Cotococha Lodge 4d/3n


Day 1
Arrival at the Lodge in the afternoon. After the long drive, we can relax for a while in our beautiful spacious bungalow built in a rustic native design, surrounded by gardens full of amazing jungle plants and flowers. A delicious dinner will be served in a romantic candlelight setting at the attractively decorated restaurant. Afterward, we will enjoy a special welcome drink, relax around the elegant fireplace to coordinate and discuss the next day’s activities with the local crew. We’ll feel absolutely comfortable in this lovely peaceful setting filled with nightly sights and sounds of the Amazon jungle.
Day 2
Early in the morning, we’ll have breakfast. Afterward, we must prepare our gear: boots and a raincoat so we can be ready to begin the adventure! We will board a canoe and start our journey downstream through the enchanted Amazon Jungle along the imposing Napo River. Arrive at Misahualli, where we make a short stop to check our papers with local Marina, so don’t forget your passport!! Continuing our canoe-trip we arrive at Arajuno River.

We will visit the Animal Rescue Centre “AmaZOOnico” which is specialized in the rescue of wild animals for species conservation and reintegration into the wild. In here we will observe a great variety of species such as toucans, all kind of colorful parrots, various kinds of monkeys, jaguars, capybaras and much more!

Afterward, we will enjoy a delicious lunch in the river shore, picnic style. We’ll have the opportunity to swim in the river or just resting peacefully surrounded by a wonderful natural atmosphere.

After concluding this day’s experience, we’ll head back to the Lodge, but first we will visit a Quichua family and learn about their millenary culture and traditions such as gold rinse in the river shoreline, traditional pottery making, making of typical drink “chicha” made of yuca (a traditional Ecuadorian manioc), and the use of the “serbatana” (blowpipe for hunting use). After this amazing encounter with Quichua culture, we return to the Lodge by foot over secondary jungle pads. Upon arrival enjoy a snack. At night, after dinner, we’ll have our usual meeting around the fireplace to share our day’s experiences.

Day 3
After breakfast, we depart by canoe upstream for ten minutes, arriving at a small shore where we begin a fun and thrilling one hour walk, marveling at the jungle’s secondary forest diverse flora and fauna. After our short walk, we’ll find ourselves in a breathtaking cascade “Las Latas” where we will take a refreshing bath in its clear crystal waters and enjoy the surrounding views, which mixed with the jungle sounds, makes it an unforgettable experience. We return to have lunch at the lodge.

After lunch we put on our “wet gear” (boots & raincoat) to start an exciting walk in the jungle forest ready to find the secret wonders of the mysterious hidden jungle, finding amazing plant species with medicinal properties, which will be fully explained by our expert native guide: their characteristics and how the jungle inhabitants used them in ancient times. We’ll also observe a great variety of insects, short monkey groups weaving around the giant trees; we must stay very quiet to admire these beautiful creatures. Dozens of curious colorful birds tag along with us during our walk whistling beautiful notes delighting our senses. After about three hours of walking, we come back and arrive at the Lodge. At night, a delicious dinner and relax by the fireplace while enjoying an exotic cocktail or drink from our bar.

Day 4
After breakfast, we will have to prepare our return trip. End of program.

Rates in 2018

Rates per person, based on double occupancy. For single or triple rates, please inquire.


StandardUS$440Lodging in bungalows with private bathroom and hot water
Visits and excursions
English speaking guide at the lodge
Meals (from dinner of the first day to the breakfast of the last day)
BronzeUS$493Transfers from the Hotel to the bus station in Quito and Tena to the Lodge by private car
Ticket by public bus from Quito – Tena – Quito (or Baños)
Transfer Tena – Cotococha Lodge by private car
Lodging in bungalows with private bathroom and hot water
Visits and excursions
English speaking guide at the lodge
Meals (from dinner of the first day to the breakfast of the last day)
GoldUS$615Private transportation during the whole program with Spanish speaking guide
Lodging in bungalows with private bathroom and hot water
Visits and excursions
English speaking guide
Meals (from dinner of the first day to the breakfast of the last day)
AdventureUS$545Visits and Adventurous Excursions (Rafting, Pimpilala, and Cayman spotting.
Private transportation from your hotel in Quito to the bus station and from the bus station in Tena to the lodge for both legs of the round trip.
Public transport Quito – Tena – Quito (or Baños)
Lodging in bungalows with private bathroom and hot water
English speaking guide
Meals (from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day)


