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Tapir Lodge

Tapir Lodge is located in the northeastern Province of Sucumbíos, in the upper Ecuadorian Amazon region, within the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, and was built in partnership with the family members of the local Siona Community. In order to meet the required and appropriate ecological standards, Tapir Lodge shares with them the Eco-tourism activities and profits. This in turn allows us to offer our guests, the best facilities in the heart of the Amazonian Rainforest. Our accommodations are first rate, offering our guests a comfortable and relaxing experience. All of our rooms have a private bathroom, with hot running water and are outfitted with water-containers providing our guests with purified water, (brought from Lago Agrio) which is perfectly safe for drinking and brushing your teeth. All of our rooms are well ventilated, since all of the main windows of the room are open and covered with nets, eliminating the need for air conditioning or ventilators

Geneal Information

Located in the pristine Amazonian Rainforest of Ecuador within the Cuyabeno Reserve, Tapir Lodge is a distinct and one of a kind experience in the world. With our unique and comfortable accommodations, Tapir caters to guests who are looking to venture into the rainforest and be witness to some of the most amazing spectacles on earth, as well as camping underneath the stars or just to rest and relax.
Since 1999, we have been perfecting our skills in order to provide our guests with first-class service and accommodations. Our hard working, attentive and diligent staff members are the key element in this endeavor. Convinced that due to their courteousness, cooperation and assistance we are confident and trust that we will meet and exceed your expectations throughout your visit; making your stay and your family’s, pleasant, comfortable and truly unforgettable.
Our rainforest lodge will fill you with Flora and Fauna sightings, our hammocks will tempt you to take a “siesta” (nap in Spanish), our bar will entice you with tropical delights and our traditional Ecuadorian meals served only with the freshest ingredients.

Our programs, ranging from 4, 5 and 7 days are amazing and have something for everyone to enjoy and do while you are our guest. The only dilemma you may have is once you are at Tapir and surrounded by its peaceful and beautiful environment you just may want to stay a little bit longer.
So if you are looking for an authentic rainforest journey, look no further we invite you to come and visit Tapir Lodge where the World slows to a crawl and the Earth reveals its marvels.

  • Altitude: 217 meters (720 ft.) above sea level.
  • Capacity: 32 guests
  • 1 Bungalow with 6 double rooms. Two of them can be converted into a triple room.
  • Tower one is 15 meters tall (49.2 feet) with 4 rooms, private balconies with hammocks and a spectacular view of the Amazon Rainforest.
  • Tower two is also 15 meters tall (49.2 feet) with 6 rooms, private balconies with hammocks. The 6 rooms in this tower can be converted into double, triple or quadruple rooms.
  • All rooms are outfitted with two twin size beds and insect nets.
  • All rooms have private bathrooms with hot running water.
  • Tapir Lodge will provide towels, biodegradable soap and shampoo.
  • All rooms are outfitted with water-containers providing our guests with purified water, safe for drinking and brushing your teeth.
  • All rooms have adequate and sufficient lighting, with electrical sockets throughout (110V AB type outlets) so that our guests may recharge their electrical devices.
  • Tapir facilities count with round the clock electricity (110-115 V), provided by Siemens solar panels and eco-friendly batteries.


  Additional Facilities
:

  • Dining room
  • Bar: Offering a variety of alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages and delicious Fruit Cocktails.
  • Stargazer
  • Social and Reading Areas
  • Hammock Areasd

Tapir Lodge has designed a variety of itineraries containing high quality activities, all of them educational, entertaining and memorable; keeping in mind our guests satisfaction. As well as being flexible enough to meet our guest's personal interests. For our activities, guests will be divided into groups of up to 8 members; each group will be accompanied by a multilingual and naturalist guide, licensed by the Ecuadorian government which allows them to guide all guests within and throughout the Cuyabano Reserve.

Bird Watching

Cuyabeno is a privileged location for birding. Boasting with a bird list of more than 500 species, Cuyabeno is a delight for seasoned as well as beginner birdwatchers. Begin your adventure early in the morning, by hopping into one of our canoes and explore for such rarities as:
Pavonine Quetzal, Harpy Eagle, Salvin's and Nocturnal Curassows, Gray-winged Trumpeter, Gray-breasted Crake, Sunbittern, Blue-and-yellow Macaw, Black-banded Owl, Great Jacamar, Long-billed Woodcreeper, Cocha Antshrike, White Plumed-Antbird- Striatted Antthrush.
Special bird watching programs can be tailor-made for our experienced birders or ornithologists; with the help of our experienced ornithologist guides you will have a rewarding birding tour.

Canoeing

Located in the heart of a lagoon complex and a flooded forest, Tapir Lodge employs local dugout canoes as the primary source of transportation around the area. Relax as you paddle along the black water rivers, small lakes and creeks aboard our native canoes, called "Quillas". After learning the ease of paddling a Quilla, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the serenity of the waters while having the opportunity to encounter Amazonian wildlife such as river turtles, caimans and anacondas. The Siona community of Puerto Bolivar provides us with skilled canoe navigators and native guides. In our daily excursions we will visit different lagoons each with their own charm as well as navigating through Igapo (inundated forest), a unique marvel that can only be found in the Amazonian rainforest.

