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Cuyabeno River Lodge

Why visit the Cuyabeno Reserve?

Spanning a surface area of over 603,300 hectares in the Ecuadorian Amazon, the Cuyabeno Reserve is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. This tropical primary rainforest is home to over 500 species of birds, 450 species of fish, hundreds of species of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, and an estimated 12,000 plant species. Pink river dolphins, caimans, piranhas, monkeys, and macaws are among the most unique species found in this region. In addition to the stunning flora and fauna, seven indigenous communities live within the protected boundaries of Cuyabeno and continue to practice traditional customs such as Shamanism (ancient medicinal practices). Biodiversity and cultural traditions unite in this fascinating and unique environment.  

Cuyabeno River Lodge

Cuyabeno River Lodge sits upon 300 acres in our privately protected zone of the Cuyabeno Reserve. Our mission is to promote ecotourism in an environmentally and culturally safe manner, consciously protecting the delicate jungle habitat and working with the local indigenous communities to safely expose Cuyabeno´s natural and cultural beauty to its visitors. Our standard four or five-day jungle tours include a stay in our native cabins (with private bathrooms) on the banks of the Cuyabeno River, jungle hikes with a bilingual guide, learning about medicinal plants, visiting the Laguna Grande, preparing a traditional food dish with an indigenous family, rowing in native-style canoes, piranha fishing, bird observation, and nocturnal animal walks. Between activities, there is plenty of time to rest in our hammocks or cool off in the Cuyabeno River for a unique and relaxing experience.
Privacy: There are no other lodges in our area; Private trails: You won’t be hassled by seeing large groups of people, giving you more chances of seeing more plants and animals than you would if you we’re alongside huge groups.
Dedicated to Responsible and Ecological Tourism:
Biodegradable soap is given to each tourist upon arrival.
We use filtered draining systems to reduce the introduction of harmful waste into the Cuyabeno’s delicate ecosystem.
We compost all biodegradable products, and all other waste is taken out of the reserve to be disposed of properly.
80% of our cabins are composed of, and maintained with, wood from trees that have fallen naturally.
Our cabins do not impact on the surrounding soil because they are elevated above ground; ensuring nothing is damaged.
We use fibreglass canoes to reduce deforestation.
By visiting indigenous communities, we are helping the community and also supporting local industries in the process.
  
We’ve Minimized Travel Time to Maximize Your Tour Time!
Instead of taking a bus from Quito to Lago Agrio and waiting hours for a bus to the Cuyabeno; we let you take a direct bus from Quito to the Cuyabeno, getting to the Cuyabeno as early as possible and having the whole day to enjoy the jungle.
Also, instead of having to take a 2 to 3 hour canoe ride to your lodge, we take a 20 minute canoe ride to get to ours…Allowing you to take full advantage of your time!
Our guides have studied heavily on the Cuyabeno; about its Flora, Fauna and Ecosystem and are very knowledgeable about the Reserve, giving you all the information that will make your experience as educational as it is fun.

 

ITINERARIES for the CUYABENO RIVER LODGE:

3 Days / 2 Nights:

Day 1:

Upon arrival at the Cuyabeno bridge, your guide will meet you and transport you by motorized canoe to our base camp, Cuyabeno River Lodge. After an initial rest, we will have a hike in the afternoon on the Ceibo trail, which will take us three to four hours. Our guide will explain everything there is to know about all the flora and fauna we can find in the Cuyabeno Reserve. After our hike, we will head back to the lodge and have lunch. And, if you’re still up to it, we can have a nocturnal canoe ride in the river surrounding the camp area. We will have dinner at approximately 7 pm, and we’ll go take a rest for the next day full of activities.

Day 2:

After an early breakfast, we will visit the various small lakes in the Cuyabeno river system, and we will have a short hike of about two hours where we might be lucky enough to see Peccary’s, a species of wild pigs. When we get back to our motorized canoe, we will have the opportunity to go fishing for Piranhas, where, if your lucky enough to catch one, you can go back home telling everyone you ate a piranha. We’ll make our way back to our lodge and eat lunch, where we’ll have sometime to rest. Later in the evening, we will have a nocturnal hike to go see Caimans, and we will return to our lodge to eat dinner and rest up for the next day.

Day 3:

Optional: Requests for early morning bird walks are more than welcome. After breakfast, we will get on our canoe for a long ride up the Cuyabeno river, where we can see a lot of exotic birds that can only be seen in the Cuyabeno Reserve. We will continue up river until we get to Laguna Grande, which harbours some really interesting animals, such as Pink and Grey Dolphins, Giant River Turtles and the elusive Anaconda. We’ll find a good place to eat lunch and will rest for a bit. Then we’ll continue our journey through the Cuyabeno river, until we arrive to the Siona Community, where we can see their customs and experience their ways of making food, such as the Yuca bread or Casabe. This whole trip will take us about three hours, so we will be arriving back to our camp at about 6 pm on time for dinner and then taking the early evening direct bus (6:30 - 7:00pm) to Quito.

