Dolphin Lodge

Dolphin Lodge

Adventure and Nature Galore

Location

The Cuyabeno Dolphin Lodge is set at the heart of the Cuyabeno National Park. Just a 20-minute motor canoe ride away from the Cuyabeno lake area and right next to the banks of the Cuyabeno River. From the hammocks at the lodge’s pier, you may spot freshwater dolphins and enjoy the scenery of the river. The location guarantees free navigation and access all year around, even in the drier season from December to February.

Accommodation

The Dolphin Lodge offers

  • 4 matrimonial rooms
  • 1 quadruple room
  • 3 triple rooms
  • 4 double rooms with private bathrooms
  • All rooms with lower beds.
  • Maximum capacity is 40 guests.

Amenities

Each room is equipped with solar-powered light and a 110V electric socket. In order to reduce the use of nonrenewable energy resources, we do not use water-heating systems and provide cold water only. All of our refuse material is separated and recycled to the greatest extent possible

Commitment to responsible and ecological tourism

Cuyabeno Dolphin Lodge follows rigorous ecological standards for protected areas. Accordingly, all sewage is carefully processed and filtered to avoid contaminating water systems and soils, and the lodge obtains its energy exclusively from clean energy through solar panels.

Relationship with the community

The Dolphin Lodge maintains a strong and friendly relationship with members of the indigenous community and supports their active involvement in tourism. They receive economic income through their work as paddling aids, motor canoe drivers, kitchen helpers and camp administrators with us.

Connoisseur Tip:

This is a great lodge in the Cuyabeno National Park area. If you are in need of availability in this area, you will most likely find it at this lodge with its high capacity. This lodge is perfect for budget-friendly travelers who are looking for a great experience in the Amazon Rainforest.

Lodge Activities:

Forest Trails

There are big chances for you to see a great variety of wildlife such as insects, birds, reptiles, and mammals. Some typical animals you may spot are; anacondas, spiders, giant armadillos, birds such as hoatzins, macaws, toucans, parakeets, parrots as well as monkeys, tapirs, ocelots, etc.

Canoe Riding

Explore the rivers and lakes on board a motorized or paddle-canoe! In the river, creeks, and lakes of the Amazon Rainforest, you will find hundreds of different aquatic animals such as fish, caimans, turtles, piranhas, and Amazon dolphins.

Birding

A plethora of bird species can be found in the Cuyabeno National Park, giving you the best bird watching experience, and an unforgettable adventure..

Siona community

Visits to the Siona Community include a cooking class where you will learn to make Casave a local dish made from yucca. Visit to the Shaman is also included.

Hikes

Our programs include easy and medium intensity walks and hikes in order to observe the wildlife and nature of the area; more difficult hikes and longer programs can be arranged.

Swimming

Swimming can take place in the Laguna Grande (Big Lake) close to the lodge.

Dolphin Lodge – 4 days/3 nights


Day 1: Quito – Lago Agrio – Cuyabeno


Flight (9:15 am) or bus (trip the night before the tour – 8 hours) to Lago Agrio. Private land transportation from Lago Agrio to El Puente. Canoe trip down the Cuyabeno River to our lodge. Lunch. Visit the Laguna Grande to swim and enjoy the sunset. Dinner. Exciting night walk.


Day 2: Trek in the primary rainforest / Lagoon swim


Breakfast. Morning: three-hour hike in the primary forest to learn about flora and fauna, especially to know about medicinal plants, frogs, insects, birds, etc. Lunch at the camp. Relax, in the afternoon paddle in a traditional canoe on the Lagoons or rivers to explore and enjoy the uniqueness of nature. Where you can swim and enjoy the sunset. If conditions permit, you may be able to spot pink dolphins. Return to lodge. Dinner.


Day 3: Community visit / Cooking class / Shaman Experience / Night search for Caimans


Breakfast. Visit the Community Siona Tarabeaya where you can see the preparation of the traditional bread Casabe and the naturalist guide will explain about the culture and traditions of native people. Lunch. Visit the Shaman, who will explain about the ceremonies in the jungle. Return to camp. Dinner. Night canoe expedition in search of caimans.

Day 4: Early morning Birdwatching / Departure from the Lodge 


Early morning bird watching. Breakfast. Navigating the Cuyabeno River back to El Puente. Box Lunch. Transfer to Lago Agrio. Return to Quito by bus or plane (17:00 pm).

