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Dion Westerhof
April 8, 2024
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J. R.
April 7, 2024

Great experience in the jungle for 5 days! Saw an incredible amount of animals (by walking and from the boat), had refreshing evening swims in the epic scenery of the laguna grande, got to visit an indigenous tribe went piranha fishing. I would recommend to not stay less than 5 days to have the full experience and the best chances to spot all the animals you want to see - there’s no guarantee of course.

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Jhonny Simba
March 31, 2024

Excelente servicio y atención. Instalaciones adecuadas.

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Astrid Därr
March 24, 2024

We booked a 5 days / 4 nights Jungle tour with Cuyabeno Wildlife Centre and it couldn´t be any better - best value for money experience ever! Good food, knowledgeable guide, lots of acitivites from the boat tours to jungle walks, kayaking, visit of an indigenous community etc. The highlight of every day was to swim in Laguna Grande during sunset. The rooms in Dolphin Lodge are simple, clean and have mosquito nets. That´s all you need because you won´t spend much time in the room anyway. Even my 4-year-old son didn´t wanna leave because he enjoyed the jungle experience so much.

A friend recommended to visit Cuyabeno Wildlife Center, and it was the best recommendation they could have give me. I love travel to Ecuador so it was not the first time I've been there. But this was a whole new experience. Mike arranged everything very well and made sure everything suited to my whises. Great activities, lovely staff, good food, confortable accomodation and an excellent service. Entonces gracias por todo y nos vemos pronto!

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Luca Ioannone
February 28, 2024

We did a 4 days and 3 nights tour and was all well organized and really nice tour!

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Sacha Miettinen
February 13, 2024

We had a wonderful time at the Dolphin lodge. Our guide Diego was awesome, so much knowledge and passion, it was a delight to have him as our guide. The other staff were also kind and hospitable. The lodge was great, great location, the food was delicious and the itinerary was really well balanced and diverse. The customer service prior to the tour was also excellent, swift replies, clear information and very helpful to any question.

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Alexandra Stinner
January 29, 2024

The trip to cuyabeno with the cuyabeno wildlife center was just a wonderful experience. The booking process is super easy and flexible with quick responses - thank you so much Mike! The transfer was reliable and helpful as we didn't want to drive up there with our carro 🙂 (the streets are already an adventure itself) We were welcomed with a little breakfast and waited for the boat to the dolphin lodge. As soon as you get on the boat you are in a different world. Steven and Anita were super experienced local guides and spotted all kinds of animals, even through heavy rain. Due to some sickness within the family we could adapt our itinerary on site, everything was super flexible and they were all very caring. When going with small kids (<5years) it might be helpful to bring your own boots and life saving jacket as they don't have the very small sizes (and we loved the child carrier we brought especially for the night walk) Electricity is not always working so bring a good torch 😉 There is no wifi, at least we didn't ask for it but this is part of the experience in my opinion 😄 The most interesting part for me was the visit of the village, preparation of Yuca bread, meeting the shaman and on the way of course enjoying loads of local flora and fauna. We saw caymans, a sloth, dolphins, monos, snakes, spiders, all kinds if birds, tortuga 😍 perfect area to spot wildlife!! Thank you for giving us this great opportunity of seeing the real selva ♥️

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Karen Ragazzo
January 28, 2024
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Ana Baptista
January 25, 2024

We had a great experience at Cuyabeno Wildlife Centre. The Lodge was nice even though the rooms were very basic. The food was amazing, varied, and with vegetarian options. Victor our guide was super nice and knowledgeable! He showed us almost all the animals that one could see for such a short trip. Steven the boat driver was also flawless! We had a great time. Even though the situation in Ecuador alarmed a lot of people and made them change their plans, I honestly think there's no reason to worry about it in areas like Cuyabeno! Thank you very much for my first Amazon Rainforest experience! 🫶

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Kurtis Benedetti
January 24, 2024

I had an amazing time at the dolphin lodge from the wonderful staff, the knowledgeable guides with a very keen eye that helped identify various animals while we were out and even the great time I had with the other travelers. I'm very thankful that they were very accommodating with me especially since I arrived late due to motorbike problems. I would definitely go back.

