Day 1: Quito – Lago Agrio – Rio Cuyabeno – Laguna Grande – Cuyabeno Lodge
Fly or drive over the Andes to the frontier oil town of Lago Agrio, (approx. start of tour 9:30 am.) Private transportation to the “Cuyabeno Bridge” (distance 100 Kms / 62 miles) where you will meet your guide and have lunch in a local restaurant. Motorized canoe transportation along the Cuyabeno River to Laguna Grande, location of the Lodge. During this journey of approx. 2 hours (depending upon the conditions of the river) you will be able to observe the richness of the wildlife. After settling into your room at the Lodge, exploring tour of the lagoon to observe animals, take a swim in the lake and enjoy the sunset from the canoe.
After breakfast, walk through the “terra firma forest” with your naturalist guide who will explain the wildlife, medicinal forest plants, the forest ecosystem and indigenous life. After lunch, a siesta, followed by a trip in a dugout canoe to the flooded parts of the Forest with macrolobium trees covered with abundant epiphytes to spot monkeys and birds. After dinner, night walk in primary forest to look for insects and observe nocturnal flora wildlife.
After breakfast, you will follow the Cuyabeno River downstream to reach the Siona indigenous Village. There you will observe and participate in how they cook the typical “casabe”. Your guide will give you some explanations about their way of life. Return to the Lodge for lunch. Late afternoon a siesta and a refreshing swim in the Laguna Grande. In the evening, after dinner, night excursion by canoe to spot caimans, snakes and nocturnal birds.
After having breakfast at the Lodge, you will enjoy a paddling canoe journey to experience the silence of the Lagoon and at the same time the exotic sounds of birds and insects. For the evening, an excursion to discover smaller lagoons or hike along other paths in the Cuyabeno Reserve.
Bird watching early in the morning. You have one last breakfast at the Loge, afterwards journey upstream to the bridge where our vehicle will take you back to Lago Agrio (approx. time of arrival in Lago Agrio 3:30 pm). Return to Quito either by bus or by air. We provide a packed lunch.
* This itinerary is an example, actual activities might vary. Itineraries or activities can be adjusted according to group interests.
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One of the best ways to explore the rainforest is by canoe; in this way you will have the opportunity of seeing this wet and wild green world in a close-up and highly rewarding way.