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Samona Lodge

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Samona Lodge is located within the protected Cuyabeno Reserve in northeast of Ecuador. It is an extensive network of interconnected lakes, lagoons and rivers, which covers more than 6000 sq. km of pristine virgin rainforest. It is the home of a wealth of fauna including pink freshwater dolphin, anacondas, capibaras, caimans, tapires, manatees, piranhas, ocelots, toucans, macaws and other animals.

The lodge itself is rustic, with private bungalows, beds, mosquito nets and private bathrooms with hot water with cozy feeling, close to the forest! A generator in a common area supplies our electricity. A rainforest of unique beauty, which has an incredible diversity of plants and animals, only found here. You will be amazed as you walk through the virgin jungle, where around 400 species of plants have been identified in one hectare alone.

4 NIGHTS / 5 DAYS

1.- Quito – Lago Agrio – El Puente. Following either a flight or a bus journey one day prior to the tour or overnight to Lago Agrio we meet at Hotel D`Mario at 9:30 am. After picking up the guests who arrive by plane, we will journey by private bus to El Puente, the entrance to the Cuyabeno Reserve. From El Puente we take a canoe trip down the Cuyabeno River to the lodge. We will go on an exciting nocturnal adventure, followed by dinner and a talk on the animals and the environment of the jungle.

2.- Laguna Grande. After breakfast, we trek into the primary rainforest to learn about medicinal plants and the biological flora and fauna. After lunch, you can relax by the river or enjoy a siesta in one of our hammocks. The afternoon activities include swimming in the lagoon, and Caiman spotting. We conclude the evening with a fabulous sunset and a delicious meal.

3.- Cuyabeno River. Today we will hike in a different part of the forest. This includes the opportunity to see the biggest trees in the Amazon Rainforest and different ecosystems. We also visit an Indigenous Community, where our naturalist guide will explain the culture and traditions of the native people, here we will prepare traditional food after that we will enjoy a delicious lunch. We will conclude the day by experiencing the beautiful sunset at the lagoon and take the opportunity to spot more wildlife, before you have dinner.

4.- Our 4 day program takes the opportunity to paddle in an ecological canoe to experience jungle life at a slower pace.- The schedule gives you greater opportunities to indulge in the magic of the jungle and offers the opportunity to see the elusive wildlife not already spotted.

5.-El Puente-Lago Agrio-Quito. We will watch the birds and animals in the tranquility of the early morning. After the bird watching we will watch the sunrise over the jungle canopies. After breakfast, we journey up the Cuyabeno River to El Puente, taking our last look at the jungle animals, flora and fauna. We will arrive in Lago Agrio at around 2 pm, followed by your return flight or bus journey.

3 NIGHTS / 4 DAYS

1.- Quito – Lago Agrio – El Puente. Following either a flight or a bus journey one day prior to the tour or overnight to Lago Agrio we meet at Hotel D`Mario at 9:30 am for the people going by bus. After picking up the guests who arrive by plane, we will journey by private bus to El Puente, the entrance to the Cuyabeno Reserve. From El Puente we take a canoe trip down the Cuyabeno River to the lodge. We will go on an exciting nocturnal adventure, followed by dinner and a talk on the animals and the environment of the jungle.

2.- Laguna Grande. After breakfast, we trek into the primary rainforest to learn about medicinal plants and the biological flora and fauna. After lunch, you can relax by the river or enjoy a siesta in one of our hammocks. The afternoon activities include swimming in the lagoon, and Caiman spotting. We conclude the evening with a fabulous sunset and a delicious meal.

3.- Cuyabeno River. Today we will hike in a different part of the forest. This includes the opportunity to see the biggest trees in the Amazon Rainforest and different ecosystems. We also visit an Indigenous Community, where our naturalist guide will explain the culture and traditions of the native people, here we will prepare traditional food after that we will enjoy a delicious lunch. We will conclude the day by experiencing the beautiful sunset at the lagoon and take the opportunity to spot more wildlife, before you have dinner.

4.-El Puente-Lago Agrio-Quito. We will watch the birds and animals in the tranquility of the early morning. After the bird watching we will watch the sunrise over the jungle canopies. After breakfast, we journey up the Cuyabeno River to El Puente, taking our last look at the jungle animals, flora and fauna. We will arrive in Lago Agrio at around 2 pm, followed by your return flight or bus journey.

