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The eco-lodge of this program is located in the Cuyabeno National Park, exactly on the lower part of the Aguarico River. The cabins are built in the traditional Indian style of the jungle.
DAY 1: There are two direct ways of travelling from Quito to Lago Agrio: by plane or bus. If you travel by plane, you will arrive in Lago Agrio at 09:30 am. If you travel by bus, you must leave Quito a day in advance in order to reach Lago Agrio in time for the tour. Travelling by bus is 8 hours. Our adventure begins at 10:00 am. We travel by bus/truck to Tierras Orientales (2 hours), where we start our canoe journey down the Aguarico and continue along the Cuyabeno black water river, to our lodge (3 hours aprox.). After dinner our naturalist bilingual guide gives us a captivating lecture.
DAY 2: Early morning we go on a canoe excursion. The brisk morning hours are the best time to see the rainforest thriving activity. After breakfast, we trek in primary rainforest with our naturalist and native guides who will explain us about the practical and medicinal uses of the plants. After lunch we go out with either paddling or motorized canoes to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and to try to find species of monkeys and dolphins. After dinner we venture in the forest to find species of insect sand with a bit of luck species of snakes or frogs.
DAY 3: Starting early in the morning we spend the whole day exploring. We navigate downstream to observe the enchanting salt lick (exposed clay bank) where colourful parrots and parakeets feed on the clay to draw the toxins from their bodies. Return to the lodge. After breakfast we trek into pristine primary rainforest. Our native guide shares his wealth of knowledge, showing us the medicinal and practical uses of the rainforest’s flora and fauna that their ancestors have taught throughout generations and we learn how all life in the tropical rainforest co-exists in a fragile balance. Then we return for lunch. In the afternoon, we navigate along the Cuyabeno River where we have a good chance of seeing the freshwater pink and grey river dolphins (Inia geoffrensis and Sotalia fluviatilis) in the spectacular scenery. We also try our luck at piranha fishing. We visit the Kichwa Birdwatching Tower; here above the canopy we see a breathtaking view of the surrounding rainforest and observing a variety of species. These include toucans, parrots, monkeys and many more. After dinner, we venture out on a night excursion to search for caimans (alligator family) and nocturnal birds.
DAY 4: After breakfast, we navigate along Cuyabeno rivers towards to the Kichwa Indian Community, where our naturalist guide explains the culture and traditions of the native people, from the past to the present, and then we travel by canoe down the Cuyabeno River and back along the Aguarico River to Pto. Gregorio, from where our bus/truck will take us to Lago Agrio (arrival at 16:00 aprox.). Departure flight/bus to Quito.
Bilingual naturalist guide
Meals on the tour
All the activities and excursions
Transportation Lago Agrio – Cuyabeno – Lago Agrio
Tea, coffee, purified water (available all day)
Transportation from/to Lago Agrio (Bus-Airfair)
Cuyabeno National Park entrance fee is free
Entrance to the community visit ($4)
Tips for guide
4 Days / 3 Nights – $280 p.p.
5 Days / 4 Nights – $320 p.p.
Book your flight ticket with us (Quito – Lago Agrio – Quito) for $200 p.p.
Private bus transportation can be arranged for $20 p.p (one way).
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