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Cotococha Lodge

Cotococha Lodge

Cotococha Lodge offers 22 spacious bungalows, built according to the traditional architecture of the area, in harmony with the surrounding tropical rainforest environment. All cabins have private bathrooms with hot water, a private veranda with reclining chairs or hammocks for relaxation of our guests, while being able to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Ecuadorian Amazon. To keep the magic of the Amazon use oil lamps to illuminate the cabins do not have electricity to avoid causing impact on flora and fauna, but you can recharge the batteries at the reception.

Location

Cotococha Amazon Lodge is located about 200 km east of Quito, at an altitude of approximately 500 meters. The area forms part of the Upper Amazon Basin, characterized by small Quichua communities and abundant vegetation. Due to the location near the Andes, the area is rich in tropical humid forests, one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world with a high number of endemic species in flora and fauna. The comfortable lodge overlooks the amazing Napo River with its small islets of stones and sandy shores.

The Jungle
Much more than a rainforest adventure, this trip provides an unequalled way to experience the natural and ethnic richness of this region. Flocks of parakeets often fly overhead. Orchids and heliconias bloom, adding color to the overwhelming greenness of the tropical forest. Quichua children run along the shores, marveling at the white water rafts or motorized canoes and their occupants. Birds are plentiful, Amazon kingfishers, oropendolas, hummingbirds, egrets, parrots and many more. White Water Rivers bring a fun and unique way to explore and learn more about the tropical forest and its inhabitants.

Facilities
The lodge offers 21 beautiful and spacious bungalows, built according to traditional architecture in harmony with the surrounding rainforest. All bungalows are equipped with a private bathroom with hot and cold water showers, a private veranda with reclining chairs or hammocks to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the jungle. The lodge becomes very romantic at night, with lots of candlelight around the gardens and social areas. The cozy lounge with fireplace offers comfortable seats to read or share your travel experiences with other travelers. Several tropical drinks are offered at the bar. The restaurant is partly open-air and serves great local & international food.

Bar
Drinks are not included in the package and must be paid on the last night of your stay in cash.

Drinking water
All the drinking water used for cooking and all offered drinks (including ice), has been treated and is totally safe for human consumption. There will be supplied one bottle of mineral water in the room, upon arrival. Additional bottles of mineral water can be purchased at the bar.

Climate
In the tropical rainforest it is best to be prepared for all kinds of weather. A common question is about the “dry and rainy seasons” of the Amazon, but it is best not to trust such generalizations to plan a trip. At times it can be hot and sunny, but a cool rainstorm may appear at a moment’s notice during any time of the year.

Attractions and Activities

  • Butterfly
  • Local communities
  • Caves and Waterfalls
  • Canoe and raft
  • Jungle Walk
  • Wild life
  • Rafting and Kayaking
  • Waterfall Pimpilala

SAMPLE ITINERARY 

Day 1

Arrival at the lodge in the afternoon. After the long journey we have time to rest and relax in the cabins. Dinner. Welcome drink and meeting at the campfire to coordinate all activities the next day, in addition to receiving an explanatory talk about the forest by the Administrator of Tabernacles

Day 2

Early in the morning we will have breakfast. Then we prepare our team as they are boots and rain ponchos to start our adventure. We Canoe Camping dirijimos us downriver, through the wonderful Ecuadorian jungle in the waters of the mighty Napo River. We arrive to Misahualli, where we stop about 30 minutes to perform the respective check in the Navy. Do not forget your passport !! We continue our tour of the Napo, to the Rio Arajuno. Here we visit the Rescue Center Amazoonico animals. This is a specialized in rescuing wild animals for conservation and rehabilitation center in their natural habitat. Here observe a variety of species such as toucans, parrots, monkeys of various kinds, jaguars, capybaras, and many more. After this visit, we will have lunch on the banks of the River, picnic style. Here we will also have the opportunity to swim in the river or just enjoy the beauty of the place. We start to head back to the cabins.

