Itamandi Lodge offers sustainable travel and ecotourism in one of the most interesting places in the world: the Ecuadorian Rainforest. Just a 4-hour car and a short canoe ride away from Quito is the eco-friendly destination, which gives you the opportunity to plan an interesting jungle trip with luxury accommodation, always trying to foster to a sustainable development. Situated along the banks of the Arajuno River and car 45 min from Tena, there are lots of possible activities and excursions during your stay.
We start our trip to Itamandi EcoLodge at the Arajuno Bridge, where we will take a motorized canoe going upstream for 20 minutes to begin our great experience in the tropical forest. On this ride you can appreciate the magic and beauty of the Amazon rainforest driving along a zigzag river that flows in the jungle like a giant snake, considered the vein system of the Pacha Mama (mother Earth). Once we arrive at the dock area of Itamandi EcoLodge, the resident manager will greet you with a delicious welcome drink. From there we will continue to relax in the bar area with a snack and a short briefing will be held with general information about the lodge and activities, provided by one of the naturalist guides.
A flashlight and camera are the most important tools on the optional night excursion, which allows guests to hear the nocturnal sounds and to look for fishing bats, owls, some insects, tarantulas, toads and frogs, and possibly snakes. If the sky is clear, we might have the chance to do some stargazing.
Early in the morning we take a canoe ride for 15 minutes upstream to visit a parrot clay lick (Saladero) to appreciate a unique site where parrots and parakeets gather in order to obtain the minerals that will help them to digest the fruits or seeds they have consumed. Hundreds of parrots and parakeets will approach the treetops and later will come down to the clay bank to eat this soil rich in minerals. It is essential to have binoculars to enjoy it.
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Gulliver Expeditions is a tour operator that organizes Ecuador Tours to travelers that like to experience a mix of adventures such as Climbing Ecuador Volcanoes, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding as well as traveling along the deepest landscapes in the Ecuador Amazon Rainforest to the stunning sceneries of the Galapagos Islands.