Caiman Watching

When the night settles, we will take our canoe and with flashlights we will search for Caimans. Four species of caimans inhabit the reserve, the biggest being the black caiman (Melanosuchus niger) measuring up to five meters (15 feet) in length, this type of caiman is rather shy and rarely seen. The most common is the spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus) measuring up to three meters (9 feet) in length. These cold-blooded creatures come out at night to hunt and wait on the riverbanks for their prey. The guides will look for caimans and let you know where to look, but do not worry, caimans are not aggressive, they usually submerge into the water as soon as they feel threatened. 

Piranha Fishing

Fishing has become one of the favorite activities among our guests. Even if the fish are not biting, fishing in the afternoon is a great time to relax while looking at the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see, while you listen to the surrounding symphony of the exotic sounds of the rainforest. If fishing is not your thing, take a refreshing dip in our surrounding lakes and rivers. Don't be scared, piranhas do not attack; you will see the little Siona kids swimming joyfully. Our guide will also show you how safe and refreshing this activity is.

Rainforest Treks

Our rainforest treks will take you through the heart of the Rainforest, allowing our guests to enjoy up close, one of nature’s most amazing spectacles.
Our excursions will take our guests through various unspoiled ecosystems, and along with the help of our experienced guides our hikers will understand the complexity of the rainforest and its ecological interactions. During this exotic hike through an abundant variety of vegetation, we will be accompanied by the constant and magnificent symphony the rainforest offers. After dinner, the adventure continues with the option of a night hike.  Through the aid of flashlights we will search for rarely seen creatures during the day. The voices and sounds of the forest will accompany us during this memorable hike. Rubber boots will be provided for the available rainforest treks.

Indian Communities

Tapir Lodge works together with the Siona community of Puerto Bolivar. The Siona have lived in harmony with the Rainforest for centuries and at present day they have chosen eco-tourism activities in order to promote and protect their Amazonian environment as well as the improvement of their well being. At Tapir Lodge, you will experience firsthand the everyday living of this community; share their customs and traditions in the midst of nature. Additionally, for our guests who are looking for an unforgettable extra; Tapir offers a very unique program that allows our guests to visit the legendary Cofan Community. Residing on the shores of the Aguarico River, we will spend 2 nights among the natives as they share with us their customs, traditions and beliefs. Children of this picturesque community enjoy playing with their visitors making this venture something very exceptional. This special program is an additional 2 days to our 4, 5 or 7 day programs and must be requested in advance.

Shamanism

The Siona, Secoya and Cofan Curacas (shamans) are respected and admired by other communities in the rainforest do to their immense wisdom. Thousands of years of history are well kept by these Curacas, learning it from their forefathers they will pass this knowledge and wisdom on to the new generations. Learn more about these millenary communities with their Shamans. Walk through the forest in company of a Shaman apprentice and learn the medicinal uses of plants. Be part of a traditional healing ceremony or simply talk with these knowledgeable and friendly men.

Camping Excursions

For our more adventurous guests, we offer a 7-day itinerary that combines five days lodging with two days of camping on a sandy shore of the Cuyabeno River, while in the evening an orchestra of crickets lulls you into a pleasant slumber.

During the excursions, guests will be escorted at all times by a multilingual and naturalist guide, licensed by the Ecuadorian government allowing them to guide guests within and throughout the Cuyabeno Reserve. Guests will be informed daily about the following day’s activities by their guide on the night prior to, following dinner. The guide may adjust the itinerary due to weather conditions or guest requirements. On the first day of all our programs, guests will be assigned life vests and rain ponchos; rubber boots will be supplied on the following day. This gear will be the guest’s responsibility throughout their stay and must be returned to a Tapir Lodge representative on the last day of the program. Please bring this gear with you when required and or advised by the guide. Even though the Cuyabeno River is quite serene, we remind and request our guests to wear their life vests at all times during our canoe excursions. Rubber boots must be used during all treks and we recommend you keep your rain gear with you at all times.

Itinerary

DAY 1:

Meeting point is at Mariscal Sucre International Airport, at 08:00 AM in the national departure information booth. The flight duration is about 30 minutes (Boeing / Embraer Aircraft average capacity 100 passengers) to the city of Lago Agrio. The airport is located outside the city; therefore we will not spend much time in Lago Agrio. Our private transportation (pick-up trucks, four wheel drive vehicles or buses) will drive us (2 ½ - 3 hours) to “El Puente” (The Bridge), which is the entrance to the Cuyabeno Reserve. Throughout this drive you will have the opportunity to see beautiful landscapes created by the combination of rainforest, rivers and small towns; 60% of this road is paved and the following 40% is open road, this means that depending on the weather conditions, we could expect a dusty or muddy road. On “El Puente” we will enjoy our box lunches and continue our trip via motorized canoe (12mts. / 24 ft. long); the luggage will be covered with plastic for protection, to prevent it from getting wet in the event of rain. We will also provide you with rain ponchos and life vests. In this narrow river you will be able to admire some of the wide variety of flora and fauna the Cuyabeno Reserve has to offer. After close to 2 ½ hours of navigating, we will arrive around dusk to the beautiful Tapir Lodge (05:00-06:00 PM). Dinner will be served at approximately 07:30 PM; after dinner the guide will inform our guest of the next day’s activities, and the required gear. Overnight spent in our cozy and relaxing lodge.

