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Quito – Ecuador

 

 

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YACUMA ECOLODGE

YACUMA ECOLODGE
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Twelve comfortable cabins present the traditional Amazon, built with forest materials in a sustainable way and combined with modern materials. Our 24 rooms have electricity through solar energy, our private facilities can accommodate a total of 56 guests.

 

Yacuma's expansion includes three areas:


• The first area consists of a group of 10 cabins built in a traditional Amazonian style, built with forest materials in a sustainable way and combined with modern materials which can be easily removed from the jungle if necessary. All these cabins accommodate 4 passengers in two comfortable rooms with beds, mosquito nets and private bathrooms.

• In the second area we find 2 cabins, with 2 rooms for 10 people in total and each room with private bathroom.

• A third area includes the space between the dining room and the kitchen.

Water is provided by a nearby source from where 2 reserve tanks are pumped.

 

 

 

Programs: 

 

BIRD WATCHING TOUR
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Day 1- Quito (or Baños) - Tena - Yacuma


Our local guide will be waiting for you in the city of Tena, the capital of the province of Napo. From here, we will drive approximately an hour and a half more until we reach the community of San Pedro de Sumino (or Santa Rosa), a small jungle town located on the banks of the Napo River, one of the main effluents of the great Amazon River. , stops will be made to observe some flocks around these forest patches and some forest edge areas. Once in San Pedro, we will jump to the freshwater canoe to enter the Yacuma Nature Reserve. A trip of 20 to 30 minutes will take you to the small river Chontayacu, where Yacuma EcoLodge is located. Depending on the time of the year and the amount of water that runs through the rivers, the boat ride can become a fun activity, since collectively,

We all push the canoe through sandbars and upstream to reach the lodge.

The Yacuma Forest Reserve has a total of 275 hectares of primary forest, bordering the Chontayacu River next to the cabins, and entering the jungle that surrounds the cabins. This natural paradise will be your home for the next few days, while exploring and connecting with nature and jungle communities.


At the lodge, you will be greeted with a glass of the traditional drink called “Guayusa”, this tasty drink has a lot of caffeine and vitamins in a concentration much higher than coffee, so it is an ideal drink so that the morning has a very day productive. in the jungle. After a brief welcome talk, you will be taken to your comfortable traditional-style bungalows. Solar panels provide hot water in the showers, as well as ambient lighting for the night.

After enjoying a delicious welcome lunch and having a short rest, we will have a brief navigation towards the “Hidden Lagoon”, where we will make a short walk ideal for bird watching in its natural environment, such as: King Fishers ( Kingfisher)), River Herons, Royal Herons and perhaps one of the strangest and most interesting birds in the Amazon, the Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoatzin), which have a blue face and a punk hairstyle. The smell is quite spicy, giving it the nickname of the stinky bird. In this place, we will also try to catch the legendary Piranha, which you can take for dinner at the lodge if you take one.

We will return to the lodge, for dinner, and if everyone feels in good condition, a night walk of approximately 40 minutes after dinner can be organized.

Day 2- Bird watching in the Yacuma forest


After breakfast, we leave for a 3-hour hike along one of the primary jungle trails and look for birds such as the parakeet, the dark-headed parakeet, the blue-headed parrot, the yellow-crowned Amazon and Mealy Hormiguero Yellow-browed yellow, burning topaz, pavonnive quetzal, plumongated cotinga, cukoo pavoninne, pointed-tailed palmer, among others. Return to the lodge for lunch and after a good rest, we pay a visit to one of the Kichwa families that live in the area. They will show how to prepare the chocolate from the local cocoa, they will eat the chontacuro protein worms that form inside the Chontaduro, a palm tree typical of the jungle. Women will also show you how to make the beautiful handmade pottery. We will walk to the lodge for dinner and report on the activities of the next day. In the evening, we will go looking for owls such as the Spotted Owl, Bienparado Rufo, White Horn Owl, among others.

Day 3- Bird watching in the Yacuma forest


Wake up early, have breakfast and start our walk along a train that will take us to the bank of the Buenoyacu River. On the way we will have many opportunities to observe canopy birds such as Crimson-crested Carpenter, Paradisiacal Tangara, Golden Bearded, Golden-necked Toucanet, Amazonian Violet Trogon, Flame-crested Tangara, Rufus, Belly Euphonia, White-necked Toucan, Brown Carpenter , Ticotico Acanelado among many others. We will have a picnic lunch and the opportunity to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Buenoyacu River. Bird watching tour in the afternoon while we return to the lodge. Time to rest and enjoy a farewell dinner followed by a meeting in the fireplace for a drink of "Guayusa", perhaps some local music.

Day 4- Bird watching in the Yacuma Forest Reserve - San Pedro - Tena - Quito (or Baños)


Breakfast early and then we take a 25-minute walk to the Collpa de Yacuma to enjoy the view of dozens, and sometimes hundreds, of parakeets, also macaws and other birds eating clay. An amazing show. Return on foot to the lodge for a light lunch and say goodbye to our local friends. We will take the canoe back to San Pedro and from here transfer to Tena from where you will take your private transport or public transport by bus back to Quito or Baños.