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Kathy K
loomis ca

Nothing wrong with it, just “flat” experience

Review of Liana Lodge
3.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed Oct 7, 2019
Forty five minutes out of Tena, then a 10 minute boat ride out of Puerto Barantilla. Guest community area was lovely to look at, but no comfortable seating. Meals were good, tons of food if you are a hearty eater.
Cabins were rustic but had everything one needed.

Our issues had to do with the overall vibe of the place. Not really friendly or welcoming anytime during our stay. We are English speakers and none of the included activities had an English speaking guide. One member in our group spoke a tiny bit of Spanish and spent his time translating. Many of the activities were a bit repetitive. The area is not very remote and it takes a long time to get there from Quito.

Not sure I can recommend heartily.
Date of stay: September 2019
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Reviewed September 26, 2018

We stayed three nights at Liana Lodge at joined several of their tours. We always got the same guide assigned and Christian did a great job sharing his homeland with us. We visited the jungle, the local community and could try out several activities. Beside the tours we were embedded in the caring and helpful environment of the lodge with delicious food, supportive staff and a beautiful setting on the riverside.

Date of stay: August 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

Did not stay at liana lodge but at the nearby runa huasi which is less a lodge than some neat cabanas and communal area/hut where the meals are provided. Run by a friendly local family it provides the same activities as liana lodge at half the price. Plus more authentic athmosphere with tarantulas in the dining hall and giant grasshoppers on the river facing balcony. For reservations call jorge 0969277710 or 063062312. excellent value for money, highly recommended!

Date of stay: May 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed August 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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