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Huella Verde Rainforest Lodge
Ranked #1 of 6 Puyo B&B and Inns
Isla Taboga, Panama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013

We really enjoyed our stay in our very comfortable little cabin in the jungle. The food was excellent and the tours were quite enjoyable. Cristof took us on a tour of the community of Canelos as well as the cacao tour. He also arranged a rain-forest tour with local guide Luiz, who is very knowledgeable and a joy to spend time with. We were a bit disappointed that we didn't see any wildlife to speak of, but the trek through primary forest was really nice. The suspension bridge is quite a challenge for anyone with a fear of heights, but hopefully the community will make repairs soon! Cristof and Dagmar were wonderful hosts and we enjoyed their company very much.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2013

We spent three weeks travelling around Ecuador and our three day stay at Huella Verde was the highlight. We opted for Huella Verde over other rainforest lodges since it didn't involve an expensive flight or a set schedule of activities. Trip Advisor says it is located in Puyo but it's actually in the small indigenous village of Canelos, an hour or so to the east. Chrisoff and Dagmar make you feel very welcome from the moment you arrive. The Cabanas are idyllic and blend in with their surroundings. Very comfortable beds and great hammocks. There are add on trips that you can choose from, and your adventure is really at your own pace. The first day we really just relaxed on our hammocks and took in the rainforest. We also did a cocoa tour, where we learned how cocoa grows and how it is processed. The tour ended with an incredible cup of freshly ground cocoa! We also took a 3 hour walk through the rainforest with a local guide, Louis, who showed us the different medicinal uses of plants and trees. All of the $ for the tour went to the local community.

Everything we had at the restaurant was absolutely delicious with an amazing attention to every detail. Love it! Best food we had in Ecuador! (or any other place that comes to mind)

There is a reason this place gets great reviews! Absolutely amazing!

Make sure you ask Christoff about the swimming hole at the river; perfect place to cool off!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2013

First off - just want to apologize for the late review :)

Huella Verde feels like an adventure from the moment you arrive. Do not bring luggage you can't carry (or on your back) by hand because you will have to walk through some trails with your bag and over a suspended bridge.

You have your own private cabin, and they are pretty and rustic. There is also a large patio area with hammocks so you can lounge around. I ended up getting a lot of reading done because it rained so much.

Cristof and Dagmar are wonderful hosts. I was just starting to come down with a really nasty flu the day we arrived and it kept getting worse while we were there. They took good care of me while I was sick with lots of tea (some of it spiked, heh). Fortunately I was still able to go on the jungle walking tour, even with my energy level way down. Their usual guide, Luis, was away for the weekend, so we did the tour with Cristof and it was great.

We wanted to do a few more activities, but the rain did kind of get in the way a lot (we only stayed 3 days). I was sort of grateful for the rain because I didn't feel bad not going out and being active while I was sick. It ended up being pretty relaxing sitting on the balcony a lot and just watching the rain. Our cabin was the furthest from the main building, I suggest if you are staying there take footwear back and forth with you that has good grip on it. If some of the rocks are wet it can be pretty treacherous.

They are also amazing cooks. Easily the best food I had in Ecuador. I don' think you can really go wrong with anything there. Wifi in the main building also came as a surprise to me, it's not the fastest or most reliable, but it worked in a pinch and I was amazed it was available that far from town.

Sleep quality probably doesn't really get much better than this, although there was one really annoying bird (??) that liked to make a lot of noise at 2AM. The shower also has hot water, another thing that amazed me, though its not the strongest pressure. Cristof told us of some of his possible plans for the future of the lodge, so hopefully we will be back one day and see if any of them came to fruition :)

Thank you both for the wonderful stay and putting up with me while I was sick. I will recommend this lodge in the future.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2013

On my road trip from New York to Patagonia this has been the coolest place I stayed at, hands down. What Cristof and his wive have created in this part of the world is nothing short of amazing. Great attention to detail, from the rooms, food, surroundings, the way they manage the land and and provide employment opportunities for the locals. This is truly sustainable tourism with all the comfort one can possibly hope for - for a very reasonable price. You can pay a lot more and get deeper into the Amazon, but I doubt you will see more.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2012