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Ivan Koster
January 10, 2024

Even though I wasn't able to visit Cuyabeno Wildlife Center because of the current situation in Ecuador, I would fully recommend going here just because of the great service. Quick response time and I'd bet the trip itself is amazing.

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Antonela Yepez
January 9, 2024

Hice el tour de 4 días y fue maravilloso, Elias fue nuestro guía durante el tour y fue una gran compañía y aprendimos mucho con el. La comida del lodge y el staff estuvo muy bien. Y siempre dispuestos a ayudar en lo que necesites. Definitivamente una gran experiencia para disfrutar del cuyabeno con mucha responsabilidad y conocimiento.

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Rolando Verdezoto
January 5, 2024

Visitar Cuyabeno fue una de las mejores experiencias en la naturaleza, es tranquilo el servicio es de lo mejor los guías son muy preparados, la comida es excelente, las habitaciones cuentan con todo lo necesario para sentirte comodo y recomiendo sus instalaciones al igual que a su personal. Espero volver pronto y disfrutar nuevamente de esta experiencia maravillosa.

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Alejandra Freire
January 3, 2024

Espectacular 🥰, las personas de la comunidad son muy atentas y preocupados para que vivamos la mejor experiencia.

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Zhang Sarah
January 1, 2024

We booked a 4 days trip with Cuyabeno Wildlife Center and had a great time there. Our guide Victor is amazing. He is local and knows everything about the forest. He helped us to locate the birds and animals. We stayed in the Dolphin lodge which is also nice. The food is delicious and various. The staff there is also welcoming.

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Julian Thomas
December 29, 2023

Amazing stay, Elias and the team were so helpful and made our stay as comfortable as possible. Great fun and once in a lifetime opportunity to go deep in the Amazon with everything you’d want

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Chiel de Hoop
December 26, 2023

Great tour with amazing people! Would 100% recommend it to anyone!

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Di Haze
December 15, 2023

We hebben een hele fijne week gehad! Goede zorgen van alle lieve mensen.

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Chris Langille
December 11, 2023

We had a great time. Victor was our guide and he was friendly and very informative. We enjoyed all the activities and the Dolphin Lodge was a great location.

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Markus Retzlik
December 9, 2023

Habe die Tour (4Nächte) im voraus gebucht und der Mail bzw whatsapp Kontakt lief über Maik einwandfrei. Schnelle Antwort und hilfsbereit. Die Tour ist ein rundum sorglos Paket. Man wird vom vereinbarten Ort abgeholt und zur lodge gebracht (in meinem fall dolphin Lodge)und von dort aus starten die Ausflüge immer mit einem Guide. Das Essen in der lodge war überraschend gut. Und die Zimmer absolut ausreichend.

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M.M. den Os
December 1, 2023

I have been staying at the Dolphin lodge through the Cuyabeno wildlife center from the 26th until the 30th of November. I have had a great experience there. The nature and jungle surrounding the place are absolutely magical. I have been lucky enough to see a lot of wildlife including dolphins, tucans, a baby anaconda, huge caymans and many lovely birds. The beds and the lodge itself are very comfortable. I have eaten so much the past days because the food is excellent and they offer great vegetarian options. A few tips. Try to book at least three nights as the first day and your last day you spend time traveling up and down the river and depending on the conditions (water level) this can last quite long. With three nights you can spend at least two full days exploring the place. If hou have binoculairs take them with you. The guide has one pair you can borrow but as most animals are sitting high up in the trees your own pair makes spotting them much easier. Also a good flashlight is highly recommended for the night activities, your phone flashlight won’t do. I really enjoyed my time and it makes me very motivated to help protect this special place.

