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Cuyabeno Lodge

Cuyabeno Lodge

$320 / per person
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In 1979, the Cuyabeno Nature Reserve was found between the Aguarico and San Miguel rivers, which is located in the province of Sucumbíos. The spectacular trip in Cuyabeno presents the visitor in the complex system of tropical lagoons, swamps and flooded areas inhabited by the Siona Indian Community. The aquatic and land habitats are home to freshwater dolphins, turtles, anacondas, crocodiles, monkeys, tigers, sloths and birds such as hoatzins, arra and kingfishers. A large variety of vegetation blooms in this rainforest: plants such as palms, bromeliads, ceibos, heliconias, Macrolobium, wild roses, orchids are frequently seen. This trip will undoubtedly be a memorable experience for everyone who is lucky enough to participate in it.

The Cuyabeno Lodge is designed to accommodate the jungle in harmony with the environment and is in tune with the needs of the modern visitor. It works together with the Siona community, our members offer canoe transportation, as well as their knowledge of the jungle. The hostel is the only one in Laguna Grande and was the first in the Cuyabeno Reserve.

The open cabins are of solid construction with thatched roofs and have clean tiled bathrooms with hot showers, the beds have mosquito nets. The lighting in the country house is selected by gas and solar energy lamps in the common areas and candles in the rooms so that the environment is not altered from its natural conditions. You can charge your camera batteries and there is even a small library with books about the flora and fauna of the Amazon rainforest.

Adjacent to the cabins, a restaurant, serving delicious Ecuadorian food, Siona and international cuisine and drinks available at the bar.

One of the best ways to explore the jungle is by canoe, Cuyabeno with its labyrinth of canals offers many opportunities to experience this wet and wild green world filling you with an intimate and very rewarding feeling.
You will be transferred through the forest by an indigenous guide from the Siona community in your canoe, as well as a bilingual naturalist. Activities include motorized canoe trips, hiking, bird watching, night walks and comfortable hammocks for relaxing breaks.

 

PRICES INCLUDE:

  • transportation by car/bus from Lago Agrio to the Cuyabeno River
  • transportation by motorized canoe to the lodge and during the tour
  • bilingual (English/Spanish) guide throughout the tour (max. 11 people per group)
  • all meals, starting with lunch, ending with a packed lunch (special meals possible, like vegetarian, vegan, or for allergies)
  • Coffee, tea, and water at all times
  • rubber boots and rain ponchos
  • accommodation in selected room category

 

PLEASE NOTE:

  • transportation to/from Lago Agrio not included
  • not all rooms have power outlets, you can charge your appliances in the communal areas
  • private guide with private canoe available at additional cost and previous reservation
  • French- or German-speaking guide available at additional cost and previous reservation

Tour Plan

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3 DAYS TOUR

Day 1: Quito - Lago Agrio - Rio Cuyabeno - Laguna Grande - Cuyabeno Lodge
Crossing the Andes to the city of Lago Agrio by bus or plane, arrival approx. at 10:00 am. Private transport to the bridge on the Cuyabeno River (100 km). We offer lunch at the Puente restaurant or arriving at the Lodge according to the air schedules. Transportation in a motorized canoe along the Cuyabeno River to the Laguna Grande where Cuyabeno Lodge is located. During this tour, you can already appreciate the richness of the flora and fauna. After a nap, exploration walk in the lagoon, swimming and sunset watching.

Day 2
Early in the morning before breakfast, bird watching and searching for dolphins. Then, walk on the mainland with your naturalist guide who will explain about the jungle, animal life, medicinal plants and the life of the natives. After lunch a nap. Later, canoe ride through the woods covered macrolobium abundant epiphytes. Search for monkeys and birds.

Day 3
After breakfast, travel to the Bridge where our vehicle will take you to Lago Agrio in order to take the bus or the plane back to Quito. We offer a box lunch.
2

4 DAYS TOUR

Day 1: Quito - Lago Agrio - Rio Cuyabeno - Laguna Grande - Cuyabeno Lodge
Crossing the Andes to the oil city of Lago Agrio by bus or plane, arrival approx. at 10:00 am. Private transport to the bridge on the Cuyabeno River (100 km). We offer lunch at the Puente restaurant or arriving at the Lodge according to the air schedules. Transportation in a motorized canoe along the Cuyabeno River to the Laguna Grande where Cuyabeno Lodge is located. During this tour, you can already appreciate the richness of the flora and fauna. After a nap, exploration walk in the lagoon, swimming and sunset watching.

