Tapir Lodge was built in 1999 in partnership with the family members of the Siona community. Our vision, while building the Tapir Lodge, was not only to create a place that surpasses customers’ expectations but also to demonstrate our ecologic credentials by constructing the most eco-friendly lodge in the Cuyabeno National Park. Our philosophy is to respect the ecosystem, the nature, the animals and maintain its natural course. We are passionate about the environment and therefore we seek to cause the minimal disturbance in the area.

Our mission is to provide you with excellent customer service and to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. For example, we offer you alternative accommodation styles. What does this mean? Instead of the traditional huts that you may find in most of the lodges, we built two towers of 15 meters high each one, so that you may experience and feel the nature and the birds closer.

Location: Cuyabeno National Park:

Tapir Lodge

Tapir Lodge

Includes:

  • Private transportation: Lago Agrio – Cuyabeno – Lago Agrio
  • Reception staff available 24 hours
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom with hot water shower and daily house keeping.
  • All your meals
  • Drinks (water, coffee, tea)
  • Daily excursions as per established on itineraries
  • Canoe rides
  • Rubber boots, raincoats, life saver for adults
  • Kids under the age of 12 are required to bring their own raincoats and boots
  • Multilingual natural guides (English, German, Spanish)

Not Included:

  • Bar bills
  • Tips for the staff
  • National Park Fees
  • Personal jungle equipment
  • Transportation Quito and back to Quito

Piranha Tower

Accomodation and facilities:

  • Tapir Lodge developed an alternative way of providing you with comfortable room towers. Instead of building the traditional huts or cabins. We created two different towers to bring you closer of the trees and of the sorrounded nature.
  • 3 types of lodging:
    • The Bungalow rooms
    • The Ceiba Tower rooms
    • The Piranha Tower rooms
  • Water is provided the 24 hours in the bathrooms and showers

Bungalow room

Tapir Ceiba room

Piranha rooms

Tapir food

Location:

  • The geographical region of the Cuyabeno National Park is dominated by a The geographical region of the Cuyabeno National Park is dominated by a flat topography containing slight undulations and small hills. The upper part of the Cuyabeno National Park is made up of a water system that is formed by 14 interconnected lagoons, of which only one is accessible for tourism. The other lagoons are restricted and may only be accessed by the local communities and park rangers. The Big Lagoon (2.5 km / 1.5 miles in length) is open to visitors. 
  • The rivers and lakes of the Cuyabeno National Park depend on the rain to maintain their water levels. The rainy season is clearly marked from April to July, followed by a dry season from December to March and a mixed season of rain and dry from August to November.

    The upper part of the Cuyabeno National Park is distinguished by its flooded forest or Igapo, which is submerged in black waters. The coloration of the water is caused by the decomposition of organic matter and the tannins from the leaves. This forest, which is submitted to constant inundations is found in the surroundings of the lakes, containing species of plants that have adapted to survive in water such as: Macro lobium acacifolium and Genipa Americana, as well as palms from the genus Bactris and Astro caryum.

Transportation:

  • Regular flights from Quito to Lago Agrio (30 minutes)
  • By bus 7 hours from Quito. .
  • Then 2 1/2 hours bus ride from Lago Agrio to El Puente.
  • 2 hour canoe ride from El Puente to the Tapir Lodge

cabin Tapir Lodge

ceremony tapir lodge

tapir lodge

tapir lodge

Tapir Sunset 2

Itinerary Programs for Tapir Lodge:

7 days, 5 days, and 4 day options

Day 1: Our Cuyabeno National Park rainforest adventure services start in Lago Agrio. There our guide will pick you up and continue on a fascinating drive that will take you to the northeastern part of the Sucumbios province, while we pass beautiful rivers and small villages going deeper into the rainforest.

When you arrive at El Puente (the bridge), we will have lunch before we continue our way to Tapir lodge cruising down the river in a motorized canoe. This part of the trip will give you a taste of the flora and fauna that Cuyabeno has to offer.

After welcoming you to the Tapir Lodge, you’ll have time to get settled in your room. Then you will join us for a wonderful dinner, and a good opportunity to get acquainted with your travel companions.

After dinner, your guide will give you an introduction about the Tapir lodge, the Cuyabeno National Park and the fascinating experiences planned for your next rainforest adventures.

Day 2: After a delicious breakfast we will canoe upstream to explore the unique ecosystem of Laguna Grande. While navigating in the Igapo (flooded forest), you will see (Macrolobium), ancient majestic mimosa trees, which create the ideal habitat for epiphyte plants, such as bromeliads, orchids, ferns and cacti.

