Liana Lodge

Liana Lodge

Puerto Barantilla Selva Viva, Ahuano, Tena 150150 Ecuador
Liana Lodge - Rio Napo
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Non-smoking rooms
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Puerto Barantilla Selva Viva, Ahuano, Tena 150150 Ecuador
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Stacey V wrote a review Jun 2015
Lima, Peru96 contributions32 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stay at a rustic yet comfortable lodge in the heart of the Amazon for a real jungle experience! The lodge has a restaurant with a good menu & also offers numerous tours, including a tour of the animal rescue center (Amazoonico) that is run through the same organization (Selva Viva). The entire project is very sustainable & supports the local Quechua tribe across the river. A truly wonderful stay!
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Date of stay: April 2015
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Responded Sep 5, 2016
Thank you for your positive feedback, we're happy you appreciate the values and concept of the Selva Viva project. We hope you will come back one day! Kind regards, the Liana Lodge team
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Gizmodium_22 wrote a review Apr 2015
Vienna, Austria77 contributions42 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for two nights as part of a round trip. If you have looked at the other reviews you will know what to expect: no electricity but you can charge your batteries at the reception. The huts are very basic but you have warm water (I was pleasantly surprised because I had expected it to be cold) - and you go there for the experience, not the comfort anyways. When we were there (and as far as I understood for some months now) a group of squirrel monkeys passed through every morning and evening and it was quite a sight - at least for a city dweller like myself.
Food and drinks were good and the staff and volunteers were simply amazing - we were feeling a bit under the weather and they really went out of their way to provide tea, as well as medication from their own supply.
The only downside: each hut joins two rooms, so you could end up with unpleasant or noisy neighbours - ours were a couple of heavy smokers who coughed quite disgustingly all through the night.
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Date of stay: February 2015
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Responded Sep 5, 2016
Thank you for sharing your impressions with us, we're glad you had a good time in the Liana Lodge. Regarding your feedback, we will pay more attention to the rooming in the future. Kind regards, Liana Lodge Team
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sterex wrote a review Mar 2015
Zurich, Switzerland33 contributions64 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent 3 days at the Liana Lodge enjoying the activities. I definitely recommend Ceibo and the night walk where you can see spiders and other small scaring :-) animals. I would not focus a daily program on Amazoonico which is interesting, but considering the proximity to the lodge you can do it every time. I do not recommend to do the Pacaro tour we did separately and were charged I think $18 each which in my view is not value for money.

Regarding the lodge.
Food is good but not so great like I've read in other reviews.
The rooms are nice, small and very simple which doesn't constitute a problem. What is not good is that there is no complete separation with the other room and this can create some inconveniences for instance if on the other side there are great snorers...

Overall good, the poor rating due to the fact that the room may become very uncomfortable missing a complete separation with other guests.
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Date of stay: August 2014
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Responded Sep 5, 2016
Thank you for the feedback. We're sorry you had a bad sleeping experience and we'll pay more attention to the guest distribution in the cabañas. Yet we hope that you enjoyed your stay in the Liana Lodge. Kind regards, Liana Lodge Team
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Jolyon67 wrote a review May 2014
Melbourne, Australia5,679 contributions1,814 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Liana Lodge is such a brilliant jungle hideaway. Lets ignore the fact it sits on the Rio Napo and not the Amazon itself. The logde has made excellent use of local materials. The reception area where an introductory talk is given, has carved benches with faces on, a nice warm fire and a small library stocked with books about the Amazon. A little bar sticks out overlooking the river. Stepping stones disappear into the jungle where you accommodation is in individual cabins. They are stilted cabins, no electricity, decent shower, mosquito net and best of all one very large balcony with hammock. There is a very family feel about the place and it was nice to be joined by the resident cats while swinging on the hammock listening to the rain. Bring a torch, you will need it to find you way back to you cabin after meals. There is electricity available in the kitchens, and reception if you need to charge your camera up. You are provided with boots during your stay, it can get muddy on walks.
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Date of stay: December 2013
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Kevin M wrote a review May 2014
Ridgway, Colorado63 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
First some words from my wife - Amazoonica is a wild animal rehab center for recovered attempted smuggled animals or injured animals. The Liana Lodge is staffed by mostly German volunteers with local paid staff. It was started by a woman (Swiss or German) who married a quecha indiginous man and set up the lodge and rehab center to preserve piece of the rainforest.

We had a lovely screened, thatched roof cabin with bathroom and front porch hammock. It rained like crazy both nights so the river was too high for tubing, but we did enjoy slogging through the forest in our Wellington boots.

I still got insect bites, but so many fewer than 18 years ago. No tarantellas in the roof, no mosquito nets and no need to take malaria pills. To see the "real" jungle now, one must go east from Coca, but I enjoyed this visit very much.

