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Tapir Lodge

The Tapir lodge is located in the pristine flooded forests of the Cuyabeno wildlife Reserve - a fabulous isolated place for observing nature and meeting native indigenous groups!

Tapir lodge aims to provide you with excellent customer service and to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. For example, they offer you alternative accommodation styles. What does this mean? Instead of the traditional huts that you may find in most of the lodges, there have built two towers each 15 meters high, to bring the wildlife experience closer.

A great all-round tour for those wishing to visit the Cuyabeno region!

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

LODGE Background

Tapir Lodge was built in 1999 in partnership with the family members of the Siona community. The vision, while building the Lodge, was not only to create a place that surpasses customers' expectations but also to demonstrate ecologic credentials by constructing the most eco-friendly lodge in the Cuyabeno National Park. Their philosophy is to respect the ecosystem, the nature, animals and maintain its natural course. They are also are passionate about the environment and therefore seek to cause the minimal disturbance in the area.

Tapir Lodge is a pioneer in the area of alternative energies. Implementing an excellent way of creating their own energy, 24 hours, with no impact to the environment. With solar panels that provide you with 110-115 V all day long. The amount is enough to recharge cameras, Lap Tops, Tablets, Electric razors, or use other basic electronic equipment. But since you will be in the middle of the jungle there are limitations on the power available. For example, a hair dryer or other highly consuming electronic equipment has to be avoided.

Tapir Lodge

Accommodation

  • Cabins: single, double, and triple accommodations
  • Private bathroom: yes
  • Showers: yes - hot water
  • Mosquito nets: yes
  • Electricity: yes
  • Boots / Rain ponchos: Provided by lodge staff

Itineraries

It is usually possible to start this tour any day of the week - please contact our sale staff to check availability for your dates of travel.

 4 DAY ITINERARY
Day 1

Your adventure starts in Lago Agrio where our driver will pick you up. A fascinating drive will take you to the northeastern part of the Sucumbios province, while we pass by beautiful rivers and small villages going deeper into the rainforest.

When you arrive at “El Puente” (the bridge), we will have lunch before we continue our way to Tapir lodge crossing down the river by canoe. This part of the trip will give you a taste of the flora and fauna that Cuyabeno has to offer. We will ensure that you and your luggage stay dry during the river ride.

After welcoming you to the Tapir Lodge, you will have time to get settled in your room. Then you will join us for a wonderful dinner, an opportunity to get acquainted with your travel companions.

After dinner, your guide will give you an introduction to the Tapir Lodge, the Cuyabeno National Park and the fascinating experiences planned for your rainforest adventure.

Day 2

In the morning, after a delicious breakfast at the lodge, we will canoe upstream to explore the unique ecosystem of Laguna Grande. While navigating in the Igapo (flooded forest), you will see (Macrolobium), ancient majestic mimosa trees, which create the ideal habitat for epiphyte plants, such as bromeliads, orchids, ferns and cacti.

We will continue the adventure to “Terra Firme”, where we will take a hike for the rest of the morning. You will get an introduction to the rainforest ecology and see an amazing variety of birds such as woodpeckers, tanagers, macaws and toucans. Here you will have the opportunity to see a couple of monkey species, as well.

After a delicious lunch and time to relax at the lodge, we will navigate back to Laguna Grande to enjoy a wonderful sunset, surrounded by animals of the rainforest as bats, bugs and frogs; and if the weather permits you will have the opportunity to go swimming and enjoy the lagoon.

After a day of adventures, we will return to the Tapir Lodge where dinner will be waiting. After dinner you can enjoy refreshments at our bar and join us for a quick night hike around the lodge to explore night wonders of the rain forest.

Day 3

After breakfast we will canoe up the Cuyabeno river until we reach the local community where we will experience daily community life and activities like harvesting and cooking. You will have the opportunity to buy handmade crafts that are carefully produced by the locals. We finish our visit meeting the shaman at his house where he will share his knowledge about the rainforest and the processes he uses to heal his people. Here you get to experience an ancestral healing ceremony that has been passed on through the generations.

In the afternoon we will meet the local Siona family. They will show us and invite us to take part in the preparation of cassava bread. This local dish, which is prepared with the yuca (cassava) root, represents an important part of the local diet and the main source of carbs for the indigenous communities of the rainforest. Once you have tried cassava bread we will head back to Tapir Logde to spend another night in the middle of the jungle.

