Note: This tour operates with 4 people minimum

Nicky Lodge has designed an extreme adventure tour for 7 days. With this excursion we have the opportunity to camp in a variety of places deep in the Cuyabeno Reserve. The tour takes passengers to upper and lower parts of the reserve. After stopping at the border of Peru, we will navigate along the Cuyabeno and Aguarico and explore the Lagartococha Lakes.

We work together with native communities, renting their opened huts (rustic cabins without walls made of local and ecological materials), letting you enjoy nature and the surroundings. We always provide high quality: Tents, bedding, mosquito nets, mattress with sheets and blankets, additional equipment such us: lifejackets, rain ponchos, and rubber boots. Toilets and showers will be shared during this adventure trip.

Enjoy your ultimate challenge with Nicky Lodge Amazon Explorations.

Day 1:
Our tour begins at 09:30 in Lago Agrio. We travel by bus/truck to Tierras Orientales (2 hours) and have lunch afterwards.

Then we start our canoe journey down the Aguarico River and continue along the Cuyabeno black water river, to our Lodge. ( 2 ½ hours aprox. )

Finally, we arrive in Nicky Amazon Lodge. We have time to relax and lay back in the hammock.

In the evening we go for a walk through the surrounding. After dinner our naturalist bilingual guide gives us a captivating lecture.

Day 2:
After breakfast, we make an early start travelling by motorized canoe to go along the Aguarico River, deeper into dense jungle to our second campsite located on the entrance of Zancudococha community.

After reaching our second campsite we put up our tents.

In the evening we will go for a night walk enjoying the sounds of the jungle. After our walk, we enjoy our dinner.

Day 3:
After breakfast we continue downstream the Aguarico river to reach the confluence with the Lagartococha river. We head to our camp site situated deep in remote jungle along Lagartococha river accessing the flooded area where we discover some lagoons connected by Black water Rivers. Here you admire a different ecosystem which exists in the flooded forest or varzea region, with a good chance visit the Imuya lake.

We have our box lunch.

In the afternoon we enjoy swimming in the Delfin Cocha lake while observing some freshwater pink dolphins (Inia Geofrensis ) swimming close to us. We put up our tents at our third campsite and have dinner.

Day 4:
We enjoy an early activity before our breakfast. We explore with a full excursion, by motor canoe upstream Lagartococha River; it is the limit border with Peru.

After breakfast our naturalist guide takes us to a different ecosystem, Terra Firme forest, where we hike into pristine primary rainforest.

We continue our excursion by motor canoe that ends in a remote Secoya Community where Peruvian and Ecuadorian indigenous live together.

We have our box Lunch. While the local guide shows us their customs which their ancestors have taught throughout generations, a secoya woman offers us the bread of the jungle a traditional preparation with yucca.

Later we return to our campsite. After dinner, we venture out on a night excursion to search for Caimans (alligator family).

Day 5:
Early in the morning we enjoy birdwatching.

After breakfast we start our way back down the Lagartococha river.

We have another box lunch.

In the afternoon we navigate back Aguarico River, where we reach zancudococha campsite, we can play soccer with local children or just enjoy the sunset in the jungle. Finally, we have dinner.

Day 6:
After breakfast, we navigate upstream Aguarico River.

We enjoy a box lunch. On the way we stop at riverside villages from the Cofan local community to see their handicrafts.

Finally we return to Nicky Amazon Lodge. Here we have some time to relax and enjoy dinner.

You can take an optional night walk.

Day 7:
The last early activity is a walk in primary forest to make some last memories of this wonderful place.

After breakfast you prepare your luggage for your trip back. We navigate along Cuyabeno River towards to the Aguarico River until Tierras Orientales.

After Box lunch our bus/truck will take us to Lago Agrio, arriving in 15h00 aprox. This is the end of our services. Final departure flight/bus to Quito.

– Transportation Lago Agrio – Cuyabeno – Lago Agrio
– Cuyabeno National Park entrance fee (free)
– (Tourism Ministry Licensed) bilingual naturalist guides trained in biology and Eco-tourism
– Camping equipment: tents, bedding for long expeditions
– All the activities and excursions
– Three nutricious meals per day
– Catering for vegetarians
– Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and purified water (available all day)
– Rubber boots and life jackets

– Transportation from/to Lago Agrio (Bus-Airfair)
– Entrance to the Kichwa community visit ($4)
– Rain coat
– Tips for guide
– Additional beverages
– Extra meals in Lago Agrio before and after trip

Rate 2018.

7 Days – 6 Nights – $730 p.p. ($ 750 p.p. beginning May 1st 2020)

How to get to Lago Agrio (3 Options)

Option 1: Private Tourist Shuttle ($20 one-way or $40 roundtrip per person)

The private bus is arranged by a third-party company

Departure from Mariscal area at Blue House Hostel (Joaquin Pinto E8-24 y Diego de Almagro) at 10:50 pm.

Or departure from Hump Day Hostel (Venezuela S1-28 y Rocafuerte) at 11:15 pm

Arrival: Meeting Point Hotel D’Mario approx. 6 am.

*Return to Quito: The drop off is at José de Antepara y Rios, in the Old Town or at Ventimilla and Juan León Mera, in La Mariscal. So please keep in mind that you might have to take a taxi to your accommodation after arriving in Quito.

Option 2: Public Bus ($14)

Get to the Quitumbe Bus Terminal around 9.30 pm and take a ticket for any bus to Lago Agrio which departures at 11-11.30 pm.

Option 3: Flight Tame (Consult your agent about it)

Note: When you arrive at Lago Agrio by public bus around 6 am, you need to take a taxi from the bus station to the Hotel D’Mario for $1 Dollar, our meeting point and wait for the guide, who will pick you up at 9.30 am.

For this tour we advise to bring the following equipment:

– Long-sleeved cotton shirts
– Cotton socks
– Shorts
– Sandals or confortable shoes
– Light wind-breaker and sweater
– First aid kit
– Toilet kit (biodegradable shampoo)
– Swimming suit and personal towel
– Hat or cap
– Sunglasses with a strap
– Bottle or canteen for the water
– One small daypack ( waterproof )
– Insect repellent
– Sun block
– Plastic bags ( zip lock )
– Camera with spare batteries (special long excursions)
– Flashlight (torch) with spare batteries
– Binoculars (10×40 are better)
– Notebook
– Swiss Army Knife (optional )
– Wet wipes
– Books to read