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Nicky Amazon Lodge

General Information

Nicky Dracaena Amazon Lodge - Cuyabeno Reserve

The Nicky Amazon Lodge is our most economical option for an Amazon visit, offering very simple and basic accommodations but an excellent tour in a beautiful location. The lodge offers basic, open cabins with traditional thatched roofs; rooms have private bath and mosquito nets. Located on a small lagoon and surrounded by beautiful forests, the lodge is removed from the cluster of lodges around the Laguna Grande area. The operators work closely with the local community.

Located in the Cuyabeno reserve near the junction of the Cuyabeno and Aguarico rivers, the lodge has 7 cabins with two rooms in each, offering single, double or triple accommodation. While not considered as bio-diverse as the Yasuni National Park, the Cuyabeno reserve is also one of the most biologically important reserves in Ecuador. The reserve contains over 10,000 hectares of lakes, and is home to over 500 bird species and a remarkable diversity of mammals and reptiles. The lodge has a common cabin with dining area, small bar and hammocks for relaxing, and provides solar power for charging batteries.

  • Classification: Tourist
  • Ownership and Operation: Privately owned and operated in cooperation with local communities
  • Departure days: Friday, Monday and/or Tuesday (4 days), Monday, Thursday and/or Friday (5 days). Entries on other days (except Sunday) possible; additional cost may apply.
  • Departure City: Lago Agrio
  • Accommodations: 7 cabins with two rooms each designed for double or triple occupancy
  • Electricity: Solar
  • Features: Bar, hammocks, dining area, observation tower
  • Activities offered: Birdwatching including a parrot clay lick, hiking, canoeing, fishing, night hikes and caiman watching, community visit

Itinerary

Itineraries listed below are subject to changes, but are presented to give an overview of the activities you can expect during your stay at the lodge.

Example 4 Day Itinerary

DAY ONE

To arrive in Lago Agrio by bus (7 to 8 hours), depart the night before; if traveling by flight you will leave Quito the morning of your tour. Our adventure begins at 10h00am from Lago Agrio. We travel by bus/truck to Tierras Orientales (2 hours), where we start our canoe journey down the Aguarico and continue along the Cuyabeno black water river to our lodge. (approx. 2 1/2 hours) After dinner our naturalist bilingual guide gives us a captivating presentation.

DAY TWO

Early morning canoe excursion; the brisk morning hours are the best time to observe the activity in the rainforest. After breakfast, we trek through primary rainforest with our Naturalist and native guides who will explain the practical and medicinal uses of the rainforest plants. After lunch we travel by either paddle or motorized canoes to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and to try to find species of monkeys or dolphins. After dinner we venture into the forest to find species of insects and with a bit of luck species of snakes or frogs.

DAY THREE

Early in the morning, we navigate downstream to observe the enchanting salt lick (exposed clay bank) where colorful Parrots and Parakeets feed on the clay to draw the toxins from their bodies. Return to the Lodge. After breakfast we trek into primary rainforest. Our native guide shares his wealth of knowledge, showing us the medicinal and practical uses of the rainforest flora and fauna that their ancestors have passed down through generations, and how all life in the tropical rainforest co-exists in a fragile balance. Lunch. In the afternoon, we navigate along the Cuyabeno River where we have a good chance of seeing the freshwater pink and grey river dolphins (Inia geoffrensis and Sotalia fluviatilis) in the spectacular scenery. We also try our luck at Piranha fishing. We visit to the Kichwa Birdwatching Tower; here above the canopy we see a breathtaking view of the surrounding rainforest and observing a variety of species; including Toucans, Parrots, Monkeys, and many more. After dinner, we venture out on a night excursion to search for Caimans (alligator family) and nocturnal birds.

DAY FOUR

After breakfast, we navigate along Cuyabeno rivers towards the Kichwa Indian Community where our naturalist guide explains the culture and traditions of the native people from the past to the present and then we travel by canoe down the Cuyabeno River and back along the Aguarico River to Pto. Gregorio, from where our bus/truck will take us to Lago Agrio. Arrival to Lago Agrio at about 16h00; departure flight/bus to Quito.

