SUP THE AMAZON







AMAZON WILDLIFE SUP ADVENTURE - CUYABENO RIVER LAKE EXPEDITION, 4 DAYS The Cuyabeno Faunistic Reserve is the largest river lake system in the Ecuadorian Amazon. As you paddle along its waterways you will be impressed by its amazing display of beauty, wildlife and its mega biodiversity. This region is home to the greatest concentration of life per square mile in the world! The Cuyabeno is a complex system of lagoons, channels and rivers in the flooded tropical rain forests turning these 1,500,000 acres of protected forest into a Stand Up Paddling paradise. Get to know this this hotspot of biodiversity as you paddle on main and off the beaten path waterways to enjoy hundreds of species of tropical birds, monkeys, reptiles, pink river dolphins, and possible the Amazonian manatee.

Trip highlights:
• SUP in the heart of the Amazon Jungle, the most diverse life zone on earth.
• See 10 different kind of monkeys and search for hundreds of birds, amphibians and reptiles. • Swim and play from quality SOL Boards and equipment.
• Walk amongst giant trees, 60 kinds of orchids, and thousands of species of plants and flowers. • Discover nighttime wildlife during evening walks
• Enjoy the service, comfort, and cuisine of the top eco-lodge in the area.
Naturalist guides serve as your liaison to the Wildlife and local culture.
Meet a Siona indigenous community to learn about their millenary culture and way of life.
• Your SUP tour supports the local economy and helps preserve the forest from deforestation. • Travel safely as this adventure is provided under (ACA) American Canoe Association SUP Standards
Effort: Easy to Moderate. No experience necessary.Activities: Stand Up Paddling (SUP), hiking, swimming, relaxing and wildlife viewing.
Ages: 12 and up.
Activities: Stand Up Paddle (SUP), Hiking, Swimming, Wildlife Spotting, Bird Watching, Native Community Tours and Relaxation.







The Eco-Lodge 




DAY 1: AFTERNOON AND SUNSET SUP IN THE BIG LAGOON
Welcome to the Amazon Rainforest, the lungs of the earth and home to thousands of plant and animal life. After a short morning flight to the town of Lago Agrio from Quito, we will embark on a scenic shuttle ride crossing through the jungle towards our destination. Prepare to experience some of the most luscious views of every colour green imaginable and rivers and waterfalls of all shapes and sizes down to the port. Upon our arrival we will have time to freshen up before hopping on a motorized canoe on a ride that will take us down the meandering Cuyabeno River. Make sure to keep your cameras handy, for we will encounter various species of monkeys and birds along the way.
Just on time for lunch we will check in to an exclusive eco-lodge located right off the main river.  This unique set of bungalows proper to the Amazon Rainforest will become home for the next few days and offer the perfect setting for your adventure. Following lunch and a quick introduction to your guides, we will head out to the water for an easy stand-up paddling afternoon. Get comfortable on your boards while witnessing the most magical sunset only seen in the jungle, always expecting the first views of fresh pink water dolphins (permanent residents of the lagoon) specially during the high water seasons.
After an exquisite dinner, we will have the opportunity to lounge back and relax at the lodge in one of our hammocks. Enjoy the magical sounds of the nightlife while sipping back on a cocktail, reading a book or learning some Spanish from your guide.


DAY 2: EXPLORING THE FLOODED FOREST (EXPEDITION SUP)
flyfishing dreams will come true here, fishing for peacockBass in the Amazon of Ecuador is unreal, we need to go to different places a little farder form here. 
Wake up to the sounds of the howler monkeys and other friendly neighboring wildlife to the lodge. Feel the fresh air all around, as you get ready for an epic sunrise paddle across the sleeping lagoon. At this time of day, the water will be so still you can see the perfect reflection of the sky on it. No motorized noise allows for the birds to freely fly above and for pink water dolphins to be spotted. Watch as they sky changes colours from reds to oranges to yellows in a show that will make your early wakeup worthwhile. A gourmet local breakfast will be waiting for us upon our return.
Next stop on the itinerary is a jungle hike. Put on your rubber boots and get ready to encounter some of the most incredible flora and fauna in the world. Traverse the jungle with your guide, learn about the sacredness of the Amazon and build up an appetite for the lunch that will be waiting back at the lodge for you.
Take some time to relax before we head out again to the lagoons on our paddleboards. This time around we will go into areas of the forest only accessible on the boards and get metaphorically lost in its beauty and immensity. This is a good opportunity to bring your cameras out, as you never know what we may see along the way. We will make our way back to the main lagoon for a second epic swim and a sunset before returning to the lodge for dinner.