Day 4

After breakfast it is time to return to Lago Agrio. You get to enjoy your final canoe trip back to El Puente. From there our driver will take you back to the airport of Lago Agrio.

 5 DAY ITINERARY
Day 1

Your Cuyabeno National Park rainforest adventure starts in Lago Agrio, where our driver will pick you up. A fascinating drive will take you to the northeastern part of the Sucumbios province, while we pass by beautiful rivers and small villages going deeper into the rainforest.

When you arrive at “El Puente” (the bridge), we will have lunch before we continue our way to Tapir lodge crossing down the river by canoe. This part of the trip will give you a taste of the flora and fauna that Cuyabeno has to offer. We will ensure that you and your luggage stay dry during the river ride.

After welcoming you to the Tapir Lodge, you will have time to get settled in your room. Then you will join us for a wonderful dinner, an opportunity to get acquainted with your travel companions.

After dinner, your guide will give you an introduction to the Tapir Lodge, the Cuyabeno National Park and the fascinating experiences planned for your rainforest adventure.

Day 2

In the morning, after a delicious breakfast at the lodge, we will canoe upstream to explore the unique ecosystem of Laguna Grande. While navigating in the Igapo (flooded forest), you will see (Macrolobium), ancient majestic mimosa trees, which create the ideal habitat for epiphyte plants, such as bromeliads, orchids, ferns and cacti.

We will continue the adventure to “Terra Firme”, where we will take a hike for the rest of the morning. You will get an introduction to the rainforest ecology and see an amazing variety of birds such as woodpeckers, tanagers, macaws and toucans. Here you will have the opportunity to see a couple of monkey species, as well.

After a delicious lunch and time to relax at the lodge, we will navigate back to Laguna Grande to enjoy a wonderful sunset, surrounded by animals of the rainforest as bats, bugs and frogs; and if the weather permits you will have the opportunity to go swimming and enjoy the lagoon.

After a day of adventures, we will return to the Tapir Lodge where dinner will be waiting. After dinner you can enjoy refreshments at our bar and join us for a quick night hike around the lodge to explore night wonders of the rain forest.

Day 3

After breakfast we will canoe up the Cuyabeno river until we reach the local community where we will experience daily community life and activities like harvesting and cooking. You will have the opportunity to buy handmade crafts, that are carefully produced by the locals. We finish our visit meeting the shaman at his house where he will share his knowledge about the rainforest and the processes he uses to heal his people. Here you get to experience an ancestral healing ceremony that has been passed on through the generations.

In the afternoon we will meet the local Siona family. They will show us and invite us to take part in the preparation of cassava bread. This local dish, which is prepared with the yuca (cassava) root, represents an important part of the local diet and the main source of carbs for the indigenous communities of the rainforest. Once you have tried cassava bread we will head back to Tapir Logde to spend another night in the middle of the jungle.

Day 4

Now it is your turn. Today you plan your itinerary! The Lodge offers a large array of activities like canoe paddling, trekking and swimming! The guide will help you to tailor your day.

Day 5 After breakfast it is time to return to Lago Agrio. You get to enjoy your final canoe trip back to El Puente. From there our driver will take you back to the airport of Lago Agrio.

* Please note that rainforest itineraries might vary slightly so as to maximize wildlife sightings, depending of the reports of our naturalist guides, your main interests and weather conditions. The lodge staff reserve the right to make such changes.

2017 PRICES PER PERSON
4 days $650 Request this Tour
5 days $775 Request this Tour

*Discounts are available for groups of 5 or more people.

Inclusions:

  • Lodge accommodation
  • 3 meals per day (from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on final day)
  • All excursions as listed in itinerary
  • Bilingual naturalist guide + Native assistant
  • Transport to/from Lago Agrio and the lodge
  • Soft drinks (water, coffee, tea)
  • Canoe rides
  • Use of rubber boots, raincoats and life vests

Exclusions:

  • Transport between Quito and  Lago Agrio
  • National Park fee
  • Tips / drinks from bar / other personal expenses
  • Single supplement (30%)
  • Contributions to community and shaman.

Access/Transport

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

The 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. Alternatively there is a direct flight from Quito to Lago Agrio for approx $205 return fare (subject to change).

Past Clients Feedback

"A great tour and decent facilities at the lodge. Recommended." (Joe Cooper, Australia)

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