Jamu Lodge is located in the Cuyabeno Reserve in the north eastern part of Ecuador, this reserve is accessible from Lago Agrio. All rooms are lit naturally with candles to preserve the feeling of being in a remote jungle; solar panels provide electricity and are used to operate and charge electronic devises. Jamu Lodge has become a popular tourist destination because of its lakes, swamps and amazing diversity of animals. The reserve itself covers over 650,000 hectares (1,606,184 acres) of primary rainforest and has an incredible variety of wildlife including river dolphins, tapirs, capybaras, caimans, anacondas, ocelots, and monkeys as well as the piranhas. The birds that can be found here are also spectacular. Many different species of birds have made the reserve their home, including the amazing harpy eagle with its eight-foot wingspan. Travelers have the opportunity to canoe along the Cuyabeno River watching the wildlife and participate in jungle activities such as piranha fishing and eating lemon ants!
Flight (9:00.) or bus ride (one day before – 8 hour ride) to Lago Agrio. Drive from Lago Agrio to El Puente. Afternoon: canoe trip down the Cuyabeno River to our camp site. Night: dinner and exiting night walk.
Morning: three hour hike in the primary forest to learn about flora and fauna, including lessons in the use of plants for survival. Late afternoon: Relax, sunset at Laguna Grande with a chance for some refreshing swimming and caiman (alligator) searching.
Morning: An hour and a half boat ride down the river to a Siona indigenous community to interact and learn about their traditions and customs by making some local food. After a visit to a shaman to learn about his secrets and ancestral knowledge of shamanism. At night we enjoy watching hundreds of different insects coming to special lamps connected to solar system to attract them.
Early morning: Bird watching. Breakfast: journey up Cuyabeno River to El Puente. Drive to Lago Agrio (arrive in Lago Agrio in the afternoon). Flight or bus ride back to Quito.