Community-led ecotourism in Cuyabeno. The Amazon Kichwa Lodge
Our project is led by the young members of the community who have learnt that you can take advantage of the beauty of the jungle without damaging its delicate eco-system. Our mission is to provide a community project which offers sustainable ecotourism for the area of the Amazon from which the community comes. We are working with our community leaders, who have allowed us to lead this project, in the effort to offer our community members the opportunities they need. All the money earnt from your visit to our territory will be managed by the local people, not taken by tour agencies which have monopolized much of the Cuyabeno reserve. The earnings from our project are not only reinvested in the lodge but also used to support the education of our children, develop community conservation projects and maintain the knowledge and customs of our ancestors. Our community is committed to protecting the jungle and keeping it intact while creating employment and educational opportunities for the community members who need it most.
We have environmentally friendly motorized boats because they are ecological machines, without exaggerated smoke and noise like other machines.
Always trying to conserve our unique ecosystem so that our generation knows and values it, the effort that we have worked for all.
Option #1: 4 days and 3 nights $500 (ALL costs include pick up from Shushufindi, meals, and guided activities)
07:30 am: Leave Shushufind in bus or van to Tierras Orientales.
12:00 pm: Lunch.
1:00 pm: Motorized canoe ride down the Aguarico river.
4:00 pm: Arrival at the Cuyabeno Kichwa Lodge for a brief rest in the hammocks.
7:00 pm: Night walk through the jungle.
8:00 pm: Dinner at the lodge with a few words of welcome from our guide.
6:00 am: Canoe ride to observe birds, monkeys, pink dolphins maybe we will see, Jaguars and anacondas.
8:00 am: Breakfast.
10:00 am: Hike through the jungle to learn about the survival strategies and medicinal plants of our Kichwa ancestors.
1:00 pm: Lunch.
4:00 pm: Visit the bird observation tower of the Kichwas. With luck, we will see the famous Harpia Eagle!
8:00 pm: Dinner.
6:00 am: Canoe ride down river to observe parrots.
8:00 am: Breakfast.
10:00 am: Visit the Kichwa cultural center Balata Yaku for demonstrations of ancient hunting tools, an ethno-botanic garden, traditional dance, music and legends, and rituals with the community shaman, as well as food and drinks.
7:00 pm: Return to the lodge to observe Caiman.
8:00 pm: Dinner
8:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 am: Return to Shushufindi.