Note: This tour operates with 4 people minimum

Our 6 day programs that goes to Zancudo Cocha is based at Nicky Amazon Lodge, which is located in the Cuyabeno National Park, exactly on the lower part of the Aguarico River. The cabins are built in the traditional Indian style of the jungle. You can find the description our 6 days/5 nights itinerary underneath.

Day 1:
We begin our adventure in Lago Agrio where our flight arrives at 09:30.

From Lago Agrio we travel by bus to Tierras Orientales (the jungle gateway) where we start our canoe journey down the Aguarico River to our lodge. Our naturalist bilingual guide will give us a captivating lecture about the rainforest.

After dinner, we take an adventurous night walk, where it is possible to view nocturnal animals and giant insects.

Day 2:
After breakfast, we navigate Cuyabeno downstream observing a variety of species; including Toucans, Parrots, Monkeys, and many more or just enjoy the sunrise in the rainforest.

We reach the Aguarico River (whitewaters) and continue down the river (aprox. 2 1⁄2 hours) to our second campsite at the Zancudococha lake. Along the way, we have a good chance of seeing the freshwater pink and grey river dolphins (Inia geoffrensis and Sotalia fluviatilis).

In the evening we navigate and enjoy the wonderful sunset in the lake. After dinner another captivating explanation about this area.

*The second camp site located at Zancudococha, largest lake of standing water in the Amazon Basin.

Day 3:
After breakfast, our native and naturalist guides take us to a different ecosystem (Terra Firme forest), where they explain the difference between this area and the locations we have observed previously. Our native guide shares his wealth of knowledge, showing us the medicinal and practical uses of the rainforests flora and fauna that their ancestors have taught throughout generations.

We return to our campsite for lunch.

Later in the afternoon, we navigate the lake to enjoy the flooded forest (Igapo) and try our luck at Piranha fishing at the Zancudococha Lagoon.

A relaxed dinner is enjoyed at our campsite.

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

Day 4:
We enjoy an early activity in the morning.

After breakfast our canoe takes us back to Aguarico River and we navigate upstream for approximately 3 hours. We continue downstream the Aguarico river to the confluence of rivers at the Amazon headwaters. We navigate deep in remote jungle along Lagartococha river accessing the flooded area where we discover some lagoons connected by Black water Rivers, where you admire a different ecosystems which exists in the flood forest or varzea region.

After the box lunch, we enjoy swimming in the Delfin Cocha lake while observing some freshwater pink dolphins (Inia Geofrensis ) swimming close to us.

We return to Kichwa Community of Zancudo on the Aguarico riverside where we have the third campsite. Here we can enjoy our dinner and relax.

Day 5:
After breakfast, we navigate upstream Aguarico River.

After some time, we have another box lunch. On the way we stop at riverside villages of local communities to see their handicrafts.

Finally we return to Nicky Amazon Lodge where we have dinner.

After dinner we venture in the forest to find species of insects and with a bit of luck species of snakes or frogs.

Day 6:
The last early activity is a walk into the 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 a box lunch our bus/truck will take us to Lago Agrio, arriving at approximately 15h00. Then our 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-Air fair)
– Entrance to the Kichwa community visit ($4)
– Rain coat
– Tips for guide
– Additional beverages
– Extra meals in Lago Agrio before and after trip

6 Days – 5 Nights – $630 p.p ($ 650 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.