DAY 3: VISIT to THE SIONA Community


Get ready for a jungle paddling expedition of a lifetime.
Finishing up breakfast meet at the port where we will head out to visit the traditional indigenous Siona community. They are one of the hundreds of indigenous tribes local to the region who have opened their doors for us to visit and learn about their life. In order to get to them, we will paddle for approximately 5 of the most amazing hours on the trip. We will go across untouched and pristine areas that will take your breath away. We will paddle by massive trees older than 200 years filled with wisdom, life and wildlife. Keep your cameras handy and enjoy the adventurous yet comfortable paddle journey. We will stop for lunch along the way and get a guided tour on all the wildlife and flora we will be able to spot.
Once we reach the community a family, who in their native tongue will share with us a bit about their life, will welcome us in. Our guides will be able to translate and together we will participate in learning about how to make cassave (a traditional bread made for centuries) and taste it at the end. Before the sun goes down, a motorized canoe will pick us up taking us back to the lagoon for a third and final sunset before heading back to the lodge for dinner.
For those adrenaline seekers, the option of going out on a night hike will be available. This is the time when they jungle truly comes alive. Grab your headlamps, camera and rubber boots to see the wildest array of colored reptiles you will ever see.
Issac is one of the Shammans that look ater the Siona Community 

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DAY 4: SUNRISE ON THE WATER
Rise and shine to the vibrancy of the jungle once again and watch it wake up as the sun begins to illuminate the sky.  Those who would rather relax on their last morning on a hammock are more than welcome to do so as we will all meet back again at the lodge for a fresh and healthy breakfast.
Pack your bags and get ready to say goodbye to the Amazon Rainforest as you continue on with your next destination upon arrival back at Lago Agrio.
*** Yoga Could be added to your SUP Expedition Packaged for an extra cost and with prior notification of interest ***


EXTRA INFORMATION  ABOUT YOUR TRIP :
Stand Up Paddle SUP Tours in the Amazon Jungle , the CUYABENO National Forest.
Get ready to walk on water!  Join us and experience the jungle from a thrilling new perspective  while on the deck of a Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP).
Our guided paddle board tour features the excitement and ease of paddling a SUP on the gentle waters of the  Cuyabeno river and the flooded lagoons of the Amazon forest . There is no better way of exploring the beautiful Amazon jungle and the river or the flooded rain forest environment.  It’s the perfect playground to discover more about the natural history of this biological treasure or simply learn and practice proper SUP techniques.  Paddling a SUP is a great activity for the whole family, allows a full-body workout, and provides the opportunity to witness incredible views of the jungle and wildlife.
Trip Rating:
Beginner ( not experience required)  we will provide all the information required for you to feel confortable with the equipment and the area, allowing you to have the most amazing experience possible. Custom trips can include moderate level on the SUP doing down river and longer routes. Only under request and depending on availability.
High water events will make the downriver portion a little more demanding so it will be the Trip’s leader call to decide if is safe to paddle down river.
Children:
Children must be at least 12 years old to paddle their own board.
Children 5-12 can ride with their parents or a guide and only will be allowed on Beginner runs.
What do you need to bring?
Clothing – Comfortable, weather appropriate athletic clothing – shorts and a t-shirt are ok, bathing suit, light long pants and long sleeves are advised to protect you from the sun and the bugs. We recommend bringing a dry change of clothes for after your rafting trip.
Water shoes/sandals/old sneakers – These must stay on your feet at all times – sport sandals only please. Flip flops or bare feet are not recommended .
Sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, lip balm, medications, hat, etc.
Included:
Professional safety-certified guides.
Bottled water
SUP, paddles
PFD (life jacket), dry bags
Roundtrip land and river Transportation
Boat support
National Forest entry fees (if needed)
             •      Rubber boots for jungle walk
     
Not included:
alcoholic beverages (you can bring your own)
guide gratuities
personal weather protection

for more info , booking and questions please email me to ecuadorpaddling@gmail.com or click on this link