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4 Days / 3 Nights:

Day 1:

Upon arrival at the Cuyabeno bridge, your guide will meet you and transport you by motorized canoe to our base camp, Cuyabeno River Lodge. After an initial rest, we will have a hike in the afternoon on the Ceibo trail, which will take us three to four hours. Our guide will explain everything there is to know about all the flora and fauna we can find in the Cuyabeno Reserve. After our hike, we will head back to the lodge and have lunch. And, if you’re still up to it, we can have a nocturnal canoe ride in the river surrounding the camp area. We will have dinner at approximately 7 pm, and we’ll go take a rest for the next day full of activities.

Day 2:

After an early breakfast, we will visit the various small lakes in the Cuyabeno river system, and we will have a short hike of about two hours where we might be lucky enough to see Peccary’s, a species of wild pigs. When we get back to our motorized canoe, we will have the opportunity to go fishing for Piranhas, where, if your lucky enough to catch one, you can go back home telling everyone you ate a piranha. We’ll make our way back to our lodge and eat lunch, where we’ll have sometime to rest. Later in the evening, we will have a nocturnal hike to go see Caimans, and we will return to our lodge to eat dinner and rest up for the next day.

Day 3:

Optional: Requests for early morning bird walks are more than welcome. After breakfast, we will get on our canoe for a long ride up the Cuyabeno river, where we can see a lot of exotic birds that can only be seen in the Cuyabeno Reserve. We will continue up river until we get to Laguna Grande, which harbours some really interesting animals, such as Pink and Grey Dolphins, Giant River Turtles and the elusive Anaconda. We’ll find a good place to eat lunch and will rest for a bit. Then we’ll continue our journey through the Cuyabeno river, until we arrive to the Siona Community, where we can see their customs and experience their ways of making food, such as the Yuca bread or Casabe. This whole trip will take us about three hours, so we will be arriving back to our camp at about 6 pm, right on time for dinner, and a well deserved rest.

Day 4:

On day four, after breakfast, we will explore one last trail, with new opportunities to see different vegetation and animals before eating lunch and taking the early evening direct bus (6:30 pm) to Quito.

 

5 Days / 4 Nights:

Day 1:

Upon arrival at the Cuyabeno bridge, your guide will meet you and transport you by motorized canoe to our base camp, Cuyabeno River Lodge. After an initial rest, we will take a short walk in the afternoon on the Ceibo trail, leading us to one of the region’s largest tree species. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served

Day 2:

After an early breakfast, we will visit the Laguna Grande, Cuyabeno’s largest lake, by motorized canoe. During the excursion you will observe the exotic flora and fauna (monkeys, dolphins, etc.) peculiar to this region. After stopping for lunch, we will continue down the Cuyabeno River to the indigenous community of Puerto Bolivar. Here we will participate in the preparation of a typical yucca bread in the home of an indigenous family before returning to our base camp. Optional nocturnal walks and/or canoe rides may be requested free of charge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.

Day 3:

Optional: Requests for early morning bird walks are more than welcome. After breakfast, we will continue to trek through the primary rainforest, exploring our longest trail for 3-4 hours in search of exotic plants, animals, and animal tracks. Our guide will indicate medicinal plants, native animals, and discuss local indigenous customs. In addition, we will have the opportunity to row down the river in native style canoes, fish for piranhas, and take a refreshing swim in the Cuyabeno River. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.

Day 4: 

Continuation of exploring walking trails and canoeing in quillas, our native-style canoes. Optional nocturnal walk after dinner. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.

Day 5:

On day five we will explore one last trail, with new opportunities to see different vegetation and animals before taking the early evening direct bus (6:30 pm) to Quito. Breakfast and lunch served.

5 Day / 4 Night Rowing Adventure and 6 Days / 5 Nights:ā€‹

5 Day / 4 Night Rowing Adventure:

Day 1:

Upon arrival at the Cuyabeno bridge, your guide will meet you and transport you by motorized canoe to our base camp; Cuyabeno River Lodge. After breakfast and an initial rest, we will have a short walk in the afternoon on the Ceibo trail. We will then eat lunch, and spend the night in the lodge.

Day 2:

After a quick breakfast, we will board the canoes that we will be using over the next four days to move around the reserve. We will start our way up the Cuyabeno river until we arrive to Paso Tigre, and we will have a short hike for about two hours where we might be lucky enough to see Peccary’s, a species of wild pigs. When we get back to our canoe, we will have the opportunity to go fishing for Piranhas, and we’ll head even deeper into the Cuyabeno, arriving to the Canangueno Lake, where later on that evening, we will have a nocturnal hike to go see Caimans; we will spend the night at the lake. (As a point of reference: We can either camp in Paso Tigre or the Canangueno Lake; depending on the distance travelled on that day).

