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The Rainforests of Ecuador
Explore Nature at its Hidden Best!
La Selva Ecolodge & Spa - Sacha Lodge - Kapawi Ecological Reserve - Arasha Rainforest Adventure & Spa
Anakonda Amazon River Cruise - Manatee Amazon River Cruise

La Selva Jungle Ecolodge & Spa, Ecuadorian Amazaon River Basin
La Selva Jungle Ecolodge & Spa

Delve into the heart of Ecuador's Amazon basin, lodging in three of the best jungle hostelries on the continent: La Selva Ecolodge, Sacha Lodge and Kapawi Lodge. All three lodges practice low impact tourism and are sensitive to the preservation of the local cultures as well as the delicate ecosystems that they strive to share with the ecotourist.

Or for those looking for a river cruise, there is the Anakonda Amazon Cruise, where luxury and adventure meet to create one of the more exciting nature cruises available.

The Napo River is the principal tributary of the Amazon River and creates this vast rainforest region east of the Andes Mountains. Experience one of EcoAdventures custom vacations to the Ecuadorian Rainforest.


La Selva Ecolodge & Spa
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Located in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest Basin of Ecuador, La Selva Amazon Ecolodge & Spa has been in operation for twenty five years, and is a highly respected jungle lodge, being one of the recipients of the 'Ecotourism Award' at the World Congress on Tourism and Environment. The lodge is on the border of Yasuni National Park about sixty miles from the town of Coca, down the Napo River (one of the main tributaries of the Amazon River) and one mile inland from the river itself.


130 foot Jungle Observation tower, Sacha Lodge, EcuadorSacha Lodge
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The thatch-roofed, 130 ft. jungle tower juts above the tallest tree level at Sacha Lodge. Climb the tower's inside stairway to the covered observation platform for a true bird's-eye view of the Ecuadorian rainforest and the seemingly unending sea of green! The tower has been enhanced with a 940 foot canopy walkway. This is only one of the many adventures at Sacha Lodge.

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Canoe trip on Pilchicocha Lagoon

Getting There
Getting there is an adventure, too. First fly 45 minutes from Quito to Francisco de Orellana (Coca for short), an outpost on the edge of the rainforest. From there, travel two-and-a-half hours by boat down the Napo River, hike 30 minutes on an elevated boardwalk and finally canoe 15 minutes across the mirror-like Pilchicocha Lagoon to the lodge.

Accommodations

Aerial view of Sacha Lodge, deep in the heart of the Amazon Basin, EcuadorMore than basic necessities are provided at Sacha Lodge: screened cabins complete with forest views, modern bathrooms with hot water and free bottled water. The cuisine incorporates local dishes, tropical fruits and traditional hotel fare, which will satisfy the appetite of any active guest.

Activities
Cabin with forest view, Sacha Lodge, EcuadorSacha Lodge is home base for hikes and canoe trips through the surrounding rainforest; bird-watching, botany, entomology, fishing and photography are only a few of the many activities available to you. The Lodge offers dozens of trails of varying lengths, degrees of difficulty and ruggedness, as well as several routes accessible by canoe. In addition, the observation tower enables guests to climb 130 feet into the canopy for an unobstructed view of endless miles of intact rainforest, as well as a close-up view of mammals, plants and dozens of species of birds. You might even see a lemur observing you from the observation tower.Lemur up in the rainforest canopy, Sacha Lodge

Itinerary
Day One: Quito to Sacha Lodge Transfer to the airport for your flight to Coca. You will be met by a representative of Sacha Lodge for the boat transfer to the lodge. Enjoy a welcome drink before a brief lodge orientation. (B, L, D)

Days Two & Three: At Sacha Lodge Days for jungle excursions with ecological and native guides. (B, L, D daily)

Day Four: Sacha Lodge to Quito Morning transfer back to Coca for your return flight to Quito. (B)


Kapawi Ecological Reserve
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Bungalows dot the edge of the Kapawi Lagoon, Kapawi Ecological ReserveA History of the Lodge:
Kapawi Ecological Reserve is a unique creation derived from the cooperation between native Achuar Indian Communities and an experienced Ecuadorian travel association. Their goal is to preserve the rainforest and the Achuar culture and language, while revealing this fascinating biology and culture to the discerning traveler.

Room at the Kapawi LodgeThe project began in 1993 when Daniel Coupermann, an ecotourism manager with a background in the Achuar Territory, won the approval of OINAE (Organization of Ecuadorian Achuar Nationalities), and then convinced a well-known tour operator to build a lodge and research center in Kapawi in the heart of Achuar Territory. Learning about the Rainforest Flora and FaunaThe goal was to pioneer a new trend in ecotourism, in partnership with the Achuar people, by providing a means of economic support and jobs. By 2010 all installations belonged entirely to the Achuar.

Getting There
ToucanKapawi is located in the most remote area of the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin, east of the Andes, and it takes most of the day to get there. First you have a 45-minute flight via scheduled air to Macas, followed by a 30 minute transfer via light aircraft to Sharamentza. Then you journey down the Pastaza River through dense virgin forest. As you cross the Kapawi Lagoon, the 20 cottages dot the lake's edge.

Accommodations
Each oval cottage has a private bath with sun-heated shower, photovoltaic electricity and a wide terrace to observe the prodigious bird life. The lounge offers a panorama of the rainforest, and an unlimited supply of soft drinks, snacks and hot water for coffee or tea.

