Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO
Transfer from Lago Agrio to Tapir Lodge
Your jungle adventure starts in Lago Agrio, where the driver of the Tapir Lodge awaits you. From there you drive east, deeper into the province of Sucumbios, past rivers, small villages on rain forest, where the vegetation is increasingly dense. Enjoy a lunch break at the bridge of the Cuyabeno River - the entrance to the National Park, before the motorised canoe takes you to the lodge.
Your canoe takes you deep into the Cuyabeno National Park, affording the first sightings of monkeys, birds and butterflies of the Cuyabeno rainforest. Two hours downriver you will find Tapir Lodge, where you will have the opportunity to relax, freshen up and explore the lodge. After dinner, the tour guide will give you an introduction and explain the planned daily excursions. Exciting days are ahead of you!
Navigation to Puerto Bolívar
Cuyabeno National Park is home to more than 500 bird species and will be the destination for your jungle adventure today. In the morning, take the canoe to the indigenous village of Puerto Bolívar.
Around Puerto Bolívar, explore the surrounding forest and look out for the blue morphos, toucans, macaws and arious monkeys. Enjoy your packed lunch back in the village. Afterwards you will learn more about the lifestyle of the inhabitants and their daily activities, such as harvesting and the preparation of cassava breads. These are made from a root tuber that forms part of the carbohydrate-rich diet of the local population. You also have the opportunity to buy handcrafted souvenirs before meeting the shaman who shares his knowledge of the jungle and the special traits of the flora that make up the local area.
Back in the tapir lodge in the late afternoon, enjoy a drink or freshen up before dinner. In the afternoon you will navigate back to Puerto Bolívar, where you will be greeted by a local Siona family. Here you will observe how the Cassava Bread is prepared and you will be able to taste it. This has always been an essential food supply and perhaps the main source of carbohydrates for the indigenous communities of the rainforest. You will then head back to the Tapir Lodge, where you will have dinner, chat with the guide about the day's events and might have a freshly prepared regional cocktail.
Canoe to the bridge and transportation to Lago Agrio Airport
After a healthy breakfast, departure times depends on the river's water levels. The staff will attend to your luggage to make sure it is all safely loaded onto the canoe. During the relaxed two hour navigation back to the bridge at the Cuyabeno river, you can look forward to seeing further species during the cruise. Your private transportation will be waiting for you and drive you back to Lago Agrio to arrive at the airport in time for your flight.