Bamboo Lodge Cuyabeno
Short Community Trip
3 Days & 2 Nights
Short Community Trip
When & where?
It is possible to start this tour every day. The tour always starts at 9.30am from the Hotel Arazá in Lago Agrio (Nueva Loja). On the last day the tour ends around 2.30pm after lunch in Lago Agrio.
How much does it cost?
The price depends on the room or suite you choose. All our rates you can find here.
Breakfast before and lunch after the tour in Lago Agrio
Full transportation by private shuttle and engine canoe from Lago Agrio to the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve (Bamboo Lodge), during the tour and back to Lago Agrio
Fully guided program with a licensed bilingual naturalist guide (English and Spanish)
Meals & drinks (breakfast, lunch & dinner (vegetarian or vegan meals possible) & drinks: water, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, lemonade/juice)
Accommodation in standard room or suite (as selected) in Bamboo Lodge
Welcome or Goodbye Cocktail
Rain poncho, life jacket & boots for the duration of the tour
Not included: US$10 per person contribution to the Siona community, transport from Quito (or other cities) to Lago Agrio, drinks from the bar, tips
This is a sample itinerary. All activities largely depend on weather, season, group interests, and guide decisions based on passenger safety – so there might be changes to this itinerary, always in your best interest for a great amazon rainforest experience.
Day 1 – Arrival day
9.00am – 12.00pm
You can arrive at our meeting point, the Hotel Arazá in Lago Agrio, at any time in the early morning and rest in the lobby until the tour starts. From 6am – 9am breakfast is included and there are also bathrooms with showers and a pool you can feel free to use. Our team will pick you up at 9.30am to start your journey to Bamboo Lodge. After a 2 hour shuttle ride you arrive at the entrance of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.
12pm – 4pm
Your guide registers you at the entrance of the Cuyabeno Reserve and gives you general information and important safety instructions. Then you will board the canoe and get the first glimpse of the amazing amazon rainforest. During a 2 hour canoe ride down to Bamboo Lodge you get the first chance to observe amazon wildlife and vegetation. Once you arrive at Bamboo Lodge you have lunch and move into your room,
4pm – 9pm
After a short rest you head out in our light paddling canoes to explore the “Laguna Grande” (Big lagoon). You have a great chance to see the pink river dolphins and other wildlife and then you can swim in the middle of the famous “Laguna Grande” and enjoy your first jungle sunset. After dinner at the lodge you go on an exciting night walk.
Day 2 – Get to know amazon culture
7.00am – 12.00pm
After breakfast you leave the lodge for a full day trip: You travel down the Cuyabeno river in an engine canoe until you reach the Siona community “Puerto Bolivar”. On the way down to the community your guide points out amazon wildlife like monkeys, birds, snakes, etc. In Puerto Bolivar a Siona woman welcomes you and takes you to harvest yuca. She shows you the whole process of making cassava, a traditional yucca bread. Of course you can assist and try the bread afterwards.
1pm – 4pm
You have lunch (provided by the lodge) and then you do a short walk to an old, sacret Seiva tree close to the community. In the afternoon you can meet one of the Siona shamans (optional). The shaman explains about the Siona culture and the tradition of ayahuasca ceremonies. He does a short demonstration of the chunting and cleansing procedure they do during the ceremonies.
4pm – 9pm
You travel up river back to Bamboo Lodge. Depending on the time you get back can take a swim in the “Laguna Grande. After sunset you go cayman seaching by canoe, you might see different caymen species, boas and other night acitve wildlife. You have dinner at the lodge.
Day 3 – Departure day
5.30am – 9.30pm
Get up early for bird watching. Most birds are most active in the early morning, so on this last day you get up for sunrise. From our bird watching tower you might see toucans, arasaris, oropendulas, and more. If the weather is good you head out one last time in our paddling canoes to see the sunrise at the “Laguna Grande”. Back at the lodge you have breakfast and you pack your luggage to start the way back to civilization at 9.30am.
9.30am – 2.30pm
Your last canoe ride on the Cuyabeno river back to the entrance of the reserve – maybe you see some more wildlife on the way. At the Cuyabeno entrance our shuttle waits for you and you say “goodbye” to your guide. Our shuttle takes you back to Lago Agrio.
Our shuttle driver Jaime takes you to a restaurant in Lago Agrio where you have lunch. After lunch, he can drop you off at the bus terminal, the Hotel Arazá, or anywhere else in Lago Agrio. I you book the tourist shuttle back to Quito the shuttle picks you up directly from the restaurant.