CAIMAN LODGE

Caiman Eco-Lodge is at one of the best spots in the Cuyabeno Reserve, really close to the Laguna Grande and reachable by canoe all year long, not depending on the season. The Lodge accommodates up to 40 people in three individual guest huts; each hut has 2 – 4 double or triple bedrooms (as required) each with its own private bathroom and shower. There is also a relaxing area, hammocks and an amazing tower (3 floors are fit with triple rooms as those mentioned above) with a great view over the lagoon and the jungle from the 7th top floor. All our guests are assisted by an accredited naturalist guide and licensed canoe driver.

FOREST BATHING AT ITS FINEST:
Engineered for Self-Transformation
Beautifully nestled in the deep Amazon rainforest of the Cuyabeno Reserve. Caiman Eco-lodge viewing tower shows a wonderful view of the canopy of the rainforest on one side and the Cuyabeno river on the other. Connect with nature in a way that allows you to understand the wonderful harmony that exists between sun, air and earth. Exploring it’s diverse dimensions that unravels it’s mystery to those who are looking for something out of the ordinary.

COZY AND COMFORTABLE:
Simple yet functional. All rooms have beds, mosquito nets, private bathroom and warm shower on the main level. Rooms in the tower only have cold showers which although for some can feel uncomfortable are actually one way to support a purely eco-friendly way of blending in with the environment & providing some increased benefits. Cold showers can make your manly mane look shinier and your skin look healthier by closing up your cuticles and pores.

ACTIVITIES:
Lots of Variety
Forest bathing at it’s finest, a way to connect with the pacha mama like no other. To enter the deep forest requires 3 hours of navigation around the bends in motorized canoe. Surrounded by green and orchestra of sights and sounds that will bring your senses to life. Explore the Amazon during the evening and a whole other world comes to life. During the day explore the forest in motorized canoe and trek through dense forest to learn about the flora and fauna. Support local initiatives by spending some time with an indigenous community to understanding process of agriculture and shamanic traditions. After a long day of trekking & exploring the forest head to the Laguna Grande to witness a beautiful expression of colour & light emerging as we take in the sunset along the Cuyabeno River. 

Caiman Lodge is in one of the best places in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, located around the Laguna Grande, accessible by canoe all year round, not depending on the season. Caiman Lodge was designed and built by two of Cuyabeno's most experienced guides and managers. It has a capacity for 40 people, we have triple, quadruple, quintuple, and matrimonial rooms, each room with its own private bathroom and hot water.

We also have a relaxation area, hammocks and an impressive bird watching tower with a great view from the seventh floor over the lagoon and jungle. All our guests are assisted by an accredited naturalist guide, a licensed canoe driver and the Caiman Lodge Crew.

SERVICES

Staff

Our friendly staff form the backbone of the Caiman Eco-Lodge experience, and are always available to cater to any special needs you may have.

Bar

Enjoy a beer or cocktail. We also have a well-curated wine.

Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi with a passcode all around the lodge and rooms. Ask for the passcode at reception.

Electricity

We have solar panels, to save energy in our lodge.

Boots & Ponchos

Clean and disinfected bubber boots and rain ponchos are available for all of our guests at the Lodge, free of charge.

Water

Purified, safe drinking water is available at multiple points around the Lodge – there’s no need to bring your own bottled water.

Transport

Bus transfer service from Caiman Lodge to Quito.

Communications

In case of emergency, both cellular telephone and radio communications are available from the Lodge. In addition, each of our guides maintains permanent radio contact with the Lodge during all excursions and activities.

TOUR SNAKE 

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

Do you like adrenaline and adventure, this is the trip for you. Come and visit Caiman Eco Lodge in Cuyabeno, your new home surrounded by the incredible Amazon rainforest!

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DAY 1 

We will meet in Lago Agrio between 8:00 am and 9:00 am, where we will take our private transport Caiman to the entrance of the Cuyabeno Reserve. 2 hours of travel approx.
At this point, visitors must register at the Reserve office where we will have a brief talk with our naturalist guide in which they will be given information about the Cuyabeno Reserve, important recommendations and other tips to begin the two-hour canoe trip down the Cuyabeno River to Caiman Lodge.
During the canoe trip you will enjoy the wonderful flora and fauna found in the jungle. You may also see some of the 10 species of monkeys, birds and other jungle animals, depending on time and weather conditions.
We will arrive at Caiman Lodge around 1:30 pm.

