5-Day Cuyabeno Amazon Eco-Lodge Adventure

5-Day Cuyabeno Amazon Eco-Lodge Adventure

Immerse yourself in the pristine rainforest environment of Cuyabeno on this 5-day trip. Wander amongst ancient trees and take time to explore flooded forests buzzing with wildlife. Whatever your interests are, from bird watching to hiking, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Go on a 5-day trip to Cuyabeno and immerse yourself in this pristine rainforest environment. You will be picked up from your Quito accommodation for your overnight shuttle to Lago Agrio on Day 1. Upon arrival continue your travels with a shuttle and canoe transfer on Day 2 to Cuyabeno Reserve. Enjoy Jungle activities on Day 3 and 4 before your return transfer to Quito accommodation on Day 5.


Day 1: Quito Accommodation Pick-Up & Night Shuttle Transfer to Lago Agrio

Stop At: Parque Ecologico y Recreativo Lago Agrio Perla, Carretera E45, s/n Close to Lake Agrio, Nueva Loja 210150 Ecuador
Get ready for an adventure! Today you will be picked up from your accommodation and taken to the Quito meeting point and from here you will hop on a night shuttle (approximately 6-8 hours) to the Lago Agrio meeting point. You will leave Quito for Lago Agrio at around 11:00-11:15 PM.
Duration: 8 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight Bus

Day 2: Shuttle & Canoe Transfer Lago Agrio to Cuyabeno Reserve (L/D)

Stop At: Cuyabeno Reserve, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve Ecuador
Today your shuttle from Quito arrives around 08:30 AM to Lago Agrio meeting point. You are free to have breakfast (not included) while you wait for your transfer to Cuyabeno Reserve at around 9:30 AM. Your transfer will be making a stop (30 mins - 1 hour) at the airport at around 10 AM to collect passengers that are arriving from Quito by plane before continuing towards the entrance of the Cuyabeno Reserve (approx. 3 hours with a 15-min break). A cold box lunch will be served upon arrival to El Puente, the entrance of the reserve.

After a 1-hour break, you will load your luggage onto a motorized canoe, meet your English-speaking naturalist guide and follow the winding Cuyabeno River for 2 to 4 hours until you reach your jungle lodge. During the canoe ride, you will get a first look at the jungle and will be able to observe different kinds of birds. Our naturalist guide will give you information about the Reserve, important recommendations and other tips. You may also be able to see a variety of monkeys and other jungle animals, depending on the time and weather conditions. Upon arrival at the lodge, take some time to rest before leaving the camp for a swim in the lagoon and watching a beautiful sunset in the middle of the Laguna Grande. You will spend the night in bungalows with mosquito nets, to the night sounds of the jungle.
Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in bungalows with mosquito nets

Day 3: Activities in the Jungle (B/L/D)

Stop At: Cuyabeno Reserve, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve Ecuador
After breakfast, you will take a hike in the primary forest for 3 to 4 hours, where your guide will explain to you how the complex tropical ecosystem works. You will be able to learn about medicinal plants and you might see some exotic birds or monkeys. After lunch, there is time for a siesta. In the afternoon you will have a swim in the lagoon and watch the sunset. With a little luck, you can observe the pink river dolphins swimming or an anaconda sunbathing in a tree. After dinner, you will take a night canoe ride to look for caimans.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in bungalows with mosquito nets

Day 4: Activities in the Jungle (B/L/D)

Stop At: Cuyabeno Reserve, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve Ecuador
After breakfast, you will depart to the Siona Community of Puerto Bolivar, the largest ethnic group in the Reserve. It takes 1-hour navigation downstream to get there. Along the way, it will be possible to admire the unique fauna of the Rio Cuyabeno such as birds, monkeys, snakes, pink dolphins, tortoises and many others.

