"The Sacred Valley of Cotundo - Huasquila Lodge!" Cotundo by Kindra
Cotundo Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 30 photos
I had the pleasure of spending 4 days and 3 nights at the Huasquila Lodge near Cotundo in the eastern province of Napo near the Sumaco Bioreserve. The lodge is set in the jungle and offers first-rate, personalized service, amazing food, an array of adventurous included activities that you get to choose from and comfortable Quichua-style huts in which to rest your body.
I couldn't afford the deep jungle experience at one of the other recommended lodges in the Ecuadorian Amazon region such as Yachana or Sacha (at $600-800 per person for 3-4 days plus flight costs and all the extras like drinks, which are all included at Huasquila). But Huasquila gives you the opportunity to explore primary and secondary forest and jungle, while at 800 metres above sea level (affording a comfortable warm climate that is cool at night).
I went with my brother and a friend for the 4 day, 3 night package. This regularly costs $200 per person all included though I decided to supplement that with a day of rafting on the Jatun Yaca River near Tena ($40 US per person) and 2 additional activities (1 on our day of arrival and 1 on our day of departure) for another $40 US. If you don't do the rafting, you can easily get a good idea of the activities in the area without having to pay for extra activities.
The lodge is located less than 5 hours from Quito. The lodge will happily arrange a private van shuttle for you though we decided to go more economical and took an early morning bus from Quito heading to Tena and got off in Cotundo. We were picked up by the Huasquila people and checking into our jungle lodge within 20 minutes. The bus ride was 4.5 hours and cost $5.
The activities: so many to choose so you will just have to read up on the "things to do" part to see what we partook in: you can visit a Wildlife Rescue Shelter, the famous Jumandy caves, go rafting, visit an Indigenous village, do a jungle walk, do an all-day hike to a crazy canyon, take cooking lessons etc.
- Pros:Inexpensive, beautiful, activities all included
- Cons:Having to leave?
- In a nutshell:An inexpensive jungle experience filled with adventure!
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