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Itamandi Eco Lodge

GENERAL INFORMATION


Tranquility. Peace. Balance. The natural sanctuary of Itamandi offers an undisturbed world where guests can escape from noise, pollution and stress imposed by larger cities. The lodge was carefully planned to offer comfort to the traveler, yet preserve the environment and ambience. In addition, the lodge feels authentic, airy and comfortable with its high walls and ceilings. The architecture helps to keep the lodge and the rooms climatized without the need of air- conditioning.

Itamandi EcoLodge consists of 19 private rooms of varying sleeping configurations and several public gathering spots, including the spacious dining room, an open-air bar, a majestic pool, and an observation tower.

Our Restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes with a national and international touch. All meals are made with fresh, local ingredients, buffet service for breakfast and lunch, and table service for dinner.
Itamandi EcoLodge can gather to special diet needs as to vegetarian meals upon request.

The open-air bar offers fresh squeezed juices, soft drinks, beers  and cocktails, or a chilled glass of white wine. Enjoy a drink at night overlooking the river and the pool!

A raised and roofed boardwalk connects all of the guests lodging to the several large communal areas at Itamandi EcoLodge.

MISSION STATEMENT
Itamandi EcoLodge offers an exclusive and unique hotel experience, looking for the satisfaction of our customers, the benefits of the indigenous communities involved, and valuing our employees. In addition, we promote the conservation and the importance of the Amazon forest, focusing on sustainable development.

SUSTAINABILITY
For those reasons, we here at Itamandi Ecolodge have dedicated ourselves to the issues of environmental friendliness and sustainability. We find that the well-being of individuals cannot be divorced from the welfare of the environment. Therefore, we have already established a number of measures for the careful handling of resources – particularly energy and water. We pay attention to the systematic use of alternative and renewable energy sources, wherever possible, in keeping with a strategy of sustainable energy.  Thus, our photovoltaic system covers our energy needs at the lodge, backed up by a generator.

All our guest rooms are provided with 110 volt power and efficiently illuminated with energy-saving LED lamps, and they have electric outlets to recharge cameras and other devices.

Our pool is a non-toxic and eco-friendly salt- water pool with limited use of chlorine. Unlike traditional pools, which require chlorine to be poured into the water manually or released from a tablet, a saltwater pool has a generator that uses electrolysis to release chlorine gas from salt in the water. Salt is added to the pool water to achieve a saturation of approximately 3,200 parts per million, roughly the amount of salt found in a teardrop. So do not worry, it will not feel like the sea!

Furthermore, we offer our guest biodigradable amenities, like shampoo and shower gel in the bathrooms. Our towel and linen reuse program dramatically reduces the impact on the environment by saving water, emissions of CO2 (from the energy consumed), detergent and the treatment of waste water disposal.

We recycle glass, metal, paper and plastic and buy locally from the communities to avoid gas emissions and transportation.

We also try to educate the native communities in the area about sustainability.

 

Day 1 – Arriving at Itamandi Ecolodge

3:00pm We start our trip to Itamandi EcoLodge at the Arajuno Bridge, where we will take a motorized canoe going upstream for 20 minutes to begin our great experience in the tropical forest. On this ride you can appreciate the magic and beauty of the Amazon rainforest driving along a zigzag river that flows in the jungle like a giant snake, considered the vein system of the Pacha Mama (mother Earth). Once we arrive at the dock area of Itamandi EcoLodge, the resident manager will greet you with a delicious welcome drink. From there we will continue to relax in the bar area with a snack and a short briefing will be held with general information about the lodge and activities, provided by one of our naturalist guides.

6:30pm Night walk (optional) A flashlight and camera are the most important tools on this night excursion, which allows guests to hear the nocturnal sounds and to look for fishing bats, owls, a variety of insects, tarantulas, toads and frogs, and possibly snakes. If the sky is clear, we might have the chance to do some stargazing. 7:30pm Dinner

 

Day 2 – Bird Encounter

5:45am – 6:00am (if the climate it permits) Parrot Clay Lick
For bird lovers we take a canoe ride for 15 minutes upstream early in the morning to visit a parrot clay lick (Saladero). We appreciate a unique site where parrots and parakeets gather in order to obtain the minerals that will help them to digest the fruits or seeds they have consumed. Hundreds of parrots and parakeets will approach the treetops and later will come down to the clay bank to eat this soil rich in minerals. It is essential to have binoculars to enjoy it.

