Yacuma Ecolodge, Tena Amazon Tours Ecuador, Rainforest Jungle, Napo River. A truly amazing experience, community owned, this located on the Napo river is one of kind for an authentic Rainforest vacation!
The tourist development of Yacuma consist of the following areas:
– The first one is a group of 12 “cabañas” (bungalows) built in the traditional Amazon-style, made from rainforest materials harvested in a sustainable manner and combined with modern materials which can be easily taken away from the jungle if necessary.
All these cabins have 2 rooms, each one with private facilities and 2 comfortable twin beds with mosquito nets. In the second area we find the spacious dining room, the kitchen and the comfortable reception area.
Yacuma Reserve and Ecolodge is located in the Napo River area in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest. The Yacuma Ecolodge spans 300 hectares (3,000,000 square meters). With it richness in species and diverse ecosystems, Yacuma Forest Reserve is an extraordinary place for Ecotourists.
3 DAYS TOUR
Day 1: Quito (or Baños) – Yacuma Lodge
Arrival to the capital city of the province: Tena. Transportation to Santa Rosa, where you will board a canoe, to enjoy one of the most iconic river experiences of your life to reach the lodge. (20-30 minutes river navigation). A Traditional welcome reception at the lodge will be followed by a visit to Yacuma’s exclusive “Hidden Lagoon”. Night activities can include Night walks, night river canoeing, communal fireplace.
Included: Canoe arrival service, guide and escort service, dinner, deluxe safari style accommodations, activities in lodge.
Sustainable delectable dining, piranha fishing, canoe riding, birdwatching
Activities: Sustainable delectable dining, canoe riding, birdwatching
Day 2: Yacuma EcoLodge
Hidden between 275 hectares of primary rainforest jungle, activities in Yacuma are abundant and offer you the opportunity to try out any of the following:
-Jungle Hikes ranging from 30 minutes to hikes of 4 hours where you visit a Yacuma Exclusive “Tutapishco” Bat Cave. On any hike, explanation of medicinal plants, local birdlife and much more will be given by your guide.
-Visit to the local Kichwa community of Chontayacu, where we can appreciate their simple jungle driven lifestyle.
-Shop for locally produced handicrafts and organically produced crops.
-Kayaking or “Tubing” activities in the river.
After dinner we will have our farewell celebration next to the common fireplace
Included: Guide and native escort service, all meals while in lodge, deluxe safari style accommodations, activities in lodge.
Birdwatching, canoe ride, jungle hikes, handicrafts shopping, sustainable delectable dining.
Activities: Birdwatching, canoe ride, jungle hikes, handicrafts shopping, piranha, fishing a “Laguna Escondida”, sustainable delectable dining.
Day 3: Yacuma EcoLodge -Tena
If the weather permits, an early rise allows visitors to explore one of the few “Colpas” or clay lick areas in the region. These unique mud structure attracts local birdlife every day by the hundreds. Alternatively, we can head to the viewpoint of Yacuma to observe the jungle come alive with the sun. After breakfast we will say goodbye to our friends, and board our canoe to once again take the incredible river voyage out of Yacuma EcoLodge, and on with your Ecuadorian adventure.
Included: Guide and native escort service, Breakfast in the lodge, Canoe service out of the lodge.
Activities: Birdwatching, canoe ride, jungle hikes.
Fixed departure on Friday 243USD per person, in double or matrimonial room/any other days departures with minimum 2 people for 280USD per person.
- Native guide and English interpreter
- Dinner in the first day, 3 meals day 2, breakfast day 3
- Accommodation in bungalows with private bathroom
- Canoe rides
- Excursions mentioned
- Rubber boots
- Purified water
- Public bus from Tena to San Pedro de Sumino ( entrance to the Lodge
- Alcoholic or soft drinks
- Personal expenses
- Rain poncho
Children under 12 years: 50% discount. (Children under 6 years free – in the same accommodation with their parents).
How to get to Yacuma Lodge?
If you decide to make this wonderful trip in public transportation, you must go to Quitumbe station South of Quito, where you can take the Flota Pelileo bus at 06h00 am or Baños Express bus at 07h00 am these are fixed departures. The cost is $ 6.00 per person, and the trip to Tena lasts about 5 hours.
We recommend the first option to arrive early, which allow you to enjoy the delicious food of the area and gives you time to buy your tickets at the Centinela bus station to the 13h00 bus to San Pedro. The travel time is about 2 hours; you should be at the station a 15 minutes before departure.
When you arrive in San Pedro, our staff will wait for you to take you in canoe to our lodge (30 minutes).
If you are traveling in your own car, it is recommended that you leave Quito before 7h00 am, because it takes you about 5 hours to get to Tena and 2 more hours to arrive in San Pedro.
You do not have to worry about leaving your car in San Pedro, because there is a parking space where a family is in charge of guarding the car.
You can have breakfast in Baeza, we recommend Gina’s restaurant (specially trout). For lunch in Tena, we recommend the Amazonas restaurant or All Deli. Please remember that we will have dinner waiting for you at the lodge on fist day.
When arriving in Tena, take the road towards the new airport in Ahuano to get to San Pedro, where our Yacuma staff will wait for you.
On you way back to Quito, we recommend that you visit Misahuallí to meet the monkeys living on the beach and afterwards enter the Jumandy caves ($ 3.50 p.p) or you can travel to Papallacta and enjoy a bath in the hot springs water ($ 7.00 p.p).
Yacuma is located in the rainforest, which is characterized for heavy rainfalls through the year with precipitations among 3,000 and 4,000 mm3 and humidity between 85 to 95%. From December to March, it has a marked dry season, the rainy weather goes from April till July; and from August to November precipitations are moderated. The annual temperature ranges over 25 Celsius degrees (77 Fahrenheit).