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Samona Lodge

Samona is a great choice for backpacker clients as it represents excellent value, good service, and a deep-rainforest tour. The lodge is very rustic but offers a genuine jungle experience with diverse wildlife spotting and cultural visits included.

We often receive positive feedback from past clients when they return - see below.

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Lodge Background

The Samona Lodge is located within the protected Cuyabeno Reserve in the north-east of Ecuador - an extensive network of inter-connected lakes, lagoons and rovers covering over 6000 sq. km of pristine virgin rainforest, home to a wealth of fauna including pink freshwater dolphin, anaconda, capybara, caiman, tapir, manatee, piranha, ocelot, toucan, macaw ... and much more.

The lodge itself is rustic in style with private cabins, beds, mosquito nets, and private bathrooms/shower - a cosy feel close to the forest! There are 2 different cabin options: regular or suite, the difference between the two being hot water shower and more recent re-modelling (2015 in suites verses 2005 in the standard cabins).

Samona Lodge

Accommodation

  • Cabins: double, triple
  • Private bathroom: yes
  • Showers: yes - cold water in regular cabins, hot water in suites
  • Mosquito nets: yes
  • Electricity: generator in communal area only
  • Boots / Rain ponchos: provided by lodge staff

Itineraries

The 4-day trip usually begins on Fridays, and the 5-day trip on Mondays. Most weeks there are also other departure days available - check with Happy Gringo for details.

4 DAYS
Day 1 The guide will meet you in the morning at Lago Agrio and transport the group by bus to the entrance of the reserve at El Puente. Then a canoe trip down the Cuyabeno River to the lodge arriving late afternoon. Exciting night walk in search of nocturnal species.
Day 2 After breakfast we paddle by traditional dug-out canoe on the caimancocha lake where we can enjoy the uniqueness of this area of rainforest. After lunch a hike into the primary rainforest including lessons in the use of plants for survival. Before our return to camp there is time for a relaxing swim and to enjoy the sunset on the magnificent Laguna Grande, and if conditions permit we may be lucky enough to see a pink freshwater dolphin.
Day 3 In the morning a walk to the Tarapuy Siona community where your naturalist guide will explain about the culture and traditions of the native people. Another jungle hike in the afternoon. Night-time canoe trip in search of caiman (alligators).
Day 4 Early morning bird-watching. Return journey from the lodge to Lago Agrio.
5 DAYS
Day 1 The guide will meet you in the morning at Lago Agrio and transport the group by bus to the entrance of the reserve at El Puente. Then a canoe trip down the Cuyabeno River to the lodge arriving late afternoon. Exciting night walk in search of nocturnal species.
Day 2 After breakfast a hike into the primary rainforest to learn about medicinal plants, biological flora and fauna. After lunch a river navigation to look for pink freshwater dolphins (conditions permitting), enjoying the surrounding nature as we go. Return to camp for dinner and night-time canoe trip in search of caiman (alligators).
Day 3 After breakfast we paddle by traditional dug-out canoe on the caimancocha lake where we can enjoy the uniqueness of this area of rainforest. After lunch a hike into the primary rainforest including lessons in the use of plants for survival. Before our return to camp there is time for a relaxing swim and to enjoy the sunset on the magnificent Laguna Grande.
Day 4 In the morning a memorable visit to the shaman medicine man to learn about his beliefs and way of life. After lunch we head to the Tarapuy Siona community where your naturalist guide will explain about the culture and traditions of the native people.
Day 5 Early morning bird-watching. Return journey from the lodge to Lago Agrio.
2016 PRICES PER PERSON
4 days $250 Standard Cabin / $280 Suite Request this Tour
5 days $300 Standard Cabin / $330 Suite Request this Tour

* Please note that these rates may increase during July and August peak season.

Inclusions:

  • Lodge accommodation in double or triple cabins
  • 3 meals per day (from lunch on day1 to breakfast on final day)
  • All excursions as listed in itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • Transport to/from Lago Agrio and the lodge

Exclusions:

  • Transport between Quito and Lago Agrio
  • Single supplement (50%)
  • Local village fee to visit the Tarapuy Siona community ($5 subject to change)
  • Fee to visit the shaman ($5 subject to change)
  • Tips / drinks from bar / other personal expenses

Access/Transport

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

Public bus from Quito typically takes between 8 to 9 hours. Most clients take the night-bus at 11:30pm the day before their trip, and return on the final day of their trip arriving back to Quito by 3 or 4am. The fare each way is approximately $8. There is also a safer private bus service operating from the Mariscal area of Quito for $22 each way - our sales team will be happy to provide more detailed information. 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

"Samona lodge was great - good facilities, food and an excellent guide!" (Mark and Kelly Logan, Australia)

"An amazing jungle trip - of my whole 2 months in Ecuador this is one of the real highlights"
(Rebecca Lewis, UK)

"Service was superb considering the cheap price ... saw all of the wildlife we wanted, even an anaconda"
(Jeff Moon, USA)

"Unforgettable experience - very knowledgable and great fun guide, tasty food, adequate accommodation, great service, price/value unbeatable!"
(Paul Parker, Canada)

"The tour was amazing, location was beautiful, lodge and staff were great, and Lenny was an incredible guide. We talked to some people who stayed at a nearby lodge and their experience did not compare to the quality of ours. We would definately do it again!"
(Joshua Bonk, USA)

"The Lodge were always helpful and it was clear that they wanted us to have a great time while experiencing the Amazon!" (Xandra & Linn)

"The Samona Lodge was absolutely wonderful - it was everything we had hoped for and more. The lodge was rustic but comfortable and well kept. The food was awesome (some of the best we had during our trip) and the portions were huge. The staff was friendly and our guide was fantastic - he new every animal sound and could spot wildlife out of nowhere." (Laurel Gilkerson)

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