Bamboo Lodge Cuyabeno

Short Hiking Trip

3 Days & 2 Nights

Short Hiking 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.

 

What’s included?

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

Itinerary

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 – Full jungle activities

7.00am – 12.00pm

After breakfast your guide takes you on a three to four hour jungle hike.  On the walk, you experience the transition of different forest types (high lands, swamps, flooded forests). Your guide explains about rain forest ecosystems, wildlife and medicinal plants and even through in Cuyabeno most wildlife is spotted from the canoe, you can still get lucky and see monkeys, deer, turtles or other amazon specious.

1pm – 4pm

Back at the lodge you have lunch and time to rest. You can take a nap, have a coffee in our restaurant, and/or a cold beer in a hammock.

4pm – 9pm

Explore the Hormiga river by canoe and get to know the Caiman Cocha lagoon, one more of in total 14 lagoons of the Cuyabeno Reserve. This area is flooded forest and called “Igapo” forest, a closed ecosystem on its own. After sunset you will go caiman searching by canoe. Besides the 4 different species of caimans you will also try to find boas and other wildlife active at night.   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.

Approximately 2.30pm

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.