Amazon River Tours
Amazon River Cruises and Tours. The Amazon River is therefore the second longest river in the world. It is also the largest in terms of the size of its watershed. Ready to discover the awe-inspiring natural beauty and culture of South America on an Amazon River Trip ? Our adventurous expedition-style trips to the heart of the Amazon are one of the most challenged.
AMAZON RIVER EXPEDITION 12 DAYS 11 NIGHTS
Please note that this itinerary gives the general idea of the route offered during this tour. However, due to local river conditions the actual day-to-day itinerary can change. Each day you will be given the opportunity to do jungle walks (with options to do early morning bird walks and night walks at your request). In addition you will have the chance to fish and swim in the rivers between other activities.
Quito-Lago Agrio (bus 8 hours- airplane 30 minutes flight). Our adventure will begin at the meeting point in Lago Agrio where we will travel by private bus for 2 hours , when you arrive at the entrance of the Cuyabeno Reserve where we have our lunch, after we take our motor canoe for 2 hours approximately on the Cuyabeno River to get to our Lodge.
After breakfast we have a walk around the Laguna Grande. Around this area you can hope to see monkeys, macaws, possibly river dolphins depending on the level of the river, and other animals . Lunch, and in the afternoon we go to swim in the Laguna Grande where you can see the beautiful sunset. Optional night walk.
After breakfast we will continue our journey by canoe on the Cuyabeno River to the Siona Indigenous Community where we will prepare a traditional yucca bread dish with a local family. Our ride down the river will then lead us to the community where a traditional Shaman lives. We will set up camp in this region and participate in a ceremony with the Shaman to learn about his work and beliefs
On the 5th day we will be traveling even further into the Cuyabeno Reserve, arriving close to the Peruvian-Ecuadorian border. The canoe trip down the Aguarico River will be longer than on our previous journeys and provides many spectacular views of the river’s wide beaches, animals, and remote vegetation. In the late afternoon we will set up our new base camp on the beaches of the Aguarico River.
Today we will visit one of the most remote regions of the Cuyabeno National Reserve and of Ecuador ‘s Amazon Basin . This region, called Lagarto Cocha, is an extremely remote strip of preserved pristine rainforest where the pink river dolphins are known to live. In addition, it is known to be the home of caymans that can be seen at night. The name Lagarto Cocha is Quecha for ‘Caiman Lake.’.
We will continue with our activities of jungle walks, fishing, bird observation, and canoeing depending on what weather and river conditions permit. This day will be spent in the Lagarto Cocha region.
Departing early in the morning, we will leave the Lagarto Cocha region and continue our journey to the customs check-point on the border between Ecuador and Peru . Route: Rocafuerte-Pantoja-Santa Martha de Nanay .
Our next destination will be to our base camp on the Curaray River where we will also have the opportunity to fish and do an afternoon or evening walk.
Today we will continue our activities in the region of Santa Clotilde.
We will spend our last full day in the Peruvian Amazon in the region of Laguna Achual Cocha.
On the last day we will arrive at the entrance of the Great Amazon River and enter the city of Iquitos in the morning. The tour officially ends at that point, but you can continue on to Lima by plane if desired (airfare not included in the price).
WHAT TO BRING
• Original passport
• Light-weight clothing, long pants and long-sleeved shirts
• Cotton shirts (long sleeved)
• Flashlight with at least 2 extra pairs of batteries
• Comfortable shoes
• Mosquito repellent (30% DEET recommended)
• Camera with extra batteries
• Extra personal medications and first-aid
• Malaria prevention pills (to take before, during, and after trip as recommended by your doctor)
• Plastic bags to protect camera, etc.
1200 USD minimum 4 people
- Motorized canoe transport
- Naturalist bilingual guide
- Accommodation in double cabins
- camping equipment, sleeping bags
- All meals
- Transportation Quito Lago Agrio bus (8 USD) or plane (190 USD)
- Alcoholic drinks
- National Park Entrance fees ($60 extra per person)
- Fees for activities in indigenous communities
HOW TO GET FROM QUITO TO LAGO AGRIO?
|FLIGHT INFORMATION QUITO – LAGO AGRIO – QUITO|
|DAY||ROUTE||FLIGHT # DEPARTURE||ARRIVAL||AIRFARE|
|MON- FRI||EQ 201 UIO- LGQ||9:00 AM||9:40 AM||189 USD|
|MON- FRI||EQ 210 LGQ- UIO||5:05 PM||5:45 PM||189 USD|
|SATURDAY||EQ 201 UIO- LGQ||9:40 AM||10:20 AM||189 USD|
|SATURDAY||EQ 202 LGQ-UIO||10:50 AM||11:30 AM||189 USD|
|SUNDAY||EQ 210 LGQ-UIO||5:05 PM||5:45 PM||189 USD|
BUS QUITO-LAGO AGRIO
There are several options to travel to the meeting point. You can take a bus ride from Quito to Lago Agrio which takes about 8 hours. We can recommend you the company Esmeraldas. The buses leave at 10 pm and 11 pm from the New Town (9 de Octubre and Avenida Colon).
The bus ticket cost 12 USD one way.
However, there are a lot of different companies going from Quito to Lago Agrio which enables you to go there almost every hour.
The meeting point is at Hotel D´MARIO in Lago Agrio at 9:00 am for the people arriving by bus, the people arriving by plane will be picked up at the airport in Lago Agrio by one of the staff members.