PROS: Beautiful cabins set in gorgeous surroundings. Great food. Highly attentive staff. Lots of excursions and activities.
CONS: Everything is planned for you--you don't get to choose your excursions as their web site implies. Some excursions are much better than others. Pricey. Somewhat artificial feel.
Travelers used to staying in hotels and booking prepackaged trips will probably find Cotococha to be a great experience. You get to see a lot of different aspects of the jungle (animals, rafting, indigenous communities) without having to figure out the logistics yourself, and the accommodations are lovely.
Backpackers, however, are likely to find this a.) overpriced, and b.) much too touristy. My husband I have been backpacker-style travelers for a long time, and we splurged on this experience as part of our honeymoon. There was a lot to like about it, and I do think it's worth the price--you get a lot for the money. But some of the excursions are cool while others are pretty lame. That said, all the Amazon lodges in the Tena area are probably like this. I doubt Cotococha is an exception.
More importantly, you'll probably end up feeling sort of uncomfortable with the whole thing. This is not the way to see the "real" Amazon. You'll be taken to see animals in a rescue center, where they're caged. You'll see "indigenous culture" at a kind of display site. Backpackers used to less structure and artificiality may be better off staying in Tena and booking one or two excursions of their own choosing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cotococha Amazon Lodge offers 22 spacious bungalows, built according to traditional architecture in harmony with the surrounding rainforest. All bungalows are equipped with a private bathroom, a private veranda with reclining chairs or hammocks to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of Ecuador's Amazon. Social areas are carefully decorated and offer all comfort and cosiness for a splendid stay in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, children area and solar panels. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cotococha Amazon Hotel Tena