Jungle lodges and payment processes


My boyfriend and I going to Ecuador this February and we’re in the process of booking a stay at the Jamu Lodge in the Cuyabeno Reserve. This lodge is discussed in the South America on a Budget book by Rough Guides – just curious how you come about doing your ratings for these lodges. Does someone actually go through the whole booking process and stay at the lodge? The lodge is asking for payment by Western Union, which is essentially cash so I’m just a bit wary of paying in this way as I’ve never done it before and am little scared of paying and then showing up in Lago Agrio to not get picked up! Does anyone have some experience in this and able to offer some advice? We’d really like to stay there, just need some reassurance.


Jackie K 05/01/14    Activity and adventureEcuador Link Report

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Hi Jackie,

Thanks for getting in touch – your trip sounds really exciting. I haven’t personally stayed at the lodge but I edited the latest edition of the Rough Guide to Ecuador last year and can assure you that our authors will have thoroughly researched all of the lodges listed.

I imagine that Jamu Lodge are asking for advance payment as they are in such a remote location (to secure your booking and presumably because they can’t accept payments by credit/debit card). I went to Madagascar a couple of years ago and had to pay the most remote lodges via Western Union before the trip too.

Perhaps it would be worth contacting them directly to see whether they would accept full or part payment in cash when you arrive? You could also consider booking in advance via a Quito tour agency for further reassurance.

I hope this helps. Have a great trip!

Alison Roberts 06/01/14    Link Report

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I am selling tours to Cuyabeno. The advance payment is to secure the reservation like Alison thought, at least a small reservation fee is appriciated. I just had a misfortune not to take a reservation fee from the tourist, who never arrived or cancelled. For me it’s fine if the people pay here in Lago Agrio on the first day of the tour, I just wish that people cancel well advance if they change their plans, as we organize the tour and pay for the food and transportation anyway. http://www.cuyabenoadventures.com/

Hanna-Leena Pekkarinen 17/12/14    Link Report

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