Amazon Herping Week

Considered yourself wandering into the Yasuni Herpetofauna—271 species of amphibians and reptiles— which is the most diverse assemblage ever documented on a landscape scale, even higher than record totals from northern Peru (255/greater Iquitos area of ,43,425 km2) and from southern Peru (210 spp./1600 km2 of Tambopata).

Remarkably, Yasuni harbors roughly one-third of the Amazon Basin’s amphibian and reptile species, despite covering less than 0.15% of its total area.

Shiripuno Lodge has design an Amazon Herping Trip, the first of its kind to explore the diversity of the Herpetofauna of the Yasuni; it involves day hikes into different habitats, night walks searching for unique species.

DAY 01: Quito-Coca by airplane, from Coca We’ll travel 90 km south into the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve and Waorani Ethnic Reserve, by small bus “Chiva” to the Shiripuno Bridge (approx. 2:30 hrs). Box Lunch would be served on the site. Afterwards we’ll navigate 65 km downstream with a motorized canoe to reach the Shiripuno Lodge, the canoe journey will take approximately 4 hours depending on water levels. It will turn into your first experience with the wide diversity of wildlife of the Amazonian Rainforest. Dinner and lodging at the Shiripuno Lodge.

DAY 02 – 07: The remote Tropical Rainforest of the Shiripuno Lodge offers a unique opportunity to find a great number of species of the Amazonian Herpetofauna from tiny Glass Frogs (Cochranella sp.) resting on vegetation near to the water to the impressive Smoky Jungle Frogs (Leptodactylus pentadactylus) calling out from the river bank.
Or bright colored Poison Frogs (Epipedobates sp.) can be found during the day calling from falling logs. The Tree Frogs (Hypsiboas sp.) get very active as the night comes especially next to an oxbow lake. Anoles can be found resting on small branches of scrubs near to the ground during the night. Forest Lizards can be encounter next to mud paddles, light gaps or forest interior. Smooth-fronted Caimans (Paleosuchus trigonatus), Yellow-spotted River Turtle (Podocnemis unifilis) or Golden Tegu (Tupinambis teguixin) are basking along the river on a sunny day.
The snakes such as Green-striped Vine Snake (Oxybelis argenteus) happen during the day next to vines in the understory, Tiger Rat Snake (Spilotes pullatus) occurs in light gap, Common False Viper (Xenodon rhabdocephalus) on the floor litter in terra firme, Western Coral Snake (Micrurus spixii) at night after the rain, Fer-de-lance (Bothrops atrox) next to rivers during sunny days, or the Bushmaster (Lachesis muta) resting on big buttresses.

DAY 08: After breakfast, navigate upstream to the Waorani Community; early canoe rides are great to surprises animals crossing the river such as Capybaras, Tapir or resting Caimans; birds such as Macaws and Toucans also can be seen from the canoe. At the Waorani Community you will see the effects of cultural expose by which are living all the different indigenous groups in the Amazon. The Waorani still keep most of their traditions such as: hunting with blowguns and poisoned 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 handcrafts, 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.).

Cost:
2 Pax $ 2285
3 Pax $ 1956
4 Pax $ 1790
5 Pax $ 1691
8 Pax $ 1543
10 Pax $ 1493

IGroup Size: 10 participants

What is Included:
* Arrival Transfers in
* Hotel-Quito
* Transfer Out Coca
* TKT Quito-Coca-Quito
* Quito – Shiripuno 1
* Shiripuno 2
* Shiripuno 3
* Shiripuno 4
* Shiripuno 5
* Shiripuno 6
* Shiripuno 7
* Shiripuno 8 Quito
* Transfer in Coca-Quito
* Hotel-Quito
* Transfer Out Airport
* 2 Naturalist Guides
* Entrance fee

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