Aguas Negras River Lodge is a beautiful native style lodge built by natives using local materials. The lodge is located on a breathtaking spot at the shore of the Eastern partof Cuyabeno River in the heart of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. This Lodge takes its name from the beautiful Aguas Negras River (Blackwater River) located just a few minutes from the camp. Blackwater Rivers are a type of river with slow moving water flowing through forest and, as vegetation decays, tannin acid leach into the water turning it darkly stained, resembling tea or black coffee. Blackwater Rivers are in fact considered some of the cleanest natural waters in the world.
This is an Ecotourism effort by an indigenous community that believe that tourism is a friendly ecological way that provides a sustainable income for their survival and, at the same time, helps with the preservation of one of the most biodiversity richest places on earth for the future generations.
The Lodge is the first of its type in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, it is an eco-friendly option designed to accommodate a maximum of 12 people and provide them with a unique jungle experience.
The visitors’ accommodation will be in native-style cabins covered with a roof made out of Palm Leaf. Palm leaf roofs provide a pleasant temperature to the space inside.
The cabins are spacious and for single, matrimonial (Queen size bed), double or triple accommodation (family bedroom). Ideal for nature lovers, couples, families and children. Each cabin has a private bathroom with hot shower.
At present Aguas Negras River Lodge is one of the most comfortable lodges in the Cuyabeno WildliIfe Reserve.
The crew members consist of experience, well trained people ready to assist you and make sure that you have the best possible Jungle experience.
You will be guided by experienced bilingual naturalist guides and Local Indigenous guides.
In order to maximize your Rainforest experience we manage small groups of maximum 10 people per guide.
AGUARICO & CUYABENO RIVERS
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
FOR EVERYONE – DEEP IN THE JUNGLE WITH 3 NIGHTS AT AGUAS NEGRAS RIVER LODGE
This tour is of an easy leavel designed for eveyone who loves Nature at its best.
Your journey starts with a 2 hour drive from Lago Agrio (9:30am) to “Tierras Orientales” Village at shore of the Aguarico River. Here we'll start our fantastic Amazon Rainforest experience by navigating on a motorized canoe downstream along this beautiful white water river. After approximately 2.5 hours of navigation we´ll arrive at the mouth of the Cuyabeno River, a small and breathtaking black water river which is a tributary of the Aguarico. During this first relaxing journey we'll make a stop for a delicious picnic lunch in the Secoya Indigenous territory, and if you wish, a refreshing swim. We'll continue navigating upstream along the Cuyabeno river to our Aguas Negras lodge camp (45 min approx.) During this journey we'll have great chances of watching wildlife including the legendary pink and the grey Freshwater Dolphins (Inia geoffrensis and Sotalia fluviatilis). Our staff will welcome you with a cold drink before accompany you to your cabin. At night and before dinner we'll take a short hike where it is possible to see giant insects, spiders, snakes and enjoy the fantastic sounds of the night life in the Amazon. Return to the Lodge. Dinner.
Early in the morning we´ll navigate towards a place called “Saladero” or Salt licks (Clay Licks) where parrots of different species show up in large numbers to get the minerals they need to help digest toxics they have consumed with their diet. Under favorable conditions and with some luck, we´ll enjoy this natural spectacle. We`ll also visit a “Bird Watching Tower”, this is a fantastic effort from the Native community that consists in a tower built around a giant Ceibo Tree. The platform at the top will allow you to observe a beautiful landscape.
After breakfast we´ll start our day with a hike in the marvelous primary Amazon rainforest, one of the most biologically rich places on Earth. Here our experienced naturalist guide will explain to us the use of plants for the native´s survival. During the walk we´ll also have a chance to admire the majestic Kapoc (Ceiba Pentandra) a giant tree that towers over the rest of the forest. After the walk we´ll have time for a refreshing swim. After Lunch it will be a time to relax at the lodge. Late in the afternoon we´ll navigate slowly up Cuyabeno River looking for new species of wildlife until the Sun sets over a beautiful landscape. In the night and from the motorized canoe we´ll navigate downstream towards our Lodge. On the way we´ll search for wildlife which include night birds, Snakes, Bats, Caimans, Frogs and more. Return to the Lodge and Dinner.
It consists of two stunning vertical walls/rock formation of 500 ft. surrounded by abundant sea life (specially sharks that includes the hammerhead) and a varitety of fishes. While snorkeling around the walls you have great sightings of marine life, including, sea turtles and sea lions.
