Amazon Dolphin Lodge

Venture Deep into the Amazon Rainforest

Location

The Amazon Dolphin Lodge is located in the Pañacocha protected forest reserve, (56,000 has) and is central to a biological corridor linking Yasuni National Park and the Cuyabeno Wildlife Refuge.

Pañacocha is classified as a Humid Tropical Forest. Wildlife is in abundance everywhere in the reserve.

A short list of possible observations includes; Howler, Squirrel, Capuchin and night monkeys along with the Black-mantled Tamarin and Pigmy Marmosets, and of course the Amazon Pink River Dolphin.

Thanks to our central location in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, our professional local guides, our multilingual staff, and our motivation we offer a hands-on experience of the jungle.

We are able to achieve a wide range of possibilities to explore the plants, animals and cultural diversity of the area and provide the adventure that, without a doubt, you have been looking for.

Is a network of waterways that travel through the 56,000 hectares of primary rainforest, home to jaguars and ocelots, 9 species of monkeys, 500 species of birds and many more.

The Panacocha Reserve and the Amazon River Dolphin

Important as it is in its own right, Panacocha achieves added significance as the corridor connecting 2 much larger areas, to the south, it is bordered by the Yasuni National Park and World Biosphere Park which is 982,000 hectares and to the north by the 600,000 hectares of the Cuyabeno Biological Reserve.

Nestled inside the Protected Forest is the Panacocha Lagoon. It is here that you can see the Amazon River Dolphin swimming each day. Visitors can enjoy swimming in the lagoon as well as the magic of bird watching as they float along the edges in dugout canoes

Lodge Activities

  • piranha fishing;
  • night excursions
  • blow gun’s practice
  • Shamanic experience
  • excursions in the forest
  • races by pañayacu and Napo river
  • nocturnal navigation looking caimans
  • paddle canoes cruises around the lagoon
  • excursions by paddle canoe around the river
  • cruise the lagoon to observe the Amazon River Dolphin
  • cultural activities visiting an indigenous Quichua’s family
  • and more, much more …..

Amazon Dolphin Lodge – 4 days/3 nights


Day 1: Arrival to Lodge / El Coca- Amazon Dolphin Lodge


Arrival to El Coca by airplane from Quito. After the arrival, you take a boat through the Napo River to the Amazon Dolphin Lodge. During the trip, you will have a box lunch. Upon arrival, you will have dinner and then a night walk to spot insects, night rodents, and reptiles. You will also be able to listen to the fantastic night concert that the rainforest offers.


Day 2: Pañacocha


The day begins with a trip through the Pañacocha Lagoon on a canoe. You will be delighted with the amazing sounds coming from a variety of birds that exist in the rainforest will. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Trip on a canoe through the lagoon and walk through an exclusive path for the observation of islets formed by chontillas and anturios, in which the bird colonies nest. Lunch in the rainforest. In the afternoon you will go piranha fishing. Dinner and accommodation


Day 3: Pañacocha


After breakfast, you start a walk through the rainforest to observe medicinal plants used by the indigenous people that live in the surroundings. You will also have a chance to spot parrots, macaws, and toucans. During the afternoon the native guides will share their knowledge about the most used weapon in the Amazon Region, called Bodoquera or Cerbatana. After dinner you will make a brief night trip in little boats called piraguas through the waters of Pañacocha River.


Day 4:  Departure from the Lodge / Return to Quito


After breakfast, you return to El Coca to return to Quito or continue your trip elsewhere.

Amazon Dolphin Lodge Rates

Program

Rates per person

4 days / 3 nights $ 600
5 days / 4 nights $ 750

Accommodation and Facilities

  • 11 multiple huts (single, double, triple and quadruple accommodations) with private bathrooms and showers
  • All huts are built with typical materials of the zone
  • Water is provided the 24 hours in the bathrooms and showers
  • Electricity is provided through a generator from 18H00 to 22H00 (110 V.)
  • Each hut is equipped with beds (all beds with mosquito nets), closet, hammock
  • Each bathroom is equipped with a sink, shower, toilet, toilet paper, soap, and towel
  • A big hut is located in front of the lagoon where the passenger will find the restaurant, the bar and a comfortable place to rest
  • The kitchen staff offers healthy food with a large variety. If the passengers have vegetarian preferences, our staff is ready to offer vegetarian food
  • The lodge administration offers the passengers a security box to keep their values.
  • And of course, we offer you an unforgettable experience on the Amazon basin

Access to Lodge

  • The tour begins and finishes at the town of Coca.
  • There is a direct flight from Quito to Coca for approximately $290 rountrip – we can help with your flight reservation or provide information on which bus to catch.

Amazon Dolphin Lodge Packing List

Life in the jungle is very informal. You should bring along:

  • Comfortable and lightweight clothes
  • Long pants
  • Cotton shorts
  • Long-sleeved T-shirts
  • Sneakers
  • Sandals
  • Hat/cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Reading material
  • Digital camera, vintage camera or cellphone for your wonderful pics
  • Notepad or sketchbook for diary keeping or sketching
  • A great attitude to enjoy this amazing place!

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