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MOST INTERESTING AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE

The Cofán are among the oldest surviving indigenous cultures in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Since time immoral, we have lived in the forests where the Amazon Basin meets Andes and its volcanoes. The Cofán territory  includes rainforest, beautiful winding rivers, extended swamp forests, and the richest biodiversity found on earth. Part of the traditional territory of the Cofans is protected in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, where we live in the village of Zabalo.

 

For many years, we provided ecotourism services to different tour operators, without having our own facilities. However, recently we decided that we should have our own lodge and our own programs to host you, our visitor, in our beautiful Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, so you can enjoy our paradisiacal jungle right from our own village. So we built our Amazon Rainforest Lodge Ecuador, the Cofan Lodge.

 

Nothing feels better, than taking a nice shower in a clean bathroom after an exiting excursion through the tropical jungle. Sounds irrelevant to you? Just wait and experience how good it feels after your shower, to stroll into in our tidy, well-cared-for restaurant after a day's outdoors in the tropical rainforest. You will love the accommodations at the Cofan Lodge.

 

Our prices include lodging, all meals, drinks, transportation and lodging, but wait... We even offer greater prices as we give discounts for combined bookings of Cuyabeno + Galapagos!

 

 

Amenities of our Amazon Rainforest Lodge

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Cofan Lodge Restaurant.AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Traditional fire box in the restaurant of the Cofan Lodge.

Located on the shore of the Aguarico River, the Cofan Lodge is ideally located for 2 fantastic rivers: the Cuyabeno River and the Zabalo River

Being a Indian community lodge, our restaurant is totally built after the Cofan traditional housing style.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Cofan Lodge cabin.AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Zabalo vegetable garden.

Friendly cabins of the Cofan lodge.

Our traditional vegetable garden produces part of the food we serve.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Zabalo village.AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Typical Cofan home.

 

The homes in Zabalo Village are well-built so that we can live in decent and healthy conditions. Unlike most lodges at the Cuyabeno Lake, the Zabalo village has its own electricity plant, from which the Cofan Lodge draws its power. So you will be able to charge your electrical equipment.

 

Canapy Tower near the Rainforest Lodge, Ecuador

Not too far from the villages is the highest canopy observation tower from where one can observe the canopy of the untouched jungle.

 

Food and drinks

The Cofan Lodge programs include all meals, and fruit juices served with the meals. Our restaurant serves a mix of international cuisine and occasionally  a sample meal of traditional Cofan dishes. Meals include coffee, tea and bottled water, while additional drinks and beverages can be bought.

 

For those with more time, longer stays in Cuyabeno are possible and highly recommended, as you can explore the park at a more relaxed pace and get to know the jungle and swamps much better. A very popular program is the Ecuador Amazon Expedition to Cuyabeno. Customized programs can be developed for special theme groups interested in birds as well as other Amazon Jungle Animals and/or Amazon Rainforest Plants. Check our Cofan Lodge rates.

 

As a final observation, to us, as co-custodians of the Cuyabeno jungle, it is essential that you have time the time of your life. We hope you fall in love with the tropical rainforest, which is our ancestral home. By visiting Cuyabeno, you help conserving the rain forest. Your visit generates income to the Cofan and Siona Indians and it strengthens the local economy. Without ecotourism, there would be far less incentive for the government of Ecuador to protect their natural areas. Our motto is "Nature, use it or lose it" 

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Cofan members in traditional clothing.AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Port of Entry for a visit of the Amazon in Ecuador at Cuyabeno

Hosted by the Cofan Indians is a great privilege, which you can only enjoy in the Cofan Amazon Rainforest Lodge in Ecuador.

Traveling through the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve on our famous Cuyabeno Loop!

 

 

5 DAYS' CUYABENO LOOP

CUYABENO RIVER TOUR: A 200 KM Cuyabeno odyssey takes you on Lake Cuyabeno and the Aguarico and Zabano Rivers, while sleeping in a Cofan village as well as the famous Cuyabeno Lodge.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve with Cuyabeno Loop route.

The first 2,5 days are shared in the Cofan area of the Aguarico and Zábalo Rivers of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.  On  the third day, the Cuyabeno Loop continues to the Cuyabeno Lake region of the park, while the standard program remains in the Zábalo region.

 

Day 1

Our transport meets you in Lagoagrio to take you in about 1 hour 30 minutes to the the canoe landing location Nuevo Unión, on the Aguarico River.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Aguarico River landscape.AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Cofan tourist canoe.

Cuyabeno Loop route takes you on a 200km odyssey through the Western Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

The tourist canoe of the Cofan Lodge.

 

Upon arrival in Zábalo, you will be shown around in the village and taken to your cabins to freshen up and rest, as it has been a long day since your departure from Quito.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Cofan Lodge Restaurant.AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Cofan Lodge Cabin.

The restaurant of our Cofan Lodge.

One of the cabins of the Cofan Lodge.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Resting in hammocks at the Cuyabeno Lodge when visiting the Amazon in Ecuador.AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Zábalo village

Relaxing in one of the fun hammocks in our restaurant.