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Aimee
November 25, 2023

We are just back from our 4 day trip to the Amazon and wow!! It blew our expectations out the water. We stays at dolphin lodge and the service and staff were all amazing, the food was fantastic and they put my mind at ease catering for my allergies! Our guide Elias was so kind and knowledgable and clearly passionate about his job which really made our experience!! Booking with Mike was easy and a great experience- no question was too much! Thank you!!

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Karin Schuler
November 19, 2023

Vielen lieben Dank für die unvergessliche Zeit im Amazonas und in der Delphine Lodge. Es war einfach wunderschön! Cool war, dass es nicht so viele Leute in der Lodge gab - klein aber fein (bei uns waren es max. 7). Bei anderen Lodges sieht das anders aus. Die Kommunikation mit Mike war unkompliziert und alle Fragen wurden beantwortet. Ein ganz besonderes grosses Lob geht an unseren Guide Elias. Er hat uns den Amazonas - seine Heimat - näher gebracht. Seine Ruhe ist bewundernswert. Die ganze Tierwelt des Amazons hat er uns gezeigt: Affen, Cayman, Piranhas, Schildkröte, Otter, Tukans, Schlangen, Baumfröschen und vielen mehr. Abends ging es immer zur Laguna mit dem SUP und es gab bei schönem Wetter wundervolle Sonnenuntergänge. Der ganze Staff in der Lodge war super freundlich und hilfsbereit. Das Essen war fantastisch und auch für Veganer wurde kulinarisch gesorgt. Vielen Dank!

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Molly Carver
November 13, 2023

What an incredible 4 day experience in the jungle! From start to finish we were mesmerised by the beauty of the reserve. Our guide Elias was amazing and so knowledgeable of the surroundings! The food was great and there was a good balance between activities and down time. We were sad it was over and had the holiday blues it was so good!! Also Mike was great to chat to to organise the booking and ask any questions!

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Yannick Rozendaal
November 12, 2023

Just got back from a tour with Cuyabeno Wildlife Center and wow, what an experience! This place is tucked away in the Amazon, making you feel like you're in your own little adventure. The lodge is run by the local community, which gives the whole thing a really genuine vibe. The guides, especially Roberto and Diego, were amazing. They know everything about the jungle and the wildlife. I learned so much! The rooms are super comfy and right in the middle of the jungle. And the food, oh man, it was delicious and they had great options for everyone. What I really loved is how the lodge is all about helping the local community and the environment. They hire local people and use the money from tourism for wonderful projects like teaching indigenous children about sustainability and looking after the jungle. Booking with Mike was a breeze and everything was well organized. This trip was definitely one of the best parts of my time in Ecuador. Big thanks to everyone at the center. I can't wait to come back someday in the future!

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Willem Pluijm
November 10, 2023

Op aanraden van familie contact opgenomen met Mike, hij regelde onze 5-daagse Cuyabeno tour. Echt super snel geregeld! De lodge was geweldig met vriendelijk team en echt goed eten. Onze gids Carlos was ook echt een leuke vent. Echt een van de leukste ervaringen in Ecuador.

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Patrick Lorisika
November 9, 2023

