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Momopeho's ECUADOR 2008: the sun's route country

TAPIR LODGE

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Is a complex of a bungalow, built following the Quichua construction guidelines, a marvelous 15 m tower and a social area including a restaurant serving delicious food, and a bar. All this was constructed next to the Cuyabeno River.

Experience the jungle from our 15 m towers and enjoy the rainforest directly from your own room. Wake up in the morning with a monkey troop crossing the nearby Kapok Trees or relax in your hammock while having great views of the beautiful Cuyabeno River. The first tower has four double rooms and the second 8 double rooms. 

Each room is comfortable equipped, with private bathroom, hot water, each with its own balcony and hammocks. The bungalow with 4 double rooms and 2 quadruple rooms is comfortable and spacious. All rooms have private bathrooms, hot water and a mosquito net over every bed. In the Tapir Lodge you do not have to worry about mosquitoes: in this part of Cuyabeno there are almost no mosquitoes because it is a black water area. The water level is changing constantly and therefore the mosquitoes have almost no chances to breed. Since we are operating our Tapir Lodge there has been no single case of Malaria with our guests or staff. So the danger of Malaria is quite small. The social area offers our guests a place to relax. Either resting in traditional hammocks or drinking an iced cold beer or cocktail from the bar, every passenger can talk about the wonderful sightings of the day. If you get hungry our chef and kitchen staff will be ready to serve you in our Dining room with capacity for 30 people. Our tasty meals are prepared with exotic and fresh fruits as well as vegetables.

In order to avoid unnecessary disturbances to the environment, Tapir Lodge has a new solar panel system. This enables us to provide (110 Volt) AC/DC electricity that can be used for to charge camera batteries and it is used for the illumination of the Lodge. All disposable material and garbage is packed and transported out of the reserve. Organic waste is recycled at the lodge. Also with the help of our bio-digester we are able to transform the sewage waters in perfectly safe clean water for the environment.

PRICES PER PERSON IN $USA

DAYS
FROM - TO
DOUBLE
4
DAILY (Exc. SUN )
501
5
DAILY (Exc. SUN )
626
7
DAILY (Exc. SUN )
876

Single suplement: 30%. Childs : Under 12 discount 50%. Include: Transportation , acommodation at double with private bathroom and hot water shower, canoes, box lunch, 3 daily food, non-alcoholic drinks (water, tea, cofee), daily program of activities, Naturalist Guide Multilingual (Spanish, English, German), plastic bots, rain poncho, life jacket. NOT included: Admission to Reserve, Flight $ USA 126 (Subject to change), alcoholic drinks and bottled, tips and personal expenses.

ITINERARIES

4 day program IN THE ECUADORIAN RAINFOREST (Begining: Daily except Sundays)   

DAY 1. Start of our four day tour to the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in the Amazon rainforest. At 10:00 flight with TAME from Quito to Lago Agrio, which is the centre of the Ecuadorian oil industry. Private transportation to "El Puente", the entrance to Cuyabeno Reserve, on the way we'll enjoy a tasty lunch. Canoe ride down the Cuyabeno River for about two hours, admiring the wide variety of Flora and Fauna. We arrive at the lodge around dusk at 6pm. Room occupation, dinner and overnight in our Tapir Lodge. Our program includes full board.

DAY 2. After breakfast we're off on a 3-hour trip to explore the primary forest, our guide will show us some of the local flora and fauna in the area and at the nearby lake "Laguna Grande". The sorrounding area of this beatiful lake offers the opportunity to admire a great variety of very ancient trees, long lianas, giant palms, bromeliads, and orchids. We'll also hope to catch sight and hear lots of birds such as woodpeckers, tanagers, macaws, and toucans; and with luck we'll come across two or three species of monkeys. Lunch will be back at the lodge, followed by a short resting period. In the afternoon there's the chance for some piranha fishing and a refreshing dip into the C uyabeno lagoon. Dinner and overnight in our Tapir Lodge.

DAY 3. Today we will visit Alberto, a Cofan Shaman and his family in their small settlement. We will learn about how to use plants for medical reasons and about the Shamans' rituals for healing. Furthermore we will make jungle trek to "Terrafirme" and we have the opportunity to see the ruby poison dart frog ( Epipedobates bilinguis ) as well as macaws and toucans. On the way back to the Lodge we visit the small indian community of the Siona-Secoya. We will learn much about how they are living and we will visit their school. Lunch on the way. In the late afternoon, we return to Tapir Lodge. In the evening we will search for caimans with the help of our flashlights.

DAY 4. Early breakfast. Bird watching and a final taste of the glorious natural surroundings before making our way back to "El Puente", and then drive back to Lago Agrio to catch the flight to Quito.

5 day program - CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE (Begining: Daily except Sundays)

DAY 1. Start of our five day tour to the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in the Amazon rainforest. At 10:30 flight with TAME from Quito to Lago Agrio, which is the center of the Ecuadorian oil industry. Private transportation to "El Puente", the entrance to Cuyabeno Reserve, on the way we'll enjoy a tasty lunch. Canoe ride down the Cuyabeno River for about two hours, admiring the wide variety of Flora and Fauna. We arrive at the lodge around dusk at 6pm. Room occupation, dinner and overnight in our Tapir Lodge. Our program includes full board.

