TAPIR LODGE

Your adventure in the Amazon rainforest starts right now! Authentic Personalized Tours to the Cuyabeno Wildlife Production Reserve operated and organized by Tapir Lodge, if you are looking for an all-inclusive trip with a lot of ecological variety and you came to the right place. We are located in the heart of the Ecuadorian Jungle and we work hand in hand with the local community to carry out all the activities and services that we include in our packages. We have designed unique programs of 4, 5 and 7 days in the Amazon jungle, flexible enough to plan them on site together with our highly qualified guides and in harmony with the jungle environment.

Tapir Lodge
is a pioneer in Ecuador built under the premise of respecting the precious ecosystem of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Production Reserve. We are passionate about the environment therefore we work to cause minimal disturbance to wildlife. Our Lodge was created specifically to generate the least impact on the environment. It consists of two towers which use half the space that would use any other lodge in the Amazon jungle with a capacity for 26 travelers. With principles of sustainable and responsible tourism, Tapir Lodge is a pioneer in the area of ​​alternative energy, implementing alternative energy sources for 24 hours. Our own solar panels provide enough energy to light the hostel all day, recharge all electronic devices and even use electronic equipment during your stay. However, most visitors find the hostel the perfect place to disconnect from technology and tune in to nature. We also use river water and we have a biodigester system for wastewater.

Tapir Lodge in the Cuyabeno Production Wildlife Reserve

Tapir Lodge
has a friendly infrastructure with the environment with rooms built in two towers of 15 meters high each. The lodge is located in the center of the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle. It was built in collaboration with the members and family of the Siona community in 1999.

Tours in the Ecuadorian Amazon will take you to one of the richest areas of the Amazon jungle. Our packages are designed to adapt to the natural conditions of the Amazon rainforest. The tours can last 4, 5, 7 days and provide you with an authentic Amazonian adventure.
Our tours were designed in collaboration with the local community and most activities are planned on site to ensure a better experience.
We focus on knowing and exploring in depth the rich biodiversity of the Cuyabeno Fauna Production Reserve. Activities include bird and alligator watching, night walks, canoe rides, and shamanism.

SERVICES

Staff

Our friendly staff form the backbone of the Tapir 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 list including wines from Chile, Argentina and Ecuador.

Wi-Fi

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

Electricity

Throughout the Lodge, 24-hour electricity is provided by a distant, nearly inaudible generator.

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.

Laundry

Sacha Lodge provides laundry service (washing and drying) for our guests. Please consult costs with our lodge administrator

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.

TAPIR PROGRAM

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

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DAY 1  

The services start and end at the Cuyabeno Bridge. After our arrival to “EL Puente”, we will take a break to enjoy our box lunch and then we will proceed to get ready for our journey on board of a motorized canoe. We will provide you with rain ponchos and life vest; your luggage be covered with plastic for protection to prevent it from getting wet in the event of rain. Throughout the trip down this narrow river “called” Cuyabeno, you will be able to admire some of the wide variety of flora and fauna that the Reserve has to offer. We will navigate for 2 to 3 hours until we arrive to the Tapir Lodge. Once in the Tapir Lodge, indicate guests to their rooms to make themselves comfortable. After dinner (19:30), the guide will provide general explanations about the Tapir Lodge as well as about the Cuyabeno Reserve and the activities that will take place the following days.

DAY 2 

Our day will begin with a healthy and delicious breakfast that will be served at around 07:30 am, after that we will meet our guests at our pier where we will make sure that everyone has got a pair of rubber boots for the excursion (available until size 45 EU). Depending on the size of the group, we will be driving with a motorized canoe or with a paddle canoe. Our tour this day will start at 09:30, this day consist of an upstream drive to the “Laguna Grande” (Big Lake). In the Laguna Grande, we will have the opportunity to observe that surroundings Flora and Fauna. The Flora find in the lake is quite unique, we will find Igapos or inundated forest as well as the macrolobium; ancient trees that have adapted themselves to the surrounding, environment thus growing straight out of the water. These majestic and antique trees create the perfect habitat for other plants, such as Bromeliads, Orchids, Ferns and Cacti Once the Igapo excursion been completed, we will travel to “Terra Firme” and begin a trek on a path called “Palma Roja” (Red palm); this path was once part of a scientific research station belonging to the Catholic University. Before starting our trek our guide will provide a brief explanation regarding basic ecology of the rainforest.
We hope to have the opportunity to see and hear many species of birds such as Woodpeckers, Tanagers, Macaws, and Toucans; and if we are lucky, enough we will come across two of three species of Monkeys. We will return to Tapir for lunch, it be served at 14:30, after that our guests will have a 2 hours brake approximately.
At around 17:00, we will meet at our pier and drive with the canoe to a different area of the “Laguna Grande”. Once we get to the lake, we will navigate thought the surrounding area searching for birds and other animals. If so desired our guests could go for a swim, which is a perfectly safe, and a very relaxing activity. Depending on the weather, we may be able to admire a breathtaking sunset.
Once the evening activities are closed, we will return to Tapir and have a refreshing drinks at our bar or chat with the guide about the day´s events. After dinner depending on the weather conditions, we can take a quick night trek around the Lodge looking for frogs and other night wanders.   

