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SWA Lodge - Cabanas Tres Rios - Now open year around for groups and individuals.

ecuador best lodge in the tropicsHand in hand with our goal to create the best guided kayak trips anywhere around, is having the top riverside lodge in the tropics. Building our beautiful and secluded Cabanas Tres Rios has more than fulfilled that goal. Its central location in the Quijos valley provides unparalleled river access enabling us to put in or take out on four different runs directly in front of our lodge--now, you just can't beat that!

Our lodge was designed with kayakers' in mind, and we hope to provide for your every need on your kayaking vacation. Each spacious room has a private bathroom with unlimited hot water showers as well as a patio with hammocks and a gear drying area. The main lodge has our dining room, bar, living room and patio to enjoy happy hour on and to experience unbeatable cabanas tres rios ecuadormorning and evening bird watching. We also have incorporated a storage area for our 60+ kayaks, an outfitting area, and a massage room into our central bodega. Larry's latest project--he just recently completed a beautiful choza (gazebo) overlooking the river. This bamboo deck with thatched roof is a great place to practice yoga, study Spanish, enjoy a cold drink, or read in a hammock.  All of this is set into a beautiful garden setting with mountainous rainforests as a back drop.


bird watching ecuadorThe only trouble our guests have while staying at CTR is deciding which part of their experience they enjoy the most.  Many people say the beautiful, relaxing atmosphere is the perfect place to unwind after a day of kayaking.  Others put Lily’s outstanding cooking at the top of their lists.  While still others choose either the onsite massages, the hot showers, the bird watching from the porch, or the convenience of the paddling.  Whatever portion of your stay you like the best, we know you will enjoy all aspects of our lodge.


lodge in ecuadorBe assured that, while designed as a kayaker's paradise, our lodge is also great for non-kayaking patrons. It is quality lodging and meals where SWA whitewater guests stay while on our trips as well where birders, schools, and other adventure travelers visit and stay year around. It is a great place to enjoy a small conference or family get together. Besides rafting and kayaking, Cabanas Tres Rios also boasts great hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, bird watching and relaxing in the gardens. We can arrange Spanish classes or specialty tours to the local scenic highlights in the three nearby nature preserves. We are only an hour away from the famous Cascada San Rafael, the largest waterfall in Ecuador. Our capacity is 18 people based on double occupancy. Please contact us if you have non-kayaking groups who wish to join us to explore the fascinating Oriente.

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sitting on the porch in ecuadorCabanas Tres Rios Amenities include:
  • Private cabins for each kayaker
  • Hot showers
    Home cooked meals
  • Onsite massage therapist
  • Over 60 kayaks to choose from
  • Put in and Take out right in front of you cabin
  • Yoga studio
  • Horseshoes
  • Hammocks
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Meet the Cabanas Tres Rios staff

Torri Stokes

With an ache for change and restoration, Torri left the US a few years ago to to practice Ashtanga yoga Mysore style in Bali, Indonesia with acclaimed yogis Prem and Rhada. After completing her conditioning in Bali, Torri traveled to Byron Bay, Australia and studied Ashtanga with Dena Kingsberg. She later found her self teaching yoga to kayakers at Small World Adventures based in Ecuador. After falling in love with this kayaking facility, she was hired as the office manager, serving as the voice for Small World Adventures. She has recently taken on kayaking as a new hobby and well, as part of her new job description! Torri is dedicated to learning the ways of the paddling world.

Currently, she is completing her 200 hour teacher training certification in Hatha yoga. Torri offers a sense of lightness and ease to her classroom, making the practice accessible to anyone who is willing to step on the mat.
She believes that if done with the right attitude, yoga can be a healing power offering true joy and peace to its students. She loves travel, dance (she's exceptionally good at robotic moves), expressing herself with many forms of artistic mediums, and of course laughing her way through life.

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Lauro, Liliana, Jemena

Lauro is in charge of keeping up all the rooms, making sure you have all the towels, hammocks, and pillows you need.  He also has the daunting task of managing the gardens.  Things grow fast in the rainforest so you can imagine that this is an ongoing project.  But he manages to always keep it looking spectacular. 

  Liliana and Jemena are SWA's beloved cooks. You’ll love their international and Ecuadorian dishes such as Quinoa soup, slow cooked pork, empanadas, and Banana flambe.  They also make excellent vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free meals, so bring on the special diets! They are also super friendly and very good at speaking "Gringo Spanish" so feel free to pop in and try to speak a few words of Spanish with them--I'm sure you can share a good laugh together.

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Memo is originally from Guayaquil on the coast of Ecuador, but now lives in Quito. He played pro futbol (soccer) for Ecuador's team Nacional. He has been driving for Small World Adventures for 14 years now.  He is an invaluable asset, and aside from driving shuttle for us, he can also help with guests’ shopping needs, dry land touring needs, and their conversational Spanish.




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