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Yachana Lodge

Type of destination:

  • River / lake / wetland
  • Forest / rainforest
  • Indigenous community

Type of accommodation:

  • Bed & Breakfast


Rates: (in US dollars)

$101 – $150
See details about rates below.

Description

Yachana Lodge is a window to the reality of life and culture in Ecuador's Amazon region on the Napo River. The lodge sits on more than 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of land in the small community of Mondaña, located on the banks of the Napo River between Puerto Misahuallí and El Coca.

Yachana Lodge is dedicated to the preservation of the environment and local culture, and offers comfortable lodging while also raising awareness about the importance of authentic ecotourism/geotourism.

The lodge is not suitable for people in wheelchairs because of the need to hike and the presence of stairs.

Rooms

18 rooms and one dormitory for volunteers and students.

Amenities

  • Hot water
  • Internet connection
  • Laundry service
  • Private bathroom
  • Restaurant

Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Eco / nature / wildlife
  • Educational / research / volunteering
  • Guided tours
  • Visits to conservation projects
  • Walking / hiking

Making a Difference

Number of employees: 50

Percentage of local employees: 80%

Ecotourism is a vital activity for the people of the Amazon region and for the conservation of its rainforest. To ensure the sustainability of ecotourism in the region, an innovative model was developed that combines non-profit and for-profit organizational structures.

The Yachana Foundation formed two socially responsible companies, Yachana Lodge and Yachana Technology, to finance its work in alleviating poverty and disease and to achieve sustainable development through education.

Income from these two companies fund the Foundation's sustainable development and rainforest conservation projects, ensuring their long-term sustainability.

Yachana conserves a protected area of 4,448 acres (1,800 hectares) of primary forest, where groups of volunteers constantly conduct studies for the conservation of wildlife and plants in the area.

“Yachana” is a Kichwa word that means “a place for learning” and indeed, another of the Foundation’s most important projects is the Yachana Technical College, which offers practical education to about 100 students in five Amazonian provinces. Fields of study include ecotourism, sustainable agriculture, small business management, and conservation.

Yachana's strength and motivation comes from the local Mondaña community. Its residents offer us an opportunity to learn more about their culture and have become our main allies. For our part, we aim to help them by creating jobs, offering training in hotel and restaurant management, and guiding opportunities. Yachana also works with communities to improve education, develop community-based medical services, establish sustainable agricultural practices, and provide ecological alternatives that conserve the rainforest.

Yachana participates in the Pack for a Purpose program, where guests can bring school supplies, medical supplies, and other small items from home to donate to the local community. Guests simply drop off their donation at the hotel's front desk, and Yachana will deliver it for them.

Rates

$101 – $150

For more detailed information, please see the "Files" section below.

Getting There

Nearest international airport: Quito (UIO)

Nearest local/national airport: Coca (OCC)

Distance, by land, to the nearest airport: 37 miles.

Yachana Lodge can be reached from Coca year-round by riverboat (2.5 hour trip).

Additional Information

Awards or Recognitions

  • National Geographic - one of the "Best Hotels in Ecuador," 2011.
  • National Geographic Ashoka Changemakers Geotourism Challenge - Winner, Best Example of Geotourism in the World, 2008.
  • National Geographic Society - Grant recipient for the Yachana Amazon Culinary Center.
  • Condé Naste Skål Ecotourism Award for Education, 2007.
  • World Travel and Tourism Council - one of the three best examples of Ecotourism Investing in People in the World, 2006.
  • Condé Naste ALCAN Prize for Sustainability, 2004.
  • Condé Nast Traveler Magazine - Best Ecotourism Lodge in the World, 2004.

Additional Web sites

  • www.yachana.org.ec/yachana_foundation.php (available in English and Spanish). The Yachana Foundation website has detailed information about our social and conservation programs and natural resource management.

Files

Date This Information Was Provided

April 2012.

Photos courtesy of Yachana Lodge, Ecuador, for SustainableTrip.org.

Contact Information

Hugh Yarbrough
Development Director

Fundación Yachana / Turisyachana
Málaga N24-739 y Valladolid
Quito
Ecuador

Tel: +593/2-252-3777
Fax: +593/2-222-0362

www.yachana.com

Contact

Certification

Smart Voyager

Date: November, 2011

Making a Difference

Winner, Making a Difference Award

Winner,
May, 2009

 

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