tel. (+593) 999000698 e-mail: [email protected] Joaquín Pinto E4-376 y Juan León Mera. La Mariscal. Quito-Ecuador.

In SIONA LODGE practices a policy of minimum environmental impact. Our solar energy system consumes no electricity from the power grid and is efficient enough to provide the lighting throughout the lodge. We encourage our guests to use natural oil lamps in place of battery powered flashlights and all refuse, both organic and inorganic, is bagged and taken out of the reserve regularly. Our biodigestors further allow us to minimalize the impact of pollution by utilizing natural enzymes and bacteria to treat all wastewater coming from the lodge. Our belief in true eco-tourism is intended to make your stay as comfortable as possible while, at the same time, preserving Cuyabeno for all who wish to enjoy its beauty.

Cuyabeno Canoe Trips Only a few minutes walk from the lodge you will enter the primary forest that is the highlight of Cuyabeno and the Siona Lodge. The amazing plant and animal diversity can also be accessed by a canoe trip around the lake where you can see exotic trees and plants like orchids, bromeliads, gardenias and several species of bids ranging from hoatzins, macaws, and toucans to cormorants, tangaras, and Anhingas, kingfishers. The area is also abundant in reptile life such as yellow-spotted Amazon turtles, caymans, anacondas, and many other different snake species. With a little bit of patience, you may also be able to glimpse the uniquely evolved pink river dolphins, considered to be amongst the most intelligent of animals and possessing a well-known affinity for freshwater Amazon Jungle rivers.

 

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.

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. Do not forget to bring your swimwear.

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 chloroquine or equivalents.

 

What to Bring:

 

  • 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 / Sun protection (hat or cap, glasses, sunscreen)
  • Insect repellent
  • 1 flashlight per person and some spare batteries
  • 1 day backpack  /  Small amounts of money for handicraft purchases
  • Original Passport or ID
  • Camera, binoculars

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SIONA LODGE OFFERS:

Spacious balconies, complete with a hammock and lounge chairs.

Four individual guest huts; each hut has 2 double bedrooms each with its own private bathroom and shower.

Spacious dining area. We take pride in our ability to prepare and serve gourmet cuisine in such an isolated location. We take great care to ensure fresh, local ingredients are the basis for our recipes so you will enjoy your dining experience as much as you do the unspoiled ambiance of the surrounding jungle. The dining area lounge is equipped with a fully stocked bar so you can enjoy any of your favourite after-dinner cocktails.

The Siona Lodge has the best and one of the single most distinctive locations in the reserve, allowing for picturesque sunsets viewed across the large freshwater lake.

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