Best Amazon Eco-lodges: My Colombia Jungle Resort Guide For 2024

An analysis of the pros and cons of the best Amazon eco-lodges in Colombia—based on over a month’s exploration of the Colombian Amazon.

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Thinking of an amazing experience in the Amazon? How about an eco-lodge hidden in the heart of the Colombian jungle? A real adventure without having to move to a different accommodation every night. 

Now, finding info on these jungle lodges can be tricky; I get it. That’s why I’m here to help. I’ve checked out a bunch of them myself – yep, I stayed for a month in the Colombian Amazon!

And guess what? Axel’s Ecolodge was my top spot. Seriously, those 4 days were epic!

Here’s what you’ll get if you read my guide c.a.r.e.f.u.l.l.y:

  • 5 best Amazon jungle resorts with their pros & cons
  • Why I prefer Axel’s eco-lodge.
  • The distance between these eco-lodges and Leticia (and why it matters)
  • What do you need to consider before making the right choice

Keep reading, and I’ll spill the beans on the good and not-so-good of the best Amazon eco-lodges. Let’s dive in!


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Best Colombia Jungle Resorts: Mini-reviews

Thanks to this section, you can quickly and easily choose your next Amazon eco-lodge!

1# Axel’s Ecolodge: A Remote Paradise (Top Pick)

Amazon Eco-lodge in Colombia

Axel’s Ecolodge, my favorite among the bunch, is a treasure nestled deep in the Amazon rainforest. Operated by Axel and his dedicated team, this eco-lodge offers a variety of accommodation options to suit your comfort level.

From private lodgings with individual bathrooms that can house up to 10 people, to the simple yet comfortable beds in a communal dormitory under a palm-fringed Maloka roof, you can choose your level of adventure. If you’re seeking an even more authentic (and cheap) experience, consider sleeping in a hammock, cocooned by the sounds of the jungle.

Axel’s Ecolodge: The Pros

  • From the moment you land in Leticia, their team is there to welcome you. Say hello to a smooth, personal experience from start to finish.
  • Boredom? Not a chance. With over 30 activities like piranha fishing, night safaris, visiting local villages, hiking, kayaking, and even bivouacking, you’re all set. Zip-lining’s extra, but everything else? It’s all in your daily package. Oh, and don’t forget the food and caipirinhas – they’re on the house!
  • Need a guide? They have seasoned local guides ready to show you around, and they’ll even throw in an English translator if you need one.
  • Fishers, this one’s for you. Axel knows the best fishing spots, so you’re in for a treat.
  • Birdwatchers, get your binoculars ready. The Harpy eagle, Amazon’s largest bird of prey, is around. Plus, their observation deck offers killer views of the jungle and river – perfect for those Instagram-worthy shots.
  • They have a great deal for solo travelers if you’re willing to sleep in a dormitory.

Axel’s Ecolodge: The Cons

Getting to this eco-lodge from Leticia is an adventure in itself. It’s a 3-hour boat ride, crossing into Brazil. If you’re traveling during the low-water season, it might take up to 5 hours since the flooded jungle blocks the shortcuts.

But remember, we’re in the Amazon, where river journeys are part of the adventure. The boat trip offers a unique opportunity to witness the vibrant Amazonian life along the river banks.

That’s why I recommend staying for at least 4 nights.

Because of its remote location, most of the facilities and rooms are basic (but functional)—except for the 2 premium D cabins, which are built in concrete and have electricity all night.

Where is this Colombia Jungle resort 

This Amazonian gem is located in Brazil’s Palmari National Reserve, a stone’s throw away from the Javari Rio and downstream from Leticia (3 hours), the capital of Colombia’s Amazonas department. The lodge’s position on the border of Peru, Brazil, and Colombia makes it an easy launching pad for cross-border exploration.

Transportation from Leticia is included (if you pick the private rooms). A staff member will meet you at the airport and accompany you to the jungle resort.

How to book this Amazon Ecolodge

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Over 40 of our readers discover the Amazon at Axel's eco-lodge monthly. It's a secluded lodging in the jungle where you can easily organize many incredible experiences, depending on your mood of the day.

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  • Include a private local guide, a translator, food, caipirinhas, lodging, transportation and tons of activities.
  • Suitable for all types of travelers: Family, Solo, adventurer, seniors.
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We have invested time and resources to curate the ultimate Amazon experiences, ensuring you the adventure of a lifetime.