Day 3:

(Optional: Requests for early morning bird walks are more than welcome).After breakfast, we will get on our canoe, enjoying beautiful flora and fauna. We will continue up river until we get to Laguna Grande, which harbours some really interesting animals, such as Pink and Grey Dolphins, Giant River Turtles and the elusive Anaconda. We’ll find a good place to eat lunch and will rest for a bit. Then we’ll continue our journey through the Cuyabeno River, until we arrive to the Siona Community, where we can see their customs and experience their ways of making food, such as the Yuca bread or Casabe. We will then make our way a bit down river where we will set up camp for the evening

Day 4:

Today, we will make our way through the Cuyabeno River until we arrive to Aguas Negras; a beautiful black water river which has a high number of both exotic and unique birds that can’t be seen anywhere else in the world. We will then make our way back down river towards Montufar; where we’ll have a short walk through this almost untouched part of the Cuyabeno, and we’ll fish for some huge catfish if you’re lucky. (As a point of reference: We can either camp in Aguas Negras or Montufar; depending on the distance travelled on that day).

Day 5:

On this last day, we will have an early breakfast and make our way back to the Cuyabeno River Lodge. Luckily, we’ll be able to see anything we didn’t get to see on the way into the reserve. Upon our arrival to the lodge, we will eat dinner and make our way towards the Cuyabeno bridge to get your transportation back to Quito.

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6 Days / 5 Nights:

Day 1:
Upon arrival to Chiritza by bus, you will board a motorized canoe and navigate on the quiet Aguarico River to Puca Peña, a large sandy beach where we will set camp for the night. Breakfast, lunch, dinner served.  

Day 2 :

We will break camp after a very early breakfast and continue downriver to the Playas of Cuyabeno, a Quichua community, where you will observe their customs and way of life. You will also enjoy the delta where the Cuyabeno River empties into the Aguarico River (a usual play area for the pink river dolphin). We will then continue up the Cuyabeno River to visit the Aguas Negras and Aguas Blancas Rivers before reaching the Amarumposa cabins where we will stay two nights. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.

Day 3:

After breakfast at 8 am you will hike through the primary jungle where your guide will introduce you to various medicinal plants. You will also have the opportunity to observe native animal species. Various animal tracks will also be seen (tapir, armadillo, paca, etc.). In the afternoon you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the river and fish for piranhas. After dinner, weather and river conditions permitting, your guide will take you on a nocturnal caiman-watching canoe ride. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.

Day 4:

We will continue up the river to the Laguna Grande after breakfast. Upon arrival at your new camp near the laguna we will take a short walk and swim before dinner and rest. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.

Day 5:

At dawn your guide will take bird lovers to observe the numerous bird species that live in this region (optional). You will return to the camp for breakfast and then continue up the river to our last camp, Cuyabeno River Lodge, to spend the night. Short walk or canoeing in native canoes upon reaching the lodge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.  

Day 6:
On day six we will explore one last trail, with new opportunities to see different vegetation and animals before taking the early evening direct bus (6:30 pm) to Quito. Breakfast and lunch served.

MINIMUM: 4 PASSENGERS

4D / 3N itinerary and 5D / 4Nā€‹

3 Days / 2 Nights:

Day 1:

Upon arrival at the Cuyabeno bridge, your guide will meet you and transport you by motorized canoe to our base camp, Cuyabeno River Lodge. After an initial rest, we will have a hike in the afternoon on the Ceibo trail, which will take us three to four hours. Our guide will explain everything there is to know about all the flora and fauna we can find in the Cuyabeno Reserve. After our hike, we will head back to the lodge and have lunch. And, if you’re still up to it, we can have a nocturnal canoe ride in the river surrounding the camp area. We will have dinner at approximately 7 pm, and we’ll go take a rest for the next day full of activities.

Day 2:

After an early breakfast, we will visit the various small lakes in the Cuyabeno river system, and we will have a short hike of about two hours where we might be lucky enough to see Peccary’s, a species of wild pigs. When we get back to our motorized canoe, we will have the opportunity to go fishing for Piranhas, where, if your lucky enough to catch one, you can go back home telling everyone you ate a piranha. We’ll make our way back to our lodge and eat lunch, where we’ll have sometime to rest. Later in the evening, we will have a nocturnal hike to go see Caimans, and we will return to our lodge to eat dinner and rest up for the next day.

