Bamboo Lodge Cuyabeno

Travel Information & FAQ

How to get to Bamboo Lodge ?

All our tours start at 9.30am in Lago Agrio, our meeting point is in the Hotel Arazá. From there the transport to Bamboo Lodge is organized by shuttle bus and canoe and it is already part of the tour (included).


 How to get to Lago Agrio?


If you are coming from Quito, you can book a tourist shuttle with us which departs from Quito the night before the tour starts. If you would like to book the shuttle just request it in the comment section of the booking form. 

Departure from: The pick up point is at the La Guayunga Hostel in the old town of Quito

When? At 11.30 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 in the early morning. There you will have time to have 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 You can also take the tourist shuttle from Lago Agrio back to Quito. Departure is at 3 pm from Lago Agrio and you will get back to Quito around 11 pm. (At the la Guayunga hostal in the historic center of Quito)

The shuttle is an external service we can hire for you, it is not our service and therefor we can not fulfill special requests. However, please feel free to contact us in case of any doubts and we will be happy to answer your questions or forward the direct contact of the shuttle service to you. 



There are direct buses between Lago Agrio and 

Quito -7 hours ( from the 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 can take a taxi ($2) to Hotel Arazá.  You can get there at any time in the early morning and rest until the tour starts. There are showers and even a swimming pool you can use and breakfast is included in your tour. The Bamboo Lodge transport will pick you up at 9.30am to start your tour to Cuyabeno. 

On the last day of your amazon tour you get back to Lago Agrio around 2.30 pm, after lunch our shuttle can drop you off directly at the bus terminal. 


Unfortunately there are no comercial flight from Quito to Lago Agrio at the moment. 

The closest airport with daily flight from and to Quito is Coca (San Francisco de Orellana), 1,5h from Lago Agrio. Unfortunately flights do not arrive on time to start the tour the same day. If you arrive at Coca airport you will need to stay one night in Lago Agrio in order to start the tour the following day. 


If you travel by car you can park your car in the Hotel Arazá (costs: 7 USD per night) or at a near by parking space of a hospital (free) during the tour. From Lago Agrio we organize the transport to Bamboo Lodge by shuttle and by canoe. 

You can also travel directly to the Cuyabeno bridge (2 hours car ride from Lago Agrio) and start the tour from there at 11.30 am. You can park your car safely at the Cuyabeno bridge during the tour.





Some questions you might have

When and where does the amazon tour start and end?

All our tours start from the Hotel Arazá in Lago Agrio at 9.30am.

You can get there at any time in the early morning. Breakfast is included from 6 am – 9 am and there are also showers (and even a swimming pool) you can use before the tour starts. 

We can also pick you up from any other Hotel or Hostel in Lago Agrio at 9.00 am. Breakfast is not included in this case.

Your tour ends on the last tour day back in Lago Agrio around 2.30 pm. After lunch the Bamboo Lodge transport can drop you off at the bus terminal, the Hotel Arazá or at any other Hotel/ Hostel. In case you book the tourist shuttle to Quito after the tour, the shuttle will pick you up directly from the restaurant where you have lunch. 

What do I need to bring to the amazon tour?

We recommend:

Light jacket or rain coat

Long trousers and long sleeve shirt

T-shirts & Shorts

Sandals & comfortable walking shoes


Sunscreen, Sun hat & Sunglasses

Flash light

Mosquito Repellent

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?

Yes, 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 and families are very welcome in Bamboo Lodge! If your kids are under 5 years old we recommend a private tour, customized for you and your children so activities are flexible according to your needs . Just contact us for more information.

Is there electricity at the lodge?

Yes, there is. Every room has a small solar panel system so energy should be provided 24h. However, of course energy is limited so we kindly ask our guests to only charge cellphones and cameras during the tour. For emergencys (or very rainy times) we also have a generator at the lodge. 

Do you have hot water showers?

Yes, we do 🙂 But to be honest here they are not always working perfectly. Our staff checks all showers continously but sometimes hot and cold water regulation is difficult. In case you have any trouble with it during your stay, please do not hesitate to ask our staff for help.

Is there Internet at the lodge? Do I get a cellphone connection?

Yes, we do have Wifi at the lodge and there is no extra charge for internet use. 

There is no regular cellphone signal. 

Can I pay by credit card?

Yes, you can pay by credit card in advance. If you choose credit card payment we send you a payment link with your booking confirmaton. Upon arrival in Lago Agrio we do not except credit cards, cash payment is required. (USD)

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.

Other questions?