Tena Amazon, Itamandi Lodge . Located along the Arajuno River into the secondary jungle , is a great place to spend a short time in the jungle.
Itamandi EcoLodge offers sustainable travel and ecotourism to one of the most interesting places in the world: the Rainforest. Just a 4-hour car and a short canoe ride away from Quito is our exclusive, eco-friendly destination, which gives you the opportunity to plan an interesting jungle trip with luxury accommodation, always trying to foster to a sustainable development. Situated along the banks of the Arajuno River and 40min. from Tena, there are lots of possible activities and excursions during your stay. This unique location allows us to offer an interesting itinerary, including a cultural visit to a Kichwa community, where you can attend the presentation of folkloric dances with the children of the community, educational treks through primary forests, night walks, a visit to the parrot clay lick, bird watching, floating down the Arajuno River on tubes, production of artisan chocolate and more. Or a laid-back stay in our open-air hotel area with pool, full service bar and relaxing zone. Across the river sits the famed scientific research station Jatun Sacha.
These rooms in our two-story cabañas are inspired by nature’s design: authentic, airy and comfortable, sitting right next to the river. The 8 ample rooms boast with unexpected amenities, including a spacious sleeping and sitting area, private bathroom with hot water in the rainfall-shower, and a balcony. On the balcony of your room, you can relax in a hammock or deck chair and observe the daily visitors: hummingbirds, shore river birds, kingfishers and tons of colourful butterflies. You can also listen to the night music of the multitude of frogs and other nocturnal creatures.
Our cozy rooms in the main complex offer the same amenities as the cabañas: sleeping and sitting area, private bathroom with hot shower. Each of the 11 rooms, which include single, double and (upon request) triple accommodation, impress by their spacious layout. Views over the river or the ever-green tropical forest.
Itamandi EcoLodge consists of 19 private rooms of varying sleeping configurations and several public gathering spots, including the spacious dining room, an open-air combined bar, a majestic pool, and an observation tower.
Our Restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes with a national and international touch. All meals are made with fresh, local ingredients, buffet service for breakfast and lunch, and table service for dinner.
Itamandi EcoLodge can gather to special diet needs as to vegetarian meals upon request.
Our bartender will prepare you some of the best drinks or cocktails we offer at our open-air bar. Enjoy a drink at night overlooking the river and the pool!
A raised and roofed boardwalk connects all of the guests lodging to the several large communal areas at Itamandi EcoLodge.
ITINERARY 2 NIGHTS 3 DAYS
|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:||Bird Encounter – 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|
- Meals, the first day you will start with dinner and the last day you will end with the breakfast
- Excursions and activities
- Native guide (Spanish-speaking)
- Rubber tubes
- Rubber Boots will be provided during your stay at the Lodge
- Bilingual Guide (English, French or German) available for 70USD per day
- Personal Expenses & Tips
- Entrance fee to the indigenous community 5USD per person
- Purified water, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Airfare Quito-Tena-Quito
- River transportation (Transfer-In):
- 4 people or less $15,00 US-Dollars per canoe
- 5 people or more free of cost
- Transportation Tena to the entrance of the Lodge the Arajuno River ( bus 4usd one way, private taxi 40USD one way)
- Transportation (up to 4 people): Tena City Center – Bridge “Rio Arajuno”, one way $40
- Last day: additional activities and lunch $25p.p.
Departures every day with a minimum of two people.
Our naturalist guides are shared within each group of 10 – 12 people.
Private, bilingual guides are available upon request during booking and have an extra charge.
Itamandi EcoLodge is situated about 42 minutes by car and canoe outside the city of Tena, along the Arajuno River. You may take this journey throughout the whole year! HOW TO GET TO THE LODGE From Tena – Direction to Puerto Napo: Cross the bridge over the Rio Napo right after the bridge, turn left, follow the paved road until you reach an intersection, go straight, DO NOT turn left, for 5 km until you reach the Rio Arajuno bridge. Once you reach the Rio Arajuno Bridge, you arrived at our pier From Tena Airport Coming out of the airport, turn left at the T-intersection, turn left, NOT direction Tena follow the paved road 5 km. Once you reach the Rio Arajuno Bridge, you arrived at our pier.