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Huaorani Ecolodge
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Reviewed 13 April 2009

My friend and I stayed at the Huaorani Ecolodge while travelling through South America last summer. The lodge is run by the last indigenous tribes in South America to be disturbed by European colonization. The lodge is deep in the jungle, accessible by an hour-long flight out of Shell and then a canoe trip down the river.
The Huaorani are friendly and genuine like no one else we'd ever encountered. The jungle was beautiful and terrifying; it was so much fun to see it through the eyes of people who knew how to survive in it. The food was delicious, the lodgings were comfortable (especially compared to hostels!), and hearing the sounds of rain and the jungle made for the best possible sleeping conditions.
After four days, I saw more there than I'd experienced in my whole life, including getting to experience the life of people in the jungle. We held a monkey and played with a toucan and ate foods we'd never heard of, we learned about bird calls and how to walk in the jungle, we played cards with our guides and were canoed through jungle rivers, we tasted home-brewed beer! It was an incredible experience, I loved it, and I would recommend it to anyone seeking an honest, wholesome vacation that's completely outside the ordinary. Your money benefits people who will host you with open hearts and minds and who truly need the profit to sustain a fading and beautiful lifestyle.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 April 2009

The Huaorani Ecolodge is an oasis in the rain forest, ably staffed by the Huaroani natives. If you're looking for real adventure and a genuine cultural experience in comfortable (not luxurious) accomodations, you will enjoy a visit to this lodge.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 March 2009

Staying here was the highlight of our 4½ weeks in Ecuador. Not even The Galápagos could compare! Poling in a canoe along the Shiripuno River, the only sounds the gurgle of water, the call of birds and the swish of paddles – heaven! You can fly in (weather permitting) or canoe - it's a LONG WAY from anywhere! When our little Cessner left, the guide said, 'That is the last unnatural sound you will hear until you leave.' This lodge is not large, commerialised and artificial. It is very small and basic. Everything we did, from walking through the jungle to meeting local people was very special, very personal.

The Huaorani people were rightly the most feared tribe in the Amazon. Now they welcome visitors - we were not considered 'tourists' - to share their traditions and stories and learn about ours.

The sounds of the jungle and its wildlife were a highlight. We learned SO MUCH!

The organisation of our visit was impeccable. IT WAS THE EXPERIENCE OF OUR LIVES. GO!!!

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 November 2013
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2012
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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