4 – 5 DAYS CUYABENO LAGUNA GRANDE

The 4 or 5 day program is based at Nicky Amazon Lodge Laguna Grande, which is located in the Cuyabeno National Park. This lodge offers the opportunity to explore the high part of the Cuyabeno River. It was designed for people who want to visit the Laguna Grande, where it is possible to admire one of the particular ecosystems of the amazon basin; the flooded forest or Igapo. The cabins are built in the traditional Indian style of the jungle. You can find the description of our 5 days/4 nights itineraries bellow.

DAY 1: Our excursion begins in Lago Agrio at 09h30. If you go by plane we will pick you up at the Lago Agrio airport at 09h55. We travel by bus/truck approx. 1 1⁄4 hours to reach Tarapoa town where we eat our lunch. After 20 minutes we arrive at the Cuyabeno Bridge (the principal entrance to this Protect Reserve). We immediately journey down the river to our Lodge (approx. 2 hours). Then, our excursion into the rainforest starts, and along the beginning of the river we can observe some species of monkeys and birds very close because this part of the river is narrow. Finally, we arrive to the Nicky Amazon Lodge. Time for a short relaxation and later an introductory walk around the Lodge. After dinner our naturalist bilingual guide gives us a briefing on the upcoming activities for the next few days and about the area.

DAY 2:After an early breakfast we start our journey because the brisk morning hours are the best time to see the rainforest’s thriving activity. We trek into the rainforest with our Naturalist guide who shares their wealth of knowledge. We also have the opportunity to learn about how life in the tropical rainforest co-exists in a fragile balance. Botanic information emphasizes the use of the medicinal plants, which has been taught by the local ancestors for generations. We also find some species of amphibians, butterflies, centipedes and millipedes, snakes, birds, monkeys or any footprints of mammals in the trail. Return to the lodge. Lunch. Later we navigate along the Cuyabeno River to turn around the Kapok Island trying to find species of monkeys. We also have a good chance of seeing the freshwater pink dolphins (Inia geof-frensis and Sotalia fluviatilis) in the amazing river scenery. Before dinner we venture into the forest to find species of insects, spiders, tarantulas, snakes or colorful frogs. The night world of the Amazon is perfect for viewing small species and enjoying the nocturnal sounds of the jungle.

DAY 3: An early activity permits us to enjoy the nature with a good chance to watch some monkeys and birds. After breakfast we follow the “taricaya” that means turtle trail to visit the Seoqueya Community, where some local families of the Sionas Indigenous group live. A member of the family shows us how they prepare the yuca bread which is called “Cassave” and our guide explains local traditions and cultures from the past to the present. Return to the lodge. After lunch, we always have time to relax and to enjoy the place. In the afternoon we go out with our motor canoe upstream to visit the Laguna Grande where we navigate in the amazing lake and admire the flooded forest by black water or Igapo, considered an ecosystem of the rainforest, dominated by the famous Macrolobium trees which are homes of Epiphytes plants and bird, there is time to swimming in the lake while we admire the spectacular sunset in the rainforest. Before we return to the lodge we venture downstream to search for Caimans (alligator family)and fishing bats.

DAY 4: The last early activity is a short canoe excursion to enjoy the sunrise over the jungle. This is a good opportunity for bird watching. It permits us to create the last memory of this wonderful place. After breakfast you have time to prepare your luggage for the trip back. We navigate upstream to reach the Cuyabeno Bridge. Box lunch. Our bus/pick up takes us back to Lago Agrio, arriving at approx. 14h30 either to catch the Bus or the plane back to Quito.

DAY 5: For passengers going for long trip 5d/4n, the additional day includes a morning walk and an extra canoe excursion admiring the wonderful landscape in the afternoon and either a night walk.

– First night in Quito at Hump Day Hostel – Dorm Room (breakfast included)

– Roundtrip transport to Lago Agrio (by car & motor canoe)

-Ministry of Tourism Licensed bilingual naturalist guides trained in biology and

Eco-tourism

– Comfortable accommodation, rooms with private bathrooms double, triple &

familiar with private bathrooms ) at Nicky Amazon Lodge

– If you want single accommodation it is provided with an extra charge of 75%

– High quality camping equipment, tents & bedding for long excursions

– Personal equipment: rubber boots and lifejackets

– Three nutritious meals daily, including purified bottled water, soft drinks such

as tea, coffee & hot chocolate available all day, snacks for the activities.

– Catering for vegetarians and passengers with dietary restrictions

Rain coat

Transportation from/to Lago Agrio (Bus-Airfair)

Cuyabeno National Park entrance fee is free

Entrance to the community visit ($5)

Tips for guide

Additional beverages

Book your flight ticket with us (Quito – Lago Agrio – Quito) for $200 p.p.

Private bus transportation on the night before departure (Quito-Lago Agrio) can be arranged for $20 p.p. (depending on availability).

Public transport (between Lago Agrio and Quito) costs $12.

Nicky Lodge

4 Days – 3 Nights – $290 p.p.

5 Days – 4 Nights – $330 p.p.

*Dolphine Lodge (second option when we dont have availability at Nicky)

4 Days – 3 Nights – $270 p.p.

5 Days – 4 Nights – $300 p.p.