We will have lunch.
At that time you will be assigned your rooms and will be able to relax for a few minutes.
4:30 pm, we will leave by motor canoe and go to explore the flooded jungle, where we will have the opportunity to see a variety of flora and fauna, including sloths, pink dolphins and others.
We will take a tour around the Laguna Grande. Then we will go to the middle of the lagoon to see the wonderful sunset and swim.

We will then return to camp for dinner.
We will have a welcome cocktail.

We will go out in search of caimans, snakes and nocturnal birds from the motor canoe.

They finish their first day in the jungle.

DAY 2 

Breakfast 7:00 am
8:00 am We will take our paddle canoes and head to our Caimancocha trail, we will have a walk in the primary forest for approximately 3 hours,
On this trail our guide will explain about the ecology of the Amazon rainforest, medicinal plants, variety of animals and interactions of the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth.
1:30 pm, we will return to our lodge.
Lunch
We will take a break in the amahacas or rooms.
4:30 pm We will take a tour in our Catamaran, with ease to relax, observe a variety of animals, pink dolphins, monkeys.
We will swim and watch the fantastic sunset.
7:30 pm Dinner
Afterwards, we will have a night walk for about an hour to see arachnids, amphibians and hopefully nocturnal reptiles.

DAY 3 

5:30 am We will make a tour to observe the sunrise and a variety of birds.
8:00 am We will have breakfast at the hotel and prepare for our return at 9:30 am to the Cuyabeno Bridge where we will have lunch and then you will be picked up by our private bus that will take you to Lago Agrio for return to Quito.

Note: Transportation Quito - Cuyabeno - Quito. (It is not included and has an extra cost of $30 per person each way, Round Trip $60)

TOUR CASIQUE 

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

Do you like adrenaline and adventure? Come and visit Caiman Eco Lodge in Cuyabeno, your new home surrounded by the incredible Amazon rainforest!

BOOK NOW
DAY 1 

We will meet in Lago Agrio between 8:00 am and 9:00 am, where we will take our private transport Caiman to the entrance of the Cuyabeno Reserve. 2 hours of travel approx.
At this point, visitors must register at the Reserve office where we will have a brief talk with our naturalist guide in which they will be given information about the Cuyabeno Reserve, important recommendations and other tips to begin the two-hour canoe trip down the Cuyabeno River to Caiman Lodge.
During the canoe trip you will enjoy the wonderful flora and fauna found in the jungle. You may also see some of the 10 species of monkeys, birds and other jungle animals, depending on time and weather conditions.
We will arrive at Caiman Lodge around 1:30 pm.

We will have lunch.
At that time you will be assigned your rooms and will be able to relax for a few minutes.
4:30 pm, we will leave by motor canoe and go to explore the flooded jungle, where we will have the opportunity to see a variety of flora and fauna, including sloths, pink dolphins and others.
We will take a tour around the Laguna Grande. Then we will go to the middle of the lagoon to see the wonderful sunset and swim.

We will then return to camp for dinner.
We will have a welcome cocktail.

We will go out in search of caimans, snakes and nocturnal birds from the motor canoe.

They finish their first day in the jungle.

DAY 2 

Breakfast 7:00 am
8:00 am We will take our paddle canoes and head to our Caimancocha trail, we will have a walk in the primary forest for approximately 3 hours,

On this trail our guide will explain about the ecology of the Amazon rainforest, medicinal plants, variety of animals and interactions of the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth.
1:30 pm, we will return to our lodge.
Lunch
We will take a break in the amahacas or rooms.
4:30 pm We will take a tour in our Catamaran, with ease to relax, observe a variety of animals, pink dolphins, monkeys.
We will swim and watch the fantastic sunset.
7:30 pm Dinner
Afterwards, we will have a night walk for about an hour to see arachnids, amphibians and hopefully nocturnal reptiles.

