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Siona Lodge
Categories: Superior, Under $99, Cuyabeno, Regular, Medium
Siona Lodge
Starting At: $360 USD
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Fitness: Medium - High
Length: 4 - 5 Days
Places: Lago Agrio - Ecuador
Users Rating 5 from 5 ratings

Comfort
Program
Location

The Siona Lodge is strategically located in primary native rainforest of the Ecuadorian Amazon. The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is part of Ecuador conservation efforts, 603.380 square kilometers of protected land since 1979.

Siona Lodge Highlights

Preservation of unblemished rainforest sets example for sustainable practices, Siona lodge was built in Eco-friendly huts in the amazon river basin. A conservation project that allows guests to participate in an unprecedented experience with nature and the incredible ecosystems it holds. Siona Lodge features one of the best locations in the reserve near the big lagoon, where beautiful sunsets are an everyday occurrence. Much of the endemic wildlife found in the region benefits from the reserves unique characteristics, allowing guests to observe wildlife in their natural environments.

Siona Lodge Details

 

BUS (Quito – Lago Agrio – Quito)

Bus terminal: Quitumbe (south)
Travel time: Approximately 8 hours
Bus frequency: Every 2 to 3 hours
Bus fare: Approximately $10 per person
Pick up time: Approx 09:30 am
Luggage restriction: None
Pick up point: D’Mario hotel

 

FLIGHT (Quito – Lago Agrio – Quito)

Departs from: Quito only
Flight time: 40 minutes
Commercial airline: Tame
Ticket fare:
$180 (subject to change)
Departure time: 09:15am (subject to change)
Luggage restriction: 20 kilos – 44 pounds
Pick up point: Airport upon arrival (10:00am)

Sional Lodge Features

Siona Lodge Features

Cuyabeno Big Lagoon

Shaman

Part of the adventure of visiting the amazon rainforest is being able to meet a shaman. Upstream through the cuyabeno lake is where many siona´s and their shamans call home. Here guests will appreciate their botanical knowledge passed down through many generations. Wise and knowledgeable people that have lived in the region for decades over many generations, they believe they are deeply connected with nature at a spiritual level.

The Cuyabeno Reserve

The cuyabeno reserve contains extraordinary ecological characteristics found nowhere else in the world. A network of permanent and semi-permanent rivers, inundated forests, creeks and swamps with 6 major ecosystems that set the perfect environment for wildlife to blossom. A few examples of the many species that can be found in the region are: tapirs, capybaras, giant otters, over 500 variety of birds, fish diversity, anacondas, caimans and the once endangered pink dolphins.

Caiman Watching

Caiman watching is an exciting and exhilarating activity where guests can observe these magnificent creatures first hand. Late evening, after the sun sets, these non-aggressive and shy reptiles become active along the water’s edge. At night, they can be spotted lazily swimming across the lake, at times small breeds can also be found.

Comfort & Quality Guidance

Siona Lodge is among the most comfortable lodges in the Cuyabeno reserve, regularly maintained and keeping a rustic yet comfortable stay for guests. Their close attention to detail, a welcoming staff and quality guidance with comprehensive programs in the surroundings ensure Siona lodge as the top pick among guests.

Siona Lodge Itineraries 2017

Day 1

Reception in Lago Agrio at 08h30-09h00, and transfer to Cuyabeno River.Box lunch in the route .At this point the visitors have to register in the Reserve’s office and pay the Entrance fee. Here our Naturalist Guide will give information about the Reserve, important recommendations and other tips to begin the two hours navigation through Cuyabeno River to the Big Lagoon, where the Lodge is located. Along the river you will find several species in its natural habitat as monkeys, toucans, parrots, insect and the exuberant Amazonian vegetation. Arrival and check in. Night walk in the primary forest to observe amphibians and reptiles for about one hour. Return to the lodge for a welcome cocktail and dinner.


Day 2

After breakfast, departure to the Siona Indian Community of Puerto Bolivar, the largest ethnic group in the Reserve. During this tour you will learn their customs , traditions and way of life. You will be part of the elaboration of the Casabe ; local dish made of yucca (carbohydrates principal feed of the community). The trip takes 2 hours navigation downstream to get there, in the route will be possible to admire the existing fauna along the Rio Cuyabeno such as: birds, monkeys, snakes, pink dolphins, tortoises and many others. A visit to the Shaman, is also included. This is a full day excursion with Lunch in the Community . Return to the lodge. Night navigation for watching Caymans. Dinner.


