SAN ISIDRO LODGE

about us

Cabañas San Isidro lodge and lush cloud forest reserve can be reached by paved road from Quito’s new international airport in only about 2 hours, so getting here has gotten easy. San Isidro lies right between two large national parks, so ‘getting lost’ is part of the fun, and discovery is a daily event. Amazing cuisine, cooking clases, primary forest trails, mammal watching, birding, and archaeology are some of the activities waiting for you here!

Activities

BIOLOGY STATION

ARCHAEOLOGY

BIRDING

HUMMINGBIRD FEEDING STATIONS

ANTPITTA FEEDING STATION BUTTERFLYING

HANDICRAFT, FISHING, COOKING CLASSES AND MORE FOR THE KIDS

GUINEA PIG FARM


ORCHID GARDEN & ORGANIC FARM

PHOTOGRAPHY

NIGHT WALK

WHITE LIGHT FOR INSECT OBSERVATION

TREKKING

tours san isidro lodge

General Interest Programs

Program 4 days / 3 nights

Day 1:

San Isidro Lodge - lodges ecuadorWe will leave from Quito at 8:00 A.M. to the Amazon watershed, with scenic and biodiverse cloud forests on our minds. Our first stop en route, however, will be at a rose plantation where you will have the opportunity to ogle at many of the most popular and spectacular varieties that Ecuador produces. After this it will be time to move up in elevation to the majestic, windswept paramos of Papallacta - a very tundra-like habitat. On clear days here the views of the surroundings and various volcanoes are breath-taking; a stop right up at the continental divide is one of the best spots from which to photograph the snow-capped volcano, Antisana, as it towers over the mountains below.

After what will have probably been a chilly morning (at best!) we will get to Guango Lodge in time to enjoy a delicious and hot, sit-down lunch, traditional Ecuadorian style, right next to the active hummingbird feeders. In the afternoon we will embark on a hike along the trails that fan out around the lodge to get a taste of the beautiful Andean temperate forests and the birds that often adorn their branches; colorful mountain-toucans and tanagers would be a hit!

Not letting it get too late, we will make our way down-slope – about a 1 ½ hour drive - to Cabañas San Isidro, where we will shoot to get in with daylight and settle into our rooms before dinner.

At dinner we will be officially welcomed and have our first taste of Ecuador’s best known hot toddy, a delicious drink - called “Canelazo” - made from water boiled with real cinnamon, fruit juice and a dash of cane alcohol, that is sure to help warm us up. There will be Guinea Pig tasting opportunity for the adventurous ones! After a magnificent dinner - our food is widely recognized for its originality and exquisite quality - a night hike awaits us, where we will be in search of owls, strange insects, nocturnal mammals or any other critter that might grace our presence. Night at San Isidro.

Day 2:

Jungle San Isidro Lodge - Lodges EcuadorWe’ll put our birding caps on this morning and get out for the early morning activity. While we slept the lights around the lodge will have collected a mob of moths and other insects, which means one thing: a buffet for insectivorous birds in search of breakfast! We will spend the early morning watching trogons, woodcreepers, flycatchers and tanagers glean all sorts of bugs in a seemingly frantic attempt to satisfy their morning hunger. And if this has not awakened our appetites, the smell emanating from the dining room should. You guessed it: time for a controlled stampede in for a buffet breakfast!

Well fed and ready for more, we will set out on one of San Isidro’s newest adventures: a “virtual safari”. While at any moment a rare mammal could pop into view during the walk, they are wary, so our safari is designed to run a trap-line of sorts, checking the motion-sensor cameras and the photos that they have taken over the last weeks, days, hours… and even minutes; it really is a thrill to see a photo - that no one else has seen - of a Puma, Oncilla, Tapir, or even an Anteater, taken right where you are standing! Checking the cameras all the while, our walk will lead us to the beautiful Pumayacu Falls, right in the heart of the reserve, and then down to the edges of the pristine waters of the Cosanga River where we will enjoy a catered lunch at a remote riverside beach where a Torrent Duck might even come drifting by.

After a full morning of exploration, we’ll visit the Yanayacu Biology Station – up the road from the lodge - in the afternoon for a chat and more in-depth look at all of the important and fascinating research taking place in the reserve; researchers from all over the world and Ecuador congregate here to do their best to unravel the life histories and secrets of the denizens of a cloud forest system still so very much in need of study. Many new species to science have resulted from these efforts.

Dinner is always something to look forward to at San Isidro, so we will take full advantage! After dinner, for those interested, we can take another short stroll around the lodge to check the lights, where we will surely encounter the usual myriad of beetle and colorful moth species that have descended onto the white walls; their designs and patterns seem limitless! For the more gung-ho spirits, a night hike to check some more camera traps might whet the appetite.

