Yachana Lodge's contributions to conservation and education are at once extraordinary and subtle. They range from preparing the next generation of environmental stewards to protecting enormous swaths of rainforest. They include serving our own organic, farm-raised meals to sustainable solar electricity. In other words, the environment is not something we 'consider' at Yachana, but rather living in harmony with nature pervades every aspect of our life.
Nevertheless, being green doesn't mean we've forsaken comfort! To the contrary, at Yachana we've found ways to deliver the luxury you deserve while protecting the environment that sustains us. Yachana Lodge offers first-rate accommodations and a wide range of amenities all in the midst of incredible natural beauty of the rainforest.
Yachana Lodge is an award winning, Amazon ecotourism destination that inspires thousands of international and Ecuadorian visitors each year.
This just in! Yachana is a winner in the Ashoka and National Geographic Geotourism Challenge! Out of 323 entries from 83 countries, Yachana was selected amongst the three winners as the best example of geotourism. We greatly appreciate all those who helped us achieve this honor. For more information, visit the Ahoka website here, and our entry here (with youtube video).
'Yachana' is an indigenous Kichua word that means 'A place for learning', which is the best description of what we do. As you embark on your journey deep into the Amazon, you can be proud that your visit is helping to address education, conservation and sustainable development in a unique way in this environmentally sensitive region. At Yachana, we believe the future of the rainforest is inextricably linked to the well-being of its inhabitants; only those who call the rainforest their home can ensure its survival.
You will hike in Primary and Secondary rainforest with one of Yachana's English-speaking naturalist guides and discover the amazing symbiosis of the animals, birds, trees, plants and insects to name but a few. You will discover how the area's peoples have coexisted with the forest for centuries. You will visit Yachana's extraordinary and impressive Technical High School set up for the indigenous youth of the Amazon and learn about its organic farm. You will visit a traditional healer for a cleansing ceremony, stargaze from our stunning deck and visit our Butterfly House. You will have time to relax in your hammock and to swim in the River Napo or to sip a drink whilst watching a spectacular sun setting over the river. Whatever your motivation for visiting Yachana, you can be sure that your experience will be unforgettable.
Come and experience the beauty and adventure of Yachana!