Ecuador: Hamadryade Lodge

Ecuador

Hamadryade Lodge

In Ecuador, this is the perfect Amazon Lodge. At Hamadryade Lodge, we offer a wide range of activities as; Land activities from Jungle to Indigenous communities and Water activities from swimming in pristine waterfalls to rafting down incredible rivers. Whatever your age (even small kids) and condition, we have something beautiful and amazing that you can enjoy and discover.

Starting from 2014 we also offer some new wellness programs at Hamadryade Lodge. We offer a wide variety of retreats and courses for people looking a better healthier life. Some examples of these courses are; a yoga retreat and a wide range of possible massages. Amongst our choice of health treatments, Hamadryade Lodge offers you: Acupressure, MLD, Ecuadorian roses Mousse Ritual, Reflexology, Youth-enhancing Face Care or get the Face Care option (as an addition to another massage from the menu).

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The lodge

  • Jungle Hike
  • Kayaking
  • Jatun Sacha Jungle Hike
  • Amazoonico Animal Reserve
  • Kichwa Community
  • Las Latas Waterfalls
  • Waysu Yacu Lagunas
  • Canoe down the Napo River
  • Rafting Class III
  • Cooking workshops
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Activities 

  • Hikes in primary and secondary jungles (Jatun Sacha Reserve/Machacu Yacu – full day)
  • Canoe trips on the Napo or the Arajuno river
  • Specialized Tours spécialisés according to your wishes : ornithology, entomology,…
  • Visits to Kichwa communities (Shiri Puno 1/2 journée, Machacu Yacu et Santa Barbara full day) and
  • Waorani communities (Gareno full day)
  • Shorter walks to discover beautiful waterfalls and lagunas in the jungle
  • Nightwalks to discover the nocturnal wildlife in the jungle
  • Visit the butterflies garden

Rafting (full day)
Class II for families with small children
Class III, Jatun Yacu river
Class IV, Jondachi and Hollin river
Class IV+, Lower Misahualli river
Kayaking
For kayakers, beginners or not (full day)

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Example itinerary: 5 days 

 

Day 1: Arrival at the Lodge: the first glance at the Lodge, after climbing a road through the Rainforest, will take your breath away. The view over the endless jungle and the Rio Napo will set the ambiance for your stay. The staff will welcome you for lunch at the Lodge in the panoramic restaurant. In the afternoon, relax in the ozone treated rain water swimming pool, or walk 800 meters to visit one of the largest butterfly gardens in Ecuador. The butterfly garden is an eco-project built aiming at repopulating the area with an increasing number of butterflies over various species.  The native apprentices that work there will be happy to show you how they care for these insects and help you understand every step of their incredible life. L/D

Day 2: Take a short ride with your experienced native guide to the entrance of the Jatun Sacha Chichicorumi reserve. Your guide will then take you on a 6 hours walk through the secondary and primary Rainforest and unravel all of its mysteries: medicinal plants, birds, wild animals, amazing insects, colorful frogs and reptiles.  Walk through Santa Barbara, an indigenous community set back deep in the jungle.  The trek includes a lunch sent with your guide and a canoe trip back to civilization. Later you have the possibility to enjoy a soothing massage (optional) next to the fire in the massage room. In the evening savor the chef’s fusion cuisine at candle light, maybe accompanied by a bottle of wine (optional). Or have a cocktail in the Lounge or get some rest after today’s adventures. B/L/D

Day 3: Today you can explore the wildlife of the rainforest. After the breakfast you depart from the Lodge to go on a canoe trip on the Rio Napo and Rio Arajuno towards the animal rescue center Amazoonico, where you can see various animals as the famous tigrillo, different types of monkeys, numerous birds and other wild life.  Then visit the traditional Quechua Museum that presents many artifacts and explanations about the Quechua people’s way of life in the Rainforest.  Come back for lunch in the village of Misahualli. And then take a walk from the village to see the 6 centuries old tree called Papa Pununo or come back to the lodge to relax in our ozone treated rain water swimming pool. B/L/D

Day 4: The ancient cultures that have been living in the jungle for millennia form part of the mysterious rainforest. In the morning you visit the Quechua indigenous community of Valle Hermoso in Machacu Yacu. There you will be welcomed by the natives who will show you how they live their everyday life in the jungle, and take you on a walk to one of the family’s residence. You return for lunch to the lodge before you continue your explorations spending the afternoon in the company of the proud Quechuas from the indigenous community of Chiripuno, who will show you traditional dances, invite you to participate in shamanistic rituals and taste local beverages. B/L/D

Day 5: Start the day with a healthy breakfast and maybe a stop at the lodge’s fair trade boutique for some souvenirs, before you get ready for departure. Check out time 10 am. B

NB: Please read all itineraries as a guide only. All routes and programs can change without notice due to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety reasons and the wildlife encountered during the travel. Flexibility is the key to the success of any tour. Nevertheless the safety and the interest of our passengers is always our first priority.