Day 3:

Optional: Requests for early morning bird walks are more than welcome. After breakfast, we will get on our canoe for a long ride up the Cuyabeno river, where we can see a lot of exotic birds that can only be seen in the Cuyabeno Reserve. We will continue up river until we get to Laguna Grande, which harbours some really interesting animals, such as Pink and Grey Dolphins, Giant River Turtles and the elusive Anaconda. We’ll find a good place to eat lunch and will rest for a bit. Then we’ll continue our journey through the Cuyabeno river, until we arrive to the Siona Community, where we can see their customs and experience their ways of making food, such as the Yuca bread or Casabe. This whole trip will take us about three hours, so we will be arriving back to our camp at about 6 pm on time for dinner and then taking the early evening direct bus (6:30 - 7:00pm) to Quito.

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4 Days / 3 Nights:

Day 1:

Upon arrival at the Cuyabeno bridge, your guide will meet you and transport you by motorized canoe to our base camp, Cuyabeno River Lodge. After an initial rest, we will have a hike in the afternoon on the Ceibo trail, which will take us three to four hours. Our guide will explain everything there is to know about all the flora and fauna we can find in the Cuyabeno Reserve. After our hike, we will head back to the lodge and have lunch. And, if you’re still up to it, we can have a nocturnal canoe ride in the river surrounding the camp area. We will have dinner at approximately 7 pm, and we’ll go take a rest for the next day full of activities.

Day 2:

After an early breakfast, we will visit the various small lakes in the Cuyabeno river system, and we will have a short hike of about two hours where we might be lucky enough to see Peccary’s, a species of wild pigs. When we get back to our motorized canoe, we will have the opportunity to go fishing for Piranhas, where, if your lucky enough to catch one, you can go back home telling everyone you ate a piranha. We’ll make our way back to our lodge and eat lunch, where we’ll have sometime to rest. Later in the evening, we will have a nocturnal hike to go see Caimans, and we will return to our lodge to eat dinner and rest up for the next day.

Day 3:

Optional: Requests for early morning bird walks are more than welcome. After breakfast, we will get on our canoe for a long ride up the Cuyabeno river, where we can see a lot of exotic birds that can only be seen in the Cuyabeno Reserve. We will continue up river until we get to Laguna Grande, which harbours some really interesting animals, such as Pink and Grey Dolphins, Giant River Turtles and the elusive Anaconda. We’ll find a good place to eat lunch and will rest for a bit. Then we’ll continue our journey through the Cuyabeno river, until we arrive to the Siona Community, where we can see their customs and experience their ways of making food, such as the Yuca bread or Casabe. This whole trip will take us about three hours, so we will be arriving back to our camp at about 6 pm, right on time for dinner, and a well deserved rest.

Day 4:

On day four, after breakfast, we will explore one last trail, with new opportunities to see different vegetation and animals before eating lunch and taking the early evening direct bus (6:30 pm) to Quito.

 

5 Days / 4 Nights:

Day 1:

Upon arrival at the Cuyabeno bridge, your guide will meet you and transport you by motorized canoe to our base camp, Cuyabeno River Lodge. After an initial rest, we will take a short walk in the afternoon on the Ceibo trail, leading us to one of the region’s largest tree species. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served

Day 2:

After an early breakfast, we will visit the Laguna Grande, Cuyabeno’s largest lake, by motorized canoe. During the excursion you will observe the exotic flora and fauna (monkeys, dolphins, etc.) peculiar to this region. After stopping for lunch, we will continue down the Cuyabeno River to the indigenous community of Puerto Bolivar. Here we will participate in the preparation of a typical yucca bread in the home of an indigenous family before returning to our base camp. Optional nocturnal walks and/or canoe rides may be requested free of charge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.

Day 3:

Optional: Requests for early morning bird walks are more than welcome. After breakfast, we will continue to trek through the primary rainforest, exploring our longest trail for 3-4 hours in search of exotic plants, animals, and animal tracks. Our guide will indicate medicinal plants, native animals, and discuss local indigenous customs. In addition, we will have the opportunity to row down the river in native style canoes, fish for piranhas, and take a refreshing swim in the Cuyabeno River. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.

Day 4: 

Continuation of exploring walking trails and canoeing in quillas, our native-style canoes. Optional nocturnal walk after dinner. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.

Day 5:

On day five we will explore one last trail, with new opportunities to see different vegetation and animals before taking the early evening direct bus (6:30 pm) to Quito. Breakfast and lunch served.

 

 

3 Days / 2 Nights:

Day 1:

Upon arrival at the Cuyabeno bridge, your guide will meet you and transport you by motorized canoe to our base camp, Cuyabeno River Lodge. After an initial rest, we will have a hike in the afternoon on the Ceibo trail, which will take us three to four hours. Our guide will explain everything there is to know about all the flora and fauna we can find in the Cuyabeno Reserve. After our hike, we will head back to the lodge and have lunch. And, if you’re still up to it, we can have a nocturnal canoe ride in the river surrounding the camp area. We will have dinner at approximately 7 pm, and we’ll go take a rest for the next day full of activities.

