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AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]

Are these really the 6 best Tours to discover the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador?

YES! This is why...

When walks through the jungle, wildlife overhead in the canopy are difficult to distinguish. When you look up there is not much to see. The leaves are dark against the light sky, appearing almost black.  Along narrow rivers though, light can penetrate through the forest allowing you to see birds and other animal. This allows you to watch birds, flowers and mammals much better, from the comfort of your canoe.

 

So what makes Cuyabeno so special...

  • The only nature reserve in the Amazon-Andean countries with plains in the near-Andes Amazon region. Slow-flowing rivers and abundant lakes can only occur in flat terrain; not in hills. This makes Cuyabeno so unusual!

  • While there are some well-drained forests, you may see some land-bound animals and birds; but with such abundance of water, you will get to see lots of water-bound animals like: Dolphins, Manatees, Capybaras, Caymans, Ducks, Cormorants, Herons, etc.

  • Watching animals from a boat is much more comfortable than  on foot. Your birding and mammals books, your binoculars and your camera are all easily at your disposition.

 

But there is more...

  • Getting from Lagoagrio to Cuyabeno is (mostly) over an asphalt road. Distances over water are much shorter than to other reserves, like Yasuní National Park;

  •  Our programs are organized by or in collaboration with small Indian tribes, the Cofans and Sionas;

  • All programs are so child friendly, I took my grandchildren (3,5 & 6) there. Wao, did they love it!

4 DAYS CUYABENO LODGE TOUR

Discovery of the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, Day one

Our vehicle meets you in Lagoagrio to bring you to the main entrance of the park "El Puente"; the "Bridge".

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Transportation from Lago Agrio to Cuyabeno.AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Cuyabeno Park Entrance, "The Bridge".

Our transport meets you in Lagoagrio to bring you in about 2 hours to the main entrance of the park.

Main entrance ranger station "Cuyabeno Bridge", where visitors enter the canoes to the Cuyabeno Lake area.

 

Upon arrival, your adventurous Amazon journey really takes off, as we take you along the beautiful winding Cuyabeno River to reach our Cuyabeno Lodge. It's a fascinating ride on this tributary of the Amazon River, that will take you  first to the largest lake in the reserve, the Laguna Cuyabeno also known as Laguna Grande. This is the perfect spot for the discovery of the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, as our Cuyabeno Lodge is one of the few accommodation located on any of the seven lakes of the Cuyabeno river system.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Visitors on their way to the Cuyabeno Lodge. AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Navigating down the upper Cuyabeno River.

Our canoe takes you down the winding, narrow upper Cuyabeno River.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Cuyabeno Lodge seen from the air.AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Cuyabeno Lodge welcome sign.

Until you reach the Cuyabeno Lodge at a seasonal island in Lake Cuyabeno.

The welcome sign of the Cuyabeno Lodge.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Modern showers at the Cuyabeno Lodge. AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Looking down at the Cuyabeno Lodge from the canopy tower.

Upon arrival you can take a refreshing shower in your cabin.....

and take a look over the premises from the Cuyabeno Lodge Canopy Tower.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Relaxing on the deck of the Cuyabeno Lodge.AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Taking a plonge at the Cuyabeno Lake.

After which you can relax on the deck, or....

take a refreshing swim in the lake.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: the cosy restaurant of the Cuyabeno Lodge.AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Comfortable rooms at the Cuyabeno Lodge.

At night enjoy a delicious meal in the Cuyabeno Lodge restaurant.

All beds have mosquito netting.

 

Discovery of the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, Days 2 and 3

As birds are most active at dawn, you may start out your day with birdwatching before or right after breakfast with our experienced guide. Blue and Yellow Macaws fly noisily across the Cuyabeno Lake, while Hoatzins whisper their hoarse sounds as they brows the leaves of the Macrolobium trees. You may also hear the mysterious swelling sound of the Howler Monkeys or see a troop of squirrel monkeys bouncing through the treetops. In fact, 10 species of monkeys have been recorded in the reserve.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: In Ecuador, birding is for all ages.AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: The electric excursion canoe of the Cuyabeno Lodge.

Birdwatching early in the morning.

Exploring Lake Cuyabeno from a dugout canoe. For the short distances we like to use peddles instead of a motor or use our brand new whispering electrical motor.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Chesnut-fronted Parrots are common in the Amazon.AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Patoos are so well-camouflaged, they are rarely flushed from their roosts.

Chestnut-fronted Parrots are among the 550 species known to Cuyabeno.

