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Caiman Lodge

Caiman Lodge is the newest lodge in the Cuyabeno reserve and boasts one of its best spots really close to the Laguna Grande and reachable by canoe all year long, not depending on the season. This is a really great option for backpackers who are prepared for the lodge's rustic style, and looking for a rainforest adventure with good service and decent facilities. Past client feedback has been very positive which should make the Caiman Lodge a serious consideration for your Amazon trip!

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USA & Canada: 1-8_00-269-0216 • UK: 0-800-051-7125

Lodge Background

The Lodge accommodates up to 40 people in three individual guest huts; each hut has 2 - 4 double or triple bedrooms (as required) each with its own private bathroom and shower. There is also a relaxing area, hammocks and an amazing tower (3 floors are fitted with triple rooms as those mentioned above) with a great view over the lagoon and the jungle from the 7th top floor. All our guests are assisted by an accredited naturalist guide and licensed canoe driver.

Caiman Lodge

Accommodation

  • Cabins: double, triple
  • Private bathroom: yes
  • Showers: yes - hot water
  • Mosquito nets: yes
  • Electricity: Solar panels and generator charging points in communal area only, lights in the rooms between 6pm and 10pm
  • Boots / Rain ponchos: provided by lodge staff

Itineraries

The 4-day trip usually begins on Tuesdays and Fridays, and the 5-day trip on Mondays and Thursdays, but often other starting days will also be available - please contact our sale staff to check availability for your dates of travel.

4 DAYS
Day 1 We meet in Lago Agrio at 9:00 am, where we will take private road transportation to the entrance of the Cuyabeno Reserve where we will enjoy a packed lunch box. At this point visitors register at the Reserve office and then board the canoe. Here our Naturalist Guide will provide information about the Reserve, important recommendations and other tips to begin the two hour canoe ride down the Cuyabeno River to Caiman Lodge. During the canoe ride you will get a first glimpse of the amazing flora and wildlife found in the jungle - possibly seeing a variety of monkeys and other jungle animals, depending on the time and weather conditions. Arrival at Caiman Lodge around 3:30 pm when you will be shown to your rooms and have free time to relax. After a siesta we leave the camp for a swim in the lagoon and to watch a beautiful sunset plus also the possibility to spot freshwater dolphins. Returning to the camp for dinner you can then head out for a night walk in search of insects and frogs.
Day 2 Day Jungle Hike in the Primary Forest where the guide will explain the ecology of the rainforest, medicinal plants and flora and fauna interactions of the most biodiverse ecosystem on Earth. In the afternoon we will go paddling around the flooded Igapo inundated forest around the Laguna Grande (where if the water level is high enough and if you are up to it we can swim while watching the sunset also) and in the evening we will head out by motor canoe to look for caiman alligators.
Day 3 We head out downstream to the Puerto Bolivar Siona Community where you will be welcomed by one of the indigenous women who will take us to the yuca plantation to harvest some yucas, and with our help she will show us the preparation of one of their traditions foods, Casave (Yuca flat bread). Next the guide will introduce you to one of the last 4 Shamans of the Siona tribe in Ecuador and there one of them will explain their cosmovision directly related to the Ayahuasca brew, he will perform an energy cleansing ritual singing their chants which come from a millenary Shaman-apprentice oral tradition.
Day 4 Early morning bird watching (5:30) and sunrise, breakfast at the lodge and at 9:30 return to the Cuyabeno bridge where we will have a box lunch and then be picked up by a shuttle bus to head back to Lago Agrio, returning to Quito by bus or plane.
5 DAYS
Day 1 We meet in Lago Agrio at 9:00 am, where we will take private road transportation to the entrance of the Cuyabeno Reserve where we will enjoy a packed lunch box. At this point visitors register at the Reserve office and then board the canoe. Here our Naturalist Guide will provide information about the Reserve, important recommendations and other tips to begin the two hour canoe ride down the Cuyabeno River to Caiman Lodge. During the canoe ride you will get a first glimpse of the amazing flora and wildlife found in the jungle - possibly seeing a variety of monkeys and other jungle animals, depending on the time and weather conditions. Arrival at Caiman Lodge around 3:30 pm when you will be shown to your rooms and have free time to relax. After a siesta we leave the camp for a swim in the lagoon and to watch a beautiful sunset plus also the possibility to spot freshwater dolphins. Returning to the camp for dinner you can then head out for a night walk in search of insects and frogs.
Day 2 Day Jungle Hike in the Primary Forest where the guide will explain the ecology of the rainforest, medicinal plants and flora and fauna interactions of the most biodiverse ecosystem on Earth. In the afternoon we will go paddling around the flooded Igapo inundated forest around the Laguna Grande (where if the water level is high enough and if you are up to it we can swim while watching the sunset also) and in the evening we will head out by motor canoe to look for caiman alligators.
Day 3 We head out downstream to the Puerto Bolivar Siona Community where you will be welcomed by one of the indigenous women who will take us to the yuca plantation to harvest some yucas, and with our help she will show us the preparation of one of their traditions foods, Casave (Yuca flat bread). Next the guide will introduce you to one of the last 4 Shamans of the Siona tribe in Ecuador and there one of them will explain their cosmovision directly related to the Ayahuasca brew, he will perform an energy cleansing ritual singing their chants which come from a millenary Shaman-apprentice oral tradition.
Day 4 Today we paddle for half a day looking for animals around the lagoons and along the Cuyabeno and La Hormiga rivers; it is also possible to go for new walks on different paths with your naturalist guide.
Day 5 Early morning bird watching (5:30) and sunrise, breakfast at the lodge and at 9:30 return to the Cuyabeno bridge where we will have a box lunch and then be picked up by a shuttle bus to head back to Lago Agrio, returning to Quito by bus or plane.