Day 3:

lodges ecuadorThis morning we will venture down a nearby trail or two to watch the antpittas, an extremely retiring (and subtly beautiful) group of South American birds, as they come to devour worms at the feeders… a photographer’s delight.

After a hearty breakfast we will venture out to the archeological ruins on the property for a look at what is left of a group, the “Curisetas” (translated as the “Goldsmiths”), that inhabited the region pre-colonially; most interesting is that they were never conquered by the Incas. Their history is a bit murky, but this small group of natives seemed to have faded away without much of a fuss or fight. The Curisetas were best known for their prowess at mining and then molding gold jewelry, and for hauling large rocks from distant areas and placing them as directional monoliths; their pottery shards are still easily found in the rivers on the property. We’ll make our way back to the lodge for a well deserved lunch!

We will take time for a post-lunch “siesta” before hitting the trail again. This afternoon we’ll head down to a mating lek of the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock; several males of this loud and bright orange bird  - something like South America’s answer to the Birds of Paradise! – can often be found in the late afternoons carrying-on in the tree canopies right overhead in hopes of attracting females. We might even want to check any motion sensor cameras along the way to see if any critters passed by over the last 24 hours! As always, another inventive dinner awaits.

Day 4:

OPTION 1:

This morning we will plan to rise a little earlier, zip up our bags and bid San Isidro farewell (after breakfast, of course!) for a visit to the spectacular Cascadas San Rafael or, in English, “Coca Falls”. It will take the better part of two hours to get there along the road to Lago Agrio, but highway conditions are generally good and the scenery breath-taking. Set in the foothills (between the cool forests of the subtropical zone and Amazonian lowlands), you will notice the change: warmer temperatures and taller trees. The kilometer hike through the lush tropical forests to the falls can be a great place to spot an Umbrellabird, or even a troop of Capuchin or Spider Monkeys. Upon approaching Ecuador’s mightiest of all waterfalls, you will feel its rumble well before you see it… sort of an eerie feeling, really! We will have packed lunches along and a picnic lunch eye level with the falls would be the ideal setting.

From here it will be time to make our way back to Quito

 

OPTION 2:

antisana lodges ecuadorThis morning we will visit the Cordillera de Guacamayos (only a 20 minute drive from San Isidro), on the eastern edge of the Antisana Reserve where, on a clear day from this relatively low mountain pass, you can see jagged, high paramo peaks to the west. Looking the other way, the eastern lowlands of the Amazon sprawl out below us, where Harpy Eagles and Jaguars still prowl. Right at the pass a very historical trail begins, and plummets down through various life zones, through some of the most pristine subtropical forest any visitor to Ecuador could hope to find. Think back half a century when there were no roads into the region, only horse trails; this is exactly where pre-Colombian tribes, conquistadors and old-time explorers trudged through on their journeys across the spine of the Andes to the lowlands. We have it quite a bit better off though, with a rocked and machete-cleaned trail, but the essence is still there. Depending on our energy levels, we may hike down a few kilometers, and even have a decent shot at seeing a wild group of Common Wooly Monkeys that often sound off, betraying their presence. All the while we’ll be enjoying the staggeringly beautiful cloud forest that envelops us, so soak it in!

After a lunch back at San Isidro, it will be time to zip up our bags for the trip back to Quito

 

PRICES 2020
General Interest Program
4 days / 3 nights

Rates per person, based in double room occupancy

With bilingual guide & transportation available all days

Based in 1 participant: $1895 (This rate does include single supplement)

Based in 2 participants: $1110

Based in 3-4 participants: $970

Based in 5-8 participants: $805

*Single Supplement: $25 per night, per person

**The itinerary will be as described

 

With bilingual guide & transportation only on travel days

Based in 1 participant: $1500 (This rate does include single supplement)

Based in 2 participants: $915

Based in 3-4 participants: $815

Based in 5-8 participants: $685

*Single Supplement: $25 per night, per person

**The itinerary would vary as you would not have transportation available all days

Program 3 days / 2 nights

Day 1:

Andean Cock-of-the-Rock san isidro lodgeWe will leave from Quito at 8:00 A.M. to the Amazon watershed, with scenic and biodiverse cloud forests on our minds. En route, however, we will stop for a look at the majestic, high elevation and windswept paramos above Papallacta - a very tundra-like habitat. On clear days here the views of the surroundings and various volcanoes are breath-taking; a stop right up at the continental divide is one of the best spots from which to photograph the snow-capped volcano, Antisana, as it towers over the mountains below.

Continuing our journey to San Isidro we will wind our way amongst steep valleys – through the towns of Cuyuja and Baeza - where will see some gorgeous forested slopes and impressive waterfalls, born in Antisana Reserve, as they spill off of high cliffs. Our plan is to get to San Isidro in time to get settled into our rooms, and even for a quick look around before lunch, so barring a quick restroom break on the way, we’ll make few stops in order to get there quickly, because after lunch, we will have plenty to do!

