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3 Day Hamadryade Experience Wildlife Tour in Ecuador
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Wildlife Tour in Ecuador

Grab your chance to experience an adventure in style and comfort in the Amazon rainforest with Hamadryade Lodge. Hamadryade Lodge offers a wide range of activities: land activities from jungle to indigenous communities, and water activities from swimming in pristine waterfalls to rafting down incredible rivers. Whatever your age and condition, they will always have something beautiful and amazing that you can enjoy and discover!

Overview

  • Starting and ending point: Hamadryade Lodge
  • Children policy: Children are allowed to participate.

Highlights

  • Two exciting activities per day
  • A wide range of land and water activities
  • Services of a friendly English-speaking guide
  • Chances to see monkeys, ocelots, boas, and tapirs
  • Use of pool facilities at Hamadryade Lodge
  • Tasty meals and a welcome drink
  • 2 nights' accommodation

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Accommodation

Hamadryade Lodge is a luxurious Amazon jungle lodge. Set in the Amazon rainforest, it has five bungalows hidden in the jungle. Exclusive and luxurious, Hamadryade is a hotel that offers a personalized service, through the Amazon tours, on land and on the water with numerous activities.

The Hamadryade Lodge was built on an old gold mine site, on top of a hill in the rainforest. They wished to use this very particularity because of the opportunity it represented for them: a chance to fix what had been destroyed in the past, turn something ugly into a place where nature could regain its rights and display all the wonders it has to offer.

When they arrived, the site was almost bare, with only a few trees surviving on this now hostile soil. The first advantage for them, they didn’t have to cut trees to make space for the buildings, they only cleared the opportunist plants that prevented a healthy regeneration of the ground, and start planting endemic plants to restart a productive cycle by naturally enriching the soil with nitrogen. Twice they planted these species of plants and burned them until the soil was ready to receive a larger range of plants, flowers, and small trees.

This is the very essence of the Hamadryade, as these Greek Deities, not only they wish to protect nature, but they work to develop its health and beauties. They sealed the bad memories of this mining past under a luxurious garden, hosting a large variety of local flowers and plants, attracting again numerous species of birds, butterflies, and small animals.

Suites Bungalow

Suites Bungalow is Hamadryade's bungalow with contemporary design - based on lines, purity, and simplicity. The lodge is a perfect example of modern architecture integrated with the surrounding jungle environment to offer an amazing view of the Rio Napo and the Amazonian jungle. The four spacious bungalows and the Deluxe Bungalow, ideal for families, located in the midst of the jungle, offer a perfect opportunity to fully live your Amazonian experience.

Large windows with beautiful views, Italian linens, and luxurious bathrooms - all contribute to mixing style and comfort to adventure. At night, the sounds of the jungle will accompany your dreams for a perfect night. Each bungalow is a tribute to the various Amazonian ethnic groups, between tradition and modern design. The French owners, Sebastien Cazaudehore and Ambre Franrenet, will welcome you in this hidden paradise and will make your stay the highlight of your trip.

Deluxe Bungalow

Deluxe Bungalow is Hamadryade's most luxurious and spacious bungalow perfect for a family or a couple. When you arrive at Hamadryade Lodge, not only you discover an eco-lodge, but also an ethnic-lodge. The decor is inspired by the cultures of local communities. The people from those communities contributed to the construction of the lodge and still work there, but Sebastien and Amber, the owners, didn't stop there.

They really got involved in development programs to promote and revitalize those cultures through tourism: help to discover and understand the Kichwa medicinal plants, organize tours in the rainforest with native guides. They will help you see that link that binds people from the indigenous communities to their environment as well as their lifestyle, in perfect harmony with nature.

Program

Jungle hike

In the calm surroundings of the propriety, Hamadryade introduces its two-hour jungle hike. You will get the chance to experience the fauna and flora of the secondary rainforest, some parts of which had never been touched or cultivated by the human hand.

The walk had been designed with the help of the licensed local guide as an alternative for those who would like to get a genuine jungle experience without necessarily making it a full-day excursion. The path starts at the lodge and winds up for approximately an hour through natural labyrinths and wild streams to the Valle Hermoso indigenous community. After a pause, you will return to the lodge inspired by the beautiful natural formations of the “backyard”.