We will continue the adventure to Tierra Firme, where we will take a hike for the rest of the morning. There you will get an introduction to the rain forest ecology, and see an amazing variety of birds such as woodpeckers, tanagers, macaws and toucans. Here you will have also the opportunity to see a couple of monkey species like capuchin, and saimiri as well.

After lunch and time to relax at the Tapir Lodge, we will navigate back to Laguna Grande to enjoy a wonderful sunset, surrounded by animals of the rainforest as bats, bugs and frogs; and if the weather permits you will have the opportunity to go swimming and enjoy the lagoon.

Tapir Night Hike

Then we will return to the Tapir Lodge where dinner will be waiting for us. After the meal you can enjoy your favorite drink at our bar, or joining us for a quick night hike, around the lodge to explore night creatures (frogs, spyders, tarantulas, insects…) of the rain forest.

Tapir canoe

Day 3: We will venture out on a camping expedition. While we navigate downstream throughout the morning, we can enjoy searching for the spectacular rain forest beauties (monkeys, birds, butterflies, sloth…). After lunch we will look for the perfect spot to set up camp. When settled we will hike in the forest for the rest of the afternoon, looking for diurnal mammals. We return to the camp for dinner and to spend the night in our tents, under the roof of the forest.

*Day 3 on the 5 day itinerary: After breakfast we will canoe up the Cuyabeno river until we reach the local community where we will experience daily community life and activities like harvesting and cooking. You will have the opportunity to buy handmade crafts, that are carefully produced by the locals. We finish our visit meeting the shaman at his house where he will share his knowledge about the rainforest and the processes he uses to heal his people. Here you get to experience an ancestral healing ceremony that has been passed on through the generations.

In the afternoon we will meet the local Siona family. They will show us and invite us to take part in the preparation of cassava bread. This local dish, which is prepared with the yuca (cassava) root, represents an important part of the local diet and the main source of carbs for the indigenous communities of the rainforest. Once you have tried cassava bread we will head back to Tapir Logde to spend another night in the middle of the jungle.

Tapir canoe 2

Day 4: Before breakfast we will head out early to glide down stream while enjoying the morning sounds of the rain forest. After we return for breakfast, we continue the rest of the morning hiking in the forest. This part of the forest is home to herons, egrets, curassows, hawks, screaming pihas, oropendolas, fly catchers and king fishers, as well as various monkeys species!

Lunch will be back at the camp, after that we will spend the afternoon on board of our canoe gliding silently along the Cuyabeno river, looking for other birds like toucan, parrots, hummingbirds, flycatchers, macaws. Once night falls, we will venture into the forest searching for caimans and other nocturnal animals. Our day will end back at the camp.

*Day 4 of the 5 day itinerary: Same as day 6 - see below.

*Day 4 of the4 day itinerary: Same as day 7 - see below.

Tapir Sunset

Day 5: After dessasembling our camp, we will canoe up the Cuyabeno river until we reach the shaman´s (medizine man) house, where he will share his knowledge about the rainforest and the process he uses to curate his people. Here you get to experience an ancestral healing ceremony that has been passed on through generations.

Lunch will be served nearby the river Cuyabeno. In the afternoon we visit a local community where we will experience the daily life and activities, like harvesting and cooking. We will also meet a local Siona family, which will invite us to take part in the preparation of cassava bread. This local dish, which is prepared with the yuca (cassava) root, represents an important part of the local diet and the main source of carbs for the indigenous communities of the rainforest. You will have the opportunity to buy handmade crafts, that are carefully produced by the locals. Once you have tried this cassava bread, we will head back to Tapir Logde to spend the night in the the middle of the rain forest. Dinner.

*Day 5 of 5 day itinerary: Same as 7 - see below

Tapir Social area

Day 6: Today you plan your itinerary! Several options are offered like bird watching, fishing, hikes in the Rain Forest, canoeing, or swimming. Lunch will be served at the Lodge. In the afternoon you will enjoy of the last sunset in the Laguna Grande. After dinner we will serve a Farewell Passion Fruit Cocktail, as we have a little time to introduce our hard working, attentive and diligent staff members whom without their cooperation,assistance and courteous service,Tapir Lodge could not provide to our guests with the first – class service you will receive from the first day with us.

Day 7: After breakfast it is time to return to Lago Agrio. You get to enjoy your final canoe trip back to El Puente. From there our driver will take you to the airport of Lago Agrio.

The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without warning due to weather conditions, National Park regulations or unforeseeable circumstances.

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