While the grounds and facilities were superb, what really separates Pacha Ecolodge is its staff. Friendly, attentive, and skilled, they went out of their way to make our stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. The little touches showed that they cared about us as people and not just paying guests. (I’d list them all, but I’m not sure I could.)
They are a hard-working, attentive, and talented bunch.
Dani, Kelly, and Aldair made sure that we had everything we needed each morning while Carlos and Jordan did likewise for dinner.
Carlos is an outstanding chef. We are not frequent go-out-to-eat people since we enjoy cooking ourselves, but after a couple of nights of world-class dishes at more than reasonable rates, we decided to spend two weeks allowing Carlos and his staff to spoil us. Fourteen consecutive days of meticulously prepared, well-proportioned dishes set new gastronomical standards which I doubt will ever be surpassed.
I paddled along with rafting trips 11 out of the first 14 days. As a kayaker and raft guide, I have paddled all around the United States and in Chile, Costa Rica, and Ecuador. Santi and his guides Pancho, Arnold, and Alejo were skilled, safe, adventurous, and CLEARLY passionate about sharing their love for the river. I was impressed with how easily they interacted with guests from multiple countries and made sure that each person had a memorable experience.
We would like to thank our new Ecuadorian friends for making sure that our two weeks at Pacha Ecolodge were…perfect.