The lodge has been constructed in typical style of the region and can accommodate up to 20 people at one time in 4 guest huts. Each hut has 2 bedrooms, bathroom/shower, and a balcony complete with hammock and lounge chairs.
The description below is a sample itinerary only
and is subject to change.
||Reception in Lago Agrio at 08h30-09h00, and transfer to Cuyabeno River.Box lunch in the route .At this point the visitors have to register in the Reserve’s office and pay the Entrance fee. Here our Naturalist Guide will give information about the Reserve, important recommendations and other tips to begin the two hours navigation through Cuyabeno River to the Big Lagoon, where the Lodge is located. Along the river you will find several species in its natural habitat as monkeys, toucans, parrots, insect and the exuberant Amazonian vegetation. Arrival and check in. Night walk in the primary forest to observe amphibians and reptiles for about one hour. Return to the lodge for a welcome cocktail and dinner.
||After breakfast, departure to the Siona Indian Community of Puerto Bolivar, the largest ethnic group in the Reserve. During this tour you will learn their customs , traditions and way of life. You will be part of the elaboration of the Casabe ; local dish made of yucca (carbohydrates principal feed of the community). The trip takes 2 hours navigation downstream to get there, on route be sure to look out for fauna on the Rio Cuyabeno such as: birds, monkeys, snakes, pink dolphins, tortoises and many others. A visit to the Shaman, is also included. This is a full day excursion with Lunch in the Community . Return to the lodge. Night navigation for watching Caymans. Dinner.
||Breakfast. Trek in the primary rain forest for approximately 3-5 hours to explore the beautiful and complex tropical ecosystem. You will find the great variety of species of plants, trees and animal life. Lunch back at the lodge. In the afternoon navigation in the big lagoon, to enjoy the surrounding of the lake, time to fish piranhas , swimming and wait for a very special sunset. Dinner.
||Early in the morning before breakfast a bird watching excursion is optional. Breakfast and transfer to Lago Agrio to take your flight back.
In the 5 days / 4 nights tour, a visit to Canangueno Lagoon for birdwatching and another hike in the forest are the activities for the 4th day.
The Siona 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.
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