DAY 3 

6:00 am We will meet at our Caiman Meeting Point.
We will head to our Great Cayman Bird Tower, to see a variety of birds and the beautiful sunrise, accompanied by a delicious coffee.
8:00 am. Breakfast
9:00 am We will depart down river to the Siona Community of Puerto Bolivar a 1:30 minutes tour approximately and there we will be welcomed by one of the native women who will take us to the yucca plantation to harvest yucca and with our help will show us the preparation of one of their traditional foods, casabe (Yucca flat bread). Immediately after this, the guide will introduce you to one of the last 4 Shamans of the Siona tribe in Ecuador and one of them will explain his cosmovision directly related to the Ayahuasca drink, a part of the energetic cleansing ritual will take place with their chants that come from a millenary oral tradition from Shaman to apprentice.
We will take a short tour around this place in search of snakes and other animals that we may encounter.
In addition, we will find one of the largest trees in Ecuador, the Ceibo, where we can take pictures and hug this tree to have lots of good energy.Lunch - Lunch
We will return to the lodge in the afternoon and go for a sunset swim in the Laguna Grande and then return to the lodge for dinner to relax in a hammock or have a beer at the bar.
4:00pm Return to Caiman.
5:00pm, we will take our last tour in the Laguna Grande, and we will see dolphins, and more animals that the jungle offers us.
Swimming and watching the sunset.
7:30 pm special dinner with our guide, where we will share our experiences in the jungle with a farewell cocktail.

DAY 4 

5:30 am We will make a tour to observe the sunrise and a variety of birds.
8:00 am We will have breakfast at the hotel and prepare for our return at 9:30 am to the Cuyabeno Bridge where we will have lunch and then you will be picked up by our private bus that will take you to Lago Agrio for return to Quito.

Note: Transportation Quito - Cuyabeno - Quito. (It is not included and has an extra cost of $30 per person each way, Round Trip $60)

STANDARD ROOM

Stay in the best lodge in Ecuador. At Caiman Lodge we provide double rooms, twin rooms (one bed remains empty), triple rooms and four rooms. For the use of all our guests, we have a dining room, a lounge area and a 7-story bird watching tower.

• 1 full bathroom
• Balcony Private
• living room and large balcony

ALL RATES ARE PER PERSON

PROGRAM DOUBLE  SINGLE 
3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS $250 $300
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS $300 $380
5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS $360 $470

FAQ

What is included in the programs?

   THE TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Canoe transportation from Puente de Cuyabeno - Caiman Eco Lodge - Puente de Cuyabeno
  • Accommodation in double room with private bathroom 
  • All meals according to the program (The tour starts with the lunch of the first day and finish with the breakfast of the last day)
  • Free Water, tea & coffee
  • Excursions and activities according to itinerary
  • Bilingual English/Spanish speaking Naturalist Guide.
  • Rubber boots (only up to size # 43) 
  • water poncho
What is not included in the tour?

   NOT INCLUDED:

  • Transportation Quito - Puente de Cuyabeno - Quito
  • Visit to indigenous Community - entrance fee $10.00 per person
  • Alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses and tips
What to bring?

Lightweight pants and long sleeved cotton shirts are ideal for walks in the forest. However, if you are more comfortable wearing short sleeves, remember that exposed skin may need a light dousing with insect repellant.


During the rain, full waterproof clothing can be uncomfortable as it often gets you wet with sweat instead of water, but rain ponchos are recommendable for tropical cloudbursts. Plenty of ponchos are available at no charge if you do not have your own, and we also supply rubber boots up to men’s size 14 for walks in the forest interior.


Comfortable shoes (or sandals), shorts and t-shirts are fine for walking on boardwalks and around the Lodge during meals and free time. And don’t forget your bathing suit!

  • Passport
  • Binoculars
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Camera, memory and flash
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun protection (cream / sunglasses / hat or cap)
  • Light long pants and long-sleeved shirts for walks
  • Shorts, short sleeve shirts and swimsuit for the Lodge
  • Comfortable shoes and extra socks
  • Small day backpack
  • Plastic bags to protect cameras, binoculars, batteries, etc... from rain
Children policies:
  • Children from 3 to 7 years old pay 50%
  • from 8 to 12 years old pay 75% of the tour price
What facilities are there in the room?
Come and see the wonders of the great Cuyabeno forest. Stay in the best lodge in Ecuador. At Caiman Lodge we provide double rooms, twin rooms (one bed remains empty), triple rooms and four rooms. For the use of all our guests, we have a dining room, a lounge area and a 7-story bird watching tower.
How to Reach the Cuyabeno Reserve From Quito??
  • Regarding the TRANSPORT transport from Quito to Cuyabeno Reserve, the lodges are offering a semi-private bus for tourists.
  • The bus costs 30 usd each way, and departs everyday from Quito at night (23:00 PM) to Cuyabeno bridge on the following days: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
  • all the guides arrive on Cuyabeno bridge with their canoes for meeting clients and start the trip**
  • The bus return departs from Cuyabeno Bridge around 11:00 am after the tour. The guide of the lodge will leave you in this meeting please on time for the trip back to Quito.
  • The cost is $30 usd for the ride to Quito, and operate on the following days : Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday

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