This eco-lodge is located inside Cuyabeno National Park, with the reserve itself having been established in 1979 and covering over 650,000 hectares (1.5 million acres) of primary rainforest in the northeastern part of the Ecuadorian Amazon around the Cuyabeno River. Accessible from the provincial Ecuadorian capital of Nueva Loja, over the years the reserve has become an important tourist destination because of its amazing animal and bird diversity, which includes twelve species of monkeys and well over 600 birds species. When the Cuyabeno Lodge began operating in 1988, the owners believed that rainforest travelers should be accommodated in conditions that would be both in harmony with the surrounding environment and attuned to the needs of the modern visitor. The lodge is certified by the Rainforest Alliance for its sustainable tourism practices and for its use of local materials in the construction of the facility. The lodge works closely with the local Siona indigenous community, whose members provide motor canoe transportation for the tours at the Cuyabeno Lodge.

From

US$ 410

Highlights

Ecuadorian Amazon, Jungle Walk, Canoe Trip, Indigenous Community, Night Walk, Birdwatching, River Swimming, Trail Exploring

Itinerary Details

Quito – Cuyabeno River Lodge – Jungle Walk

AM:

PM: Upon arrival at the Cuyabeno Bridge, your guide will meet you and transport you by motorized canoe to our base camp: Cuyabeno River Lodge. After an initial rest, we will take a short walk in the afternoon on the Ceibo trail, leading us to one of the region’s largest tree species.

AM: After an early breakfast, we will travel by motorized canoe to "Laguna Grande," Cuyabeno’s largest lake. During the excursion, you will observe the exotic flora and fauna (monkeys, dolphins, etc.) peculiar to this region. After stopping for lunch, we will continue down the Cuyabeno River to the indigenous community of Puerto Bolivar. Here, we will participate in the preparation of typical yucca bread in the home of an indigenous family before returning to our base camp. Optional nocturnal walks and/or canoe rides may be requested free of charge.

PM:

AM: Optional requests for early morning bird walks are more than welcome. After breakfast, we will continue our exploring with a trek through the primary rainforest, scouting our longest trail for 3-4 hours in search of exotic plants, animals and animal tracks. Our guide will indicate medicinal plants, native animals and discuss local indigenous customs. In addition, you will have the opportunity to row down the river in a native style canoe, fish for piranhas and take a refreshing swim in the Cuyabeno River.

PM:

AM: On day four we will explore one last trail, with new opportunities for seeing different vegetation and animals before taking the early evening direct bus (at 6:30 pm) to Quito.

PM:

Prices

Standard en Cabana Tipo A SGL, DBL (Twin o Matri), TPL, QUAD

USD$ 450

Standard en Cabana Tipo B SGL, DBL (Twin o Matri), TPL, QUAD

USD$ 430

Standard en Cabana Tipo C SGL, DBL (Twin o Matri), TPL, QUAD

USD$ 410

Suite SGL, DBL (Twin o Matri), TPL, QUAD

USD$ 510

Superior in the tower SGL, DBL (Twin o Matri), TPL, QUAD

USD$ 480

Included in the price

  • Fluvial transportation / canoe tour
  • Lodging in double cabins or family-size “Superior Rooms”
  • Complete meals (from a box-lunch on the first day until breakfast on the last day)
  • Walks and excursions as per the itinerary
  • Services of a bilingual naturalist guide
  • Purified drinking water
  • Use of rubber boots & rain ponchos

Not included in the price

  • Transportation (Quito – Cuyabeno Lodge – Quito)
  • Park entrance fee ($20 USD for foreigners, $5 USD for nationals)
  • Fees for activities in indigenous communities
  • Any service not specified in the program
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Extras and personal expenses
  • Alcoholic and bottled drinks (should be paid for in cash at the lodge)

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Quito – Cuyabeno River Lodge – Jungle Walk

AM:

PM: Upon arrival at the Cuyabeno Bridge, your guide will meet you and transport you by motorized canoe to our base camp: the Cuyabeno River Lodge. After an initial rest, we will take a short walk in the afternoon on the Ceibo trail, leading us to one of the region’s largest trees.

AM: After an early breakfast, we will travel by motorized canoevisit to “Laguna Grand,” Cuyabeno’s largest lake . During the excursion you can observe the exotic flora and fauna (monkeys, dolphins, etc.) peculiar to this region. After stopping for lunch, we will continue down the Cuyabeno River to the indigenous community of Puerto Bolivar. Here we will participate in the preparation of a typical yucca bread in the home of an indigenous family before setting up camp for the night near the Laguna. An optional nocturnal walk or caiman-spotting canoe ride may be requested.

PM:

AM: Optional: Requests for early morning bird walks are more than welcome. After breakfast, we will continue to trek through the primary rainforest, exploring our longest trail for 3-4 hours in search of exotic plants, animals, and animal tracks. Our guide will indicate medicinal plants and native animals, as well as discuss local indigenous customs. In addition, we will have the opportunity to row downriver in native-style canoes, fish for piranhas and take a refreshing swim in the Cuyabeno River.

PM:

AM: Continuation of our exploring of walking trails and canoeing in “quillas” (native-style canoes). Optional nocturnal walk after dinner.

PM:

AM: On day five, we will explore one last trail, with new opportunities for seeing different types of vegetation and animals before taking the early evening direct bus (at 6:30 pm) back to Quito.

PM:

Prices

Standard en Cabana Tipo A SGL, DBL (Twin o Matri), TPL, QUAD

USD$ 560

Standard en Cabana Tipo B SGL, DBL (Twin o Matri), TPL, QUAD

USD$ 535

Standard en Cabana Tipo C SGL, DBL (Twin o Matri), TPL, QUAD

USD$ 510

Suite SGL, DBL (Twin o Matri), TPL, QUAD

USD$ 635

Superior in the tower SGL, DBL (Twin o Matri), TPL, QUAD

USD$ 595

Included in the price

  • Fluvial transportation / canoe tour
  • Lodging in double cabins or family-size “Superior Rooms”
  • Complete meals (from a box lunch on the first day until breakfast on the last day)
  • Walks and excursions as per the itinerary
  • Services of a bilingual naturalist guide
  • Purified drinking water
  • Use of rubber boots & rain ponchos

Not included in the price

  • Transportation (Quito – Cotococha Lodge – Quito)
  • Park entrance fee ($20 USD for foreigners, $5 USD for nationals)
  • Fees for activities in indigenous communities
  • Any service not specified in the program
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Extras and personal expenses
  • Alcoholic and bottled drinks (should be paid for in cash at the lodge)

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