A view of our Zábalo village.

 

In the evening, you will be taken on a night excursion to discover the critters of the night.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Tree Frog of the Amazon Jungle seen on a night excursion when visiting the Amazon in Ecuador.AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Nocturnal amazon animal found on an Amazon visit in Ecuador

Tree frogs are everywhere, but it is a bit difficult to spot them. The moment you think you finally have one in your camera, they leap away to never be found again smiley. On a rare occasion, with lots of luck you may catch the green eyes of a wandering Ocelot Cat in the beam of your flash light.

 

Day 2

Early in the morning, we take on one of the few Ecuadorian black water rivers, where the clear water provides an ideal conditions for Giant Otters. Black water gets it color from decaying leaves fallen in the forested lowlands and swamps, while there are little or no sediments. There is also a vivid population of Scarlet Macaws as well as a great variety of tropical birds and monkeys.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Cuyabeno Lodge welcome sign welcoming you on your Ecuador Amazon visitAMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Black water of the Zabalo River mixes with white water of the Acuarico.

The Zabalo River is one of the few clear black water rivers in the Amazon of Ecuador.

The clear black water of the Zábalo river mixes with the sediment loaded water of the Aguarico River.

 

Day 3

The day starts out with a discovery of the Cofan ways. You will be taught how to use a blowgun, and get to see the traditional Cofan dresses.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Cuyabeno Entry station for Amazon Visitors in EcuadorAMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Children of visitors and of the village with the Cofan Shaman.

Learning how to shoot with a blowgun.

The shaman with some of the children of the village and of visitors.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Zábalo vegetable garden.AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Turtles in the turtle captive breeding coral.

The traditional Cofan vegetable garden produces a part of your food.

The Cofan turtle breeding program has restored the turtle population in the Zábalo River.

 

After breakfast, we take you to the mouth of the Cuyabeno River, where usually some river dolphins hang out. From there you will be taken to the Canopy tower, to have an impression of the natural canopy.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: The mouth of the Cuyabeno River.AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: The Cuyabeno Canopy Tower.

The Cuyabeno River Mouth is frequented by Amazon Dolphins

The highest canopy tower in Cuyabeno takes you all the way into the crown of a gigantic tree.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Canopy tower platform.AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: view from the canopy tower.

Admiring the view from the canopy tower platform.

The tree canopies are where the Amazon jungle has most of its species.

After the visit to the canopy tower, the programs split into:

  • Cofan standard program and the

  • Cuyabeno Loop

4 DAYS' STANDARD COFAN LODGE TOUR

The Cofan standard program will take you on a fabulous excursion into the Amazon jungle, after which it takes you back to the Cofan Lodge.

 

Day 4

On day four, the standard program takes you back on a ride on the Aguarico River, and from there back to Quito.

 

5 DAYS' CUYABENO LOOP CONTINUATION

The Cuyabeno loop continues its journey upstream to the Cuyabeno Lake, from where the program will be taken over by one of the lodges at the Cuyabeno Lake, of which the most famous is the Cuyabeno Lodge.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Port of Entry for a visit of the Amazon in Ecuador at CuyabenoAMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Macrolobium trees at Lake Cuyabeno.

Continuing the journey upstream the Cuyabeno River.

The Macrolobium trees at the border of the Cuyabeno lake are like giant Bonsai trees and full of epiphytes.

 

Upon arrival at the lodge, you can take a hot shower and rest up a bit and take a swim in the lake at sunset.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Swimming at the Cuyabeno Lake during your Amazon visit in EcuadorAMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Make great friends at the Cuyabeno Lodge when visiting the Amazon in Ecuador.

A swim at the lake is always wonderfully refreshing and a lot of fun.

Dinner in the restaurant of the Cuyabeno Lodge.

 

At night you can take an night excursion at the lake to look for the orange eyes of caymen and other nocturnal animals that hide in the Macrolobium swamps.

 

Day 4

After a well-deserved night's rest, you will explore the Cuyabeno Lake and its surrounding Macrolobium swamps.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Amazon Manatee at Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Amazon dolphin on an Amazon visit in Ecuador

Most of the time you will be able to spot a Amazon Dolphins (of course no we can never guarantee this) or maybe if you are very lucky, even a Manatee.

 

 

Blue and Yellow Macaws fly noisily across the Cuyabeno Lake, while Hoatzins whisper their hoarse sounds as they scope the Macrolobium trees for food. You may also hear the mysterious swelling sound of the Howler Monkeys or see a troop of squirrel monkeys bouncing through the treetops. In fact, 10 species of monkeys have been recorded in the reserve.

 

Bird and wildlife watching

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Amazon visitors enjoy orchid at Cuyabeno, EcuadorAMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Cactus flower at the Amazon in Ecuador.AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Amazon rainforest plants include the Orchids growing in Cuyabeno. AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Heliconia in the Amazon tropical Rainforest seen when visiting the Amazon in Ecuador.

AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Blue and Yellow macaws can be frequently seen when visiting the Amazon in Ecuador.AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Black Mantled Tamarins at Cuyabeno Lodge, your comfortable hotel when visiting the Amazon in Ecuador.