The Common Patoo is so well camouflaged, it hardly ever leaves its day-roost when approached by visitors.

 

After breakfast explore the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador in the "terra firma" forest with your naturalist guide where you can learn about the forest's medicinal plants and traditions. There are many colorful flowers in the Cuyabeno Nature Reserve, but it takes a bit of an effort to find them. Orchids and Heliconias are among the more spectacular Amazon Forest Plants.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Panama Flame tree Brownea macrophylla have their flowers come straight out of the trunc.AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Pink flowering bush at the Cuyabeno Lodge.AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Pink flowers along the Cuyabeno River.AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Bright orchid are very popular among the Amazon rainforest plants.

Some of the spectacular flowers of Cuyabeno.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Giant hollow fig tree.AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Amazon fresh water crab.

A giant tree in the better-drained "tierra firma.

At a distance of 3000 km from the sea, there are fresh water crabs, high up in the Amazon watershed. Are they there from ancient days when the Amazon was under the Atlantic Ocean, or did they adapt to fresh water and migrated upstream? Any way, they now live on land in the tierra firma.

 

One of the afternoons, you will be taken to a Siona village, where you will learn about Siona cooking and traditional food from their kitchen garden. Each time a different woman of the community will give an explanation so that they will all get a turn.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Kitchen gardens of the Sionas have many stapel food crops, like cacao.AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Siona woman cooking on traditional fire box.

A visit to the Siona community: The Siona Kitchen garden includes all sorts of staple food, like manioc and even cacao.

Siona woman showing the traditional way of cooking on a fire in a fire box.

 

At night you will be taken on night excursions, some - by canoe - to look for nocturnal animals in the swamps, like Caymans and frogs. Other excursions are on  foot to look for the critters of the night in the forest.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: on a night excursion in Cuyabeno.AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Amazon whip spider Amblypygi are clawed spiders without scorpion tail or poison

A night excursion to explore the critters of the night.

Whip spiders are related to the spiders, but but still very distinct. They are among the many critters of the jungle you only get to see at night.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Enjoying the view from the Cuyabeno Lodge landing dock.AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Bonsai shaped Macrolobium trees at sunset.

The Cuyabeno Lodge landing dock offers a fabulous view over the Cuyabeno Lake and is a favorite hangout for many of our guests.

The famous bonsai shaped Macrolobium trees of Cuyabeno Lake at sun set.

 

Discovery of the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, Day 4

On day four you will experience the feel of so many of our visitors: "It all went by too quickly". Maybe you will become one of our frequent visitors that keep coming back for a special program of one or two weeks. Anyway, you will have to leave in the morning to get back on time to catch the plane or bus in Lago Agrio. You will ride the canoe up the Cuyabeno River to the bridge, where your transport will be waiting for you to bring you to the airport or to the bus station for your return to Quito.

 

5 DAYS CUYABENO LAKE TOUR

Days 4 and 5 are like days 3 and 4 if the 4 DAYS CUYABENO LODGE TOUR. The 5 DAYS CUYABENO LODGE TOUR offers a fantastic opportunity to really explore the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador and get to know the Cuyabeno Lake area more thoroughly while spending a bid more relaxation time at our wonderful lodge.

 

In the morning you will be taken to a little visited swamp to look out for reptiles and birds and depending on the season an egret nesting colony. In the months of April - May, we may stumble upon nests of Huatzins.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Anacondas are infamous Amazon Jungle animalsAMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: There are 3 species of Caiman in the Amazon.AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Yellow butterflies swarming around a salt lick.AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]: Ring-tailed Coati, Nasua nasua, is a common inhabitant of the Amazon.

Some of the fascinating wild animals of the Cuyabeno Lake area.

 

After lunch you can enjoy a last swim in the lake.

 

In the evening there is a last evening excursion and/or a review of what you have been able to enjoy during your stay and an exchange of digital pictures.

 

Discovery of the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, Day 5

 You will have to leave in the morning to get back on time to catch the plane or bus in Lago Agrio. You will ride the canoe up the Cuyabeno River to the bridge, where your transport will be waiting for you to bring you to the airport or to the bus station for your return to Quito.

2023 COFAN LODGE / CUYABENO LODGE / PARKS AND TRIBES PRICES

PARKS AND TRIBES AMAZON PROGRAMS

WHAT's INCLUDED?       HOW TO GET TO THE AMAZON?

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.

 

AMAZON RAINFOREST TOURS [ECUADOR]

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