Thousand flora species and 1.320 fauna species has the Cuyabeno Reserve, in its 603 380 hectares of surface, located in Sucumbíos province, in the northern amazon.
Place #1 in biodiversity worldwide: Yasuní National Park, located in Orellana province. In one hectare of Yasuní there are more tree species than in all Northamerica.
Mammal species, 560 bird species and 63 orchid species compound the biodiversity of the Podocarpus, National Park, located in Zamora Chinchipe and Loja, in Southern Ecuador.
The Piraña and Ceiba towers of the Tapir Lodge house guests fifteen metres above the ground. This alternative style of accommodation is the main feature of this hotel, located in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, in Sucumbios.
From this vantage point, the experience of the Amazon rainforest is intensified and brings visitors closer to the birds and their songs. In addition to the two towers, the third type of accommodation available is the Bungalow; which has a total of 10 rooms divided between two floors.
There are 8 double rooms and 2 quadruple rooms. Like the Piraña and Ceiba towers, the Bungalow has screens on the windows to ensure proper ventilation and prevent insects from entering.
Each room has a private bathroom with hot water. The Piraña tower has 4 rooms which can be used for single or double occupancy. From the balcony, it is possible to observe orchids. birds and primates.
The Cuyabeno Lodge was the first hotel built in the middle of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. Since 1988, the Cuyabeno Lodge has welcomed visitors to its 7 individual cabins and three additional rooms in a tower overlooking the forest canopy.
You can observe river dolphins, tapirs, caimans, anacondas, piranhas and monkeys, among other species. There are two tours. The first is 4 days, 3 nights, while the second is 5 days, 4 nights. Both tours include a canoe ride in the Laguna Grande where visitors can observe black caimans and hoatzins (also knows as the stinkbird). In the lagoon, visitors can swim and enjoy spectacular sunsets.
Both tours also include bird watching, dolphins, monkeys and other mammals typical of the area. The hotel also offers night walks to observe insects, spiders and nocturnal birds, such as owls.
Turtles, pink dolphins, anacondas and black caimans are among the species that live in the lakes and rivers around Siona Lodge. Located in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, this hotel combines hiking in primary rainforest and the opportunity to visit aSiona indigenous village via the black water lagoons.
Puerto Bolivar is the name of the indigenous community of the Siona people. Like other small communities in the area, it is situated on the banks of the river Cuyabeno. On this site, the local shaman explains their ancestral religious practices and medical knowledge that has been passed down through many generations.
A few minutes away from the hotel there is primary forest ideal for watching mammals like capuchin, howler and spider monkeys, sloths and various species of birds such as toucans, tanagers, macaws and harpy eagles.
NAPO WILDLIFE CENTER
Considered the most luxurious ecolodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Napo Wildlife Centre (NWC) is situated by the Añangucocha lagoon, on the KichwaAñangu Reservation which covers 21,000 hectares of Amazon rainforest in the Yasuni National Park.From El Coca, Orellana, visitors can travel by motorised canoe down the Napo River for two hours before reaching the entrance of the black water canal of the Añangu community where passagers transfer to a paddle canoe.
There are several activities to do during your stay. Climbing the observation tower to view the rainforest canopy (tree tops) is the main activity. The tower is 40 metres high and is joined to a tree.
Howler and capuchin monkeys, sloths, harpy eagles, toucans and tanagers can all be seen from this tower. NWC has 16 rooms, a restaurant and bar. There are two tours; 5 days, 4 nights and 4 days, 3 nights.
Toucans, harpy eagles, kingfishers and woodpeckers are some of the bird species that the Sacha Lodge nature guides will point out to visitors on the 2,023 hectare ecological reserve. The hotel is located in Sucumbios, on the north bank of the Napo River.
The hotel has a 275 metre long footbridge, suspended 30 metres above the forest floor and is anchored to the ground by three reinforced metal towers. From the footbridge or the tower platforms, visitors can observe howler and spider monkeys, and harpy eagles. Another attraction is the 43 metre-high wooden tower, built around a kapok tree.
From the upper platform, birds, mammals, insects, epiphyte plants, and landscapes can be seen. They offer tours of 4 days, 3 nights and 5 days, 4 nights. The hotel has 26 rooms divided in cabins, a restaurant with international and ecuadorian gastronomy and a bar.
