Hakuna Matata – The gate to the amazon
The HAKUNA MATATA Amazon Lodge is located in the Amazon rainforest at the foot of the Eastern Andes Mountains. It is found on the banks of the Inchillaqui River at an elevation of 600 to 850 meters over sea level, for which reason the area is free of tropical diseases. The lodge lies on a 120 hectare property at the edge of an untouched nature reserve, nestled in a charming tropical rainforest landscape. Mosquito repellent plants also guarantee an almost mosquito-free experience as well as pleasant sleeping temperatures. Hakuna Matata means “no worries”, and that is exactly what our customers should feel with us! If you are looking for peace, relaxation and a beautiful beach for bathing, you have come to the right place – according to our slogan “Experience the Luxury of Nature”.
A small paradise in the rainforest
The HAKUNA MATATA Amazon Lodge is a very neat lodge resort built in the traditional rainforest style using mainly wood and with roofs made out of palm tree leaves. The individual bungalows are situated unobtrusively and are naturally dispersed throughout the wide and lush garden with many palm trees and exotic plants nearby. Other attractions that will certainly please guests are the palm tree shaped pool, which is filled with fresh spring water, as well as the pool bar and terrace. Another lure is the white sandy beach next to the crystal clear Inchillaqui River which is great for cooling down after sunbathing or a long, hot hike. The lodge´s restaurant boasts daily culinary masterpieces that are creatively and affectionately prepared in order to contribute to an unforgettable stay at Hakuna Matata.
First-class rooms with jungle ambience
The HAKUNA MATATA Amazon Lodge offers 16 rooms which can be separated into three categories based on size and comfort:
- Cabañas (Bungalows)
- Supreme & Suite
No matter the category, all rooms promise sound sleep with comfortable mattresses and a mosquito free environment. Furthermore, all rooms are equipped with private bathrooms, hot water at any time of the day, a ceiling fan, and a balcony.
Feel-good lodge with excellent cuisine
The gourmet restaurant of the HAKUNA MATATA Amazon Lodge serves meals that change daily which are prepared preferentially out of local products, with vegetarian options. For dinner we serve delicious appetizers, exquisite main dishes like rib-eye steak, tasty desserts, and carefully chosen wines. Lunch at the Pangaea Restaurant is usually made up of a freshly cooked soup and salad with homemade wholemeal bread, pasta or tortillas. The rich breakfast spread is completed with homemade whole-wheat bread and jam, and a selection of fresh fruits. The lodge bar offers refreshments, freshly squeezed juices, cocktails, and beer.
Activities to suit everyone’s taste
The HAKUNA MATATA Amazon Lodge offers numerous activities like guided hikes and horseback riding excursions through the exotic wildlife of the 120 hectare private rainforest reserve, chocolate tours during which the production of chocolate is explained, or archaeological exploration of pre-Columbian petroglyphs. Apart from activities in the lodge, excursions into the surroundings of the lodge are also offered. There is the possibility to book excursions into the rainforest which normally contain the following activities: jungle hikes, animal and bird watching, visits to a local community, gold panning, and hikes to waterfalls and caves. Especially popular are the exciting rafting tours on the surrounding Anzu, Jatunyacu, Misahuallí and Hollín rivers: ranking rafting class 2 to 4+.
Hakuna Matata – a birding paradise
Ecuador is a paradise for bird lovers – the South American country is home to about 1600 bird species, which corresponds to 13 percent of bird species around the world. Ecuador also has over 140 different hummingbird species. The HAKUNA MATATA Amazon Lodge is a true paradise for ornithologists, as by now over 120 different bird species had been seen. The list is still incomplete and growing, as every time ornithologists visit the area, new bird species are found. Tanager birds, flycatchers, humming birds, toucans, orioles, cacique, woodpecker, vultures, parrots and common kingfishers can nearly always be seen. On request we can offer you personalized birding tours with a specialized guide. We are happy to advise you about the possibilities!