 
Example 5 Day Itinerary

DAY ONE

To arrive in Lago Agrio by bus (7 to 8 hours), depart the night before; if traveling by flight you will leave Quito the morning of your tour. Our adventure begins at 10h00am from Lago Agrio. We travel by bus/truck to Tierras Orientales (2 hours), where we start our canoe journey down the Aguarico and continue along the Cuyabeno black water river to our lodge. (approx. 2 1/2 hours) After dinner our naturalist bilingual guide gives us a captivating presentation.

DAY TWO

Early morning canoe excursion; the brisk morning hours are the best time to observe the activity in the rainforest. Breakfast, then we trek into the rainforest accompanied by our native and Naturalist guides. After lunch, we paddle by traditional dug-out canoe, enabling us to enjoy the sounds of the jungle...from the smallest insect to the fierce sounding Howler monkeys...and to observe birds and wildlife in the breathtaking scenery of the area. On the way back to our lodge we stop to try our luck fishing for piranha. After dinner we go out for a night walk to observe the different species of insects, frogs, and possibly snakes that come out at night.

DAY THREE

Early in the morning we wake to enjoy the sounds of the jungle and spend some time birdwatching, looking for species such as macaws, toucans, parrots, caciques, hoatzins and more. After breakfast, we trek into the rainforest with our Naturalist and native guides who will explain the practical and medicinal uses of some of the plants in the forest. After lunch, we navigate along the Cuyabeno River to enjoy the beautiful scenery and to look for wildlife, and we can have another chance to try Piranha fishing. Optional night walk.

DAY FOUR

Starting early in the morning, we spend the whole day exploring. Before breakfast, we navigate downstream to observe the enchanting salt lick (exposed clay bank) where colorful Parrots and Parakeets feed on the clay to draw the toxins from their bodies. Return to the Lodge. After breakfast we trek into pristine primary rainforest. Our native guide shares his wealth of knowledge, explaining the medicinal and practical uses of the rainforests flora and fauna that have been passed down through generations and how all life in the tropical rainforest co-exists in a fragile balance. Lunch. In the afternoon, we visit the Kichwa Birdwatching Tower. Here above the canopy we see a breathtaking view of the surrounding rainforest. From the tower we can observe a variety of species; including Toucans, Parrots, Monkeys, and many more. After the observation tower, we navigate along the Cuyabeno River for a good chance to see the freshwater pink and grey river dolphins (Inia geoffrensis and Sotalia fluviatilis). After dinner, we venture out on a night excursion to search for Caimans (alligator family) and nocturnal birds.

DAY FIVE

After breakfast, we visit to the Kichwa Indian Community where our naturalist guide explains the culture and traditions of the native people from the past to the present and then we travel by canoe down the Cuyabeno River and back along the Aguarico river to Tierras Orientales, where our bus/truck will take us to Lago Agrio, arriving at about 16h00. Return to Quito by bus or plane.

 
 

Prices

2014 Rates:

Cabins:

  • 5 days: $300 USD per adult, double occupancy
  • 4 days: $260 USD per adult, double occupancy

Notes: Children 7 and under receive a 50% discount, children 8 to 12 years old receive a 25% discount. Private guide is recommended for families with children (additional cost); children must travel under the responsibility of their parents. Extended stays at the lodge and adventure tours available; please contact us for pricing.

Tour Includes:

  • Accommodations and 3 meals per day
  • Native guide and bilingual guide
  • Rubber boots for the hikes and walks, use of rain ponchos
  • Excursions
  • Transportation between Lago Agrio and the lodge
  • Bottled water, tea, coffee available all day

Tour Excludes:

  • Airfare or bus transportation Quito - Lago Agrio - Quito
  • Beer, wine, extra drinks or snacks
  • Expenses in Lago Agrio before or after the tour
  • Tips, personal expenses

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