Welcome to Cuyabeno Wildlife Center, 25 years of expertise

Notice:

Due to heavy rain and recent reports, some routes in Ecuador are closed or experiencing delays. While our operations continue, there may be delays if using the shuttle bus or public bus. We will do our best to accommodate the operation so that your Cuyabeno tour is not affected.

5-day Cuyabeno Loop

 Embark on an extraordinary exploration with our “5-Day Cuyabeno Loop Tour,” a journey that covers half of the Cuyabeno Reserve. This extensive tour invites you to delve deep into the lush rainforest. As you navigate through the serene waterways, you’ll be surrounded by an incredible array of wildlife, including exotic birds, monkeys, and perhaps even elusive jungle cats. Each day brings new adventures, from serene canoe rides to exhilarating treks through the verdant underbrush, all while being guided by our experienced and passionate guides.

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5-day Cuyabeno Loop

Embark on an extraordinary exploration with our “5-Day Cuyabeno Loop Tour,” a journey that covers half of the Cuyabeno Reserve. This extensive tour invites you to delve deep into the lush rainforest. As you navigate through the serene waterways, you’ll be surrounded by an incredible array of wildlife, including exotic birds, monkeys, and perhaps even elusive jungle cats. Each day brings new adventures, from serene canoe rides to exhilarating treks through the verdant underbrush, all while being guided by our experienced and passionate guides.

Our Previews

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Explore Beyond the Ordinary

Day 1: Arrival, Canoe Adventure, Visit Laguna Grande and Night Walk

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  • The adventure begins at 9:30 AM at Hotel D’ Mario’s restaurant in Lago Agrio. Whether you arrive by public bus, shuttle bus, or your own private transport, this is where we will meet. For those who prefer to fly, the nearest airport is located in Coca City. Be sure to check our transportation guide for more information.

  • We will take private transportation and travel for about two hours to the Cuyabeno bridge, the main entry point into the upper part of the reserve.
  • After sharing a box lunch, we will board a motorized canoe and commence our downstream journey on the Cuyabeno River. Our trip to “La Bocana,” the gateway to La Laguna Grande, will take around three hours. Along the way, we will enjoy scenic views, spot freshwater pink dolphins, and learn from our guide about the primary and secondary forests.
  • A visit to the Grand Lagoon will allow us to revel in the biodiversity and explore the igapo ecosystem. This leg of the journey offers ample opportunities to observe and photograph a diverse array of plant and animal life, including monkeys, birds, reptiles, and aquatic mammals.
  • Continuing for another 30 minutes downstream, we will arrive at our first Amazon lodge, situated along the river within the reserve. Upon arrival at the lodge, there will be time to relax and become acquainted with the surroundings.
  • After dinner, our guide will give us an informative talk about the activities for the following days and invite us to take a night walk around the camp in search of interesting nocturnal species such as insects, spiders, amphibians, tree snakes, and many more.

Day 2: Amazon Sunrise, Journey Down the River, Swimming & Camping

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  • The day begins at 6:00 a.m., the optimal time for experiencing nature, birds, and the vibrancy of the rainforest. We will set out in our motorized canoe to navigate the bends near our lodge and observe a variety of bird and mammal species. 
  • After returning to camp for a hearty breakfast, we will rest briefly before resuming our adventure.
  • Per our guide’s direction, we will embark on a two-hour motorized canoe trip down the Cuyabeno River, enjoying the thriving tropical jungle. Stops along the way will allow us to swim in blackwater rivers, partake in a box lunch, and admire the rich flora and fauna. 

  • As evening approaches, we’ll reach “El Cruce” to set up our camping tents and enjoy a delightful dinner.
  • Before settling in for the night, our guide will outline the next day’s activities and provide an engaging explanation of the area.

Day 3: Parrot Clay Lick, Paddle Canoe Journey & Exciting Night Walk

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  • The day kicks off early, at 5:30 a.m., to capitalize on the serene hours before dawn for observing wildlife. Our motorized canoe excursion along the Cuyabeno River will lead us to the “Saladero,” a nutrient-rich clay bank where we can watch colorful parrots and parakeets detoxify by feeding on the clay.
  • Following a morning of birdwatching, we’ll return to the lodge for breakfast and some downtime.
  • After enjoying a magnificent morning, we will prepare our equipment to later enjoy an activity that allows us to connect with nature. We will take our paddle canoe to navigate downstream on the blackwater river for approximately 3 hours until we reach the Cuyabeno River, where our motorized canoe with a delicious box lunch will be waiting for us.
  • After enjoying this pleasant time, we will continue in our canoe to our Amazon Lodge, where we will stay for two nights.
  • After a delicious dinner, our guide will lead us on a one-hour nocturnal walk to observe the diverse array of insects, spiders, snakes, and other creatures of the night.

Day 4: Birdwatching, Jungle Walk, Bird Observation Tower & Night Walk

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  • Another early start promises an exceptional birdwatching experience in the rainforest. Our guide will share tips on identifying the myriad species that inhabit this lush tropical environment.
  • After soaking in the morning’s wonders, we’ll head back to the lodge for breakfast.