Day 2:

After an early breakfast, we will visit the various small lakes in the Cuyabeno river system, and we will have a short hike of about two hours where we might be lucky enough to see Peccary’s, a species of wild pigs. When we get back to our motorized canoe, we will have the opportunity to go fishing for Piranhas, where, if your lucky enough to catch one, you can go back home telling everyone you ate a piranha. We’ll make our way back to our lodge and eat lunch, where we’ll have sometime to rest. Later in the evening, we will have a nocturnal hike to go see Caimans, and we will return to our lodge to eat dinner and rest up for the next day.

Day 3:

Optional: Requests for early morning bird walks are more than welcome. After breakfast, we will get on our canoe for a long ride up the Cuyabeno river, where we can see a lot of exotic birds that can only be seen in the Cuyabeno Reserve. We will continue up river until we get to Laguna Grande, which harbours some really interesting animals, such as Pink and Grey Dolphins, Giant River Turtles and the elusive Anaconda. We’ll find a good place to eat lunch and will rest for a bit. Then we’ll continue our journey through the Cuyabeno river, until we arrive to the Siona Community, where we can see their customs and experience their ways of making food, such as the Yuca bread or Casabe. This whole trip will take us about three hours, so we will be arriving back to our camp at about 6 pm on time for dinner and then taking the early evening direct bus (6:30 - 7:00pm) to Quito.

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4 Days / 3 Nights:

Day 1:

Upon arrival at the Cuyabeno bridge, your guide will meet you and transport you by motorized canoe to our base camp, Cuyabeno River Lodge. After an initial rest, we will have a hike in the afternoon on the Ceibo trail, which will take us three to four hours. Our guide will explain everything there is to know about all the flora and fauna we can find in the Cuyabeno Reserve. After our hike, we will head back to the lodge and have lunch. And, if you’re still up to it, we can have a nocturnal canoe ride in the river surrounding the camp area. We will have dinner at approximately 7 pm, and we’ll go take a rest for the next day full of activities.

Day 2:

After an early breakfast, we will visit the various small lakes in the Cuyabeno river system, and we will have a short hike of about two hours where we might be lucky enough to see Peccary’s, a species of wild pigs. When we get back to our motorized canoe, we will have the opportunity to go fishing for Piranhas, where, if your lucky enough to catch one, you can go back home telling everyone you ate a piranha. We’ll make our way back to our lodge and eat lunch, where we’ll have sometime to rest. Later in the evening, we will have a nocturnal hike to go see Caimans, and we will return to our lodge to eat dinner and rest up for the next day.

Day 3:

Optional: Requests for early morning bird walks are more than welcome. After breakfast, we will get on our canoe for a long ride up the Cuyabeno river, where we can see a lot of exotic birds that can only be seen in the Cuyabeno Reserve. We will continue up river until we get to Laguna Grande, which harbours some really interesting animals, such as Pink and Grey Dolphins, Giant River Turtles and the elusive Anaconda. We’ll find a good place to eat lunch and will rest for a bit. Then we’ll continue our journey through the Cuyabeno river, until we arrive to the Siona Community, where we can see their customs and experience their ways of making food, such as the Yuca bread or Casabe. This whole trip will take us about three hours, so we will be arriving back to our camp at about 6 pm, right on time for dinner, and a well deserved rest.

Day 4:

On day four, after breakfast, we will explore one last trail, with new opportunities to see different vegetation and animals before eating lunch and taking the early evening direct bus (6:30 pm) to Quito.

 

5 Days / 4 Nights:

Day 1:

Upon arrival at the Cuyabeno bridge, your guide will meet you and transport you by motorized canoe to our base camp, Cuyabeno River Lodge. After an initial rest, we will take a short walk in the afternoon on the Ceibo trail, leading us to one of the region’s largest tree species. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served

Day 2:

After an early breakfast, we will visit the Laguna Grande, Cuyabeno’s largest lake, by motorized canoe. During the excursion you will observe the exotic flora and fauna (monkeys, dolphins, etc.) peculiar to this region. After stopping for lunch, we will continue down the Cuyabeno River to the indigenous community of Puerto Bolivar. Here we will participate in the preparation of a typical yucca bread in the home of an indigenous family before returning to our base camp. Optional nocturnal walks and/or canoe rides may be requested free of charge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.

Day 3:

Optional: Requests for early morning bird walks are more than welcome. After breakfast, we will continue to trek through the primary rainforest, exploring our longest trail for 3-4 hours in search of exotic plants, animals, and animal tracks. Our guide will indicate medicinal plants, native animals, and discuss local indigenous customs. In addition, we will have the opportunity to row down the river in native style canoes, fish for piranhas, and take a refreshing swim in the Cuyabeno River. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.

Day 4: 

Continuation of exploring walking trails and canoeing in quillas, our native-style canoes. Optional nocturnal walk after dinner. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.