Lunch behind us it will be time to get busy for our next adventure. Our timing should be perfect for our first hike along the trails through the cloud forest reserve at San Isidro where we will head down to a mating lek of the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock; several males of this loud and bright orange bird - something like South America’s answer to the Birds of Paradise! – can often be found in the late afternoons carrying-on in the tree canopies right overhead in hopes of attracting females. We will hike back up to the cabins and have some time to shower up and relax before dinner.

At dinner we will be officially welcomed and have our first taste of Ecuador’s best known hot toddy, a delicious drink - called “Canelazo” - made from water boiled with real cinnamon, fruit juice and a dash of cane alcohol, that is sure to help warm us up. There will be Guinea Pig tasting opportunity for the adventurous ones! After a magnificent dinner - our food is widely recognized for its originality and exquisite quality - a night hike awaits us, where we will be in search of owls, strange insects, nocturnal mammals or any other critter that might grace our presence.

Day 2:

tapir lodges ecuadorWell fed – after a buffet breakfast - and ready for more, we will set out on one of San Isidro’s newest adventures: a “virtual safari”. While at any moment a rare mammal could pop into view during the walk, they are wary, so our safari is designed to run a trap-line of sorts, checking the motion-sensor cameras and the photos that they have taken over the last weeks, days, hours… and even minutes; it really is a thrill to see a photo - that no one else has seen - of a Puma, Oncilla, Tapir, or even an Anteater, taken right where you are standing! Checking the cameras all the while, our walk will lead us to the beautiful Pumayacu Falls, right in the heart of the reserve, and then down to the edges of the pristine waters of the Cosanga River where we will enjoy a catered lunch at a remote riverside beach where a Torrent Duck might even come drifting by. After a full morning of exploration, and a rest at the lodge, we’ll visit the Yanayacu Biology Station in the afternoon for a chat and more in-depth look at all of the important and fascinating research taking place in the reserve; researchers from Ecuador, and from all over the world, congregate here to do their best to unravel the life histories and secrets of the denizens of a cloud forest system still so very much in need of study. Many new species to science have resulted from these efforts.

Dinner is always something to look forward to at San Isidro, so we will take full advantage! After dinner, we’ll take a stroll around the lodge to check the lights, where we will surely encounter a myriad of beetle and colorful moth species that have descended onto the white walls; their designs and patterns seem limitless! For the more gung-ho spirits, a night hike to check some more camera traps might whet the appetite.

Day 3:

Jungle San Isidro Lodge - Lodges EcuadorFor those interested, we’ll put our birding caps on this morning and get out for the early morning activity. While we slept the lights around the lodge will have collected a mob of moths and other insects, which means one thing: a buffet for insectivorous birds in search of breakfast! We will spend the early morning watching trogons, woodcreepers, flycatchers and tanagers glean all sorts of bugs in a seemingly frantic attempt to satisfy their morning hunger. Soon after we will venture down a nearby trail to watch the White-bellied Antpitta, an extremely retiring (and subtly beautiful) South American bird, as it comes to devour worms at the feeder… have your camera ready, but please turn off the flash so as not to startle it.

After this it is our turn to hit an 8:00 A.M. buffet with a roaring appetite (where we will meet up with any companions who opted for a lye-in and to recharge a bit more)! From here we will visit the archeological ruins on the San Isidro property for a look at what is left of a group, the “Curisetas” (translated as the “Goldsmiths”), that inhabited the region pre-colonially; most interesting is that they were never conquered by the Incas. Their history is a bit murky, but this small group of natives seemed to have faded away without much of a fuss or fight. The Curisetas were known for their prowess at mining and molding gold into jewelry, and for hauling large rocks from distant areas and placing them as directional monoliths; their pottery shards are still easily found in the rivers on the property. We will emerge out along the peaceful roadside for a stroll back to the lodge, where another imaginative lunch will be waiting for us.

Transfer to Quito

PRICES 2020
General Interest Program
3 days / 2 nights

Rates per person, based in double room occupancy

With bilingual guide & transportation available all days

Based in 1 participant: $1380 (This rate does include single supplement)

Based in 2 participants: $805

Based in 3-4 participants: $700

Based in 5-8 participants: $580

*Single Supplement: $25 per night, per person

**The itinerary will be as described

With bilingual guide & transportation only on travel days

Based in 1 participant: $1150 (This rate does include single supplement)

