Tapir Lodge Five Day Programme GH2

5 Days From £0 (Please Enquire)

The Tapir Lodge was built in 1996 in partnership with the family members of the Siona community. Our vision while building the tapir lodge was not only to design a place that surpasses customer’s expectations.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Fully Flexible
Start Location: Lago Agrio, Ecuador
End Location: Lago Agrio, Ecuador
Accommodation: Lodge
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Suitable For Most Travellers

About The Operator

Accreditations: Section coming soon
Years In Business: 1

We also to demonstrate our green credentials by constructing the most eco-friendly lodge in the Cuyabeno Reserve. Our philosophy is to respect the ecosystem and maintain its natural course. We are passionate about the environment and therefore we seek to cause minimal disturbance in the area.

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
Box Lunch
Private transportation Lago Agrio - Cuyabeno - Lago Agrio
Accommodation in double room (ensuite) and hot water shower
Canoe rides
Alls your meals
Drinks (water, coffee, tea)
Daily excursiona as per established on itinerary
Multilingual guides (English, German, Spanish)
Rubber boots, raincoats, life saver for adults
Kinds under the age of 12 are required to bring their own raincoats and boots

Excludes
Alcoholic and bottled beverages
Tips and personal expenses
Flight Quito - Lago Agrio – Quito $171

