I did an improvised trip to the region and decided to stay at Anaconda Lodge for a few nights since it's location is close to civilization but still inside the jungle and next to some local communities that are a must-see. The owners, Silvia and Francisco, were very very kind, courteous and into every last detail of my accommodation and the price was great and worth every cent.
The food is amazing, nothing fancy or weird, just so good! (And they were also very kind to adapt their menu to all of my picky needs.. Haha!) I loved the home-made everything that they have... Ice cream, bread, jelly, cakes, etc.. So good! They also have a super-chill-out bar where the owner prepares some of the most exquisite drinks I've had.
The rooms are spacious, comfortable, extremely clean and full of light and have a big terrace to dry your stuff and a hammock to chill. The beds are very good to rest after long walks in the forest, and the bathrooms are nice and clean too. The lodge itself is very cool with a nice view from the main living room to the Napo river and the sunset. The surroundings are lovely and the staff (all locals from the community next to the lodge) is very kind.
The tours they organized for me were very fun and never exhausting or boring. I met local costumes, went down-river in tubes, and took very nice walks in the forest with a local guide that seemed to know more than Britannica Encyclopedia itself.
I would recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a quality / best-value-ever trip to Ecuador's rainforest.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Getting to Anaconda Lodge Ecuador is to discover the nature, jungle, the world that was born on a sea of fresh water. Today, we want to show and tell all the adventures of a region that refuses to be changed.Native peoples with their beliefs, myths, legends and knowledge. Rainforests still present in all its forms, rivers flowing from the Andes are headed to the Atlantic Ocean loaded with sediments and tannins that irrigate these clay soils.Share with us experiences by visiting these awesome places, native houses, primary rainforest, jungle in constant evolution, and in daily conversations, discover how it was born the "lungs of the world", who were the ancestral groups that inhabited these parts as the Western men is changing.We are on an island in the midst of the mighty Napo River and its beautiful tributaries, we are in the jungle, we are returning into the past with modern comforts, with a varied cuisine that combines perfectly the traditional local and international dishes, an excellent bar, tours with native guides and many other activities.In other words, a cultural tourism on behalf of ecology, native peoples and in close contact with nature.Welcome to your home in the Ecuadorian Amazon! ... more less
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