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Shiripuno Lodge

  • Shiripuno Lodge Ecuador (map)

I can't express just how amazingly remote and abundant this lodge is in a simple paragraph. Let's just say that, when you think of jungle lodges, Shiripuno is the archetype. The rainforest is primary, uncut for tens of miles in every direction. There are varied habitats creating a bird list of over 450 species. Typical mammals that get hunted out with settlements, like the wooly monkey, tapir and spider monkey are still abundant here. 

DAY 01: After a short half-hour flight, from Quito to Coca, and over the Andes, we drive a small bus or "Chiva”, 90 km south via the Aucus road into the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve/Waorani Ethnic Reserve. Passing through farming communities, rainforest patches,  rivers, we will arrive at our launch site, the Shiripuno Bridge after about 2.5 hrs. There a box lunch will be served onsite. Afterwards, we’ll embark a motorized canoe and navigate the 65 km downstream to reach Shiripuno Lodge. The journey takes approximately 4 hours depending on water levels, but along the way, we can find birds such as Blue-and-Yellow Macaws, Scarlet Macaw, White-throated Toucan, Black-capped Donacobius, Orange-backed Troupial, Common Piping Guan, Magpie Tanager and others. We will also keep an eye out for mammals such as the Capybara, Brazillian Tapir, Golden-mantled Tamarin, Duski Titi Monkey, and if we are extremely lucky, Jaguar. When we arrive at the lodge, we will have dinner and a short night walk, listening for rare, sought-after birds such as Nocturnal Curassow, Black-banded, Crested and Spectacled Owl, Gray-winged TrumpetersGreat, Long-tailed and Rufous Potoo, Tawny-bellied Screech-OwlRufescent Tiger-Heron, Pauraque and Ocellated Poorwill all from your front porch.  

The name "night monkey" comes from the fact that all species are active at night and are, in fact, the only truly nocturnal monkeys.

The name "night monkey" comes from the fact that all species are active at night and are, in fact, the only truly nocturnal monkeys.

DAY 02: After breakfast we’ll wander in the primary forest trail network behind the lodge,  looking for army ant specialists such as Lunulated, White-plumed, and Sooty Antbird; and visit territories of the rare Wing-banded Antbird, Undulated, and Pearly Antshrike, and Yellow-billed Jacamar; there will be time to observe Striped Manakin, Golden-headed Manakin, then head back for lunch.

In the afternoon we will visit an oxbow lake, searching for White-lored Antpitta, Long-billed Woodcreeper, Green-and-rufous Kingfisher, Chestnut-headed Crake then head back to the lodge for dinner. 

White-bellied spider monkeys are important long-distance seed dispersal agents for many fruit-bearing species.

White-bellied spider monkeys are important long-distance seed dispersal agents for many fruit-bearing species.

DAY 03: After breakfast, we’ll walk to the Mirador View and search for canopy species such as Brown Jacamar, Yellow-billed Nunbird, Yellow-bellied Tanager, Purple Honeycreeper, Spangled Cotinga, Black-tailed Tityra, Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatcher,
Paradise Tanager and others. Along the trail, mixed flocks with Red-billed Scythebill, Rufous-tailed Antwren, Amazonian Barred Woodcreeper, territories of Coraya Wren, Ochre-striped Antpitta, Ash-throated Gnateater, Cinnamon Neopipo, Yellow-browed Antbird are possible, along with the lekking sites of Blue-backed Manakin and White-crowned Manakin.

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DAY 04: After breakfast, we take the “El Misterioso Trail” looking for mixed flock species such as Yasuni Antwren, Red-crowned Ant-Tanager, Rio Suno Antwren, Ruddy Foliage-gleaner; territories for Thrush-like Antpitta, Ringed Antpitta, Banded Antbird, and others, like Black Bushbird, Hairy-crested and Banded Antbird, Reddish-winged Bare-eye, Yasuni, Rio Suno, Dugand’s and Chestnut-shouldered Antwrens. Lunch in the forest.

The   South American coati, or ring-tailed coati ( Nasua nasua ), is a member of the raccoon family.

The South American coati, or ring-tailed coati (Nasua nasua), is a member of the raccoon family.

DAY 05: After breakfast, navigate upstream to the Waorani Community; early canoe rides are great to surprises animals crossing the river such as Capybara, Tapir, or resting Spectacled Caiman; birds such as Macaws and Toucans also can be seen from the canoe. At the Waorani Community, we will witness an indigenous community that still keeps most of their traditions such as: hunting with blowguns and poison darts, their unique language Wao Terero, the knowledge of the Rainforest and oral traditions. Responsible tourism brings revenues to all the families at different levels by selling handicrafts, canoe drivers, native guides, housekeeping, kitchen assistants and others activities. Lunch. We’ll continue the navigation upstream to the bridge where we are going to take the bus back to Coca (arrival at 16:30 approx.).

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