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- Adventure levelMedium/high
- Deep AmazonYes
- Access fromLago Agrio
- Native CommunitySiona
Highlights of Samona Lodge
- Samona Lodge is located in the heart of the protected Cuyabeno Reserve, in the Ecuadorian Amazon basin.
- Samona is a popular choice for backpackers representing excellent value for money.
- The lodge offers rustic, private cabins with mosquito nets, and private bathrooms/shower. A cosy place to feel close to the forest.
- The Samona tour offers diverse wildlife spotting, with freuent sightings of pink fresh water dolphins, ananconda snakes, caiman alligators, many species of monkey, and much more besides.
- You can also visit the local Tarapuy Siona community for a view of typical life in the rainforest, and learn about their unique way of life.
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Itineraries and pricing 2019
Browse through the different lodge itineraries below by clicking on each one.
- $290Per person
Itinerary for 4 days – Standard Cabin
- DAY 1– Journey to Samona Lodge by bus & motorized canoe from Lago Agrio. Lunch, relaxation, and visit to Laguna Grande for swimming, sunset, and search for pink dolphins.
- DAY 2Canoe paddling on Laguna Caimancocha. Afternoon forest hike, and swim in Laguna Grande to enjoy the spectacular sunset
- DAY 3Visit the Siona indigenous community, learn about their culture & traditions, meet the shaman healer. Nocturnal search for caiman alligators.
- DAY 4Optional early morning bird-watching, breakfast, check-out and return to Lago Agrio town.
- $340Per person
Itinerary for 5 days – Standard Cabin
- DAY 1Journey to Samona Lodge by bus & motorized canoe from Lago Agrio. Lunch, relaxation, and visit to Laguna Grande for swimming, sunset, and search for pink dolphins
- DAY 2Forest trek to learn about medicinal plants and spot wildlife. Canoe navigation looking for pink dolphins. Nocturnal search for caiman alligators.
- DAY 3Canoe paddling on Laguna Caimancocha. Afternoon forest hike, and swim in Laguna Grande to enjoy the spectacular sunset.
- DAY 4Visit the Siona indigenous community, learn about their culture & traditions, meet the shaman healer. Nocturnal search for caiman alligators.
- DAY 5Optional early morning bird-watching, breakfast, check-out and return to Lago Agrio town.
Standard departure days are Friday-Monday (4 days) and Monday-Friday (5 days), but often other starting days will also be available.
Please contact our sale staff to check availability for your dates of travel.
Accommodation and facilities
- Cabins: double, triple.
- Private bathroom: cold water in regular cabins.
- Showers: Yes – hot water.
- Mosquito nets: Yes.
- Electricity: Generator in communal area only.
- Boots / Rain ponchos: Provided by lodge staff.
- 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.
- 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 – transportation
- 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 a safer private bus service operating from the Mariscal area of Quito for $22 each way.
- There is a direct flight from Quito to Lago Agrio for approx. $200 return fare (subject to change).