Butterfly Lodge (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 exotic the rainforest of
the Oriente, a wonderful way to see the extraordinary diversity
of eco-systems found in Ecuador.
magnificent rainforest, visiting local indigenous villages by
canoe, and other excursions are some of the amenities that can
If you want
an all-inclusive tour (often with special emphasis on birds, orchids,
shamans, etc.), contact owner USA Health & Habitat at 415-383-6130,
healthhab@ igc.org; this not-for-profit is preserving rainforest
and helping local people meet challenges of the 21st century.
other highlights of Ecuador - Galapagos Islands, fantastic orchids,
cock-of-the-rock locations, umbrella bird leks, colorful market
and artistic towns, etc. - are arranged by Harmony Tours.