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Deep in the middle of the untouched rainforest of the Ecuadorian Amazon basin on the Tiguino River we find Bataburo Lodge, offering all the necessary comfort without losing the sense of adventure. Located 90 kilometers south-east from the city of Coca, the river Tiguino flows through the Huaorani Territory.
This is where we find the mystical and wild heart of the primary rainforest of Ecuador. Together with the organization of the Huaorani village of Tiguino, we agreed to build the Bataburo Lodge. It has been built in keeping with the indigenous Amazon people, in complete harmony with its habitat. In this paradise of mysteries enjoy real comfort in our accommodation in double rooms with private or shared facilities, mosquito-nets and electricity (110V) and our canopy observation tower of approximately 132 feet.
The main cabaña serves as a bar/dining room. Here there is space to laze in hammocks and enjoy the view of our lagoon "Amaroncocha", which is directly behind the cabaña.
River Tiguino In The Huaorani Territory Program: (4 Days And 3 Nights)
Day 1.- Reception by our staff in the city of Coca (Francisco de Orellana), then we take a bus ride to the Huaorani-village of Tiguino, situated in the Pastaza Province, shortly followed by lunch. Next we navigate downstream by motor canoe on the Tiguino River. On our journey there are opportunities to see many different birds, as sometimes parrots, toucans and also monkeys are spotted. In the camp the guide explains the program of the following days. Later we relax with a welcome cocktail and evening meal.
Day 2.- Early in the morning we cruise through the river Tiguino downstream in a canoe to observe the birds and mammals. After breakfast, we walk for approximately 4 to 6 hours in the jungle, accompanied by a native guide and a translator. Here we have the chance to learn about the flora and fauna of the region and the Huaorani culture and the use of their various medicinal plants. Upon our return to the camp we enjoy lunch. In the afternoon we try fishing for piranhas in boats and on our return we observe the caimans. As the day draws to a close we stop for dinner.
Day 3.- Our adventure starts early in the morning with a search for mammals, monkeys in particular. Following breakfast we take another hike accompanied by the guides whom explain the complex system of the rainforest. We stop for lunch and later row the canoe down the lagoon, shortly after we have a competition with the blowpipe. After dinner we take a night walk in the forest to observe insects and other nocturnal animals.
Day 4.- An option very early in the morning is a little hike to observe birds and mammals before breakfast. Alternatively, we pack up our equipment after breakfast and navigate the river Tiguino upstream. As we make our way back to Coca by bus we stop for lunch at a sandy beach, following this we arrive at our desired destination at approximately 18:00 pm.
Tour On The Rivers Tiguino Program:
Cononaco Into The Huaorani Territory
(8 Days And 7 Nights)
Navigating in a motorized canoe on the river Tiguino in the middle of the most untouched and dense rainforest in Ecuador surrounded by native flora and fauna, this adventure takes you into the heart of the remote Huaorani village.
Day 1.- Reception by our staff in the city of Coca (Francisco de Orellana), bus ride to the Huaorani-village Tiguino, situated in the Pastaza Province, shortly followed by lunch. Then we navigate downstream by motor canoe on the Tiguino River. On our journey there are opportunities to see many different birds, as sometimes parrots, toucans and also monkeys are spotted. In the camp the guide explains the program of the following days. Later we relax with a welcome cocktail and evening meal.
Day 2.- After breakfast we navigate the river Tiguino downstream to river Cononaco and later to its mouth until we arrive at Huaorani village of Bameno. It takes at least seven hours to get there and on the way we have lunch on a sandy beach. Approximately 10 minutes further down river we camp next to a little lodge and stop for dinner.
Day 3.- In the morning we head to the forest, accompanied by several Huaorani. They demonstrate the use of different plants to build houses, make weapons and to make medicine. There is also an option to join them on a traditional hunt with their blowgun and curare poisoned darts. In the afternoon we visit a hidden lagoon for sport fishing and later return to the camp for dinner.
Day 4.- Following breakfast we visit the village to learn about their culture and way of life. The Huaorani have only been in contact with our civilization for a few decades and try to hold on to their traditions. Shortly after lunch there is an option to go fishing, alternatively we can play a game of football which normally ends up being against the whole village of Bameno.
Day 5.- Following breakfast we venture down river to a new camp ground. Upon arrival we explore a new area of the forest with guide's explanations of the complex systems of the rainforest. In the afternoon there is time to relax and create our own handicrafts in the form of Huaorani style necklaces and crowns. During the night we maneuver down the river in search for caimans and other nocturnal animals.
Day 6.- Early in the morning we drift down the river to hopefully observe different birds and mammals. Following breakfast we walk to a 'saladero?, a place where the mammals and birds come to eat the mineral soil. In the afternoon there is an opportunity to try some sport fishing. In the evening after dinner there is a night tour to observe insects and numerous nocturnal animals.
Day 7.- During the day we return to Camp Bataburo. There we row on the lagoon and try to spot anacondas basking in the sun.
Day 8.- An option very early in the morning is a little hike to observe birds and mammals before breakfast. Alternatively, we pack up our equipment after breakfast and navigate the river Tiguino upstream. As we make our way back to Coca by bus we stop for lunch at a sandy beach, following this we arrive at our desired destination at approximately 18:00 pm.