Hostería Hakuna Matata

A treasure between the Andes and the Amazon.
A unique spot for pleasure-lovers.
In the heart of Ecuador, off the beaten tourist paths,
you will find a place where nothing is obligatory,
but everything is possible!
From absolute relaxation to total adrenaline…

Accommodation | Our kitchen | Swimming Pool | Activities | Where to find us? | What does it cost?
Exceptional Fauna | Flora | Volcanoes

At only 10 km from Tena, capital of the absolutely safe Napo Province, this private hacienda of approximately 150 ha is the perfect place to enjoy to the fullest a never-ending series of activities, which this area lends itself to more than any other.

Hakuna Matata lies on the shores of the crystal-clear Inchillaqui River, at an altitude between 1968 and 2789 feet, which makes it free of all tropical diseases.



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The Difference

Hakuna Matata contrasts with all other destinations in the Amazon because of its commitment to respect its employees (we offer a contract, social security, training), dedication to real ecotourism (the property itself, selected excursions), respect for culture, nature conservation and improvement (reforestation, etc).
We also offer a personal service, high-quality accommodation, superior meals, unique activities and excursions... Have we not yet convinced you?


'Cabañas Hakuna Matata', 'Hakuna Lodge' and 'Hakuna Supreme' offer you spacious rooms with a hot shower and toilet. Excellent mattresses and a mosquito-free stay guarantee you the rest you deserve!

Kitchen and bar

Our famous restaurant 'Pangaea' serves absolutely delicious meals from all corners of the world.
You will be pampered with top-quality products.
The bar offers soft drinks, fresh juices, cocktails and beers. Our liqueur and wine selection is truly unique in Ecuador!
Hygiene and freshness are Hakuna Matata's priorities. Salads and ice cubes are no longer taboo here!

Swimming Pool

Hakuna Matata has a unique swimming pool, for guests only.
Archidona's hallmark is its tall hardwood palm tree, called 'chonta', so the pool has been designed as a 'chonta', but one that's 88 feet long and 72 feet wide!
Warm spring water (at a temperature of about 77° F, or 25° C) flows into the pool night and day.
With a depth ranging from 1 to 7 feet the pool is great for swimming, diving or just splashing around.
Around the pool, there are deck chairs and off to one side there is a special spot for relaxing, with hammocks and a massage bench.
From the pool, there is a spectacular view of the Llanganati mountains.
Ideal for 'dolce far niente' after a long trip or before you take off for yet another hike!



In the middle of the beautiful flora and fauna on our property, you can go for a walk - with or without a guide - and ride a horse. All activities are adapted to the interests and possibilities of our guests.

The crystal-clear water of the unpolluted Inchillaqui River and the white sand beach guarantee you that real relaxation is no longer an illusion. Feel free to enjoy!

In the immediate proximity of your cabaña and the beach, you will find Precolumbian petroglives. Age-old tools and potsherds are regularly found on our property.

Even anthropologists, biologists and ornithologists have lost their hearts in Hakuna Matata… Just a coincidence?

We offer several kinds of jungle trips: compact and interesting daytrips, as well as customized adventure trips of several days.
Our situation near the Amazon, our direct local contacts, our professional multilingual guides from the region and our motivation to offer added value compared to what is usually offered in the area, allowed us to create a wide range of possibilities for you to discover and enjoy the flora, fauna, culture and adventure you have certainly been looking for.
Our guarantee? No poor compromises when it comes to respect for people and culture, quality, safety and originality!
We continuously explore new possibilities in order to offer you the best from this unique area.

Adventure Trips

Hakuna Matata works together with the organizer of the rafting world championship, held in Ecuador in October 2005, for both rafting and kayaking. Anzu River, Jatunyacu River (upper Napo), Misahualli River and Hollin River: adrenaline between class 2 and 4+… organized in compliance with all international safety regulations!

Our specialized guides organize an unforgettable canyoning trip - and - for a unique ULM flight over the Amazon, we chose no less a person than the pilot of the world-famous Ecuador air photographer Anzheimer. Safety and quality above all!


Where can you find us?

Oriente (Amazon)
Napo Province
Sector Chaupi Shungo/Nueva Libertad
Vía Chaupi Shungo km 3.9

Altitude 612 m

Reach us:
With your own transportation:
Coming from Quito/Baeza/Archidona: Follow the "Vía a Tena" for 1.3 km (after you leave Archidona) until the PS gas station. Turn right immediately after the bridge over the Misahualli River. Follow the signs for 3.9 km (Vía Chaupi Shungo).
Coming from Riobamba/Ambato/Baños/Puyo/Tena: Follow the "Vía a Archidona" for 7 km (after you leave Tena). Turn left immediately before the bridge over the Misahyalli River. Follow the signs for about 3.9 km (Vía Chaupi Shungo).
With public transportation:
Several buses leave Quito daily for Tena. Get off in Archidona (before Tena!). The trip takes approximately 5 hours, so choose a bus that leaves in the morning. In Archidona you should take a taxi that brings you for 5 USD in 15 minutes to Hakuna Matata.
Several buses leave Riobamba/Ambato/Baños daily for Tena. The trip takes approximately 4 hours from Baños, so choose a bus that leaves in the morning. In Tena you should take a taxi that brings you for 8 USD in 30 minutes to Hakuna Matata.

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