Day 2
Early in the morning before breakfast, bird watching and searching for dolphins. Then, walk on the mainland with your naturalist guide who will explain about the jungle, animal life, medicinal plants and the life of the natives. After lunch a nap. Later, canoe ride through the woods covered macrolobium abundant epiphytes. Search for monkeys and birds.

Day 3
After breakfast, travel by canoe on the Cuyabeno River followed by a short walk on the mainland towards the Siona Community. The natives will explain their culture and the preparation of the typical "casabe" will be observed. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, a nap and a refreshing swim in the Laguna Grande. After dinner night excursion to observe alligators, insects and nocturnal birds.

Day 4
After breakfast, travel to the Bridge where our vehicle will take you to Lago Agrio in order to take the bus or the plane back to Quito. We offer a box lunch.
3

5 DAYS TOUR

Day 1: Quito - Lago Agrio - Rio Cuyabeno - Laguna Grande - Cuyabeno Lodge
Crossing the Andes to the oil city of Lago Agrio by bus or plane, arrival approx. at 10:00 am. Private transport to the bridge on the Cuyabeno River (100 km). We offer lunch at the Puente restaurant or arriving at the Lodge according to the air schedules. Transportation in a motorized canoe along the Cuyabeno River to the Laguna Grande where Cuyabeno Lodge is located. During this tour, you can already appreciate the richness of the flora and fauna. After a nap, exploration walk in the lagoon, swimming and sunset watching.

Day 2
After breakfast, walk through the “terra firma forest” with your naturalist guide who will explain the wildlife, medicinal forest plants, the forest ecosystem and indigenous life. After lunch, a siesta, followed by a trip in a dugout canoe to the flooded parts of the Forest with macrolobium trees covered with abundant epiphytes to spot monkeys and birds. After dinner, night walk in primary forest to look for insects and observe nocturnal flora wildlife.

Day 3
After breakfast, you will follow the Cuyabeno River downstream to reach the Siona indigenous Village. There you will observe and participate in how they cook the typical “casabe”. Your guide will give you some explanations about their way of life. Return to the Lodge for lunch. Late afternoon a siesta and a refreshing swim in the Laguna Grande. In the evening, after dinner, night excursion by canoe to spot caimans, snakes and nocturnal birds.

Day 4
After having breakfast at the Lodge, you will enjoy a paddling canoe journey to experience the silence of the Lagoon and at the same time the exotic sounds of birds and insects. For the evening, an excursion to discover smaller lagoons or hike along other paths in the Cuyabeno Reserve.

Day 5
Bird watching early in the morning. You have one last breakfast at the Loge, afterwards journey upstream to the bridge where our vehicle will take you back to Lago Agrio. Return to Quito either by bus or by air. We provide a packed lunch.

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* Itineraries are an example, actual activities might vary. Itineraries or activities can be adjusted according to group interests.

Note: please consider that the departure time on the last day of the tour varies according to the schedules of the TAME airline.

Activities include:
Canoeing in motorized and dugout craft canoes, swimming, enjoying the spectacular sunset. Additionally to the motorized canoes we have installed electric motors in various of our canoes in order to reduce the noise when enjoying canoes trips.
Bird watching, looking for dolphins and monkeys.
Hiking in the rainforest and explanations of the jungle, the wildlife, medicinal plants and the history of the indigenous tribes.
Visit to the Siona Community and preparation of the traditional “casabe”.
Night walks to observe caimans, insects and nocturnal birds.
Relaxing in a hammock, or enjoying the view from the observation floor of the tower as well as enjoying the view from our deck overlooking the lake.
One of the best ways to explore the rainforest is by canoe; in this way you will have the opportunity of seeing this wet and wild green world in a close-up and highly rewarding way.

PRICES PER PERSON
Suite (36 m²/388 sq ft., private bathroom, private balcony): $ 635
Superior room (25 m²/269 sq ft., private bathroom, private balcony, in the tower): US$ 595
Standard plus room (18-23 m²/194-248 sq ft., private bathroom, shared balcony, in new large cabin): US$ 535
Standard room (17 m²/183 sq ft., private bathroom, in double cabins): US$ 510
Single Supplement (for the entire tour): US$ 100 (Does not count in October and November!)
Dormitory (shared between 4 people with a private bathroom): $ 340
Children (5 to 11 years): 30% discount (for children under 5, please contact us).
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