The best part? Booking through our local partners is not only convenient but also budget-friendly. You’ll pay the same public prices, without any extra cost. It’s a win-win situation that lets you enjoy the very best the Amazon has to offer. And you’re sure they’ll do a great job!

Getting started is a breeze – just fill out our simple online form in under 2 minutes. We’ll swiftly connect you with Axel, giving you the chance to ask questions and explore options. No obligations, no pressure – just the information you need to make an informed choice.

Your satisfaction is our priority. Once you’ve found the perfect Amazon adventure, you can secure your spot with a deposit. It’s that easy. So, why wait? The Amazon is calling – answer the call and embark on an unforgettable journey with our handpicked local partners by your side.

2# Yoi Ecolodge: inside the Amacayacu National Park

Amacayacu National Park

Amazon Eco-lodge in Colombia

Imagine peacefully nestled cabins crafted from wood and crowned with palm roofs tucked away amid lush tropical greenery. Welcome to Yoi Ecolodge.

The simplicity of the accommodation is its charm. Whether private or shared, each bathroom and toilet facility is clean and functional. The beds, each swathed in their own mosquito net, ensure a comfortable night’s rest.

Some cabanas are spacious enough to comfortably accommodate families or groups.

Yoi Ecolodge: The pros

Parque Amacayacu, Leticia - Amazon
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Yoi Ecolodge isn’t just a place to crash; it’s a deep dive into the Amazon. You’re not just a tourist here; you become part of the San Martin community, learning their ways and understanding wildlife protection.

  • The staff? Super welcoming and always ready to help. And the food – it’s simple but oh-so-tasty, made with the freshest local ingredients.
  • The real magic starts with the guided tours. The guides are from the local Ticuna tribe and know the Amazon like the back of their hand. They’ll show you the rich biological and cultural tapestry of the area.
  • Your stay is packed with activities – all included. Night hikes reveal the jungle’s mysterious side, dolphin watching is a dream, and treks in Amacayacu Natural Park are unforgettable. Plus, you get to visit an indigenous village. Talk about an all-round Amazonian adventure!
  • Price-wise, it’s on par with Axel’s eco-lodge, but solo travelers might find it a bit steep.

Yoi Ecolodge: The cons

The boat ride to Yoi Ecolodge lasts around three hours from Leticia (including a boat change).

During the low-water season (August to November), you’ll have to walk the last stretch, as the Rio Amacayacu is almost dry. You’ll also do most of the activities on foot

You may find the facilities basic.

Where is this Colombia Jungle resort

Amacayacu - San Martin Amazon (1)

Yoi Ecolodge is tucked away on the banks of the Amacayacu River, within the territory of the indigenous community of San Martin—about 30 minutes away. And you’ll be 1 hour away from Puerto Nariño.

To get there from Leticia, you’ll have to take the public boat to Bocas de Amacayacu and then a small private boat to the eco-lodge. Count 3 hours in total.

3# Marasha Ecolodge: Surrounded By The Flooded Jungle

Marasha Amazon Ecolodge Peru

Amazon Eco-lodge in Colombia

Marasha stands quietly by a peaceful lake, far from your typical jungle resort. It’s all about eco-friendly living here, with buildings made from local wood and palm roofs, linked by charming walkways.

The cabanas, named after Amazonian animals, are basic but pleasant. Inside, you’ll find plenty of space, with several beds and your own bathroom. And don’t worry about bugs – each bed has a mosquito net, giving you a bug-free zone to relax in.

Marasha Ecolodge: The pros

Kayak Amazon Marasha (1)

Wake up at Marasha to the soothing sounds of the lake. With its pontoons ready to take you kayaking or boating, this eco-lodge almost seems to float on the water, especially during the high-water season from January to May, when it sits in a flooded jungle!

  • Marasha is all about personalized adventures. You get your own guide from Puerto Alegria, who knows every secret of the Amazon. Their stories and insights are part of your package.
  • Get ready for included activities like kayaking, night hikes for caiman spotting, and monkey watching in the wet season. Don’t miss the sunset fishing and bird watching – the Hoatzin birds are a sight to see. And there’s this ancient Ceiba tree that’s just breathtaking.
  • Hungry? The buffet lunches and dinners won’t let you down. Served on big communal tables, the food is as diverse as it is tasty.
  • For some chill time, swing in a hammock on the deck and enjoy the lake view. You might even see tiny bats napping nearby.
  • Check out their pirarucu breeding pool – these are some of the Amazon’s biggest freshwater fish. Just be careful if you decide to feed them!