Day 5:

On day five we will explore one last trail, with new opportunities to see different vegetation and animals before taking the early evening direct bus (6:30 pm) to Quito. Breakfast and lunch served.

____________________________________________________________

 

5 Day / 4 Night Rowing Adventure:

Day 1:

Upon arrival at the Cuyabeno bridge, your guide will meet you and transport you by motorized canoe to our base camp; Cuyabeno River Lodge. After breakfast and an initial rest, we will have a short walk in the afternoon on the Ceibo trail. We will then eat lunch, and spend the night in the lodge.

Day 2:

After a quick breakfast, we will board the canoes that we will be using over the next four days to move around the reserve. We will start our way up the Cuyabeno river until we arrive to Paso Tigre, and we will have a short hike for about two hours where we might be lucky enough to see Peccary’s, a species of wild pigs. When we get back to our canoe, we will have the opportunity to go fishing for Piranhas, and we’ll head even deeper into the Cuyabeno, arriving to the Canangueno Lake, where later on that evening, we will have a nocturnal hike to go see Caimans; we will spend the night at the lake. (As a point of reference: We can either camp in Paso Tigre or the Canangueno Lake; depending on the distance travelled on that day).

Day 3:

(Optional: Requests for early morning bird walks are more than welcome).After breakfast, we will get on our canoe, enjoying beautiful flora and fauna. We will continue up river until we get to Laguna Grande, which harbours some really interesting animals, such as Pink and Grey Dolphins, Giant River Turtles and the elusive Anaconda. We’ll find a good place to eat lunch and will rest for a bit. Then we’ll continue our journey through the Cuyabeno River, until we arrive to the Siona Community, where we can see their customs and experience their ways of making food, such as the Yuca bread or Casabe. We will then make our way a bit down river where we will set up camp for the evening

Day 4:

Today, we will make our way through the Cuyabeno River until we arrive to Aguas Negras; a beautiful black water river which has a high number of both exotic and unique birds that can’t be seen anywhere else in the world. We will then make our way back down river towards Montufar; where we’ll have a short walk through this almost untouched part of the Cuyabeno, and we’ll fish for some huge catfish if you’re lucky. (As a point of reference: We can either camp in Aguas Negras or Montufar; depending on the distance travelled on that day).

Day 5:

On this last day, we will have an early breakfast and make our way back to the Cuyabeno River Lodge. Luckily, we’ll be able to see anything we didn’t get to see on the way into the reserve. Upon our arrival to the lodge, we will eat dinner and make our way towards the Cuyabeno bridge to get your transportation back to Quito.

______________________________________________________________________

 

6 Days / 5 Nights:

Day 1:
Upon arrival to Chiritza by bus, you will board a motorized canoe and navigate on the quiet Aguarico River to Puca Peña, a large sandy beach where we will set camp for the night. Breakfast, lunch, dinner served.  

Day 2 :

We will break camp after a very early breakfast and continue downriver to the Playas of Cuyabeno, a Quichua community, where you will observe their customs and way of life. You will also enjoy the delta where the Cuyabeno River empties into the Aguarico River (a usual play area for the pink river dolphin). We will then continue up the Cuyabeno River to visit the Aguas Negras and Aguas Blancas Rivers before reaching the Amarumposa cabins where we will stay two nights. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.

Day 3:

After breakfast at 8 am you will hike through the primary jungle where your guide will introduce you to various medicinal plants. You will also have the opportunity to observe native animal species. Various animal tracks will also be seen (tapir, armadillo, paca, etc.). In the afternoon you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the river and fish for piranhas. After dinner, weather and river conditions permitting, your guide will take you on a nocturnal caiman-watching canoe ride. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.

Day 4:

We will continue up the river to the Laguna Grande after breakfast. Upon arrival at your new camp near the laguna we will take a short walk and swim before dinner and rest. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.

Day 5:

At dawn your guide will take bird lovers to observe the numerous bird species that live in this region (optional). You will return to the camp for breakfast and then continue up the river to our last camp, Cuyabeno River Lodge, to spend the night. Short walk or canoeing in native canoes upon reaching the lodge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.  

Day 6:
On day six we will explore one last trail, with new opportunities to see different vegetation and animals before taking the early evening direct bus (6:30 pm) to Quito. Breakfast and lunch served.

MINIMUM: 4 PASSENGERS

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6 Day / 5 Night Rowing Adventure Tour:

Day 1:

Upon arrival at the Cuyabeno bridge, your guide will meet you and transport you by motorized canoe to our base camp; Cuyabeno River Lodge. After breakfast and an initial rest, we will have a short walk in the afternoon on the Ceibo trail. We will then eat lunch, and spend the night in the lodge.

