Cuyabeno Jungle Tour (4/5 days)

Departures: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

In this multiple day program in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, a must do activity when visiting Ecuador, you’ll go on jungle trekkings, go bird watching, caiman watching, visit the Siona community, navigate around the Laguna Grande and have a guided night walk.

The lodge is located on a quiet place on the Cuyabeno River, close to the spectacular Laguna Grande. Its remote location makes it the perfect place to observe wildlife in the area. Local families are supported through your visit. The lodge practices a policy of minimum environmental impact. All inorganic material is removed from the reserve regularly and organic material is composted. Solar panels provide electricity to charge your electronics a couple of hours a day. The belief in true eco-tourism is intended to make your stay as comfortable as possible, while preserving the beauty of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve for the future.

Active
50%
Culture
30%
Nature
100%
Relax
35%
Day 1: Your guide will meet you and the rest of the group in Lago Agrio, from where you will take private transportation to the entrance of the Cuyabeno Reserve. On the way you will make a stop in Tarapoa for a (box) lunch. At the Cuyabeno Bridge, the entrance of the reserve, you have to register in the Reserve’s office. Your naturalist guide will give information about the reserve, important recommendations and other tips to begin the two hour canoe ride on the Cuyabeno River to the lodge. During the canoe ride you will get a first glimpse of the amazing plants and wildlife found in the jungle. Along the beginning of the river you can observe some species of monkeys and birds from up close because this part of the river is narrow. Once arrived at the lodge, the staff will show you around the lodge. After dinner your naturalist bilingual guide will give you a briefing on the upcoming activities for the next few days and about the area.

Day 2: After an early breakfast you will start your journey, because brisk morning hours are the best time to see the rainforest’s thriving activity. You will trek into the rainforest with your naturalist guide who shares his wealth of knowledge. You also have the opportunity to learn about how life in the tropical rainforest co-exists in a fragile balance. Etno-botanic information emphasizes the use of the medicinal plants, which has been taught by the local ancestors for generations. You can also find some species of amphibians, butterflies, centipedes and millipedes, snakes, birds, monkeys or any footprints of mammals in the trail. After the hike you will return to the lodge for lunch. Later you will navigate along the Cuyabeno River to go around the Kapok Island trying to find species of monkeys. Here you will also have a good chance of seeing the freshwater pink dolphins (Inia geof-frensis and Sotalia fluviatilis) in the amazing river scenery. Before dinner you will venture into the forest for a night walk, to find species of insects, spiders, tarantulas, snakes or colourful frogs. The night world of the Amazon is perfect for viewing small species and enjoying the nocturnal sounds of the jungle.

Day 3: An early morning activity permits us to enjoy the nature with a good chance to watch some monkeys and birds. After breakfast you will follow the taricaya (turtle trail) to visit the Seoqueya Community, where some local families of the Siona indigenous group live. A member of the family will show you how they prepare the yuca bread which is called cassava and your guide will explain local traditions and cultures from the past to the present. After the visit you will return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch there is time to relax at the lodge and to enjoy the environment. In the afternoon you will go out again, going upstream with the motor canoe to visit the Laguna Grande where we navigate around in the amazing lake and admire the flooded forest by black water or Igapo, considered a rainforest ecosystem that is dominated by the famous Macrolobium trees which are homes of Epiphytes plants and birds. Except for the dry season you will be able to swim in the lake while you can admire the spectacular sunset in the rainforest. Before returning to the lodge we venture downstream to search for caimans (alligator family) and fishing bats. You will have dinner at the lodge.

Day 4: The last early morning activity is a short canoe excursion to enjoy the sunrise over the jungle. This is a good opportunity for bird watching. It permits us to create the last memory of this wonderful place. After breakfast you have time to prepare your luggage for the trip back. The navigation is upstream to reach the Cuyabeno Bridge. At the entrance of the reserve you will enjoy a last (box) lunch before being brought back to Lago Agrio, from where you will take the bus or flight back to Quito.

In the 5 days 4 nights tour, a morning walk, an extra canoe excursion in which you can admire the wonderful landscape in the afternoon and a night walk are scheduled for day 4.

Note: Adore Ecuador Travel reserves the right to change the itinerary at any time due to weather, events out without our control and operational decisions where deemed advisable for the comfort and well-being of the passengers. In this program the exact activities and its order can change depending your guide, the weather, the season and your day of arrival.

Included:

  • Accommodation in double-occupancy room with private bathroom
  • Meals from lunch on the first day until lunch on the last day
  • Activities as described in the itinerary
  • Bilingual & naturalist guide
  • All transport in bus and canoe between Lago Agrio – Jungle lodge – Lago Agrio
  • Life jacket & rubber boots (size 34 to 47)
  • Water, coffee and tea

Not included:

  • Transportation Quito – Lago Agrio – Quito (Round trip flight around $200 p.p. or semi-private bus transport $40 p.p.)
  • Community entrance fee ($8 p.p.)
  • Other drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

For this tour we recommend to bring the following:

  • Passport
  • Rain jacket / poncho
  • Sun screen, sunglasses
  • Cap or lightweight scarf
  • Long-sleeve shirts and long pants (quick-drying)
  • Sandals and sneakers
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Flashlight
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Insect repellent
  • Plastic (zip-lock) bags for your camera etc

Shared room
4D/3N USD $300 p.p.
5D/4N USD $340 p.p.

Private room (double occupation)
4D/3N USD $320 p.p.
5D/4N USD $360 p.p.