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Overview

Guacamayo lodge sets itself apart from other lodges right away with its impressive bird-watching tower where you can climb in to the canopy and be with the birds. There is no place quite like the flooded forests of Cuyabeno. Once you experience it’s intrigue and beauty, the charm of it’s rivers reflecting the emerging forests and skies like mirrors, the symphony of frogs, crickets, night birds and monkeys lulling you to sleep, the bird life, the plant life, the animals you will never want to come back to civilization.

Itinerary 5 days:

Day 1.-Quito – Lago Agrio – El Puente . Flight (10:30 – 20 mins.) or bus ride (one day before – 8 hour ride) to Lago Agrio. Drive from Lago Agrio to El Puente. Afternoon: canoe trip down the Cuyabeno River to our camp site. Night: dinner and exiting night walk.

Day 2.- Cuyabeno river.  Three hour hike in the primary forest to learn about flora and fauna, including lessons in the use of plants for survival. Late afternoon: Relax, sunset at Laguna Grande with a chance for some refreshing swimming and caiman (alligator) searching.

Day 3.- Cuyabeno River. Morning: An hour and a half boat rides down the river to a Siona indigenous community to interact and learn about their traditions and customs by making some local food. After a visit to a shaman to learn about his secrets about the ancestral knowledge of shamanism. At night we enjoy watching hundreds of different insects coming to special lamps connected to solar system to attract them.

Day 4.- Cuyabeno river. Morning: paddle by traditional dug-out canoe through small canals to enjoy the peaceful and quiet surroundings while looking for wild life around. Late afternoon: watching last sunset at the Laguna Grande.

Day 5.- El Puente-Lago Agrio-Quito. Early morning: Bird watching from a 25 meters high tower. Morning: journey up Cuyabeno River to El Puente. Drive to Lago Agrio (arrive in Lago Agrio in the afternoon). Flight or bus ride back to Quito.

Itinerary 4 days:

Day 1.- Quito – Lago Agrio – El Puente. Flight (10:30 – 20 mins.) or bus ride (one day before – 8 hour ride) to Lago Agrio. Drive from Lago Agrio to El Puente. Afternoon: canoe trip down the Cuyabeno River to our camp site. Night: dinner and exiting night walk.

Day 2.- Cuyabeno River. Morning: three hour hike in the primary forest to learn about flora and fauna, including lessons in the use of plants for survival. Late afternoon: Relax, sunset at Laguna Grande with a chance for some refreshing swimming and caiman (alligator) searching.

Day 3.- Cuyabeno river. Morning: An hour and a half boat ride down the river to a Siona indigenous community to interact and learn about their traditions and customs by making some local food. After a visit to a shaman to learn about his secrets and ancestral knowledge of shamanism. At night we enjoy watching hundreds of different insects coming to special lamps connected to solar system to attract them.

Day 4.- EL Puente – Lago Agrio – Quito. Early morning: Bird watching from a 25 meters high tower. Breakfast: journey up Cuyabeno River to El Puente. Drive to Lago Agrio (arrive in Lago Agrio in the afternoon). Flight or bus ride back to Quito.

What’s Included:

  • Meals from Lunch day 1 until lunch on day 4 or 5
  • Tea / Coffee and Filtered Water
  • Accommodation Double/Triple or Matrimonial cabin
  • Transportation from Lago Agrio to the Guacamayo Lodge and back to Lago Agrio
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Rain Poncho and Rubber boots

What’s Not Included:

  • Transport from Quito to Lago Agrio and back – return flights approx. $190 US – bus is between $10 US – $15 US
  • $3 US Contribution to Siona Community Visit
  • $3 US Contribution to Shaman Visit
  • Alcoholic / Soft drinks
  • TIPS

What to bring:

  • Sunglasses
  • Light Jacket / Raincoat
  • Flash Lights (Preferable LED for the night walk and caiman spotting activities)
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Water Bottle
  • Long sleeved cotton shirts
  • 2 or more Long trousers
  • 2 or more ( not jeans ) Shorts, 2 or more ( quick drying material )
  • T-shirts, 3 or more
  • Cotton socks, a pair per day
  • Comfortable walking shoes and sandals
  • Toiletries ( biodegradable shampoo and soap )
  • Binoculars ( optional )
  • Original Passport & copy
  • Zip-lock bags to keep clothes / equipment dry

Costs:

Normal rooms

  • $250 US per person 3 days 2 nights
  • $290 US per person 4 days 3 nights
  • $330 US per person 5 days 4 nights

standard superior rooms

  • $280 US per person 3 days 2 nights
  • $310 US per person 4 days 3 nights
  • $350 US per person 5 days 4 nights