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6 BEST AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR

Ecuador's Amazon Rainforest region allows travelers to experience a completely unique tropical adventure. From discovering Indian tribes and looking out for monkeys, sloths, and dolphins to travelling through the hidden creeks and lakes that make up much of the area, these vacation packages are designed to allow tourists to truly immerse themselves in the rainforest. Of all the Amazon-Andean countries, Ecuador offers some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities and Cuyabeno is especially renowned for its abundance of flora and fauna. These pre-designed jungle tours have been put together by experienced travel guides and ecotourism experts from both within Ecuador as well as the Cofan Tribe who manage large parts of Cuyabeno.

 

7 DAYS' LAGARTOCOCHE EXPEDITION

The 7 day's Lagartocoche Expedition is an epic journey deep into the wildest part of the Amazon, exploring creeks and lakes that hardly any tourist ever gets to see.

 

Amazon Rainforest Ecuador Vacation, Day 1

Our transport meets you in Lagoagrio to take you in about 2 hours to the the canoe landing location Nuevo Unión, on the Aguarico River.

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Detailed map Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve with route.

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Aguarico River landscape.AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Cofan Lodge tourist canoe.

The Lagartocoche Vacation takes you on a 200 - 300km odyssey through the Eastern Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, starting at the River Aguarico.

The tourist canoe of the Cofan Lodge.

 

Upon arrival in Zábalo, you will be shown around in the village and taken to your cabins to freshen up and rest, as it has been a long day since your departure from Quito.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Relaxing on the Cuyabeno Lodge deck during your Amazon visit in EcuadorAMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Cofan Lodge Cabin.

The restaurant of our Cofan Lodge.

One of the cabins of the Cofan Lodge.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Resting in hammocks at the Cofan Lodge when visiting the Amazon in Ecuador.AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Zábalo Cofan village.

Resting in a hammocks in our restaurant.

A walk in Zábalo village.

 

Amazon Rainforest Ecuador Vacation, Day 2

You will be taken on one of the few Ecuadorian black water rivers, where the clear dark water provides ideal conditions for Giant Otters. There is also a vivid population of Scarlet Macaws as well as a great variety of tropical birds and monkeys.

 

In the evening, you return to Zábalo to spend the night in the Cofan Lodge.

 

After dark, we make a short excursion to look at nocturnal animals.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Tree Frog of the Amazon Jungle seen on a night excursion when visiting the Amazon in Ecuador.AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Nocturnal amazon animal found on an Amazon visit in Ecuador

Tree frogs are very common, but it is somewhat hard to spot them. The minute you think you at last have one in your camera, they jump away to never be seen again. With lots of luck, you may see the reflecting eyes of an Ocelot Cat in the beam of your flash light.

 

Amazon Rainforest Ecuador Vacation, Day 3

The day begins with learning about of the Cofan ways. You will be instructed how to shoot with a blowgun, and get the opportunity to see the traditional Cofan dresses.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Cuyabeno Entry station for Amazon Visitors in EcuadorAMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Cofan shaman with village children.

Learning how to shoot with a blowgun.

The shaman with some of the Cofan children and of tourists.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Zábalo kitchen garden.AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Cofan turtle restoration project.

The traditional vegetable garden produces typical food of the Amazon region.

The Cofan turtle breeding project helped restore the turtle numbers in Cuyabeno.

 

In the morning we take off to the largest lake of the Ecuatorian Amazon, Zancudo Coche, located in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. After a well-deserved night's rest, you will explore Lake Zancudo Cocha and its surrounding.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Amazon jungle flowering.AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Amazon forest in the dry season with some trees shedding their leaves.

Sometimes, you will see trees flowering, but always as part of a very varied jungle, where no tree species will ever dominate the landscape.

During the dry season - which is never truly dry, just dryer - some trees will shed their leaves.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR:  Amazon Manatee at Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Amazon dolphin on an Amazon visit in Ecuador

Usually there will be a few Amazon Dolphins (no guarantee of course) or, if you are really lucky, a Manatee.

