Hamadryade Lodge is a peaceful, secluded retreat in the jungles of Ecuador's Oriente.
Buried deep in the fastness of riotous jungle vegetation, Hamadryade Lodge is a smart rustic–chic property where you can really relax and unwind. It’s only 6.5km from the busy river port Misahualli, but the access is via a gravelly, bumpy road which enhances the feeling of remoteness.
The hill-top property accommodates just 16 guests in individual cottages constructed with materials which blend in with the environment: stone, polished wood, tiles and exposed brick. Contemporary-style guest rooms and suites are of different sizes and designs – the largest in a suite over two floors with a spiral staircase while all rooms have floor to ceiling windows and balconies overlooking the rainforest.
There is an open-air restaurant, swimming pool with jungle views, and a bar and lounge with library. Massages are offered, and there’s a self-guided trail. You can also visit the local Quichua community to observe at close quarters how a traditional way of life is lived in this region. River-rafting expeditions can also be arranged.
What our clients say
Ecuador is perhaps a most underrated country for a great visitor experience. The people are great and helpful and, for anyone with an interest in the natural world, there is so much variety to see and enjoy.IB, Kendal
Ecuador Highlights: Seeing hummingbirds & humpback whales, summiting the Pasochoa peak with Kristian, Quilotoa Volcano Lake, Quito cable car ride, the Las Cajas Park walks with Wilson.PJR
Two parts: Seeing cotopaxi and the surrounding area for the first time, and stepping off the boat onto floreana and having to avoid sea lions and iguana, magical.HT, Conwy
Most memorable experiences: Galapagos snorkeling at Devils Crown and the inland lagoon; walk on Fernandina; mountain bikes and trek at Cotopaxi.JG, Sevenoaks
We had a wonderful holiday to Quito and Galapagos with Journey Latin America. We just wish it had been longer!HS, W4
Ecuador was a fantastic adventure: welcoming friendly people, beautiful landscapes and amazing wildlife. To fit in two cities, the Andes, the Amazon, the cloud forest and the Galapagos islands into a 16 day trip on a seamless itinerary was a fantastic solution provided by Sophie at JLA and we enjoyed every aspect.GE, Glasgow
Our expert's view
Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
The beautifully appointed rooms, the stunning pool looking out directly into the jungle and the wide-ranging treatments on offer in the spa made my stay here one of absolute bliss. The perfect place to unwind and enjoy some pampering, there are still plenty of activities on offer in the surrounding wilderness if it takes your fancy.
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