Please be aware that the shaman visit is unfortunately never 100% guaranteed - sometimes the shaman is in the forest and unavailable.

Please also be aware that some of the activities are weather dependent, for example the early morning bird watching. The lodge reserves the right to make any necessary alterations to the scheduled itinerary.

2017 PRICES PER PERSON
3 days $240 Request this Tour
4 days $290 Request this Tour
5 days $330 Request this Tour

*Note: Double-bed cabins cost $30usd more per person.

Inclusions:

  • Meals from Lunch day 1 until lunch on day 4 or 5
  • Tea / Coffee and Filtered Water
  • Accommodation Twin/Triple or Double cabin
  • Transportation from Lago Agrio to the Caiman Lodge and back to Lago Agrio
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Rain Poncho and Rubber boots

Exclusions:

  • Transport from Quito to Lago Agrio and back - return flights approx. $200 US, private tourist bus is $22, public bus is approx $10 US
  • Contribution to Siona Community Visit ($3)
  • Contribution to Shaman Visit ($3)
  • Single supplement
  • Alcoholic / Soft drinks
  • Tips & personal expenses

Access/Transport

The Caiman tour starts and finishes at the town of Lago Agrio.

The bus from Quito typically takes between 6 to 7 hours. There are 2 bus options: Private bus for foreigners ($22) or the regular public bus (approx $8), both leave around 11:00pm the day before the trip starts, and return on the final afternoon of the trip arriving back to Quito around 9pm. Alternatively there is a direct flight from Quito to Lago Agrio for approx $195 return fare (subject to change).

Note that in 2012 there were unfortunately some security issues in the Cuyabeno area; in 2013 this has been addressed by the Tourism Ministry in Ecuador to improve safety. If you have any doubts about travel in this region then please contact your home government for travel advice.

Past Clients Feedback

‘During my two-month stay in Ecuador the trip to Cayman lodge was the highlight of my stay. Location, transportation, food, rooms and local village was beyond my expectation. We were a group of four from UK, Germany, USA and Turkey and all are especially grateful to Vinicio, our exceptional guide who was very friendly and showed us amazing things about jungle life. I will definitely go back and strongly recommend for the best amazon lodge & guide experience.' (bouquette Weehawken, USA)

‘The caiman eco-lodge is amazing! I had no idea what to expect of the lodge or the trip and I have nothing but excellent things to say! The surrounding nature is incredible and the guides (Dario & David) were amazing, knowledgeable, patient, and ridiculously good at spotting wildlife. We saw so many diverse animals, I couldn't believe it! The lodge itself also surpassed my expectations, a great bed and some of the best and cleanest bathrooms I've seen on my travels. The crew at the lodge were also amazing, friendly, helpful, and so lovely. I can't recommend this opportunity enough- definitely check out Caiman eco-lodge- it's an amazing once in a lifetime experience. My only regret was not staying longer :)' (HuetM, Canada)

‘This was an excellent and relaxing lodge with beautiful surroundings. The food was very good with fresh fruit and juice in the morning and delicious lunch and dinner. The staff and guides were very friendly and helpful. We were lucky to have hot water in our room but sometimes it was a little stop in the water supply. We wanted to stay longer.' (Aud S, Norway)

‘We stayed at the Lodge for 4D/3N. It was an absolutely amazing adventure. You can learn so much about the vegetation and the Indigenous people here. The rooms are big and each has its own shower and toilets. It is clean and there are Mosquito nets as windows, so no problem at night with Insects. We would go back in an instant.' (Duene Weinfelden, Switzerland)

"We had a brilliant time at the caiman lodge. Our guide (David) was really good! He was knowledgeable and went above and beyond to ensure we had a great time. The staff, too, were super friendly and the food was delicious. The cabins were comfortable but dos have a few cockroaches but I guess this was to be expected as we were in the jungle!" (Carmen Cheung)

"Caiman Lodge was of excellent quality - having access to hot water and cold beer in the Amazon gave us a little bit of very welcome luxury after a day of wildlife spotting and jungle trekking. Speaking of wildlife we were blown away by how much we saw, from anacondas to boa constrictors, from river dolphins to caimen, from 2 types of sloths to 6 types of monkeys, as well as toucans, macaws, stingrays, lizards, frogs and a whole aray of giant spiders and insects. And we didnt just see the animals from a distance, we were able to get up close and see them in detail. Our guide David was extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and patient. He made sure that everyone saw all the animals and had a chance to get some amazing photos, even using his expert camera skills to take photos for us. He really was one of the best guides we'd ever had. And our boat driver Jefferson was incredible at spotting wildlife ensuring that we didn't miss anything. I have attached two photos that I took with my smartphone (not an expensive camera with a big lense)." (Annika & Paul Bear)

* All lodge information is correct at time of publishing but subject to change by the lodge owner.