 

Skim past the shores with beautiful jungle trees and spot sloths and monkeys, like the Black-mantled Tamarins, noisy Howlers and Wooley Monkeys. Watch for the more than 540 species of birds known for the area, varying from hummingbirds to Harpy eagles, King Vultures to endangered – yet common in Cuyabeno - Blue and Yellow macaws.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Amazon jungle seen from the air.AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Candle bush in the Amazon.

Cuyabeno's rainforest has the greatest recorded number of species per hectare anywhere in the world.

The Candle Bush grows along river courses.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Ecuador Amazon birding expeditionAMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Birdwatchers on Amazon Expedition in Ecuador

The reserve has become a favorite place for birdwatchers.

Tourists "hunt" wild animals with their binoculars and cameras.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: flooded forest along Lake Zancudo Cocha.AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: jungle lunch in Cuyabeno.

The borders of the lake are often inundated.

Along the way we picnic on a "blanket" of palm leaves.

 

We spend the entire day exploring the lake, after which we make camp and sleep in tents along the lake side.

 

Amazon Rainforest Ecuador Vacation, Day 4

After breakfast, we enter a branch of the Aguarico River, the Imuya River, which forms the Lagartocoche watershed. We send the entire day exploring this beautiful black water river, looking out for wildlife and birds.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: the Imuyo River is the clearest black water river in the Amazon of Ecuador.AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: The black water of the Imuyo River mixing with the "white" - in reality coffee-with-cream colored sediment loaded River Aguarico.

With its entire watershed protected in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, the Imuyo River is the clearest black water river in the Amazon of Ecuador.

The clear black - sediment poor - water of the Imuyo River mixes with the sediment loaded water of the Aguarico River. The color comes from the soil particles dispersed in the water.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: natigating up the Imuyo River.AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: extended swamps characterize the forest.

Continuing the journey upstream the Imuyo River until we reach the Lagartocoche lakes.

Extended swamps characterize the forest.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Amazon visitors enjoy orchid at Cuyabeno, EcuadorAMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Beautiful flowers enlighten Amazon visits in Ecuador.AMAZON FOREST PLANTS, ECUADOR: Amazon rainforest plants include the Orchids growing in Cuyabeno. AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Heliconia in the Amazon tropical Rainforest seen when visiting the Amazon in Ecuador.

Some of the jungle flowers you may find along the way, depending on the season.

 

In the evening we make camp (in tents) along the river.

 

Amazon Rainforest Ecuador Vacation, Days 5 and 6

After breakfast, we enter the Lagarto Coche Lakes, a dense network of lakes and creeks at the border with Peru. We spend 2 days exploring the lakes and Macrolobium swamps.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: The border of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is a huge swamp area.AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Lagarto Cocha along the Peruvian border is a huge swamp area.

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Along the border with Peru, Cuyabeno Reserve of Ecuador is an enormous swamp.Epiphytes in the Amazon Jungle

Lagarto Coche is a dense network of creeks and lakes.

The Macrolobium trees form mystic swamps with their bonsai shaped truncs.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Taking a plunge in Lagarto Cocha lakes. AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: excursion in Cuyabeno.

After a days' excursion it is very refreshing to take a plunge into one of the lakes.

On excursion in one of the Lagartocoche Lakes.

 

In the evening, we make camp along one of the creeks or lakes.

 

Amazon Rainforest Ecuador Vacation, Day 6

In the morning, we continue exploring the Lagartocoche Lakes swamps.

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Seasonal floating meadows in Cuyabeno, Lagarto Cocha. AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Lagarto Cocha lakes with Macrolobium trees in Cuyabeno.

The swamps form dense networks of flooded forest and seasonal floating meadows loved by Manati.

At other locations the swamps are formed by Macrolobium trees.

 

In the afternoon, we have to head back to Zábalo, where you spend the night in the Cofan Lodge.

