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EXPLORE THE AMAZON JUNGLE, ECUADOR [6 TOURS]

 

  1. 4 DAYS CUYABENO LAKE TOUR

  2. 5 DAYS CUYABENO LAKE TOUR

  3. 4 DAYS' STANDARD COFAN LODGE TOUR

  4. 5 DAYS' CUYABENO LOOP

  5. 7 DAYS' LAGARTO COCHA TOUR

  6. PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION QUITO LAGOAGRIO

Are these really the 6 best Tours to explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador?

YES! This is why...

When walks through the jungle, wildlife overhead in the canopy are difficult to distinguish. When you look up there is not much to see. The leaves are dark against the light sky, appearing almost black.  Along narrow rivers though, light can penetrate through the forest allowing you to see birds and other animal. This allows you to watch birds, flowers and mammals much better, from the comfort of your canoe.

 

So what makes Cuyabeno so special...

 

But there is more...

4 DAYS CUYABENO LODGE TOUR

Day one

Our vehicle meets you in Lagoagrio to bring you to the main entrance of the park "El Puente".

 

Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Transportation from Lago Agrio to Cuyabeno.Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Cuyabeno Park Entrance, "The Bridge".

Our transport meets you in Lagoagrio to bring you in about 2 hours to the main entrance of the park.

Main entrance ranger station "Cuyabeno Bridge", where visitors enter the canoes to the Cuyabeno Lake area.

 

Upon arrival, your adventurous Amazon journey really takes off, as we take you along the beautiful winding Cuyabeno River to reach our Cuyabeno Lodge. It's a fascinating ride on this tributary of the Amazon River, that will take you  first to the largest lake in the reserve, the Laguna Cuyabeno also known as Laguna Grande. This is the perfect spot to explore the Amazon Jungle of Ecuador, as our Cuyabeno Lodge is one of the few accommodation located on any of the seven lakes of the Cuyabeno river system.

 

Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Visitors on their way to the Cuyabeno Lodge. Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Navigating down the upper Cuyabeno River.

Our canoe takes you down the winding, narrow upper Cuyabeno River.

 

Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Cuyabeno Lodge seen from the air.Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Cuyabeno Lodge welcome sign.

Until you reach the Cuyabeno Lodge at a seasonal island in Lake Cuyabeno.

The welcome sign of the Cuyabeno Lodge.

 

Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Modern showers at the Cuyabeno Lodge. Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Looking down at the Cuyabeno Lodge from the canopy tower.

Upon arrival you can take a refreshing shower in your cabin.....

and take a look over the premises from the Cuyabeno Lodge Canopy Tower.

 

Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Relaxing on the deck of the Cuyabeno Lodge.Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Taking a plonge at the Cuyabeno Lake.

After which you can relax on the deck, or....

take a refreshing swim in the lake.

 

Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: the cosy restaurant of the Cuyabeno Lodge.Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Comfortable rooms at the Cuyabeno Lodge.

At night enjoy a delicious meal in the Cuyabeno Lodge restaurant.

All beds have mosquito netting.

 

 

Days 2 and 3

As birds are most active at dawn, you may start out your day with birdwatching before or right after breakfast with our experienced guide. Blue and Yellow Macaws fly noisily across the Cuyabeno Lake, while Hoatzins whisper their hoarse sounds as they brows the leaves of the Macrolobium trees. You may also hear the mysterious swelling sound of the Howler Monkeys or see a troop of squirrel monkeys bouncing through the treetops. In fact, 10 species of monkeys have been recorded in the reserve.

 

Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: In Ecuador, birding is for all ages.Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: The electric excursion canoe of the Cuyabeno Lodge.

Birdwatching early in the morning.

Exploring Lake Cuyabeno from a dugout canoe. For the short distances we like to use peddles instead of a motor or use our brand new whispering electrical motor.

 

Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Chesnut-fronted Parrots are common in the Amazon.Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Patoos are so well-camouflaged, they are rarely flushed from their roosts.

Chestnut-fronted Parrots are among the 550 species known to Cuyabeno.

The Common Patoo is so well camouflaged, it hardly ever leaves its day-roost when approached by visitors.

 

After breakfast explore the Amazon Jungle of Ecuador in the "terra firma" forest with your naturalist guide where you can learn about the forest's medicinal plants and traditions. There are many colorful flowers in the Cuyabeno Nature Reserve, but it takes a bit of an effort to find them. Orchids and Heliconias are among the more spectacular Amazon Forest Plants.

 

Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Panama Flame tree Brownea macrophylla have their flowers come straight out of the trunc.Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Pink flowering bush at the Cuyabeno Lodge.Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Pink flowers along the Cuyabeno River.Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Bright orchid are very popular among the Amazon rainforest plants.