DAY 2:

After a good night’s slumber, our day begins with our delicious breakfast, which is served at approximately 07:30 AM. Once breakfast is concluded, we will prepare to depart on our first journey of the day, but first we will provide our guests with rubber boots. At 08:30 AM we will meet at our pier and take our canoe; depending on the size of the group, we may take the motorized canoe or the paddle canoe (small wooden canoe 5mts. / 15ft. in length) which the indigenous inhabitants use as their main source of transportations and call them Quillas. These small yet stable vessels can accommodate up to four passengers and guide. We will navigate upstream to “Laguna Grande” (Big Lake) enjoying a slow ride in order to observe the surrounding Flora and Fauna. Our travel time should be about 30 minutes (paddle canoe 1 hour). Once we get there, we will appreciate this one of a kind Igapo or inundated forest. The Flora that can be found here is quite unique, with macrolobium trees abundant in numbers and ancient of age; which have adapted to the surrounding environment allowing them to grow straight out of the water. These majestic and antique trees create the perfect habitat for other plant life, such as Bromeliads, Orchids, Ferns and Cacti. Once we complete our Igapo excursion, we will travel to "Terra Firme" and begin a trek on a path called Palma Roja “Red Palm”; this path was once part of a scientific research station belonging to the Catholic University. This will be our first encounter with primary rainforest, which is the habitat for many terrestrial mammals; such as Tapirs, Capibaras, Jaguars, Agoutis and many more species native to the rainforest. These creatures are usually shy or active during nocturnal hours. Before our trek begins, there will be brief explanation regarding basic ecology of the rainforest. The duration of this trek is close to 3 ½ hours. On the way you will come across a swampy area but not to worry, our expert guide will lead you through the right way. There will be the opportunity to admire a variety of ancient trees, long Lianas and Giant Palms. We also hope to have the opportunity to see and hear many species of birds such as Woodpeckers, Tanagers, Macaws, and Toucans; and with luck we will come across two or three species of Monkeys. This trek follows a path that loops around in the rainforest; bringing us back to our point of origin. Our return time should be around 01:30 PM, to take the canoe back to Tapir. Lunch will be served at the lodge at about 02:20 PM, followed by a resting period of approximately 2 hours. During this time guests will have the option to try Piranha fishing or just relax in our hammocks to read or take a “Siesta” (Spanish for nap). At 05:00 PM we will again meet at our pier, and take the canoe to a new area of “Laguna Grande”. Once we get to the lake we will navigate through the surrounding area searching for birds and other animals. The option of swimming is available and it is a perfectly safe and relaxing activity. Depending on the weather, we may be able to admire a breathtaking sunset, as we pass the time enjoying the surrounding symphonies of the rainforest until night fall. Once nighttime joins us, with the aid of our flashlights we will look for animals on the shores of the lake and river. Typically, in very bright nights (full moon) the chances of finding caimans is minimal, however there are other animals that may be found such as birds and tree snakes. Once the evening activities are concluded, we will return to Tapir around 07:00 PM. During this free period before dinner, guests are welcome to take a shower, have refreshing drink at our bar or to chat with the guide about the day’s events. Dinner will be served at 07:45 PM; after dinner depending on the weather conditions we can take a quick night trek around the lodge looking for frogs and other night wanderers. Overnight spent at Tapir Lodge.

DAY 3:

Depending on the weather conditions, we may have an early start and head out on a bird watching excursion. At about 06:00 AM we will take our canoe and navigate with the rivers current, relax while you admire all the flora and fauna found along the river as we search for exotic birds, native to this region. Ranging from Blue and Yellow Macaws, Scarlet Macaws, Blue Tailed Emeralds, Hoatzins, and Amazon King Fishers, just to name a few. Boasting with a bird list of more than 500 species; makes the Cuyabeno Reserve a privileged location for birding and a delight for seasoned as well as beginner birdwatchers. Our return to the lodge should be around 07:00 AM. Upon our return, Breakfast will be served at 07:30 AM. After the breakfast service, we will meet at the pier. Today we will travel downstream. We will enjoy a 2 hour Canoe ride as we search for Morphos (Giant Blue Butterfly), Toucans, Macaws and with some luck Monkeys, combined with an excellent view of the surrounding rainforest. On our way we will pass the village of Puerto Bolivar where the inhabitants, known as the Siona have chosen to reside. Following Puerto Bolivar, we will stop at a small settlement. Here we will have the opportunity to visit and meet Alberto the local Shaman, as well as his family. These natives belong to the Cofan ethnic group. Presently Alberto spends part of his time curing and treating the local inhabitants with his vast knowledge of medicinal plants. The visit to this small settlement will also be our entry point for a new trek into the rainforest. This part of the rainforest is the habitat of the tiny Ecuadorian Poison Frog. Our trek will begin along the river bank. There we will be greeted by marvelous ancient Kapok trees. Some of these magnificent specimens are at least 800 years old; the roots of these ancient marvels can grow as big as a small room. The path that we will follow, leads us through small creeks and at the end of the trek (2 hours approximately), we will arrive at Alberto’s backyard. There we will break to enjoy a tasty box lunch and relax.