Based in 2 participants: $690

Based in 3-4 participants: $615

Based in 5-8 participants: $510

*Single Supplement: $25 per night, per person

**The itinerary would vary as you would not have transportation available all days

Program 2 days / 1 night

Day 1:

antisana lodges ecuadorWe will leave from Quito at 8:00 A.M. to the Amazon watershed, with scenic and biodiverse cloud forests on our minds. En route, however, we will stop for a look at the majestic, high elevation and windswept paramos above Papallacta - a very tundra-like habitat. On clear days here the views of the surroundings and various volcanoes are breath-taking; a stop right up at the continental divide is one of the best spots from which to photograph the snow-capped volcano, Antisana, as it towers over the mountains below. Continuing our journey to San Isidro we will wind our way amongst steep valleys – through the towns of Cuyuja and Baeza - where will see some gorgeous forested slopes and impressive waterfalls, born in Antisana Reserve, as they spill off of high cliffs. Our plan is to get to San Isidro in time to get settled into our rooms, and even for a quick look around before lunch, so barring a quick restroom stop on the way, we’ll make few stops in order to get there quickly, because after lunch, we will have plenty to do!

This afternoon we will undertake what we call a “virtual safari” along the primary forest trails below the cabins. While at any moment a rare mammal could pop into view during the walk – they are wary - our safari is designed to run a trap-line of sorts, checking the motion-sensor cameras and the photos that they have taken over the last weeks, days, hours… and even minutes; it really is a thrill to see a photo – that no one else has seen - of a Puma, Tapir, or even an Anteater, taken right where you are standing! We’ll plan to get back to the cabins for some relaxation time before dinner.

At dinner we will be officially welcomed to San Isidro with a taste of Ecuador’s most well-known hot toddy, a delicious drink - called “Guayusa” - made from water boiled with guayusa leaves, fruit juice and a dash of cane alcohol, that is sure to help warm us up. The adventurous ones will be able to taste Guinea Pig! After a magnificent dinner - our food is widely recognized for its originality and exquisite quality - a night hike awaits us, where we will be in search of owls, strange insects, nocturnal mammals or any other critter that might grace our presence.

Day 2:

birds san isidro lodgeFor those interested, we’ll put our birding caps on this morning and get out for the early morning activity. While we slept the lights around the lodge will have collected a mob of moths and other insects, which means one thing: a buffet for insectivorous birds in search of breakfast! We will spend the early morning watching trogons, woodcreepers, flycatchers and tanagers glean all sorts of bugs in a seemingly frantic attempt to satisfy their morning hunger. Soon after we will venture down a nearby trail to watch the White-bellied Antpitta, an extremely retiring (and subtly beautiful) South American bird, as it comes to devour worms at the feeder… have your camera ready, but please turn off the flash so as to not startle it.

After this it is our turn to hit an 8:00 A.M. buffet with a roaring appetite (where we will meet up with any companions who opted for a lye-in to recharge a bit more). From here we will embark on a hike through San Isidro’s forest reserve out to the archeological ruins on the property for a look at what is left of a group, the “Curisetas” (translated as the “Goldsmiths”), that inhabited the region pre-colonially; most interesting is that they were never conquered by the Incas. Their history is a bit murky, but this small group of natives seemed to have faded away without much of a fuss or fight. The Curisetas were known for their prowess at mining and molding gold into jewelry, and for hauling large, flat rocks from distant areas and placing them as directional monoliths; their pottery shards are also still easily found in the rivers on the property. We will emerge out along the peaceful roadside for a stroll back to the lodge, and if time permits, stop in for a visit to the biology station to learn a bit more about the research being done in the reserve, and its importance to the conservation of the area.

Before our transfer to Quito, another delectable lunch awaits.

PRICES 2020
General Interest Program
2 days / 1 night

Rates per person, based in double room occupancy

With bilingual guide & transportation available all days

Based in 1 participant: $860 (This rate does include single supplement)

Based in 2 participants: $495

Based in 3-4 participants: $430

Based in 5-8 participants: $350

*Single Supplement: $25 per night, per person

**The itinerary will be as described

With bilingual guide & transportation only on travel days

Based in 1 participant: $795 (This rate does include single supplement)

Based in 2 participants: $465

Based in 3-4 participants: $410

Based in 5-8 participants: $340

*Single Supplement: $25 per night, per person

**The itinerary would vary as you would not have transportation available all days

The price includes

Lodging in standard double room, meals from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day, guide and transfers according to the option chosen, all activities described, welcome coktail, coffee and tea station, purified water and taxes.

The price does not include

Extra drinks (sodas, beers, wines, etc.), private guide or transportation services, extemporaneous reserve entrance fees (such as Antisana Reserve) and other personal expenses (telephone calls, laundry, etc.).

