It is located on the Cuyabeno River (lower part of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve), with 7 cabins built in the traditional Indian style of the jungle. Each hut has 2 rooms that can be single, double and triple accommodation, twins or matrimonial beds with mosquito nets to keep you safe from biting insects. All rooms have private bathrooms with showers. All cabins have an area where you will be able to relax in the hammocks or sitting to observe some species of birds and monkeys or to enjoy nature early in the morning or to listen to the nocturnal songs of the Amazon.
In the main cabin you will enjoy trying delicious meals at the dinning room area, or take soft and strong drinks in a traditional bar, reading some interesting books or just resting in the hammocks overlooking a small lake. We provide daily nutritious meals during the trip and catering for vegetarians. Enough purified drinking water and soft drinks such as: coffee, hot chocolate or tea available all day. Electricity is provided by solar panels for lighting and for recharging batteries 110 AC. We provide rubber boots, raincoats and life jackets at the lodge.
Depends in your transportation . Bus or Plane.
Staff.- In order to give to our passenger the best service we have trained its entire staff in the specific areas related to the tour: Experienced naturalist guides are trained in Biology and Eco-tourism (speaking English). Experienced cooks specialize in variety and vegetarian food. Nicky lodge works with the community members, being native guides, helpers and canoe-drivers. The guides, together with the team of cooks, porters and office staff, are the key to making the clients´ trip an unforgettable lifetime experience.
The Rainforest.- The Area that we visit has a very marked dry season starting from December until March. The temperature in the Amazon rainforest is most of the year stable going from 25 Centidegrees to 28 Centidegrees during the day; there is a change during the night when the temperatures could go until 15 Centidegrees.
Health Advice.- Precaution against Malaria is recommended specially for the adventures and long tours. Before departure visit your doctor to get the most up to date health information. Doesn’t sleep with the mosquito net open or in an accommodation that allows entry of mosquitoes, close your tent. If you wear glasses or contacts, bring an extra pair. If you have significant allergies or chronic medical problems, wear a medical alert bracelet.
Group Size.- We realize the extreme importance of small groups, not only because we want to ensure our visitors experience the jungle and all its splendour without being overcrowded but also to reduce our impact on the unique ecosystems.
Travel with children.- There is no restriction for the age, but we recommend not under five years. For the expeditions with children we suggest you private tours because it will be more comfortable and enjoyable, definitely they will get more out of the Amazon Rainforest experience with us because our guides are careful like dads, proud locals of the region and they are already to answer their questions. During the activities, don`t forget the jungle trails are hard to rate for everyone. The difficult level of each excursion depends on terrain and weather conditions and the fitness of the passenger. Children under 12 must be accompanied by their parents or an adult.
There are two direct ways of travelling from Quito to Lago Agrio by plane or bus: If you travel by plane, you will arrive in Lago Agrio at 09:h00 am. If you travel by bus, you must leave Quito a day in advance in order to reach Lago Agrio in time for the tour. Travelling by bus is 8 hours. Our adventure begins at 09h30am. 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. (2 ½ hours aprox.) After dinner, our naturalist bilingual guide gives us a captivating lecture.
Early morning canoe excursion, the brisk morning hours are the best time to see the rainforest thriving activity. After breakfast, we trek in primary rainforest with our Naturalist and native guides who will explain us about the practical and medicinal uses of the plants. After lunch, we go out with either paddling or motorized canoes to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and to try to find species of monkeys or dolphins. After dinner, we venture in the forest to find species of insects and with a bit of luck species of snakes or frogs.
Starting early in the morning we spend the whole day exploring. We navigate downstream to observe the enchanting salt lick (exposed clay bank) where colourful 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, showing us the medicinal and practical uses of the rainforests flora and fauna that their ancestors have taught throughout generations and we learn how all life in the tropical rainforest co-exists in a fragile balanuna. 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 visit 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.
After breakfast, we navigate along the Cuyabeno river towards 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, from where our bus/truck will take us to Lago Agrio 15h30 aprox. Departure flight/bus to Quito.