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A glorious place to visit

Review of Liana Lodge
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed Aug 21, 2018
Liana Lodge offers a fantastic holiday experience

Arriving by canoe to the sound of birds calling gives a flying start

Good food

Comfortable beds in private cabins with a terrace, hammock and bathroom with warm showers - no electricity in rooms but WiFi and electric light in the large reception area
Helpful small touches like dry matches to light candles and a stock of wellies for tramping around the reserve

Staff are very capable and welcoming

The profits go to help run the sanctuary for indigenous animals which are offered shelter ( after poachers or as discarded pets etc)
The animals are kept in good conditions and if they can be rehabilitated they are released in the reserve
Worth visiting

Lying on the hammock listening to the warm bubbling cries of oropendola and other birds overhead is a treat

And listening to guides such as Juan recounting what leaves / plants can be used for - and identifying birds and frogs and insects is both humbling and awesome to a western educated mind

Highly recommended
Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed August 17, 2018

My wife and I stayed at Liana Lodge this summer and we still think about our experience every day! I can honestly say it's the most unique place, I've ever stayed. The staff are very relaxed and welcoming but everything is extremely efficient and professional. The lodge is excellent value. The cabins are clean, private and provided with candles for the evenings. We enjoyed relaxing in the hammock and listening to the jungle noises all around. On our first day, a troup of monkeys swung past our cabin. The trips are easy to organise when you arrive and we had our own guide over the 2 days who was a local Kichwa. We hiked through the jungle and felt privileged to learn how they use everything around them. We were genuinely sad and touched when we left on the canoe. I can think of no other place where my wife and I have felt that way. Amazing!

Date of stay: August 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed May 30, 2018 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights and enjoyed everything. The staff is very friendly and helpful, the food is great, and the tours offered were very well organized. If you are looking for a nice jungle experience, definitely book Liana lodge!

Date of stay: May 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Liana L, Leiter Front Office at Liana Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2018

Buenos dias,

thank you for your feedback and we hope to welcome you again soon.

Saludos cordiales,

Liana Lodge

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Reviewed March 15, 2018 via mobile

Liana Lodge is a beautifully build lodge nestled next to the river down stream about 75 minutes from Tena in the Ecuadorian rain forest. Leo the man in charge was very friendly and took good care of us. Our guide was Sooyou, he was great and worked very hard. All the other staff was friendly and made our stay comfortable.. The atmosphere was unmatched. The food was average and a bit on the salty side but eatable. Please be aware if you order a meal not included in your 2 or 3 day stay they will get you. We had lunch when we arrived a bit early to check in and they charged us $28 for two of us. I felt ripped off! I think I could have ordered lunch from Tena, had it delivered, (75 minutes) tipped the delivery man and got change back. I think $28 for 2 average lunches was a bit much. It did not spoil or experience but I would not go back. Bernie from California

Date of stay: March 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2018 via mobile

We had a wonderful time in the amazonian forest, but only because the amazonian forest itself, with its gorgeous scenery is absolutely incredible. We spent 2 full days there and had a great time thanks to the amazing local guides, especially Suyu, whose enthusiasm and sense of humour contributed to making our experience memorable.

That being said, the lodge itself is very disappointing. The sheets were all dirty. when we asked for new sheets it wasn’t given to us. Anything we needed, we had to ask twice, or more. Toilet paper wasn’t changed etc. The service was bad. The people at the reception (Leo and another girl) were cold and unpleasant.

As per the food, its good enough if you come with no expectation. However, we had been told that the food in the amazonian region was fabulous and it definitely wasn’t anything special. So, if you are looking for delicious food, you should look for it elsewhere. Also, if you have food restrictions, don’t expect to be accommodated. I told them early on i eat fish but no meat and yet many of my meals were rice, potatoes and salad.

To conclude, definitely do visit this part of the world!! This lodge is OK but its overrated

Date of stay: February 2018
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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René H, Manager at Liana Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2018

Thank you for your review.
Glad to hear that our local guide gave you a great time in the rainforest.
Our staff at the reception and kitchen tried everything to comply with your requests and countless wishes to resolve all the problems with our restaurant food and other issues during your stay. It looks like we did not have any success. When we make mistakes we really try to rectify it while our guests are in our lodge.

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Reviewed September 10, 2017

Staying at Liana Lodge is an amazing experience starting with the last leg of your journey there, which you have to take by boat. There are plenty of interesting activities on offer (look at the web page) that will teach you so many things about the jungle and the local people. Don't miss the night walk!
The rooms are located in wooden bungalows, are very big with private bathroom and warm shower, and include balconies to watch and listen to the jungle wildlife. There is no electricity in the rooms but you can use the sockets at the main building.
The main building offers a hotel bar to relax right at the river and from a view point you can watch various kinds of monkeys feeding on leaves and fruits.
Staff (both locals and foreign volunteers) are very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. There is always someone at the main building to answer your questions.

Date of stay: August 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Management response:Responded September 11, 2017


Thank you, we hope to see you again soon.

Saludos,
Liana Lodge and Team

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