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Set on a cliff overlooking Rio Napo in Ecuador's Oriente region of the Amazon, Butterfly EcoLodge is the perfect place for you to explore Amazonian rainforest and all the wonders it holds. Extensive gardens filled with rare flowers and tropical fruits attract birds and butterflies of every imaginable size, shape, and color, as well as some you'd never imagine. Morphos butterflies the size of a man\'s hand in the most exquisite shade of blue known to nature; hummingbirds that glitter like iridescent jewels; caterpillars the color, size, and shape of a lemon wedge; brilliant red Heliconia flowers that look like nothing else on earth. Brilliantly colored Tanagers, Barbets, Motmots, and dozens of other species of extraordinary birds will fill you with wonder and delight. Butterfly Lodge: Where magical realism comes to life.
Butterfly Lodge offers 500 acres of both primary and secondary rainforest, with clearly marked, level walking trails. Well-trained, multi-lingual native guides will introduce you to plants of the jungle and their local uses. Dr. Edward S. Ross (California Academy of Sciences), one of America's most distinguished scientists and photographer, offers tours and slide show lectures. Swarms of butterflies can be seen while walking the garden paths. Rio Napo, one of the major tributaries of the Amazon River, offers the rare opportunity for birders to see North American migrants, shorebirds, and rainforest species all in one place. An incredible 540 bird species can be seen and heard here. Looking out over the river from the garden, visitors also see the magnificent snow-capped volcanoes of the Andes.
Built in the traditional rustic style of Amazonia (its local name is Cabanas Alinahui), each clean, airy cabin sleeps three comfortably (one double/one single), features a large balcony and covered patio; double and quad cabins available; reduced rates for groups. Set in an extensive garden with gravel paths winding through native trees and tropical flowers, each cabin offers a different view.
Butterfly Lodge is internationally renowned for its delicious food (just read our guestbook!), and three ample meals a day are included in the rates.
Access to Butterfly EcoLodge (local name Cabanas Alinahui) is easy. From Quito, it is a 30-minute flight to Tena followed by a 45-minute ride by vehicle to the lodge. If you prefer, we can arrange a comfortable van with a reliable, conscientious driver to take you from Quito on a day drive over the spine of the Andes, one of the most magnificent mountain ranges in the world, down into the Oriente (the eastern slope of the Andes) and to the lodge, You crest at 13,000 feet, descend the eastern slope through Paramo, mysterious cloud forest, and down into the exotic rainforest of the Oriente, a wonderful way to see the extraordinary diversity of eco-systems found in Ecuador.
Exploring magnificent rainforest, visiting local indigenous villages by canoe, and other excursions are some of the amenities that can be arranged. We also provide all-inclusive tours with special emphasis on birds, orchids, shamans, etc.
Open year-round, Butterfly Lodge rates includes accommodation and meals:
2-3 people = 300 USD per/person, per/week
4 people or more = 240 USD per/person, per/week
Single, four person and larger double units are also available. Longer and shorter times can be arranged, as can local transport. Check the website: www.ecuadorexplorer.com/alinahui for seasonal and special rates.
Transportation & excursions arranged for additional charge
Weather: Balmy 75-90’s day, 65-70’s night, occasional rain, more in the wet season (May/June, depending on the year) Languages spoken: English, Spanish, some German
Health & Habitat, a not-for-profit foundation, bought and preserved 550 acres of rainforest in 1993 that included the Butterfly Lodge and continue to raise funding to preserve more and more of unprotected rainforest.
Net revenues from tourism to the lodge are used to fund education and environmental research projects in its community such as their environmental sustainability training program for youth and teachers of Ecuador and America at its Amazon location. Principles and tools relating to: preservation, reforestation, endangered species protection, ecological balance, carrying capacity, long-term sustainability, and environmental leadership are taught.
Health & Habitat’s conservation efforts provide a protected area
Andean-Amazonian rainforest for research on the ecology of this
particular region. To do this effectively, the Evert Schlinger Rainforest
Research Center (ESRRC) has been created to study a vast diversity of native flora and fauna, particularly insects, which are dominant in all habitats.
Health & Habitat believes education and pragmatic activity are keys to a healthy and sustainable future. We try to educate visitors on the amazing diversity of the people, animals, and plants that co-exist in this ecosystem, instilling a connection between visitor and ecosystem.
This relationship is the seed to sprout care for an environment about which they previously knew so little. That sprouted care will yield itself to conscious thought that will, hopefully, take form through action, enforcing sustainability and respect for other cultures. This education, along with indigenous empowerment from reintroduction and appreciation of ancestral skills, will begin to bring a renewed state of health to a precarious environment and its people.
Managed and staffed by locals, Butterfly Lodge is solar powered, recycles rainwater, uses organic food when available and indigenous medicinal remedies when applicable. Conservation is mandatory.