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Ecuador Jungle Lodges

A short distance from Quito, layers of exotic, dense vegetation blocks the sky, brown waters sweep beneath gargantuan foliage, and more than 400 species of exotic birds and butterflies provide constant bursts of colour. Galapagos Holidays offers adventurous and conservation-minded travellers several Amazon jungle lodges from which to base your daily excursions into this remarkable region.

kapawi lodgeKapawi

Kapawi Eco-lodge is the most remote of the jungle lodges we offer in Ecuador. It is located on the shore of Kapawi Lake, in the most remote area of the Ecuadorian Amazon basin. This fascinating area is home to the Achuar, the last indigenous group in the Ecuadorian rainforest to remain isolated until the 1970s. Accessible only by small aircraft, Kapawi offers programs suitable for all nature enthusiasts. This is an excellent and adventurous program combining the nature of the rainforest with the culture of the Achuar community. Kapawi is the place of magic, full of legends, myths, and wildlife.

la selva ecolodgeLa Selva Amazon Ecolodge

La Selva Amazon Ecolodge is located in the heart of Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest, on Garazacocha Lake near Yasuni National Park. The lodge originally opened more than 20 years ago. However, it was not until 2012 that it took on new life when it was totally overhauled to become a luxury lodge. Birdwatchers have long chosen La Selva for the variety of birds that have been found in this area. Onithological studies say there are more species of birds in this area than any other site in Ecuador, and more than both the entire US and Canada combined. La Selva is the closest lodge to the Napo Parrot Salt Lick. In addition to the numerous nature excursions, the lodge also has a spa and yoga retreat.
[ La Selva Rates and Sample Itinerary ]

napo wildlife centerNapo Wildlife Center

The Napo Wildlife Center is located on 82 sq. miles of pristine Amazon Rain Forest within the Yasunì National Park.  Situated on Anangucocha Lake, this is the newest lodge in Ecuador’s amazon region.  Each of the 10 large cabanas have forest or lake views, king size or twin size beds, private washrooms with hot water, a ceiling fan, and 24 hour electricity.  The buildings combine traditional architecture with a harmonious modern mixture.  Cabanas have cool shaded terraces with inviting hammocks and ample space to relax and observe the surroundings. At the lodge you may be able to see a group of giant otters investigating near the lodge dock, perhaps even a large 13 ft. black caiman crossing the lake, or the graceful flights of blue and yellow macaws over the lodge area.  Visitors and guides will tailor their excursions to take advantage of the highest peaks of activity and weather conditions in the forest. They will schedule their outings before dawn or at sunrise. Other features at the Napo Wildlife Center include a 60 ft. obserbation that offers a great view of Anangu Lake.  A 35 minute motorboat ride away is a 125-foot high Canopy Tower. [ Napo Wildlife Center Rates and Sample Itinerary ]

sacha lodgeSacha Lodge

Located in the heart of the Amazon Basin and surrounded by ancient black-water lagoons, winding creeks and towering trees. A haven for nature lovers, birdwatchers and adventure seekers, Sacha Lodge provides comfortable accommodations, first-class meals and expert guides. One of Sacha's highlights is the 135-ft observation tower, where guests will have a magnificent view of the surrounding area. Other highlights include: the butterfly house, one of the largest butterfly farms in Ecuador, and the Yasum Parrot Lick, an exposed clay bank where brightly coloured parrots of several species gather in the morning. The guests at Sacha Lodge are divided into small groups. Each group is led by a native and an English speaking naturalist guide. A typical day at Sacha begins at sunrise or earlier when the rainforest's animals are most active. In the afternoon. excursions begin between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM and often continue into the evening when the nocturnal insect and frog chorus begins. At night, forest walks and canoe trips often reveal creatures not visible during the day. All activities are spread out over a wide area and allow visitors to explore several distinct, but equally fascinating habitats. Sacha Lodge caters to people of all interests. [ Sacha Lodge Rates and Sample itinerary ]

If you don't have time for a 3 or 4 night Amazon package, you can visit the cloudforest, located only a two hour drive from Quito.