Stretching from the eastern Andes to the Peruvian border, the Oriente is a vast area of lush tropical jungle covering part of the upper Amazon basin, still populated almost exclusively by indigenous communities. For wildlife enthusiasts there are several excellent jungle lodges, and access to almost all involves a short flight into the jungle and a river transfer.
Several communities are leading the way in showing how involvement with tourism projects can benefit them and help safeguard both the future of the rainforest and their way of life.
Our preferred accommodation
means that the hotel is one of our Dream Destinations.
Lodge/Hosteria - Amazon2 hours downstream of Coca on the north side of the Rio Napo, overlooking a lake in a mixture of primary and secondary forest. It sustains a private butterfly farm, biology field station and 135-foot observation tower.
Lodge/Hosteria - AmazonIn Yasuní National Park, 2 hours by boat and 1 hour by canoe from Coca, Napo is set in an 82 square mile nature reserve. It is the only lodge on the relatively undisturbed south bank of the Rio Napo, where it is estimated there are 30% more bird and animal species. The lodge is based on a conservation partnership with the local community. The dining room overlooks the lake, there is a library, a bar and a 50-foot observation tower, from which you can see the Andes on a clear day!
Lodge/Hosteria - AmazonBuilt with natural materials such as wood, palm and bamboo, this lodge has 10 cabins, each with ceiling fans and private bathrooms with hot and cold water. Full days of activities, including jungle treks, dug-out canoe trips, caiman spotting, piranha fishing and night walks. Indoor and al fresco dining room, living room with a bird observation tower plus a jungle observation tower at canopy level. It sustains a private butterfly farm.