Cotococha Amazon Lodge is located just 200 km (125 miles) southeast of Quito, making the Amazon accessible to you after only a scenic 5-hour drive from Ecuador's capital city. The area surrounding the lodge forms part of the Upper Amazon Basin, known as one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world and characterized by small indigenous Kichwa communities and abundant vegetation. All of this means that on this 3-day/2-night Amazon tour, you’ll have a convenient opportunity for experiencing authentic Amazonian culture and amazingly bio-diverse wildlife. Amazon adventure at its best!
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PM: Reaching the lodge in the afternoon after a long drive, you can relax for a while in your spacious bungalow built in a rustic native design and 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. Afterwards we will enjoy a special welcome drink, relaxing around the elegant fireplace to coordinate and discuss next day’s activities with the local guides. You will feel absolutely comfortable in this lovely peaceful setting filled with the nocturnal sounds of the Amazon jungle.
AM: After breakfast, we depart by canoe upriver for ten minutes, arriving at a small riverbank where we begin a fun and thrilling one hour walk, marveling at the secondary forest’s diverse flora and fauna. After a while, we’ll find ourselves at a breathtaking waterfall, “La Cascada de Latas,” where we will take a refreshing swim in its clear crystal waters and enjoy the surrounding views. Mixed with the jungle sounds, this will make for an unforgettable experience. We will return along the same route at have lunch at the lodge.
PM: After lunch we will put on our “wet gear” (rubber boots & rain poncho) to start an exciting walk in the rainforest, ready to find the secret wonders of the mysterious hidden jungle. Your expert native guide will explain in detail the characteristics of amazing plant species that possess medicinal properties and how these were used by the jungle’s inhabitants in earlier times. We’ll also observe a great variety of insects as well as small groups of monkeys racing through giant trees. Though we will need some luck to observe them, you will have to stay very quiet to admire these beautiful creatures. Dozens of curious colorful birds will likely tag along with us during our walk, whistling enchanted notes that delight our senses. After about three hours of walking, we will return to the lodge, where that evening we will have dinner and gather around the fireplace. That night you should have a good and peaceful sleep delighted by the sounds of the jungle.
AM: After breakfast, we will prepare for our return trip.
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