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Cotococha Lodge - 3 Nights Itinerary

Short on time for an Amazon adventure deep in the rainforest? Consider the Cotococha Amazon Lodge – one of the most accessible Amazon rainforest destinations in South America. After leaving the Ecuadorian capital city of Quito, in just 5 hours you will find yourself deep one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world, one characterized by small indigenous communities and lush vegetation. On this 4-day/3-night Amazon tour, experienced native guides will introduce you to this primeval world on rainforest hikes, canoe trips, night walks, visits to waterfalls, river tubing, rafting and more!

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“We had a great time in the jungle. Our experience was amazing. Can’t wait to tell you more about it.”Michael McLane

Cotococha Lodge: Highlights

Ecuadorian Amazon, Downriver Canoe Ride, AmaZOOnico, Swimming, Indigenous Family, Las Latas Waterfall, Jungle Trek

Cotococha Lodge: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Quito – Arrival at the Lodge – Welcome Dinner and Drink
Day 2: Downriver Canoe Ride – AmaZOOnico – Swimming – Visit with an Indigenous Family
Day 3: Las Latas Waterfall & Swim – Jungle Trek
Day 4: Return to Quito
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Cotococha Lodge: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Quito – Arrival at the Lodge – Welcome Dinner and Drink

PM: Reaching the lodge in the afternoon after a long drive, you can relax for a while in your spacious bungalow built in a rustic native design and surrounded by gardens full of amazing jungle plants and flowers. A delicious dinner will be served in a romantic candlelight setting at the attractively designed restaurant. Afterwards we will enjoy a special welcome drink, relaxing around the elegant fireplace to coordinate and discuss next day’s activities with the local guides. Plus, the lodge’s manager will give an introductory presentation about the Amazon jungle. You will feel absolutely comfortable in this lovely peaceful setting filled with the nighttime sounds of the Amazon jungle. 

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Dinner
Day 2
Downriver Canoe Ride – AmaZOOnico – Swimming – Visit with an Indigenous Family

AM: Early in the morning we’ll have breakfast and afterwards prepare our gear – boots and raincoat – to begin our Amazon adventure! We will board a canoe and start our journey downriver through the enchanted Amazon jungle along the imposing Napo River. Reaching the village of Misahualli, we will make a short stop to check our papers with local marina ...so don’t forget your passport! Continuing our canoe-trip, we will finally reach the Arajuno River and visit the “AmaZOOnico” Animal Rescue Centre, which specializes in the rescue of wild animals for species conservation and reintegration into the wild. At the center, we will observe a great variety of species, such as toucans, all kinds of colorful parrots, various types of monkeys, jaguars, capybaras and many more!

PM: Afterwards, you will enjoy a delicious picnic-style lunch on the riverbank. You’ll also have a chance to swim in the river or just rest peacefully surrounded by a wonderful natural environment. After concluding this day’s experience, we’ll head back to the lodge, but first we will visit a Kichwa family and learn about their millenary culture and traditions such as panning for gold, traditional pottery work, making a typical yucca-based drink called “chicha,” and using the “serbatana” (a blowpipe used for hunting). After this fascinating encounter with authentic Kichwa culture, we will return to the lodge by foot on secondary jungle pads. Upon arrival, you can enjoy a snack. At night, after dinner, we’ll have our usual meeting around the fireplace to share our day’s experiences.   

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3
Las Latas Waterfall & Swim – Jungle Trek

AM: After breakfast, we will depart by canoe upriver for ten minutes, arriving at a small riverbank where we will begin a fun and thrilling one hour walk, marveling at the secondary forest’s diverse flora and fauna. After a while, we’ll find ourselves at a breathtaking waterfall, “La Cascada de Latas,” where we will take a refreshing swim in its clear crystal waters and enjoy the surrounding views. Mixed with the jungle sounds, this will make for an unforgettable experience. We will return along the same route to have lunch at the lodge.

PM: After lunch we will put on our “wet gear” (rubber boots & rain poncho) to start an exciting walk in the rainforest, ready to find the secret wonders of the mysterious hidden jungle. Your expert native guide will explain in detail the characteristics of amazing plant species that possess medicinal properties and how these were used by the jungle’s inhabitants in earlier times. We’ll also observe a great variety of insects as well as small groups of monkeys racing through giant trees. Though we will need some luck to observe them, you will have to stay very quiet to admire these beautiful creatures. Dozens of curious colorful birds will likely tag along with us during our walk, whistling enchanted notes that delight our senses. After about three hours of walking, that evening we will return to the lodge for dinner and to gather around the fireplace. That night you should have a good and peaceful sleep delighted by the sounds of the jungle. 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4
Return to Quito

AM: After breakfast, we will prepare for our drive back to the city.   

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Breakfast

Cotococha Lodge: Prices

2018 - Price per person
Persons
4 Days
2 - 7US$ 325
Included in the price:
  • Use of a canoe during your tour
  • All meals, from dinner on the first day until breakfast on the last day
  • Accommodations with full board
  • Services of a community guide 
  • Walks and tours as per the itinerary 
  • Purified drinking water
  • Use of rubber boots & rain ponchos
Not included in the price:
  • Transportation (Quito – Cotococha Lodge – Quito)
  • Any service not specified in the program
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Extras and personal expenses
  • Alcoholic and bottled drinks (should be paid for in cash at the lodge)
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