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.
Lago Agrio – Lodge
Tour start is at 09:30 am from Lago Agrio which allows for arrival with the TAME flight at 9:40 am from Quito. We take a private transport from Lago Agrio to the Cuyabeno park entrance (2 hours). At the park entrance, your guide will provide some general information about the reserve as well as safety advice. From here we start our journey by canoe down the Cuyabeno River until we reach the lodge (2 hours). On the way, we have the opportunity to observe the wide range of the flora and fauna of the primary forest. During a late afternoon visit to the Laguna Grande Lake we may swim and enjoy the beautiful sunset over the lake. We finish the day with a night walk in search of nocturnal creatures.
Jungle hike and wildlife observation
In the morning we take a walk of about 2 km (1.24 miles) on a small path through primary forest (3-4 hours) and learn about the complex ecosystem of the rainforest. Our guide will indicate medicinal plants and other plants used by the natives. Later we head back to the camp for lunch and a rest. In the evening, we go on an excursion on the Cuyabeno River to spot wildlife and enjoy the surroundings. After dark, we take a night excursion in search of caimans.
Visit to the indigenous community
Today we travel by motor canoe on the Cuyabeno River downstream for 2 hours until we reach the community of Puerto Victoriano, the cultural center of the Siona indigenous people. Here we get an insight into the Siona culture and their current lifestyle. We will help make bread from manioc root in a family home. Though this cannot be guaranteed, we may have the chance to meet with the local shaman and learn about ancient healing ceremonies. In the late afternoon, we take the motor canoe back to our lodge. If there is time, we will visit the Laguna Grande Lake once again.
Canoeing and hiking
After a short transfer by motor canoe, we start paddling with our Canadian canoes from the Canangueno Lake towards the Laguna Grande Lake. We explore the flooded forest (Igapó) of the Laguna Grande Lake and observe the characteristic Macrolobium trees and their various epiphytes. We return for lunch to our lodge. In the afternoon, we undertake a shorter hike through “tierra firme” (never flooded) forest.
Early morning bird watching and return to Lago Agrio
Before sunrise we head out in the in the canoe along the Cuyabeno River to spot birds and then return to the camp for breakfast. During the morning, we make the return trip by motor canoe. Once again there are chances of spotting wildlife on our way to the Cuyabeno River Bridge. Our private transport will be waiting to take us back to Lago Agrio, where we arrive at 3:00 pm.
- 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:
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.
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.
Rowing / Standard room $400.00
- 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
- Other not specified
- 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
- 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
- Camera, binoculars