Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve Rainforest Tour

The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is one of the Ecuadorian regions in the Amazon. It offers spectacular nature, wildlife and birdwatching opportunities. Do you want to enjoy and explore the rainforest during your Ecuador tour and don’t need a luxury suite or jacuzzi? Then Cuyabeno Wildilfe Reserve is the right destination for you. Lodges here are eco-friendly and comfy, but don’t expect any luxuries. Instead of a pool you have the Laguna Grande right in front of your lodge, which invites you for a swim surrounded by nature. On your tour to the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve you will explore flora and fauna by day and night, gain an impression of the indigenous culture and traditions and travel by canoe a lot. Nature, wildlife and birdwatching lovers get their money’s worth during this part of their Ecuador tour.

Highlights: Chances to see pink river dolphins, several species of monkeys, anacondas, caimans, sloths, and many more
Number of days: 5
Regions: Amazon
Interests: Birdwatching, Indigenous Culture, Nature & Wildlife
Category: Standard
Total CO2 emission, in lb (per day for cruises): 438

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Day 1: Quito – Lago Agrio – Rió Cuyabeno – Laguna Grande – Cuyabeno Lodge

Fly over the Andes to the frontier oil town of Lago Agrio, (approx. start of tour  9:30 am.) Private transportation to the “Cuyabeno Bridge” (distance 100 km) where you will meet your guide and have lunch in a local restaurant. Motorized canoe transportation along the Cuyabeno River to Laguna Grande, (location of the Lodge). During this journey of approx. 2 hours (depending upon the conditions of the river) you will be able to observe the richness of the wildlife. After settling into your room at the Lodge, exploring tour of the lagoon to observe animals, take a swim in the lake and enjoy the sunset from the canoe.

Day 2: Jungle Hike

After breakfast, walk through the “terra firma forest” with your naturalist guide who will explain the wildlife, medicinal forest plants, the forest ecosystem and indigenous life. After lunch, a siesta, followed by a trip in a dugout canoe to the flooded parts of the forest with macrolobium trees covered with abundant epiphytes to spot monkeys and birds. After dinner you will have a night walk in primary forest to look for insects and observe nocturnal flora wildlife.

Day 3: Indigenous Village

After breakfast, you will follow the Cuyabeno River downstream to reach the Siona indigenous Village. You will observe and participate in how they cook the typical “casabe”. Your guide will give you some explanations about their way of life. Return to the Lodge for lunch. Late afternoon you can have a siesta and a refreshing swim in the Laguna Grande. After dinner you will have a night excursion by canoe to spot caimans, snakes and nocturnal birds.

Day 4: Jungle Expedition

After breakfast, you will enjoy a paddling canoe journey to experience the silence of the Lagoon and at the same time the exotic sounds of birds and insects. In the evening you will go on an excursion to discover smaller lagoons or hike along other paths in the Cuyabeno Reserve.

Day 5: Birdwatching and Return to Quito

In the early morning you will do birdwatching. After breakfast, journey upstream to the bridge where our vehicle will take you back to Lago Agrio (approx. time of arrival in Lago Agrio 15.30pm). Return to Quito by air. We provide a lunch box.

Rates and Services

Price per person: US$ 735
(based on 2 people traveling)

Price includes:

  • Flight Quito – Lago Agrio – Quito
  • Hiking in the rainforest and canoe tours with bilingual native guide
  • Accommodation in standard double room (superior room upon request)
  • 3 meals/day, coffee, tea, purified water and fruits are available at all time
  • Use of rain ponchos and rubber boots
  • Transportation Lago Agrio – Cuyabeno Lodge – Lago Agrio.

Not included:

  • Additional drinks
  • gratuities
  • personal expenses
  • optional excursions and activities
  • personal travel insurance
  • international flights
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Cuyabeno Lodge is an eco-friendly lodge right on Laguna Grande. Choose between a standard room or superior room (surcharge). All meals are included.

Additional Information

The tropical rainforest is an amazing place to discover! Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve,  which is part of our 10 hidden Ecuadorian tourism attraction,offers great wildlife, the beautiful Laguna Grande (swimming possible when there’s enough water) and eco-friendly lodges. Cuyabeno Lodge is a great option, as it’s right on the Lake. It offers standard rooms that are partially open to let you truly experience the rain forest, or superior rooms in the tower that are a bit more comfortable and closed.

The tour can also be modified to be just 4 days. For a true adventure, ask us about a Camping Tour to the lower Cuyabeno area, far off the beaten track.

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