NEW Paddle Board Laguna Grande (4 Days) The 4-day program is based at Nicky Amazon Lodge Laguna Grande. We combine our traditional 4 days Laguna Grande program with an exciting and unique experience on the paddleboard (SUP) sponsored by Ecuatraveling, which is located in the Cuyabeno National Park. This lodge offers the opportunity to explore the high part of the Cuyabeno River. It is designed for people who want to visit the Laguna Grande and love water activities, 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 4 days/3 nights itinerary below. Minimum 2 people maximum 6 people – No experience need it! Starting dates: 4 days – Every Monday and Friday ItineraryIncludedNot IncludedPrice 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 for approx. 2 hours to reach the Cuyabeno Bridge where we eat 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 at 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 are keen to see the nightlife of the Amazon. Day 2: At 6:30 am, our first activity starts, so we’ll go by canoe on the river and try to spot some beautiful birds and monkeys. Breakfast will be at 9:00 am. After that our guide will give us a short introduction about how to use the SUP equipment. Then we’ll navigate down the river by canoe for around 20 minutes. At the island of monkeys, we’ll start with SUP, where we can observe some animals and enjoy the nature. After 2 hours we’ll arrive at the Cuyabeno river with our boards. There, we’ll have lunch at the lodge and a short break. After that, we make a walk on a trail in the rainforest. Our guide will explain us everything about the animals, the medicinal plants and the culture of this place. This will take us around 2 hours. Then we’ll have some free time to relax in the Nicky Lodge. After the dinner, we’ll go on a night walk to spot insects, toads, snakes and listen to the magical sounds of the jungle. Day 3: Breakfast will be at 9:00 am. After we will go by canoe for 20 min and we’ll arrive at the community Seoqueya, it’s one of the 4 communities of the ethnic group of Sionas. There we’ll visit a local family, where we’ll learn about their traditional life and their culture. For lunch, we’ll prepare and eat jungle bread made from cassava and our guide will tell us stories about their lives. After that, we’ll return to the Nicky Lodge. In the afternoon we’ll go by canoe to the ‘Laguna Grande’ where we’ll enjoy our SUP again in this amazing lake observing some birds and hopefully some pink dolphins. Later we’ll see the beautiful sunset and who wants can swim in the lagoon. On our way back to the Nicky Lodge we’ll search for some caimans and other wildlife. 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 allows 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. 15h30 either to catch the bus or the plane back to Quito. – 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 it is provided with a charge of 75% extra – High-quality Serene life paddle board, paddle, and lifejackets – Personal equipment: rubber boots – 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 the trip – Raincoat – Swimsuit Minimum 2 people maximum 6 people Shared room 4 Days – 3 Nights – $ 600 p.p. ($ 620 p.p. beginning May 1st 2019) Private room 4 Days – 3 Nights – $ 620 p.p. ($ 640 p.p. beginning May 1st 2019) Kids under 12 special price: 4 Days $480 ($ 500 p.p. beginning May 1st 2019) Single Room supplement has an extra charge of 75% of the normal price 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 with Tame (only airline) Any flight that arrives before 11:00 am we will pick you up from the airport (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.