2 NIGHTS / 3 DAYS

1.- Quito – Lago Agrio – El Puente. Following either a flight or a bus journey one day prior to the tour or overnight to Lago Agrio we meet at Hotel D`Mario at 9:30 am for the people going by bus. After picking up the guests who arrive by plane, we will journey by private bus to El Puente, the entrance to the Cuyabeno Reserve. From El Puente we take a canoe trip down the Cuyabeno River to the lodge. We will go on an exciting nocturnal adventure, followed by dinner and a talk on the animals and the environment of the jungle.

2.- Laguna Grande. After breakfast, we trek into the primary rainforest to learn about medicinal plants and the biological flora and fauna. After lunch, you can relax by the river or enjoy a siesta in one of our hammocks. The afternoon activities include swimming in the lagoon, and Caiman spotting. We conclude the evening with a fabulous sunset and a delicious meal.

3.-El Puente-Lago Agrio-Quito. We will watch the birds and animals in the tranquility of the early morning. After the bird watching we will watch the sunrise over the jungle canopies. After breakfast, we journey up the Cuyabeno River to El Puente, taking our last look at the jungle animals, flora and fauna. We will arrive in Lago Agrio at around 2 pm, followed by your return flight or bus journey.

SUGGESTED PACKING LIST:

Long sleeved cotton t-shirts 2 or more, insect repellent, long trousers, 2 or more (not jeans),  zip-lock bags to keep clothes equipment dry, shorts 2 or more, binoculars (optional), t-shirts 2 or more, torch (flashlight) with extra batteries, cotton socks a pair per day, sun block, comfortable walking shoes and sandals, insect repellent, windbreaker or sweater, first aid kit, toiletries (biodegradable shampoo and soap), hat or cap, bathing suit, plastic water bottle, cotton underwear, book and notebook, sunglasses, towel, camera with film speed 200 or 400, original passport, small backpack (waterproof).

 

TourStandard/Superior FlightsPublic/share van
3 Days230 USD /260 USD230USD24USD/40USD
4 Days280 USD /310 USD230USD24USD/40USD
5 Days330 USD/360 USD230USD24USD/40USD

The price includes:

The price includes:

  • Canoe rides
  • Meals as mentioned in the program
  • Water, coffee, tea
  • Daily excursion program
  • Naturalist bilinguals guide (English or  Spanish)
  • Rubber boots and raincoats for the tour.

The price does not include:

  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Anything that has not been included in the program
  • Flight: Quito – Lago Agrio – Quito or bus tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance to the indigenous communities 10USD

OPTION 1: Flight Quito – Lago Agrio – Quito

FLIGHTS UIO – LGQ – UIO
DAYROUTEDEPARTUREARRIVAL AIRFARE
MON- FRIEQ 201 UIO- LGQ10:00 AM 10:55 AM189 USD
MON- FRIEQ 210 LGQ- UIO17:30 PM18:30 PM189 USD
SATURDAYEQ 209 UIO- LGQ11:10 AM12:05 PM189 USD
SATURDAYEQ 210 LGQ-UIO12:35 AM13:30 AM189 USD
SUNDAYEQ 202 LGQ-UIO12:05 PM13:00 PM189 USD
SUNDAYEQ 202 UIO -LGQ10:40 PM12:35 PM 189USD

 

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 7 to 8 hours.

OPTION 2: Share  Van Quito – Lago Agrio – Quito

We book the tickets for the private bus ride included in the package.

Quito – Lago Agrio

Departure: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

Meeting point: 23:00 pm at Hostel Blue House.

Address: Joaquin Pinto E8-24 y Diego de Almagro, Quito EC170150

Price: 20 USD one way

Lago Agrio – Quito

Departures: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Meeting point: Airport in Lago Agrio at 16: 00 pm

Price: 20 USD one way

OPTION 3: Public bus ride Quito – Lago Agrio – Quito

We can recommend you the bus companies :  Esmeraldas, Baños, Occidentales and Loja. The buses depart from the Carcelen bus station north of Quito or Quitumbe in the south. You can purchase the tickets in the office of Esmeraldas bus company located in the 9 de Octubre and Colon Street near Plaza Foch, or in the bus station at Carcelén or Quitumbe. People traveling from Banos de Agua Santa can book the bus tickets included in the package at our office.
The bus ticket cost 24USD round trip from Quito, from Banos 16,10 USD one way.

However, there are a lot of different bus companies going from Quito to Lago Agrio which enables you to go there almost every hour during the day.

The meeting point is at Hotel D`Mario in Lago Agrio at 9:30 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 member.