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BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO [2024]

CUYABENO LODGE ITINERARY 4 DAYS

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Best Amazon Ecuador Tours from Quito

Why do we organize the best Amazon Ecuador tours from Quito?

Because we were the pioneers who selected all the protected areas of the Amazon of Ecuador in 1975 - 1976. We organize Amazon Ecuador Tours to all the hidden corners of the Amazon of Ecuador:

Lake Cuyabeno is an incredible marsh area in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve where most visitors go and where we have our own lodge. Another part of the Cuyabeno Fauna Reserve, the remote Lagarto Cocha, at the border with Peru, is where 5 enormous totally isolated nature reserves come together from Ecuador, Peru and Colombia, together forming about 2.5 million hectares of Amazon protected areas. At the Peruvian side of the border river, lives a wonderful small Sequoia Indian community of just 7 families that host our guests. Other than this community, nobody even lives near this region and is one of the most isolated regions of the entire Amazon of Ecuador and Peru. Wildlife watching is great, and in the river mouth of the border river into the Aguarico River, one almost always finds Pink Dolphins. The area consists of a network of lakes and creeks, that often are covered with floating vegetation and fallen trees. Navigating in this area always requires some searching and exploring, as the floating vegetation moves about and may block passages to the lakes and creeks. As a result, this is the most adventurous of Amazon Ecuador Tour. And then of course, we organize Amazon Ecuador Tours to Yasuni along the Napo River.

  1. NEW! CUYABENO AMAZON DAY TRIP

  2. NEW! 3 DAYS YASUNI - NAPO AMAZON TOUR

  3. NEW! 4 DAYS' LAGARTO COCHA AMAZON TOUR

  4. NEW! 5 DAYS' CUYABENO LOOP

  5. 4 DAYS' STANDARD COFAN LODGE AMAZON TOUR

  6. 4 DAYS CUYABENO LAKE AMAZON TOUR

  7. 5 DAYS CUYABENO LAKE ECUADOR AMAZON TOUR

  8. NEW! NATIONAL PARKS TOURS ECUADOR

  9. NEW! CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS PERU TOUR

BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Cuyabeno Amazon tours.

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve with Cuyabeno Lake area

 

Experiencing the jungle of the Amazon

Several lodges in Ecuador's Oriente and in the Amazon regions of other countries are located on major rivers, such as the Rio Napo and the Rio Aguarico. Especially along the major rivers, the jungle was deforested years ago. Some lodges are located on the edge of a national park, or there are pieces of secondary forest. But even when the big rivers were still forested some 4 decades ago - when we explored the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest for the foundation of the national parks - the big rivers never gave that "jungle experience" that you get from the smaller rivers. This is because the main branches of the Amazon are too wide and open and also because they are much too straight. As a result, you do not experience the constant change of the landscape as on small winding rivers.

 

Watching birds and wildlife from the water

You can watch animals much easier from the water, because the trees along the rivers are often lower and there are many birds and mammals that like being at the edge of the forest, and of course, there are many water birds on the water and along the shores. Along the water, light penetrates down to the forest flore and you are not blinded by the light above you. Moreover, you can watch the wildlife while sitting in a canoe and you always have your camera and binoculars and bird book ready at hand.

 

In addition, there are numerous animals that can only be seen in and around the water, such as Amazon dolphins, Capybaras, Anacondas, Caimans, Manatees and water birds.

 

By water you can also reach the best wildlife and birding spots much more conveniently, while you watch birds and the landscape glides past you.

 

As birds are most active around sunrise and sunset, it is most convenient that you are in the heart of the nature reserve. The Cuyabeno Lodge is located on a seasonal island at the edge of Lake Cuyabeno. Visitors of most other lodges often have to spend up to half an hour to get to the lake. That means getting up half an hour earlier or seeing less birds and wildlife!

 

Dark Tree Crowns in the forest

Seen from the ground, the leaves of the tropical rainforest appear almost black and it is very hard to spot animals at a height of about 35 meters, unless you are a very experienced bird watcher.

 

BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: dark leaves against skyBEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO:Animal move about the crowns

In the forest, the contrast between the leaves and the sky is so great that they appear black.

Most birds and monkeys move about in the treetops.

 

Having said that, there are also thinks to see only in the forest, and just walking through the Amazon jungle is an experience in itself. So we also take our guests into the jungle. With our experienced guides you will see birds and plants that you cannot see along the water.  In Cuyabeno you get the best of both worlds: excursions from the water and on a trail through the rainforest.