Full Birding Programs

Program 4 days / 3 nights

Day 1:

San Isidro Lodge - lodges ecuadorWe will leave from Quito at 8:00 A.M. to the Amazon watershed, with scenic and biodiverse cloud forests on our minds. Our first stop en route, however, will be at a rose plantation where you will have the opportunity to ogle at many of the most popular and spectacular varieties that Ecuador produces. After this it will be time to move up in elevation to the majestic, windswept paramos of Papallacta - a very tundra-like habitat. On clear days here the views of the surroundings and various volcanoes are breath-taking; a stop right up at the continental divide is one of the best spots from which to photograph the snow-capped volcano, Antisana, as it towers over the mountains below.

After what will have probably been a chilly morning (at best!) we will get to Guango Lodge in time to enjoy a delicious and hot, sit-down lunch, traditional Ecuadorian style, right next to the active hummingbird feeders. In the afternoon we will embark on a hike along the trails that fan out around the lodge to get a taste of the beautiful Andean temperate forests and the birds that often adorn their branches; colorful mountain-toucans and tanagers would be a hit!

Not letting it get too late, we will make our way down-slope – about a 1 ½ hour drive - to Cabañas San Isidro, where we will shoot to get in with daylight and settle into our rooms before dinner.

At dinner we will be officially welcomed and have our first taste of Ecuador’s best known hot toddy, a delicious drink - called “Canelazo” - made from water boiled with real cinnamon, fruit juice and a dash of cane alcohol, that is sure to help warm us up. There will be Guinea Pig tasting opportunity for the adventurous ones! After a magnificent dinner - our food is widely recognized for its originality and exquisite quality - a night hike awaits us, where we will be in search of owls, strange insects, nocturnal mammals or any other critter that might grace our presence. Night at San Isidro.

Day 2:

Jungle San Isidro Lodge - Lodges EcuadorWe’ll put our birding caps on this morning and get out for the early morning activity. While we slept the lights around the lodge will have collected a mob of moths and other insects, which means one thing: a buffet for insectivorous birds in search of breakfast! We will spend the early morning watching trogons, woodcreepers, flycatchers and tanagers glean all sorts of bugs in a seemingly frantic attempt to satisfy their morning hunger. And if this has not awakened our appetites, the smell emanating from the dining room should. You guessed it: time for a controlled stampede in for a buffet breakfast!

Well fed and ready for more, we will set out on one of San Isidro’s newest adventures: a “virtual safari”. While at any moment a rare mammal could pop into view during the walk, they are wary, so our safari is designed to run a trap-line of sorts, checking the motion-sensor cameras and the photos that they have taken over the last weeks, days, hours… and even minutes; it really is a thrill to see a photo - that no one else has seen - of a Puma, Oncilla, Tapir, or even an Anteater, taken right where you are standing! Checking the cameras all the while, our walk will lead us to the beautiful Pumayacu Falls, right in the heart of the reserve, and then down to the edges of the pristine waters of the Cosanga River where we will enjoy a catered lunch at a remote riverside beach where a Torrent Duck might even come drifting by.

After a full morning of exploration, we’ll visit the Yanayacu Biology Station – up the road from the lodge - in the afternoon for a chat and more in-depth look at all of the important and fascinating research taking place in the reserve; researchers from all over the world and Ecuador congregate here to do their best to unravel the life histories and secrets of the denizens of a cloud forest system still so very much in need of study. Many new species to science have resulted from these efforts.

Dinner is always something to look forward to at San Isidro, so we will take full advantage! After dinner, for those interested, we can take another short stroll around the lodge to check the lights, where we will surely encounter the usual myriad of beetle and colorful moth species that have descended onto the white walls; their designs and patterns seem limitless! For the more gung-ho spirits, a night hike to check some more camera traps might whet the appetite.

Day 3:

lodges ecuadorThis morning we will venture down a nearby trail or two to watch the antpittas, an extremely retiring (and subtly beautiful) group of South American birds, as they come to devour worms at the feeders… a photographer’s delight.

After a hearty breakfast we will venture out to the archeological ruins on the property for a look at what is left of a group, the “Curisetas” (translated as the “Goldsmiths”), that inhabited the region pre-colonially; most interesting is that they were never conquered by the Incas. Their history is a bit murky, but this small group of natives seemed to have faded away without much of a fuss or fight. The Curisetas were best known for their prowess at mining and then molding gold jewelry, and for hauling large rocks from distant areas and placing them as directional monoliths; their pottery shards are still easily found in the rivers on the property. We’ll make our way back to the lodge for a well deserved lunch!

We will take time for a post-lunch “siesta” before hitting the trail again. This afternoon we’ll head down to a mating lek of the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock; several males of this loud and bright orange bird  - something like South America’s answer to the Birds of Paradise! – can often be found in the late afternoons carrying-on in the tree canopies right overhead in hopes of attracting females. We might even want to check any motion sensor cameras along the way to see if any critters passed by over the last 24 hours! As always, another inventive dinner awaits.

