Cuyabeno Lodge 

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Our Unique Location Directly on the
Laguna Grande Makes us the Perfect
Base for Exploring this Amazing Area

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The CUYABENO National Park in Ecuador’s Amazon Region is one of the most spectacular places on earth. Over 602,000 hectares of primary rainforest with an incredible variety of Neotropical wildlife: river dolphins, caimans, anacondas, monkeys, spiders, and butterflies are just some of the animals you can find here. The bird life is spectacular as well, it includes the prehistoric-looking hoatzin, the umbrella bird, toucans, parrots, macaws, and the legendary harpy eagle.

The rainforest continues to be the home to communities of ancient indigenous tribes such as the Siona, the Secoya and the Cofan who have lived in the Amazon basin for thousands of years.

Cuyabeno Lodge is the first eco-friendly lodge built in the Cuyabeno National Park. We are the pioneers in offering Cuyabeno tours to visitors from all over the world. When Cuyabeno Lodge began operating in 1988, we believed that the rainforest traveller should be accommodated in conditions harmonious with the surrounding environment. That’s why our lodge is built from ecological materials and fits perfectly in the jungle landscape. We also wanted to make sure that our guests feel comfortable, so you will find clean bathrooms, hot water, great food and a staff that will take care of you.

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Itineraries

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Cuyabeno Rainforest Adventure
3 Days / 2 Nights

Day 1: AM Quito / Lago Agrio / PM Cuyabeno River / Explore Laguna Grande & Swimming
Day 2: AM Short canoe ride & Walk through the “terra firma forest” / PM Canoe exploration / Walk through primary forest
Day 3: AM Bird watching / Journey upstream, back to the bridge / Back to Lago Agrio

Rates: From $320.00

Cuyabeno Rainforest Adventure
4 Days / 3 Nights

Day 1: AM Quito / Lago Agrio / PM Cuyabeno River / Explore Laguna Grande & Swimming
Day 2: AM Short canoe ride & Walk through the “terra firma forest” / PM Canoe exploration / Night walk through primary forest
Day 3: AM Cuyabeno River downstream to visit the indigenous Siona / Swimming in the Lake / Nocturnal excursion by canoe
Day 4: AM Bird watching / Journey upstream, back to the bridge / Back to Lago Agrio

Rates: From $410.00

Cuyabeno Rainforest Adventure
5 Days / 4 Nights

Day 1: AM Quito / Lago Agrio / PM Cuyabeno River / Explore Laguna Grande & Swimming
Day 2: AM Walk through the “terra firma forest” / PM Canoe exploration / Night walk through primary forest
Day 3: AM Cuyabeno River downstream to visit the indigenous Siona / Swimming in the Lake / Nocturnal excursion by canoe
Day 4: AM Paddling canoe journey / PM Excursion to discover smaller lagoons or hike in the Cuyabeno Reserve
Day 5: AM Bird watching / Journey upstream, back to the bridge / Back to Lago Agrio

Rates: From $510.00

  1. By Air: 40 minutes flight; rates per person between $220.00 – $320.00 round trip
  2. By Bus: 6 – 7 hours travel; rate per person $24.00 round trip. Usually you travel the night before your tour begins. The best option is to take the 11 pm Transportes Esmeraldas bus from the Carcelen bus terminal in the north of Quito. You can buy the ticket in advance at their office in the Mariscal area, Calle 9 de Octubre and Santa Maria.
  3. Private transportation: optional visit to Papallacta
  • Private transportation Lago Agrio – Cuyabeno Lodge – Lago Agrio
  • Observation of flora and fauna on the mainland and river system (canoe)
  • Bilingual – naturalist guides (English) guide in French or German add $150.00 per day
  • Accommodation and three meals a day (the first day from lunch, the last day breakfast at the lodge and a box lunch as lunch)
  • Tea, coffee, water and fruits available all the time
  • Provision of rubber boots (up to number 47) and rain ponchos
  • 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
  • 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
  • Air tickets Quito-Lago Agrio-Quito $250.00 *subject to change
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Other non-specified requirements
  • All itineraries are an example, actual activities might vary. Itineraries or activities can be adjusted according to group interests.
  • Cotton shirts
  • Small backpack (waterproof)
  • Long trousers (not jeans)
  • Insect repellent
  • Shorts
  • Water Canteen
  • T- Shirts
  • Binoculars
  • Cotton socks, a pair per day
  • Torch (flashlight)
  • Comfortable walking shoes and sandal
  • Sun block
  • Sweater
  • Bathing suit
  • Book and notebook
  • Cotton underwear
  • Toiletries
  • Small cash
  • Sunglasses
  • Original Passport
  • Prescription medicines and small first aid kit
  • Hat or cap
  • Original passport (always good to have while traveling)