Kichwa community visit

Shiripuno is a Kichwa community close to Misahualli. A women's association will receive you in this part of the community to share with you their culture and their knowledge of the Kichwa life in the Amazon rainforest.

From making chocolate, panning gold, see the traditional dances, to understanding the realities of the life of the Kichwa people, you'll spend a lovely day filled with interesting and nice activities. You can spend a full day or just a half day there, enjoy a nice traditional lunch with the Maito, fish/chicken cooked in a large leaf with jungle spices. This activity can also be combined with another half day one.

Las Latas Waterfalls

A short walk in the jungle will lead you to this amazing waterfall dropping in a natural swimming pool, the perfect spot for a refreshing bath in the jungle on hot days. Along the way, you'll enjoy the rainforest and its wonders, following a track leading to another one of these Amazon wonders. The indigenous guide will also give you a multitude of information along the way as he spots tree frogs, insects, medicinal plants. From that nice walk and the refreshing swim, you will be taken to Misahualli for lunch in the village, enjoying the sight of monkeys playing on the main square.

You will choose two activities per day from the options of activities below:

  • Walk in the jungle (half day)
  • Visit of a Kichwa community (half day)
  • Hike and swim in a waterfall (half day)
  • Boat tour in a lagoon (half day)
  • Tubing tour (buoy) (half day)
  • Chichicorumi Museum visit (half day)

Location

The journey will cover several places in Ecuador. Hamadryade Lodge is located near Misahualli, in the Tena Canton, in a part of the Amazon rainforest. The location is directly accessible by car any day of the week. You can enjoy the mild climate and discover the surrounding jungles and whitewater rivers.

Hamadryade Lodge is a luxurious hotel located in the High Amazon region, near Puerto Misahualli. This ecosystem, even if it is still the Amazonian rainforest, is very different from the one in Lower regions. They are at 500 meters altitude with hills and small mountains. Therefore, the climate remains pleasant all year round (24 degrees Celsius in average), and the absence of swamps allows an easier access to the more remote zones of Primary Rainforest, and of course, the most positive aspect is that they do not suffer from the presence of mosquitoes and malaria.

The tours in the Jatun Sacha’s jungle will be a good opportunity to discover primary and secondary jungles and a large variety of animal and vegetal species inhabiting the region. This hilly topography also offers the unique opportunity to enjoy the numerous and pristine whitewater rivers around during day trips in rafting, kayaking, or tubing. Yet a larger range of activities is available for the clients.

Distances

  • Quito Airport - three hours and 30 minutes

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Two exciting activities per day
  • Services of a friendly English-speaking guide
  • Use of pool facilities at Hamadryade Lodge
  • Meals
  • A welcome drink and a delicious natural breakfast
  • 2 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Drinks
  • Optional activities
  • Massage and spa
  • Transport from / to the lodge
  • Tax

How to get there

Driving directions from Quito (Guayasamin Tunnel to Cumbaya)

  • Follow the Cumbaya / Pifo direction.
  • Follow the Tena direction (on the right) after police control through Baeza, Cosanga, Archidona, and then Tena (Baeza - Tena: 80 kilometers / one hour and 45 minutes).
  • Go through Tena.
  • Pass the hospital.
  • Drive another four kilometers to Puerto Napo.
  • At the entrance of Puerto Napo, before the bridge, turn left on the Puerto Misahualli Road.
  • Drive 11 kilometers to the entrance of the lodge.

Note: There is only one road from Pifo to Baeza, passing through Pappallacta and Cuyuja (Quito - Baeza: 100 kilometers / one hour and 45 minutes). Please note that the Road on the Sumaco Mountain can be rough and require to drive slowly and safely.

Driving directions from Banos / Puyo

  • You arrive directly to the Puerto Napo bridge.
  • Cross the bridge.
  • Turn right in Puerto Napo.
  • Follow the Puerto Misahualli Road.
  • Drive 11 kilometers to the entrance of the lodge.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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