Siona Lodge Cuyabeno Reserve
Our low impact eco-tourism Siona Lodge is idyllically situated in one of the last unspoiled native jungles in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. Our true belief in eco-tourism is intended to make your stay as comfortable as possible while, at the same time, preserving Cuyabeno for all who wish to enjoy its beauty. Our hope is that, by exposing you to the untouched natural beauty surrounding the lodge, you will understand and share that these resources should be enjoyed and preserved for future generations to come. The Siona Lodge has the best and one of the single most distinctive locations in the reserve, allowing for picturesque sunsets viewed across the large freshwater lake. Much of the wildlife you will see is dependent on the unique ecosystem the lake supports allowing for some rare viewing opportunities.
A visit to the Siona Indian Community is an integral part of any complete tour of the Cuyabeno Reserve. This ethnic group lives along the Cuyabeno River in a community named Puerto Bolivar there you will be able to experience native culture as it has existed, unchanged, for millennia. The local Shaman will instruct you in some of their religious practices and explain their medicinal knowledge, passed down from ancestors. whose intimate relationship and deep understanding of the natural resources and rhythms of the jungle are the basis for many of our modern pharmaceuticals. You will come away from this experience with a greater appreciation about what it means to live in concert with nature and the native intelligence and skill that allows for this kind of complete sustainability.
5D 4N ITINERARY
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 Big Lagoon, where the Lodge is located. Along the river you will find several species in its natural habitat as monkeys, toucans, parrots, insect 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. Accommodation in double rooms
DAY 2. - After breakfast, departure to the Siona Indian Community of Puerto Bolivar, the largest ethnic group in the Reserve. During this tour you will learn their customs, traditions and way of life. You will be part of the elaboration of the Casabe; 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. Accommodation in double rooms
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 the 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. Optional Swim in the lake. Dinner.
DAY 4. - Breakfast. A visit to Canangueno Lagoon for bird watching by Indian paddle canoe and another hike in the forest are the activities for this day.
DAY 5. - Early in the morning before breakfast a bird watching excursion is optional. Breakfast and transfer to Lago Agrio to take your flight back.
Includes Not included
Accommodation in double rooms. Flight or bus ticket Quito-Lago Agrio-Quito
4N tour: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 evening meals Alcoholic beverages and sodas
Snacks, pure water, tea, coffee, milk permanently Personal spending
Tours with an English/Spanish speaking Guide Travel Insurance and health insurance
Tours in motorized canoe according the itinerary $10,00 collaboration to Siona Community
Transportation from Lago Agrio - Siona - Lago Agrio
Rubber boots and life jackets