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Nicky Lodge (Cuyabeno)

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Dracaena wants to offer the finest exploration in the Rainforest with the Nicky Amazon Lodge. It is located on the Cuyabeno River (lower part of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve), with 7 cabins built in the traditional Indian style of the jungle.

Dracaena wants to offer the finest exploration in the Rainforest with the Nicky Amazon Lodge. It is located on the Cuyabeno River (lower part of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve), with 7 cabins built in the traditional Indian style of the jungle. Each hut has 2 rooms that can be single, double and triple accommodation, twins or matrimonial beds with mosquito nets to keep you safe from biting insects. All rooms have private bathrooms with showers. All cabins have an area where you will be able to relax in the hammocks or sitting to observe some species of birds and monkeys or to enjoy nature early in the morning or to listen to the nocturnal songs of the Amazon.

DAY 1 Enter the Forest
Day 1: Our excursion begins in Puente del Cuyabeno at 09h30.
The Cuyabeno Bridge where we eat our lunch. After lunch, we start our journey down the river to our Lodge (approx. 3 hours).
Then our excursion into the rainforest can really start. Along the river, we can observe some species of monkeys and birds from very close because this part of the river is really narrow.
Finally, we arrive to the Nicky Amazon Lodge. We have some time to relax and later we get an introductory walk around the Lodge. After dinner, our naturalist bilingual guide gives us a briefing on the upcoming activities for the next few days and the area. There is also a night walk for those who want to see the nightlife of the Amazon.
Day 2 – EXPLORE THE JUNGLE”
EXPLORE THE JUNGLE
Day 2: Before breakfast, we start our journey. The brisk morning hours are the best time to see the rainforest’s thriving activity. We trek into the rainforest with our Naturalist guide who shares their wealth of knowledge. We also have the opportunity to learn about how life in the tropical rainforest co-exists in a fragile balance. Botanic information emphasizes the use of the medicinal plants, which has been taught by the local ancestors for generations. We also find some species of amphibians, butterflies, centipedes and millipedes, snakes, birds, monkeys, or any footprints of mammals in the trail.
Then, we return to the lodge to get lunch. Later we navigate along the Cuyabeno River to turn around the Kapok Island trying to find species of monkeys. We also have a good chance of seeing the freshwater pink dolphins in the amazing river scenery.
Before dinner, we venture into the forest to find species of 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.
Day 3 – SHAMAN OF THE FOREST”

PUERTO BOLIVAR – INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY
Day 3: An early activity permits us to enjoy nature with a good chance to watch some monkeys and birds.
After breakfast, we follow the “taricaya” which means turtle trail to visit the Seoqueya Community, where some local families of the Siona’s Indigenous group live. A member of the family shows us how they prepare the yuca bread which is called “Cassave” and our guide explains local traditions and cultures from the past to the present.
Then we return to the lodge. After lunch, we always have time to relax and to enjoy the place.
In the afternoon we go out with our motor canoe upstream to visit the Laguna Grande where we navigate in the amazing lake and admire the flooded forest by black water or Igapo, considered an ecosystem of the rainforest, dominated by the famous Macrolobium trees which are homes of Epiphytes plants and bird, there is time to go swimming in the lake while we enjoy the spectacular sunset in the rainforest.
Before we return to the lodge we venture downstream to search for Caimans (alligator family) and fishing bats.

4 DAY & 3 NIGHTS 7 / 5 DAY & 4 NIGHTS

Day 4 – SPLENDOR OF NATURE”
CUYABENO
Day 4: The last early activity is a short canoe excursion to watch the sunrise over the jungle. This is a good opportunity for bird watching. It permits us to create some last memories of this wonderful place.
After breakfast, you have time to prepare your luggage for the trip back. We navigate upstream to reach the Cuyabeno Bridge, where we provide a box lunch.
For passengers going for long trip 5 days/ 4 nights, the additional day includes a morning walk and an extra canoe excursion admiring the wonderful landscape in either the afternoon the night another walk.
Day 5 – BACK TO CIVILISATION” RETURN TO Puente del Cuyabeno
Day 5: The last early activity is a short canoe excursion to watch the sunrise over the jungle. This is a good opportunity for bird watching. It permits us to create some last memories of this wonderful place.
After breakfast, you have time to prepare your luggage for the trip back. We navigate upstream to reach the Cuyabeno Bridge, where we provide box lunch.
Arriving at approx. 12h30 either to catch the bus back to Quito

Meals from Lunch day 1 until lunch on day 4 or 5
Tea / Coffee and Filtered Water
Accommodation Double/Triple or Matrimonial cabin
Transportation from Lago Agrio to the Caiman Lodge and back to Lago Agrio
Bilingual Naturalist Guide
DAY ONE

Arrival to Cuyabeno Bridge
Transfer to the entrance of the national park
Lunch
Canoe ride to get to the lodge
Watch the sunset on the Lagoon
Dinner
Free time
DAY TWO

Breakfast
hike through the Amazon rainforest
Lunch
Paddle canoe
Dinner
We will take a Canoe and go out looking for Caiman
DAY THREE

Breakfast
Roughly 1.5-hour canoe ride to the community
Visit lady who shows you how to make Yuka bread
Lunch
Visit Shaman
Take the Canoe back to the lodge
Dinner
Night walk
DAY FOUR

If you take the 4-day option

Breakfast
Leave the lodge by canoe
bus back to Cuyabeno Bridge where the tour ends
If you take the 5 day option

Breakfast
Optional activity hiking or canoe ride
Lunch
Optional activity
Dinner
DAY FIVE

Breakfast
Leave the lodge by canoe
bus back to Cuyabeno Bridge where the tour ends

Transport from Quito to Cuyabeno Bridge and back – return flights approx. $190 US – bus is between $15 US – $30 US
$5 US Contribution to Siona Community Visit
$5 US Contribution to Shaman Visit
Alcoholic / Soft drinks
TIPS
Rain Poncho and Rubber boots

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Nicky Lodge (Cuyabeno)