WILDLIFE 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS
This is a 7 day trip covering the lower part of Ecuador’s Amazon basin. You will enjoy the full kaleidoscope of the rainforest and its people. A combination of pristine nature and rustic comfort. You will stay at superb jungle lodges, raft on rivers that are surrounded by lush green jungle, navigate Amazon tributaries by canoe, walk in the pureist rainforest environs with the possibility of observing the worlds largest variety of exotic plants, animals and birds. Learn about tribal life from the local indigenous cultures as you meet the secluded Siona community.
You will return with a suitcases packed with experiences como intense and authentic as the colors of the rainforest.
Day 1: Arrival – Free time or optional activities (D)
It all depends on your arrival time, but we suggest you take advantage of one of our optional activities at the lodge (not included), some possibilities include: a walk into our 120 hectare private reserve, swimming in our spectacular springwater pool or dipping into the crystal clear Inchillaqui river. Guided activity options: Explore our reserve with a native guide who will point out the main medicinal plants of the Amazon, a horseback ride to explore the amazing tropical scenery or an artisan chocolate workshop (from the bean to the bar). Please let us know your preferences in advance so we can book your prefered additional activities.
In the evening you will be able to enjoy a 3 course gourmet dinner.
Day 2: Jungle Rafting trip (B/L/D)
We start the day with a delicious breakfast. We will then head to the put out spot at the Jacunyacu river, for a day full of fun and waves. This section of the Jatunyacu is a class 3/3+ and is considered easy to moderate, a perfect mix of adventure and fun. Our river journey will be made up of 25 km (aprox. 15,5 miles) of rapids, natural pools and the amazing Amazonia scenery. No experience is required and the activities are suited for all ages, if you have not practiced white water sports before this is the perfect opportunity to get started. Throughout our journey we will find a peaceful spot to relax on the river banks and enjoy a picnic lunch. If you are traveling with smaller children or seniors, we can accommodate for their skills, we will choose a different river that is level 2 / 3 for a full day of family fun and safe for everyone.
In the afternoon we return to our lodge where you can enjoy all the facilities. In the evening, we will be treated to a delicious three course dinner at our restaurant.
Día 3: Free time and optional activities – Transfer to Lago Agrio (B/L)
After a hearty breakfast you can still take another dip in the pool or take part in an optional activity (chocolate making workshop or horseback riding).
At midday, after a healthy lunch, we will depart Hakuna Matata Amazon lodge and we will travel to Lago Agrio. The city is the capital of the Sucumbíos province and the gateway to the Cuyabeno wildlife and fauna reserve. You will spend the night at a small hotel in the heart of this oil boom town, you can explore the local culinary scene at one of the cities small restaurants.
Day 4: Cuyabeno Nature Reserve – Canoe ride to lodge – Night hike (B/L/D)
After breakfast we will take a 2 hour transfer to the entrance of the Cuyabeno reserve where we will board a dugout canoe.
We will enjoy navigating on the river, enroute to the lodge, our guide will brief us on the activities we will take part in the next few days. As we immerse ourselves into the jungle and leave civilization behind, we will start enjoying wildlife sightings of tucans, monkeys, exotic insects and other beautiful creatures, our guide will help us identify the most important species.
We will stop for a picnic lunch on the river bank.
After 2 hours on the river we will arrive at our eco-lodge in the heart of the Cuyabeno lake system. Once we unpack and wash up we will discover a different phase of the rainforest on a night walk.
We will celebrate an amazing day of exploration with a welcome cocktail and a delicious dinner.
Day 5: Siona Community – Cayman spotting (B/L/D)
After breakfast we will visit the Siona community at the Bolivar river port. This is the most important ethnic group living within the reserve. We will be navigating for 2 hours down the river, our guide will be on the lookout to help spot wildlife on the river banks, common sightings may include exotic birds, monkeys, boas, pink dolphins, turtles and much more. This is a full day excursion, we will share lunch with the community and will learn about their traditions, customs and life in the rainforest. We will be invited to participate in the making of Casabe, a local dish made with yucca – mandioc root – and the main source of carbohydrates in the community. We will also meet the local Shaman and have a light briefing on the spirit world and tribal cosmovision. Upon return to the lodge we will take part in a nocturnal navigation in search of caimans. We will finally enjoy a dinner and retire for the evening.