Day 3

Breakfast. Trek in the primary rain forest for approximately 3-5 hours in the distance you will be able to explore the beautiful and complex tropical ecosystem. You will find the great variety of species of plants, trees and animal life. Lunch back at the lodge. In the afternoon navigation in the big lagoon, to enjoy the surrounding of the lake, time to fish piranhas , swimming and wait for a very special sunset. Dinner.


Day 4

Early in the morning before breakfast a bird watching excursion is optional. Breakfast and transfer to Lago Agrio to take your flight back.

Day 1

Reception in Lago Agrio at 08h30-09h00, and transfer to Cuyabeno River.Box lunch in the route .At this point the visitors have to register in the Reserve’s office and pay the Entrance fee. Here our Naturalist Guide will give information about the Reserve, important recommendations and other tips to begin the two hours navigation through Cuyabeno River to the Big Lagoon, where the Lodge is located. Along the river you will find several species in its natural habitat as monkeys, toucans, parrots, insect and the exuberant Amazonian vegetation. Arrival and check in. Night walk in the primary forest to observe amphibians and reptiles for about one hour. Return to the lodge for a welcome cocktail and dinner.


Day 2

After breakfast, departure to the Siona Indian Community of Puerto Bolivar, the largest ethnic group in the Reserve. During this tour you will learn their customs , traditions and way of life. You will be part of the elaboration of the Casabe ; local dish made of yucca (carbohydrates principal feed of the community). The trip takes 2 hours navigation downstream to get there, in the route will be possible to admire the existing fauna along the Rio Cuyabeno such as: birds, monkeys, snakes, pink dolphins, tortoises and many others. A visit to the Shaman, is also included. This is a full day excursion with Lunch in the Community . Return to the lodge. Night navigation for watching Caymans. Dinner.


Day 3

Breakfast. Trek in the primary rain forest for approximately 3-5 hours in the distance you will be able to explore the beautiful and complex tropical ecosystem. You will find the great variety of species of plants, trees and animal life. Lunch back at the lodge. In the afternoon navigation in the big lagoon, to enjoy the surrounding of the lake, time to fish piranhas , swimming and wait for a very special sunset. Dinner.


Day 4

A visit to Canangueno Lagoon for birdwatching by indian paddle canoe, and further exploration hikes in the rain forest.


Day 5

Early in the morning before breakfast a bird watching excursion is optional. Breakfast and transfer to Lago Agrio to take your flight back.

Siona Lodge Rates 2017

INCLUSIONS
 
 
Accommodation
 

All Meals, water & tea

 
All Activities as listed
 
Transportation Lago Agrio-Lodge-Lago Agrio
 
Bilingual naturalist guide
 
Use of lodge facilities & Gear

EXCLUSIONS
 
 
Round bus (Quito-Coca-Quito), transport (landair)
 
Bar consumptions
 
Private naturalist guide
 
Personal expenses, travel insurance, souvenirs, tipping (guide & staff)
 
Community Contribution
 
Transfer (hotel-airport/bus stop-hotel)

 

Children Allowed: Yes
Children Minimum Age: None

Considered Child: Under the age of 12
25% Child Discount: 3 to 11 years

Any cancellation notified 61 days or more prior to the tour (s) departure will be eligible for a full refund, operational fees apply.
Any cancellation notified between 60 and 31 prior to the tour (s) departure will be eligible for a partial 50% refund, operational fees apply.
Any cancellation notified 30 days or less prior to the tour (s) departure will have an 100% surcharge cancellation fee.
Guests that decide to exit the lodge prior to the end of their tour will not be eligible for any kind of refund or further claim.

The above Terms & Conditions/Policies do not represent to a full extent all the terms & conditions by the Lodge, the most important and relevant clauses have been listed as a guideline, and are enforced by the tour operator to GreenGo Travel as your acting travel agent and subsequently to the end customer. In cases such as the initial percentage of payment required, the amount of days prior to cover the final balance & cancellation fees will be subject to our terms and conditions. A higher/lower initial payment, and additional time may be required to process your reservation.

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  • Diane

    The cuyabeno is amazing, our guide was particularly helpful for spotting wildlife, and we had the best of times. We were surprised wit the many lodges available in the area, but we couldn’t be happier with siona, good meals, a clean lodge, and just being in the midst of the wilderness was the best way to end our stay in Ecuador.

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