Sani Lodge is found by the Challuacocha Lagoon. It is an eco-hotel located in a corridor of 42,000 hectares of forest between the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve to the north and the Yasuni National Park to the south.
It is home to 1,500 species of trees, 567 species of birds, 162 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 173 species of mammals. On the jungle treks you can find up to 13 species of primates, Brazilian tapirs, 2 species of peccaries, harpy eagles, black caimans and Amazonian manatees among others.
Among the species of birds, toucans, macaws and parrots can be seen. The hotel can accommodate 40 people (in cabins). There are 10 rooms and 4 family cabins. Each cabin has a private bathroom and electricity provided by solar panels. Sani Lodge offers a package of 4 days, 3 nights. It has a tower where visitors can observe the animals and birds of the jungle.
LA SELVA AMAZON ECOLODGE & SPA
With 25 years of experience, the Selva Amazon Ecolodge is a hotel with extensive knowledge in hosting tourists from around the world. It is located on the banks of the Garzacocha Lagoon, two hours from El Coca, Orellana by boat. It offers tours to suit all tastes and interests.
La Selva offers packages of 5 days, 4 nights as well as 4 days, 3 nights. They include visits to the observation tower, parrot feeding grounds (clay and mineral site), a trip to a local community, a canoe ride on the Garzacocha Lagoon and other activities in and around the hotel.
The SelvaEcolodge is situated in what is considered one of the best areas for bird watching because of its priviledged location in the north of the Yasuni Park, the most biodiverse place on the planet. There is a bird watching tour for early risers, which departs at 4 am.
Kapawi Ecolodge is situated near the Ecuador- Peru border, a short distance away from where the Pastaza and Capahuari rivers join. The hotel is surrounded by almost 2 million hectares of Achuar territory.
Visitors can travel to the hotel by plane from Shell, Pastaza. This area of the Amazon is very remote; far from populated areas. It is a well-preserved part of the western Amazon basin because it is isolated from deforestation and oil and mining extraction.
Experience Kapawi is the main tour (4 days, 3 nights) offered by the hotel and is run by the Achuar people. To reach the hotel from Quito, you should go to Shell, Pastaza by bus or car, then travel by air to the Kapawi community and finally travel in a canoe for 30 minutes to the hotel.
Kapawi has straw cabins that are sustainable, spacious and well-ventilated. Each cabin has a private bathroom, bedroom, solar panels that provide hot water when the weather allows it and mosquito nets to protect guests from insects during nightime. There is a restaurant offering international and Achuar cuisine.
At 2,500 metres, Casa Simpson Lodge is located in the Tapichalaca Reserve in Zamora Chinchipe province, in the Southern amazon region. The Reserve belongs to the Jocotoco Foundation. The hotel is located in the eastern foothills of the Andes, opposite the Tapichalaca hill. To reach the hotel, visitors should take the Loja-Vilcabamba-Zumba highway. It is located near the Podocarpus National Park. The hotel has several pathways through the cloud forest of Zamora Chinchipe.
The hotel has a capacity of 15 people; 5 rooms in the main building and a separate cabin with 2 double occupancy rooms. The Jocotoco pathway is a popular two kilometre walk that lasts two hours. You can see the bird of the region: the Jocotoco Antpitta, during your visit.
TAPICHALACA AND PODOCARPUS NATIONAL PARK
Tapichalaca was the first reserve created by the Jocotoco Foundation in September, 1988, with the aim of protecting the endemic bird species and Jocotoco Antpitta. Since 2010, the reserve has consisted of 3,500 hectares. This bird was discovered by Dr. Robert Ridgely in November, 1997. Ridgely made recordings of bird songs, until he heard a strange sound. This was the discovery of the Jocotoco Antpitta, also known as the Grallariaridgelyi, thanks to the discovery made by Dr. Ridgely and the Ecuadorian ornithologist Lelis Navarrete.
The Podocarpus Park was created in 1983, with an area of 144,993 hectares. It is between 990 and 3,600 metres at its highest point. On the moors there are glacial lakes that give rise to basins.