because it is the off-season, there was only one other couple the first night and just us the second night. Our stay could not have been better.
- Also Known As:
- Liana Hotel Tena