And now my comments - Liana Lodge and the Amazon were both great. We started out of Tena in the wrong direction, giving a group of road maintenance workers a great laugh about 10 km west of Tena when we needed to be going south. Got to the parking lot for the canoe at least 1/2 hour late, but they patiently waited for us. All of the staff at the lodge and at AmaZOOnica were wonderful, especially after they got a call from the owner of the car park saying I had left the car lights on. It was getting dark, but the bartender and I hopped in the canoe, rushed back to the park, and the car still started right up. The canoe ride back to the lodge was in darkness, but we made it safely. The next day Josepha and Saul gave us two tours that will never be forgotten. I even hit the wooden owl with the blow gun from about thirty feet. And Rene and Louisa were a huge help with all arrangements. The kitchen staff prepared wonderful meals for us three times a day. And because it is the off-season, there was only one other couple the first night and just us the second night. Our stay could not have been better.
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Date of stay: May 2014
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GoOSUCowboys wrote a review Apr 2014
Stillwater, Oklahoma180 contributions142 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
If you studied the reviews you see that one French couple did not care for Liana. The guy is not just a sorehead. He is exactly right about the accommodations. So, if you know you cannot be happy without air conditioning, electricity and hot water at the lavatory you really should stay in town somewhere.

Liana is intentionally copied after the construction style favored by the real inhabitants of the jungle along the Napo (this is not really the Amazon. It starts down in Peru somewhere) All they have done, essentially, is modify the style for scale and add a bathroom so paying guests will accept it. The cabanas are intentionally rustic with no electricity at all. You are in a much fancier place than the locals live in, but close enough that you get it.

Be aware that the units are large cabanas well separated from one another, but with two "rooms" in each cabana. That means that if your party is not occupying both rooms there will be strangers next to you in a unit that has an open ceiling with nothing but a screen separating you from them. Yes, you will hear if your neighbor snores.

Liana does have a small bar and their meals are ample and competent. Even with a large crowd on the property you will be impressed how well they deal with feeding them all. I hope you were not counting on room service. This is a do-it-yourself kind of place.

The real point of being at Liana is not the accommodations, of course. It is the jungle. The only way in is via boat, so you are limited to hiking the few trails, which are most interesting, and taking Liana's boat wherever you need to go.

One of the attractions offered is a visit to the home of a family that lives directly across the river from the lodge. You think it is going to be a cheesy visit to some pseudo-Indan or something, but that is not it. You will see exactly the kind of cottage on stilts everyone along the river has, and they will show you how they prepare the kind of meals all the locals eat. While there be sure to hike the trails on their island. It is well worth the walk.

They will make sure you see the animal rescue operation just upriver from the lodge. Do go, but be prepared for a place that does not show much financial backing. It is surely a better place than the animals would otherwise have, but that is about the best you can say. It is just sad for the animals that they have to be there.

A word of caution. Liana entertains rather a lot of groups of students, who do not know the definition of "quiet". They are not a problem otherwise, but earplugs may be a good investment for you.
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Date of stay: April 2014
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Responded Sep 4, 2016
Thank you for your comment, we're glad you liked the experience in our Lodge. We hope you understand that the animals which "have to" live in AmaZOOnico, are just the ones that can not be liberated anymore for several reasons. Yet we try to create the best living conditions possible in captivity. Kind regards, your Liana Lodge and AmaZOOnico Team
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Simba-Espana wrote a review Aug 2013
Bad Vilbel, Germany22 contributions15 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
we spent 2 nights at Líana Lodge and felt quite well. You can go into the kitchen and looking how they are preparing the delicious food. You eat with candle light everything is organized. You can sit on a veranda at the shore of the river watching the wild monkeys. The tours were interesting and also made fun for our 10 years old daughter. You can let your car at the "harbour" for the days and the lodge will pick you up there by boat.
The doble-cabins are nice, no electricity - but that´s jungle.Only 2 things have to become better: You hear everything of your cabin neighbour and for a three persons room there is only one chair at the veranda. But after all: We really enjoied our stay.
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Date of stay: July 2013
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Jane S wrote a review Aug 2013
Inverness, United Kingdom58 contributions54 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
An amazing rainforest experience. Super boat trip to get to it. Wonderful central reception, dining area and 'semi detached' lodges. We were in 2:1 with 2 twin beds and a reasonable bathroom with shower. No electricity in the rooms so we had candles and one in the bathroom. Shared balcony with hammock.
Breakfasts were good consisting of breads, jams, fruit, juice and eggs.
Dinners and lunches were 3 course and always good although after 2 days I was a bit fed up of rice as a veggie.
Lots to do in the area although we were on a fixed tour we did a night time walk, day time walk, tubing and swimming in the river, visit to a local community, the nearby animal rescue centre and had a visit by a shaman.
We would go back. Downsides were the water wasn't always hot, interconnecting rooms with an open roof between them meant you could hear your neighbours. But these are nothing compared to the upsides
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Date of stay: August 2013
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Saverio1903 wrote a review Jul 2013
Berkeley, California17 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family of four stayed in this lodge for two nights and we wished we would have had more time there. It is a unique place to stay, rustic and beautifully built in the Amazon jungle. We stayed in adjoining twin bed rooms of the same hut, sharing a back porch from which one morning we were delighted to see monkeys running through the trees about 50 meters away. There is no electricity in the huts, but candlelight was a wonderful substitute. Each room had great hot water showers provided by an on-demand water heater.