Once we conclude our lunch break, Alberto will spend some time with us. This humble man carries within him more than 50 years of wisdom and knowledge regarding the rainforest and the use of medicinal plants. He will share with us some of the many experiences he has had with the rainforest, other shamans and process of healing people. For our interested guests, you can participate in a “healing” ceremony which should last about 40 minutes. There will be some free time to ask Alberto questions or simply take pictures of and with him. Handcrafts are available for purchase, all of them crafted out of materials provided by and obtained in the rainforest. We say goodbye to Alberto and his family (about 03:00 PM) and navigate back to Puerto Bolivar. There we will be greeted by a local Siona family, where we will take part in the preparation of Cassava Bread. The Yuca (Cassava) Root (Manihot Esculenta) has always been an essential food supply and perhaps the main source of carbohydrates for the indigenous communities of the rainforest. After gathering the Yuca (Cassava), it will be peeled and grinded into a paste; this “paste” is then pressed to eliminate the humidity and the starch. The remaining dried product will be fried in a pan for a few minutes; obtaining a “pancake like bread” of neutral taste which we will be able to sample. We say goodbye to the village and navigate back to Tapir arriving just before dusk. Dinner will be served at around 08:00 PM. After dinner we will serve and enjoy a farewell Passion Fruit Cocktail, as we take a little time to introduce our hard working, attentive and diligent staff members; whom without their cooperation, assistance and courteous service Tapir Lodge could not provide our guests with the first-class service we trust you will receive from your first day with us. Confident that we will meet and exceed your expectations we hope that your stay with us is a pleasant and comfortable one, making your experience at Tapir memorable and one of a kind. Overnight spent at Tapir.

DAY 04:

Breakfast will be served at 08:00 AM. After breakfast we will coordinate and schedule your departure from Tapir. Departure time is generally between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM depending on flight times, river and road conditions as well as the guide’s decision. Our staff will attend to the luggage as they make sure it is all loaded onto the canoe. We will depart Tapir and make our way back to the bridge. Our private transportation will be waiting for us. Drive back to Lago Agrio. Arrive to airport

All programs include the following:

  • Accommodations (Based on Double Occupancy)

  • Private Transportation Lago Agrio - Cuyabeno - Lago Agrio

  • Canoe Transportation

  • Box Lunch (During Excursions)

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. (special meal requirements are available upon advance request)

  • Basic Beverages (water, tea, coffee)

  • Daily Excursions

  • Multilingual and Naturalist guides (English, German)

  • Rubber boots*, Rain ponchos, Life Vests


Not Included:

  • Entrance fee to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve (20.00 USD.*)

  • Flight: Quito - Lago Agrio (65.10 USD.*)

  • Flight: Lago Agrio - Quito (64.45 USD.*)

  • Alcoholic and Bottled Beverages

  • Tips and Personal Expenses

During the excursions, guests will be escorted at all times by a multilingual and naturalist guide, licensed by the Ecuadorian government allowing them to guide guests within and throughout the Cuyabeno Reserve. Guests will be informed daily about the following day’s activities by their guide on the night prior to, following dinner. The guide may adjust the itinerary due to weather conditions or guest requirements. On the first day of all our programs, guests will be assigned life vests and rain ponchos; rubber boots will be supplied on the following day. This gear will be the guest’s responsibility throughout their stay and must be returned to a Tapir Lodge representative on the last day of the program. Please bring this gear with you when required and or advised by the guide. Even though the Cuyabeno River is quite serene, we remind and request our guests to wear their life vests at all times during our canoe excursions. Rubber boots must be used during all treks and we recommend you keep your rain gear with you at all times.

Itinerary

DAY 1:

Meeting point is at Mariscal Sucre International Airport, at 08:00 AM in the national departure information booth. The flight duration is about 30 minutes (Boeing / Embraer Aircraft average capacity 100 passengers) to the city of Lago Agrio. The airport is located outside the city; therefore we will not spend much time in Lago Agrio. Our private transportation (pick-up trucks, four wheel drive vehicles or buses) will drive us (2 ½ - 3 hours) to “El Puente” (The Bridge), which is the entrance to the Cuyabeno Reserve. Throughout this drive you will have the opportunity to see beautiful landscapes created by the combination of rainforest, rivers and small towns; 60% of this road is paved and the following 40% is open road, this means that depending on the weather conditions, we could expect a dusty or muddy road. On “El Puente” we will enjoy our box lunches and continue our trip via motorized canoe (12mts. / 24 ft. long); the luggage will be covered with plastic for protection, to prevent it from getting wet in the event of rain. We will also provide you with rain ponchos and life vests. In this narrow river you will be able to admire some of the wide variety of flora and fauna the Cuyabeno Reserve has to offer. After close to 2 ½ hours of navigating, we will arrive around dusk to the beautiful Tapir Lodge (05:00-06:00 PM). Dinner will be served at approximately 07:30 PM; after dinner the guide will inform our guest of the next day’s activities, and the required gear. Overnight spent in our cozy and relaxing lodge.

