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5-day Enchanted Cuyabeno

Embark on a mesmerizing journey with our 5-Day Enchanted Cuyabeno Tour! Discover the enchanting rainforests of Ecuador, where captivating wildlife and vibrant indigenous communities thrive. Our seasoned guides will unveil the mysteries of this biodiverse paradise, crafting unforgettable moments that will stay with you forever.


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5-day Enchanted Cuyabeno

Embark on a mesmerizing journey with our 5-Day Enchanted Cuyabeno Tour! Discover the enchanting rainforests of Ecuador, where captivating wildlife and vibrant indigenous communities thrive. Our seasoned guides will unveil the mysteries of this biodiverse paradise, crafting unforgettable moments that will stay with you forever.

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An Expedition into the Jungle

Day 1: Arrival, Reach Jungle Lodge, Sunset at Laguna Grande & Night Search for Caimans

  • Our guide will meet us at El Puente de Cuyabeno at 11:00 a.m., providing an introduction to the reserve and its entrance procedures. We recommend taking the night shuttle bus which includes breakfast. For more information, check our transportation guide.
  • We’ll embark on a captivating two-hour canoe journey along the Cuyabeno River to reach our Lodge. Along the way, if the weather is on our side, we might be lucky enough to spot various wildlife, including 10 different types of monkeys, with the pocket monkey being a unique find measuring just 10cm. Additionally, you’ll have opportunities to observe a variety of birds, reptiles, and mammals.
  • After this adventurous journey, we’ll welcome you with a satisfying lunch, allowing you to refuel. You’ll have time to check in and rest, preparing for the afternoon’s activities.
  • At 4:30 p.m., we’ll set out for our second activity, Laguna Grande. Here, you can enjoy swimming, capture stunning photos, and witness a mesmerizing sunset.
  • Upon returning to the lodge, we’ll embark on an excursion to search for Caimans and other nocturnal animals on the river, offering a thrilling night encounter with these creatures.
  • Dinner will be served at 8:00 p.m., providing a delicious conclusion to the day’s adventures. Afterward, you can retire to your lodging for a well-deserved rest.

Day 2: Deep Jungle Walk, Canoe Expedition & Thrilling Night Walk

  • Start your day with a delicious breakfast at 7:30 a.m.
  • After breakfast, we’ll set out on a canoe ride to access a pristine trail within the primary rainforest. Accompanied by our native bilingual guide, you’ll embark on a 3-hour walk. During this immersive experience, you’ll learn about animals and medicinal plants found along the trail. Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of wildlife, including birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals, all in their natural habitat.
  • Lunch will be served to recharge your energy. Following lunch, you’ll have some leisure time to relax, read a book, or take a refreshing swim in front of the lodge. This is the perfect opportunity to observe dolphins if you’re visiting during their season and to embrace the serenity of the jungle.
  • At 4:30 p.m., we’ll leave the lodge by canoe for an exciting river expedition to spot animals like sloths, monkeys, parrots, dolphins, hoatzin, and caimans, among others.
  • As evening descends, we’ll embark on a captivating night walk around the lodge, lasting approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. This unique experience allows us to observe the nocturnal animals that come to life in the rainforest.
  • The day concludes with a satisfying dinner, and you can retire to your lodging for a restful night in the heart of the jungle.

Day 3: Deeper into the Jungle, Discover Community Life, Meeting the Shaman & Laguna Grande

  • Begin your day with a delightful breakfast at 7:30 a.m.
  • We’ll venture deeper into the primary rainforest, traveling by canoe from the Lodge to a place known as Taricaya. It’s about a one-hour walk to reach the community. Upon arrival, the local community warmly welcomes us with a taste of their typical, homegrown fruits.
  • In the company of the community’s women, we’ll engage in the preparation of CASABE, a traditional food made from yucca. We’ll take you through the entire process, from harvesting the yucca to cooking it over an open fire. You’ll have the opportunity to savor this unique dish, and we won’t be having lunch back at the Lodge today; it’ll be served within the community.
  • In the afternoon, we’ll pay a visit to the Shaman, the community’s healer. During our conversation, you’ll gain insights into their way of life, ancestral medicine, and an explanation about the preparation of an ancestral beverage (though it won’t be consumed during this visit). For those interested, you can also take part in an ancestral cleansing ceremony led by the Shaman.
  • We’ll return to the Lodge around 4:00 p.m.
  • Our next stop is Laguna Grande, where we’ll explore the stunning surroundings.
  • Finally, the day concludes with a satisfying dinner back at the Lodge.

