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Cuyabeno Amazon Jungle Tour | 4 – 5 Days | from QUITO, ECUADOR

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  • Explore the Ecuadorian Amazon at Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve!
  • Visit the local Siona community.
  • Learn how to make yucca bread and meet the local Shaman.
  • Spot monkeys, pink river dolphins, caimans and even anaconda (if you’re lucky)!
  • Ideal for solo travellers, families, couples and groups!
  • 4 or 5 day trip available (5 day trip doesn’t depart on Tuesday).

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Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

A trip into the Amazon is a bucket list experience for travellers visiting South America. Although it is possible to visit the jungle from many countries across the continent, Ecuador sees fewer travellers than many others, making it the perfect place to explore without the effects of over-tourism!

This trip to the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve will provide you with plenty of magical moments, including wildlife spotting, meeting the local Siona community, learning how to make yucca bread and getting acquainted with this awe-inspiring environment. 

During your trip to Cuyabeno you have the chance of seeing:

  • Monkeys
  • Caimans
  • Frogs
  • Bullet ants
  • Turtles
  • Pink River Dolphins
  • Electric Eels
  • Anaconda

4 Day Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve Itinerary

Departs: Every Monday, Tuesday*, Thursday and Friday (*4-day tour only).

Day 1

Quito – Lago Agrio – El Puente

Please note: It is possible to make the journey to Lago Agrio by bus independently. It is an 8-hour journey and you will need to board the day before to arrive on time. If you would prefer to make your own way to Lago Agrio, choose the 4 day or 5 day option without return transport included. 

From Lago Agrio, you will be picked up and taken to El Puente. The canoe trip to the lodge will begin around 11 am, during which time you will head down the Cuyabeno River. The evening will consist of a delicious dinner as well as an exciting night walk to spot the nocturnal animals and insects that live in this area.

Day 2

Cuyabeno River

The day will start with a three-hour hike in the primary forest. This is your opportunity to learn about the flora and fauna as well as hearing about how plants are used by the local community for survival. 

The afternoon will include a bird-watching trip at Caimancocha and Patococha where you can see plenty of exotic species. You will watch the sunset at Laguna Grande before going for a refreshing swim and searching for caiman. Don’t worry, these are two separate activities – you won’t be swimming in the same waters at the caiman!

Day 3

Cuyabeno River

The day will begin with a boat ride down the river. The journey will take around an hour and a half and once you arrive at your destination, you will meet a Siona indigenous community. Here you can learn about their customs and traditions by making some local food under their guidance. The next part of the trip is many of our guests favourite and will see you meet the local shaman. Here you can learn about the ancestral knowledge of this ancient art and maybe even learn a few secrets!

Dinner will be served in the lodge before you are given free time that evening. 

Day 4

El Puente – Lago Agrio – Quito

The morning of your final day will start with bird watching alongside your guide. Breakfast will be provided before you journey back up the Cuyabeno River to El Puente. It is here where you will catch the transport to Lago Agrio, to arrive in the afternoon. This is where you will catch the bus back to Quito (only included if you select this option). 

Day 2

Cuyabeno River

After breakfast is served, the morning will consist of a three-hour hike in primary forest. Here you will learn about the use of plants for survival and other interesting facts about the flora and fauna in the area. 

In the afternoon, you will head to Caimancocha and Patococha for birdwatching, before heading off to watch the sunset at Laguna Grande. You can take a dip here before you head off to search for caiman.

Day 3

Cuyabeno River

On the morning of day three, you will enjoy a boat ride down the Cuyabeno River. The journey lasts around an hour and a half and will stop at the home of the Siona indigenous community. Here you can learn about their local customs and dishes, as you will be making some of the local food. Later that morning, you will visit the shaman to learn his secrets as well as discover a little about the history of this ancient practice. 

Dinner is provided in the lodge that evening before free time for you to spend how you wish. 

Day 4

Cuyabeno River

The day will start with a paddle in a traditional dug-out canoe. You will head through small canals and enjoy the peaceful setting of the jungle. This is a great opportunity to search for the local wildlife too, just make sure you don’t scare them away! As it is the penultimate day of the trip, you will spend the evening taking in the views of your final sunset from Laguna Grande. It really is a spectacle you need to see to believe!

Day 5

El Puente – Lago Agrio – Quito

The morning begins with bird watching which will be your last activity of the trip. Once completed, you will head up the Cuyabeno River and back to El Puente, before being taken to Lago Agrio. The approximate arrival time in Lago Agrio is around 2 pm. From there, you will either make your own way back to Quito or hop on the pre-arranged transport (option including return transport must be selected at checkout).

Refund Policy

  • In order to book this experience, you will need to pay a deposit.
  • This depòsit is fully refundable up until 48 hours before the start of the activity.
  • If you are unable to agree on a date or the organiser cannot meet your requirements, your deposit is automatically returned to you in full.
  • There is no refund for cancellations made fewer than 48 hours before the start of the activity.
  • The rest of the payment for the experience is payable to the organiser, either upon arrival at the destination or before in some cases, if the organiser requires it. The organiser will arrange this with you.
  • The refund of the second payment, which goes directly to the trip organiser, is entirely based on the organiser’s own Terms and Conditions.
  • Please read our customer Terms and Conditions for more information.

Operator

Community Adventures

The South America Backpacker Community have tried and tested adventures across the region and handpicked a selection of only the BEST companies to work with!

Why we chose Community Adventures

  • The whole team are incredibly passionate about showing visitor’s the real Ecuador!
  • They have over 20 years experience in tourism that they use to tailor their trips to give you unforgettable memories of your visit.
  • Community Adventures is the same people behind the Community Hostel chain in Ecuador, another backpacker favourite!
  • Fabulous feedback and reviews guarantee a great trip with Community Adventures!

FAQ

What should I bring?

  • Suncream
  • Light and cool clothes for the duration of the trip
  • Camera
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Swimming stuff
  • Towel for swimming
  • Head-torch or flashlight
  • Light windproof jacket
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Long socks (for use with boots)
  • Binoculars (optional)

What days does this trip depart?

The 4-day trip departs on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

The 5-day trip departs on Monday, Thursday and Friday.

I don’t want to buy the trip with return transport. How can I get to Lago Agrio independently?

Take a public bus from Quito bus station. This will take somewhere between 8-10 hours.

How long is the canoe journey to the lodge?

Around 2 hours.

What time do the private transport options run?

The night bus from Quito to Lago Agrio leaves Quito at 23:30 and arrives in the morning in time for the tour to start.

The return bus from Lago Agrio leaves at around 14:00 and arrives in Quito at around 22:00 – 23:00.

What's Included

What’s Included:

  • Meals as stated
  • Purified drinking water
  • Electricity to charge devices
  • Bilingual guide
  • Equipment for activities (e.g. waterproof poncho, rubber boots, lifejackets, mosquito net)
  • Hikes and activities as stated

What’s Not Included:

  • Tips for guide and lodge staff
  • Breakfast (day 1) and dinner (final day)
  • Community contribution ($10USD per person)
  • Transport from Quito to Lago Agrio (unless option selected)

1 review for Cuyabeno Amazon Jungle Tour | 4 – 5 Days | from QUITO, ECUADOR

  1. Chris Roughley

    Quite good. A fantastic place to be. Plenty of dolphins but I would say the group was too large. The only people who got to see and learn where the first few at the front. The guys at the back missed out.

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