The 4 or 5-day program is based at Nicky Amazon Lodge Laguna Grande, which is located in the Cuyabeno National Park. This lodge offers the opportunity to explore the high part of the Cuyabeno River. It was designed for people who want to visit the Laguna Grande, where it is possible to admire one of the particular ecosystems of the Amazon basin; the flooded forest or Igapo. The cabins are built in the traditional Indian style of the jungle. You can find the description of our 5 days/4 nights itinerary below.

Starting dates:
4 days – Monday, Tuesday, and Friday.
5 days – Monday, Thursday and Friday

Day 1:
Our excursion begins in Lago Agrio at 09h30. If you go by plane we will pick you up at the Lago Agrio airport at 09h55. We travel by bus/truck approx. 2 hours to reach the Cuyabeno Bridge where we eat our lunch. After lunch, we start our journey down the river to our Lodge (approx. 3 hours).

Then our excursion into the rainforest can really start. Along the beginning of the river, we can observe some species of monkeys and birds from very close because this part of the river is really narrow.

Finally, we arrive to the Nicky Amazon Lodge. We have some time to relax and later we get an introductory walk around the Lodge. After dinner, our naturalist bilingual guide gives us a briefing on the upcoming activities for the next few days and the area. There is also a night walk for those who want to see the nightlife of the Amazon.

Day 2:
Before breakfast, we start our journey. The brisk morning hours are the best time to see the rainforest’s thriving activity. We trek into the rainforest with our Naturalist guide who shares their wealth of knowledge. We also have the opportunity to learn about how life in the tropical rainforest co-exists in a fragile balance. Botanic information emphasizes the use of the medicinal plants, which has been taught by the local ancestors for generations. We also find some species of amphibians, butterflies, centipedes and millipedes, snakes, birds, monkeys or any footprints of mammals in the trail.

Then, we return to the lodge to get lunch. Later we navigate along the Cuyabeno River to turn around the Kapok Island trying to find species of monkeys. We also have a good chance of seeing the freshwater pink dolphins (Inia geof-frensis and Sotalia fluviatilis) in the amazing river scenery.

Before dinner, we venture into the forest to find species of insects, spiders, tarantulas, snakes or colorful frogs. The night world of the Amazon is perfect for viewing small species and enjoying the nocturnal sounds of the jungle.

Day 3:
An early activity permits us to enjoy the nature with a good chance to watch some monkeys and birds.

After breakfast, we follow the “taricaya” that means turtle trail to visit the Seoqueya Community, where some local families of the Sionas Indigenous group live. A member of the family shows us how they prepare the yuca bread which is called “Cassave” and our guide explains local traditions and cultures from the past to the present.

Then we return to the lodge. After lunch, we always have time to relax and to enjoy the place.

In the afternoon we go out with our motor canoe upstream to visit the Laguna Grande where we navigate in the amazing lake and admire the flooded forest by black water or Igapo, considered an ecosystem of the rainforest, dominated by the famous Macrolobium trees which are homes of Epiphytes plants and bird, there is time to go swimming in the lake while we enjoy the spectacular sunset in the rainforest.

Before we return to the lodge we venture downstream to search for Caimans (alligator family) and fishing bats.

Day 4:
The last early activity is a short canoe excursion to watch the sunrise over the jungle. This is a good opportunity for bird watching. It permits us to create some last memories of this wonderful place.

After breakfast, you have time to prepare your luggage for the trip back. We navigate upstream to reach the Cuyabeno Bridge, where we provide box lunch.

Our bus/pick up takes us back to Lago Agrio, arriving at approx. 14h30 either to catch the bus or the plane back to Quito.

Day 5:
For passengers going for long trip 5 days/ 4 nights, the additional day includes a morning walk and an extra canoe excursion admiring the wonderful landscape in the afternoon and either a night walk.

– One night in Quito at Hump Day Hostel – Dorm Room (breakfast included) at the beginning or end of the trip

– Roundtrip transport to Lago Agrio- Lodge- Lago Agrio (by car & motor canoe)

– Ministry of Tourism Licensed bilingual naturalist guides trained in biology and Eco-tourism

– Comfortable accommodation, rooms with private bathrooms double, triple & familiar with private bathrooms ) at Nicky Amazon Lodge

– If you want single accommodation is provided with a charge of 75% extra

– High quality camping equipment, tents & bedding for long excursions

– Personal equipment: rubber boots and lifejackets

– Three nutritious meals daily, including purified bottled water, soft drinks such as tea, coffee & hot chocolate available all day, snacks for the activities.

– Catering for vegetarians and passengers with dietary restrictions

– Transportation to/ from Lago Agrio

– Entrance to the community visit ($ 5)

– Tips for guide

– Soft drinks/Alcoholic beverages

– Extra meals in Lago Agrio before and after trip

– Raincoat

Shared room

4 Days – 3 Nights – $ 310 p.p. ($ 330 p.p. beginning May 1st 2020)

5 Days – 4 Nights – $ 350 p.p. ($ 370 p.p. beginning May 1st 2020)

Private room

4 Days – 3 Nights – $ 330 p.p. ($ 350 p.p. beginning May 1st 2020)

5 Days – 4 Nights – $ 370 p.p. ($ 390 p.p. beginning May 1st 2020)

Kids under 12 special price:  4 Days  $265 and 5 Days $300 ($ 285 p.p. and $ 320 p.p. beginning May 1st 2020)

Single Room supplement has an extra charge of 75% of the normal price

Dolphin Lodge (a second option when we don’t have availability at Nicky)

4 Days – 3 Nights – $ 290 p.p. ($ 310 p.p. beginning May 1st 2020)

5 Days – 4 Nights – $ 330 p.p. ($ 350 p.p. beginning May 1st 2020)

How to get to Lago Agrio (3 Options)

  • If you arrive by bus please notice that we might need to wait for other passengers that arrive by plane around 11 am. Sometimes we might do some stop to do some shopping for the lodge.

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 with Tame (only airline)

Any flight that arrives before 11:00 am we will pick you up from the airport and return flight that leaves around 5-6:00 pm.

(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.