From Quito to Cotococha Lodge:
There are currently no flights operating between Quito and Tena, but several public transport companies operate the route, departing from Quito’s main terminal. The journey takes approximately 5 hours, traveling on partially paved and unpaved roads. Cotococha Amazon Lodge can arrange a pick up at the Tena bus terminal by a staff member who will take you to the Lodge on another public bus. This will take another 45 minutes.
We can also arrange for a private transfer, at an additional charge.
  • Lodging in bungalows with private bathroom and hot water
  • Mentioned visits and excursions
  • Native Spanish speaking guide
  • All meals (from the dinner on the first day to the breakfast of the last day)
  • All taxes
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Extras
  • Transport to Tena
  • Insurance
What is the weather like?
Since Ecuador lies pretty much ON the equator, the weather is pretty much always hot and humid. April tends to be the wettest month, but the rest of the year isn’t far behind. Still, that does not mean that it is constantly raining. August and September, as well as December to February, are somewhat drier months, on average.

What about insects and malaria?

There has NOT been any malaria in our area until now. So no prophylaxis will be needed if you only visit the Sierra and our area. But other rainforest places like Coca and Lago Agrio do have malaria problems, as well as the North coast (Atacames). If you intend to go to these places it is wise to take precautions. The fact that we do not have malaria does not mean that there are no insects in our area! Therefore, don’t forget your insect repellent. But the bugs don’t mostly bite at night, as is often thought. You can walk around during this time in shorts without any problem, but during the day, it is advisable to use a repellent, or, better, wear a pair of trousers and socks. The insects that bite during the day are not dangerous. They are just unpleasant.


Is there electricity at the lodge?

The cabins do not have electricity. Per cabin two oil lamps are provided at night. The kitchen and the bar do have electric outlets, so if you want to charge any electrical device you ask our staff to take care of it. Our voltage is 110 – 60 Hertz.


What kind of guides does the lodge provide?

The lodge offers three types of guides: Spanish speaking native guides based at the lodge, English speaking guides based at the lodge and a Guide during the whole tour. If you need a special guide we will provide you that service with an extra cost. Please mention it when you fill out your booking form.




Tipping primarily is a personal matter. However in Ecuador it is very common and if you want to be polite you should tip around 8-10% of the price of the whole package.



Cotococha Lodge is situated in the Amazon Rainforest so the weather is usually nice and warm but you have to be prepared for light to heavy rains. So bring mainly light clothes and just a few warmer ones for the evenings or when it starts raining. We recommend you to pack following on your trip to Cotococha:

  • Passport (always take a copy as well)
  • Camera Film with flash (high speed films are recommended (200-400 ASA))
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun cream (a high factor is recommended)
  • Lip balm (a high factor is recommended)
  • Light cotton pants
  • Long-sleeved light cotton shirts
  • Shorts
  • Bathing Suit
  • Comfortable shoes and/or sandals for at the lodge
  • Extra pairs of socks
  • Hat or Cap for sun protection
  • Small daypack
  • Plastic bags to protect cameras or films from rain and humidity
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Binoculars (if possible)
Cotococha Amazon Lodge provides:
  • Rubber boots (up to size 46 (European size))
  • Rain coats
  • Life jackets for canoe, balsa and tubing trips on the river

Sustainable Tourism Operations

Besides a complete client satisfaction, Cotococha Amazon Lodge is fully aware of its responsibility towards the vulnerable Amazon region. We are constantly working on sustainable projects in order to conserve this important area. With your visit to Cotococha Amazon Lodge you contribute to maintain the rainforest and help local communities increase their quality of life. Moreover, Cotococha Amazon Lodge is one of the first Amazon lodges certified by Smart Voyager.

Number of employees: 17

Percentage of local employees: 75%

Caring for the wellbeing of the local and global environment: we don’t dispose of waste in the river or in the forests, and we have made changes to responsibly manage solid and liquid wastes. We don’t contaminate the air, we maintain the vegetation inside and outside the lodge, we don’t introduce domestic animals into the area or allow guests to bring them to the lodge, and we inform staff and guests on how to avoid negatively impacting flora and fauna in the area.

Our business supports the local community: the majority of employees are from the local area. Our two guides are from the indigenous Quechua group. We contract water and land transportation services from local suppliers, and we help economically by purchasing arts and crafts from native communities, and through the entrance fees for the butterfly garden and the animal rescue center.

We are committed to sustainable tourism and are certified by the Smart Voyager.