DAY 3 

Depending on the weather conditions, we could have an early start and head out on a bird watching excursion. We will leave Tapir at around 06:00am navigating downstream admiring the flora and fauna found along the river while searching for exotic birds, native to the region we should be returning at around 07:00 am to enjoy a delicious breakfast. After this, we will meet at the pier. This day our excursion will consist of a 2 hours canoe drive downstream. Throughout our journeys we will search Morphos (giant Blue Butterfly), Monkeys and more.
On Our way we will pass the village of Puerto Bolívar who´s, solely inhabitants are the Sionas. Following Puerto Bolívar, we will continue to a small community where we will have the opportunity to visit and meet Thomas the local Shaman who belongs to the Cofan ethnic group. Thomas spends most of this time curing and treating the local inhabitants with his vast knowledge of medicinal plants.
At Thomas´ backyard, we will take a break to enjoy a tasty box lunch. After lunch, Thomas will share with us his experience in the rainforest as well as the processes for healing people. For those interested in taking part of a healing ceremony the option is there and it should last about 40 minutes. Handicrafts are available for purchase, all of them crafted out of materials provided by and obtained in the rainforest.
At around 15 hours, we will navigate back to Puerto Bolívar where the local Siona family will greet us. There we will observe how the Cassava Bread is prepared. The Yuca (Cassava) Root (Manihot Esculenta) has always been an essential food supply and perhaps the main source of carbohydrates for the indigenous communities of the rainforest
Once the Yuca (Cassava) has been collected, it will be peeled and grinded into a paste; this “paste “It is pressed to eliminate the water and the starch. Toast the remaining dried product in a pan for few minutes and the result will be a “pancake” like bread of neutral taste, which we will be able to taste. We will then head back to the Tapir Lodge, Dinner will be served at 8 o clock.

After dinner we will serve and enjoy a farewell Passion fruit Cocktail, as we take 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 our guests with the first – class service you will receive from the first day with us.

To finish the day, for those who want action, we will have a short hike around the Lodge for about 50 min., searching for tree frogs, spiders, night monkeys, among others.

DAY 4 

Breakfast at 7:30 AM. After breakfast, we will coordinate and schedule your departure from Tapir. Departure time is generally at 9:30 AM depending, on weather conditions, river level. Our staff will attend to the luggage, as they make sure it is all loaded onto the canoe. We will depart Tapir and make our way back to the bridge where the tour ends.

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

 TAPI​R PROGRAM

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

BOOK NOW
DAY 1 

The tour  start and end the Cuyabeno Bridge. After our arrival to “EL Puente”, we will take a break to enjoy our box lunch and then we will proceed to get ready for our journey on board of a motorized canoe. We will provide you with rain ponchos and life vest; your luggage be covered with plastic for protection to prevent it from getting wet in the event of rain. Throughout the trip down this narrow river called Cuyabeno, you will be able to admire some of the wide variety of flora and fauna that the Reserve has to offer. We will navigate for 2 to 3 hours until we arrive to the Tapir Lodge. Once in the Tapir Lodge, indicate guests to their rooms to make themselves comfortable. After dinner (19:30), the guide will provide general explanations about the Tapir Lodge as well as about the Cuyabeno Reserve and the activities that will take place the following days. 

DAY 2 

Our day will begin with a healthy and delicious breakfast that will be served at around 07:30 am, after that we will meet our guests at our pier where we will make sure that everyone has got a pair of rubber boots for the excursion (available until size 45 EU). Depending on the size of the group, we will be driving with a motorized canoe or with a paddle canoe. Our tour this day will start at 09:30, this day consist of an upstream drive to the “Laguna Grande” (Big Lake). In the Laguna Grande, we will have the opportunity to observe that surroundings Flora and Fauna. The Flora find in the lake is quite unique, we will find Igapos or inundated forest as well as the macrolobium; ancient trees that have adapted themselves to the surrounding, environment thus growing straight out of the water. These majestic and antique trees create the perfect habitat for other plants, such as Bromeliads, Orchids, Ferns and Cacti Once the Igapo excursion been completed, we will travel to “Terra Firme” and begin a trek on a path called “Palma Roja” (Red palm); this path was once part of a scientific research station belonging to the Catholic University. Before starting our trek our guide will provide a brief explanation regarding basic ecology of the rainforest. We hope to have the opportunity to see and hear many species of birds such as Woodpeckers, Tanagers, Macaws, and Toucans; and if we are lucky, enough we will come across two of three species of Monkeys. We will return to Tapir for lunch, it be served at 14:30, after that our guests will have a 2 hours brake approximately. At around 17:00, we will meet at our pier and drive with the canoe to a different area of the “Laguna Grande”. Once we get to the lake, we will navigate thought the surrounding area searching for birds and other animals. If so desired our guests could go for a swim, which is a perfectly safe, and a very relaxing activity. Depending on the weather, we may be able to admire a breathtaking sunset.
Once the evening activities are closed, we will return to Tapir and have a refreshing drinks at our bar or chat with the guide about the day´s events. After dinner depending on the weather conditions, we can take a quick night trek around the Lodge looking for frogs and other night wanders.   

