Visiting the Huaorani Ecolodge was easily the highlight of my 6 month tour of South America. The Huaorani are the warmest and funniest bunch of people around and their forest homeland filled with to the brim with biodiversity does not disappoint either. Although we did not see any jaguars, we heard three calling to each other after dinner within hear shot of the lodge. Our Huaorani guide causally told us, if you bump into one of those in the forest, don't run, just relax and try and stare it down until it looses interest and wonders off. This advice may sound like something out of a Rumbo film, but the Huaorani definitely know what they are talking about. The Hauorani believe there is no difference between the physical and spiritual which combined with the forest paradise which they call home makes for an incredibly invigorating experience.
The lodge itself is very comfortable. The food delicious and the service very impressive considering the concept of customer service is hardly a traditional Huaorani concept! The lodge is also apparently about to become certified under the Rainforest Alliance backed Smart Voyager Certificate. Highlight of the trip? Every minute of the five days we were there!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay in an eco-lodge situated at the headwaters of the Amazon and run by the Huaorani, one of the most isolated ethnic groups on earth: first contacted by the outside world only 55 years ago, they speak a language that is unrelated to any other. You’ll learn to use a blowgun, hear their leader relate the tribe’s fight against oil exploration, and take a two-day meander down the Shiripuno River in kayaks, watching for tropical birds and monkeys.Highly Commended -The Virgin Holidays Responsible Travel Award 2009 and 2010Best Company in Innovation 2010 - LATATrips of a Lifetime award by Travel & Leisure 2010Best Sustainable Tourism Project 2008 and 2009 - LATABest Adventure Travel Companies on Earth by National Geographic 2009 ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Huaorani Ecolodge Hotel Yasuni National Park
- Huaorani Ecolodge Ecuador/Yasuni National Park