The Huaorani Ecolodge is situated in the northwestern part of the Huaorani's territory in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The Ecolodge is a joint venture between an Ecuadorian tour operator and a community of the Huaorani Tribe. The Huaorani were involved in the construction of the lodge and are the predominant employees.
The Ecolodge opened in August 2007 and accommodates up to 10 people in 5 palm thatched cabins each equipped with twin beds, an en-suite shower room stocked with biodegradable toiletries and a veranda with comfortable chairs. There is a dining area and a bar as well as the Casa de Hamacas, a hammock house on the edge of the Shiripuno River.
You can take part in many activities accompanied by a Huaorani and naturalist guide, such as rainforest hikes, night walks and dugout canoe trips. There are opportunities to get involved with the local Huaorani community, through dancing, face painting and other spontaneous activities. There is also an opportunity to learn about the secrets of survival in the rainforest with an experienced Huaorani hunter.
Open: All year.
Location: Huaorani Ecolodge is situated at the headwaters of the Amazon River. It is best reached by a light aircraft flight to Quehueri’ono, followed by a dugout canoe ride downstream along the Shiripuno River.
Rooms: There are 5 palm-thatched cabins accommodating a total maximum of 10 guests. Each cabin has a private bathroom with shower and flush toilet and supplied with soap and shampoo, a veranda with chairs and 24 hour electricity supplied by solar panels. Cabins are meshed to keep out insects. Drinking water is provided.
Activities: There are native Huaorani guides and local naturalist guides at the lodge who can take guests on nature walks, rainforest hikes and night walks. There are also opportunities for self-guided forest trails. Kayaking is another way to explore the jungle, and you can take trips on the river in a traditional dugout canoes. Interaction with the local Huaorani community is one of the main reasons to visit this lodge and there are opportunities to learn about their culture, customs and way of life.
Facilities: The central dining area is a traditional palm-thatched structure and includes a bar, serving beer, wine and soft drinks. There is a separate hammock house, for relaxation when not involved in activities away from the lodge. The ecolodge has a community shop which sells locally made handicrafts and souvenirs
Dining: Meals are taken communally.
Children: Huaorani Ecolodge welcomes children, but please check with us regarding minimum age.
Health:We recommend malaria prophylactics for the Amazon.
Communication:There is no internet access or phone. The sole means of communication is radio.
A multi award-winning part community-owned rainforest lodge. Illegal logging and oil extraction would be the alternative for this tribal community without this tourism initiative.
"No worse than expected, and all we needed. It would be a mistake to smarten this up too much as it would spoil the experience of feeling one was living with the Indians. Enhanced comfort and trying to be too touristy would be counter-productive to the whole ethos of retaining the Indian way of life, but making it accessible to interested outsiders."