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  1. Take the night bus from Quito to Lagoagrio (usually leaves at 11 at night) from the "Terminal Norte" in Quito and arrive in Lagoagrio at dawn. It costs about $ 46 for the round trip and you have to leave from your hotel in Quito to the terminal  an hour before departure. Alternatively, you can take a day bus, but then you will have to spend the night in Lagoagrio. We will pick you up in Lagoagrio in combination with arriving passengers by plane, departing generally at 10:30 (depending on the arrival of the plane), to Nuevo Unión (2 hours), where we embark in our canoe at about 12:30. Between your departure from your hotel at night at 10 at night until disembarking, will be more or less 15 hours.

  2. Fly with Tame Quito - Lagoagrio. You can book your ticket at, which costs about $ 220 round trip per person, but additionally you have to consider the cost of a taxi that costs 2X25; Then it actually costs $ 270. Your flight usually leaves at 9 in the morning, and takes 30 minutes to arrive. As many times the flight is delayed, count on arriving around 10, and after getting your luggage, it will be 10:30. We'll pick you up at the airport. From there it takes two hours to arrive in Nuevo Union, where we leave in our canoe at 12:30. Thus flying takes a total of 5, 5 - 6 hours from your hotel until you can embark on the Rio Aguarico.

  3. A great alternative is taking our Private Trans-Andean Transportation to the Aguarico River, which costs $300 per party which will be shared among the participants in your group. We will pick you up at your hotel early in the morning and take to the Aguarico River in about 8 - 9 hours depending how much time we spend on the way at the overlooks into the Cayambe - Coca Ecological Reserve.

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Very early in the morning you will be picked up at your hotel in Quito to travel along the scenic road to the Aguarico River, passing through Ecuador's most striking waterfall, the San Rafael Waterfall, as well through the paramo (Andes meadows) of the Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve.


Along the road across the mountains get to see beautiful paramos and some of the world's highest rainforests along Lake Papallacta.

Clad in beautiful cloud forests, the San Rafael Falls are the most scenic waterfalls of Ecuador.


Overlooking Lake Papallacta is a friendly Spa which offers mineral water straight from the source without filtering it first as done in the Papallacta resorts. This is much better, because all the benfical minerals remain in the water. The prices of Jamanco Spa are very reasonable and much lower than of the Papallacta resorts.

Ecuador's almost permanently active volcano frequently pours out lava which can be can be seen glowing in the night, while tall ash plumes can be seen during the day.

  • To arrange a relaxing night in one of the Papallacta resorts (more luxurious but more costly) or Jamanco Spa (friendlier, more natural and far more economical), an extra day would be needed.

  • When taking the private transportation to the Amazon Region, it makes sense to fly or bus back or visa versa.

Lagoagrio Airport is serviced by Tame Airlines. and is one of the best ways of getting to Lagoagrio and back.

On a clear day you can see the Cayambe exactly on the equator, as you fly around it. When flying to Lagoagrio, ask for a window on the right; when returning to Quito on the left side of the plane.


COFAN LODGE and PARKS & TRIBES sales office inside:

Hotel Balmoral, Address: Calle Moreno Bellido E6-57 & Avenida Amazonas, Quito

Telephone: (++593)(02) 2 50 5310, Cell phone: (++593) (0) 96 29 35 271 Call us in the USA: 3045817740

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Parks Man Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil is author of this website. He dedicated his life to the conservation of nature., He was part of the team that selected the first 39 protected areas of Ecuador, including. Yasuní and Cuyabeno, the latter of which he he later recommended to be expanded from originally 150,000ha to 600,000ha, together with then Cuyabeno director Prof. Dr. Flavio Coello and Parks and Tribes partner. Daan is also the founding father of the Cuyabeno Lodge and co-manager of the Cofan Lodge.

This website and its programs have been created by the renowned conservation biologist "Parks Man" Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil