Jamu Lodge

Armadillos, Dolphins, and Snakes… Oh My!

Jamu means Armadillo in the indigenous language Siona.

The lodge is a privately owned lodge located in the incredible ecosystem of the Cuyabeno National Park. Here guests will enjoy different kinds of activities. The Jamu Lodge is located along the Cuyabeno River, 15 minutes downstream from the wonderful Laguna Grande. The lodge practices a policy of minimal environmental impact. It has no light connectors, but guest can use connectors in the social areas, where they can recharge all kinds of cameras, phones, tablets, etc. Solar panels are used as well to minimize the lodge’s footprint.

The Jamu Lodge is a new lodge offering in the Cuyabeno region of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. It has recently added Suites to its accommodation options for more high end and demanding guests. Its a great choice for venturing into the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest and is located in one of the best areas in the rainforest for wildlife spotting and activities.

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One of the highlights of the lodge is swimming at the Laguna Grande. This is a must and an activity that is not offered in higher-end lodges in the Yasuni area. You are in for a treat!

Lodge Activities:

Forest Trails

There are big chances for you to see a great variety of wildlife such as insects, birds, reptiles, and mammals. Some typical animals you may spot are; anacondas, spiders, giant armadillos, birds such as hoatzins, macaws, toucans, parakeets, parrots as well as monkeys, tapirs, ocelots, etc.

Canoe Riding

Explore the rivers and lakes on board a motorized or paddle-canoe! In the river, creeks, and lakes of the Amazon Rainforest, you will find hundreds of different aquatic animals such as fish, caimans, turtles, piranhas, and Amazon dolphins.

Birding

A plethora of bird species can be found in the Cuyabeno National Park, giving you the best bird watching experience, and an unforgettable adventure..

Siona community

Visits to the Siona Community include a cooking class where you will learn to make Casave a local dish made from yucca. Visit to the Shaman is also included.

Hikes

Our programs include easy and medium intensity walks and hikes in order to observe the wildlife and nature of the area; more difficult hikes and longer programs can be arranged.

Swimming

Swimming can take place in the Laguna Grande (Big Lake) close to the lodge.

Jamu Lodge – 3 days/2 nights *

*On the 3 day/2 night tour, you have two options for Day 2, the option taken will be determined by the guide, depending on the organization already in place.


Day 1: Arrival to Lodge / Getting Settled in 


Reception in Lago Agrio at 9:30 am for passengers arriving by land and 11:00 am (maximum time) for passengers arriving by air, from here you will take private transport to the entrance of Cuyabeno, where you will have a box lunch. At this point, visitors have to register at the booking office.

Here our naturalist guide will give you information about your program, important recommendations, and other tips to start navigating for two hours on the Cuyabeno River in route to the Jamu Lodge. During the canoe ride, you get a first glimpse of the jungle and you will see different types of birds such as the caciques, Oropendolas and the prehistoric bird Hoatzin. You may also be able to see a variety of monkeys and other jungle animals, depending on weather conditions. You will arrive at Jamu Lodge at around 4:30 pm. At that time you will be shown to your rooms and you can relax a bit. After a short naptime, you will leave the lodge to swim in the lagoon and take in a beautiful sunset in the middle of the large lagoon. Then you will return to the camp for dinner, and you can finish your first day in the jungle, relax in a hammock or have a drink at the bar.

Day 2: (2 options) 


Option 1: Rainforest Trek / Lagoon swim / Search for the Caiman at night

After breakfast, you will go for a trek to the primary rainforest for approximately 3 to 4 hours, where your guide will tell you all about the Rainforest and the medicinal plants that can be found within. You will also get to see giant trees like the Ceibo or small insects like ants. You will return to the camp for lunch and take a breather and in the afternoon you will go to observe beautiful butterflies and swim in the pristine lagoon. Here you will be able to observe the beautiful grazed dolphins and enjoy the impressive sunset. Then return to the camp for dinner. At night you will go for a night activity, focused on the search for caimans on the river banks.

Option 2: Community visit / Cooking class / Night trek

After breakfast, you will hop on a canoe and head downstream on a journey of about an hour to visit a family of the Tarapuy community.  We will be able to learn how to prepare cassava, a traditional yucca bread, where you will be involved in the elaboration. You will learn to use the materials of the jungle to make bread, this activity takes all-day; Returning to the Lodge at about two o’clock in the afternoon.  After lunch, you can partake in some relaxing activities at the lodge. At the end of the day, you will have a short walk through the primary forest, observing nocturnal insects, like spiders, geckos or scorpions and to listen to the jungle sounds of the night.

Day 3: Early morning Birdwatching / Departure from the Lodge 


Early in the morning before breakfast, a birdwatching excursion is optional. Returning to the lodge we have breakfast and then check out at 9:30 am. After check out, you will take a transfer to Lago Agrio to take your bus or return flight.

The tour ends in the city of Lago Agrio at approximately 3:00 pm.

Jamu Lodge – 4 days/3 nights


Day 1: Arrival to Lodge / Getting Settled in 


Reception in Lago Agrio at 9:30 am for passengers arriving by land and 11:00 am (maximum time) for passengers arriving by air, from here you will take private transport to the entrance of Cuyabeno, where you will have a box lunch. At this point, visitors have to register at the booking office.

Here our naturalist guide will give you information about your program, important recommendations, and other tips to start navigating for two hours on the Cuyabeno River in route to the Jamu Lodge. During the canoe ride, you get a first glimpse of the jungle and you will see different types of birds such as the caciques, Oropendolas and the prehistoric bird Hoatzin. You may also be able to see a variety of monkeys and other jungle animals, depending on weather conditions. You will arrive at Jamu Lodge at around 4:30 pm. At that time you will be shown to your rooms and you can relax a bit. After a short naptime, you will leave the lodge to swim in the lagoon and take in a beautiful sunset in the middle of the large lagoon. Then you will return to the camp for dinner, and you can finish your first day in the jungle, relax in a hammock or have a drink at the bar.

Day 2: Trek in the primary rainforest / Lagoon swim / Search for the Caiman at night


After breakfast, you will go for a trek to the primary rainforest for approximately 3 to 4 hours, where your guide will tell you all about the Rainforest and the medicinal plants that can be found within. You will also get to see giant trees like the Ceibo or small insects like ants. You will return to the camp for lunch and take a breather and in the afternoon you will go to observe beautiful butterflies and swim in the pristine lagoon. Here you will be able to observe the beautiful grazed dolphins and enjoy the impressive sunset. Then return to the camp for dinner. At night you will go for a night activity, focused on the search for caimans on the river banks.

Day 3: Community visit / Cooking class / Night trek


After breakfast, you will hop on a canoe and head downstream on a journey of about an hour to visit a family of the Tarapuy community.  We will be able to learn how to prepare cassava, a traditional yucca bread, where you will be involved in the elaboration. You will learn to use the materials of the jungle to make bread, this activity takes all-day; Returning to the Lodge at about two o’clock in the afternoon.  After lunch, you can partake in some relaxing activities at the lodge. At the end of the day, you will have a short walk through the primary forest, observing nocturnal insects, like spiders, geckos or scorpions and to listen to the jungle sounds of the night.

Day 4: Early morning Birdwatching / Departure from the Lodge 


Early in the morning before breakfast, a birdwatching excursion is optional. Returning to the lodge we have breakfast and then check out at 9:30 am. After check out, you will take a transfer to Lago Agrio to take your bus or return flight.

The tour ends in the city of Lago Agrio at approximately 3:00 pm.

Jamu Lodge – 5 days/4 nights


Day 1: Arrival to Lodge / Getting Settled in 


Reception in Lago Agrio at 9:30 am for passengers arriving by land and 11:00 am (maximum time) for passengers arriving by air, from here you will take private transport to the entrance of Cuyabeno, where you will have a box lunch. At this point, visitors have to register at the booking office.

