SELINA AMAZON TENA STANDARD 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS
This place is for people who want to experience the Amazon without adversity. The cabins are very well built, with lovely handmade touches in wood and bamboo. The main accommodation, which is the only one with electricity, has a nice bar and restaurant area. The food was delicious, well prepared and fresh. It is evident that there is an effort to get fresh products for the refuge and to do more. The guides were very knowledgeable and really nice and informative.
Standard 5 Days / 4 Nights
Arrival to the Lodge in the afternoon. After the long drive we can relax in our bungalow. Dinner. A very special welcome drink is served while sitting around the open fireplace to coordinate and discuss next day’s activities with our crew, plus an introductory speech about the Amazon Jungle by our Lodge’s Administrator.
Early in the morning we’ll have breakfast. Afterwards we must prepare our gear: boots, raincoat so we can be ready to begin the adventure! We will board a canoe and start our journey downstream through the enchanted Amazon Jungle along the imposing Napo River. Arrive to Misahualli, where we make a short stop to check our papers with local Marina, so don’t forget your passport!! Continuing our canoe-trip we arrive to ArajunoRiver. Visit to Animal Rescue Centre “AmaZOOnico” which is specialized in the rescue of wild animals for specie conservation and reintegration into the wild. In here we will observe a great variety of species such as: toucans, all kind of colourful parrots, various kinds of monkeys, jaguars, capybaras and much more!
Afterwards, we will enjoy a delicious lunch in the river shore, picnic style. We’ll have the opportunity to swim in the river or just resting peacefully surrounded by a wonderful natural atmosphere.
After concluding this day’s experience, we’ll head back to the Lodge, but first we will visit a trap museum in a Quichua Community, is a very interesting exhibition of how they used to hunt for centuries. We return to the Lodge by canoe. At night, after dinner, we’ll have our usual meeting around the fireplace to share our day’s experiences.
After breakfast, we get ready with our rubber boots and water ponchos for 3 hours walking in a jungle forest. With an experienced native guide, you will be able to learn many interesting subjects about plant uses, insects’ variety, bird watching, and the species that lives in this unique forest. We will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch in this natural surrounding. After lunch we come back and arrive to the Lodge to rest. At night, we are going to enjoy a delicious dinner and a relaxing time by the fireplace while enjoying a tropical cocktail or drink from our bar.
After breakfast, we depart by canoe upstream for ten minutes, arriving to a small shore where we begin a fun and thrilling one hour walk, marvelling ourselves with the jungle’s secondary forest diverse flora and fauna. After our short walk, we’ll find ourselves in a breathtaking cascade “Las Latas” where we will take a refreshing bath in its clear crystal waters and enjoy the surrounding views, which mixed with the jungle sounds, makes it a unforgettable experience. We return to have lunch at the lodge.
In the afternoon we will visit a Quichua family and learn about their millenary culture and traditions such as gold rinse in the river shoreline, traditional pottery making, making of typical drink “chicha” made of yuca (a traditional Ecuadorian manioc), and the use of the “serbatana” (blowpipe for hunting use). After this amazing encounter with Quichua culture, we return to the Lodge by foot over secondary jungle pads. Upon arrival enjoy a snack. At night, after dinner, we will have our usual meeting around the fireplace to share our day’s experiences.
After breakfast, we must prepare for our drive back to the city. End of program.
|Lodging in bungalows with private bathroom and hot water
Mentioned visits and excursions
Native Spanish speaking guide
All meals (from the dinner of the first day to the breakfast of the last day)
|Drinks (should be paid by cash at the lodge)
Any other service not specified in the program
What should we take for the trip?
We recommend you take the following items on your trip to Cotococha:
Identity card or passport
Photo camera (high speed rolls are recommended 200-400 ASA
Sunblock (a high factor is recommended)
Vaseline for lips
Long pants made of light material (jeans are not recommended)
Long sleeves shirts for walks and excursions
Comfortable shoes or sandals for the lodge
Hats and caps for sun protection
Small suitcase for the trip
Plastic covers for wet clothes or for the camera
Flashlight and extra batteries
Binoculars (if possible)
Cotococha Amazon Lodge provides:
Rubber boots (up to number 46)
Life jackets for trips on the canoe, raft and buoys on the river
What should we know about insects and malaria?
We have not had any malaria problems in our area until now. Therefore you do not need an injection of prophylaxis to come to our cabins. In other areas of the Amazon such as Coca or Lago Agrio there could be these malaria problems, as well as in the north of Esmeraldas. Actually the absence of malaria does not mean there are no mosquitoes in the area! Therefore it is best to protect yourself because they can be quite annoying. The mosquitoes that bite in the area are not dangerous only cause a very annoying feeling.
Are medical services available?
We have a first aid kit in the lodge, and in cases of some type of minimum emergency we have a car to transport passengers to the city of Tena where there is a large hospital. In case of more serious illnesses, you must return to Quito.
Terms & Conditions
If you cancel at least 10 days in advance of the tour departure, it won’t incur in any cancellation fee. If you cancel between 5 and 9 days in advance of the tour departure, there is a 50% cancellation fee. If you cancel within 4 days of the tour departure, there is a 100% cancellation fee.