I boarded a bus in Lago Agrio and rode for 2 hours to the entry point of the Cuyabeno Reserve.
We traveled down the river taking in the scenery. Along the way we saw a few monkeys, orioles, macaws and toucans. This was just a taste of what was to come.
After about 2 hours I arrived at the Amaru (Anaconda) lodge.
And this open air hut would be my home for the next week.
I had a simple bed made of bamboo and covered with a mosquito net. Good thing.
To be on the safe side, I had started taking malaria medicine two days before. Also, I had purchased some insect repellent which I hoped would fend off any number of little insects that might like to make a meal of me.
Once I settled in at the lodge I introduced myself to the other guests. It turns out that there were only two other guests at the lodge, Sophie and Rudy.
After resting a while, my guide Luis, Sophie and I went out on the river in a dug out canoe to look for some wildlife.
We saw a number of birds.
We returned to the lodge for dinner. It was a nice dinner of potato soup, fish, rice and salad. After dinner we rested for while.
Our guide said that it might be interesting to make a night excursion on the motorboat to look for cayman and anacondas. I said that I was up for a little wrestling.
We rode around in the motorboat for a while shining flashlights at the surface of the water and into the trees on the edge of the water. We were looking for little dots or reflections. Red eyes on the water might be a cayman. Red eyes in the trees might be a bird. Orange eyes in the trees might be a snake. Turns out that we didn't see much.
As nature would be nature, for the rest of the evening we didn't have any more encounters. No caymans or anacondas.