The jungle lodge, El Jardin Aleman was opened in January 1996 and is surrounded by 125 hectares of protected primary and secondary rainforest. Apart from the hotel grounds, the lodge has an additional 100 hectares of rainforest which it protects on the banks of the Napo River. The resort is built on 5 hectares,and is located on the banks of Misahuallí River, a tributary of Napo River.
These rivers are called “White waters” which means that they or their tributaries originate in the Andes Mountains and carry sediments down the river. This is why they are relatively entrophic and they look muddy and dirty due to the stirred up sediments. The opposite is Black Water. These rivers or lakes originate in the Amazon Basin by ground or rainwater; because of weathering of plants, they are very dark but clear.