We staid in Huella Verde for 2 nights during our trip thru Ecuador and it was great experience.
We came from Banos to Puyo with the bus (1.5 hours) and then took bus from Puyo to Canelos - th end station of the bus. (the road ends there!) (another around 2 hours). Christof picked us up, 15 min drive to the river, then walk over the hanging bridge and another 20 minutes walk.
Christof did really good work on his longe, spacious rooms with big windows to the jungle makes you feel part of it.
During our trip the best meal we have eaten was right there, Christof is an excellent cook! Try chicken in the banana leaf and do not miss eggs for the breakfast! I quarantee you have never had such eggs (only the colour...!) :)
We refresh ourself in the river and did walk in to the jungle with Christof. For us it was the real jungle, Christof said there is a trail but i have not seen any ;) and it makes you feel really like lost in the jungle.
We would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2012

I stayed four days, three nights, in Huella Verde: very far away from the busy world, just relaxing and enjoying nature at the fullest :-).
The owner Cristof is a really nice guy, who immediately makes you feel at home, and he is an excellent cook: consequently, the food was delicious! The restaurant is clean, cosy and has a beautiful view; the private cabanas with bathroom, terrace and hammocks are very peaceful and comfortable.
The 4 hours walk in the rainforest with the native guide was beautiful and educational; the village of Canelos is authentic and interesting; the cacao tour resulted in a yummie hot chocolate.
I was really really very pleased with my relaxing stay in this special place, surrounded by a beautiful rainforest with loads of beautiful insects, frogs, spiders, plants, trees and flowers.
Very very recommendable!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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Christof T, Owner at Huella Verde Rainforest Lodge, responded to this review, 29 October 2012
Thanks for such a positive and detailed review. It's great to get such wonderful feedback and thanks again for taking the time to support Huella Verde Rainforest Lodge by writing such a wonderfully positive review.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2012

Just spent 2 nights/1 day in Huella Verde with friends, and had a wonderful experience!

The unique aspect of Huella Verde is that it is not an all-inclusive package formula like the majority of the Ecuadorian jungle lodges. You can arrive there by yourself (car or public transport), and you are completely free to choose your activities, food, … You only pay for the things you pick and the prices are unbeatable! We had some of the best food during our trip.

Huella Verde is also a very small lodge with only 2 very clean, spacious and comfortable cabanas which can lodge around 8 people in total. So you will never be there with big groups of people. The tranquil and remote jungle feeling is guaranteed. The owner, Christof, is a very enthusiastic and attentive host who will spoil his guests. He will make sure you get the most out of your visit!

We did a half-day forest walk with a really good native guide who showed us all the medical and other uses of the plants growing around. After a refreshing swim in the river and a hammock-siesta, we went to visit a place in Canelos-town where women showed their traditional ceramic techniques: a special and personal encounter.

Hope to come back one day and will definitely recommend this place to friends.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Huella Verde Rainforest Lodge

Property: Huella Verde Rainforest Lodge
Address: Parroquia Canelos - Renacer Amazonico, Puyo 160150, Ecuador (Formerly Cabanas Huella Verde)
Region: Ecuador > Pastaza Province > Puyo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Puyo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Huella Verde Rainforest Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A True Adventure in the Tropical Jungle --We invited you to enjoy an “uncommon “adventure in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Huella Verde (Green Footprint) is a hidden place where you can have an authentic jungle experience and explore the ecosystem at your own pace. Our cabañas have been carefully constructed out of local material along with our tropical gardens which are designed to blend in with the surroundings and the natural architecture of the jungle. Here you find equilibrium with nature which provides, not just a tourist attraction, but the preservation of the culture, flora and fauna. What may surprise you is that our cabañas have the comfort and coziness of many major hotels. But, unlike other locations, at Huella Verde your senses are awakened but what surrounds you in the Amazon. We can accommodate 8 people, with private baths. Our size allows us to offer exclusive and personalized service. Panoramic views of the surrounding forest, clean air, local and international meals prepared by a skilled chef with ingredients from local farms – this is the Huella Verde difference. A Place to disconnect from reality!We are located nearby de indigenous village of Canelos located 1 hour form the city of Puyo. You can get the public bus from the city of Puyo to Canelos - 1hour aprox. ... more   less 
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