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Siona Lodge Cuyabeno Reserve

The Siona Lodge is in the Cuyabeno nature reserve, deep in the primary forest of the Amazon Jungle.

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Overview

The Siona Lodge is in the Cuyabeno nature reserve, deep in the primary forest of the Amazon Jungle. If you are looking for a big adventure this might be the right place for you. Some activities among others are jungle trekking, bird watching, cayman watching, paddling Indian canoes, visits to the Siona Community, lake swimming.  Adventure, wildlife, and fun guaranteed.

Day 1 Imerse yourself
DAY 1 Enter the Forest

Day 1: Reception in Lago Agrio at 09h50, and transfer to CuyabenoRiver.Box lunch in the route. Here our Naturalist Guide will give information about the Reserve, important recommendations, and other tips to begin the two hours navigation through Cuyabeno River to the Laguna Grande, where the Lodge is located. Along the river, you will find several species in its natural habitat as monkeys, toucans, parrots, insects, and the exuberant Amazonian vegetation. Arrival and check-in. Night walk in the primary forest to observe amphibians and reptiles for about one hour. Return to the lodge for a welcome cocktail and dinner. 

Day 2 - EXPLORE THE JUNGLE
EXPLORE THE JUNGLE

Day 2: After breakfast, depart to the Siona Indian Community of Puerto Bolivar, the largest ethnic group in the Reserve. During this tour, you will learn about their customs, traditions, and way of life. You will be part of the elaboration of the Casabe; a local dish made of yucca (carbohydrates principal feed of the community). The trip takes 2 hours navigation downstream to get there, in the route will be possible to admire the existing fauna along the Rio Cuyabeno such as birds, monkeys, snakes, pink dolphins, tortoises, and many others. A visit to the Shaman is also included. This is a full-day excursion with Lunch in the Community. Return to the lodge. Night navigation for watching Caymans. Dinner.

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

Day 3: Breakfast. Trek in the primary rain forest for approximately 3-5 hours in the distance you will be able to explore the beautiful and complex tropical ecosystem. You will find a great variety of species of plants, trees, and animal life. Lunch back at the lodge. In the afternoon navigation in the big lagoon, to enjoy the surrounding of the lake, and wait for a very special sunset. Dinner.

Day 4 - SPLENDOR OF NATURE
CUYABENO

Day 4: Early in the morning before breakfast a bird watching excursion is optional. Breakfast and by 09h30 departure tour back to Lago Agrio to take your flight back.

Important: If you buy the 5 days 4 nights tour this day you can paddle half day looking for animals around the lagoons and along the Cuyabeno and La Hormiga rivers or also go for new walks on different paths with your naturalist guide.

Day 5 - BACK TO CIVILISATION
RETURN TO LAGO AGRIO

Day 5: Early in the morning before breakfast a bird watching excursion is optional. Breakfast and by 09h30 departure tour back to Lago Agrio to take your flight back.

  • 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
  • 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 THREE

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

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 – the 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
  • $360 US per person 4 days 3 nights
  • $450 US per person 5 days 4 nights

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