Caiman Ecolodge

SONY DSC Cuyabeno1The Caiman Lodge is one of the newest lodge in the Cuyabeno reserve, and boasts one of its best spots close to the Laguna Grande. It is also reachable by canoe all year long, regardless of the season.

First day: We will meet in Lago Agrio at 9:00 am and take private transportation to the entrance of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, where we will have lunch. At this point the visitors will board the canoe. Here our guide will provide information about the reserve, important recommendations and other tips to begin the two-hour canoe ride down the Cuyabeno River to your lodge. During the canoe ride you will get a first glimpse of the amazing flora and wildlife found in the jungle. You may also be able to see a variety of monkeys and other jungle animals, depending on the time and weather conditions. We will arrive around 3:00 pm. At that time you will be shown to your rooms and you will be able to relax. After a siesta we will leave the camp for a swim in the lagoon and to watch a beautiful sunset, with the possibility of spotting freshwater dolphins. You will then return to the camp. After dinner we will head out for an exciting nightwalk. Finish your first day in the jungle relaxing in a hammock having a cold beer, if you like.

Second day: Today we will go on a jungle hike in the primary forest where the guide will explain the ecology of the rainforest, medicinal plants as well as flora and fauna interactions. We will get back to the lodge to have lunch and to relax. In the afternoon we will go paddling around the flooded Igapo forest around the Laguna Grande to search for wildlife of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve (and if you are up to it we can swim while watching the sunset again). In the evening we will head out by motor canoe to look for caimans.

Third day: We will head out downstream to the Puerto Bolivar Siona community. There we will be welcomed by one of the indigenous women. She will take us to the yucca plantation to harvest yuccas and with our help she will show us the preparation of one of their traditions foods, casave (yucca flat bread). After this, you will be introduced to one of the last 5 shamans of the Siona tribe in Ecuador, who will explain their cosmovision and how it relates to the ayahuasca brew. He will perform an energy cleansing part of the ritual singing their chants which come from a Shaman-apprentice oral tradition.

Fourth and last day: After early morning bird- and sunrise-watching, you will have breakfast at the lodge and at 9:30 return to the Cuyabeno bridge. There you will have a box-lunch and then be picked up by a shuttle bus which will take you to Lago Agrio, so you can return either by bus or plane to Quito.

Important: If you book the 5 days, 4 nights tour, on your fourth day you can paddle for half a day looking for animals around the lagoons and along the Cuyabeno and La Hormiga rivers, and explore new trails with your naturalist guide.

Price for the 4-day trip: $290 per person

Price for the 5-day trip: $330 per person

The program includes:

  • Accommodation in a cabaña
  • Transportation from/to Lago Agrio
  • Activities with a bilingual nature guide
  • All meals and drinks
  • Rain poncho and rubber boots
The program does not include:

  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Transport from and to Quito ($40 p.p.)
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Single supplement
  • Siona Secoya community visit ($8 p.p.)

Tour start for the 4-day trip: Every Tuesday and Friday at 9 am at the Hotel Maito Landia in Lago Agrio.
Tour start for the 5-day trip: Every Monday and Thursday at 9 am at the Hotel Maito Landia in Lago Agrio.

End of the Tour: On the last day of your tour you get back to Lago Agrio around 2 pm. The transport can drop you off at the Terminal Lago Agrio, at the airport, or in the center.

Important items to bring to the jungle:

* Sunglasses

* Flashlights

* Swimsuits

* Sunscreen

* Mosquito repellant

* Water bottle

* Water proof bag, in case you have expensive equipment