 

BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Photographers in the jungleBEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Birding in the Amazon

In Cuyabeno you get the best of both worlds: excursions from the water and walks through the rainforest.

Birdwatchers can indulge themselves!

 

BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Wild observatieplatform in the rainforestBEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Wildfotografy in the Amazon

And then of course we have our observation tower from where you can watch what is happening below and around you at your leisure.

Some guests just can't get enough of all the critters around them, big and small.

 

Ecuador has only two places where you will find small rivers and lakes, both in the Cuyabeno Reserve, namely the Cuyabeno Lake and surrounding lakes and the Lagarto Cocha lakes on the border with Peru. Nothing in the entire Amazon comes close to the beauty of  the landscapes of these beautiful lakes and creeks areas of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. Nor does any other Amazon country have a reserve that can be reached so quickly and so economically. So, Ecuador is your best option to get to know the tropical rainforest of the Amazon.

 

Finally, it is worth mentioning that famous tropical biologists have discovered the greatest number of species and plants per hectare in the jungle of Cuyabeno!

 

CUYABENO LAKE ITINERARIES

 

4 DAYS CUYABENO LAKE PROGRAM

Cuyabeno Lake Ecuador Amazon Tour from Quito, Day 1

We will pick you up in Lago Agrio and take you in an hour or two to our canoe at the main entrance of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, "the Cuyabeno Bridge".

 

BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Our bus to CuyabenoBEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: The main entrance at Cuyabeno, the Bridge

Our bus to the main entrance of the reserve.

The main entrance to the reserve.

 

BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: visitors of CuyabenoBEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Canoe along the Cuyabeno River

Our canoe takes you from the entrance to the Cuyabeno Lodge over the Cuyabeno River.

BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Blue and Yellow macawBEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Brown Woolley Monky in Cuyabeno

Blue and yellow Macaws are fairly common in Cuyabeno.

Brown Woolly Monkeys are also common in Cuyabeno and you may well see one on your way to the lodge.

 

 

BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Cuyabeno Lodge from the airBEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Cuyabeno Lodge welcome sign

In the picture, you can see how there is a piece of swamp between the hill of the lodge and the mainland on the right, so that we are actually on an island in Lake Cuyabeno. When the water is high the water can be up to 3 m deep.

The welcome sign of the Cuyabeno Lodge.

 

After arriving at the lodge you will get a brief welcome introduction and then you can freshen up and rest from your travels.

 

BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Deluxe bathrooms at CuyabenoBEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: View from Cuyabeno cabin

Upon arrival a refreshing shower.....

Rest a bit in your room, or........

 

5 BBEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: relax at Cuyabeno LodgeBEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Cuyabeno Lodge Canopy tower

Relax in a hammock in our recreation room.

Or exploring the Lodge: an overview from our canopy tower.

 

BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Relax at Cuyabeno terraceBEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Swimming in Lake Cuyabeno

You can also sit on the terrace, or ......

take a nice dip in the lake.

 

BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: dinner at the Cuyabeno LodgeBEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Comfortable rooms at the Cuyabeno Lodge.

Our chefs serve delicious "home cooked" meals.

Because Cuyabeno is still relatively close to the Andes, the nights are pleasantly cool and you even need a light blanket.

 

BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Canopy tower at the Cuyabeno Lodge

BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Solar panels at the Cuyabeno Lodge

Above: A modern solar installation supplies the Cuyabeno Lodge with electricity 24 hours a day, in both the rooms and the restaurant. So you can always charge your batteries.

 

At about thirty meters above the forest area, our canopy tower is the highest point in the area and our mobile phone antenna ensures the best reception in the entire lake area. This makes our lodge de facto the emergency communication point. Not that it's necessary, but it's nice to know.

 

Cuyabeno Lake Ecuador Amazon Tour from Quito, Day 2

Since birds are most active at dawn, you can start the day birdwatching right before or after breakfast. Blue and Yellow Parrots fly screeching over Lake Cuyabeno, while Hoatzins whisper their mysterious sounds as they eat the leaves of the Macrolobium trees. In the distance you can hear the swelling calling of the Howler Monkeys or see a pack of squirrel monkeys frolicking through the treetops. There are 10 species of monkeys in the reserve.

 

BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Birding in the AmazonBEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Excursion by electric boat of Cuyabeno Lodge

BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Wildlife photography from a canoeBEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Early morning birding

Birding and watching wildlife from our electric whisper canoe

 

BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Green parrot at CuyabenoBEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Patoos are common in Cuyabeno

Chestnut-fronted Parrots are also found in Cuaybeno.

The Common Patoo is a species of nightjar with an incredible camouflage color.

