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Hakuna Matata Amazon Lodge
Reviewed 23 March 2012

If for whatever reason you can't make it deep into the Ecuadorian Amazon, Hakuna Matata is a great option because it is just a four hour drive from Quito and you are in the jungle on the edge of the Amazon. You won't see as much wildlife but you'll see birds and the hotel has a wonderful nursery of tiny poisonous frogs. It is close to a river so you hear the water from your room. The two times I've stayed at Hakuna Matata, the owners have been away but their wonderful Belgian friend, Ann, is there and very warm and friendly. Oh, and I've never been served a beer so cold as the one I had at Hakuna Matata.

Room Tip: I have stayed in the deluxe rooms and the wooden cabins. I much prefered the cabins. The deluxe room...
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 February 2012

Though food in Ecuador is generally pretty great, the food here was far beyond our expectations in terms of taste, presentation, and preparation. The lodge is probably the cleanest, safest, most comfortable way to experience the nearby jungle. We rode horses through a river, hiked through the jungle, found a group of squirrel monkeys, rode motorized canoes, went rafting, and were able to come back to a great meal and pleasant family atmosphere. We also spent half a day by the pool and relaxing in the hammocks.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

We stayed at this small resort in the Selva and we loved it. Great outdoor activities, great service, but overall d´great people!!!!

Room Tip: Higher floor
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank cporath
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Reviewed 11 December 2011

This lodge is a great way to see the jungle without "roughing it". The grounds are beautiful, rooms clean an comfortable, food excellent, and staff helpful and friendly.We stayed 2 nights and did the "jungle tour" one day which was good. Hiked on paths on the hotel ground the other day. It's an easy way to do a quick and safe trip to the jungle in Ecuador and is also a great value.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 August 2011

We stayed in Hakuna Matata in the beginning of August. We didn't know what to expect and were amazed at how beautiful the rooms were, and how nice the grounds were. We went on a hike and a jungle treck with Octavio (the most amazing guide ever). We saw wooly monkeys and spider monkeys up close, as well as toucans and all sorts of vegetation.
Food at the lodge is amazing and made fresh everyday. We loved the lodge so much we extended our stay by 1 extra night just so we could hang out by their pool!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 June 2011

Your fantasy place and mine, it is real and it is Hakuna Matata. I went there nearly by chance after reading reviews from TripAdvisor. It is impossible to describe and pictures just does not do it justice. To enter is to immerse in a sea of calmness and beauty. Gardens are superb, food is fantastic and outdoor activities are there if you want them. However, you can take a book and relax. But amazingly, in the middle of the jungle there is perfect cellphone coverage. Staff extremely friendly. One of my life's highlights.

  • Stayed: June 2011
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Reviewed 8 January 2011

We have stayed two days in the Hakuna Matata Lodge and had a wonderful time there.
The owners Rudy and Marcellina are very friendly.
The location of the lodge is beautiful; you can relax at the pool or at the river, or join one of the activities that are offered (horseback riding, guided hikes).
The food is excellent!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Katrin0712
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Address: Via Chaupi Shungo | Km 3.9, Archidona 150350, Ecuador
Region: Ecuador > Napo Province > Archidona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Archidona
Price Range: $178 - $271 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hakuna Matata Amazon Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A treasure between the Andes and the Amazon, Hakuna Matata Lodge is a unique spot for pleasure-lovers. In the heart of Ecuador, off the beaten tourist paths, you will find a place where nothing is obligatory, but everything is possible! From absolute relaxation to total adrenaline. At only 10 km from Tena, capital of the safe Napo Province, this private hacienda of approximately 150 ha is the perfect place to enjoy to the fullest a never-ending series of activities. Hakuna Matata lies on the shores of the crystal-clear river and has a unique palm tree shape swimming pool filled with spring water with an average temperature of 77°F/25° C. Our three types of accommodation, 'Hakuna Cabins', 'Hakuna Lodge' and 'Hakuna Supreme' offer you spacious rooms with private bathroom and hot shower. Excellent mattresses and a mosquito-free stay guarantee you the rest you deserve! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hosteria Hakuna Matata Hotel Archidona
Hakuna Matata Amazon Lodge Ecuador/Archidona

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