Limoncocha National Biological Reserve is a nature reserve is located 229 miles from Quito. The reserve includes over 13,000 acres (53 km2) of land in the Shushufindi Canton, Sucumbíos Province.
There is a large concentration of Fauna in and around the reserve. The over 347 species of bird that live in the reserve make Birdwatching very popular attraction. Limoncocha also holds a large number of tortoises and a diverse population of fish.
The park is a largely water environment so a large portion of the Flora in the Nature reserve is either aquatic or semi-aquatic in nature. As with much of Ecuador towering trees provide homes for hundreds of types of animals. The microscopic algae in the water gives it a lemongreen color.
Much of the reserve is a lagoon style landscape that was formed by the ancient course of the Napo River. A small community of Quichua also live in the Reserve.
Day 1: At 08:30 am you will be picked up from your hotel, either in Tena or in Puerto Misahualli. A second meeting point will be the central park of Puerto Misahuallí. Here we will start the trip in a private vehicle to the entrance of the waterfall. We will walk for more than 1 hour through the jungle, visiting a natural water slide and a mini waterfall. We will arrive at the big waterfall, where we will take a bath in the natural pool in the middle of the jungle.
After lunch, we will visit a community, where we will appreciate a typical dance, and learn about their ancestral customs.
We will continue tubing down the Napo River to Kingfisher eco-camping lodge, where we will spend 1 night. Upon Arrival, we will be served hot tea or coffee.
We will end the day with a delicious dinner. Before dinner, we will have time to visit 4 beautiful viewpoints, with panoramic views of the Napo River and its jungle.
Day 2: At 07:00 am we will have breakfast. Then we will start the canoe tour, navigating the Napo River for more than 4 hours to the city of Coca. In this beautiful trip, we will appreciate the landscapes of the jungle.
From Coca, we will continue the trip in a private vehicle for 1 hour and a half more to the scientific station Limoncocha, where we will cross by canoe to the other side of the big lagoon, to stay 2 more nights in a rustic eco-lodge. We will then hike through the virgin forest for 3 hours, where we will observe monkeys and toucans, and visit a large ceiba Pentranda tree.
We will return to the lodge to end the day with a delicious dinner.
Day 3: After breakfast, we will hike through the primary forest jungle for about 4 hours to discover the majestic flora and fauna. Along the way, it is possible to encounter monkeys, bird species, and insects, and we will receive explanations of the native medicinal plants.
In the afternoon, we will go piranha fishing. After dinner, we will make a night navigation, to observe the black caiman in its natural habitat, and the Glittering of fire flies.
Day 4: At 05:30 am we will leave by canoe to navigate through the Canyon and the large lagoon, for bird and monkey watching. A short list of the birds we may encounter: pava hedionda, hoatzin- stinking turkey, Osprey, Unicorn Screamer, Anhima Cortuna, Wattled jacana, Grater Ani, limpkin carrao, red capped cardinal, Kingfisher, Cocoi Herón, Fasciated Tigeer Herón, neo tropical Cormorant, Aninga anbinga, woodpeckers, parrots, parakeets, blue Macaw, toucans, jacamars, donacobius atricapilla, capped Herón.
After a good breakfast, we will leave by canoe to the scientific station. From here, we will take a land transport to Coca, where the 4 days and 3 nights tour will end around 2:00 pm.
The price of the tour includes from Misahualli:
Not Included in the tour price are
Rustic Eco-lodge, with double, twin, triple and cuádruple rooms, hammocks, bathrooms and general showers, restaurant and electricity.
We guarantee to observe the following species of wildlife, in their natural state, depending on the weather and the time of year: harpy eagle (depending on the nesting season), Herpetofauna, frogs and toads, Salamanders, anonis, Invertebrates, a multitude of bird species, black caiman-Melanosuchus niger, etc. Depending on the time of the year, you can find two-Toed Sloth, Choloepus Hoffmanni, three-Toed Sloth, Bradypus variegatus, Green anaconda, Eunectes murinus, giant otter, Pteronura Brasilensis.