 

Day 7

On day 7, you will experience the feel of so many of our visitors: "It all went by too quickly".

From Zábalo, we take you upstream Aguarico River to the road at El Unión, where your transport is waiting for you to take you to the airport or the bus-terminal in Lagoagrio, where your journey ends. Check our Cofan Lodge rates.

 

CUYABENO LAKE EXTENSION

For those who would like to explore the entire Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, we have the Cuyabeno Lake Extension. Your Vacation would last two more days, the last of which, you would spend around the famous Cuyabeno Lake while being lodged in the comfortable famous Cuyabeno Lodge. This would be a fantastic conclusion of your Amazon Rainforest Vacation.  For details about the program, take a look at Cuyabeno Tour, but in stead of staying 3 nights, you would be staying 2 nights.

 

For this extension, your extended itinerary would continue after the previous day 6:

 

Amazon Rainforest Ecuador Vacation, Day 7

After breakfast, we take you to the mouth of the Cuyabeno River, where usually some river dolphins hang out. From there you will be taken to the Canopy tower, to have an impression of the natural canopy.

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: The mouth of the Cuyabeno River.AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: The Cuyabeno Canopy Tower.

The Cuyabeno River Mouth is frequented by Amazon Dolphins

The highest canopy tower in Cuyabeno takes you all the way into the crown of a gigantic tree.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Canopy tower platform.AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: view from the canopy tower.

Admiring the view from the canopy tower platform.

The tree canopies are where the Amazon jungle has most of its species.

 

After climbing the tower, the expedition goes further along the winding Cuyabeno River until reaching the Cuyabeno Lagoon. At that point you will be hosted by one of the lodges of that part of the reserve, most likely our partner, the Cuyabeno Lodge.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Port of Entry for a visit of the Amazon in Ecuador at CuyabenoAMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Macrolobium trees at Lake Cuyabeno.

The expedition continues until reaching the Cuyabeno River.

Epiphytes clad Macrolobium trees look like giant Bonsai trees that surround the Cuyabeno Lagoon .

 

It will be late when you reach the Cuyabeno Lodge. Upon arrival you can take a hot shower and relax a while until dinner, or if you are up to it go swimming in the lagoon and enjoy the sunset.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Swimming at the Cuyabeno Lake during your Amazon visit in EcuadorAMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Make great friends at the Cuyabeno Lodge when visiting the Amazon in Ecuador.

Diving into the lagoon is always great as the water temperature is wonderful.

Dining is a social even where you can talk about your experiences of the day.

 

After dinner there will be a  night excursion on the higher grounds of the better drained hilly jungle and discover the wonders of plants and nocturnal animals in the dark.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Grasshopper shedding skin.AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Interesting lizard in the jungleAMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: A jung tarantella spiderAMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Frog waiting to snap up a fat insect

Animals of the dark

 

During those excursions, you will discover mystic animals like nocturnal crickets, night lizards, giant spiders, and lots of frogs and toads.

 

Amazon Rainforest Ecuador Vacation, Day 8

After spending the night in one of the comfortable cabins, your guide takes you on  Lake and its surrounding Macrolobium swamps, which are more developed than in Lagartocoche. The forest in this part of the reserve is better developed and you are likely to see different species of wildlife.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Blue and Yellow macaws can be frequently seen when visiting the Amazon in Ecuador.AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR: Black Mantled Tamarins at Cofan Lodge, your comfortable hotel when visiting the Amazon in Ecuador.

Blue and yellow Macaws are common around the Cuyabeno Lake.

Black-Mantled Tamarins live in good-sized groups.

 

Amazon Rainforest Ecuador Vacation, Day 9

On this final day, you will have to leave early in the morning to get back on time to catch the plane or bus to Quito in Lagoagrio. You will ride the canoe up the Upper Cuyabeno River to the main entrance of the park, the "Cuyabeno Bridge", where your transport will be waiting for you to bring you to the airport or to the bus station to take you on your trip back to Quito.