We contacted Cuyabeno Wildlife Center to book the 5 day Tage / Ayahuasca Tour. During the purchase process, Michael was very nice and helpful, he replied quickly on all our questions and made the reservation easy for us. Our stay was operated by the staff of Dolphin Lodge. Amazing guys with a huge knowledge about the rain forest sharing it during canoe and walking tours. The tour was mainly the same as the Cuyabena Enchanted Tour: 4 of those 5 days were completely identical while one day was different due to the Ayahuasca ceremony. Therefore the price of our package was 550 US$ instead of 330 US$. We booked this tour knowing that 220 US$ is a high price for such a ceremony (compared to other options for only 70 US$), but got a good feeling due to their homepage and Mike's nice support when making the reservation. Furthermore, we wanted to make the best choice for this most likely unique experience. All in one our days were amazing at Dolphin Lodge. The Ayahuasca ceremony was a joke, not at all displaying the extremely high pricing. Although the shaman said he'd take care of us, it would be a nice ceremony, ... he did not really care of what we were doing. In fact he barely stood up from his hammock were he spent the whole night after the so called ceremony of maybe one minute. Even if two of the three of us had two glasses (double of the usual dose), there was no effect at all. When he told us to go to bed at midnight, we just asked for 10 minutes to get ready. Then the shaman left without a word instead of bringing us to his house where we should sleep (what he considered super important some hours ago). This means we spent in the end 220 US$ per person for lying in this hut for 4 hours nothing happening. The next day the shaman woke us up at 5:57 am and told us we had to leave at 6:00 am. Asking if we really had to leave within 3 minutes (nothing of that was communicated the day before) and if the canoe was waiting for us, he replied simply yes. He then wanted us to pay him, and a small discussion started when we replied we paid already the agency. Anyway, booking with the shaman directly would have had a cost of 80 US$ instead of 220 $, what the agency charges us. Arriving at the river, there was no canoe at all. We waited for one hour alone in the jungle, standing in the muddy shore of the river. We then had no option to 'hitchhike' back to the lodge, asking a passing canoe to bring us back (what we paid in addition in form of a tip). After this horrible overpriced experience, we approached the team of the lodge and Michel. Having chosen the most expensive option and getting the worst possible experience didn't sound fair to us. Michael was very nice, but flooded us with excuses why he can't do anything. Of course this did never happen before (difficult to believe because one day after there were already the next people with issues). In the end we got a reimbursement of 150 US$, but have still paid 70$ for a ceremony that we did not get. Summary: 1. All except the Ayahuasca ceremony was great and is absolutely recommendable. 2. We still paid 70 US$ per person in the end for nothing at all but a lot of discussions. In my point of view, if a company offers the same service as other companies but for more than double of the price, there should be something special about it. In our case we sadly didn't get anything for our money. 3. It is very disappointing that Mike tried to blame someone else and had many excuses. If a company resells a subcontractor's service, this company is still responsible for the sale of the service or product. Due to our experience I would not book this tour again. Anyway, since we had a good time apart of this one day, a 5 day tour without the ceremony is a very nice experience.

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Anna-Maria Lorisika
November 8, 2023

We booked the 5 day Ayahuasca-Yahe Tour with Mike. The booking process was very easy and we had a good feeling with Mike, who responded quickly to all our Questions. The whole Tour was operated by the Crew of Dolphin Lodge, who did an amazing job. Anna and Elias were perfect Guides with a huge knowledge. The food was awesome and we had a great time in and around the Lodge. But the whole Ayahuasca experience was not good. We had either a bad experience or didn‘t feel anything. The ceremony lastet only 30 seconds and after that the Shaman was not really interested in us anymore, we didn‘t feel welcomed. Back in the lodge the team was trying to help us to get a refund. We payed 550$ for the tour with ceremony, without it would have been 330$. So 220$ for the ceremony. We heard afterwards that it normally costs about 80$ with the same Shaman. After getting in contact with the owner of Dolphin Lodge and Mike of the Agency we got a partially refund. Conclusion: the Ayahuasca-Tour is very overpriced and not recomendable. Everythingelse was very good. Either book another tour or directly with the Dolphin Lodge.

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Judith van der Linden
November 4, 2023

We had an amazing experience thanks to Mike, Navier, Andres, the lodge personnel and canoe drivers!

This Lodge is amazing!! Food was delicious, the guide Victor was fantastic and the experience is marvelous!!

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julie meunier
October 24, 2023

Un endroit magnifique avec un beau projet, et qui appartient à la communauté locale. L'equipe est très sympa et passionnée. Je recommande vivement pour les amateurs de faune et flore sauvage qui veulent découvrir la jungle amazonienne 🙂

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Raoul Cappiello
October 15, 2023

The tours the stuff were absolutely amazing!!! An experience I’ll never forget. And the price was more then fair

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Thijs Dings
September 24, 2023

As a wildlife enthousiast, one of the best experiences of my life! Carlos his knowledge and ability to spot birds and other wildlife was exceptional. If you have any affection with nature this is a must on your trip to Ecuador. I would even recommend this as a solo destination.

