Travel Information & FAQ
How to get to Bamboo Lodge?
All tours to Bamboo Lodge start from Lago Agrio.
From there the transport is organized by Bamboo Lodge and included in our tours.
How to get to Lago Agrio?
BY PRIVATE TRANSPORT FROM QUITO
If you are coming from Quito, you can book our private transport which departs from the old town of Quito the night before the tour starts (only if your tour starts on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday).
Departure from: The pick up point is at the Secret Garden Hostel in the old town of Quito.
When? At 11 pm the evening before your tour starts (Departure days: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday).
Duration: 7 hours (You will get to our meeting point in Lago Agrio (Planeta Azul) in the early morning. There you will have time to breakfast and relax until the Bamboo Lodge transport picks you up at 9.30am to start your tour to Cuyabeno.)
Price & Payment: $20 per person (one way); Round trip: $40 per person – Payment directly to the driver
Round trip: If your tour ends on a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday you can also take the private transport from Lago Agrio back to Quito. Departure is at 3 pm from the Airport Lago Agrio and you will get back to Quito around 10 pm.
There are direct buses between Lago Agrio and
Quito -7 hours (South Terminal Quitumbe),
Baños – 9 hours,
Guayaquil – 16 hours,
Portoviejo, Loja, Tena, Puyo, Ambato, Riobamba, Cuenca, Machala.
All buses go to the bus terminal Lago Agrio. From there you have to take a taxi ($4) to the meeting point Planeta Azul. From there the Bamboo Lodge Transport will pick you up at 9.30am to start your tour to Cuyabeno.
(No worries, Hotel de Mario is known by ever taxi driver in Lago Agrio.)
On the last day of your Amazon tour you get back to terminal Lago Agrio around 2.00 pm.
The only direct flight to Lago Agrio departs from Quito, so if you come from another city or country you will have to book a flight to Quito (International Airport Mariscal/Sucre) first.
Here you can find all flight connections between Quito and Lago Agrio:
Please make sure you book a flight that arrives in Lago Agrio in the morning (until 10.30am). The Bamboo Lodge Transport will pick you up directly from the airport. Please send us your flight details.
On the last day of your Tour the Bamboo Lodge Transport can drop you off directly at the Airport Lago Agrio around 2.00 pm.
If you come by car we will meet you directly at the Cuyabeno bridge (2 hours car ride from Lago Agrio) at 11.30am.
You can park your car for free there and it’s pretty save as there is the office of the Ministerio de Ambiente (there is always somebody)
Some questions you might have
When and where does the amazon tour start and end?
Our Amazon Tours always start from Lago Agrio. Depending on the pick up point you choose, we pick you up at 9.30am from Planeta Azul (public bus or private transport) or, if you come by airplane, according to your landing time directly from the airport Lago Agrio.
Your tour ends on the last tour day back in Lago Agrio around 2 pm. The Bamboo Lodge Transport can drop you off at the Airport Lago Agrio, the bus terminal or at the meeting point for the private transport back to Quito.
What do I need to bring to the amazon tour?
Light jacket or rain coat
Long trousers and long sleeve shirt
T-shirts & Shorts
Sandals & comfortable walking shoes
Sunscreen, Sun hat & Sunglasses
Waterproof bag (recommended) or plasitc bag
Water bottle (to refill at the lodge)
Rain ponchos, rubber boots & life jackets will be provided by Bamboo Lodge
Can special diets be accomplished?
Of course! Our cook can arrange vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and diabetic-friendly meals. Please make sure to inform us when booking your trip.
Family trips: Can I bring my children?
Of course! It’s a great adventure for kids to see the amazon rainforest! Families are very welcome in Bamboo Lodge! If your kids are really young we recommend a private tour, customized for you and your children. Just contact us for more information.
Is there electricity at the lodge?
Yes, there is. Bamboo Lodge is provided with solar panels and an emergency generator. You can charge your cellphones and cameras during the day and we have light at night until 11 pm. Anyway, solar energy is limited and we try to avoid to turn on the generator, so we appreciate if you help us to save energy.
Do you have hot water showers?
Yes, we do 🙂
Is there Internet at the lodge? Do I get a cellphone connection?
No, there is no Internet connection at Bamboo Lodge. One of the last places, deep in the amazon rainforest, where you are still disconnected. Enjoy:)
There is also no cellphone connection. We have a fix phone line at the lodge for emergency calls.
Can I pay by credit card?
Advance payment can be made through Paypal, where you have a credit card option. Upon arrival in Lago Agrio we do not except credit cards, cash payment is required. There are several cash machines in Lago Agrio (of Banco Pichincha, Banco Guayaquil, Banco Internacional), if you want to avoid traveling with cash.
What is the group size of the amazon tours?
Maximum group size is 10 guests per group. But depending on the season, groups can be much smaller.