A Taste of the Amazon Rainforest

  • Destination: Amazon, Central Amazon, Ecuador
  • Price from: $315
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Departs on: Depends on chosen lodge
  • Class: Tourist - First Class

The lodges near Tena in the Central Amazon are a great starting point if you’re looking for a short introduction to the Amazon rainforest without losing contact with civilization. It is the most tourist-friendly destination in the Ecuadorian rainforest, is easily reached and is a great destination if you like water activities due to its proximity to the River Arajuno and Napo River, a major tributary of the Amazon River.


Our Taste of the Amazon Rainforest package is great if you’re on a tight schedule. It is easily accessible by road (5 hours drive) and fits in perfectly for those wanting to do the Quito-Amazon-Baños loop before continuing on to southern Ecuador. It is also ideal if you’re seeking comfort, contact with civilization or a little wary of visiting areas deeper inside the rainforest. This area is also ideal if you like water sports and rafting.

This tour includes

· Accommodation
· Lodge facilities
· All meals
· Native Spanish-speaking guide
· Guided excursions mentioned in itinerary

This tour does not include

· Bilingual guides
· Transportation to and from the lodge (bus or private car service) e.g. $25 canoe transportation to Casa del Suizo
· Some entrance fees ($10 at Itamandi Lodge)
· Beverages (neither alcoholic nor non-alcoholic)
· Tips and gratuities
· Optional extras
· Personal expenses
· Any other service not mentioned herein

Made-to-Measure Travel

This itinerary is designed to give you an idea of the available options for travel in the Amazon. But keep in mind:

  • We can tailor this trip to suit your needs, tastes, time frame and budget
  • Every aspect of the itinerary can be modified, from the accommodation to the activities
  • Please read our Amazon Travel Guide for advice on planning the perfect trip

Sample itinerary (Cotococha Lodge)

Day 1 - Arrival
Afternoon arrival, realization, dinner, welcome drink around fireplace to discuss next day’s activities. Meals included: -/-/D
Day 2 - AmaZOOnico & Quichua family visit
Canoe ride down Napo River to Misahualli to check papers before continuing to Arajuno River to visit Animal Rescue Center AmaZOOnico. Picnic lunch on river shore. Take a swim or relax before heading back to the lodge, stopping on route to visit a Quichua family to learn about their culture and customs. Short hike followed by dinner and relaxation. Meals included: B/L/D
Day 3 - Hiking & Waterfall visit
Hike through secondary rainforest to reach Las Latas waterfall for a refreshing swim. Return to lodge for lunch. In the afternoon take a 3-hour jungle hike and find out about the local flora and fauna, and medicinal plants. Dinner and relaxation. Meals included: B/L/D
Day 4 - Departure
Departure after breakfast. Meals included: B/-/-

Packing tips

Please read the packing tips included in our Amazon travel guide for more information. Some lodges provide certain equipment as part of the price. Please check when you make your reservation.

Rates for 4-day Itineraries

We’ve included a selection of rates for four-day itineraries at some of our favorite lodges located near Tena (Central Amazon) to give you an idea of the variety on offer. While most offer similar activities, each lodge has it’s own itineraries available, facilities and they offer different levels of comfort and service. These are estimated rates which may alter. At some times of the year they also have special offers available. Contact one of our travel specialists to find out more.

Lodge Class Single ($) Double ($) National*
Single ($)
Double ($)
Kids (-12)
Casa del Suizo First $543 $435 $463 $352 -30%
Free for -3’s
Itamandi Tourist $470 $362 $470 $362 -25% (2-8)
Cotococha Tourist $410 $315 $410 $315 -50%

*National: Some lodges provide discounted prices for nationals. Anyone with an Ecuadorian Cédula is entitled to national rates. But keep in mind that nationals do need to pay Value Added Tax (V.A.T. 12%) which is added to the total price.
** Transport: Some lodges provide transport packages from Quito, but you can make your way to Tena (5 hours from Quito) independently either by bus or using private transportation. Please check when you make your booking.
*** Extra fee for bilingual guides: Itamandi $70 and Cotococha $77. Casa del Suizo does not offer bilingual guides.