Dining is in the main lodge area, which is also a beautifully built structure above the river. Meals were healthy and excellent. You can relax around a fire in the same area well into the evening.

The friendly staff while we were there was a mix of international folks and local indigenous people. The special aspect of this lodge, in addition to the peaceful, beautiful location, is the offering of activities during the day that is a part of staying there. Over the course of our two days there, we were guided by a local indigenous man on two separate hikes in the area. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable in the flora and fauna of the area, showing us not only local plants but also ways they were used, and offering samples of fruit we had never seen before. He also took us on a tour of the local animal rescue center, located nearby. One evening we had a bird-watching tour downriver on their motorized canoe. There are other activities available there, if you have more time to stay.

Liana Lodge is a very special place to stay and we can most highly recommend it!
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Date of stay: June 2013
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2-4-T wrote a review Apr 2013
Ontario, Canada863 contributions434 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you are looking for luxury, you've got the wrong place. If you are drawn to an authentic experience and an escape to a lost world, you've found it. Even though the high-humidity kills me, I rank it as a must-do. You won't get here by road, you take a motorized canoe to the beautiful thatched-roof lodge, hidden on the Napo shores by the soaring trees of Amazonia. The main building has a large dining room where you eat all meals ... including lantern-lit dinners. The tables are stunning slices of trees and the meals are ample and tasty. The lounge holds beautiful ceremonial wood-carved furniture and an open fire box of indigenous design which provides light but also keeps the bugs away (ask them their secret!). There is also a bar in it's own section which has seating overlooking the river.

The cabins are away from the main building following a walking path. Each building holds 2 high-roofed, no-electricity cabins with private baths, and candles ready to go. The cabins have twin beds, wood floors and are basic but comfortable. There is a hammock on the porch of each one. There are no mosquito nets (I brought my own) and you should be careful to not let bugs into your room. (Bring a flashlight or headlamp and good bug spray - there's malaria in the region.) The walls of the cabins are curtained mesh... so the sounds, breezes, rains and thunder of the rainforest are right there. This is magical. I was in cabin 5-2 - we had a fab thunderstorm and a nearby lightning strike and in the morning a whole troup (about 20) of spider monkeys traveled past our cabin in the treetops and even on the wires. Great sight!

We took nature, culture and discovery tours with Saul - he was so patient and willing to teach us. Translation was needed by our English guide. Many thanks, Saul. We also went to amaZOOnico to see the rescued animals... amazing. Best buy - locally-made authentic blow dart gun from their bar/store.

FYI: http://www.lianalodge.ec
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Date of stay: April 2013
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Victoria C asked a question Jul 2018
Boston, Massachusetts9 contributions1 helpful vote
Hello! Is the confirmation for my booking just the one email? Seems too easy to be true!
Answer from yaelwolf
Montreal, Canada6 contributions1 helpful vote
Yes it was an email confirmation for me too.
WorldTourPrincess asked a question Mar 2018
Auburn, Massachusetts69 contributions39 helpful votes
How many guests can your lodge accommodate?
Answer from Liana L
Estiamadas, our Lodge can hold up to 43 guests, with one queen size and one single bed in each cabana. Since there are a lot of single room reservations, we usually have around 10 - 25 guests at a time. Saludos cordiales Leo
carter b wrote a tip Feb 2024
2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Not for people who expect civilization to follow them into the jungle."
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Kiwibackpacker wrote a tip Aug 2023
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring a flashlight to walk at night and follow the instructions of the staff and guides at all times. "
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jam2602 wrote a tip Jun 2023
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Pay before arrival or have the cash Take a headlamp as rooms have no electricity"
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David W wrote a tip Feb 2017
Ottawa, Canada185 contributions85 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"As close as possible to the main lodge for anybody with mobility issues"
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Toemaarjongens wrote a tip May 2016
Amsterdam, The Netherlands160 contributions98 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a lodge without neigbours"
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