Discover the enchanting wonders of the Amazon Rainforest at Nicky Amazon Lodge, where spacious and cozy accommodations await.

Immerse yourself in an eco-friendly adventure while enjoying the comfort you deserve on your vacation. Nestled in the upper part of the reserve, just 30 minutes from the breathtaking Laguna Grande, this lodge offers access to one of the Amazon basin's most unique ecosystems: the flooded forest, or Igapo. Escape the chaos of the world and embrace the tranquility of Nicky Amazon Lodge. The secluded location, away from other lodges, ensures a peaceful and serene environment, ideal for witnessing a diverse array of wildlife in their natural habitat.

5 days
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5 5 days

Day 1: Quito - Papallacta - Guango - Lago Agrio

Early in the morning, your guide will pick you up from your hotel to journey to the eastern ridge. We start our day with a visit to the Cayambe-Coca National Park, exploring its high-altitude ecosystem. In the morning, we venture into the paramo ecosystem's edges, taking in the breathtaking views of the Andes while attempting to spot specialized highland avifauna and flora. Our quest may lead us to encounter Andean Condors, White-tailed Deer, Culpeo Foxes, and perhaps even the elusive Spectacled Bear. Continuing our journey, we head to the Termas de Papallacta for lunch and a moment of relaxation in its rejuvenating thermal pools. Descending further along the Cinnamon Route, we reach the cloud forests of Guango, where we can marvel at stunning hummingbirds such as the Sword-billed Hummingbird and the Collared Inca, along with a diverse array of orchids. In the afternoon, we descend further along various altitudinal gradients, following the Quijos River basin towards the city of Lago Agrio, where we will arrive by late afternoon. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay at a standard hotel.

Bilingual naturalist guide, private transportation, lunch, dinner, and accommodation.

Day 2: Lago Agrio - Cuyabeno

Early breakfast at your hotel, where the bus from the Lodge will wait for you for a 1h30 transfer to the entrance of the Cuyabeno wildlife reserve. After lunch and a short briefing by your guide, you will continue your adventure for two more hours in a motorized canoe, slowly descending the Cuyabeno River. There you will begin your first observations of typical black water species, among lowland Amazonian birds, primates, mammals or other typical riparian species such as the mythical Anaconda. During this first immersion in this Amazonian habitat we will focus in particular on looking for the Harpy Eagle, one of the rarest, most imposing and mythical birds of prey in the area. Installation in the lodge, followed by an introductory talk on the next days of the excursion. Night in Nicky Amazon Lodge

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Bilingual naturalist guide, private transportation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and accommodation.

Day 3: Laguna Grande

Sunrise is the best time to witness the awakening of the species that surround Laguna Grande. A canoe ride will allow us to make a silent incursion into this magical site. The morning light mixes here with the sounds of the awakening of the fauna, creating an extremely photogenic environment. A large number of birds associated with the aquatic environment such as the "archaic" Hoatzin, the elegant American Anhinga, several species of common kingfisher, as well as the graceful flight of Macaws and parakeets, will accompany us on this aquatic tour. We will also look for different species of primates, sloths and pink dolphins. The exhaustive exploration of this environment will allow us to understand the difference between Igapo, a term that refers to the Amazon flooded forests and Varzea, which are the semi-floodable areas of banks. At sunset we will sail again through Laguna Grande in search of caimans, boas and other reptiles.

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Bilingual naturalist guide, private transportation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and accommodation.

Day 4: Terra Firme

After a good breakfast, we leave the lodge for a walk with our guide through a new ecosystem called Terra Firme. Here we will focus on trying to find tracks of large mammals such as Tapirs and Peccaries, but also locate the difficult understory birds, Tamandúas and colourful Dendrobatidae. We will also try to understand the traditions of the indigenous communities that live in this area of the Amazon Rainforest and learn more about the permanent pressures that these precious ecosystems receive. After lunch we can take a canoe ride through the flooded Macrolobium forest observing more primate species such as the Squirrel Monkey or Callitrichidae and more of the local avifauna, diurnal birds of prey, Pygmy Kingfisher, Sunbittern, Blue Heron... After dinner we can go out to look for amphibians, and in particular Hylidae and Strabomantiae. Overnight at the Lodge.

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Bilingual naturalist guide, private transportation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and accommodation.

Day 5: Cyabeno - Lago Agrio - Quito

We will get up early to take advantage of the last fauna observation outing, this time it is usual to observe the Maroon-tailed parakeet, the Red-Crested Cardinal Corona, different species of herons, Common kingfisher and others.... After breakfast we will board our motorized boat to cross the Cuyabeno River back to the bridge and the entrance to the Park. Last observations along this black water river to say goodbye to this magical ecosystem. Arriving at the bridge of the Cuyabeno River, the private vehicle is ready to take us to Quito. Arrival in the capital in the evening.

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Bilingual naturalist guide, private transportation, breakfast and lunch.

Dates of the next departures

From Jun 25 to Jun 29, 2024
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve - Nicky Lodge
Open to booking (10 places left)
From Jul 06 to Jul 10, 2024
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve - Nicky Lodge
Open to booking (10 places left)

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Dates Itinerary Status
From Jun 25 to Jun 29, 2024 Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve - Nicky Lodge Open to booking (10 places left)
From Jul 06 to Jul 10, 2024 Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve - Nicky Lodge Open to booking (10 places left)

Prices per person

Itinerary Price simple cabin Price double cabin Price triple cabin
Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve - Nicky Lodge 780 US$ 620 US$ 620 US$

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Private transportation from Quito to Cuyabeno bridge and back
Night in a standard hotel in Lago Agrio
Access to the hot springs of Papallacta
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
4 days / 3 nights stay in a rustic lodge in the Cuyabeno Reserve, accommodation in double roomwith private bathroom, including full board, excursions with a bilingual English/Spanish naturalist guide for the group, canoe transportation and use of boots

Not included

International flight
Single room supplement (160.00 usd / pers)
Breakfast on day 1 and dinner day 5
The softs and alcoholic beverages for meals
Personal expenses
Personal insurance
Bank charges for payments

Important note

The itineraries may be subject to last-minute changes due to natural events or changes in internal legislation. Visitors must acknowledge and accept the possibility of such changes. The operator reserves the right to make necessary adjustments to ensure safety and comply with current legislation. Hotel listings are indicative and subject to availability at the time of circuit reservation. If unavailable, a hotel of similar class will be provided. Trip dates can be rescheduled to any day of the week, excluding Sundays, subject to availability.

Nicky Amazon Lodge


Standard category


Local construction with authentic palm leaf roofs


21 passengers


Full Staff.


7 Cabins: 15 spacious rooms that can be used for double, triple, quadruple, quintuple or family accommodation


From 18h00 to 22h00 for lighting and to recharge the batteries (110 AC).


for a fee during electricity hours


Single and double beds all with mosquito nets. private bathrooms with hot water showers. The cabins have balcony with hammocks. Water treatment, solid and liquid waste disposal, use of biodegradable products, care for natural resources, green energies, approved fire safety devices and procedures are very important for our eco-lodge. Bar lounge and restaurant.


Kids friendly.

Characteristics of the trip

Travel theme

Nature, photography, birdwatching and science.


bilingual Spanish/English local guide


From 1 to 10 (shared)

Arrival city


Departure city



Local and traditional food


Intermediate accommodation



Physical condition

Low to moderate

Best season

All year round
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