 

Jungle Plants of the Amazon

After breakfast, an excursion on foot in the jungle to learn about the medicinal plants and animals. There are several colorful flowers in the Cuyabeno Nature Reserve, but it takes some effort to find them. Orchids and Heliconias are among the most spectacular flowers of the Amazon rainforest.

 

BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO:  Panama Flame flower on the trunkBEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: pink flower Cuyabeno lodge.BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: pink jungle flowerBEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO:Pink orchid at cuyabeno

Gorgeous flowers in Cuyabeno.

 

BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Hollow fig killer treeBEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: fresh water crab Amazon

A huge hollow killer ficus tree.

Freshwater crab

 

Freshwater crabs live at a distance of about 3000 km from the Atlantic Ocean. Are they a relict from a past when the Amazon was under the Atlantic Ocean, or have they adapted to the freshwater and moved upstream? Anyway, they now live on land in the hills.

 

Cuyabeno Lake Ecuador Amazon Tour from Quito, Day 3

On one of the afternoons we will take you to Siona village, where you can learn about Siona cooking and traditional dishes. each time a different woman from the community leads the program, so that they all get a turn.

 

BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: cacao nut cuyabenoBEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Siona indian cooking

A visit to the Siona village: Cocoa in the Siona vegetable garden.

A Siona woman shows how cassava is prepared.

 

Evening excursions

In the evening we organize excursions too - sometimes by canoe - to look for nocturnal animals in the swamps, such as caimans and frogs. Other evenings we take you on a hike trough the woods to look for the nocturnal animals. What is most intriging is the cacophony of sounds at night.

 

BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: tree frogs in Cuyabeno.BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: sabelgrashopper molting

Tree frogs are everywhere, but it's really hard to spot them. And when you finally think you have one in your camera's viewfinder, it jumps away, never to be found againsmiley.

You will certainly see all kinds of nocturnal insects such as this molting saber grasshopper .

 

BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: nocturnal excursion Cuyabeno Lodge.BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Amazon whip spider

On an evening excursion to look for nocturnal animals.

Amazon whip spiders, Amblypygi, are an order in the class Arachnida or spiders. Don't worry, they don't bite or sting.

 

BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO:  Cuyabeno Lodge boat landingBEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO:  "bonsai" Macrolobium trees at dawn

The Cuyabeno Lodge pier has a beautiful view over the lake where guests love to enjoy the scenery.

The famous "bonsai" Macrolobium trees in the evening sun.

 

BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Pink Amazon dolphinBEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Cayman at CuyabenoBEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: butterflies at salt lickBEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: Nasua nasua, in the amazon

Fascinating wildlife of the Amazon jungle of South America.

 

 

Cuyabeno Lake Ecuador Amazon Tour from Quito, Day 4

On day four you may have that feeling that so many of our visitors have experienced: 'It all went by too fast'. Who knows, you may become one of our frequent visitors who return for a special one or two week programme. Anyway, you need to get back in the morning to be on time for your flight or the bus in Lago Agrio. You will be taken up the Cuyabeno River to the bridge at the entrance of the park, where your transport will be waiting to take you to the airport or to the bus station for your return trip to Quito.

 

5 DAYS CUYABENO LAKE PROGRAM

Cuyabeno Lake Ecuador Amazon Tour from Quito, Day 4 and 5

Days 4 and 5 are like days 3 and 4 of the 4 DAYS CUYABENO LODGE TOUR with the distinction that the 5 DAYS CUYABENO LODGE TOUR offers you a fantastic opportunity to get to know the Cuyabeno Lake area better while also having more time to relax and swimming time at the lodge.

 

What is essential to bring?

For this question we link to our special vacation packing list for the Amazon of Ecuador Tours.

 

We, as the owners of Parks and Tribes and the Cofan Lodge, find it extremely important that you have a fantastic time and that the tropical rainforest conquers a permanent place in your heart, just as it did with us so many years ago. That is why we are constantly working on improving our excursions and facilities. By participating in a trip to the Amazon area, you are helping to preserve it. Your visit generates income for the Cofan and Siona Indians and strengthens the local economy. Without ecotourism, there would be no incentive for Ecuadorians to protect their national parks. Our motto is "Nature, use it or lose it".

 

All programs are as kid-friendly as they come. I took my own grandchildren there.

 

BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: boy with butterfly in CuyabenoBEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO: picnic in Cuyabeno.

A butterfly licked the salt off my grandson's forehead.

A picnic on a "blanket" of leaves.

 

BEST ECUADOR AMAZON  TOURS FROM QUITO [2024]

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