Topic: Nature observations and photography

Dates:  

From 01th to 04th of August 2019 (4 days/3 nights)

From 10th to 14th of August 2019 (5 days/4 nights)

Duration: 4-5 days

Guide: bilingual naturalist guide

Type of accommodation: Eco-Lodge

Departure city: Quito

Arrival city: Quito

Travel rate: Moderate

Physical difficulties: None

Maximum height: 350m

Group size:  6 to 12 participants divided into 2 groups

The trip includes
· Lago Agrio Cuyabeno Transportation Airport Lodge

· The entrace fees to the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

· Bilingual guide

· Accommodation in a double standard cabin

· Meals mentioned in the itinerary.

The trip does not include
· International flight.

· Single room supplement (950.00USD / pers)

· The supplement upper car (120.00USD / pers)

· Lunch and dinner are not mentioned in the text

· The softs and alcoholic beverages for meals.

· Personal expenses.

· Tips.

· Personal insurance.

· Bank charges for payments.

· Transfer Hotel-Airport-hotel

· Flight Quito-Lago Agrio-Quito USD 250.00

· Private bus Quito-Lago Agrio-Quito USD 55.00

 


Day 1: Quito – Lago Agrio - Cuyabeno

From your hotel, one of our transports will take you to Quito's national airport. During the 45min flight over the oil port of Lago Agrio you will be able to observe a great part of the eastern Andean mountain range.  The bus from the Lodge will wait for you at the Lago Agrio airport, for a 1h30 transfer to the entrance of the Cuyabeno wildlife reserve. After lunch and a short briefing by your guide, you will continue your adventure for two more hours in a motorized canoe, slowly descending the Cuyabeno River. There you will begin your first observations of typical black water species, among lowland Amazonian birds, primates, mammals or other typical riparian species such as the mythical Anaconda. During this first immersion in this Amazonian habitat we will focus in particular on looking for the Harpy Eagle, one of the rarest, most imposing and mythical birds of prey in the area. Installation in our Lodge, on the edge of the Laguna Grande, followed by an introductory talk on the next days of the excursion. Night in Cuyabeno Lodge - Link

Lunch and dinner included.

Day 2: Big Lagoon "Laguna Grande"

Sunrise is the best time to witness the awakening of the species that surround Laguna Grande. A canoe ride will allow us to make a silent incursion into this magical site.    The morning light mixes here with the sounds of the awakening of the fauna, creating an extremely photogenic environment. A large number of birds associated with the aquatic environment such as the "archaic" Hoatzin, the elegant American Anhinga, several species of common kingfisher, as well as the graceful flight of Macaws and parakeets, will accompany us on this aquatic tour. We will also look for different species of primates, sloths and pink dolphins. The exhaustive exploration of this environment will allow us to understand the difference between Igapo, a term that refers to the Amazon flooded forests and Varzea, which are the semi-floodable areas of banks. At sunset we will sail again through Laguna Grande in search of caimans, boas and other reptiles.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 3: Terra firme

After a good breakfast, we will walk with our guide through a new ecosystem called Terra Firme. Here we will focus on trying to find tracks of large mammals such as Tapirs and Peccaries, but also locate the difficult understory birds, Tamandúas and colourful Dendrobatidae. We will also try to understand the traditions of the indigenous communities that live in this area of the Amazon Rainforest and learn more about the permanent pressures that these precious ecosystems receive. After lunch we can take a canoe ride through the flooded Macrolobium forest observing more primate species such as the Squirrel Monkey or Callitrichidae and more of the local avifauna, diurnal birds of prey, Pygmy Kingfisher, Sunbittern, Blue Heron... After dinner we can go out to look for amphibians, and in particular Hylidae and Strabomantiae. Overnight at the Lodge.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 4: Cuyabeno - Lago Agrio - Quito

We will get up early to take advantage of the last fauna observation outing, this time it is usual to observe the Maroon-tailed parakeet, the Red-Crested Cardinal Corona, different species of herons, Common kingfisher and others.... After breakfast we will board our motorized boat to cross the Cuyabeno River back to the bridge and the entrance to the Park. Last observations along this black water river to say goodbye to this magical ecosystem. Our vehicle will take us to Lago Agrio to take the flight to Quito. Arrival to the capital in the afternoon. Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Quito.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