Day 2:

After a quick breakfast, we will board the canoes that we will be using over the next four days to move around the reserve. We will start our way up the Cuyabeno river until we arrive to Paso Tigre, and we will have a short hike for about two hours where we might be lucky enough to see Peccary’s, a species of wild pigs. When we get back to our canoe, we will have the opportunity to go fishing for Piranhas, and we’ll head even deeper into the Cuyabeno, arriving to the Canangueno Lake, where later on that evening, we will have a nocturnal hike to go see Caimans; we will spend the night at the lake. (As a point of reference: We can either camp in Paso Tigre or the Canangueno Lake; depending on the distance travelled on that day).

Day 3:

(Optional: Requests for early morning bird walks are more than welcome).After breakfast, we will get on our canoe, enjoying beautiful flora and fauna. We will continue up river until we get to Laguna Grande, which harbours some really interesting animals, such as Pink and Grey Dolphins, Giant River Turtles and the elusive Anaconda. We’ll find a good place to eat lunch and will rest for a bit. Then we’ll continue our journey through the Cuyabeno River, until we arrive to the Siona Community, where we can see their customs and experience their ways of making food, such as the Yuca bread or Casabe. We will then make our way a bit down river where we will set up camp for the evening

Day 4:

Today, we will make our way down river towards Montufar; where we’ll have a short walk through this almost untouched part of the Cuyabeno, and we’ll fish some huge catfish if you’re lucky. (As a point of reference: We can either camp in Aguas Negras or Montufar; depending on the distance travelled on that day).

Day 5:

Today, we will make our way deeper into the Cuyabeno River until we arrive to Aguas Negras; a beautiful black water river which has a high number of both exotic and unique birds that can’t be seen anywhere else in the world. We will then enjoy great hikes through the jungle and be able to learn more about this unique ecosystem with the help of our Guide. We will spend the night in Aguas Negras.

Day 6:

On this last day, we will have an early breakfast and make our way back to the Cuyabeno River Lodge. Luckily, we’ll be able to see anything we didn’t get to see on the way into the reserve. Upon our arrival to the lodge, we will eat dinner and make our way towards the Cuyabeno Bridge to get your transportation back to Quito.

 

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9 Days / 8 Nights:

Day 1:
After travelling to Lago Agrio by bus or plane, you will be transported to Puerto Chiritza where a motorized canoe will be waiting for you to begin your journey down the Aguarico River. You will travel to Puca Peña where we will set up camp for the night with a native family or camp on a large beach on the banks of the river. The evening will include dinner and camping.  

Day 2: 

After breakfast and packing up our camp, we will continue to travel down the Aguarico River to Playas de Cuyabeno, an indigenous community. There, you will be able to admire the customs, way of life, and different handicrafts that this community offers. You will also see the junction of the two rivers Cuyabeno and Aguarico. After crossing this point, we will look for the perfect spot to set up camp and pass the night during our adventure in the jungle.

Day 3:

After a delicious breakfast we will continue our journey, passing different military control points on the Aguarico River. Upon reaching the border of Peru and Ecuador, we will navigate down the Lagarto Cocha River in search of pink river dolphins and one of the largest mammals and most fragile species in the Amazon river region, the manatee. We will set up camp for the night in the jungle of the Amazon basin followed by dinner and camping.    

Day 4:

After breakfast at 8:00, we will take a hike through the jungle with a native guide who will explain to us the different types of medicinal plants found throughout the hike. Furthermore, we might be able to spot monkeys, parrots, macaws, and with special attention we could come across the tracks of mammals such as tapirs, pacas, and tigers from the trail. Following lunch, you will be able to enjoy the refreshing waters of laguna delfin cocha, “the Lake of the Dolphins,” and look for a spot to practice fishing for piranhas. You will also have the opportunity to swim with the pink river dolphins in the warm waters of the lake. After dinner we will search for caimans in the canoe with weather conditions, the level of the river, and other factors according to the guide, permitting

Day 5:

For bird lovers, you will have the opportunity to go for a walk very early to observe the majestic sounds of the jungle waking up. Following this walk we will return to our campsite for a delicious breakfast before returning back up the Aguarico River and turning down the Cuyabeno River to reach our campsite at Aguas Negras.

Day 6:

Before breakfast, we will have another opportunity to take an early morning walk to observe the differences between a wetland jungle terrain and the dry land terrain. After breakfast, we will visit a lookout tower where you will be able to observe the canopy of the Amazon Rainforest. We will return to camp for lunch before continuing our journey to visit a traditional Shaman where we will view a ceremony and set up camp for the night.

Day 7:

After breakfast we will continue to navigate up the Cuyabeno River to the lakes region. During the course of the trip we will stop for a boxed lunch to fuel us for the long trip. In the afternoon we will reach a new campsite from where we will leave to watch the sunset over the Laguna Grande.

Day 8:

Bird lovers will have another opportunity to observe various species of very early in the morning. After returning to the campsite for breakfast, we will practice rowing in quillas. We will visit two more lakes, Pato cocha and Garzo cocha, on our way to the last stop located near the Cuyabeno bridge- the Cuyabeno River Lodge.

