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Cuyabeno Adventure


About 2% of the Amazon Rainforest lies within Ecuador's borders at the foothills of the Andes, containing about one third of its diversity! The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve protects 603.380 hectares. Located just along the Equator, in the northeast area of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, in Cuyabeno it is possible to identify over 500 different species of colorful birds starting from tiny hummingbirds to the majestic Harpy Eagle.

240 different species of plants can be found within in one hectare, many with a specific practical and medical use. Jaguars, Monkeys, Anteaters, Sloths, Dolphins (Inia Geoffrensis and Sotalia), Manatees and Armadillos, are just some of the mammals that live in the Cuyabeno reserve. Amazing anacondas and caimans are some of the reptiles found. Piranhas, Catfish, the gigantic Arapaima (reaching over 2 meters), and other species of fish thrive here in the black water rivers and lakes. The Cuyabeno Reserve provides not only a habitat for countless plant and animal species but also for Indigenous communities such as Sionas, Secoyas, Kichwas and Cofanes.

TOUR 5 DAYS - 4 NIGHTS: Monday to Friday & Friday to Tuesday


Day 01
There are two direct ways of travelling from Quito to Lago Agrio: by plane or by bus. If you travel by plane, you will arrive in Lago Agrio at 09:30am (estimated 30min flight). If you travel by bus, you must leave Quito a day in advance in order to reach Lago Agrio in time for the tour (estimated 8 hours drive). Your adventure begins at 10h00am traveling by bus/truck from Lago Agrio to Tierras Orientales (2 hours), where you will start your canoe journey down the Aguarico and continue along the Cuyabeno black water river, to the Lodge (3 hours approximately). Keep your eyes and ears open all the time and spot all sorts of birds and butterflies, making extra effort to listen out for the howler monkey. During this journey you will already be able to appreciate the richest nature reserve of Ecuador concerning wildlife and primary forest. After dinner our naturalist bilingual guide gives you a captivating lecture. L/D
Day 02
In the morning you will wake up with the most varied range of bird song. During a canoe excursion, you’ll have the opportunity to watch the birds before breakfast. After breakfast, you will trek in primary rainforest. Your guide will teach you about the forests and its medicinal plants and you might be able to spot insects and frogs, or even an armadillo, a tapir or the traces of a snake. After lunch and a siesta you will take a trip by either paddling or motorized canoe to explore the enchanted landscape with all shades of green, with abundant epiphytes – like bromeliads, whose glowing colours break the deep green of the impenetrable vegetation. Here, you can also often spot the active monkeys, jumping about in the canopy, and birds such as the prehistoric-like Hoatzin, parrots and maybe even the pink-bellied freshwater dolphins. On the way back to the lodge you make a stop to catch a piranha. After dinner there will be an excursion to spot the nocturnal active inhabitants of the jungle. B/L/D
Day 03 (only valid for the 5 day itinerary)
Early in the morning you wake up to the sound of the jungle. During some bird watching around the lodge you have good chances to observe tropical birds species such us: macaws, toucans, parrots, caciques, hoatzins and more. After breakfast, you trek into primary rainforest with your naturalist and native guides who will share their profound knowledge on the rainforest and explain you about the practical and medicinal uses of the plants. After Lunch you are going out with either paddling or motorized canoes to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and to try to spot the shy inhabitants of the jungle like species of monkeys or dolphins. After dinner you can do an optional night walk to find species of insects and with a bit of luck species of snakes or frogs. B/L/D

Day 04 (Day 03 of the 4 Day Itinerary)
Starting early in the morning you will spend the whole day exploring. Observe the enchanting salt lick (exposed clay bank) where colourful Parrots and Parakeets feed on the clay to draw the toxins from their bodies. After breakfast you will trek into pristine primary rainforest. Your native guide will share you his wealth of knowledge, showing you the medicinal and practical uses of the rainforests flora and fauna that their ancestors have taught throughout generations and you learn how all life in the tropical rainforest co-exists in a fragile balance. In the afternoon, you will travel on the small rivers to visit the Quichua Birdwatching Tower. Here above the canopy you are goint to have a breathtaking view of the surrounding rainforest. From the tower you can observe a variety of species including Toucans, Parrots, Monkeys, and many more. While travelling along the rivers you will have good chances to see the freshwater pink and grey river dolphins (Inia geoffrensis and Sotalia fluviatilis). After dinner you can venture out on a night excursion to search for Caimans (alligator family) and nocturnal birds. B/L/D
Day 05 (Day 04 of the 4 Day Itinerary)
The brisk morning hours are the best time to see the rainforest thriving activity. After breakfast, you visit to the Quichua Indigenous Community where your naturalist guide explains the culture and traditions of the native people from the past to the present. Afterwards you continue by canoe down the Cuyabeno River and back along the Aguarico river to Tierras Orientales from where you will drive back to Lago Agrio which you reach around 16:00pm. From here you return back from the rainforest up the slopes of the Andes to Quito with the transport of your choice (bus/plane); on clear days you can see several summits of the Andean volcanoes. B/L

B= breakfast; L= Lunch/Box Lunch; D= Dinner


Contact Ecuador Travel Prices 2019 per person

4 days  5 days 
Double 320.00 360.00
Multiple (4 pax ) 300.00 340.00

Flight Quito – Jungle – Quito: US$ 230 per person
Bus trip Quito – Jungle – Quito: US$ 50 per person


Private transportation Lago Agrio - Cuyabeno - Lago Agrio
Accommodation in double rooms
Canoe rides
Meals as mentioned in the program (including vegetarian options if confirmed with the reservation; B= breakfast; L= Lunch/Box Lunch; D= Dinner)
Water, coffee, tea
Daily excursion program
Native guide from Kichwa Community
Naturalist bilingual guide (English/Spanish – guiding in other languages upon request only).
Equipment for the excursions: Rubber boots (only until size 44), lifejackets


Tips and personal expenses
Cuyabeno National Park Fee US$ 3.50
Everything that has not been included in the program
International flight airport tax Quito (USD 43.- per person)
Flight/bus trip Quito – Lago Agrio – Quito
Travel insurance
Additional beverages
Single supplement

NB: Please read all itineraries as a guide only. All routes and programs can change without notice due to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety reasons and the wildlife encountered during the travel. Flexibility is the key to the success of any tour. Nevertheless the safety and the interest of our passengers is always our first priority.

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