 

 

 

2023 COFAN LODGE / CUYABENO LODGE / PARKS AND TRIBES PRICES

PARKS AND TRIBES AMAZON PROGRAMS

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COFAN LODGE PROGRAMS

COFAN LODGE STANDARD PROGRAM

DURATION STAY

Prices per person in US$

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

$ 499

Prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers.

 

CUYABENO DAY TRIP NEW!

DURATION STAY

Prices in US$

1 DAY

$ 99

Discounts for families with children

NAPO RIVER CRUISE NEW!

DURATION STAY

Prices per person in US$

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

$ 450

LAGARTOCOCHE EXPEDITION NEW!

DURATION STAY

Prices per person in US$

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

$ 450

Departure from Nuevo Rocafuerte at the border with Peru. There is a daily rapid public boat services between Coca and Nuevo Rocafuerte for about $50 (not included).

 

Prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers.

 

CUYABENO LOOP

DURATION STAY

Prices per person in US$

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

 

Standard room at the Cuyabeno Lodge part (nights 3 &4)

$ 799

Standard room in the Cofan Lodge (nights 1 & 2) and Deluxe room at the Cuyabeno Lodge (nights 3 & 4)

$ 899

Prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers.

 

CUYABENO LODGE PROGRAMS

CUYABENO LODGE STANDARD PROGRAM

DURATION

Prices per person in US$

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

 

Standard room (17 m2, private bathroom, shared balcony)

$ 280

Standard room Plus (±20 m2, private bathroom, shared balcony)

$ 350

Deluxe room (25m2, private bathroom, private balcony in the tower)

$ 370

Suite (36m2, private bathroom, private balcony)

$ 390

 

 

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

 

Shared budget room (Dormitory shared among 4 people, shared bathrooms)

$ 280

Standard room (17 m2, private bathroom, shared balcony)

$ 390

Standard room Plus (±20 m2, private bathroom, shared balcony)

$ 430

Deluxe room (25m2, private bathroom, private balcony in the tower)

$ 480

Suite (36m2, private bathroom, private balcony)

$ 510

 

CUYABENO ADVENTURE

 

DURATION

Prices per person in US$

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

 

Shared budget room (Dormitory shared among 4 people, shared bathrooms)

$ 340

Standard room (17 m2, private bathroom, shared balcony)

$ 420

Standard room Plus (±20 m2, private bathroom, shared balcony)

$ 535

Deluxe room (25m2, private bathroom, private balcony in the tower)

$ 595

Suite (36m2, private bathroom, private balcony)

$ 635

Single occupancy surcharge (for the entire trip)

$ 100

Individual bookings are WELCOME

 

QUITO - LAGOAGRIO

(or visa versa)

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION

 

Prices in US$

One way per party price from or to Quito. Group Price for parties of 2 - 7 to the park entrance (minivan) who share the costs.

$ 300

One way Coca to Park entrance per taxi (Japanes size). Minimum 2 maximum 4 A 6 persons minivan is also available.Luggage capacity for carry-ons only.

$ 120 / $150

 

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR PROGRAM

DURATION STAY

Prices in US$

OPTION A: Complete national Parks Tour (10 days). From

$ 1399

OPTION B: After Machalilla return to Quito (6 days). From

$ 999

OPTION C: After Machalilla return to Quito (6 days) via Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve (7 days). From

$ 1099

OPTION D: Start and finish in Guayaquil (5 days). From

$999

OPTION E: Start in Cuenca and Finish in Guayaquil (5 days). From

$ 999

Prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers.

 

LIMA CUSCO MACHU PICCHU

DURATION STAY

Prices in US$

6 or 7 days (subject to flight itineraries). From

$ 1199

Prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers.

 

What is essential to bring our best Amazon Rainforest Ecuador Vacations?

Please check our vacation packing packing list for the tropics.

AMAZON RAINFOREST VACATION PACKAGES ECUADOR

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