About Yarina Lodge
The rainforest is a beautiful but fragile ecosystem in our world, and we all have to play a part in protecting it against deforestation and contamination. Yarina Lodge was founded on this principle, and they share this passion for conservation with all of their guests. As part of the Yuturi Conservation Group, guides strive to teach visitors the importance of the rainforest, and since their inauguration more than a decade ago, they have also become one of Ecuador's best Amazon animal rescue centers.
While you're here, you will enjoy a variety of exciting activities that let you learn about this virgin jungle in the most hands-on way. In addition to participating in responsible tourism, you will have a chance to do truly unique activities, like using a blowgun, having a shamanic experience, and racing down the Manduro and Napo Rivers. Of course, there's a lot of other exciting activities too:
- Bird watching
- Fishing for piranhas
- Night hikes & canoeing
- Forest hikes
- Visiting an indigenous community
- Looking for caimans
- Visiting the Arcadia Rescue Center
The expansive lodge has 20 separate huts with accommodations for singles, doubles, triples, or even quadruples. In the rooms, you will find beds with mosquito nets, full private bathrooms with hot running water and showers, and scheduled electricity to help charge your cameras and other equipment.
There is also a riverfront cabin that hosts the restaurant, bar, and lounge. Here, you can enjoy a diverse menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The dining room staff can also accommodate a vegetarian option.
Prices are subject to change without prior notice.
|Number of days||Accommodation|
|2 days / 1 nights||US$240|
|3 days / 2 nights||US$370|
|4 days / 3 nights||US$460|
|5 days / 4 nights||US$550|
** Airfare and entrance fee subject to increase without previous notice.
** Single Supplement 50%
- A native, naturalist bilingual guide
- Three daily meals
- Programs & excursions
- Drinking water for all the meals and on the hikes
- Rubber boots (up to size 43)
- Transportation Coca - Yarina - Coca;
- Accommodation in multiples cabins
- Transportation Quito - Coca - Quito
- Rain coat, flashlight, hiking boots (size 43+)
- Any other jungle equipment you need
- Personal expenses
- Alcoholic beverages
- Extra food
Alternate options to Yarina Lodge
If you like the accommodation options and programs at Yarina, then Samona Lodge and Shiripuno Lodge are other good options. With an emphasis on the natural part of the Amazon experience, these lodges will offer you a chance to enjoy the rainforest via day and night hikes on the trails, and even river explorations where you can fish for piranhas or try to spot the spooky caimans that patrol these waters. Shiripuno has similar low-energy use policies that help keep the environmental impact of this hotel to a minimum.
Consider adding a trip to the Andes and/or the Galapagos Islands
Once you've witnessed the stunning beauty of Ecuador's rainforest, you will surely want to see more. And since Yarina is a budget lodge, you will be able to save enough money to take advantage of a few extra days in this country. A short bus ride will take you from the jungle valleys into the cloud forests that stand guard over Ecuador in the highland region. These volcanic peaks hold secrets of ancient empires and the country's colonial past.
If you're willing to go a bit further, a plane ride will land you in the heart of the Galapagos Islands, where lucky explorers can snorkel with sea lions, witness giant colonies of marine iguanas, and see some of the most unique endemic creatures on the planet.