DAY 2:

After a good night’s slumber, our day begins with our delicious breakfast, which is served at approximately 07:30 AM. Once breakfast is concluded, we will prepare to depart on our first journey of the day, but first we will provide our guests with rubber boots. At 08:30 AM we will meet at our pier and take our canoe; depending on the size of the group, we may take the motorized canoe or the paddle canoe (small wooden canoe 5mts. / 15ft. in length) which the indigenous inhabitants use as their main source of transportations and call them Quillas. These small yet stable vessels can accommodate up to four passengers and guide. We will navigate upstream to “Laguna Grande” (Big Lake) enjoying a slow ride in order to observe the surrounding Flora and Fauna. Our travel time should be about 30 minutes (paddle canoe 1 hour). Once we get there, we will appreciate this one of a kind Igapo or inundated forest. The Flora that can be found here is quite unique, with macrolobium trees abundant in numbers and ancient of age; which have adapted to the surrounding environment allowing them to grow straight out of the water. These majestic and antique trees create the perfect habitat for other plant life, such as Bromeliads, Orchids, Ferns and Cacti. Once we complete our Igapo excursion, we will travel to "Terra Firme" and begin a trek on a path called Palma Roja “Red Palm”; this path was once part of a scientific research station belonging to the Catholic University. This will be our first encounter with primary rainforest, which is the habitat for many terrestrial mammals; such as Tapirs, Capibaras, Jaguars, Agoutis and many more species native to the rainforest. These creatures are usually shy or active during nocturnal hours. Before our trek begins, there will be brief explanation regarding basic ecology of the rainforest. The duration of this trek is close to 3 ½ hours. On the way you will come across a swampy area but not to worry, our expert guide will lead you through the right way. There will be the opportunity to admire a variety of ancient trees, long Lianas and Giant Palms. We also hope to have the opportunity to see and hear many species of birds such as Woodpeckers, Tanagers, Macaws, and Toucans; and with luck we will come across two or three species of Monkeys. This trek follows a path that loops around in the rainforest; bringing us back to our point of origin. Our return time should be around 01:30 PM, to take the canoe back to Tapir. Lunch will be served at the lodge at about 02:20 PM, followed by a resting period of approximately 2 hours. During this time guests will have the option to try Piranha fishing or just relax in our hammocks to read or take a “Siesta” (Spanish for nap). At 05:00 PM we will again meet at our pier, and take the canoe to a new area of “Laguna Grande”. Once we get to the lake we will navigate through the surrounding area searching for birds and other animals. The option of swimming is available and it is a perfectly safe and relaxing activity. Depending on the weather, we may be able to admire a breathtaking sunset, as we pass the time enjoying the surrounding symphonies of the rainforest until night fall. Once nighttime joins us, with the aid of our flashlights we will look for animals on the shores of the lake and river. Typically, in very bright nights (full moon) the chances of finding caimans is minimal, however there are other animals that may be found such as birds and tree snakes. Once the evening activities are concluded, we will return to Tapir around 07:00 PM. During this free period before dinner, guests are welcome to take a shower, have refreshing drink at our bar or to chat with the guide about the day’s events. Dinner will be served at 07:45 PM; after dinner depending on the weather conditions we can take a quick night trek around the lodge looking for frogs and other night wanderers. Overnight spent at Tapir Lodge.

DAY 3:

Depending on the weather conditions, we may have an early start and head out on a bird watching excursion. At about 06:00 AM we will take our canoe and navigate with the rivers current, relax while you admire all the flora and fauna found along the river as we search for exotic birds, native to this region. Ranging from Blue and Yellow Macaws, Scarlet Macaws, Blue Tailed Emeralds, Hoatzins, and Amazon King Fishers, just to name a few. Boasting with a bird list of more than 500 species; makes the Cuyabeno Reserve a privileged location for birding and a delight for seasoned as well as beginner birdwatchers. Our return to the lodge should be around 07:00 AM. Upon our return, Breakfast will be served at 07:30 AM. After the breakfast service, we will meet at the pier. Today we will travel downstream. We will enjoy a 2 hour Canoe ride as we search for Morphos (Giant Blue Butterfly), Toucans, Macaws and with some luck Monkeys, combined with an excellent view of the surrounding rainforest. On our way we will pass the village of Puerto Bolivar where the inhabitants, known as the Siona have chosen to reside. Following Puerto Bolivar, we will stop at a small settlement. Here we will have the opportunity to visit and meet Alberto the local Shaman, as well as his family. These natives belong to the Cofan ethnic group. Presently Alberto spends part of his time curing and treating the local inhabitants with his vast knowledge of medicinal plants. The visit to this small settlement will also be our entry point for a new trek into the rainforest. This part of the rainforest is the habitat of the tiny Ecuadorian Poison Frog. Our trek will begin along the river bank. There we will be greeted by marvelous ancient Kapok trees. Some of these magnificent specimens are at least 800 years old; the roots of these ancient marvels can grow as big as a small room. The path that we will follow, leads us through small creeks and at the end of the trek (2 hours approximately), we will arrive at Alberto’s backyard. There we will break to enjoy a tasty box lunch and relax. Once we conclude our lunch break, Alberto will spend some time with us. This humble man carries within him more than 50 years of wisdom and knowledge regarding the rainforest and the use of medicinal plants. He will share with us some of the many experiences he has had with the rainforest, other shamans and process of healing people. For our interested guests, you can participate in a “healing” ceremony which should last about 40 minutes. There will be some free time to ask Alberto questions or simply take pictures of and with him. Handcrafts are available for purchase, all of them crafted out of materials provided by and obtained in the rainforest. We say goodbye to Alberto and his family (about 03:00 PM) and navigate back to Puerto Bolivar. There we will be greeted by a local Siona family, where we will take part in the preparation of Cassava Bread. The Yuca (Cassava) Root (Manihot Esculenta) has always been an essential food supply and perhaps the main source of carbohydrates for the indigenous communities of the rainforest. After gathering the Yuca (Cassava), it will be peeled and grinded into a paste; this “paste” is then pressed to eliminate the humidity and the starch. The remaining dried product will be fried in a pan for a few minutes; obtaining a “pancake like bread” of neutral taste which we will be able to sample. We say goodbye to the village and navigate back to Tapir arriving just before dusk. Dinner will be served at around 08:00 PM. Overnight spent at Tapir.

DAY 04:

Breakfast will be served at 07:30 AM. On this day, guests will have the option to choose their activities with the guide. Several options are available, ranging from bird watching, canoeing, fishing, or walking in the rainforest. According to the type of activity you choose, the day will be scheduled to fulfill your interest. Lunch will be served at Tapir. In the afternoon our guests can enjoy some leisure time and enjoy the last Sunset over the lake. Dinner will be served at around 08:00 PM. After dinner we will serve and enjoy a farewell Passion Fruit Cocktail, as we take a little time to introduce our hard working, attentive and diligent staff members; whom without their cooperation, assistance and courteous service Tapir Lodge could not provide our guests with the first-class service we trust you will receive from your first day with us. Confident that we will meet and exceed your expectations we hope that your stay with us is a pleasant and comfortable one, making your experience at Tapir memorable and one of a kind. Overnight spent at Tapir.

DAY 05:

Breakfast will be served at 08:00 AM. After breakfast we will coordinate and schedule your departure from Tapir. Departure time is generally between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM depending on flight times, river and road conditions as well as the guide’s decision. Our staff will attend to the luggage as they make sure it is all loaded onto the canoe. We will depart Tapir and make our way back to the bridge. Our private transportation will be waiting for us. Drive back to Lago Agrio. Arrive to airport.

All programs include the following:

  • Accommodations (Based on Double Occupancy)

  • Private Transportation Lago Agrio - Cuyabeno - Lago Agrio

  • Canoe Transportation

  • Box Lunch (During Excursions)

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. (special meal requirements are available upon advance request)

  • Basic Beverages (water, tea, coffee)

  • Daily Excursions

  • Multilingual and Naturalist guides (English, German)

  • Rubber boots*, Rain ponchos, Life Vests

Not Included:

  • Entrance fee to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve (20.00 USD.*)

  • Flight: Quito - Lago Agrio (65.10 USD.*)

  • Flight: Lago Agrio - Quito (64.45 USD.*)

  • Alcoholic and Bottled Beverages

  • Tips and Personal Expenses

During the excursions, guests will be escorted at all times by a multilingual and naturalist guide, licensed by the Ecuadorian government allowing them to guide guests within and throughout the Cuyabeno Reserve. Guests will be informed daily about the following day’s activities by their guide on the night prior to, following dinner. The guide may adjust the itinerary due to weather conditions or guest requirements. On the first day of all our programs, guests will be assigned life vests and rain ponchos; rubber boots will be supplied on the following day. This gear will be the guest’s responsibility throughout their stay and must be returned to a Tapir Lodge representative on the last day of the program. Please bring this gear with you when required and or advised by the guide. Even though the Cuyabeno River is quite serene, we remind and request our guests to wear their life vests at all times during our canoe excursions. Rubber boots must be used during all treks and we recommend you keep your rain gear with you at all times.

