Hakuna Matata Lodge

It is the ideal place to fully enjoy the high jungle of the Amazon, Hakuna Matata lodge is located on the banks of the crystalline Inchillaqui River between 600 and 850 m above sea level, its name means “no problem” so they have called this beautiful lodge located in the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle, a small step into the unknown by many, delve into the diversity of the jungle, that meet cultures within a small paradise of Ecuador, a special place where nothing is mandatory, but everything is possible.

Hakuna Matata Lodge is ideal for a family getaway that includes traveling with kids, it is also a great way to enjoy your first visit to the Amazon rainforest if you are looking for exciting adventures or if you just want to relax in a hammock in their extensive tropical garden. In Hakuna Matata Jungle Tours Amazon, Ecuador you will find an idyllic environment, in tune with nature; this program offers a broad overview of Ecuador’s jungle basin.

Life Experiences

By taking this package you have the possibility to visit a local Amazonian market, share time with a Kichwa family, explore nature learn about plant life, and with luck spot several animal species or just relax surrounded by the lush tropical forest. Located in the foothills above Tena, the lodge is surrounded by primary and secondary forests and offers several hikes and cultural activities.

The Amazon is one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet, you will not be short of activities. We do recommend you give a go at White water rafting on one of the running rivers that descend from the Andes, there are possibilities for 2+ through 4+ levels, this is the highlight of our 4-day option. Relax by the pool in the form of palm trees, walk along on one of the many trails through the rain forest around the property, or enjoy a delicious meal in the hotel’s restaurant. Contact Us.

Tena, EC

Tour Plan

Day 01
Arrival – Free Time or Optional activities

It all depends on your arrival time, but we suggest you take advantage of one of our optional activities at the lodge (not included), some possibilities include: a walk into our 120 hectare private reserve, swimming in our spectacular spring water pool or dipping into the crystal clear Inchillaqui river. Guided activity options: Explore our reserve with a native guide who will point out the main medicinal plants of the Amazon, a horseback ride to explore the amazing tropical scenery or an artisan chocolate workshop (from the bean to the bar). Please let us know your preferences in advance, so we can book your prefered activity. In the evening, you will be able to enjoy a 3-course gourmet dinner.

Day 02
Classic Amazoonico Tour: Jungle walk - Visit animal rescue centre (Amazoonico) - Visit native community

After enjoying a hearty breakfast, we will drive to the put out point at the Napo river. Here we will board a traditional motorized dugout canoe, and we will navigate down river to the “Amazoonico” animal rescue center, here we will learn about this conservation project, and we will be able to have close viewed the local wildlife: monkeys, parrots, macaws, tapir, ocelots… We will also take part in a jungle walk that will lead us through both secondary and primary rainforest where we will learn about medicinal plants, the amazing flora, insects, and we will learn about the co-existence of native people and the rainforest and the importance of sustainability and conservation as well as the importance of the jungle for local cultures. At midday, we will enjoy a picnic lunch by the river, and we will be invited to visit a native family, and observe how Kichwa people try to live according to their ancestral traditions while adapting to modern day life. One of the standing traditions that we can still experience is the making of Chicha, we will learn the process and if we are adventurous enough we will get to taste this traditional drink. Our full day trip will end with a visit at the local market in the city of Tena, we will observe the generosity of the land with its people in myriads of exotic products and produce that come from the forest and the river, a truly colorful experience that will give us a deeper insight of our surroundings and the amazing Amazon basin as a whole. In the afternoon we return to our lodge where you can enjoy all the facilities. In the evening, we will be treated to a delicious three-course dinner at our restaurant.

Day 03
Jungle Rafting trip

We start the day with a delicious breakfast. We will then head to the put out spot at the Jacunyacu river, for a day full of fun and waves. This section of the Jatunyacu is a class 3/3+ and is considered easy to moderate, a perfect mix of adventure and fun. Our river journey will be made up of 25 km (aprox. 15.5 miles) of rapids, natural pools and the amazing Amazonia scenery. No experience is required, and the activities are suited for all ages, if you have not practiced white water sports before, this is the perfect opportunity to get started. Throughout our journey, we will find a peaceful spot to relax on the river banks and enjoy a picnic lunch. If you are traveling with smaller children or seniors, we can accommodate for their skills, we will choose a different river that is level 2 / 3 for a full day of family fun and safe for everyone. In the afternoon, we return to our lodge, where you can enjoy all the facilities. In the evening, we will be treated to a delicious three-course dinner at our restaurant. Note: The White Water Rafting excursion is only included in our 4-day program. No previous experience is required.

Day 04
Free Time - Optional activities at the Lodge - Departure

As our time at Hakuna Matata Amazon Lodge comes to its end, it is still possible to take a last dip in the pool or take part in an optional home style chocolate making workshop.

  • Lodging in the chosen room category (Cabins, Lodge, Supreme)
  • Local native Spanish-speaking guide for the day 2 tours (if you wish to hire an English-speaking guide, there is a $50 USD surcharge per group)
  • Roundtrip transfer from the lodge to the Napo river port for day 2 excursions
  • All activities listed in the program
  • All entrances to visitor sites listed in the program
  • All meals listed (from Dinner on your arrival day to Breakfast on your departure day)
  • Use of Lodge facilities, including swimming pool, private river beach, walking trails
  • Rubber Boots (available up to size 47 European, 13 USA, 31 Asia)
  • Taxes
  • Roundtrip transportation to the lodge from Quito or Baños
  • Private transportation, includes 2 hour stop at Papallacta
  • –> 1-3 guests: 120 USD per vehicle
  • –> 4-6 guests: 150 USD per vehicle
  • Private transportation, without stop at Papallacta
  • –> 1-3 guests: 90 USD per vehicle
  • –> 4-6 guests: 120 USD per vehicle
  • Public Bus. Approx. 6 – 8 USD per person, you need to add the taxi transfer from Archidona to the lodge, which is approx. $5 USD per taxi or from Tena to the lodge which is approx. $8 USD per taxi
  • Lunch at the lodge on arrival and departure days (15 USD per person, advance reservation is necessary)
  • Other expenses not mentioned and optional activities like
  • Entrance to Papallacta hot springs ($8 USD per person)
  • Guided to walk through our private reserve with a Spanish speaking native guide ($20 USD per group)
  • Guided horseback riding excursion through the jungle ($27 USD per person)
  • Artisan chocolate workshop ($20 USD per group)
  • Drinks and meals not mentioned
  • Personal expenses and tips

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