8:00am Breakfast

9:30am Check-out and motorized canoe ride for 20 Minutes to the Arajuno Bridge

 

NOTE: PLEASE NOTE THAT RAINFOREST ITINERARIES MIGHT VARY SLIGHTLY SO AS TO MAXIMIZE WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS, DEPENDING OF THE REPORTS OF OUR NATURALISTS GUIDES, YOUR MAIN INTERESTS AND WEATHER CONDITIONS

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Day 1 – Arriving at Itamandi Ecolodge

 

Arriving-Itamandi-Ecolodge 3:00pm We start our trip to Itamandi EcoLodge at the Arajuno Bridge, where we will take a motorized canoe going upstream for 20 minutes to begin our great experience in the tropical forest. On this ride you can appreciate the magic and beauty of the Amazon rainforest driving along a zigzag river that flows in the jungle like a giant snake, considered the vein system of the Pacha Mama (mother Earth). Once we arrive at the dock area of Itamandi EcoLodge, the resident manager will greet you with a delicious welcome drink. From there we will continue to relax in the bar area with a snack and a short briefing will be held with general information about the lodge and activities, provided by one of our naturalist guides. 6:30pm Night walk (optional) A flashlight and camera are the most important tools on this night excursion, which allows guests to hear the nocturnal sounds and to look for fishing bats, owls, a variety of insects, tarantulas, toads and frogs, and possibly snakes. If the sky is clear, we might have the chance to do some stargazing.

 

7:30pm Dinner

 

Day 2 -Cultural Encounter Parrot-clay-lick

 

5:45am – 6:00am (if the climate it permits) Parrot Clay Lick For bird lovers we take a canoe ride for 15 minutes upstream early in the morning to visit a parrot clay lick (Saladero). We appreciate a unique site where parrots and parakeets gather in order to obtain the minerals that will help them to digest the fruits or seeds they have consumed. Hundreds of parrots and parakeets will approach the treetops and later will come down to the clay bank to eat this soil rich in minerals. It is essential to have binoculars to enjoy it. 7:00am – 8:30am Breakfast 9:00am or 9:30am Long hike After a scrumptious breakfast we head out for a hike through the primary and secondary Rainforest. Our expert naturalists teach you about the ecology and flora and fauna of the Rainforest along the trail. You will observe a great variety of insects, a diversity of birds flying around us and with some luck reptiles or monkeys. This activity takes about 2 ½ -3hours. Back at Itamandi EcoLodge for Lunch and a siesta. Visit-to-Native-Community3:00pm Visit to Native Community In the afternoon it is time to enjoy a cultural activity. An Amazonian Kichwa community will receive us and we learn about their way of life and the interaction they have with the forest. This encounter is going to show you that part of the Amazonia that you do not find on the maps: the Amazon people. Part of our visit to the community involves the demonstration of the famous “Chicha”, a fermented yucca drink that has become part of their festivals and daily use. We will take part in the preparation of this beverage and also try some of the local cuisine. We finish the visit with a traditional dance performed by the kids in this community and you also have some time to buy some handicrafts, made by the indigenous. This little business is to support the indigenous people in their daily life. 6:30pm Making of artisanal chocolate (optional) 7:30pm Dinner Day 3 – Time to say Goodbye 8:00am Breakfast 9:00am Check-out and motorized canoe ride for 20 Minutes to the Arajuno Bridge NOTE: PLEASE NOTE THAT RAINFOREST ITINERARIES MIGHT VARY SLIGHTLY SO AS TO MAXIMIZE WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS, DEPENDING OF THE REPORTS OF OUR NATURALISTS GUIDES, YOUR MAIN INTERESTS AND WEATHER CONDITIONS..

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MITAD DEL MUNDO
USD $ 25 / Departure: Every Day
Middle of the world tourConveniently timed to begin after our widely recognized and popular Free Walking Tour, we take off from the Community Adventures headquarters and provide you with transportation to and from the Middle of the World museums and monument.
CITY TOUR
USD $ 25 / Departure: Every Day
We´ll be able to see the beautiful churches like "La Compania"(1605), "The Sacrarium Church" admiring its fascinating altars.
QUILOTOA LAGOON
USD $ 65 / Departure: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays 
Enjoy a tour to the Quilotoa Lagoon from Quito. Along the way, admire a spectacular view of the Avenue of Volcanoes and the Ecuadorian Andes. Learn about the indigenous Andean cultures and traditions, and take memorable pictures.
PAPALLACTA HOT SPRINGS
USD $ 65 / Departure: Fridays 
The potential activity of the Antisana Volcano allows us to enjoy medicinal hotsprings surrounded by mountains at more than 3300 mts.
QUITO CITY TOUR + MIDDLE OF THE WORLD & TELEFERICO
USD $ 45 / Departure: Every days
Our guide will pick you up in your hotel to start the visit with the imposing neo-Gothic church Basilica del Voto Nacional, the basilica of Quito.
COTOPAXI & QUILOTOA LAGOON
USD $ 55 / Departure: Thursday
Departure early in the morning by the "Panamericana Sur" road, appreciating beautiful landscapes and diverse ecosystems, as a clear sign of the majesty of the Andes.

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