Day 4: Canoe Paddle Expedition, Visit Laguna Grande & Incredible Sunset

  • Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at 7:30 a.m.

  • After breakfast, we’ll gather the necessary equipment for our jungle expedition.

  • Our journey continues as we board a motorized canoe, heading upstream for approximately one hour. Our destination is Canangueno, where an exciting paddling activity awaits.

  • At Canangueno, we transition to paddle canoes, which provide a quieter and more environmentally friendly means of travel. This method offers an enhanced opportunity to observe the jungle’s remarkable wildlife. Your guide and fellow tourists will actively participate in paddling, creating a unique and immersive experience.

  • Following our morning activities, we’ll take a break for a satisfying lunch. Recharge for the adventures ahead. The afternoon presents a chance for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Take time to unwind and prepare for the evening.

  • As the day progresses, we’ll embark on a visit to Laguna Grande, a breathtaking location to witness the mesmerizing sunset over the lake and rainforest.

  • To conclude your day, enjoy a delicious dinner with your fellow travelers. It’s a perfect time to share stories and experiences from your jungle expedition.

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

  • Rise and shine at 5:30 a.m. for an early morning birdwatching experience. From 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., the avian world comes alive as birds seek their breakfast, offering us a unique opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures in action.
  • Enjoy your final breakfast at 7:30 a.m. After breakfast, we’ll begin the process of packing our luggage, getting ready for our departure.
  • The day’s last excursion involves a navigation from the lodge to El Puente de Cuyabeno, providing another opportunity for animal watching along the river. 
  • As the journey draws to a close, we’ll bid farewell, capture final photos, and at 11:00 AM at El Puente de Cuyabeno. We recommend taking the shuttle bus which includes lunch for the return journey. For more information, check our transportation guide.

Pricing & Details

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

Join our 5-Day Enchanted Cuyabeno Tour! With our tours, we strive to meet your travel needs with exceptional flexibility. We often have availability to accommodate your preferred travel dates. We encourage you to inquire about our tour departures, and we’ll do our best to align them with your schedule, ensuring your adventure starts at a time that’s most convenient for you.

For pairs or groups of a minimum of 2 people, we offer private rooms with private bathrooms at an attractive rate of just $330 per person.

Kids under 12 years old receive a 20% discount on the adult fare.

For solo travelers, you can choose to stay in a shared room (max. 3 persons) or upgrade to a single room for an extra 75% over the regular price.

This tour is provided together with a partner lodge. We have a dedicated lodge manager available on-site to ensure the highest level of service and support for our clients.

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
  • Canoe transportation between El Puente and our Lodge on the river.
  • Guidance from a bilingual naturalist guide.
  • Comfortable accommodation in double or triple rooms with mosquito nets and private bathrooms with hot water.
  • Amenities: towels for room use only, soap and shampoo.
  • Upon arrival at the lodge, a table with fresh fruits, water and juice will be available for travelers.
  • All-inclusive buffet style meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), with provided purified water, coffee, and tea.
  • Solar panel energy. Charging of devices can be done in the main lobby (not in rooms).
  • Complimentary use of excursion equipment, including raincoats, rubber boots, and life jackets for our guided adventures.
  • Free use of paddle boards at the lodge.
Excluded from Your 5-Day Cuyabeno Tour Package
  • Transportation Quito – El Puente – Quito (we can help you to book the night shuttle bus).
  • A $10 contribution to support the local community.
  • Meals outside of the tour, including breakfast on the first day, and lunch and dinner on the last day. (with the shuttle bus service, breakfast and lunch are included).
  • Wi-Fi (only available in case of emergencies).
  • Tips for your convenience.
  • Any additional expenses not explicitly mentioned in the tour.
How to Get to the Cuyabeno: Best Options

Note that this tour starts in El Puente Cuyabeno. Check our transport options to the Cuyabeno.