The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is an oasis of peace and adventure in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Get to know the the flora and fauna and visitTour Details
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The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is an oasis of peace and adventure in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Get to know the the flora and fauna and visit to the local Siona community.
Envision yourself swimming in a lake in the middle of the jungle, witnessing the beautiful sunset, surrounded by lush greenery and undisturbed wildlife! This and more awaits you on our popular Cuyabeno jungle tour.
The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, is an oasis of peace and adventure in the Ecuadorian Amazon, it is truly one of the country’s best treasures. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, ecology buff, adventure junkie, or merely want to explore one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems, Cuyabeno will suit your interests. Among the various experiences travelers love about this tour is the spontaneous sighting of the reserve’s flora and fauna – birds, monkeys, caimans, frogs, bullet ants, turtles, pink river dolphins, electric eel, boas, and if you’re lucky, an anaconda. The guides are all native and very knowledgeable about the plants you will encounter, so you will learn about the region’s botany and the intriguing properties of your surroundings.
One of the unique aspects of this tour is the visit to the local Siona community, where you will interact with the people who live and thrive off the land. They will teach you how to make yucca bread, how they grow coffee, and meet their shaman (this is one of the most memorable parts of the tour, you’ll see why!)
Tailor this tour to your interests and flexibility – we also offer expeditions of 3 days & 5 days! This tour is ideal for, solo travellers, families, couples, or a group of friends. See details about our individual itineraries below, and join us on this memorable trip!
Getting to Lago Agrio.
This trip does not include transport from Quito to Lago Agrio, or the return leg back to Quito, which should be taken into account when planning your trip. There is a regular bus service from Quito to Lago Agrio (approximately 8 hours) which should be undertaken the day before this trip and will require an overnight stay in Lago Agrio, as the trip begins at 0700 hours on day one. Similarly, an overnight stay in Lago Agrio may be required at the end of the trip before taking the return bus to Quito.
Quito to Coca flights.
There are daily, low cost, 35 minute flights to Coca (approx. $40 ea.) from where it is possible to get a taxi to Lago Agrio for around $25, which takes approximately 80 minutes. This is a much faster way to reach Lago Agrio for those who are happy to incur the additional expense. Toucanto does not arrange flights!
Please book at least 48 hours in advance, so we can assure that there will be a guide present for you.
Single travellers booking this trip will be placed in a twin room with another traveller of the the same sex.
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Quito - Lago Agrio - El Puente
Morning: Bus ride (one day before – 8 hour ride) to Lago Agrio. Drive from Lago Agrio to El Puente. Around 11am start the canoe trip down the Cuyabeno River to our lodge.
Night: Dinner and exciting night walk to observe bugs and the nocturnal animals.
Morning: Three hour hike in the primary forest to learn about flora and fauna, including lessons in the use of plants for survival.
Late afternoon: Relax, go to Caimancocha and Patococha for bird watching, sunset at Laguna Grande with a chance for some refreshing swimming and caiman (alligator) searching.
Morning: An hour and a half boat ride down the river to a Siona indigenous community to interact and learn about their traditions and customs by making some local food. After a visit to a shaman to learn about his secrets and ancestral knowledge of shamanism.
At night we enjoy a delicious dinner and then some free time in the lodge.
El Puente - Rio Agrio - Quito
Early morning: Bird watching with your guide.
Breakfast: journey up Cuyabeno River to El Puente. Drive to Lago Agrio (arrive in Lago Agrio in the afternoon). Bus ride back to Quito.
- Bilingual Naturalist Guide
- Equipment for activities ( WATERPROOF PONCHO, BOOTS, MOSQUITO NET, AND LIFE VESTS )
- Electricity to charge electronics
- Meals on the tour ( breakfast, lunch, dinner and purified water )
- Hikes & activities mentioned in the itinerary
- Breakfast on day 1 and dinner on the last day
- Community contribution $10.00 per person
- Transportation from Quito to Lago Agrio and back.
- Tips for guide and lodge staff
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The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
Face masks required for travellers in public areas.
Face masks required for guides in public areas.
Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival.
The policies on sanitization are:
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff.
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas.
Gear/equipment sanitised between use.
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
The policies on social distancing are:
Social distancing enforced throughout experience.
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons.
The policies on staff health and safety are:
Guides required to regularly wash hands.
Regular temperature checks for staff.
This activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers.
- Insect repellent.
- Light breathable clothes (enough for 4 or 5 days).
- An extra towel for swims (quick dry recommended).
- Flashlight (optional for night walk)
- Light jacket (at night it can be slightly breezy).
- Binoculars (optional for up close views of the animals)
- Long socks (for rubber boots).
- Refillable water bottle.