5 days

Siona Lodge, Cuyabeno Amazon Tour

Siona community Amazon tourThe Siona Amazon Lodge is very idyllically situated in one of the last unspoiled native jungles in the Amazon Rainforest, the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in Ecuador was founded in July 1979 and protects 603.380 square kilometres (2,329.7 sq mi) of unique and pristine rainforest. This positive step forward towards the preservation of part of the Amazon River Basin has allowed us to develop our lodge around the idea of low impact eco-tourism. The Siona Amazon Lodge is the smallest lodge in the Cuyabeno Reserve, which decreases her impact and makes your stay in the rainforest a more intimate experience. 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.

Short description Siona Lodge, Cuyabeno Amazon Tour:

Day 1: Arriving in Lago Agrio and start of the amazing Cuyabeno Amazon Tour
Day 2: Community visit, wildlife spotting and searching for cayman
Day 3: Hiking through the Rainforest and navigating Laguna Grande
Day 4: Amazon tour incusive visiting the Canangueno Lagoon
Day 5: Amazon Tour – Lago Agrio

More information about the Amazon Rainforest.

Full Itinerary Siona Lodge, Cuyabeno Amazon Tour


Day 1: Lago Agrio - Cuyabeno Amazon Tour - Siona Lodge

Cuyabeno Amazon Canoe tourWe meet in Lago Agrio at the airport or at Hotel Planeta Azul.  A representative from the Siona Lodge will pick you up to start the tour with a transfer to the Cuyabeno River. Box lunch in the route ..
Upon arrival at the Cuyabeno River our Naturalist Guide will give information about the Cuyabeno Reserve, important recommendations and other tips to begin the two hours navigation over the Cuyabeno River to Laguna Grande (The Big Lagoon), where the Siona Lodge is located on its shore.
Along the river you will find several animal species in its natural habitat, including monkeys, toucans, parrots, colorful insects, snakes and the exuberant Amazonian vegetation.
After arrival at the lodge and and check in there is time to relax.
Before dinner we enjoy an evening walk in the primary rainforest to observe amphibians and reptiles for about one hour.
Return to the lodge for a welcome cocktail at sunset and dinner after!

Day 2: Community visit, wildlife spotting and searching for Cayman

Pink dolphin in Amazon RainforestAfter breakfast, we will depart to the Indigenous Siona Community of Puerto Bolivar, the largest ethnic group in the Cuyabeno Amazon Reserve. During this tour you will learn more about their customs , traditions and current way of life. You will be able to help with the preparation of the Casabe . This is a local dish made of yucca (carbohydrates) and is the principal feed of the community.
Cuyabeno caiman amazon tourIt takes about 2 hours of navigation downstream to get there. Along the way it 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. Dinner at the lodge
During an evening tour we will use big flashlights to search for Caymans. Laying in deep in the water, their eyes will light up red right above the surface in the light of our flashlights.

Day 3: Hiking through the Rainforest and navigating Laguna Grande

Siona Cuyabeno tour monkeysAfter breakfast we will hike for 3 to 5 hours (depending on the weather and group) deep into the primary rainforest. From close by you will be able to explore the beautiful and complex tropical ecosystem. When paying attention and with some luck, you will find a great variety of species of plants, trees and animal life. Lunch back at the lodge.
In the afternoon we will navigate Laguna Grande, to enjoy the surrounding of the lake and wait for a very special sunset. Optional you can decide to swim in the lake.
Dinner at the Siona Lodge.

Day 4: Amazon tour inclusive visiting the Canangueno Lagoon

Cuyabeno Amazon tours birdAfter breakfast we will bring a visit to Canangueno Lagoon for bird watching. We will travel over the water by paddling in local canoes.
In the afternoon we will enjoy another interesting hike through the impressive Rainforest.
Dinner at the Siona Lodge.

Day 5: Cuyabeno Amazon Tour - Lago Agrio

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Early in the morning before breakfast, you can decide to join a bird watching excursion.
Breakfast in the Amazon and transfer to the airport or the center of Lago Agrio to take your flight or the tourist bus from Ecuador Treasure back to Quito.

Note 1: The itinerary above is a good indication of the general 5-days Amazon tour, but the final itinerary is always subjected to (unpredictable) local (weather) circumstances.

Note 2: For people who have less time, it is also possible to make this tour one day shorter. The itinerary from day 4 will then be taken out of the program. The price is then 50 US$ p.p. cheaper.

Inclusive and recommended to bring into the Amazon

– Overnight inclusive breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Siona Amazon Lodge in a private room for two persons, starting with lunch on day 2 and finishing with a lunch package on the last day
– Different guided tours into the Amazon in English (or Spanish) during your stay
– Transportation during your tour in private canoes
– Guided hikes though the Amazon rainforest in groups
– We provide rubber boots and rain ponchos

– Everything not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and incl. list
– Optional Flights
– Drinks and other personal spendings
– Local entrance fees (around 6,- US$)
– International banking costs

Recommendable items to bring:
• Comfortable loose Clothing, shorts and T-shirts
• Long-Sleeve shirt and light long pants for the evenings (insects)
• Warm jacket for the night
• Socks for in the boots
• Bathing Suit and towel
• Protection against the sun (Sun Block, Sun Glasses, hat)
• Sandals/ flip flops
• Personal hygiene items
• Insect Repellent
• Head light/ flashlight with extra batteries
• Camera with extra batteries and memory cards (+ protection against humidity)
• Original Passport + copies
• Pocket money in small bills of 1, 5 and 10 US$

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