Dolphin Lodge – 5 days/4 nights


Day 1: Quito – Lago Agrio – Cuyabeno


Flight (9:15 am) or bus (trip the night before the tour – 8 hours) to Lago Agrio. Private land transportation from Lago Agrio to El Puente. Canoe trip down the Cuyabeno River to our lodge. Lunch. Visit the Laguna Grande to swim and enjoy the sunset. Dinner. Exciting night walk.


Day 2: Trek in the primary rainforest / Lagoon swim


Breakfast. Morning: three-hour hike in the primary forest to learn about flora and fauna, especially to know about medicinal plants, frogs, insects, birds, etc. Lunch at the camp. Relax, in the afternoon paddle in a traditional canoe on the Lagoons or rivers to explore and enjoy the uniqueness of nature. Where you can swim and enjoy the sunset. If conditions permit, you may be able to spot pink dolphins. Return to the lodge. Dinner.


Day 3: Community visit / Cooking class / Shaman Experience / Night search for Caimans


Breakfast. Visit the Community Siona Tarabeaya where you can see the preparation of the traditional bread Casabe and the naturalist guide will explain about the culture and traditions of native people. Lunch. Visit the Shaman, who will explain about the ceremonies in the jungle. Return to camp. Dinner.


Day 4: Early morning Birdwatching / Departure from the Lodge 


Breakfast. Relaxing morning paddle in a traditional canoe on the rivers to explore and enjoy the uniqueness of nature. Searching for monkeys and birds. Lunch at the camp. Relax, Visit the Laguna Grande to swim and enjoy the sunset. Dinner. Night canoe expedition in search of caimans.


Day 5: Early morning Birdwatching / Departure from the Lodge 


Early morning bird watching. Breakfast. Navigating the Cuyabeno River back to El Puente. Box Lunch. Transfer to Lago Agrio. Return to Quito by bus or plane (17:00 pm).

Dolphin Lodge Rates

4 days/3nights

5 days/3 nights

DBL cabin / shared cabin $ 280 per person $ 320 per person
Single cabin $ 340 per person $ 400 per person

Accommodation

Single, quadruple, triple, double and matrimonial rooms with private bathrooms all lower beds, comfortable mattresses and mosquito nets

Amenities

  • Biodegradable soap and shampoo
  • Spacious dining area
  • Hammocks in the different chill out areas
  • Electricity from solar panels (light and battery recharging for cameras)
  • Delicious Ecuadorian cuisine (vegetarian food upon request)

Included

  • Private transportation Lago Agrio - Dolphin Lodge - Lago Agrio (bus and canoe).
  • Bilingual naturalist guide.
  • Accommodation in double and/or triple room with mosquito nets and a private bathroom.
  • All meals (breakfast-lunch-dinner); pure water, coffee, tea.
  • Excursion gear (raincoat, rubber boots, camping tents, life jackets).
  • Excursions.

Not included

  • Transportation Quito - Lago Agrio - Quito (bus or plane)
  • $ 4. community / $4 Shaman
  • Meals before and after the tour
  • Tips
  • All other expenses not specified in the tour.

Access to Lodge:

Recommendations for your trip from the city of Quito to Lago Agrio and return:

Option 1:

Travel by public bus: (the night before the tour)

Departure: 23:30 pm from Terminal Quitumbe (Quito) The Transport Co. Name: TransEsmeraldas or Transportes Baños

Arrival: 7:00 am Bus Terminal Lago Agrio

Price: $ 13 USD per person (subject to changes)

Option 2:

Travel by public bus (the previous morning of the tour) You may leave Quito in the morning to get to Lago Agrio in the afternoon / evening, there you should overnight.

Estimated journey time: 7 hours approximately

For the return from Lago Agrio to Quito, there are buses that leave every hour, all day.

Option 3:

Travel by airplane:

Airline: Tame

Quito – Lago Agrio / Flight 201 / 10:00 am – 10:50 am

Lago Agrio – Quito /Flight 201 / 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The lodge recommends these flights since they are in line with their logistics and operation.

Dolphin Lodge Packing List

Long sleeves, 2 or more
Comfortable pants, 2 or more (no jeans)
Shorts, 2 or more
T-shirts, 2 or more
Socks, one pair per day
Tennis shoes and / or sandals
Thick jacket and sweater
Biodegradable or natural Soap and shampoo
Swimsuit
Cotton Underwear (optional)
Glasses
Camera
Small backpack (waterproof)
Bags for equipment, clothes, papers, etc.
Binoculars (optional)
Flashlight with extra batteries
Sunscreen and Mosquito repellent
First Aid Box
Hat or cap
Plastic bottle
Notebook and/or book
Towel
Original Passport and/or identity card

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Trip Facts

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