You will enjoy a full day excursion in the community with lunch included. You will take part in the elaboration of the casabe; a local dish made of yucca (carbohydrates are the principal food of the community). A visit to the Shaman is also included. He will talk to you about life in the jungle. After that, we return to the lodge to go for a nocturnal hike through the primary forest in search of insects, spiders, geckos, scorpions and listen to the night sounds of the jungle. We will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:

Accommodation included: Overnight in a lodge

Day 5: Canoe & Shuttle Transfer to Quito via Lago Agrio & Quito Accommodation Drop-Off (B/L)

Stop At: Cuyabeno Reserve, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve Ecuador
Today there will be an optional early morning bird watching canoe ride at around 6:00 am. Then, after breakfast around 9:30 am, say goodbye to the jungle and take the motorized canoe to head back to the entrance of the Cuyabeno Reserve for lunch. After lunch, you will be transferred back to Lago Agrio meeting point making a stop at the airport for passengers that wish to transfer to Quito by plane. You will be at Lago Agrio meeting point around 3:00 pm and from here you will hop on board your transfer back to Quito meeting point, arriving there at night. Once in Quito, you will be picked up for a final transfer to your chosen accommodation. Upon arrival at your accommodation, your journey comes to an end. We wish you safe travels for your journey ahead!
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:

No accommodation included on this day.

Informacion Adicional
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"This is a flexible programe and the itinerary is subject to change without prior notice. What you do and on each day depends on the weather, your guide and your arrival day."
"About the Jungle Lodge: The lodge is located along the Cuyabeno river, 15 minutes down river from the amazing Laguna Grande. During their trip, passengers will have the chance to see a lot of wildlife as well as do tons of activities. The cabañas are built in a traditional, rustic style with thatched-roofs. All the cabañas are lighted naturally with candles to preserve the feeling of being in a remote jungle. Enjoy a cocktail at the bar in the two-story cabaña, or relax with a beer upstairs in the comfortable hammock lounge. Explore the small library with books about the flora and fauna of the Amazon Jungle. The lodge serves a mix of Ecuadorian and international cuisine. Experience rich, tasty plates, yucca (manioc) and other traditional foods of the rainforest, as well as lots of fresh veggies and fruits (especially great for vegetarians). You have the possibility to charge batteries for your cameras."
"Original Passport (not a copy), Flashlight /torch with spare batteries (very important), Binoculars (10x40 are best), Hat or cap, Insect repellent, Sunscreen, Long-sleeved cotton shirts, Cotton socks, Sandals or walking shoes, Light wind-breaker and sweater, Swimming suit and towel, One small waterproof daypack, Zip-lock plastic bags, Camera and spare camera batteries, Swiss Army Knife"
"In the Amazon region the climate is hot and humid with frequent rain showers. The drier months are from October to March. The temperature ranges from 19 to 36° C all throughout the year."
"Immunizations are not currently required to visit this area of the Amazon Jungle. It is advisable however to consult your doctor before your trip. We recommend taking preventative measures against malaria and yellow fever. Strong Insect repellent should be acquired before your arrival in the jungle."
"Near public transportation"
"Please note this is an independent tour, which means you'll enjoy the flexibility of being on your own for most of the trip and will only have a guide for certain experiences along the way."
"Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers"
"Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability"

Start Time: 11:00 PM
Duration: 5 Days
Start location: Traveler pickup is offered

Cancellations and refunds: All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


  • Included Transportation:
  • Quito Accommodation Pick-Up & Drop Off
  • Overnight Shuttle Quito to Lago Agrio
  • Round Trip Canoe & Shuttle Transfer Lago Agrio to Cuyabeno Reserve
  • Shuttle Lago Agrio to Quito
  • 3 Nights Accommodation in Jungle Lodge Dorm, Double or Single Depending on Package
  • Activities as per Itinerary Including:
  • English Speaking Guides During Tours
  • Use of Rain Ponchos and Rubber Boots (up to size 45)
  • 3x Breakfast
  • 3x Dinner
  • 4x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 4 nights

Not Included

  • Flights between Quito and Lago Agrio
  • Accommodation in Lago Agrio
  • Other Meals & Drinks (Sodas, Beers & Cuba Libres)
  • Community Visit & Entry Fee ($8 USD)
  • Tips for Guides
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses


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