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6-day Total Jungle Tour

Join us on the ultimate adventure with our 6-day Total Jungle Tour, offering a comprehensive exploration of the Amazon rainforest. Delve into the wilderness of the Cuyabeno Reserve, where every day brings new discoveries and thrilling experiences. Paddle through winding rivers in traditional canoes, visit a local community to learn about indigenous culture, hike through dense jungle trails, swim in pristine lagoons, and search for elusive wildlife like monkeys and vibrant bird species. With expert guides leading the way and comfortable accommodations amidst the wilderness, this tour is the complete package for nature enthusiasts seeking an immersive jungle experience.

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6-day Total Jungle Tour

Join us on the ultimate adventure with our 6-day Total Jungle Tour, offering a comprehensive exploration of the Amazon rainforest. Delve into the wilderness of the Cuyabeno Reserve, where every day brings new discoveries and thrilling experiences. Paddle through winding rivers in traditional canoes, visit a local community to learn about indigenous culture, hike through dense jungle trails, swim in pristine lagoons, and search for elusive wildlife like monkeys and vibrant bird species. With expert guides leading the way and comfortable accommodations amidst the wilderness, this tour is the complete package for nature enthusiasts seeking an immersive jungle experience.

Our Previews

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Full Cuyabeno Experience

Day 1: Arrival, Paddle Canoe Adventure, Sunset & Night Walk

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  • 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 paddle canoe trip down the Cuyabeno River, heading towards Paso del Tigre. Here, your traditional canoe adventure begins. During our canoe paddle activities, an expert team will always be with you to offer assistance. For six hours, we glide silently through the jungle, the only sounds being the call of birds and the rustle of leaves.
  • A box lunch sustains us as we soak in the breathtaking scenery, spotting wildlife and marveling at the dense, vibrant forest.
  • By sunset, we’ll reach the lodge, just in time for a delicious dinner.
  • As night falls, we venture out for an exhilarating night walk, discovering the hidden world of nocturnal creatures, from insects and spiders to tree snakes.

Day 2: Canoe Paddle Journey, Jungle Hiking & Sunset Swim

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  • After breakfast, we spend the full day exploring the jungle with our local, bilingual, and naturalist guide.
  • We paddle a canoe to reach hidden trails of the upper part of the reserve, where we walk and discover the rich biodiversity of the area, including various animals and medicinal plants. We also explore the rivers and lakes, enjoying the serene beauty of the surroundings.
  • As the day ends, we watch a stunning sunset at Laguna Grande, where you can enjoy a swim.
  • Back at the lodge, we’ll enjoy a well deserved dinner and rest.

Day 3: Deep Jungle Walk, Canoe Expedition & Thrilling Night Walk

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  • Start your day with a delicious breakfast at 7:30 a.m.
  • After breakfast, we’ll set out on a motorized 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 motorized 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 4: Deeper into the Jungle, Discover Community Life, Meeting the Shaman & Laguna Grande

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  • 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 5: Canoe Paddle Expedition, Visit Laguna Grande & Incredible Sunset

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  • 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.
  • 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 6: Return to Civilization: Final Canoe Ride and Jungle Excursion

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  • 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.
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Pricing & Details

Join the Adventure: Prices for 6-day Cuyabeno Tour!

Join our 6-Day Total Jungle Tour for the complete Cuyabeno experience:
With a minimum of 2 travelers: $600 per person for a private room with private bathroom.

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

If you’re traveling solo, please inquire about availability and pricing.

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 6-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 6-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.