DAY 2. After breakfast we're off on a 3-hour trip to explore the primary forest our guide will show us some of the local flora and fauna in the area and at the nearby lake "Laguna Grande". The sorrounding area of this beatiful lake offers the opportunity to admire a great variety of very ancient trees, long lianas, giant palms, bromeliads, and orchids. We'll also hope to catch sight and hear lots of birds such as woodpeckers, tanagers, macaws, and toucans; and with luck we'll come across two or three species of monkeys. Lunch will be back at the lodge, followed by a short resting period. In the afternoon there's the chance for some piranha fishing and a refreshing dip into the Cuyabeno lagoon. Dinner and overnight in our Tapir Lodge.

DAY 3. After breakfast, we start navigating in our "quillas" (dugout Indian canoes), to visit different lagoons in the Wildlife Reserve. Back to the Lodge for a taste of typical cuisine in the middle of the jungle. In the afternoon, canoe ride to the Canangüeno lake, home to fresh water dolphins, Arapaimas( Arapaima gigas), Hoatzins. After a chance to admire the sunset in a splendid location, it's time to get back to our Tapir lodge for dinner and o vernight.

DAY 4. Early breakfast, birdwatching. Then, we will enjoy 2 a hour-navigation, in the Cuyabeno River, looking at Morphos (giant blue Butterfly), Toucans, Macaws. Visit to a Cofan Shaman and his family, for some insights into traditional indigenous rituals and natural medicines. Continue upstream to the small settlement of Puerto Bolivar (Siona Indians). We will share with them the way they live. Lunch. In the afternoon, we will also have some bird and butterfly watching, and will take our canoes to go to the Main Lake, where we will also have an extraordinary sunset view. At night, we shall look for caimans and be part of the nocturnal wildlife along the Cuyabeno river.

DAY 5. Early breakfast. Birdwatching and a final taste of the amazing natural surroundings before making our way back to "El Puente", and then drive back to Lago Agrio to catch the flight to Quito.

7 day program in the CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE (Begining: Daily except Sundays)

A UNIQUE COMBINED PROGRAM FOR NATURE LOVERS!!! / (4 nights lodging & 2 nights camping)

DAY 1. Morning flight from Quito to the Amazonian capital city of Lago Agrio. From there we'll drive you to "El Puente", the entrance to Cuyabeno Reserve, on the way we'll enjoy a tasty lunch. Canoe ride down the Cuyabeno River admiring the wide variety of flora and fauna. We arrive at the lodge around dusk at 6pm. Dinner and overnight accommodation in our cozy Tapir Lodge.

DAY 2. After breakfast we're off on a 3-hour trip to explore the primary forest, a guide will show us some of the local flora and fauna in the area and at the nearby lake "Laguna Grande". There is an opportunity to admire a big variety of ancient trees, long lianas, giant palms, bromeliads, and orchids. We'll also hope to catch sight and hear lots of birds such as woodpeckers, tanagers, macaws, and toucans; and with luck we'll come across two or three species of monkeys. Lunch will be back at the lodge, followed by a short resting period. In the afternoon there's the chance for some piranha fishing and a refreshing dip into the Cuyabeno lagoon. Dinner and overnight in our Tapir Lodge.

DAY 3. After Breakfast, we will be ready to start our expedition by taking our canoes and navigate for about 4 hours until reaching the campsite. Delicious box lunch on the way. In the afternoon we will have a trekking into the Jungle where we will have the great chance to see diurnal mammals, reptiles and birds. Dinner and overnight in our Campsite for a wonderful experience in the deep virgin rainforest.

DAY 4. Early breakfast, hike for about 4 hours in the Rainforest where we have good opportunities to find interesting birds such as: Manakins, Parrots, some raptors, Oropendolas, Flycatchers and also the Screaming Piha, a very vocal Bird, but rarely seen, its characteristycal call make this bird an unmistakable habitant of the rainforest in Southamerica. Some species of monkeys are easily found in this undisturbed area. Back for lunch at the camp. In the afternoon we will drive along the Cuyabeno River for some birdwatching, and to see what other surprises the forest can offer us. Dinner and overnight at our camp.

DAY 5. Early breakfast, then some birdwatching. Pack up at camp then navigate upstream along the Cuyabeno. On the way we'll stop to visit the shaman and his family, for some insights into traditional indigenous rituals and natural medicines. Continue upstream to the small settlement of Siona Indians at Puerto Bolívar. Lunch on the way. In the afternoon, we will be back at Tapir Lodge. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

DAY 6. After breakfast, we start navigating in our "quillas" (dugout Indian canoes), to visit different lagoons in the Wildlife Reserve. Back to the Lodge for a taste of typical cuisine in the middle of the jungle. In the afternoon, canoe ride to the Canangüeno lake, home to fresh water dolphins, Arapaimas, Hoatzins. After a chance to admire the sunset in a splendid jungle setting it's back to the lodge for dinner. Then out again in the boat to look for caimans and experience some of the nocturnal wildlife along the Cuyabeno River. Back to sleep at our Tapir Lodge

DAY 7. Early breakfast. Bird watching and a final taste of the glorious natural surroundings before making our way back to "El Puente", and then drive back to Lago Agrio to catch the flight to Quito.

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