DAY 3 

Depending on the weather conditions, we could have an early start and head out on a bird watching excursion. We will leave Tapir at around 06:00am navigating downstream admiring the flora and fauna found along the river while searching for exotic birds, native to the region we should be returning at around 07:00 am to enjoy a delicious breakfast. After this, we will meet at the pier. This day our excursion will consist of a 2 hours canoe drive downstream. Throughout our journeys we will search Morphos (giant Blue Butterfly), Monkeys and more.
On Our way we will pass the village of Puerto Bolívar who´s, solely inhabitants are the Sionas. Following Puerto Bolívar, we will continue to a small community where we will have the opportunity to visit and meet Thomas the local Shaman who belongs to the Cofan ethnic group. Thomas spends most of this time curing and treating the local inhabitants with his vast knowledge of medicinal plants.
At Thomas´ backyard, we will take a break to enjoy a tasty box lunch. After lunch, Thomas will share with us his experience in the rainforest as well as the processes for healing people. For those interested in taking part of a healing ceremony the option is there and it should last about 40 minutes. Handicrafts are available for purchase, all of them crafted out of materials provided by and obtained in the rainforest.
At around 15 hours, we will navigate back to Puerto Bolívar where the local Siona family will greet us. There we will observe how the Cassava Bread is prepared. The Yuca (Cassava) Root (Manihot Esculenta) has always been an essential food supply and perhaps the main source of carbohydrates for the indigenous communities of the rainforest
Once the Yuca (Cassava) has been collected, it will be peeled and grinded into a paste; this “paste “It is pressed to eliminate the water and the starch. Toast the remaining dried product in a pan for few minutes and the result will be a “pancake” like bread of neutral taste, which we will be able to taste. We will then head back to the Tapir, there we will take a dinner.
After dinner we will have a short hike around the Lodge for about 50 min., searching for tree frogs, spiders, night monkeys, among others.

DAY 4 

After breakfast The day will be scheduled according to the interests of the guests, will have the option to choose their activities with the guide. Several options are available, ranging from bird watching, canoeing, or walking in the rainforest. We never will split the group, the activity, will be done, on what the majority of guests picked up.
Lunch be served at the Tapir Lodge and in the afternoon, our guests can enjoy some leisure time and enjoy the last sunset over the lake. After dinner we will serve and enjoy a farewell Passion fruit Cocktail, as we take 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 our guests with the first – class service you will receive from the first day with us. 

DAY 5 

Breakfast at 7:30 AM. After breakfast, we will coordinate and schedule your departure from Tapir. Departure time is generally at 9:30 AM depending, on weather conditions, river level. Our staff will attend to the luggage, as they make sure it is all loaded onto the canoe. We will depart Tapir and make our way back to the bridge where the tour ends.

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

STANDARD​ CABIN

Tapir Lodge has double rooms with two beds or a double bed, triple rooms and single rooms.

• Triple rooms and single rooms
• Private bathroom with hot water
• 24 hour electricity (solar energy)

ALL RATES ARE PER PERSON

PROGRAM DOUBLE SINGLE
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS $720 $936
5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS $880 $1144
7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS $1200 $1560

FAQ

What is included in the programs?

   THE TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Canoe transportation from Puente de Cuyabeno - Tapir Lodge - Puente de Cuyabeno
  • Accommodations 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, 
  • 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:
  • 1 child under 12 years old has a 30% discount – 2 or more children under 12 years old have a 50% discount.
What facilities are there in the room?

Double rooms with two beds or a double bed, triple rooms and single rooms. 

Rates are valid in double and/or triple rooms.

Single room has 30% surcharge.

All rooms have a private bathroom with hot water in the shower and 24-hour electricity (solar energy). In your shower you will find biodegradable soap and shampoo dispensers. AYou will also be provided with fresh towels each day.

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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