Jungle Treks: In our jungle hikes we walk under the canopy and experience the primary forest from within. Our excursions will take you through pristine Terra Firma and “cananguchal” (Temporarily flooded forest) ecosystems. Our guides will help you to understand the complexity of the forest and its relations. Walking through very dense vegetation, we will listen to the wonderful voices of the rainforest, we might even bump into the shy Tapir (Tapirus Terrestris). After dinner, the day continues with night walks. With the aid of flashlights we will search for rarely seen creatures during the day. The voices and sound of the forest will accompany us during the trek. Rubber boots will be provided for the jungle treks.
Birdwatching:Cuyabeno is a privileged place for birding. Boasting a birdlist of more than 550 species of birds, Cuyabeno is a delight for seasoned as well as beginner birders. Start the day early in the morning, hop in one of our canoes and search for rarities such as: Pavonine Quetzal, Zigzag Heron, Harpy Eagle, Buckley's Forest Falcon, Salvin's and Nocturnal Curassows, Gray-winged Trumpeter, Pheasant Cuckoo, Gray-breasted Crake, Sunbittern, Blue-and-yellow Macaw, Black-banded Owl, Long-tailed Potoo, Fiery Topaz, Great Jacamar, Brown Nunlet, Long-billed Woodcreeper, Cocha Antshrike, Black-and-white Antbird, White-plumed Antbird, Noble Antthrush und Orange-crested Manakin. Special birding programs can be tailored made for experienced birders or ornithologists, our experienced ornithologist guides will help you have a rewarding birding tour.
Located in the heart of a lagoon complex and flooded forest, Tapir Lodge employs local dugout canoes as the only transportation around the area. The
Caiman Watching: When the night comes, we will jump in our canoes and with our flashlights we will search for Caimans. Four species of caimans inhabit the reserve, the biggest being the black caiman measuring up to 5 meters long, but this type of caiman is a rather shy and rarely seen. The most common is the white caiman measuring up to 3 meters. These cold-blooded creatures come out at night to hunt and wait on the riverbanks for their prey. The guides will look for caimans and let us know where to look, but do not worry, caimans are not aggressive, they usually sink in the water as soon as they feel threatened.
Piranha Fishing: (catch and release) Fishing has become one of the favorite activities among our guests. Even if you can’t catch anything, fishing in the afternoon is a great time to relax while looking at the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see and listening to the exotic sounds of the rainforest.If you do not like fishing, take a refreshing deep in the surrounding lakes and rivers. Don’t be scared, piranhas do not attack, you will see the little Siona kids swimming joyfully. Our guide will also show you how safe and refreshing swimming in black water is.
Indian Communities: Tapir Lodge works together with the Siona community of Puerto Bolivar. The Siona have lived in harmony with the jungle for centuries and nowadays they have chosen the eco-tourism activities in order to improve their live.
Siona community of Puerto Bolivar provides us with skilled canoe operators and native guides. In our daily excursions we will visit different lagoons each with their own charm and navigate through Igapó (flooded Forest) and small creeks. You can also relax while you paddle along the black water rivers, small lakes and creeks aboard our native dugouts, called “quillas”. After learning how to paddle in a quilla, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the serenity of the waters while having opportunities of encountering river turtles, caimans and anacondas. (5 Day and 7 Day program only)