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Marvin
September 20, 2023
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Guillaume Bélisle
September 19, 2023

Amazing experience, we could see so much stuff and the place is very comfortable. Food is super good, it is safe and staff take care of you, whatever you need! Gracias a rita, nuestra guía en la selva!

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Anke Geerts
September 16, 2023

Really awesome experience, lovely guide. An the best staff!

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Leonardo Lee
September 13, 2023

everything was great, if we could have some real Ecuadorian coffee , that would be more than perfect 🙂

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Henry M
September 12, 2023

We had a wonderful time here (5D, 4N, August 2023), and did a variety of walks and canoe-trips, sometimes at night or at 6 a.m. - amazing. Wherever you look, there is something to see! The guides were great, the food (though really not important) was wonderful. The place is remote, not like many of the other lodges. I think this added to the overall impression. We were in the middle of the jungle, and really felt its permanent aspiration to live and create new life. Lie on your bed at night and listen to the sounds of the jungle right around you... Don't expect to see too many large animals, though this may happen. We felt fascination in whatever moved around. Once you spot a line of leaf-cutting ants doing their dance, you will be happy! If you expect a five star accomodation and wifi 24/7, please stay at home and leave the place to those who need a dose of humbleness and awe. They will get it here.

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Thomas Zimmermann
September 5, 2023
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Elena McGahan
August 31, 2023

Best days of my stay in ecuador!! Deep in the jungle Passionate guides Respect to the animals Impeccable service Amazing food Familial atmosphere between the group I really recommend this lodge also for the social impact it has: the idea is to hire LOCAL people, give work and money. AND, the money from the tourism will be invested in ecological projects, such as the education of the young generation to take care of the jungle! Let's support that! I will never forget it, thanks again Rita, Andres, Alberto.

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Louie Lang
August 31, 2023

I had an amazing experience here! The activities were varied and exciting, the food was delicious, and above all the location is incredible - you are quite literally in the middle of nowhere, immersed in nature. A special thanks to Andrés and Rita!

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陳瑜真
August 30, 2023

Wowww, what an amazing lodge and tour! The service and food were wonderful. It was also great to connect with the local community workers! All in all, it was a fantastic experience. Thank you Sophie for the quick booking!!

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Mario Corbo
August 30, 2023

I had a great experience and the tour was amazing! The food was delicious and the guides were so knowledgeable. I highly recommend the 7-day Peru Border tour!!

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Cristin Shanahan
August 24, 2023

I had an absolutely wonderful experience at the Cuyabeno Wildlife Centre. It's hard to pick a highlight when you're going on four excursions a day and have guides who know the wildlife inside out and backwards, but I really loved how isolated the lodge was and the fact that it's owned by the local Indigenous community. It was a very real experience and not just something people were putting on to make a dollar off of tourists. The food was delicious, the room was straight up luxurious, and the staff were always willing to help, going out of their way to make our experience as good as it could be. I am so happy with my choice and would recommend this centre to anyone I know going to the Amazon!

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Billy Alzate
August 21, 2023

It was and amazing experience. Thanks Mike for everything, Cuyabeno Wildlife Center was over my expectations, the tour was amazing and the protect area was fascinating, for sure I'll come back.

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.

Our Mission

At Cuyabeno Wildlife Center, our mission is to provide our guests with an authentic and immersive rainforest experience while promoting conservation and sustainability. We believe that ecotourism is a powerful tool for protecting the natural environment and supporting local communities.

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Support local communities

Our lodge supports the local communities through sustainable practices, employment opportunities, and preservation of traditional cultures.

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Amazon Conservation Project

As part of the Amazon conservation project, we participate in reforestation efforts, wildlife monitoring, and environmental education to protect the Amazon rainforest.

Educate Guests who Visit us

We provide guests with guided tours and interactive experiences that showcase the incredible wildlife and ecosystems of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, to educate about the biodiversity and importance of the rainforest.