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Huasquila Amazon Lodge
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2012

We stayed at the lodge for two nights from 13 Nov 2012 onwards. We booked our stay prior to our departure from the UK and found the information on the website and booking process very easy. Our pick up from Quito arrived early at the pre-arranged pick up point. Everything from our pick up to our drop off was incredibly smooth and well organised. The food at the lodge was fantastic and so was the accommodation. During our first morning we hiked through the rainforest with hose who was incredibly knowledgable about the plants in the forest and their uses. Hose gave several practical demonstrations in the forest which were fascinating. All the staff were incredibly friendly and always keen to help. We only wished we had more time to stay longer.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Crawford289
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PMH10, Owner at Huasquila Amazon Lodge, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Thank you for your wonderful review! WE are very happy you ejoyed your stay with us! We hope to have you back one day!

All the best!

Pablo
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Quito
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67 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2012

Spent one night in Huasquila a few weeks ago with a tour group. The service was excellent and very attentive. Food was good though perhaps portions were a bit on the small side. The owner was very helpful and did everything possible to make sure the group was comfortable. Accomodations were very clean, well maintained, and a mellow peaceful atmosphere surrounds the place.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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PMH10, Owner at Huasquila Amazon Lodge, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Thank you for your review and feedback! We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us!

Regards,

Pablo
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Quito
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2012

I've visited Huasquila 5 times with huge groups of teenagers. We had a blast and I felt great knowing they were learning and enjoying nature and being safe at the same time. The service received is superb! Please try their "champinones al ajillo" delicious!!!

  • Stayed February 2012
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PMH10, Owner at Huasquila Amazon Lodge, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Dear Manena,

Thank you for your wonderful review! It is always a pleasure to have you and your student groups at the lodge! Thank you for trusting us and letting us be part of the excellent environmental education and chemistry program that includes practical exercises.

All the best!

Pablo
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177 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2012

just got back from huasquila, after a long weekend with our kids. They are still wishing to get back any minute!
the drive from Quito was a highlight for itself! Not a single dull moment! rise to the andean pass, fantastic paramo, crossed by an ancient lava flow as the gate to the Amazon. That is only the beginning! from here a modern, well paved road winds down flanking an incredible river into the dwarf, cloud and rainforest. Waterfalls, bare rocky cliffs, smooth-sloped plantations are the path to a newly opened section of the trans amazonian road: to the left (west) the Antisana Reserve, and to the right (east) the Sumaco reserve. this outh to be one of the most amazing roads in South America!!! then we reach Huasquila.
from the moment we arrived, the hosts have been on top of things to make sure everyone has a great time here. A cheff toured us 3 times a day along the wonders of local and ecuadorian cuisine. The take special care of food, water, juices and all that could easily spoil anyone´s vacations! We had a great experience getting there, being there, on the walks, at the pool, at the restaurant or in our spacious bungallow! certainly worth going!!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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PMH10, Owner at Huasquila Amazon Lodge, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Thank you for your review! We are very happy you enjoyed your stay with us!

All the best!

Pablo
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essex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2012

I am an adventure specialist from the UK, so I am very aware of standards and value for money. My reason for choosing Huasquila, was that I was doing a Galapagos trip but wanted a jungle experience before hand without the hassle of yet another flight. This option was perfect. I chose the option of the private transfer from Quito that Huasquila offered, granted it is much cheaper to get the local bus up to Cotundo and then a local taxi to the lodge, however the bus takes twice as long and does not give you any opportunity to stop and take pictures along the way, the car transfer takes about 3-4 hours whereas the local bus will take you about 7 hours.
I arrived at the lodge to a welcome cocktail and was shown to my room. It was an individual bungalow, with 3 single beds, a double sink in the bathroom and spacious separate shower. The finishing touch was the hammock on the terrace, where I could sit and relax and read my book or admire the beautiful view across the Amazon.
The chef on hand was Diego, who went out of his way to satisfy my every request. The food was fresh, plentiful and cooked to perfection.
The activities I partook in, was the animal sanctuary, small but nice to see. Canyoning - a tough walk for me but I am not a hiker, it gave you the opportunity to swim in a beautiful waterfall. A visit to the Kichwa tribe which was definately my highlight! and a jungle walk to learn about all the plants they use for medicinal purposes. These activities and a spanish guide is included in the nightly cost but if you are not practically fluent in Spanish, I would definately recommend paying the additional fee for an english guide to accompany you as well. This felt like such a personal service, as I was travelling alone and yet had 2 guides! There are also optional paid activities you can do such as rafting and horse riding. I did the 3 night 4 day option, which I think is really the minimum you should do.
Overall, Huasquila gave me a pleasant taste of what the Amazon has to offer. There are not too many bungalows and the lodge is family run, giving it that extra special feel, you are made to feel like part of the family and nothing is too much trouble. I will definately recommend this lodge to my customers in the future and I cannot wait to go back and see everyone.
Thank you Huasquila for making my stay a memorable one.
Kelli

Room Tip: I had room 2 which I like as it had good views but to be honest a few of the rooms have this kind of...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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4 Thank kelliw_9
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PMH10, Owner at Huasquila Amazon Lodge, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Dear Kelly,

Thank you for your review! We are very happy you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for recommending Huasquila to your clients. It is people like you that make places like Huasquila exist.

All the best,

Pablo
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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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79 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

I traveled with a group of six to Huasquila Lodge. We had the four day, three night package including lodging, food, tours and transfers from Quito, Ecuador. We enjoyed our beautiful bungalows. The food was amazing. The tours were very interesting and we learned a lot about the flora of the jungle. Our guides' knowledge about the uses of the plants was very educational. The boat ride on the Napo River made us feel like we were discovering a new area of the world. The visit to the Chocolate Museum on the Napo River was also very enriching. Thanks to the folks at the Huasquila Lodge for a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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4 Thank sueinkeno
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PMH10, Owner at Huasquila Amazon Lodge, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Dear Sue,

Thank you for your review and sharing your experiences with future guests! We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us!

All the best,

Pablo
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2012

As a local I found Huasquilla as a great place to rest, but the short time I stayed didn't let me enjoy the place as I should, they need to improve or plan a schedule for travelers, looking for adventure or just to relax.

Food was good, maybe I'm being too demanding but a good coffee machine, not the regular instant powder would be great with those meals.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank xulloa
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PMH10, Owner at Huasquila Amazon Lodge, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Google Translation
Gracias por sus comentarios. Tomaremos en cuenta tener una carpeta con informacion a cerca de todas las actividades (que son multiples) en la zona,.

En cuanto al café solamente ofrecemos café de máquina.

Saludos Cordiales,

Pablo
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Property: Huasquila Amazon Lodge
Address: Huasquila Rd Km 3. 5, Cotundo 150352, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Napo Province > Cotundo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Cotundo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Huasquila Amazon Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located only 2h30 from Quito's New Airport, Huasquila is the closest Amazon Lodge in Ecuador!Private transfer, departure every day, no minimum of persons required,Easy reservation, credit cards accepted!No yellow fever and malaria shots required.Best option for Galapagos extension, even one night stay possible:! (Being so close to the airport we pick you up from your flight and bring you back on time the day you leave back home without getting into Quito's traffic jam (it takes about 1h30 from Quito to the new airport!!!!).At the beginning of the Amazon-Andes circuit, passing Termas de Papallacta, Rio Napo, Banos, Chimborazo and Cotopaxi, you can start or finish your Ecuador Trip with us.First class personalized service.100% Accessible (even wheelchairs), the best family option ever! ... more   less 
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