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Nicky Lodge Cuyabeno Reserve

Dracaena wants to offer the finest exploration in the Rainforest with the Nicky Amazon Lodge. It is located on the Cuyabeno River (lower part of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve), with 7 cabins built in the traditional Indian style of the jungle.

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Overview

Dracaena wants to offer the finest exploration in the Rainforest with the Nicky Amazon Lodge. It is located on the Cuyabeno River (lower part of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve), with 7 cabins built in the traditional Indian style of the jungle.  Each hut has 2 rooms that can be single, double and triple accommodation, twins or matrimonial beds with mosquito nets to keep you safe from biting insects. All rooms have private bathrooms with showers. All cabins have an area where you will be able to relax in the hammocks or sitting to observe some species of birds and monkeys or to enjoy nature early in the morning or to listen to the nocturnal songs of the Amazon.

Day 1 Welcome to the Jungle
DAY 1 Enter the Forest

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 10.00. We travel by bus/car approx. 2 hours to reach the Cuyabeno Bridge where we eat our lunch. After lunch, we start our journey down the river to our Lodge (approx. 3 hours).

Then our excursion into the rainforest can really start. Along the river, we can observe some species of monkeys and birds from very close because this part of the river is really narrow.

Finally, we arrive to the Nicky Amazon Lodge. We have some time to relax and later we get 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 the area. There is also a night walk for those who want to see the nightlife of the Amazon.

Day 2 - EXPLORE THE JUNGLE
EXPLORE THE JUNGLE

Day 2: Before breakfast, we start our journey. 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.

Then, we return to the lodge to get 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 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 - SHAMAN OF THE FOREST
PUERTO BOLIVAR – INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY

Day 3: An early activity permits us to enjoy nature with a good chance to watch some monkeys and birds.

After breakfast, we follow the “taricaya” which means turtle trail to visit the Seoqueya Community, where some local families of the Siona’s 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.

Then we 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 go swimming in the lake while we enjoy 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 - SPLENDOR OF NATURE
CUYABENO

Day 4: The last early activity is a short canoe excursion to watch the sunrise over the jungle. This is a good opportunity for bird watching. It permits us to create some last memories 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, where we provide a 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.

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

Day 5 - BACK TO CIVILISATION
RETURN TO LAGO AGRIO

Day 5:The last early activity is a short canoe excursion to watch the sunrise over the jungle. This is a good opportunity for bird watching. It permits us to create some last memories 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, where we provide 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.

  • 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
  • Dinner
  • Night walk

DAY TWO

  • Breakfast
  • hike through the Amazon rainforest
  • Lunch
  • canoe ride for wild life spotting
  • Dinner

DAY THREE

  •  Breakfast
  • Roughly 1.5 hour canoe ride to the community
  • Visit LAdy who shows you how to make Yuka bread
  • Lunch
  • Take the Canoeto Laguna grande
  • Caiman watching
  • Dinner

DAY FOUR

If you take the 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
  • 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
  • $300 US per person 4 days 3 nights in shared rooms
  • $320 US per person 4 days 3 nights in twin or Double room
  • $340 US per person 5 days 4 nights in shared rooms
  • $360 US per person 5 days 4 nights in twin or Double room
  • Ask about camping options from 6 to 8 days 🙂

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