Day 6: Jungle walk – Wildlife observation – Big Lake (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we will go on a 4 hour guided walk into the primary rainforest. We will explore the a beauty and complexity of this marvelous ecosystem, immerse ourselves in it’s biodiversity and learn about the immense variety of trees, medicinal plants and animal life.
We will return to the lodge for lunch.
In the afternoon we will board a canoe and we will navigate the big Cuyabeno lagoon, our guide explain the intricacies of this diverse biome and we will end the day with breathtaking sunset. Some activities we can take part in are swimming, spotting dolphins and birdwatching.
Dinner is served at the lodge.
enjoying the the amazing flooded rainforest scenery and an unforgettable sunset. You will also have great birding watching opportunities and the possibility to swim with the river dolphins. Dinner is served at the lodge.. It is common to spot quetzals.
Día 7: Birdwatching – Lago Agrio – Departure (D/A)
If you are willing to enjoy an early morning walk, we are can take part in a birding excursion. It is often that you will spot the blue and gold quetzal, harpy eagles and specially kingfishers (we recommend bringing binoculars). We will return to the lodge for a well deserved breafast and some time to reflect on this amazing adventure before we depart the forest on our way back to civilization. A motor canoe will take us back to the entrance of the reserve where a car is waiting to transfer us to Lago Agrio. Here you have the option of returning to Quito by flight (28 minutes) or continue by to Baños in a private vehicle.
|Local naturalist guide in Spanish / English for tours in Cuyabeno
All the activities planned in the program
All tickets for the activities planned in the program
Rubber boots (available up to size 47)
All meals (from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day, except dinner at Lago Agrio on day 3)
Use of facilities at Hakuna Matata Amazon Lodge including swimming pool, river area, hiking trails
International rafting certificate guide in Spanish / English
First class equipment for the river (rowing, helmet, life jacket)
Transportation to the beginning of the rafting and back to the Lodge
Picnic lunch, water and soft drinks
Means of communication for emergencies
First aid kit
Accommodation as follows:
|Transportation from / to Quito or from / to Baños
Lunch at Hakuna Matata Lodge on the day of arrival and departure
Dinner at the Lago Agrio hotel
Expenses not mentioned and optional activities such as
Walk through our private reserve with a native guide in Spanish
Guided tour in Spanish on horseback through the jungle
Chocolate craft workshop in Spanish
Transportation from Lago Agrio to Quito / Baños (flight or bus ticket) – check the rate
Contribution to the Siona community
Drinks and meals not mentioned
Personal expenses and tips
Personal equipment (flashlight, binoculars)
Tank for waterproof bag for your luggage
¿ What to bring ?
Passport and copies
Camera equipment (memory card, cables, battery, etc.)
Binoculars for bird watching
Flashlight and spare batteries
Dry bag – waterproof bag – to keep items dry and safe
Long pants in linen or cotton (no jeans, because they take time to dry)
T-shirts with short and long sleeves (to protect against mosquitoes at night)
Warm jacket or jacket (may be necessary on night trips by canoe or when it rains)
Swimsuit and towel
Soap and shampoo (if possible biodegradable)
Water Boots (available at the Lodge up to size 47)
Socks or stockings for gaucho boots
Loose money (in stores you can not accept tickets over 5 USD)
Prophylaxis against malaria
The risk of malaria in this area is very low, however, there have been cases of infection, mainly of the Malaria Vivax type. There is no resistance to chloroquine.
Terms & Conditions
29 – 16 days = 25% penalty
15 – 08 days = 50% penalty
07 – 00 days = 75% penalty
Possibility of changing the date within the following 3 months without penalty.