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. Our services start in Lago Agrio which can be reached either by bus or by plane. In the first flight of Tame 08:30am. The approximate time by bus is of 8 hours while the flight will approximately 30 minutes on board of a Boeing . From Lago Agrio we will drive to the northeast side of the Sucumbios province where “El Puente” (the bridge) is located. It will take us between 2 and 2.30 hours to reach the bridge depending on weather and traffic conditions. Throughout this drive you will have the opportunity to see beautiful landscapes created by the combination of rainforest, rivers and small towns. After our arrival to “El Puente” we will take a break to enjoy our box lunch then we will proceed to get ready for our next journey on board of a motorized canoe (12mts/24ft long). We will provide you with rain ponchos and life vests; your luggage will be covered with plastic for protection, to prevent it from getting wet in the event of rain. Throughout the trip in this narrow river you will be able to admire some of the wide variety of flora and fauna that the Cuyabeno Reserve has to offer. We will navigate for 2.5 hours until we arrive at the Tapir Lodge. Once in the Tapir Lodge guests will be indicated to their rooms to make themselves comfortable. After dinner (19:30) the guide will provide general explanations about the tapir lodge as well as about the Cuyabeno reserve and the activities that will take place the following days.
Day 02. Our day will begin with a healthy and delicious breakfast that will be served at around 7:30am, after that we will meet our guests at our pier where we will make sure that everyone has got a pair of rubber boots for the excursion (available until size 45 EU). Depending on the size of the group we will be driving with a motorized canoe or with a paddle canoe. Our tour this day will start at 09:30, the guide will bring them the ponchos and the rubber boots this day consist of an upstream drive to the “Laguna Grande” (Big Lake) it will take us around 30 minutes by motorized canoe or 1 hour by Quilla. In the Laguna Grande we will have the opportunity to observe that surrounding Flora and Fauna. The Flora found in the lake is quite unique, we will find Igapos or inundated forest as well as the macrolobium; ancient trees that have adapted themselves to the surrounding environment thus growing straight out of the water. These majestic and antique trees create the perfect habitat for other plants, such as Bromeliads, Orchids, Ferns and Cacti. Once the Igapo excursion has been completed, we will travel to "Terra Firme" and begin a trek on a path called “Palma Roja” (Red Palm); this path was once part of a scientific research station belonging to the Catholic University. Before starting our trek our guide will provide a brief explanation regarding basic ecology of the rainforest, it will take around 3.5 hours. We hope to have the opportunity to see and hear many species of birds such as Woodpeckers, Tanagers, Macaws, and Toucans; and if we are lucky enough we will come across two or three species of Monkeys. We will return to the Tapir for Lunch, it will be served at 14:30, after that our guests will have a 2 hours brake approximately. At around 17 hours we will meet at our pier and drive with the canoe to a different area of the “Laguna Grande”. Once we get to the lake we will navigate through the surrounding area searching for birds and other animals. If so desired our guests could go for a swim which is a perfectly safe and a very relaxing activity. Depending on the weather, we may be able to admire a breathtaking sunset Once the evening activities are concluded, we will return to Tapir. If you want a refreshing drinks at our bar or chat with the guide about the day’s events. After dinner depending on the weather conditions we can take a quick night trek around the lodge looking for frogs and other night wanderers.
Day 03. Depending on the weather conditions, we could have an early start and head out on a bird watching excursion. We will leave the Tapir at around 6 am navigating downstream admiring the flora and fauna found along the river while searching for exotic birds, native to this region. We could find Blue and Yellow Macaws, Scarlet Macaws, Blue Tailed Emeralds, Hoatzins, Amazon King Fishers among others. Boasting with a bird list of more than 500 species; makes the Cuyabeno Reserve a privileged location for birding and a delight for seasoned as well as beginner birdwatchers. We should be returning at around 7am to enjoy breakfast after this we will meet at the pier. This day our excursion will consist of a 2 hours canoe drive downstream. Throughout our journey we will search for Morphos (Giant Blue Butterfly), Toucans, Macaws and Monkeys. On our way we will pass the village of Puerto Bolivar who’s solely inhabitants are the Sionas. Following Puerto Bolivar, we will stop at a small settlement. Here we will have the opportunity to visit and meet Thomas the local Shaman who belongs to the Cofan ethnic group. Thomas spends most of his time curing and treating the local inhabitants with his vast knowledge of medicinal plants. The visit to this small settlement will be our entry point for a new trek into the rainforest. This part of the rainforest is the habitat of the tiny Ecuadorian Poison Frog (Dendrobatis). Our trek (approx 2 hours) will begin along the river bank where we will find the marvelous ancient Kapok trees, some of these magnificent specimens are at least 800 years old and their roots can grow as big as a small room. The path that we will follow, will lead us through small creeks and we will finally arrive at thomase´s backyard. At our arrival we will take a break to enjoy a tasty box lunch. After lunch Thomas will share with us his experiences in the rainforest as well as the processes for healing people. For those interested in taking part of a healing ceremony the option is there and it should last about 40 minutes. After the presentation there will be a q and a session with Thomas. Handcrafts are available for purchase, all of them crafted out of materials provided by and obtained in the rainforest. At around 15 hours we will navigate back to Puerto Bolivar where we will be greeted by the local Siona family. There we will observe how the Cassava Bread is prepared. The Yuca (Cassava) Root (Manihot Esculenta) has always been an essential food supply and perhaps the main source of carbohydrates for the indigenous communities of the rainforest. Once the Yuca (Cassava) has been collected it will be peeled and grinded into a paste; this “paste” is then pressed to eliminate the water and the starch. The remaining dried product will be toasted in a pan for few minutes and the result will be a “pancake like bread” of neutral taste which we will be able to taste. We will then head back to the Tapir where we will spend the night.
Day 04. Breakfast will be served at 7.30 am, the day will be scheduled according to your interests, guests will have the option to choose their activities with the guide. Several options are available, ranging from bird watching, canoeing, fishing, or walking in the rainforest. Lunch will be served at the Tapir and in the afternoon our guests can enjoy some leisure time and enjoy the last Sunset over the lake. After dinner we will serve and enjoy a farewell Passion Fruit Cocktail, as we take a little time to introduce our hard working, attentive and diligent staff members; whom without their cooperation, assistance and courteous service Tapir Lodge could not provide our guests with the first-class service you will receive from your first day with us.
Day 05. Breakfast will be served at 8 am. After breakfast we will coordinate and schedule your departure from the Tapir, which is generally between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM depending on flight times, river and road conditions. Our staff will attend to the luggage as they make sure it is all loaded onto the canoe. We will depart Tapir and make our way back to the bridge where our private transportation will be waiting for us to take us back to Lago Agrio´s Airport.