Do you like to discover the Jungle of Ecuador ? This is possible from Quito
Jamu, coming from the word Armadillo in Siona, is a beautiful, privately-owned lodge in the Cuyabeno Reserve where our guests can enjoy a variety of activities. We are located along the Cuyabeno River, 15 minutes down-river from the spectacular Laguna Grande.
Our lodge practices a policy of minimum environmental impact. All of our cabañas are lit naturally with candles to preserve the feeling of being in a remote jungle. Solar panels provide us with electricity and are used to operate our telephone. All inorganic material is removed from the reserve regularly and organic material is composted. Additionally, all of the wastewater coming from the lodge is treated using natural enzymes and bacteria. Our belief in true eco-tourism is intended to make your stay as comfortable as possible, while preserving the beauty of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve for the future.
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Meet in Lago Agrio at 9:00 am, where we will take private transportation to the entrance of the Cuaybeno Reserve where we will have a box lunch. 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 hour canoe ride on the Cuyabeno River to Jamu Lodge. During the canoe ride you will get a first glimpse of the amazing plants and wildlife found in the jungle. You may also be able to see a variety of monkeys and other jungle animals, depending on the time and weather conditions. We will arrive at Jamu Lodge at around 4:30pm. At that time you will be shown to your rooms and can relax. After a siesta we will leave the camp for a swim in the lagoon and to watch a beautiful sunset. You will then return to the camp for dinner and can finish your first day in the jungle relaxing in a hammock or having a drink at the bar.
After breakfast we will take a trek in the primary forest for 3 to 4 hours where your guide will explain how this complex tropical ecosystem works. You will learn about medicinal plants and might be able to see some exotic birds or monkeys. We will then return to the camp for lunch and a siesta. In the afternoon, we will go piranha fishing, have a swim in the lagoon and watch the sunset. With a little luck you can observe the pink river dolphins or an anaconda sunbathing in a tree. You will return to the camp for dinner, and then take a night canoe ride to look for caimans.
After breakfast, we head to the Siona 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 preparation of Casabe, a local dish made of yucca (carbohydrates are the principal food of the community). During the 2 hour canoe ride to the community, you can admire the existing fauna along the Rio Cuyabeno such as: birds, monkeys, snakes, pink dolphins and tortoises. A visit to the Shaman, the healer of the community, is also included. This is a full day excursion with lunch in the Community. After returning to the lodge, we will go for a short nocturnal hike through the primary forest in search of insects, spiders, geckos or scorpions, and listen to the night sounds of the jungle. Dinner.
Early in the morning, before breakfast, a bird-watching excursion is optional. Back at the lodge we will have breakfast and then return to Lago Agrio to take the bus or flight back to Quito.
In the 5 days 4 nights tour, a visit to the Laguna Canangueno for bird-watching by native dugout canoe, called "quilla", and another hike in the forest are the activities for the 4th day. While paddling you have a better opportunity to see more fauna and flora, and you can get a good idea of what a flooded forest looks like. You can observe a variety of different birds and monkeys. Because this activity is about 4 - 5 hours long, we take a box lunch with us.
* Housing in multiple or double room (single room is an additional cost) * 4 nights Tour - 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners * 3 nights Tour - 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners * Filtered water, coffee, tea * Excursions and activities * River transportation in motorized canoe, life jackets * Certified bilingual guide (English / Spanish) * Transport in private bus Lago Agrio - Cuyabeno - Lago Agrio * Rain boots and Poncho
Not Included * Transport Quito - Lago Agrio - Quito, airplane around USD 200,00 round-trip or bus USD 16,00 *Entrance fee to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve *Indigenous community $ 4.00 *Extra drinks, alcoholic beverages *Personals expenses * Expenses of bank transfers
Life in the jungle is very informal...
Comfortable loose clothing Long-sleeve shirts and pants for walking Warm jacket for the evening Bathing suit and extra towel Hat and sun glasses Sandals, sneakers Rain jacket insect repellent Flashlight with extra batteries Binoculars Reading material Personal things