This 3-day/2-night Amazon jungle tour affords travelers a great introduction to the secrets and mysteries of the Ecuadorian Amazon. On this tour, guests at the Jamu Lodge can enjoy activities such as visiting a local indigenous community or going on rainforest expeditions. The lodge is located along eastern Ecuador’s scenic Cuyabeno River, 15 minutes down-river from the spectacular Laguna Grande lake – a prime region for an authentic South American vacation.
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We will take a morning flight from Quito to the Amazonian town of Lago Agrio. Upon landing, we will travel by private bus (2 hours) to the entrance of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, where we will have a box lunch. At this point, visitors will have to register at the reserve’s office and pay the entrance fee. Our naturalist guide will provide us with information about the reserve, as well as important recommendations and other tips before beginning a two-hour boat trip on the Cuyabeno River to reach the Jamu Lodge in the afternoon. Once at the lodge, you will be shown to your room, where you can relax for a short time. After a siesta, we will leave the lodge for a swim in the lake and to watch a beautiful sunset over Laguna Grande. You will then return to the camp for dinner and then spend the night in your bungalow, which is furnished with double beds and mosquito nets.
(Option 1): Jungle Expedition
After breakfast we will take a trek in the primary forest for 3 to 4 hours, during which time your guide will explain how the complex tropical ecosystem works. You will be able to learn about medicinal plants and you might even spot some exotic birds and monkeys. We will then return to the camp for lunch and a siesta. In the afternoon, we will go for a swim in the lake and watch the sunset. With a little luck you can observe Pink river dolphins or an anaconda sunbathing in a tree. We will return to the camp for dinner, and later take a nighttime canoe ride in search of caimans.
(Option 2): Visit to an Indigenous Community
After breakfast, we will head out for the village of Puerto Bolivar to visit the indigenous Siona community, the largest ethnic group living in the reserve. During the one-hour boat trip to the community, it will be possible to admire the animal life along the Cuyabeno River, such as birds, monkeys, snakes, Pink dolphins, tortoises and many others.. During this tour you will learn about the local community's customs, traditions and way of life. During this full-day excursion, we will have lunch in the community. In fact, you can also participate in making Casabe, a local dish made from yucca (carbohydrates are the principal food of the community). This excursion also includes a visit with a shaman, who will explain more about life in the jungle. Later, we will return to the lodge for a nocturnal hike through the primary forest in search of insects, spiders, geckos and scorpions, and to listen to the eerie night sounds of the jungle. We will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge.
Early in the morning, before breakfast, you can go on an optional birdwatching excursion. Following breakfast back at the lodge, we will start the journey back up the Cuyabeno River, stopping for a boxed lunch at a bridge. The bus will take us back to Lago Agrio, where you will be assisted in catchng your flight back to Quito.
NOTE: For all activities other than trekking, we will travel by motorized canoe, which may also involve some rowing
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