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Itamandi Lodge

Itamandi EcoLodge is a comfortable lodge that offers sustainable travel and ecotourism to one of the most interesting places in the world: the Amazon Rainforest. Located just a 4-hour car and a short canoe ride away from Quito, along the banks of the Arajuno River (40 mins from Tena), there are lots of great activities and excursions available during your stay such as a cultural visit to a Kichwa Indian community where you can enjoy folkloric dances with the children of the community, educational treks through primary forest, night walks when the rainforest really comes alive, a visit to the parrot clay lick, bird watching, floating down the Arajuno River on tubes, production of artisan chocolate and much more besides. In between all of the activities the lodge is also a great play to kick-back and relax in the open-air facilities with pool & full service bar.

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USA & Canada: 1-8_00-269-0216 • UK: 0-800-051-7125

LODGE Background

Itamandi EcoLodge offers an exclusive and unique hotel experience looking for the satisfaction of our customers, the benefits of the indigenous communities involved, and valuing our employees. In addition, we promote the conservation and the importance of the Amazon forest focusing on sustainable development. We find that the well-being of individuals cannot be divorced from the welfare of the environment. Therefore, we have already established a number of measures for the careful handling of resources - particularly energy and water. We pay attention to the systematic use of alternative and renewable energy sources, wherever possible, in keeping with a strategy of sustainable energy. Thus, our photovoltaic system covers our energy needs at the lodge, backed up by a generator.

All our guest rooms are provided with 110 volt power and efficiently illuminated with energy-saving LED lamps, and they have electric outlets to recharge cameras and other devices.

Our pool is a non-toxic and eco-friendly salt- water pool with limited use of chlorine. Unlike traditional pools, which require chlorine to be poured into the water manually or released from a tablet, a saltwater pool has a generator that uses electrolysis to release chlorine gas from salt in the water. Salt is added to the pool water to achieve a saturation of approximately 3,200 parts per million, roughly the amount of salt found in a teardrop. So do not worry, it will not feel like the sea!

Furthermore, we offer our guest biodegradable amenities, like shampoo and shower gel in the bathrooms. Our towel and linen reuse program dramatically reduces the impact on the environment by saving water, emissions of CO2 (from the energy consumed), detergent and the treatment of waste water disposal. We recycle glass, metal, paper and plastic and buy locally from the communities to avoid gas emissions and transportation. We also try to educate the native communities in the area about sustainability.

Itamandi Lodge

Accommodation

  • Cabins: twin, double, triple and quadruple accommodations
  • Private bathroom: yes
  • Showers: yes - hot water
  • Mosquito nets: No
  • Electricity: Yes
  • Boots / Rain ponchos: Boots provided up to size 44, Rain ponchos NOT provided

Itineraries

These itineraries are flexible to start on any day of the week - please ask our sales staff for availabilty.

Cultural Amazon Experience 3 Days - 2 Nights
Day 1

Arriving at Itamandi Ecolodge - We start our trip to Itamandi EcoLodge at the Arajuno Bridge, where we will take a motorized canoe going upstream for 20 minutes to begin our great experience in the tropical forest. On this ride you can appreciate the magic and beauty of the Amazon rainforest driving along a zigzag river that flows in the jungle like a giant snake, considered the vein system of the Pacha Mama (mother Earth).

Once we arrive at the dock area of Itamandi EcoLodge, the resident manager will greet you with a delicious welcome drink. From there we will continue to relax in the bar area with a snack and a short briefing will be held with general information about the lodge and activities, provided by one of our naturalist guides.

Night walk (optional) A flashlight and camera are the most important tools on this night excursion, which allows guests to hear the nocturnal sounds and to look for fishing bats, owls, a variety of insects, tarantulas, toads and frogs, and possibly snakes. If the sky is clear, we might have the chance to do some stargazing. Dinner is served at the lodge

Day 2

Cultural Encounter- Parrot Clay Lick For bird lovers we take a canoe ride for 15 minutes upstream early in the morning to visit a parrot clay lick (Saladero). We appreciate a unique site where parrots and parakeets gather in order to obtain the minerals that will help them to digest the fruits or seeds they have consumed. Hundreds of parrots and parakeets will approach the treetops and later will come down to the clay bank to eat this soil rich in minerals. It is essential to have binoculars to enjoy it.

After a scrumptious breakfast we head out for a hike through the primary and secondary Rainforest. Our expert naturalists teach you about the ecology and flora and fauna of the Rainforest along the trail. You will observe a great variety of insects, a diversity of birds flying around us and with some luck reptiles or monkeys. This activity takes about 2 1/2 -3hours.

In the afternoon it is time to enjoy a cultural activity. An Amazonian Kichwa community will receive us and we learn about their way of life and the interaction they have with the forest. This encounter is going to show you that part of the Amazonia that you do not find on the maps: the Amazon people. Part of our visit to the community involves the demonstration of the famous “Chicha”, a fermented yucca drink that has become part of their festivals and daily use. We will take part in the preparation of this beverage and also try some of the local cuisine. We finish the visit with a traditional dance performed by the kids in this community and you also have some time to buy some handicrafts, made by the indigenous. This little business is to support the indigenous people in their daily life.

Making of artisanal chocolate (optional) and Dinner.
Day 3

After Breakfast Check-out and motorized canoe ride for 20 Minutes to the Arajuno Bridge

Amazon Wildlife Experience 4 Days - 3 Nights
Day 1

Arriving at Itamandi Ecolodge - We start our trip to Itamandi EcoLodge at the Arajuno Bridge, where we will take a motorized canoe going upstream for 20 minutes to begin our great experience in the tropical forest. On this ride you can appreciate the magic and beauty of the Amazon rainforest driving along a zigzag river that flows in the jungle like a giant snake, considered the vein system of the Pacha Mama (mother Earth).

