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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.
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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.
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For the adventurer traveler looking for an in depth tour, Samon lodge arranges camping tours from 6 to 8 days, taking guests to deep, remote areas of the amazon, and camping on tents in the open jungle. The lodge will be the starting and ending point for camping tours, a group of minimum 4 is required.
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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.
Samona Lodge Itineraries 2019
DAY 1 – QUITO – LAGO AGRIO – CUYABENO: Flight (9:15 am) or bus (trip the night before the tour – 8 hours) to Lago Agrio. Private ground transportation from Lago Agrio to El Puente. Canoe trip down the Cuyabeno river to our camp. Free afternoon. Dinner. Exciting night walk.
DAY 2 – CUYABENO RIVER: Breakfast. Walk in primary forest to learn about medicinal plants and biodiversity (flora and fauna). Lunch at the camp. Navigating the river to observe pink dolphins (conditions permitting). Return to camp. Dinner. Night canoe expedition in search of alligators.
DAY 3 – CUYABENO: Breakfast. Remo in a traditional canoe on Laguna Caimancocha to enjoy the uniqueness of nature. Lunch at the camp. Hike in the primary forest including lessons on the use of medicinal plants for survival. Before returning to camp, relaxing time in the Laguna Grande, where you can swim and enjoy the sunset. Return to camp. Dinner.
DAY 4 – CUYABENO: Breakfast. Visit the Shaman. Box lunch. Visit Siona Community Tarapuy where the naturalist guide will explain about the culture and traditions of native people. Return to camp. Dinner.
DAY 5 – CUYABENO – LAGO AGRIO – QUITO: Early morning bird watching. Breakfast. Navigating the Cuyabeno river back to the Bridge. Box Lunch. Transfer to Lago Agrio. Return to Quito by bus or plane (16h00).