Take a 4-Day adventure deep into the Ecuadorian Amazon Jungle in Tapir Lodge. This Comfort Class jungle lodge works in collaboration with the family members of the Siona community in Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. Built under sustainable and responsible tourism premises, Tapir holds an ecofriendly structure working alongside with the local community. Make daily excursions into the jungle in a 5-day program while staying at rooms built on two towers of 15 meters high each one, experience and feel nature and the jungle wilderness closer.
ItineraryDay 1: Quito – Lago Agrio – Tapir LodgePass By: Nueva Loja AirportYour rainforest adventure starts in Lago Agrio, where our driver will pick you up. A fascinating drive will take you to the northeastern part of the Sucumbios province, while we pass by beautiful rivers and small villages going deeper into the rainforest.Stop At: Cuyabeno Reserve, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, Sucumbios ProvinceWhen you arrive at “El Puente” (the bridge), we will have lunch before we continue our way to Tapir lodge crossing down the river by canoe. This part of the trip will give you a taste of the flora and fauna that Cuyabeno has to offer. We will ensure that you and your luggage stay dry during the river ride.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Tapir LodgeAfter welcoming you to the Tapir Lodge, you will have time to get settled in your room. Then you will join us for a wonderful dinner, an opportunity to get acquainted with your travel companions.Duration: 3 hoursPass By: Tapir LodgeAfter dinner, your guide will give you an introduction to the Tapir Lodge, the Cuyabeno Reserve and the fascinating experiences planned for your rainforest adventure.No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Cuyabeno Igapo walk tourPass By: Cuyabeno Reserve, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, Sucumbios ProvinceIn the morning, after a delicious breakfast at the lodge, we will canoe upstream to explore the unique ecosystem of Laguna Grande. While navigating in the Igapo (flooded forest), you will see (Macrolobium), ancient majestic mimosa trees, which create the ideal habitat for epiphyte plants, such as bromeliads, orchids, ferns and cacti.Stop At: Cuyabeno Reserve, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, Sucumbios ProvinceWe will continue the adventure to “Terra Firme”, where we will take a hike for the rest of the morning. You will get an introduction to the rainforest ecology and see an amazing variety of birds such as woodpeckers, tanagers, macaws and toucans. Here you will have the opportunity to see a couple of monkey species, as well.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Tapir LodgeAfter a delicious lunch and time to relax at the lodge, we will navigate back to Laguna Grande to enjoy a wonderful sunset, surrounded by animals of the rainforest as bats, bugs and frogs; and if the weather permits you will have the opportunity to go swimming and enjoy the lagoon.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Tapir LodgeAfter a day of adventures, we will return to the lodge where dinner will be waiting. After dinner you can enjoy refreshments at our bar and join us for a quick night hike around the lodge to explore night wonders of the rain forest.Duration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Shaman House visitStop At: Cuyabeno Lodge, Quito, Pichincha ProvinceAfter breakfast we will canoe up the Cuyabeno river until we reach the local community where we will experience daily community life and activities like harvesting and cooking. You will have the opportunity to buy handmade crafts, that are carefully produced by the locals.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Cuyabeno Reserve, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, Sucumbios ProvinceWe finish our visit meeting the Shaman at his house where he will share his knowledge about the rainforest and the processes he uses to heal his people. Here you get to experience an ancestral healing ceremony that has been passed on through the generations.In the afternoon we will meet the local Siona family.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Cuyabeno Reserve, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, Sucumbios ProvinceThey will show us and invite us to take part in the preparation of cassava bread. This local dish, which is prepared with the yuca (cassava) root, represents an important part of the local diet and the main source of carbs for the indigenous communities of the rainforest. Once you have tried cassava bread we will head back to Tapir Logde to spend another night in the middle of the jungle.Duration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 4: Return Tapir Lodge to QuitoPass By: Tapir LodgeAfter breakfast it is time to return to Lago Agrio. You get to enjoy your final canoe trip back to El Puente. From there our driver will take you back to the airport of Lago Agrio.No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.