Day 4:

OPTION 1:

This morning we will plan to rise a little earlier, zip up our bags and bid San Isidro farewell (after breakfast, of course!) for a visit to the spectacular Cascadas San Rafael or, in English, “Coca Falls”. It will take the better part of two hours to get there along the road to Lago Agrio, but highway conditions are generally good and the scenery breath-taking. Set in the foothills (between the cool forests of the subtropical zone and Amazonian lowlands), you will notice the change: warmer temperatures and taller trees. The kilometer hike through the lush tropical forests to the falls can be a great place to spot an Umbrellabird, or even a troop of Capuchin or Spider Monkeys. Upon approaching Ecuador’s mightiest of all waterfalls, you will feel its rumble well before you see it… sort of an eerie feeling, really! We will have packed lunches along and a picnic lunch eye level with the falls would be the ideal setting.

From here it will be time to make our way back to Quito

 

OPTION 2:

antisana lodges ecuadorThis morning we will visit the Cordillera de Guacamayos (only a 20 minute drive from San Isidro), on the eastern edge of the Antisana Reserve where, on a clear day from this relatively low mountain pass, you can see jagged, high paramo peaks to the west. Looking the other way, the eastern lowlands of the Amazon sprawl out below us, where Harpy Eagles and Jaguars still prowl. Right at the pass a very historical trail begins, and plummets down through various life zones, through some of the most pristine subtropical forest any visitor to Ecuador could hope to find. Think back half a century when there were no roads into the region, only horse trails; this is exactly where pre-Colombian tribes, conquistadors and old-time explorers trudged through on their journeys across the spine of the Andes to the lowlands. We have it quite a bit better off though, with a rocked and machete-cleaned trail, but the essence is still there. Depending on our energy levels, we may hike down a few kilometers, and even have a decent shot at seeing a wild group of Common Wooly Monkeys that often sound off, betraying their presence. All the while we’ll be enjoying the staggeringly beautiful cloud forest that envelops us, so soak it in!

After a lunch back at San Isidro, it will be time to zip up our bags for the trip back to Quito

 

PRICES 2020
General Interest Program
4 days / 3 nights

Rates per person, based in double room occupancy

With bilingual guide & transportation available all days

Based in 1 participant: $1895 (This rate does include single supplement)

Based in 2 participants: $1110

Based in 3-4 participants: $970

Based in 5-8 participants: $805

*Single Supplement: $25 per night, per person

**The itinerary will be as described

 

With bilingual guide & transportation only on travel days

Based in 1 participant: $1500 (This rate does include single supplement)

Based in 2 participants: $915

Based in 3-4 participants: $815

Based in 5-8 participants: $685

*Single Supplement: $25 per night, per person

**The itinerary would vary as you would not have transportation available all days

Program 3 days / 2 nights

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival – Journey to the Amazon Rainforest –Leisure or optional activities (D)

River Hakuna Matata lodge - Lodges Ecuador
During your drive you will notice how the vegetation changes from the landscape of the Andes into the rainforest. After passing the gate to the Amazon Rainforest you will be in a mountain jungle paradise – Hakuna Matata is your private hideaway in the tropical forest. During your trip you came closer to sea level by about 7,200 feet and are located on about 2,000 feet now.
After your arrive in our jungle paradise you can add a tour by foot or by horse in the afternoon to your free day. If you decide on horseback riding you will choose one of the hotel owned horses and take a tour through the forest and rivers. If you rather take a walk you can explore the area on different hiking paths. Your guide will explain the flora and fauna and share ancestral information about plants that are used for medical reasons. However, you can also participate in our chocolate tour (all tours are optional, please let us know if you want to add this tour to your program when booking).

In the afternoon, explore our 300 acre private reserve where you will find a private white sand beach by the Inchillaqui River, a tropical garden, a protected forest which belongs to the Lodge and a palm shaped pool which has a length of 88 feet and is 72 feet wide. In the evening you will enjoy a delicious 3 course gourmet meal in an exclusive atmosphere surrounded by the sounds of the jungle.

Day 2: Canoe Tour – Parrot Clay Lick – Breakfast in an indigenous Community – Jungle Walk – Monkeys at Misahualli (B/L/D)
After an early wake up you will leave the Lodge with your guide at 5.30 am to enjoy a day filled with adventures and experiences.
You will drive to the calm and small Arajuno River which is a branch of the huge Napo River, here you will board your canoe. The Arajuno River winds its way through the forest, passing high shores abundantly covered with vegetation. While watching birds you will realize how calm and little sailed the river is. The magnificence of birds will stun you – you will discover egrets, red-rumped cacique, tangaras and more species.

