Are you wondering what an adventure in the Cuyabeno Reserve would be like? Don’t worry, here we tell you about this wonderful experience.
Flight Quito - Lago Agrio - Cuyabeno Lodge
In the morning flight to Lago Agrio. Upon arrival in Lago Agrio, you will go by private bus to the entrance of Cuyabeno River (2 hours). Where we will have a box lunch. At this point the visitors have to register in the Reserve’s of the Cuyabeno. Our Naturalist Guide will give information about the Cuyabeno Reserve. Some important recommendations and other tips to begin navigation on the river Cuyabeno. In the afternoon we will arrive at the lodge. At that time you will assign rooms and you can relax a little. After a little nap, we will leave the camp for a swim in the lagoon to watch a beautiful sunset in the middle of the Laguna Grande. Then, you will return to the camp for dinner. At night you can spend the night in bungalows with double beds and mosquito nets.
Option 1 - Jungle Expedition
After breakfast we will take a trek in the primary forest for 3 to 4 hours. Your guide will explain how the complex tropical ecosystem works. You will be able to learn about medicinal plants and might be able to see some exotic birds or monkeys. We will then return to the camp for lunch and a siesta. In the afternoon, we will go to the lagoon, have a swim and watch the sunset. With a little luck you can observe the pink river dolphins or an anaconda sunbathing in a tree. You will return to the camp for dinner, and take a canoe night ride to look for caimans.
Option 2 - Visit to the Indigenous Community
After breakfast, we will head to the Siona Community of Puerto Bolivar. Also know as the largest ethnic group in the Reserve of the Cuyabeno. During this tour you will learn their customs, traditions and way of life. Besides, you can observe the elaboration of the Casabe. It is local dish made of yucca (carbohydrates are the principal food of the community). A visit to the Shaman is also included. He will explain some more about life in the jungle.
The trip takes 1 hour navigation downstream to get there. And on the way it will be possible to admire the existing fauna along the river Cuyabeno. For example: birds, monkeys, snakes, pink dolphins, tortoises and many others. This is a full day excursion with Lunch in the Community. Too, after that we return to the lodge to go for a nocturnal hike through the primary forest. We will have dinner and spend the night in the lodge.
Cuyabeno - Lago Agrio - Quito
Early in the morning before breakfast a bird-watching excursion is optional. Back at the lodge we have breakfast and you will start the journey back upstream on the Cuyabeno River. Lunch (lunch box) at the bridge. The bus will take you to Lago Agrio. Return to Quito.
In the 3 days/2 nights tour you will find two options for the second day, this election will be in charge of our guide depending on the organization we have with other groups.
Cuyabeno Reserve Tour: Prices
- USD$ 262 for 2 passengers in a double, matrimonial or triple room.
- USD $393 for 1 person in a single room.
Cuyabeno Reserve Tour: Not Includes
- Transportation Quito – Lago Agrio – Quito.
- Entrance to Cuyabeno.
- Expenses in the community $10 per person.
- Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day.
- Additional drinks.
- Personal expenses.
Options to get from Quito to Lago Agrio
Option 1: Travel by public bus (The night before the tour)
Departure: 23:30pm from Terminal Quitumbe (Quito) – Arrival: 7:00 am approximately at Lago Agrio Land Terminal.
Transportation: Esmeraldas, Baños, etc.
Price: $13 per person (could change)
Option 2: Travel by plane
Tame Airlines: Quito – Lago Agrio / Flight 201 (10:00 – 10:50 am approx)
Tame Airlines: Lago Agrio – Quito /Flight 210 (17:00 – 18:00 am approx)