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Cuyabeno Tucan Eco-lodge

The Tucan Eco Lodge, is at one of the newest lodges in the reserve. Right on the Cuyabeno river, it is around 30 Kilometers downstream from the entrance of the park In the center of the reserve.

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Overview

Tucan Eco Lodge is one of the newest lodges in the reserve, based down the Cuyabeno river it is around 30 Kilometers downstream from the entrance of the park and reachable by canoe all year long, and depending on the season. The Lodge accommodates up to 24 people in two guest huts; divided into 3 cabins and 4 cabins. Each hut houses 2 – 4 people in double or triple bedrooms (as required) each with its private bathroom and shower. Our lodge has a relaxing area with hammocks and a platform where one can watch the river and at the right time of year, you can spot the pink river dolphins. All our guests are assisted by an accredited naturalist guide and licensed canoe driver because we know that a good guide above all is crucial for a good tour.

Day 1
DAY 1 Enter the Forest

Day 1:QUITO – LAGO AGRIO – CUYABENO: Flight (EQ201 arrival 10:55 am) or bus (trip the night before the tour – 8 hours) to Lago Agrio. Private land transportation from Lago Agrio to The bridge of Cuyabeno. You will then take a Canoe trip down the Cuyabeno River to our lodge. Unlike other lodges, you will Lunch in the lodge itself. Then visit the Laguna Grande to swim and enjoy the sunset. Indulge your self with a great Dinner. Finally a night canoe expedition in search of caimans.

Day 2 - EXPLORE THE JUNGLE
EXPLORE THE JUNGLE

Day 2:Set out on a four hours hike in the primary forest because we know learning about flora and fauna, especially to find out about the medicinal plants, frogs, insects, birds, etc is what everyone wants from a tour. Lunch at the camp. In the afternoon paddle in a traditional canoe on the Lagoons or rivers to explore and enjoy the uniqueness of nature. You will have the chance to swim and enjoy the sunset. However, this is if conditions permit. if you are lucky you may be able to see pink dolphins. Return to the lodge. Finally, have your Dinner.

Day 3 - SHAMAN OF THE FOREST
PUERTO BOLIVAR – INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY

Day 3:Enjoy a visit to the Siona Community, where you can see the preparation of their traditional bread, Casabe, and the naturalist guide will give you explanations about the customs and traditions, in other words, the culture of native people. Quench your hunger with a Box Lunch. Straight after lunch, we will visit the Shaman, who will talk to you about the ceremonies in the jungle. Besides, you will be able to ask questions Return to camp. After a long day. And it is time for Dinner. Conclude your day with an exciting night walk.

Day 4 - SPLENDOR OF NATURE
CUYABENO

Day 4: Start the day with early morning birdwatching (5:30) and watch the sunrise. After we will have breakfast at the lodge Then at 9:30 return to the Cuyabeno bridge where we will have a box lunch and then you will be picked up by a shuttle bus which will take you to Lago Agrio so you can get back to Quito either by bus or airplane also.

Or if doing 5 days

A relaxing morning paddle in a traditional canoe on the rivers to explore and enjoy the uniqueness of nature. Searching for monkeys and birds. to conclude your morning you will Lunch at the camp. Relax, Visit the Laguna Grande to swim and enjoy the sunset. Your well-deserved Dinner and after that a spectacular Night walk (optional)

Day 5 - BACK TO CIVILISATION
RETURN TO LAGO AGRIO

Day 5: An early morning bird watching. You would have earnt your Breakfast, after the early start. Navigating the Cuyabeno River back to Cuyabeno Bridge. Tucan lodge will provide a Box Lunch. To finalize the tour a Transfer to Lago Agrio. Return to Quito by bus (15:00 pm). or plane (EQ 210 leaves 17.55)

  • AND FINALLY I RETURN TO QUITO
ITINERARY

DAY ONE

  • Arrival to Lago Agrio
  • Transfer to the entrance of the national park
  • Lunch
  • Canoe ride to get to the lodge
  • Watch the sunset on the Lagoon
  • Dinner
  • Free time

DAY TWO

  • Breakfast
  • hike through the Amazon rainforest
  • Lunch
  • Paddle canoe
  • Dinner
  • We will take a Canoe and go out looking for Caiman

DAY THREE

  • Breakfast
  • Roughly 1.5-hour canoe ride to the community
  • Visit lady who shows you how to make Yuka bread
  • Lunch
  • Visit Shaman
  • Take the Canoe back to the lodge
  • Dinner
  • Night walk

DAY FOUR

If you take the 4-day option

  • Breakfast
  • Leave the lodge by canoe
  • bus back to Lago agrio where the tour ends

If you take the 5 day option

  • Breakfast
  • Optional activity hiking or canoe ride
  • Lunch
  • Optional activity
  • Dinner

DAY FIVE

  • Breakfast
  • Leave the lodge by canoe
  • bus back to Lago agrio where the tour ends

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 Caiman 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 $12.50 US – $20 US
  • $5 US Contribution to Siona Community Visit
  • $5 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)
  • Swimsuits
  • 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
  • $250 US per person 3 days 2 nights
  • $290 US per person 4 days 3 nights
  • $350 US per person 5 days 4 nights

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