Activities
Each venture into the rainforest is accompanied by an English-speaking naturalist plus an Achuar native who can explain the practical and medicinal use of every plant and tree. Treks are up to three hours on well-defined trails; for the more energetic, longer hikes on primitive tracks are available.Frog at the Kapawi Lodge Ecological Reserve

Sierra Madre Hotel, Quito, EcuadorItinerary
Day One: Fly into Quito. Meeting service upon arrival and transfer to the your hotel.

Day Two: Quito to Kapawi Lodge Transfer to the airport for your flight to Macas. Meeting service by a representative of Kapawi Lodge for the air transfer to Sharamentza and then boat transfer to the lodge. Welcome drink at the lodge and a brief orientation around the lodge. You'll also be given an overview of the Achuar people, their cosmology, social organization, and way of life. (B, L, D)

Days Three & Four: Days for jungle excursions with ecological and native guides. (B, L, D daily)

Day Five: Kapawi Lodge to Quito Morning transfer back to Sharamentza for your return flight to Macas and on to Quito. (B)

Day Six: Depart Quito (B)


Arasha Rainforest Adventure & Spa

3 Days/2 Nights
Arasha is located less than two and one-half hours from Quito, in the middle of the richest, most biodiverse 'Hot Spot' on the globe. Biodiversity 'Hot Spots' are unique places on earth set apart by their exceptional levels of plant endemism and by serious levels of habitat loss. In order to qualify as a 'hotspot' a region must meet two, very strict criteria. First it must contain at least 1,500 species of vascular plants as endemics. Arasha Resort and Spa, EcuadorSecond, it must have lost at least 70% of its original habitat. With ecologically sensitive bungalows, ARASHÁ offers its guests a glimpse of the richness and tranquility of this most fragile region combined with the finest in tropical comfort. From having a stress-relieving aromatic massage, to participating in any one of our many educational ECO-tours, to making chocolate out of cacao seeds, ARASHÁ is an experience that appeals to all senses. Recognized several times by prestigious international tourism organizations as the finest resort in Ecuador, ARASHÁ has now been honored internationally for its impeccable personalized service, exquisite cuisine, and exceptional accommodations. Once here, guests are sure to find life's poetry in every corner of this unique paradise. Arasha has 27 bungalows, all luxuriously decorated and include ample closets, original paintings, dressers, spacious and elegantly designed bathroom with both bath and shower units.

Each bungalow has two rooms, of one of the following types:
Deluxe Type Q rooms (11) - one queen-sized bed
Deluxe Type T rooms (31) - two twin beds
Jr. Suites (4) - one queen size bed, minibar, and bathroom decorated with black stone walls. The suites are at the highest point in the resort, offering fabulous views of the surrounding area.
Presidential Suite (1) - one king size bed, minibar, Jacuzzi and living room.

Other facilities include:
•Pool fed from spring water with waterfall, pool bar.
•Whirlpool Jacuzzi for located inside a grotto
•Restaurant El Bosque
•Hotaru - Japanese-Asian gourmet restaurant
•Choco Bar - a colorful and well stocked bar
•Theater/Auditorium for live shows and movies
•Cayapas Dancing Hall and Karaoke Bar
•Professional Spa

All inclusive package includes:
•All taxes
•Accommodations for two nights in category of choice
•Transportation: Quito: Arasha /Arasha:Quito
(Pick up from anywhere in the Quito Metropolitan area)
•Breakfasts, Lunch, Dinner, & Desserts daily
•Daily Snack Bar (cheese platter, sandwiches, fresh fruit)
•Any natural fruit juice or soft drinks
•National Alcoholic beverages
•1 Spa treatment per person, per stay
•Free internet service; 15 minute maximum
•Included Guided Tours and Independent Activities


M/V Anakonda Amazon River Cruise - 4, 5 & 8 Days
M/V Anakonda Amazon River Cruise vessel cruising through the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest Accomodations, Activities & Programs, Photo Gallery
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Note: PDFs open in new windows and require Adobe ReaderTravel on board the M/V Anakonda Amazon River Cruise, the only luxury ship in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest, and experience the Amazon in a most unique way! Visit the remote and pristine areas where few have had the opportunity to travel, and interact with the region’s 15 local communities, while enjoying the comforts, commodities and services of a 5-star boutique hotel in the middle of the Ecuadorian Amazon.


M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer River Cruise - 4, 5 & 8 Days
M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer cruising through the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest.

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The M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer is fully-equipped and maintained in order to handle the most challenging conditions and circumstances, and is manned by an experienced expedition staff and crew. The canoes used for daily shore landings are rugged and versatile and are operated responsibly by experienced personnel. Onboard, guests are fully briefed on all pertinent safety issues and concerns, as well as the expedition's environmental policy; passengers also receive appropriate and detailed briefings before each landing.

Deck Plans
The vessel features three decks:
•The MAIN DECK features a dining area, kitchen, the crew’s cabins, and the engine room.
•The UPPER DECK has ten cabins including crew cabins.
•The SUN DECK houses the bridge, four cabins, the bar and lounge, and an outdoor dining area.

Cabins
The boat has the capacity to accommodate up to 30 passengers in 14 charming double, double-twin and single-twin cabins. Each cabin is equipped with air-conditioning, closets, a private bathroom complete with a special shower massage, hot and cold water, 24-hour electricity and 110-voltage outlets and switches.

Other Services
The M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer is also equipped with a small fleet of motorized canoes. The canoes provide unlimited mobility and allow for the exploration of the most remote areas and inaccessible shores. The vessel is comfortable, and complies with both national and international navigation as well as safety, security, and environmental protection standards. The expedition is certified by Smart Voyager and Rainforest Alliance, entities that guarantee the sustainability of the M/V Manatee Amazon Explorer operations.