The Jamu Lodge is strategically located on the banks of the Cuaybeno River, with quick access to the Laguna Grande. This comfortable lodge features nine multi-room cabins, connected by an elevated platform in case of flooding. The cabins are designed with traditional Amazon style and powered by solar energy.
Sani can adjust your daily activities, based upon your personal interests. The first and last days will be similar for all itineraries. Here is an example of a standard 5-day itinerary
We meet in Lago Agrio at 9:00 AM, with an approximate drive of three hours to the entrance of the reserve, where we will register and enjoy lunch. From here we have a two-hour canoe ride along the Aguarico River to reach the lodge. Along the way, we will begin searching for wildlife, including many species of monkeys. We will have a bit of a break at the lodge before we set out for the lagoon to watch the sunset on the rainforest and then search for caiman.
We will have a morning trek of 3-4 hours on the local trails. This will be our first real exposure to the natural power of the rainforest Your guides will explain a bit about the ecosystem, nearby exotic birds, and the primary primates of the area. In the afternoon we will explore the waterways, hoping to spot the pink river dolphins or an anaconda soaking in the sunshine. After dinner, we will go caiman spotting again, and search for other nocturnal creatures, such as bats, frogs, snakes, and owls.
We will navigate the riverways by canoe, to arrive at the Siona Community. As is customary, one of the indigenous women will welcome us to the village. She will show us the yuca plantation that provides for the community. We then get a chance to participate in the preparation of a traditional meal. We will learn some local customs and hear legends about their people and the forest. In the afternoon we will participate in a shamanic cleansing ritual. After dinner, back at the lodge, we will go out on another nocturnal exploration.
Breakfast will be served at 8 AM with a departure for the docks around 9 AM. If you want to do any exploring today, wake up early and hit the trails in the areas around the lodge. From the river docks, you will catch your arranged transport, or take a local bus to the Tena bus station for your ongoing travels.
This would be an additional full day added to the 4-day itinerary. We head to the Canangueno Lagoon for some slow-paddle birding in a traditional dugout canoe. This is a more intimate look at the forest, and normally provides a closer viewing opportunity for many species. We will also enjoy an afternoon trek, for further deep forest exploration.
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