Here our naturalist guide will give you information about your program, important recommendations, and other tips to start navigating for two hours on the Cuyabeno River in route to the Jamu Lodge. During the canoe ride, you get a first glimpse of the jungle and you will see different types of birds such as the caciques, Oropendolas and the prehistoric bird Hoatzin. You may also be able to see a variety of monkeys and other jungle animals, depending on weather conditions. You will arrive at Jamu Lodge at around 4:30 pm. At that time you will be shown to your rooms and you can relax a bit. After a short naptime, you will leave the lodge to swim in the lagoon and take in a beautiful sunset in the middle of the large lagoon. Then you will return to the camp for dinner, and you can finish your first day in the jungle, relax in a hammock or have a drink at the bar.

Day 2: Trek in the primary rainforest / Lagoon swim / Search for the Caiman at night


After breakfast, you will go for a trek to the primary rainforest for approximately 3 to 4 hours, where your guide will tell you all about the Rainforest and the medicinal plants that can be found within. You will also get to see giant trees like the Ceibo or small insects like ants. You will return to the camp for lunch and take a breather and in the afternoon you will go to observe beautiful butterflies and swim in the pristine lagoon. Here you will be able to observe the beautiful grazed dolphins and enjoy the impressive sunset. Then return to the camp for dinner. At night you will go for a night activity, focused on the search for caimans on the river banks.

Day 3: Community visit / Cooking class / Night trek


After breakfast, you will hop on a canoe and head downstream on a journey of about an hour to visit a family of the Tarapuy community.  We will be able to learn how to prepare cassava, a traditional yucca bread, where you will be involved in the elaboration. You will learn to use the materials of the jungle to make bread, this activity takes all-day; Returning to the Lodge at about two o’clock in the afternoon.  After lunch, you can partake in some relaxing activities at the lodge. At the end of the day, you will have a short walk through the primary forest, observing nocturnal insects, like spiders, geckos or scorpions and to listen to the jungle sounds of the night.

Day 4: “Keel” Native Canoe ride / Forest Trek


Today you will visit a surrounding area for birdwatching by means of a native canoe called “keel” and will be able to partake in another hike in the forest. Paddling gives you the best chance to spot more fauna and flora so you can get a good idea of what a flooded forest looks like. You can see a wide variety of different birds and monkeys. This activity takes approximately 4 – 5 hours, thus a box lunch will be served during this day-long activity.

Day 5: Early morning Birdwatching / Departure from the Lodge 


Early in the morning before breakfast, a birdwatching excursion is optional. Returning to the lodge we have breakfast and then check out at 9:30 am. After check out, you will take a transfer to Lago Agrio to take your bus or return flight.

The tour ends in the city of Lago Agrio at approximately 3:00 pm.

Standard Cabins:

Jamu Lodge Rates

3D/2N

4D/3N

5D/4N

Double/Matrimonial/Triple Cabin $ 260 p.p. $ 335 p.p. $ 405 p.p.
Single Cabin $ 390 p.p. $ 500 p.p. $ 610 p.p.

Premium Suites:

Jamu Lodge Rates

3D/4N

4D/3N

5D/4N

Double/Matrimonial/Triple Cabin $ 450 p.p. $ 650 p.p. $ 860 p.p.
Single Cabin $ 675 p.p. $ 975 p.p. $ 1290 p.p.

Suite Amenities:

  • Balcony
  • Living room area
  • Night lamps
  • Sofa
  • Private bathroom with shower and bathtub
  • Bathrobes
  • Bar
  • 1 Bottle of Mineral Water daily
  • Fruit bowl during stay
  • Breakfast and dinner in bed (optional)
  • USB connections to charge electronics
  • 60 m2 suite area
  • Capacity for up to 5 guests

Accommodation:

Jamu Lodge has 3 cabins and 2 towers; Built in a traditional, rustic style with elevated thatched roofs. Three of the cabins with 2 double rooms w/u (beds with mosquito nets), each with its own private baths and shower with hot water; Respectful of the environment. The 2 towers have 8 double and 2 triple rooms. In a two-story cabin, you will find our spacious dining room and hammock room. And the last cabin includes the kitchen area and the crew accommodation.

Cabin Configuration:

-Double room (2 people) 2 single beds. One private bathroom with hot water.

-Matrimonial room (2 people) 1 queen size bed. Private bathroom with hot water.