A UNIQUE COMBINATION FOR NATURE LOVERS!!!
(4 nights at Tapir Lodge & 2 nights camping)

Itinerary

DAY 1:

Meeting point is at Mariscal Sucre International Airport, at 08:00 AM in the national departure information booth. The flight duration is about 30 minutes (Boeing / Embraer Aircraft average capacity 100 passengers) to the city of Lago Agrio. The airport is located outside the city; therefore we will not spend much time in Lago Agrio. Our private transportation (pick-up trucks, four wheel drive vehicles or buses) will drive us (2 ½ - 3 hours) to “El Puente” (The Bridge), which is the entrance to the Cuyabeno Reserve. Throughout this drive you will have the opportunity to see beautiful landscapes created by the combination of rainforest, rivers and small towns; 60% of this road is paved and the following 40% is open road, this means that depending on the weather conditions, we could expect a dusty or muddy road. On “El Puente” we will enjoy our box lunches and continue our trip via motorized canoe (12mts. / 24 ft. long); the luggage will be covered with plastic for protection, to prevent it from getting wet in the event of rain. We will also provide you with rain ponchos and life vests. In this narrow river you will be able to admire some of the wide variety of flora and fauna the Cuyabeno Reserve has to offer. After close to 2 ½ hours of navigating, we will arrive around dusk to the beautiful Tapir Lodge (05:00-06:00 PM). Dinner will be served at approximately 07:30 PM; after dinner the guide will inform our guest of the next day’s activities, and the required gear. Overnight spent in our cozy and relaxing lodge.

DAY 2:

After a good night’s slumber, our day begins with our delicious breakfast, which is served at approximately 07:30 AM. Once breakfast is concluded, we will prepare to depart on our first journey of the day, but first we will provide our guests with rubber boots. At 08:30 AM we will meet at our pier and take our canoe; depending on the size of the group, we may take the motorized canoe or the paddle canoe (small wooden canoe 5mts. / 15ft. in length) which the indigenous inhabitants use as their main source of transportations and call them Quillas. These small yet stable vessels can accommodate up to four passengers and guide. We will navigate upstream to “Laguna Grande” (Big Lake) enjoying a slow ride in order to observe the surrounding Flora and Fauna. Our travel time should be about 30 minutes (paddle canoe 1 hour). Once we get there, we will appreciate this one of a kind Igapo or inundated forest. The Flora that can be found here is quite unique, with macrolobium trees abundant in numbers and ancient of age; which have adapted to the surrounding environment allowing them to grow straight out of the water. These majestic and antique trees create the perfect habitat for other plant life, such as Bromeliads, Orchids, Ferns and Cacti. Once we complete our Igapo excursion, we will travel to "Terra Firme" and begin a trek on a path called Palma Roja “Red Palm”; this path was once part of a scientific research station belonging to the Catholic University. This will be our first encounter with primary rainforest, which is the habitat for many terrestrial mammals; such as Tapirs, Capibaras, Jaguars, Agoutis and many more species native to the rainforest. These creatures are usually shy or active during nocturnal hours. Before our trek begins, there will be brief explanation regarding basic ecology of the rainforest. The duration of this trek is close to 3 ½ hours. On the way you will come across a swampy area but not to worry, our expert guide will lead you through the right way. There will be the opportunity to admire a variety of ancient trees, long Lianas and Giant Palms. We also hope to have the opportunity to see and hear many species of birds such as Woodpeckers, Tanagers, Macaws, and Toucans; and with luck we will come across two or three species of Monkeys. This trek follows a path that loops around in the rainforest; bringing us back to our point of origin. Our return time should be around 01:30 PM, to take the canoe back to Tapir. Lunch will be served at the lodge at about 02:20 PM, followed by a resting period of approximately 2 hours. During this time guests will have the option to try Piranha fishing or just relax in our hammocks to read or take a “Siesta” (Spanish for nap). At 05:00 PM we will again meet at our pier, and take the canoe to a new area of “Laguna Grande”. Once we get to the lake we will navigate through the surrounding area searching for birds and other animals. The option of swimming is available and it is a perfectly safe and relaxing activity. Depending on the weather, we may be able to admire a breathtaking sunset, as we pass the time enjoying the surrounding symphonies of the rainforest until night fall. Once nighttime joins us, with the aid of our flashlights we will look for animals on the shores of the lake and river. Typically, in very bright nights (full moon) the chances of finding caimans is minimal, however there are other animals that may be found such as birds and tree snakes. Once the evening activities are concluded, we will return to Tapir around 07:00 PM. During this free period before dinner, guests are welcome to take a shower, have refreshing drink at our bar or to chat with the guide about the day’s events. Dinner will be served at 07:45 PM; after dinner depending on the weather conditions we can take a quick night trek around the lodge looking for frogs and other night wanderers. Overnight spent at Tapir Lodge.

DAY 3:

After Breakfast, we will start our expedition by taking our canoe and navigating downstream for about 4 hours. A delicious box lunch will be provided. We will search for the perfect camp site on the shores of the Cuyabeno River, where we can settle our tents. Once camp is set up, the afternoon will be spent enjoying a trek through the rainforest. Due to the isolated location the chances to see diurnal mammals is greater, especially during dusk. Enjoy dinner as we overnight at our campsite, making this camping experience unique and memorable.

