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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.
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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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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 2018
DAY 1 – Reception in Lago Agrio at 09h50, and transfer to CuyabenoRiver.Box lunch in the route .. 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. Accommodation in double rooms
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. Accommodation in double rooms
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, and wait for a very special sunset. Optional Swim in the alke.Dinner.
DAY 4 – Breakfast. Avisit to Canangueno Lagoon for bird watching by Indian paddle canoe and another hike in the forest are the activities for this day.
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.