-Triple rooms (3 people) 3 single beds. Private bathroom with hot water.

-Family room (4 people) 1 queen size bed + 2 single beds in bunk beds.

Dining room

The heart of the Jamu lodge is its spacious dining room. They take pride in their ability to prepare and serve fresh food in such an isolated place. The lodge makes sure that the fresh and local ingredients, such as bananas and cassava are used as a base for their recipes so that you have the pleasure of eating and enjoying the freshest and tastiest meals. Their blend of Ecuadorian and international cuisine will delight your palate, but make sure you save room for dessert! Afterward, you can enjoy a cocktail in the bar or relax with a beer in the comfortable hammock lounge.

Included

  • Accommodation in the selected room. Complete feeding (the tour starts and ends whit the lunch on the Bridge of the Reserve)
  • SHARED TOUR:Excursions and activities according to the established itinerary and based on the number of nights booked. Certified bilingual guide (English, naturally Spanish)
  • Raincoats, lifejackets and rubber boots.
  • Transportation “Bus and Canoe” Lago Agrio – Jamu Lodge (Cuyabeno Reserve)– Lago Agrio Transfer in @ 9:30 am for passengers arriving by land.
  • Lago Agrio Transfer in @10:30 am for passengers arriving by air.
  • Transfer out @ 9:30 am
  • Any additional Transfer different to the regular schedule will have an extra cost.

Not included

  • Transportation Quito-Lago Agrio-Quito Entrance fee to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
  • Community contribution $10 per person.
  • Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day
  • All kind of additional drinks.
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

Access to Lodge:

Recommendations for your trip from the city of Quito to Lago Agrio and return:

Option 1:

Travel by public bus: (the night before the tour)

Departure: 23:30 pm from Terminal Quitumbe (Quito) The Transport Co. Name: TransEsmeraldas or Transportes Baños

Arrival: 7:00 am Bus Terminal Lago Agrio

Price: $ 13 USD per person (subject to changes)

Option 2:

Travel by public bus (the previous morning of the tour) You may leave Quito in the morning to get to Lago Agrio in the afternoon / evening, there you should overnight.

Estimated journey time: 7 hours approximately

For the return from Lago Agrio to Quito, there are buses that leave every hour, all day.

Option 3:

Travel by airplane:

Airline: Tame

Quito – Lago Agrio / Flight 201 / 10:00 am – 10:50 am

Lago Agrio – Quito /Flight 201 / 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The lodge recommends these flights since they are in line with their logistics and operation.

Important Information:

-Children between 0 to 3 years 100% discount applies.

-Children between 3 to 7 years 50% discount applies.

-Single supplement 50% in addition to the double room price.

-Tours start on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

-Tours start ALL DAYS with a minimum of 3 people.

-The tour ends in Lago Agrio at 15:00 pm approx.

-In groups of 15 persons applies one free for every 15 passengers.

-Tour leader and driver 25% discount on groups of 1-8 people. Multiple Shared Room.

-French, German translator service cost per day = $85.00 (4 days minimum)

-Everything about the tour, prices, activities, land and river transport, guides, etc., is shared and based on groups of 12 or 13 people maximum.

-In the case of requiring private tour services, these will have an additional cost per person or group

Disclaimer:

Itinerary: May be subject to changes due to weather conditions or National Park Directives. The guide may deviate from the published itinerary for any reason he/she deems advisable.

Tipping: Tipping to the staff is at the discretion of our guests. Tips for the guide are usually given in person.

Climate: In the Amazon region the climate is hot and humid with frequent rain showers. The drier months are from October to March. The temperature ranges from 19°C to 36°C throughout the year. Jamu Lodge is at 250 m above sea level.

Health: Immunizations are presently not required to visit this area of the Amazon jungle – it is advisable however to consult your doctor or physician before your trip. We recommend precautions against malaria and yellow fever. Strong insect repellent should be acquired before your arrival in the jungle

WHAT TO PACK:

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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The Jamu Lodge is located in the Cuyabeno National Park which is one of the most affordable and greatest ways to experience the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador!

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