After landing with your canoe there will be a short walk to the saltlick which attracts birds. It is recommended to bring binoculars to better observe the landing of the birds on the trees and afterwards their way to the salt lick. There are a lot of parrots and parakeets, mostly the dusky-headed parakeet. You might be lucky and also see free living monkeys, but don't wonder about their noises that might fright away the birds.
Birding Hakuna Matata lodge - Lodges EcuadorOnce you’ve had your fill of birdwatching, your guide will lead you to the next station, the indigenous community Santa Barbara with 23 families who are adding up to 120 inhabitants. The leader of the community will greet you and introduce you to some traditions and customs, including the production of “chicha”, a traditional drink that is up for tasting when it is done. Surely you are hungry by now and for that reason there will be a rarity for you – you will join an original buffet of the rainforest with the community.

There will be carachama and bagre – both from the family of the catfish, bocachico – a fish from the salmon family, barbequed chontacuro-worms (optional) – a specialty in the region, yucca, maduro-bananas, salad from hearts of palm, tea from the guayusa leaves which is known for its ability to constrain hunger, fruits and cocoa. All of the above is harvested or caught freshly and prepared for you on the spot – enjoy this once in a lifetime experience! In case you do not feel filled up already the guide carries some sandwiches and fruits – also for the case if you feel a little bit hungry early in the morning.

Strengthened by this wholesome and organic meal, you will be able to immersedeeper into the culture of the community, typical dances will be performed by kids for you and you can test your skills at the blow gun as well as the javelin. During a short walk afterwards you will see the ceiba which is the giant of jungle trees and has impressive buttress roots before you have the opportunity to buy some handicrafts made by the community. The sales revenue will go all into the community cash point which is used to buy canoe parts, pens, cloth or other objects for the community.

After a short farewell by the mayor of the community you will head to the 6,200 acre big Jatun Sacha Reserve. This amazing protected area consists of tropical rain forest in which again you will discover new flora and fauna, like bamboo, the walking palm which moves up to 4 inches a year and the pampil palm which you already held in your hands today, in form of the 3.2 feet long blowgun.

About 1.5 hours later you will be back in your canoe to get to the car which drives you to the little town Misahualli where you will eat a typical “almuerzo” – lunch – before you can take a walk to the beach to be greeted by many capuchin monkeys. At around 3 pm you will be back at the Lodge to take pleasure in relaxing at the pool or in a hammock with a cocktail or keep on exploring the area.
In the evening another 3 course meal is waiting for you which you can enjoy in the special atmosphere of the jungle.

Day 3: Leisure – Optional activities at the lodge – Departure (B)

Chocolate Hakuna Matata lodge - Lodges Ecuador
Today your time in Hakuna Matata Lodge comes to an end. After enjoying breakfast you still have time to take part in a Chocolate Tour (optional, not included). You will learn to produce chocolate from the bean to the bar, starting with the pure fruit, the cocoa beans and ending up with the brown gold. You could also use your time differently and relax at the pool, in a hammock or just keep exploring the area until your back time.

 

 

 

 

PRICES 2020
HAKUNA EXPLORER

3 days / 2 nights

Cabañas Lodge Supreme
1 pax 401,00 1 pax 422,00 1 pax 456,00
2 pax 260,00 2 pax 272,00 2 pax 294,00
3 pax 230,00 3 pax 243,00 3 pax 264,00
4+ pax 215,00 4+ pax 228,00 4+ pax 249,00
Suplemento Individual 53,00 Suplemento Individual 61,00 Suplemento Individual 74,00

 

 

 

Program 2 days / 1 night

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival – Journey to the Amazon Rainforest –Leisure or optional activities (D)

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During your drive you will notice how the vegetation changes from the landscape of the Andes into the rainforest. After passing the gate to the Amazon Rainforest you will be in a mountain jungle paradise – Hakuna Matata is your private hideaway in the tropical forest. During your trip you came closer to sea level by about 7,200 feet and are located on about 2,000 feet now.
After your arrive in our jungle paradise you can add a tour by foot or by horse in the afternoon to your free day. If you decide on horseback riding you will choose one of the hotel owned horses and take a tour through the forest and rivers. If you rather take a walk you can explore the area on different hiking paths. Your guide will explain the flora and fauna and share ancestral information about plants that are used for medical reasons. However, you can also participate in our chocolate tour (all tours are optional, please let us know if you want to add this tour to your program when booking).

In the afternoon, explore our 300 acre private reserve where you will find a private white sand beach by the Inchillaqui River, a tropical garden, a protected forest which belongs to the Lodge and a palm shaped pool which has a length of 88 feet and is 72 feet wide. In the evening you will enjoy a delicious 3 course gourmet meal in an exclusive atmosphere surrounded by the sounds of the jungle.