Once we arrive at the dock area of Itamandi EcoLodge, the resident manager will greet you with a delicious welcome drink. From there we will continue to relax in the bar area with a snack and a short briefing will be held with general information about the lodge and activities, provided by one of our naturalist guides.

Night walk (optional) A flashlight and camera are the most important tools on this night excursion, which allows guests to hear the nocturnal sounds and to look for fishing bats, owls, a variety of insects, tarantulas, toads and frogs, and possibly snakes. If the sky is clear, we might have the chance to do some stargazing. Dinner is served at the lodge

Day 2

Cultural Encounter- Parrot Clay Lick For bird lovers we take a canoe ride for 15 minutes upstream early in the morning to visit a parrot clay lick (Saladero). We appreciate a unique site where parrots and parakeets gather in order to obtain the minerals that will help them to digest the fruits or seeds they have consumed. Hundreds of parrots and parakeets will approach the treetops and later will come down to the clay bank to eat this soil rich in minerals. It is essential to have binoculars to enjoy it.

After a scrumptious breakfast we head out for a hike through the primary and secondary Rainforest. Our expert naturalists teach you about the ecology and flora and fauna of the Rainforest along the trail. You will observe a great variety of insects, a diversity of birds flying around us and with some luck reptiles or monkeys. This activity takes about 2 1/2 -3hours.

In the afternoon it is time to enjoy a cultural activity. An Amazonian Kichwa community will receive us and we learn about their way of life and the interaction they have with the forest. This encounter is going to show you that part of the Amazonia that you do not find on the maps: the Amazon people. Part of our visit to the community involves the demonstration of the famous “Chicha”, a fermented yucca drink that has become part of their festivals and daily use. We will take part in the preparation of this beverage and also try some of the local cuisine. We finish the visit with a traditional dance performed by the kids in this community and you also have some time to buy some handicrafts, made by the indigenous. This little business is to support the indigenous people in their daily life.

Making of artisanal chocolate (optional) and Dinner.
Day 3

After our delicious breakfast buffet, we take a 40 min canoe ride downriver to visit the “Isla Anaconda”. We can observe the prehistoric bird “Hoatzin”, woolly monkeys, squirrel monkeys, just to mention a few. We also visit a family in one of the indigenous communities to learn about their farming habits, medicinal plants, as well as the ancestral way of hunting with blowguns (cerbatana) and handmade traps in the forest.

On this trip a delicious box lunch will be provided. After lunch we will go to AmaZOOnico, which is sheltering a number of different animals, some in danger of extinction. AmaZOOnico is not a zoo but a rescue center for animals of the Amazon in Ecuador. We can observe a wide variety of monkeys, macaws, ocelots, capybara, toucans, parrots and much more animals in their natural habitat at close range.

Return to Itamandi EcoLodge to enjoy the facilities of the hotel.

Day 4

After Breakfast Check-out and motorized canoe ride for 20 Minutes to the Arajuno Bridge

* The Lodge reserves the right to modify the itineraries due to weather conditions in the best interest of our clients.

2017 PRICES PER PERSON
Double Room/ Main Complex Premium Cabins/ River View  
3 days $205 $241 Request this Tour
4 days $308 $362 Request this Tour

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation in double room
  • 5 meals in the 3 day package
  • 8 meals in the 4 day package
  • All excursions as listed in itinerary
  • Native guide Spanish speaking
  • Use of rubber tubes
  • Use of rubber boots (sizes 36 to 44)

Exclusions:

  • Bilingual Guide (English, French or German) available at an extra cost - please request availability before booking.
  • Entrance fees
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Transport Quito-Tena Rio Arajuno Bridge-Quito
  • Tips / drinks from bar / other personal expenses
  • Single supplement (30%)
  • River transportation (Transfer-In):
    4 people or less $15,00 US-Dollars per canoe
    5 people or more free of cost

Access/Transport

To reach Itamandi Ecolodge by public bus takes approximately 5 hours.

Several public transportation companies operate the stretch from Quito or Baños to Tena. In Tena you can either take another public bus (“Jumandy” or Centinela”) to the Arajuno Bridge, where we meet you. Or we can arrange a private transfer from Tena to our meeting point at an additional cost.

Past Clients Feedback

"My daughter and I had a terrific time at the jungle eco-lodge. Patricio and his staff treated us wonderfully. Our guide (Franklin) was fantastic. Being that he lived in the village we visited, he gave us a true insight as to life there and in the jungle. I was just beginning to learn Spanish but with Marnie’s help I had no problems whatsoever in understanding the details of the flora and fauna he was explaining. Alejandro the boat driver was also very nice. We interacted with the other visitors on occasion being that Marnie and I also speak French and thoroughly enjoyed our time. The meals were terrific. The visit to the animal shelter was also very enlightening. The walks through the jungle were very enjoyable. Visiting Franklins tribal community was really a wonderful experience. I was nervous to be honest but the community and the children were delightful. I was absolutely amazed at how the people could support themselves on a little more than one square mile of territory. I would highly recommend your jungle package to anyone interested in experiencing the Amazon jungle. Other tours may explore deeper into the jungle and view more animals etc. but for me this trip was tailored exactly to my requirements and wishes." (John Anderson)

* All lodge information is correct at time of publishing but subject to change by the lodge owner.