Blue and yellow Macaws are fairly common in Cuyabeno.

Black-Mantled Tamarins live in groups of up to 200.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]: Swamp trees, Macrolobiums, at Cuyabeno are frequently seen on Amazon visits in Ecuador.Epiphytes in the Amazon Jungle

 

Day 5

On day five, you will experience the feel of so many of our visitors: "It all went by too quickly". Maybe you will become one of our frequent visitors that keep coming back for a special program of one or two weeks. Anyway, you will have to leave in the morning to get back on time to catch the plane or  bus in Lagoagrio. You will ride the canoe up the Cuyabeno River to the main entrance of the park, the "Cuyabeno Bridge", where your transport will be waiting for you to bring you to the airport or to the bus station to take you on your trip back to Quito.

 

2023 COFAN LODGE / CUYABENO LODGE / PARKS AND TRIBES PRICES

PARKS AND TRIBES AMAZON PROGRAMS

WHAT's INCLUDED?       HOW TO GET TO THE AMAZON?

COFAN LODGE PROGRAMS

COFAN LODGE STANDARD PROGRAM

DURATION STAY

Prices per person in US$

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

$ 499

Prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers.

 

CUYABENO DAY TRIP NEW!

DURATION STAY

Prices in US$

1 DAY

$ 99

Discounts for families with children

NAPO RIVER CRUISE NEW!

DURATION STAY

Prices per person in US$

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

$ 450

LAGARTOCOCHE EXPEDITION NEW!

DURATION STAY

Prices per person in US$

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

$ 450

Departure from Nuevo Rocafuerte at the border with Peru. There is a daily rapid public boat services between Coca and Nuevo Rocafuerte for about $50 (not included).

 

Prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers.

 

CUYABENO LOOP

DURATION STAY

Prices per person in US$

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

 

Standard room at the Cuyabeno Lodge part (nights 3 &4)

$ 799

Standard room in the Cofan Lodge (nights 1 & 2) and Deluxe room at the Cuyabeno Lodge (nights 3 & 4)

$ 899

Prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers.

 

CUYABENO LODGE PROGRAMS

CUYABENO LODGE STANDARD PROGRAM

DURATION

Prices per person in US$

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

 

Standard room (17 m2, private bathroom, shared balcony)

$ 280

Standard room Plus (±20 m2, private bathroom, shared balcony)

$ 350

Deluxe room (25m2, private bathroom, private balcony in the tower)

$ 370

Suite (36m2, private bathroom, private balcony)

$ 390

 

 

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

 

Shared budget room (Dormitory shared among 4 people, shared bathrooms)

$ 280

Standard room (17 m2, private bathroom, shared balcony)

$ 390

Standard room Plus (±20 m2, private bathroom, shared balcony)

$ 430

Deluxe room (25m2, private bathroom, private balcony in the tower)

$ 480

Suite (36m2, private bathroom, private balcony)

$ 510

 

CUYABENO ADVENTURE

 

DURATION

Prices per person in US$

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

 

Shared budget room (Dormitory shared among 4 people, shared bathrooms)

$ 340

Standard room (17 m2, private bathroom, shared balcony)

$ 420

Standard room Plus (±20 m2, private bathroom, shared balcony)

$ 535

Deluxe room (25m2, private bathroom, private balcony in the tower)

$ 595

Suite (36m2, private bathroom, private balcony)

$ 635

Single occupancy surcharge (for the entire trip)

$ 100

Individual bookings are WELCOME

 

QUITO - LAGOAGRIO

(or visa versa)

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION

 

Prices in US$

One way per party price from or to Quito. Group Price for parties of 2 - 7 to the park entrance (minivan) who share the costs.

$ 300

One way Coca to Park entrance per taxi (Japanes size). Minimum 2 maximum 4 A 6 persons minivan is also available.Luggage capacity for carry-ons only.

$ 120 / $150

 

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR PROGRAM

DURATION STAY

Prices in US$

OPTION A: Complete national Parks Tour (10 days). From

$ 1399

OPTION B: After Machalilla return to Quito (6 days). From

$ 999

OPTION C: After Machalilla return to Quito (6 days) via Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve (7 days). From

$ 1099

OPTION D: Start and finish in Guayaquil (5 days). From

$999

OPTION E: Start in Cuenca and Finish in Guayaquil (5 days). From

$ 999

Prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers.

 

LIMA CUSCO MACHU PICCHU

DURATION STAY

Prices in US$

6 or 7 days (subject to flight itineraries). From

$ 1199

Prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE, ECUADOR [COFAN LODGE]

COFAN LODGE AND PARKS & TRIBES Joined office:

Street: Calle Las Casas, Side street: Jose Coudrin, 2 blocks above the Occidental Highway

Cantón Quito, Prov. Pichincha, Parroquia Belisario Quevedo

Tel: (++593)(02) 2 2324 4086, Cell phone: (++593) (0) 99 283 2187 Whatsapp: (++)1 304 901 0718

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