Some of the spectacular flowers of Cuyabeno.

 

Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Giant hollow fig tree.Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Amazon fresh water crab.

A giant tree in the better-drained "tierra firma.

At a distance of 3000 km from the sea, there are fresh water crabs, high up in the Amazon watershed. Are they there from ancient days when the Amazon was under the Atlantic Ocean, or did they adapt to fresh water and migrated upstream? Any way, they now live on land in the tierra firma.

 

One of the afternoons, you will be taken to a Siona village, where you will learn about Siona cooking and traditional food from their kitchen garden. Each time a different woman of the community will give an explanation so that they will all get a turn.

Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Kitchen gardens of the Sionas have many stapel food crops, like cacao.Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Siona woman cooking on traditional fire box.

A visit to the Siona community: The Siona Kitchen garden includes all sorts of staple food, like manioc and even cacao.

Siona woman showing the traditional way of cooking on a fire in a fire box.

 

 

At night you will be taken on night excursions, some - by canoe - to look for nocturnal animals in the swamps, like Caymans and frogs. Other excursions are on  foot to look for the critters of the night in the forest.

 

Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: on a night excursion in Cuyabeno.Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Amazon whip spider Amblypygi are clawed spiders without scorpion tail or poison

A night excursion to explore the critters of the night.

Whip spiders are related to the spiders, but but still very distinct. They are among the many critters of the jungle you only get to see at night.

 

Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Enjoying the view from the Cuyabeno Lodge landing dock.Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Bonsai shaped Macrolobium trees at sunset.

The Cuyabeno Lodge landing dock offers a fabulous view over the Cuyabeno Lake and is a favorite hangout for many of our guests.

The famous bonsai shaped Macrolobium trees of Cuyabeno Lake at sun set.

 

Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Anacondas are infamous Amazon Jungle animalsExplore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: There are 3 species of Caiman in the Amazon.Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Yellow butterflies swarming around a salt lick.Explore the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador: Ring-tailed Coati, Nasua nasua, is a common inhabitant of the Amazon.

Some of the fascinating wild animals of the Cuyabeno Lake area.

 

Day 4

 

On day four you will experience the feel of so many of our visitors: "It all went by too quickly". Maybe you will become one of our frequent visitors that keep coming back for a special program of one or two weeks. Anyway, you will have to leave in the morning to get back on time to catch the plane or bus in Lago Agrio. You will ride the canoe up the Cuyabeno River to the bridge, where your transport will be waiting for you to bring you to the airport or to the bus station for your return to Quito.

 

5 DAYS CUYABENO LAKE TOUR

Days 4 and 5

Days 4 and 5 are like days 3 and 4 if the 4 DAYS CUYABENO LODGE TOUR. The 5 DAYS CUYABENO LODGE TOUR offers a fantastic opportunity to really explore the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador and get to know the Cuyabeno Lake area more thoroughly while spending a bid more relaxation time at our wonderful lodge.

CUYABENO, GETTING THERE AND BACK

There are 3 options to travel to the Amazon Lowlands:

MAP CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE: LAKE CUYABENO LAKE AREA. MAP CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE: CUYABENO LOOP ROUTE.
MAP CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE: LAGARTO COCHA ROUTE.

The different Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve programs organized by Parks and Tribes / Cofan Lodge:

  • Cuyabeno Lake Area;

  • Cuyabeno Loop;

  • Lagarto Coche Expedition with optional additional Cuyabeno Lake area.

 

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION QUITO - AGUARICO

 

Lake Papallacta.San Rafael Waterfalls.

Near the mountain pass you pass by beautiful paramos and some of the highest rainforests in the world along Lake Papallacta.

The virgin cloud forest San Rafael waterfall is the most beautiful waterfall of the country.

 

Jamanco Spa at Lake Papallacta LakeThe Reventador Volcano pouring out lava.

Bordering Lake Papallacta is the Jamanco Spa with great mineral water without prior filtration as done in the Papallacta resorts. As a result, the mineral quality is supposed to be better, while resort prices are a fraction of the spas in Papallacta.

The Reventador is Ecuador's most active volcano and frequently runs of down-pouring can be seen glowing in the night.

Lagoagrio airport.Cayambe Volcano right on the Equator.

Arrival at the airport of oil-boom town Lagoagrio.

At a clear day you can see the Cayambe exactly on the equator, as you fly around it. It is the only major volcano as well as the only glacier in the world precisely on the equator. On the way in, chose a window on the right and on the way back on the left of the plane.

 

 

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