Day 3

After breakfast we take our rubber boots and rain ponchos for a day hike through the forest. We walk through the forest, where we find all the secrets of the Amazon rainforest and its amazing medicinal plants, the same as will be detailed by our native guide to their usefulness and the way in which the ancestrally used by the inhabitants of the jungle. In addition we find a number of insects. Various kinds of monkeys roam the forest trees and can make out very quietly and cautiously. Birds accompany all our tour with their singing and fluttering. After about three hours, we stop to have an exquisite box lunch in the middle of the forest, enjoying the fascinating environment. After resting for a few minutes we will start our journey back by a different route, watching over the forest wildlife. We arrive at the lodge in the late afternoon. In the evening we will have dinner and time at the campfire.

Day 4

In the morning after our breakfast we canoe upriver. After about 10 minutes of travel we reached a bank where we descend to start an entertaining walk around 1 hour, observing the flora and fauna of secondary forest. At the end of our tour we met a beautiful waterfall called Las Latas. Here you can enjoy a refreshing swim in its waters and relax enjoying the beautiful surroundings, blending the sounds of the jungle, with the force of falling water, making a spectacular site.

We return to lunch in the cabins

In the afternoon we get ready to visit one of the indigenous communities that are on the banks of the Rio Napo. Here we will find a Quichua family, the same to show us their ancient ancestral customs about how to wash the gold on the banks of the River, the development of traditional ceramics, the preparation of its typical chicha Cassava and use of their hunting techniques with the blowpipe. After this interesting extent in merging Quichua culture, we return to the lodge enjoying a short tour through the secondary jungle. On arrival we expected a small snack. At night after dinner, we are meeting all campfire in the area.

Day 5

We will have breakfast. After this we will prepare for the return trip. 

Programs and Prices List

STANDARD OPTION

Price List / Cotococha Lodge - Standard

Program Accommodation Hotel Prices
3days/2nights Double,triple $ 235.00
4days/3nights Double, triple $ 400.00
5days/4nights Double, triple $ 530.00

Included:

  • Accommodation in cabins with private bathrooms and hot water.
  • Tours and excursions.
  • English Guide
  • Food ( from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day )
  • Taxes

BRONZE OPTION

Price List / Cotococha Lodge - Bronze

Program  Accommodation Hotel Prices
3days/2nights Double, triple $ 328.00
4days/3nights Double, triple $ 493.00
5days/4nigths Double, triple $ 682.00

Included

  • Transfers from the hotel to the bus station in Quito and Tena Lodge in a private car .
  • Public bus tickets Quito - Tena - Quito (or bathrooms ) .
  • Transport Tena - Cotococha Lodge in a private car .
  • Accommodation in cabins with private bathrooms and hot water.
  • Tours and excursions.
  • English guide .
  • All meals ( from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day).
  • Taxes.

GOLD OPTION

Price List / Cotococha Lodge - Gold
Program Accommodation Hotel Price
3days/2nights Double,triple $ 450.00
4days/3nigths Double,triple $ 615.00
5 days/4nigths Double triple $ 789.00

Included

  • Private transportation throughout the program guide in Spanish .
  • Accommodation in cabins with private bathrooms and hot water.
  • Tours and excursions.
  • English guide during excursions
  • All meals ( from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day).
  • A glass of wine and a glass of champagne at dinner.
  • Cottage decorated with flowers and fruits.
  • Taxes

ADVENTURE OPTION 

Price List / Cotococha Lodge -Adventure

Program Accommodation Hotel Prices 
3days/2nigths Double,triple $ 405.00
4days/3nights Double, triple $ 545.00
5days/4nigths Double, triple $ 757.00

Included

  • Adventure tours and excursions ( Rafting, Pimpilala and observation of Caymans ) .
  • Private transportation from your hotel in Quito to the bus station and the bus station to return Tena Lodge .
  • Public Transportation Quito - Tena - Quito ( or Bath)
  • Accommodation in cabins with private bathrooms and hot water.
  • English guide .
  • All meals ( from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day).
  • Taxes

 

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