DAY 04:

Early in the morning, we will take the canoe and just glide downstream. This will allow guests to enjoy the sounds of the rainforest and of the animals beginning their day. Breakfast will be served in the heart of the rainforest. There will be a 4 hour trek in the rainforest; in this area we will have the opportunity to search for and find birds such as: Herons, Egrets, Curassows, Hawks, Screaming Pihas, Oropendolas, Fly catchers and King Fishers, as well as different species of Monkeys. We will return to camp where lunch will be served. After lunch, there will be resting period of a couple of hours. In the afternoon we will take the canoe along the Cuyabeno River for more bird watching until night fall. Once the night settles, with the aid of our flashlights we will search for caimans and other nocturnal animals engaging in their night time activities. Return to campsite for dinner, overnight at campsite.

DAY 05:

After an early breakfast, while enjoying the mood of the rainforest, we will begin disassembling the camp site. Heading upstream, we will once again navigate following the Cuyabeno River. During our return we will stop at a small settlement. Here we will have the opportunity to visit and meet Alberto the local Shaman, as well as his family. These natives belong to the Cofan ethnic group. Presently Alberto spends part of his time curing and treating the local inhabitants with his vast knowledge of medicinal plants. This humble man carries with in him more than 50 years of wisdom and knowledge regarding the rainforest and the use of medicinal plants. He will share with us some of the many experiences he has had with the rainforest, other shamans and process of healing people. For our interested guests, you can participate in a “healing” ceremony which should last about 40 minutes. There will be some free time to ask Alberto questions or simply take pictures of and with him. Handcrafts are available for purchase, all of them crafted out of materials provided and obtained in the rainforest. We say goodbye to Alberto and his family (about 03:00 PM) and navigate to Puerto Bolivar. There we will be greeted by a local Siona family, where we will take part in the preparation of Cassava Bread. The Yuca (Cassava) Root (Manihot Esculenta) has always been an essential food supply and perhaps the main source of carbohydrates for the indigenous communities of the rainforest. After gathering the Yuca (Cassava), it will be peeled and grinded into a paste; this “paste” is then pressed to eliminate the humidity and the starch. The remaining dried product will be fried in a pan for a few minutes; obtaining a “pancake like bread” of neutral taste which we will be able to sample. We say goodbye to the village and navigate back to Tapir arriving just before dusk. Dinner will be served at around 08:00 PM. Overnight spent at Tapir Lodge.

DAY 6:

Breakfast will be served at 07:30 AM. On this day, guests will have the option to choose their activities with the guide. Several options are available: bird watching, canoeing in the lake, fishing, or trekking in the rainforest. According to the type of activity you choose, the day will be scheduled to fulfill your interest. Lunch will be served at Tapir. In the afternoon our guests can enjoy some leisure time and enjoy the last Sunset over the lake. Dinner will be served at around 08:00 PM. After dinner we will serve and enjoy a farewell Passion Fruit Cocktail, as we take a little time to introduce our hard working, attentive and diligent staff members; whom without their cooperation, assistance and courteous service Tapir Lodge could not provide our guests with the first-class service we trust you will receive from your first day with us. Confident that we will meet and exceed your expectations we hope that your stay with us is a pleasant and comfortable one, making your experience at Tapir memorable and one of a kind. Overnight spent at Tapir.

DAY 07:

Breakfast will be served at 08:00 AM. After breakfast we will coordinate and schedule your departure from Tapir. Departure time is generally between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM depending on flight times, river and road conditions as well as the guide’s decision. Our staff will attend to the luggage as they make sure it is all loaded onto the canoe. We will depart Tapir and make our way back to the bridge. Our private transportation will be waiting for us. Drive back to Lago Agrio. Arrive to airport.

All programs include the following:

  • Accommodations (Based on Double Occupancy)

  • Private Transportation Lago Agrio - Cuyabeno - Lago Agrio

  • Canoe Transportation

  • Box Lunch (During Excursions)

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. (special meal requirements are available upon advance request)

  • Basic Beverages (water, tea, coffee)

  • Daily Excursions

  • Multilingual and Naturalist guides (English, German)

  • Rubber boots*, Rain ponchos, Life Vests

Not Included:

  • Entrance fee to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve (20.00 USD.*)

  • Flight: Quito - Lago Agrio (65.10 USD.*)

  • Flight: Lago Agrio - Quito (64.45 USD.*)

  • Alcoholic and Bottled Beverages

  • Tips and Personal Expenses

Prices 2017

4 Days 5 Days 7 Days
4-8  pax 1080.00
2-4 pax 600.00 750.00
5-9 pax 528.00 660.00
10+ pax 480.00 600.00

 

Flight Quito-Lago Agrio-Quito USD 125.-
Cuyabeno National Park entrance fee USD 20.-

Included in the price

  • Private transportation Lago Agrio - Cuyabeno - Lago Agrio
  • Canoe rides
  • meals as mentioned in the program
  • water, coffee, tea
  • Daily excursion program
  • Naturalist bilinguals guide (English or German).
  • Rubber boots (only until size 44) and raincoats for the tour.

Not included in the price

  • Entrance fee Cuyabeno National Park USD 20.-
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Everything that has not been included in the program
  • International flight airport tax Quito (USD 41.- per person)
  • Flight Quito – Lago Agrio – Quito USD 125.-
  • Travel insurance
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