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5 Reasons Why the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve Should Be on Your Bucket List

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If you’re an adventurous traveler looking for a unique destination, the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve should be at the top of your bucket list. Located in the Amazon region of Ecuador, this protected reserve is home to some of the most diverse wildlife in the world, as well as stunning natural scenery and fascinating indigenous culture. Here are five reasons why the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve should be on your must-visit list.

Sustainable Tourism

you can support wildlife conservation efforts through responsible tourism practices and educational activities.

Adventure and Relaxation

Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retreat or an action-packed adventure, our ecolodge in the Cuyabeno has something for everyone.

Customized Itineraries

Cuyabeno Wildlife Center offers customized itineraries that cater to your interests and preferences.

1. Diverse Wildlife


The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is home to an incredible variety of species, including over 500 species of birds, 200 species of mammals, and thousands of species of plants and insects. Some of the most iconic wildlife found here include pink river dolphins, giant otters, anacondas, and howler monkeys. With a guided tour, you’ll have the chance to see these amazing creatures up close and learn about their unique behaviors and habitats.


2. Indigenous Culture

In addition to the incredible wildlife, the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is also home to several indigenous communities who have lived in the Amazon region for generations. By visiting the reserve, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about their traditions, customs, and way of life. Many tours include visits to indigenous villages, where you can interact with locals, try traditional food, and learn about their ancient knowledge of the jungle.


3. Stunning Natural Scenery

The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is known for its breathtaking natural beauty. The reserve is home to several rivers, including the Cuyabeno River, which winds through the jungle and is surrounded by lush green vegetation. There are also several lakes and lagoons, where you can see exotic birds and other wildlife. With a guided tour, you can explore the reserve’s hidden corners and experience its natural wonders up close.


4. Unique Activities

The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve offers a range of unique activities that you won’t find anywhere else. For example, you can take a night walk through the jungle, where you’ll see nocturnal creatures such as tarantulas, snakes, and owls. You can also take a canoe ride through the mangroves, where you’ll see exotic birds and other wildlife. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try wild camping in the deep jungle.


5. Sustainable Tourism

The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is committed to sustainable tourism practices, which means that tours are designed to minimize their impact on the environment and support local communities. Many lodges in the reserve are eco-friendly, using solar power and other sustainable practices to reduce their carbon footprint. By visiting the reserve, you can help support these efforts and ensure that this unique destination remains preserved for future generations.



The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is a must-visit destination for anyone who loves nature, adventure, and culture. With its diverse wildlife, fascinating indigenous communities, stunning natural scenery, unique activities, and commitment to sustainable tourism, it offers a truly unforgettable experience. Book your tour today and discover the wonders of the Amazon jungle for yourself.

Useful Information

Below you will find some useful information for your wildlife spotting trip to the Cuyabeno Reserve. We are also happy to be of any assistance with additional questions!

Packing Tips and Essentials

When packing for a trip to the Cuyabeno jungle, it’s important to keep in mind the hot and humid climate, as well as the rugged terrain. Some essential items to pack include lightweight, breathable clothing, sturdy hiking shoes, a hat and sunglasses, insect repellent, sunscreen, flashlight and a waterproof jacket. It’s also a good idea to bring a reusable water bottle, binoculars, and a camera to capture the incredible wildlife and scenery. The lodge will take care of your luggage for you.


Transportation to our Cuyabeno Lodge

Lago Agrio, the gateway to the Ecuadorian Amazon, is accessible by both air and land transport. The easiest way to get there is by flying from Quito to Lago Agrio, which takes approximately 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Quito to Lago Agrio, which takes approximately 8 hours. Once you arrive at Lago Agrio, you will be picked up by the Cuyabeno Wildlife Center staff. From there we start a journey to the lodge which is approximately a 2-3 hour journey by car followed by 3 hours in canoe.