After breakfast we´ll explore downstream of the Cuyabeno river by paddling canoe. During this quieter and enjoyable journey, you´ll have excellent chances of spotting wildlife including parrots and Macaws, Herons, Egrets, Toucans and many other different species of birds. With some luck we´ll see some of the 10 species of Monkeys that live in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. Return to the lodge. Today for lunch we´ll enjoy “Maito” a typical delicious traditional Kichwa meal. The Maito is an Amazonian dish that consists of a wrap of fish meat, chontakuru; vegetables such as palmito, chontaduro (fruit of the palm) or yuyo scribble (edible fern that grows in the Amazon); fish and vegetables are seasoned with salt and wrapped in bijao leaves (llaki panga). After lunch we´ll make our own chocolate using dry Cocoa beans, first we´ll roast them then our next step in chocolate making is to grind the roasted beans to obtain a delicious homemade chocolate.
After a relaxing time at the lodge we´ll go for a second walk to come back to the Lodge in the night enjoying the fantastic night life of the Amazon. Return to the Lodge. Farewell Dinner.
Early in the morning we´ll go for an early bird watching trip by paddling or motorized canoe (your choice) with good chances of watching fantastic wildlife. After breakfast we´ll navigate slowly downstream along the Cuyabeno River with good chances of seeing jungle wildlife. Once on Aguarico river we´ll navigate upstream to Tierras Orientales located at the shore of the river. During the way we´ll enjoy a delicious picnic lunch. From Tierras Orientales our car will drive us back to Lago Agrio (arrival at about 3-4 pm.). From Lago Agrio you can take a bus or flight back to Quito.
RECOMMENDED PERSONAL EQUIPMENT
You must bring your original Passport, Long-sleeved T-shirts, T-shirts, Cotton socks, Shorts, Sandals or walking shoes, Light waterproof windbreaker, First aid kit, Swimming suit, Hat or cap, Sunglasses with a strap, One small waterproof daypack, Insect repellent, Sunblock and Sunburn lotion, Zip lock plastic bags, Camera and spare camera batteries, Flashlight (torch) with spare batteries, Binoculars, Notepad/pen.
You can choose to go by plane or by car
The airline going to Lago Agrio is TAME. The Flight takes 45 min and cost an average of $200 or less round trip.
ACTUAL FLIGHTS TO LAGO AGRIO
Tame airline can change itineraries at any time, please consult TAME for additional information.
For Fits (Independent travellers) only:
If you travel by plane the same day of the tour, our crew will collect you from the Airport in Lago Agrio for the morning flight that departs Quito at 9:20 am. ( Monday to Friday)
For Fits (Group tour of 5 or more people) or private groups:
If you travel by plane the same day of the tour, our crew will collect you from the airport in Lago Agrio for the morning flight that departs Quito at 9:20 am (Monday to Friday) ; 11:30 am (Saturdays) and 13:30 pm (Sundays) at the latest.
The ideal return flight on the last day of the tour is in the afternoon flight that departs Lago Agrio at 17:45 pm (Monday to Fridays)
Group tours of 5 or more people or private groups can return in any other return flight and day taking account that the trip from the Lodge to the Airport in Lago Agrio takes about 5 hours (Canoe + car)
Independent travellers wanting to return in the morning flights on the last day of the tour will pay an extra cost for a private canoe and a private car to take them to Lago Agrio airport.
The journey will take around 7 hours.
You can choose to take a private bus (Shuttle) only for tourist that will cost $20 one way and will depart only in the night from the Quito Mariscal zone.
Another choice is the public bus that cost $12 one way. Public bus will depart from the Terminal Terrestre in Quito (North or South)
If you travel by car, the meeting point will be at “Hotel Lago Imperial” at 9:30 am, all taxi drivers in Lago Agrio will know this hotel. Our journey to the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve begins from here. If you travel by car the day before and stay the night in Lago Agrio, we´ll collect you from your hotel at 9:30 am
IF YOU TRAVEL BY BUS, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND TO TAKE THE BUS THE DAY BEFORE THE TOUR, YOU WILL ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE DURING THE WAY AND SLEEP IN LAGO AGRIO FOR THE NEXT DAY TO BE READY TO ENJOY THE FIRST DAY OF YOUR JUNGLE TRIP.
THERE ARE COMFORTABLE PUBLIC BUSES LEAVING QUITO EVERY 30 MINUTES. A RECOMMENDED BUS COMPANY IS TRANSPORTES BAÑOS.
Aguas Negras River Lodge is located in an isolated region far from other lodges deep in the Amazon Rainforest at the shore of the Cuyabeno river near its mouth in the white waters of the great Aguarico River. The lodge is accessible by river only.
From the city of Lago Agrio a 2 hour drive followed by a fantastic 3 hours navigation by motor canoe will take us to our beautiful lodge.