Ecuador is an incredibly diverse place to vacation, but if you truly want to be one with nature, staying at an Amazon ecolodge should definitely be on your list. Rather than going to one of the tourist-y hotels that are often overbooked and over priced, stay directly in the nature you’re trying to enjoy with a fun ecolodge that puts you at the center of the enjoyment!
Yacuma is one such ecolodge in Ecuador, built in 1995 through a join initiative with the Kichwa Indigenous Community of Ecuahotel and Chontayacu.
What Is An Ecolodge?
An ecolodge is more than just a place to stay during your vacation. The accommodations themselves will surely be memorable and make for an enjoyable trip, but the real mesmerizing part of staying at an ecolodge is that they work to preserve the natural environment that they are situated in. They also work to improve the economy of the native community that hosts the ecolodge, and practice sustaining the local culture and heritage while raising awareness about local issues.
Staying at an ecolodge really gives you an immersive and well rounded experience. Places like Yacuma Ecolodge work tirelessly to support the local community through their work, while respecting the values of locals and providing hospitality to all travellers. An ecolodge is not only a way to directly connect with local culture and nature during your vacation, it’s also a way to sustainably support it so future generations can share the same enjoyment.
When you go to Ecuador, an ecolodge vacation means you’re going to be at the center of nature. While you can easily reach any shopping and hubs you’d like to see, if nature/culture/community is one of the driving interests behind your trip, an ecolodge is the ideal option for a real “local” experience.
Ecolodges like Yacuma have many different activities each day so you can endlessly enjoy your surroundings while exploring them with a native and experienced tour guide. They will take you down the river as you explore the jungle, or you can participate in their Yaku Spirit adventure and experience some of the local customs and traditions first hand as you participate in the day-to-day traditions, taste the local foods, and take part in unforgettable activities.
The one comparable part of staying at an ecolodge versus a local hotel is the price. You won’t pay that much more to stay at an ecolodge compared to a traditional hotel, but your experience will definitely be incredible. Most ecolodges will give rates based on multi-day stays, so you can choose how many people are in your group and then pick a 3-5 day stay at most ecolodges. Extended stays are possible, just a give them a call and ask! English speakers are on-site at every travelling resource in Ecuador.