END OF OUR SERVICES

Day 1: Quito – Lago Agrio - Cuyabeno

From your hotel, one of our transports will take you to Quito's national airport. During the 45min flight over the oil port of Lago Agrio you will be able to observe a great part of the eastern Andean mountain range.  The bus from the Lodge will wait for you at the Lago Agrio airport, for a 1h30 transfer to the entrance of the Cuyabeno wildlife reserve. After lunch and a short briefing by your guide, you will continue your adventure for two more hours in a motorized canoe, slowly descending the Cuyabeno River. There you will begin your first observations of typical black water species, among lowland Amazonian birds, primates, mammals or other typical riparian species such as the mythical Anaconda. During this first immersion in this Amazonian habitat we will focus in particular on looking for the Harpy Eagle, one of the rarest, most imposing and mythical birds of prey in the area. Installation in our Lodge, on the edge of the Laguna Grande, followed by an introductory talk on the next days of the excursion. Night in Cuyabeno Lodge - Link

Lunch and dinner included.

Day 2: Big Lagoon "Laguna Grande"

Sunrise is the best time to witness the awakening of the species that surround Laguna Grande. A canoe ride will allow us to make a silent incursion into this magical site.    The morning light mixes here with the sounds of the awakening of the fauna, creating an extremely photogenic environment. A large number of birds associated with the aquatic environment such as the "archaic" Hoatzin, the elegant American Anhinga, several species of common kingfisher, as well as the graceful flight of Macaws and parakeets, will accompany us on this aquatic tour. We will also look for different species of primates, sloths and pink dolphins. The exhaustive exploration of this environment will allow us to understand the difference between Igapo, a term that refers to the Amazon flooded forests and Varzea, which are the semi-floodable areas of banks. At sunset we will sail again through Laguna Grande in search of caimans, boas and other reptiles.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 3: Terra firme

After a good breakfast, we will walk with our guide through a new ecosystem called Terra Firme. Here we will focus on trying to find tracks of large mammals such as Tapirs and Peccaries, but also locate the difficult understory birds, Tamandúas and colourful Dendrobatidae. We will also try to understand the traditions of the indigenous communities that live in this area of the Amazon Rainforest and learn more about the permanent pressures that these precious ecosystems receive. After lunch we can take a canoe ride through the flooded Macrolobium forest observing more primate species such as the Squirrel Monkey or Callitrichidae and more of the local avifauna, diurnal birds of prey, Pygmy Kingfisher, Sunbittern, Blue Heron... After dinner we can go out to look for amphibians, and in particular Hylidae and Strabomantiae. Overnight at the Lodge.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 4: Above the canopy

We will have an early breakfast in order to take advantage of the best light in the observation tower. Located just next to the lodge, which will allow us with a little luck, to observe groups of capuchin and tamarind monkeys. But also, Macaws, Tangaras, and other species of Thraupidae. These very colourful birds join the mixed flocks that forage high in the trees along with woodpeckers and oropendolas, Nunbirds and toucans. A short canoe ride will take us to the Terra Firme trail, from where we can begin our 2-hour trek in search of the jungle's diverse flora and fauna. During the tour, our local guide will explain the customs of the native people and the properties of some of the medicinal plants present. In the afternoon we will board our rowing boat to sneak around in search of the singular Saki monkey and the three-toed sloths. In the large lagoon there is the possibility of bathing in the sunset lights. Overnight at the Lodge.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 5: Cuyabeno - Lago Agrio - Quito

We will get up early to take advantage of the last fauna observation outing, this time it is usual to observe the Maroon-tailed parakeet, the Red-Crested Cardinal Corona, different species of herons, Common kingfisher and others.... After breakfast we will board our motorized boat to cross the Cuyabeno River back to the bridge and the entrance to the Park. Last observations along this black water river to say goodbye to this magical ecosystem. Our vehicle will take us to Lago Agrio to take the flight to Quito. Arrival to the capital in the afternoon. Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Quito.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

END OF OUR SERVICES

Itineraries Tarifs

Itinerary Duration Simple Price Double Price Triple Price Bivoic Price
4D/3N $680,00 $555.00 $ $
5D/4N $770,00 $645,00 $ $