Our kitchen gives preference to local products that are in season in our Farm to Table menus.

Organically grown fruits and vegetables, fresh fish and a variety of meats.

If you read the guest comments about the food at the Yachana Lodge, you might get the impression that we have a chef trained in professional school.

Our chef has not trained in haute cuisine and didn’t need to be as he is very talented and knows how to use his own local ingredients to perfection.

The Yachana Lodge’s kitchen staff is made up of graduates from the Yachana’s schools or other young people from nearby communities.

Our guests are continuously surprise with the combinations of flavors, local ingredients, nouvelle recipes and simple presentation.

The lodge food isn’t fancy its just great!

Guest reviews on the web of the meals we serve are reflected in all 5-star comments about Yachana Lodge’s food.

In addition, we received support from the National Geographic Conservation Trust toward our “Lost Foods of the Amazon” initiative and this effort remains a major culinary component for Yachana today.

Our menu is constantly evolving to reflect what is fresh locally or to the dietary needs of our guests.

Part of every culture is its food; at Yachana emphasizing traditional foods becomes an education and a delight to the guest.

The Dining Venue

  • Breakfast served at 7:30 am [except on early birding mornings]
  • Lunch served at 1:00 pm daily
  • Dinner served at 7:00 pm daily
  • Cash-bar available throughout the day


Expect locally sourced, freshly prepared meals along with breathtaking views of the River Napo.

Breakfasts consist of homemade bread, locally sourced tropical fruits, yogurt, eggs, pancakes, oatmeal and juice and coffee/teas.

Lunches and dinners at Yachana Lodge consist of a soup course, main course with vegetables and salad, and desserts combining Ecuadorian and international cuisine.

All fresh fruits and salads are thoroughly disinfected using our ownozonated water.

At all times we also provide ozone treated drinking water, coffee or tea and we provide natural fruit juices during breakfast.

If any visitor has special dietary requirements, we are happy to make individual arrangements, but please notify us when booking.

An extraordinary eating experience is our Lost Foods of the Amazon lunch.

You will take a tour of a local farm, harvest produce then return to our kitchen to cook authentic foods directly with our chef.

Dishes include : Maito [fish wrapped/cooked in a rumi panga leaf], Chontacuro [chonta palm larvae raw or fried], Stinging Nettles [boiled served as salad] and Heart of Palm [freshly harvested].