Marasha Ecolodge: The cons

Ramiro explanation Amazon Marasha lilies (1)

Marasha is great but a bit too famous: It can host big groups, and some travelers only visit it as a day trip from Leticia. It might get a bit noisy for those seeking solitude. Better to be there in the low season.

  • Mosquito alert: Being in a flooded jungle, rainy season means mosquito central. Come prepared.
  • Booking can be tricky. You’ll likely need a Leticia agency to help out since there’s no internet or phone service out there.
  • You’re on your own for transport. Plan ahead to get there.

Where is this Colombia Jungle resort

Situated in Puerto Alegria, Peru, the Marasha’s entrance is a 30-minute boat ride from Leticia—note that of the 3 boat companies operating on the Amazon River, only the green public boat can take you directly to Marasha.

From there, you’ll have to take another boat to reach the ecolodge (about 20 minutes more).

During the low-water season, you can decide to hike (about 2h) through the forest to reach the ecolodge instead. Trust me, the journey is part of the experience!

4# Calanoa Jungle Lodge: A Luxe Retreat In The Wild

Calanoa Amazon

Amazon Eco-lodge in Colombia

Calanoa Jungle Lodge is Amazon’s luxury eco-retreat, offering a high-end, eco-conscious experience right in the Colombian jungle’s heart.

Imagine stylish cabanas built with traditional materials scattered around. Each one has a private bathroom and lets you wake up to nature’s music. They all come with private terraces, high up in the trees or on stilts, offering awesome river views.

Choose a snug cabana for two, or bring the whole gang to one that fits six. And don’t worry about bugs – everyone gets their own mosquito net for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Calanoa Jungle Lodge: The pros

Calanoa Amazon
  • Calanoa stands out with its deep respect for nature. It’s not just an eco-lodge; it’s part of the Calanoa Natural Reserve, actively involved in conservation and educating the community.
  • This place isn’t just about eco-credentials. It’s an activity paradise. You can fish, birdwatch, or watch monkeys in the wild. For a real cultural dive, visit the nearby indigenous communities of Mocagua—my favorite indigenous community in the area. And don’t skip their small museum – it’s a window into indigenous life and their fishing and hunting traditions.
  • And the food? It’s an amazing mix of Amazonian and Peruvian flavors, turning each meal into a delicious journey.

Calanoa Jungle Lodge: The Cons

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  • It’s the most expensive option. And while it must be said that the wooden cabins are incredible, the quality of experience is on a par with other ecolodges.
  • Being between Puerto Nariño and Leticia, you lose a bit of that feeling of being alone in the world, lost in the immensity of the jungle.
  • Only 2 daily activities are included per night. Experience addicts will have to pay extra.
  • Transport is not included in the price.
  • English translator isn’t included either.

Where is this Colombia Jungle resort

Boat Amazon
Credit: migueldavidz

Situated on the banks of the Amazon River, Calanoa Jungle Lodge is a 1h30 boat ride from Leticia, close to the lovely Mocagua Community. A staff member will meet you at the airport to take the public boat (best to arrive as early as possible).

5# Zacambu Rainforest Lodge: Welcome To PerĂş

Zacambu Rainforest Lodge - Amazon (1)
Credit: sergeant.cro_steven

Amazon Eco-lodge in Colombia

Zacambu Rainforest Lodge is your eco-friendly hideaway right on the Amazon’s riverbanks. Perched on stilts over the water, this wooden lodge is a haven of peace, especially when high water makes it look like it’s floating. A wooden boardwalk links the cabins, adding to the charm.

The rooms blend style and comfort with wood paneling, creating spaces that feel roomy yet cozy. Depending on which room you pick, you’ll have either your own bathroom or a shared one.

Zacambu Rainforest Lodge: The pros

Zacambu Rainforest Lodge - Amazon (2) (1)
Credit: andresfnaranjof

At Zacambu Rainforest Lodge, they make arriving easy with a free airport pickup. Just let the lodge team know your plans before you head out, and they’ll take care of the rest.

Here’s why I like it:

  • The local guides are a goldmine of knowledge. They’re friendly—Spanish only—and will take you on amazing Amazonian adventures–think piranha fishing, night excursions, lake swims, treks, and monkey spotting.
  • After your day’s adventure, relax in a hammock under a palm-roofed maloka, the traditional communal house, with a great view of the river.
  • Food lovers, get ready for a treat! The lodge’s restaurant serves up Peruvian and local flavors, all enjoyed on a terrace with a view of the water.