Day 2: Jondachi Canyon Hike – Caving (B/L/D)
You will start your day with a balanced breakfast with homemade bread, eggs, coffee and fruits or granola. Energized by a good night sleep and a nutritious breakfast, you will be picked up around 9 am and start your drive from the Lodge to the “Gran Cañón del Jondachi” which is found in the Sumaco Reserve. In this enchanted place there are a lot of rivers which descend from the Sumaco volcano, as example the big Jondachi River or its branch, the Hollin River. The Intricate trail will lead you to an old-growth forest, then passing by the edge of the canyon to next bypass a confluent stream of the big Jondachi River. On this 1.5 hour hike you will see lots of small birds, waterfalls and vegetation that is influenced by the volcanoes and is only found around here. When you arrived in the lowest part of the canyon you will see a setting that you have never seen before: huge, natural pools that are fed by many different small waterfalls, surrounded by periwinkle vegetation. Now you have time to relax, enjoy the silence and enjoy a delicious snack surrounded by this idyllic setting. If you want to refresh yourself, just jump off some little rocks into the water! But you also can be more adventurous and climb up the waterfall and explore a small cave!

Caves Hakuna Matata lodge - Lodges EcuadorOn your way out of the canyon you are passing the impressive Jondachi River with its smoothen giant stones. When you arrive in Mondayacu you will continue until you reach the “Cavernas Templo de Ceremonias”. When you are there you will enjoy your delicious lunch before the adventure begins. Equipped with helmets and headlamps you are ready to start! The dark, partly narrow caves are inhabited with small critters like bats, fireflies and spiders…all waiting for you.
Now you can choose between two chalk-caves: either you discover the cave “Templo de Ceremonia” or the “Cueva de Elefante”. If you decide for the first one, you will be underground for about 30 minutes. This cave provides a lot of space and is comparatively easy to walk-on – in the most parts you are able to walk standing up, only in one part you have to crawl. Due to the packing list, that you read beforehand, you are dressed to get wet and dirty in the caves. The rewards are stalagmites and stalactites! To exit the cave you will mobilize all your strengths and climb up a rock wall some feet. In case that is nothing for you, you are welcome to turn around and walk back out the way you came in.

If you decide for the second cave, you will be underground for about 45 minutes. This cave is so called “water cave” and has narrow aisles, cracks, small steps, belly deep water pools and even some sections where walking is not possible and you have to crawl. The highlights of this cave are the reliefs on the walls and the fragile formations of stalactites. If it was raining heavily beforehand, it is only possible to visit the first cave.

After exploring the caves, your guide shows you a rock-labyrinth close by and on a short walk you will discover the giant ceiba tree, the walking palm, a liana which is classified in the family of ayahuasca and the tree from which “sangre de drago” is made. In a lot of South American countries this is used to heal wounds or fight germs and fungi

Day 3: Leisure – Optional activities at the lodge – Departure (B)

Chocolate Hakuna Matata lodge - Lodges Ecuador
Today your time in Hakuna Matata Lodge comes to an end. After enjoying breakfast you still have time to take part in a Chocolate Tour (optional, not included). You will learn to produce chocolate from the bean to the bar, starting with the pure fruit, the cocoa beans and ending up with the brown gold. You could also use your time differently and relax at the pool, in a hammock or just keep exploring the area until your back time.

 

 

 

 

PRICES 2020
HAKUNA ADVENTURE

3 days / 2 nights

Cabañas Lodge Supreme
1 pax 357,00 1 pax 378,00 1 pax 413,00
2 pax 241,00 2 pax 254,00 2 pax 276,00
Single supplement 53,00 Single supplement 61,00 Single supplement 74,00

 

 

 

The price includes
    • Accommodation
    • Local native Spanish speaking guide (if you wish to hire an English speaking guide, there is extra cost surcharge per group)
    • All activities listed in the tour
    • All entrances to visitor sites listed in the tour
    • All meals listed
    • Use of Lodge facilities, including swimming pool, private river beach, walking trails
    • Rubber Boots (available up to size 47 European, 13 USA, 31 Asia)
The price does not include
    • Transfer in / out, the tour starts and finishes at the lodge
    • Expenses not mentioned and optional activities
    • Drinks and meals not mentioned
    • Personal expenses and tips
What to bring ?
    • Passport and copies
    • Personal medicine and copy of prescription
    • Sun block
    • Wide brim hat
    • Sun glasses
    • Camera and photographic equipment (memory card, cables, batteries, etc.)
    • Light clothing, preferably easy drying and light colors (t-shirt, shorts for the lodge and mornings, long sleeve shirt and trousers for excursions and afternoon)
    • Bathing suite
    • Rain poncho
    • Rubber boots (available without cost at the lodge up to size 47/13/31)
    • High cotton socks for use with rubber boots
    • Closed shoes
    • Sandals

 

Extra equipment for excursions

    • Small backpack
    • Plastic bag to protect electronics (camera, cell phone) in a downpour Binoculars
    • Water bottle
    • Insect repellent for excursions
    • Small cash / change

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