The Siona Lodge is privileged located in one of the last unspoiled native jungles in the Amazon Rain Forest, the Cuayabeno Wildlife Reserve which is a protected area and ecosystem. Ecuador designated 2,329.7 sq ml. a protected wildlife zone since July 26th, 1979. This positive step forward towards the preservation of part of the Amazon River Basin has allowed us to develop this lodge around the idea of low impact eco-tourism. Our hope is that, by exposing you to the untouched natural beauty surrounding the lodge, you will understand and share the idea of these resources should be enjoyed and preserved for future generations to come.
The Siona Lodge has the most distinctive locations in the Cuyabeno Reserve, allowing for picturesque sunsets viewed across the large freshwater lake. Much of the wildlife you will see is dependent on the unique ecosystem the lake supports allowing for some rare viewing opportunities.
The lodge can accommodate comfortable up to 20 people in four individual guest huts; each hut has 2 double bedrooms each with its own private bathroom and shower. Our spacious balconies, complete with a hammock and lounge chairs, invite you to relax and enjoy the view of the jungle.
Transfer to the airport in time to take your flight to Lago Agrio in the Amazon rain forest. Arrive to Lago Agrio’s airport and transfer to the Cuyabeno bridge, here is the admission to the Cuyabeno wildlife reserve. Passengers must be registered here and pay the entrance fee. A naturalist guide will give you information about the reserve and its importance.
Aboard the canoe that lead to Laguna Grande where the Lodge is located. We go through the Cuyabeno river for two hours approximately during this journey we can observe different native species like monkeys, toucans, parrots,etc. as well as lush Amazon.
Upon arrival at Siona Lodge, there will be night trip to observe amphibians and reptiles for an hour approximately. You will stay in one double room and one triple room. All meals included.
Day 2: EXPLORING THE AMAZON RAIN FOREST
After breakfast, take the canoe and go downstream to visit Puerto Bolivar community that is the center of the Siona ethnic group. On the way you can admire the flora and fauna in Cuyabeno River. There you will be able experience native culture as it has existed, unchanged, for millennia. The local Shaman will instruct you in some of their religious practices and explain their ancestral medicinal knowledge, passed down from ancestors whose intimate relationship and deep understanding of the natural resources and rhythms of the jungle are the basis for many of our modern pharmaceuticals.
You also will share the elaboration and tasting of the “Casabe” a typical dish made with yuca (main carbohydrate food community).
Return to the lodge and in the afternoon visit the lagoon to see the variety of birds.
After dinner, your guide will organize a night navigation in the nearby rivers and lagoons to spot for alligators.
Day 3: EXPLORING THE AMAZON RAIN FOREST
Today a walk in the jungle is organized for the Palma red trail around 3 to 5 hours approximately, on the way we can see its abundant flora, different ecosystems and medicinal plants.
In the afternoon you will be part of an extraordinary activity, eco-fishing which consists in fishing and releasing fish.
We will seek for pink dolphins around the lagoon and receive the sunset in the middle of the lagoon. If you wish you can swim in the lagoon. Farewell dinner at the lodge.
Day 4: AMAZON RAIN FOREST - QUITO
We highly recommend to wake up early in the morning and before breakfast make a walk looking for birds, dolphins and possible more animals since the animals are more active in the morning.
After breakfast return in canoe towards Cuyabeno bridge, and then transfer to Lago Agrio’s airport in order to take your flight back to Quito.