Zacambu Rainforest Lodge: The Cons

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Zacambu Rainforest Lodge is pretty special, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind:

  • Rainy season turns the forest into a watery world. Walking’s out, so all the exploring is by boat. This means some activities might not be on.
  • In the low-water season, getting to the lodge takes more time and costs a bit more.
  • The guides are local folks, so they mostly speak Spanish.

Where is this Colombia Jungle resort

The Zacambu Rainforest Lodge is located in Peru along a tributary of the Rio Javari. It is about a 2-hour motorboat ride from Leticia.

Picking Your Amazon Ecolodge: Booking Guide

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Location: Your Very Own Jungle Paradise

Palmari Amazon (1)
Credit: Axel’s eco-lodge

The deeper into the jungle your eco-lodge is tucked, the closer you’ll be to the heart of the Amazon. You’ll feel like a pioneer, lost amidst the untamed wilderness, and the chances of animal encounters increase.

Reaching these isolated eco-lodges, though, can be quite the expedition, especially in the low-water season (August to November). The waters run low, and shortcuts in the flooded jungle dry up. But hey, isn’t that part of the adventure?

Here are the ecolodges ranked from closest to furthest from Leticia:

  • Marasha (1 hour)
  • Calanoa (1h30)
  • Zacambu (2 hours)
  • Yoi (3 hours)
  • Axel’s ecolodge (3 hours)

Experiences you’re looking for

While many eco-lodges offer similar activities, each has a unique focus, a specialty that sets it apart.

For instance, Axel’s eco-lodge is your gateway to kayaking in the flooded forest, fishing expeditions, birdwatching, and invigorating hikes.

Marasha is the place for nocturnal adventures, spotting giant lotus flowers that bloom in the moonlight and glimpsing Caimans in the dark.

Proximity to indigenous villages, Calanoa Jungle Lodge, and Yoi Ecolodge offer fascinating insights into the Amazon’s cultural tapestry. Participate in a “Minga,” a communal workday, or experiment with vegetable dyes on palm fiber fabrics.

What’s included in your stay

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Know exactly what comes with the price tag. Extra costs for experiences can inflate your Amazon adventure’s daily cost.

All ecolodges on this list include meals, local guides, and activities. However, they differ on the following points:

  • Calanoa and Marasha don’t include transportation from Leticia.
  • Axel’s Eco-lodge is the only place that includes a translator.

Solo travelers will pay a high price tag

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Since these are all-inclusive stays, it’s not profitable to accept a single traveler for a low price—except for Axel’s Eco-lodge.

A single traveler will pay about 120$ per night, all included (except the boat from Leticia to the ecolodge), if he accepts to sleep in a dormitory in the Maloca. 3 nights minimum.

The Amazon Eco-lodge size: smaller, the better

Pick an eco-lodge that’s not too large. In the Amazon, bigger means louder, and louder means less peace. Colombians, as lively and endearing as they are, have a penchant for loud conversations and music.

Wouldn’t you rather listen to the symphony of the jungle from an observation platform, undisturbed, as the sun sets?

Zacambu, Marasha, and Yoi are the ones with the biggest groups.

Comfort: Where the Wild Meets the Cozy

The ‘comfort’ factor varies across eco-lodges. Some might offer basic rooms or communal bathrooms. Most won’t have continuous electricity or internet. Air conditioning? Forget it. But the ceiling fans do a decent job.

Meals are usually simple, homemade, and crafted with fresh local produce. Of all, Calanoa provides the most comfort, followed by Axel’s eco-lodge, depending on your chosen accommodation.

Bottom Line

Sunset boat Tarapoto Amazonas

Choosing an eco-lodge in the Colombian Amazon Rainforest is a balancing act, weighing personal preferences and comfort against the potential for adventure and discovery. The key, however, lies in immersing yourself in the region’s cultural and biological diversity, the very essence of the Amazon experience.

Axel’s eco-lodge, in my opinion, offers an unbeatable combination of these elements. And remember, the Amazon is all about unpredictability and surprise. The more you embrace these, the richer your memories will be.

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Stay In A Secret Ecolodge in The Amazon with Axel
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Over 40 of our readers discover the Amazon at Axel's eco-lodge monthly. It's a secluded lodging in the jungle where you can easily organize many incredible experiences, depending on your mood of the day.

Pros:
  • Include a private local guide, a translator, food, caipirinhas, lodging, transportation and tons of activities.
  • Suitable for all types of travelers: Family, Solo, adventurer, seniors.
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