Magic River: Canoeing Trip at Aguas Negras River 8 Days / 7 nights

Magic River

Our commitment to responsible and ecological tourism

Magic River Ecolodge 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.

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.

We maintain a strong and friendly relationship with members of the indigenous community and support 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.

Paddling on Aguas Negras River

Transport from Lago Agrio to the Aguas Negras River. During the next 4 days, we paddle the small blackwater river downstream. Paddling time will be around 6 hours per day. Canoeing can be combined with different shorter day hikes through the jungle. In the evening, there is time for fishing and relaxing. On the fourth day in the evening, we arrive at the Cuyabeno River, which is 3 times as large as the Aguas Negras River, and head to a rustic hut that belongs to the Kichwa community of Playas de Cuyabeno. The hut provides double rooms and shared bathrooms.

Jungle hikes

In this area, we have the opportunity to undertake hikes on small jungle paths through primary forests. We finish the day with a night walk in search of nocturnal creatures. We will stay overnight in the same rustic hut as the previous night.

Paddling on the Cuyabeno River until the Aguarico River

Early morning bird watching is followed by a continuation of our journey, paddling the Cuyabeno River until it flows into the much larger Aguarico River (3-4 hours). At this junction, there is a strong possibility that we may observe river dolphins. After lunch, we visit the modern indigenous community of Playas de Cuyabeno. In the afternoon, our motor canoe will bring us back upriver to our hut.

Motor canoe transfer to the Magic River Ecolodge

After breakfast, we travel the Cuyabeno River upstream by motor canoe until we reach the Magic River Ecolodge (4 hours). Along the way, we may have the possibility of visiting the shaman of a nearby village to learn about medicinal plants and healing practices. In the afternoon, there will be time to visit the flooded forest of Laguna Grande and enjoy the sunset over the lake.

Paddling in the Laguna Grande Lake District

Paddling through the flooded forest (Igapó) of the Laguna Grande Lake, we have the opportunity to observe Macrolobium trees and their various epiphytes. We explore different smaller lagoons of the interconnected network of lakes and creeks. After lunch at our lodge, we return by motor canoe back to the park entrance. From here we reach Lago Agrio by private transport within two hours. Arrival in Lago Agrio is at approximately 6:00 pm.

Important notes:

  • Single, double and triple rooms with private bathrooms, comfortable mattresses and mosquito nets
  • Biodegradable soap and shampoo
  • Spacious dining area
  • Hammocks in different chill out areas
  • Electricity from solar panels (light and battery recharging for cameras)
  • Delicious Ecuadorian and international cuisine (vegetarian food upon request)
  • For groups maximum group size 10 / minimum group size 4
  • Prepare for your trip to the Amazon:
    • Climate

The climate is tropical and humid due to our location at the equator in the Amazon Lowland. The annual temperature averages 25°C (77°F) with a daily minimum temperature of 20°C (68°F) and a maximum temperature of 30°C (86°F). Night temperatures are pleasant and fresh at around 18°C (64.4°F). Humidity ranges from 80 to 100% with an average of 3000 mm of rainfall a year. The area experiences a drier season from December to March and a wetter season from April to July.

  • Health precautions

We recommend the basic vaccinations such as tetanus and hepatitis A. Cholera, typhoid and yellow fever are unknown in the region. Malaria prevention is a matter of choice. In this specific area, there is a moderate incidence of malaria. While the more serious form of “malaria tropicana” is very uncommon, all other strains of malaria do exist and are treatable with chloroquin or equivalents.

  • Clothing

We suggest that you wear light cotton, linen or silk clothes. Normally, you just need shorts and a shirt during the day and long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt (which also provide very good mosquito protection) for the late evenings. Nights can be cool, especially when it rains, so you should bring a warm sweater. For sun protection, you will need a hat, sunglasses and a high protection sunscreen. Sandals for the canoe and tennis shoes are perfect for the lodge area and at night. You will not need trekking boots. Don’t forget to bring your swimwear.

Standard room $960.00

  • All terrestrial and fluvial transfers from and back to Lago Agrio
  • Licensed bilingual guide (English/Spanish)
  • Full catering
  • State of the art canoeing and camping equipment (water protection bags, rubber boots, rain ponchos, life jackets, sleeping pads, tents)
  • Daily guided excursions according to tour itinerary
  • Safe bottled water for drinking and all cooking
  • Accommodation in tents
  • Rustic huts and Magic River Ecolodge according to tour
  • Airport and hotel transfers in Lago Agrio on first and last day of the tour.
  • Breakfast on first day and dinner on last day
  • Transfer Quito-Lago Agrio-Quito
  • Accommodation in Lago Agrio
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Indigenous community fee $6.00 per person
  • Tips
  • Other not specified
  • Laundry
  • Travel Insurance
  • Several T-shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts for mosquito protection
  • Shorts and long trousers for jungle hikes
  • 1 warm sweater or jacket for colder rainy days
  • 1 pair of tennis shoes, 1 pair of sandals
  • Swimwear
  • Insect repellent
  • 1 flashlight per person and some spare batteries
  • Sun protection (hat, glasses, sunscreen)
  • 1 day backpack
  • Small amounts of money for handicraft purchases
  • Passport
  • Camera, binoculars

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