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Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve Ecuador
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#4 of 5 hotels in Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
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Located in the Reserve of Cuyabeno Wildlife Production,(the place with the highest biodiversity in the world). Tapir Lodge is an hotel with 15 years of tradition, comfort and adventure. Our facilities offer a comfortable and safe stay, with 22 rooms, all have private bathroom and hot water, electricity 24 hrs,insulation in walls and ceilings to minimize the presence of mosquitoes. All tours include transportation from the airport of Lago Agrio to Tapir Lodge and back, all meals, licensed multilingual (Spanish, English and German speaking)naturalist guides,raincoats, live saver and rubber boots. We operate and are specialized in handling small groups to avoid crouds and noise, in order to improve quality in all our tours. We delight our passengers with an excellent international menu, fresh and healthy food. (We also offer a varied vegetarian menu upon request)!
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Free breakfast
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Non-smoking rooms
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English, German

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Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve Ecuador
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Mariscal Sucre Airport152 miSee all flights
Puerto Asis Airport47 miSee all flights
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We had a wonderful time at Tapir Lodge. The owner/guide Kurt knows and shares so much information on the Amazon - rainforest, animals, insects etc the boat is comfortable and is one of the few with a clean quiet engine and the boat driver spots everything worth spotting. Great hikes, beautiful boat trip, visit to Shaman, good food etc
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We enjoyed four nights at the lodge and had such a great experience. Firstly the lodge itself. I would imagine all the lodges are fairly similar, except Tapir would appear to be the only one built in towers. We were in a room at the top level, so in the morning we could watch the monkeys in the tree tops having their breakfast. You are in the jungle, so facilities will be somewhat lacking from other 'hotels', but be assured that everything you need for a comfortable stay is provided. I was disappointed initially that despite their being 24 hour electricity,I couldn't use my hairdryer, due to the supply being unable to cope with the wattage required by a hairdryer, but I got over that quickly! The rooms are basic wooden structures. Shelves are provided for clothes, but no wardrobes ( didn't miss that) The bed was comfy and came with a mossie net, but to be honest we hardly saw a mosquito ( later told due to the alkalinity of the black water around the lodge there wouldn't be many.) The beds were made daily and the bathroom cleaned. Hot water was available in the evenings for a shower but not in the morning as it is solar heated. Yes it probably could do with upgrading/renovation now but we did not feel the tiredness of the interior detracted from the overall quality of the experience. A safe is provided. You are given just one small eco soap and small bottle of shampoo for the entire stay, so make sure you bring some toiletries ( eco friendly if possible) with you as well as lots of mosquito repellant for jungle walks. The food for all meals was excellent, cooked by Raul and Marco. Varied and plenty of it. Bottled water was provided in the rooms and could be refilled from the water containers in the dining area. There was plenty of room in the lodge with hammocks and sitting areas for chilling, but to be honest, the days were spent doing what we had all come to see and do, so we didn't have too much down time. We were one of only three couples, which was fantastic as far as we were concerned. Our guide Joseph-Luis was informative, knowledgeable and with a witty sense of humour. Obviously loves what he does. The canoe handler Peluche was great too and they both went above and beyond when scaling trees to take photos for us of the anacondas! Loved all the activities. Saw pretty much everything we wanted to see except for caymans. We went at the end of the rainy season so the water levels were high. The cayman retreat into the mangroves I believe, however Peluche took a photograph of one on one of the mornings before we had breakfast. It was just outside the lodge jetty in the approximate area where my husband and other guests had been swimming the previous evening! So they were there. An experience of a lifetime for sure and we would heartily recommend the lodge.
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We went on 3 night/4 day package in early April, 2019. There were two other couples with us. I must mention that the lodge is in need of upgrading. It doesn't really bother us as the environment and the activities were kept us busy during our stay. There are several lodges in the area and most of the guests are doing the similar activities. We really enjoyed the activities organized by the lodge and special thanks goes to our guide who tried his best to provide his services to us. The meals are really good and tea and coffee available on request. Every day you spent approx. 4- 5 hrs in the boat visiting various part of the jungle for activities. I would like to list some of the points which may assist for the guests who are thinking of staying in Tapir Lodge. - We were picked up from Lago Agrio Airport by the Guide and drove us to El Puente where we got into a motorized canoe. The vehicle we travelled didn't have a good A/C and it was really hot inside. Make sure you ask the driver to switch on A/C at the beginning of the trip. - Packed Lunch was given before we got into the canoe. Canoe ride to the lodge took about 4 hours as the guide explained about the Amazon forest and spent time to look for birds and other animals in the forest. Don't forget to bring sunscreen and water for canoe rides. - Rooms are spacious in the lodge. Expect to encounter some insects inside your room. We found a spider and other small insects. - Usual time for dinner is at 7:30 pm. All members of the group sit together for dinner. The food is very good and have enough quantities. Menu is different for each night. - Water is directly pumped from the river to a overhead tank and use for showers and toilets. Drinking water station is available in the dining area for guests. - No wifi available in the lodge. Power is from solar panels and hair dryers, irons etc. can not be used. No fans in the rooms. - Bring a flashlight and insect repellents. I believe all the lodges in Cuyabeno Reserve have similar facilities. However do not discourage with lack of comforts to visit the Cuyabeno lodges. It was a amazing experience and all of us in our group loved it. We saw anacondas, pink dolphins, sloths, several species of monkeys, many varieties of birds and other insects.
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Tapir is the brain-child of Kurt, an Ecuadorian of German background. It is about 20 years old, and showing its age. A bit funky would be a good description. The food was decent but little accommodation is offered for dietary restrictions. Kurt is a fantastic and knowledgable guide, and the wildlife in this area is amazing. As long as it takes to get there, you want to be able to see the birds and animals and learn about the natural history, and Kurt facilitated that. That's why we were there so we were ultimately satisfied with the trip. If you are squeamish, or vegan, you might want to spend more at a fancier place.
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We had a blast at Tapir lodge in Cuyabeno. Kurt did not disappoint with his breadth of knowledge, enthusiasm for nature, and fun spirit. His love for wildlife and his lodge were evident in every part of the experience. The food was some of the best food we ate in Ecuador, including veggies which we didn't get much of in Quito. We saw so many amazing animals- from monkeys to sloths to anacondas. We were nervous about seeing snakes but there was nothing to be scared about. Overall, if you are even mildly adventurous and interested in seeing wild animals, this is a great place for you. Also shout out to our boat driver Peluche who was always on the lookout for animals while driving! Nora and Co
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PRICE RANGE
$741 - $760 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
EcuadorSucumbios ProvinceCuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
22
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tapir Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Tapir Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Tapir Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Does Tapir Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Tapir Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Tapir Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and German.
Is Tapir Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.