4 Days Amazon Lodge Cuyabeno Reserve 4 days

  • Covid-19 Safe
  • Shared tour
  • Solo friendly
  • Family friendly
  • Eco Star

Explore one of the most mystical and wonderful regions of the world: The rainforest of South America. Around 2% of the Amazon rainforest is found in the foothills of the Ecuadorian Andes, a place that is better known as the Oriente, but it has a third of all existing Amazonian biodiversity. The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve protects around 603,380 hectares, which are located close to the Equatorial line, in the northeastern part of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. In the reserve there are more than 500 different species of colorful birds that range from small hummingbirds to majestic harpy eagle.

Day 1 El Puente del Cuyabeno - Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Your tour begins at the river docks, also known as "El Puente", the main entrance to the Cuyabeno Reserve and the last point of real civilization. Here you will have a box lunch and then drive on the Cuyabeno River in a motorized canoe for 3 hours until you reach the Lodge. With a bit of luck, you can already observe species of one of ten different species of monkeys and tropical birds, as this part of the river is narrow enough to observe wildlife closely. After you arrive at the Lodge, you will have more time to rest and then take an introductory tour around the area. After dinner, your bilingual tour guide will supply you with information about the activities you will do in the coming days.

Day 2 Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

After an early breakfast, you will start your exploration, taking advantage of the early hours of the day, which is the best time to observe the flourishing activities of the tropical forest. Your tour guide will share his knowledge with you during a walk in the rainforest. You will learn and understand how life in the jungle can coexist in a fragile balance. Your guide will explain the use of medicinal plants. Knowledge, that has been passed on from generation to generation and is still applied by the local population. Keep watch for amphibians, butterflies, centipedes and millipedes, snakes, birds, monkeys, and other mammals along the trail. Later you will return to the lodge for your lunch.

In the afternoon, you will make an excursion that will take you along the Cuyabeno River to discover the animals that live in the dense forest on the banks of the river, especially monkeys and also aras, toucans, and sloths. There will be a good opportunity to see river dolphins (Iniageoffrensis and Sotaliafluviatilis) in the magnificent fluvial landscape.

Before having your dinner, you'll head into the dark forest to find its nightlife such as insects, spiders, snakes, or colorful frogs, accompanied by the nocturnal sounds of the jungle

Day 3 Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve - Turtle Path - Seoqueya

An early morning activity through the forest will allow you to enjoy nature while wildlife awakens and the jungle arises; you will have a good chance to observe several species of monkeys and birds.

After breakfast, you will continue by motor canoe along the "turtle path" to visit the community of Seoqueya, where some of the local families of the Siona indigenous group live. A family member will show you how to prepare the typical yuca bread of the area, called "Cassave", and you will prepare it together with them. Your guide will explain local traditions and cultures from the past to the present.

In the afternoon you will drive by motor canoe along the Cuyabeno River to the Laguna Grande. When exploring the lagoon, you will get to know the flooded forest (Igapo), a very special ecosystem of the tropical jungle that is dominated by powerful trees in which many epiphytes grow and give the natural habitat to local birds. After exploring the lagoon you can cool off by swimming in the calm waters of the lagoon while enjoying a spectacular sunset in the Amazon.

Later, you will continue your adventure down the river to observe nocturnal animals, especially caimans, before returning to the lodge.

Day 4 Return to Civilization

This morning activity will be a short canoe trip to enjoy the sunrise in the jungle, where you will have a good opportunity to observe some different types of wild animals and enjoy another moment of peace in this wonderful natural paradise.

After breakfast, you will have time to prepare your luggage for your return trip. You will navigate upriver to return to El Puente de Cuyabeno.

After your box lunch, your bus will take you back to Lago Agrio from where you can return to Quito.

 

*On request with additional surcharge you can organize private activities, for example hikes and canoe tours with your naturalist guide according to your interest and also activities with an indigenous guide of the local communities of the Siona and Kichwa

What's included

* Please check prices for full list of inclusions and exclusions


Inclusions

  • 3 nights accommodation in the cozy tourist class lodge, which has open wooden cabins and beds with mosquito nets
  • Private bathroom in the cabin
  • All trips and canoe journeys accompanied by a bilingual naturalist guide (English and Spanish)
  • All mentioned meals, water, coffee and tea
  • Canoe transfer von El Puente de Cuyabeno - Lodge - El Puente de Cuyabeno and during all excursions

Exclusions

  • Travel insurance
  • Excursions / optional activities*
  • Transportation (overnight shuttle bus) Quito to El Puente - El Puente to Quito
  • Drinks and meals which were not mentioned before
  • Any increase in surcharges or taxes
  • Everything that was not included in the described program

Details

Available in

English, Spanish


Available for

Children, Students, Adults, Seniors



Departure & Return

Start city: El Puente De Cuyabeno , Ecuador

Pick up times available: 09:30

Pick up location: El Puente de Cuyabeno (min entrance to the Cuyabeno Reserve) and last point of real civilization

Ends at: El Puente de Cuyabeno

Nearest airport: Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO)



We are Eco Star:

  • Certified by Travelife for Tour Operators
  • Education & exploration
    Education & exploration
    The product is educational rather than entertainment focused - it respects and gives insight into local traditions and/or environment
  • Interaction with locals or nature
    Interaction with locals or nature
    The major part of the tour is spent on interacting with local communities, their representative(s) (other than guides) or observing the nature or animals without disturbing their natural habitat and environment
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Local or indigenous tour guide(s)

Cancellation policy

100% cancellation fee - between 0-2 days before the travel date
50% cancellation fee - between 3-6 days before the travel date
0% cancellation fee - 7 days or more before the travel date

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from $450 per person