NICKY LODGE (4 & 5 day tour)
DEPARTURE: every Monday and Thursday
- transportation from Lago Agrio to Cuyabeno by car (round trip)
- transportation by canoe in the Cuyabeno Reserve
- English speaking naturalist guide
- accommodation in Nicky Lodge (Tourist Class accommodation; double cabins with private bath; only cold water)
- meals and coffee, tea, purified drinking water
- equipment (rubber boots)
- flight Quito - Lago Agrio - Quito*
- soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
- fee Quichua community
*We reserve the flights to and from Lago Agrio. The flight is optional, it is also possible to travel to Lago Agrio by bus (travel time 7 hours).
Our trip starts in Lago Agrio at 9.30 a.m. If you arrive by plane we pick you up at the Lago Agrio airport at 9.55 a.m. We travel by bus or truck for about 1,5 hours until the town of Tarapoa, where we eat lunch. After 20 more minutes arrive at the Cuyabeno bridge, the main entrance to the Cuyabeno Fauna Reserve. From here we continue by motorized canoe downstream the Cuyabeno river to the lodge. On the way we have chance to observe several species of monkeys and birds. After about 2 hours we arrive at Nicky Amazon Lodge. Time for a short relax and an introductory walk around the Lodge. After dinner our naturalist bilingual guide gives us a briefing on the activities for the next few days.
We start the day with an early breakfast, because the brisk morning hours are the best time to see the rainforest’s thriving activity. Trek into primary rainforest with our naturalist guide. He shows us the practical and medicinal uses of several plants, and we learn how all creatures in the tropical rainforest co-exist in a fragile balance. We may spot amphibians, butterflies, centipedes and millipedes, snakes, birds, monkeys, and the footprints of mammals. After lunch at the lodge, navigation along the Cuyabeno River and around the Kapok Island in search of different species of monkeys. We also have a good chance of seeing the freshwater pink dolphins (Inia geoffrensis and Sotalia fluviatilis). Before dinner we venture into the forest to find 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.
Get up early in search of monkeys and birds. After breakfast we follow the “taricaya” or turtle trail to the Seoqueya Community. A member of a Siona indigenous family will show how to prepare yucca bread, and our guide will explain about the culture and traditions of the native people. We navigate downstream to visit the shaman who teaches us the ancient healing traditions and natural medicine. Return to the lodge for lunch and relax. In the afternoon we navigate upstream to the Laguna Grande. Here we can admire the flooded forest or igapo, dominated by the famous Macrolobium trees. Take a swim in the lake and enjoy the spectacular sunset. Before returning to the lodge, we will search for caimans and fishing bats.
Short canoe excursion early morning, to enjoy the sunrise over the jungle. This is a good opportunity for bird watching – you may spot macaws, toucans, parrots, caciques, hoatzin and other tropical bird species. After breakfast you have time to prepare your luggage for the trip back. Navigation upstream back to the Cuyabeno Bridge, and bus / truck ride back to Lago Agrio. Arrive at about 14.30 p.m.
The 5-day tour includes a morning walk in the rainforest plus an extra canoe excursion in the afternoon. Also an optional night walk is possible.