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A Guide to the Best Wildlife Spots:

Cuyabeno Wildlife Center Lodge

The Amazon Rainforest is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes and diverse wildlife. At the heart of this natural wonder lies our Cuyabeno Wildlife Center Lodge, an eco-tourism destination that boasts some of the Amazon’s most hidden gems. If you’re looking to experience the best wildlife spots in the region, then our Cuyabeno Lodge is the place to be. Here’s a guide to help you discover the hidden gems of the Cuyabeno.

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.

Wildlife Spotting: A Must-Do Activity


Our Cuyabeno Wildlife Center Lodge is located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in Ecuador. This remote region is home to an incredible array of wildlife, from colorful birds and exotic monkeys to elusive jaguars and giant anacondas. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at some of the best wildlife spots you can explore during your stay at the Cuyabeno Lodge.

    Laguna Grande

    One of the most popular destinations in the Cuyabeno is Laguna Grande, a breathtakingly beautiful lake that is surrounded by dense jungle. It’s the perfect spot for kayaking, swimming, or simply relaxing and enjoying the stunning scenery. The lake is home to an array of aquatic life, including the infamous pink river dolphin. If you’re lucky, you may even spot some caimans or giant otters.

    To discover the best of Laguna Grande, you can choose our extra day extension The Anaconda’s Lair Tour, where you will search for the elusive anaconda in the lake.

    Terra Firme

    For those interested in birdwatching, Terra Firme is the place to be. This is a unique ecosystem that consists of forests that remain dry even during the wet season. The area is home to a diverse range of birds, including the harpy eagle, which is one of the most powerful birds of prey in the world. You’ll also find a variety of monkeys, such as the red howler monkey and the squirrel monkey, as well as a range of reptiles and amphibians.

    You can discover the Terra Firme during our 5-Day Heart of Amazon tour. You will discover the unique ecosystem in canoe and on foot.


    Another stunning wildlife spot in the Cuyabeno Reserve is Zancudococha. This is a narrow creek that runs through the forest and is surrounded by towering trees and dense vegetation. The creek is teeming with wildlife, including many species of fish and birds. You’ll also find a variety of reptiles, such as iguanas and snakes, as well as numerous species of insects.

    Zancudacocha is visited during our 6-Day Cuyabeno Campout tour and on our 7-Day Peru Border Explorer tour. This is because this lake is located in the deep jungle. You will head on a multi-day camping tour through the Amazon rainforest.


    Finally, we have Lagartococha, a stunning lagoon that is home to a wide range of wildlife. Here, you’ll find caimans, monkeys, and a wide variety of birdlife, including the hoatzin, which is sometimes referred to as the “stinkbird” due to its pungent odor. The lagoon is also surrounded by dense vegetation, making it a great spot for hiking and exploring the rainforest.

    You will visit the most remote lake from the Cuyabeno on our 7-Day Peru Border Explorer tour. Lagartococha is close to the border of Peru, so you will venture for multiple days by canoe through the jungle. This is an amazing tour for rainforest lovers and adventurers.



    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.

    Wildlife Spotting in the Cuyabeno


    In conclusion, our Cuyabeno lodge is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in exploring the Amazon rainforest. With its stunning wildlife spots and unique ecosystems, this lodge offers visitors an immersive experience that they won’t soon forget. Whether you’re kayaking on Laguna Grande, birdwatching in Terra Firme, exploring Zancudochocha, or relaxing in Lagartococha, there’s something here for everyone. So pack your bags and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!