  • After the morning activities, our local guide will invite us to be part of a short walk, where they will explain and share their knowledge about the practical use of medicinal plants that their ancestors have transmitted through generations. 

  • After this magnificent experience, we return to our camp to enjoy a delicious lunch.

  • In the afternoon, at 4:00 p.m., we will take our canoe to head to the Bird Observation Tower, which is built around a “Ceibo tree,” one of the largest in the place, with 28 meters in height. We will have a spectacular and wide view of the canopy and tropical jungle, giving us the opportunity to listen to and observe a great diversity of animal life.

  • Shortly after, before returning to our Lodge, we will take a short night walk around the tower in search of new insect species, to later return to our Lodge where a delicious dinner awaits us.

Day 5: Back to Civilization: Final Canoe Ride and Jungle Excursion

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  • On our last day in this wonderful place, we will have an early activity with a brief excursion into the forest or by canoe to enjoy the awakening of nature and observe the birds. This activity allows us to take the last memory of this wonderful place.

  • Return to the lodge for breakfast and pack your bags for the return trip.
  • A 30-minute canoe ride downstream on the Cuyabeno River followed by an upstream journey on the Aguarico River (approximately 3 hours) will take us to “Tierras Orientales.”
  • There, our private transportation awaits to bring us back to Lago Agrio, arriving around 4:00 p.m. to connect with the bus or flight back to Quito. If you wish to use the shuttle bus option for your return, the itinerary can be adjusted on the final day to accommodate this.

Pricing & Details

Join the Adventure: Prices for 5-day Cuyabeno Tour!

Our 5-day Cuyabeno Loop tour promises a comprehensive exploration, covering half of the reserve with a higher likelihood of wildlife sightings than in regular tours. Experience a harmonious mix of accommodations in lodges and camping tents. 

2 travelers: $1.090 per person.
3 travelers: $950 per person.
4 to 6 travelers: $850 per person.
7 to 10 travelers: $700 per person.

The maximum amount of participants for this tour is 10 travelers.

If you are a group or solo traveler, please contact us to receive a personalised quote.

To ensure the best experience and service, please note that our itineraries may be adjusted without prior notice in response to external conditions or unforeseen events.

Inside Your 5-Day Cuyabeno Tour Package
  • River transportation.
  • Land transportation from Lago Agrio to Cuyabeno and back.
  • Certified naturalist guide, trained in biology and ecotourism, fluent in English and Spanish.
  • Accommodation in tents for two people and in traditional cabins upon arrival at Amazon lodges. (Comfortable rooms with private bathroom, twin and double beds)
  • Accommodation in double tents during camping nights.
  • Three nutritious meals a day (including purified bottled water).
  • Breakfast served at 8:30 a.m.
  • Lunch served at 1:30 p.m.
  • Dinner served at 7:00 p.m.
  • Tea, coffee, and chocolate available throughout the day.
  • Catering for vegetarians or vegans.
  • Electricity available for charging batteries at night.
  • Rubber boots provided.
  • Biodegradable shampoo and soap.
Excluded from Your 5-Day Cuyabeno Tour Package
  • Transportation to and from Quito-Lago Agrio is not included
  • Alcoholic beverages (beer and wine) are not included in the tour package
  • A visit to the observation tower costs an additional 6 dollars per person
  • Breakfast on the first day is not included in the tour package
  • Dinner on the last day is not included in the tour package
  • Tips for the crew and guides are not included in the tour package
  • Rain poncho

Even though our tours are 100% wildlife focussed, we are also a 100% community-based project. If you wish to visit a local community, we can arrange this for you. Please, ask your agent about availability and cost.

Camping Details

During your stay, you’ll have the pleasure of staying in cozy tents furnished with comfortable mattresses, sheets, blanket, and pillow. The mattresses measure 80 cm by 2 meters, and have a thickness of 5 cm. These mattresses have been carefully chosen to ensure a good night’s rest in the midst of the enchanting surroundings. 

As for shower facilities, we rely on the natural beauty of the nearby river for bathing. To maintain the ecological balance, we strongly encourage the use of biodegradable soap, which we’ll gladly provide. Additionally, we’ll supply you with a towel, though you’re welcome to bring your own for added convenience.

Regarding bathroom facilities, we’ve created a thoughtfully designed structure nestled in the forest, offering a comfortable seating arrangement. Furthermore, we’ve implemented a considerate voting system that allows us to rotate the location periodically, ensuring a fresh and pleasant atmosphere.

We provide a reliable power generator during your camping trip, ensuring your electronic devices never run out of battery. 

Our dedicated tour crew consists of four members, though the team size may vary based on the group’s size and needs. All meals will be provided by a cook, also according to any dietary wishes.

How to Get to the Cuyabeno: Best Options

Check the best transportation options to arrive to the Cuyabeno Reserve.

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