Day 9:

Breakfast will be served early in the morning. During the day, you will be able to choose an activity that you enjoyed most during the trip (hiking, fishing, canoeing, etc.) and do it again. After lunch, you will take a bus back to Lago Agrio or to Quito if you would like a direct bus.

 

MINIMUM: 4 PASSENGERS

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12 Day / 11 Night Iquitus Tour:

Please note that this itinerary gives the general idea of the route offered during this tour. However, due to local river conditions the actual day-to-day itinerary can change. Each day you will be given the opportunity to do jungle walks (with options to do early morning bird walks and night walks at your request). In addition you will have the chance to fish and swim in the rivers between other activities.

 

Day 1:
Our adventure will begin at the Cuyabeno Bridge (the entrance to the Cuyabeno National Park). You can arrive at this point by taking the overnight direct bus from Quito the night before (11 hours) or leave in the morning of day 1 by plane from Quito to Lago Agrio (40 minutes) and then taking a 3 hour bus to Cuyabeno. Once you arrive at the Cuyabeno Bridge , your guide will be there waiting to transport you to our lodge, Cuyabeno River Lodge. After lunch we will do a short adaptation walk (1 hour approximately), followed by dinner and rest in our cabins  

 

Day 2:

After breakfast we will set out from the Cuyabeno River Lodge and travel to the Laguna Grande. Our second camp will be set up in this region where we hope to see monkeys, macaws, possibly river dolphins depending on the level of the river, and other animals. Optional nocturnal walk

 

Day 3:

Today we will start with a longer trek through the rainforest, walking for a couple of hours through the mysterious environment of exotic plants and animals. After lunch we will swim in the Laguna Grande and observe birds of the Amazon region. We may go piranha fishing as well if time and conditions permit.    

 

Day 4:

After breakfast we will continue our journey via canoe to the Siona Indigenous Community where we will prepare a traditional yucca bread dish with a local family. Our ride down the river will then lead us to the community where a traditional Shaman lives. We will set up camp in this region and participate in a ceremony with the Shaman to learn about his work and beliefs

 

Day 5:

On the 5th day we will be travelling even further into the Cuyabeno Reserve, arriving close to the Peruvian-Ecuadorian border. The canoe trip down the Aguarico River will be longer than our previous days' journeys but provides many spectacular views of the river's wide beaches, animals, and remote vegetation. In the late afternoon we will set up our new base camp on the beaches of the Aguarico River.

 

Day 6:

 

 

 

 

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Today we will visit one of the most remote regions of the Cuyabeno National Reserve and of Ecuador 's Amazon Basin . This region, called Lagarto Cocha, is an extremely remote strip of preserved pristine rainforest where the pink river dolphins are known to live. In addition, it is known to be the home of caimans that can be seen at night. The name Lagarto Cocha is Quecha for ‘Caiman Lake.'.

 

Day 7:

We will continue with our activities of jungle walks, fishing, bird observation, and canoeing depending on what weather and river conditions permit. This day will be spent in the Lagarto Cocha region

 

Day 8:

Departing early in the morning, we will leave the Lagarto Cocha region and continue our journey to the customs check-point on the border between Ecuador and Peru . Route: Rocafuerte-Pantoja-Santa Martha de Nanay .

 

Day 9:

Our next destination will be to our base camp on the Curaray River where we will also have the opportunity to fish and do an afternoon or evening walk.

 

Day 10:

Today we will continue our activities in the region of Santa Clotilde.

 

Day 11:

We will spend our last full day in the Peruvian Amazon in the region of Laguna Achual Cocha.

 

Day 12:

On the last day we will arrive at the entrance of the Great Amazon River and enter the city of Iquitos around mid-morning. The tour officially ends at that point, but you can continue on to Lima by plane if desired (airfare not included in tour price)

 

MINIMUM: 6 PASSENGERS

 

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2017 CUYABENO RIVER LODGE / PRICES PER PERSON

CABIN TWIN OR DOUBLE BEDS
5 days $340 USD 
4 days $290 USD 
3 days $260 USD

The Tours Include:                                       

-          Complete Meals                                                 

-          Naturalist Bilingual Guide                                   

-          Lodging                                                            

-          Equipment For Hikes (Boots, Ponchos, etc.)     

-          River Transportation

-          Camping Equipment (Tents, sleeping bags, camping mats) (*Only if necessary)

-          Cook and cooking equipment (*Only if necessary)

 

 

The Tours don't include:

Transportation from and to Quito (Private Transportation $30 (Mariscal) (minimum 4 pax) / Bus $20 (Quitumbe / Flight (one way: $75 / round trip: $155)

Siona Community Entrance fee ($3)

Extra snacks or drinks 

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