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Tapir Lodge

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Tapir Ecolodge, Cuyabeno Amazon Rainforest Reserve, Honeymoons. Looking for a great place with all the confort, book with the specialist, all in one place at the best price!

Tapir lodge is located in the expansive Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, deep in the Amazon with its 4 rooms  built in 2 towers, each 35 ft. high, closer to nature and birds , a restaurant bar and a host of rainforest activities are offered.

Tapir Lodge was built in 1996 in partnership with the local Siona community with the aim of providing comfortable lodging while creating minimal disturbance to the surrounding ecosystem. Tapir Lodge shares access to and profits from its ecotourism activities with the local Siona community.

The Tapir Lodge is located in the upper section of the Cuyabeno Reserve, which over the years has itself become an important tourist destination due to its amazing animal and bird diversity, reflected in its 15 species of monkeys and well over 500 types of birds.

Location: The Tapir Lodge is located in far eastern Ecuador, in an area made up of 14 interconnecting lagoons, of which only Laguna Grande (2.5 km/1.5 miles in length) is accessible to visitors.

Accommodations: The Lodge consists out of three 35-foot high “towers” with double, triple and quadruple rooms. All the rooms have private bathrooms, with hot running water and are outfitted with water-containers providing our guests with purified water (brought from Lago Agrio), which is perfectly safe for drinking and brushing your teeth. Some of the rooms are equipped with a hammock, balcony and have spectacular views of the jungle!

The “Piranha” Tower has 4 rooms that can be used as single or double rooms.

Each room is located on a different floor so you have optimal privacy.  From one’s balcony, they can admire beautiful bromeliads, orchids, birds and different endemic species of monkeys.

Facilities: The Tapir Lodge has a fully equipped kitchen to provide with fresh and healthy local Ecuadorian and international food. The ingredients are a mixture of local products (fruits and vegetables) from the jungle and others from the closest city. Vegetarian and special diets can be accommodated with advance notification.
After a full day of activities in the forest, the lodge’s “La Tarántula” bar offers very good non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages – like freshly made tropical juices, cold beer, wines and cocktails ! There in the bar you can have a refreshing drink and talk about your travel experiences with other travelers!

Activities at Tapir Lodge include bird watching, canoeing, caiman watching, sport fishing, rainforest treks, nighttime hikes, cultural exchanges with indigenous communities, and camping excursions.

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, the meeting point is at Hotel D`Mario at 9:30 am where you can purchase your own breakfast with an extra cost of 4USD. 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.

5.- Our 5 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.

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, the meeting point is at Hotel D`Mario at 9:30 am where you can purchase your own breakfast with an extra cost of 4USD. 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.

WHAT TO BRING:

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 not book, sunglasses, towel, camera with film speed 200 or 400, original passport, small backpack (waterproof).

 

 

ProgramAccommodationFlightshare van/ Public bus
4 Days700 USD230USD40 USD/24 USD
5 Days825 USD230USD40USD/24USD

 

Departures: everyday except on Sundays

Minimum number of passengers: 2

The price includes:

  • Canoe rides
  • Meals as mentioned in the program
  • Water, coffee, tea
  • Daily excursion program
  • Naturalist bilinguals guide (English or German).
  • Rubber boots (only until size 44) 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
  • Travel insurance

OPTION 1: Flight Quito – Lago Agrio – Quito

FLIGHTS UIO – LGQ – UIO
DAYROUTEDEPARTUREARRIVAL AIRFARE
MON- FRIEQ 201 UIO- LGQ10:00 AM 10:55 AM230USD
MON- FRIEQ 210 LGQ- UIO17:30 PM18:30 PM230USD
SATURDAYEQ 209 UIO- LGQ11:10 AM12:05 PM230USD
SATURDAYEQ 210 LGQ-UIO12:35 AM13:30 AM230USD
SUNDAYEQ 202 LGQ-UIO12:05 PM13:00 PM230USD
SUNDAYEQ 202 UIO -LGQ10:40 PM12:35 PM 230USD

BUS QUITO – LAGO AGRIO – QUITO

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: Private bus ride 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: Aiport 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, Banos, 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 Carcelen 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 24 USD round trip from Quito, from Banos 32,20 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 members.