Many consider the Shiripuno Lodge the “gateway to the Amazon Basin.” This lodge is located in the lowland level of the rainforest and is a great place to witness the true meaning of biodiversity. With more plant and animal species per acre than any other ecosystem on the planet, a trip to Shiripuno’s slice of the Amazon will take you on an adventure into one of the world’s most pristine environments.
While here, you can experience the staple Amazon activities, like bird watching, hiking, and visiting the local indigenous community. For the more nocturnal guests, Shiripuno offers some incredible nighttime activities as well, so that you can get to know the whole cast of interesting endemic creatures around the lodge.
As soon as you step into the lodge's natural sanctuary, they will take you out of the stressful outside world and into their peaceful rainforest environment. Because they don't use electricity in the rooms, all lighting is by candle, offering a gentle ambience. But don't worry, all rooms still have private bathrooms, and there are even hammocks that are perfect for an afternoon siesta.
The restaurant doesn't disappoint either. They serve three meals a day, drawing from the best and freshest Ecuadorian cuisine and international menus. This includes freshly baked bread, hand-squeezed juices, and of course, friendly service.
On your trip, you will have the chance to experience:
- Natural history hikes
- Bird watching
- Catch & release fishing
- Night walks
- Caiman searching
- Indigenous community visit
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- 4 day / 5 day programs operate with a minimum of 2 people.
- Transportation to / from Coca
- Meals as detailed
- Accommodations (Lodge or tents)
- Native bilingual guide
- Rubber boots
- Entrance fee to Huaorani Territory (US$20 per person)
- Rain poncho.
- Transportation Quito - Coca - Quito (Bus $20, Airplane $175 aprox.)
- Alcoholic Drinks.
Other budget lodges in the Amazon
If you're hoping to find a lodge on a tighter budget that still offers most of the amenities and comforts of Shiripuno, then think about Samona Lodge or Guango Lodge. These sanctuaries offer packages starting at much lower prices, and you'll still be able to enjoy most of the major perks that you'll at Shiripuno, like hiking or visiting an indigenous community.
Combine your trip with the Galapagos and/or the Sierra highlands
This is a great way to get a full value for your trip. It's no secret that a ticket to Ecuador can be expensive, so you should consider taking advantage of your time here and splitting it between your Amazon adventure and a few days in the Pacific paradise that is the Galapagos Islands. Or you can experience the colonial and indigenous history of this country in the high altitudes of Ecuador's Sierra highlands.