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10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS

Amazon Ecuador TRIPS

  1. NEW! CUYABENO AMAZON DAY TRIP

  2. NEW! 3 DAYS YASUNI - NAPO AMAZON TRIP

  3. NEW! 4 DAYS' LAGARTO COCHA AMAZON TRIP

  4. 4 DAYS' STANDARD COFAN LODGE AMAZON TRIP

  5. 5 DAYS' CUYABENO LOOP

  6. 4 DAYS CUYABENO LAKE AMAZON TRIP

  7. 5 DAYS CUYABENO LAKE ECUADOR AMAZON TRIP

  8. NATIONAL PARKS TRIPS ECUADOR

  9. CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS PERU TRIP

CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE MAP: Lake area tours. CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE MAP: Cuyabeno Loop.

Routes of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve and Yasuni ­ programs of Parks and Tribes / Cofan Lodge:

 

Are these really the 10 Best Amazon Trips for seeing wildlife?

YES! This is why...

When one walks in the forest, the animals above you in the the crowns are difficult to observe. Looking up you hardly see anything. The contrast between the sky and the leaves is so overwhelming, that they appear almost black.  On the other hand, along narrow rivers, the light can break through the canopy, illuminating lower braches and wildlife. So, from the water you see the birds, flowers and mammals much better, as they frolic through the shrubs and lower trees along the shores.

 

So what makes Cuyabeno so special...

  • It's the only Amazon park in all Amazon-Andean countries with wide flat plains. Slow-flowing narrow creeks, rivers and many lakes can only develop in flat lowlands; not in hilly terrain. This makes Cuyabeno so unique!

  • In the dryer sections, one gets to see the terrestrial animals and birds. With so much water, one also gets to see water animals like: Dolphins, Manatees, Capybaras, Cayman, Ducks, Cormorants, Herons, etc.

  • Spotting wildlife from a canoe is much easier than when walking on a trail. You have your birding and wildlife books, your binoculars and your camera all close at hand.

But there is more...

  • Getting from Lagoagrio to Cuyabeno is (mostly) over an asphalt road. Distances over water are much shorter than to other reserves, like Yasuni  National Park;

  •  Our programs are organized by or in collaboration with small Indian tribes, the Cofans and Sionas;

  • All programs are so child friendly, I took my grandchildren (3,5 & 6) there. Wao, did they love it!

5 DAYS' CUYABENO LOOP

 

10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: Boy with butterfly in Cuyabeno.10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: lunch in Cuyabeno.

Butterfly licking salt from boy's face.

Picnicking on a "blanket" of palm leaves.

 

CUYABENO RIVER TOUR: Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve with Cuyabeno Loop route.

 

4 DAYS' STANDARD COFAN LODGE TRIP

Cuyabeno loop, Day 1

Our transport meets you in Lagoagrio to take you in about 1 hour 30 minutes to the the canoe landing location Nuevo Union, on the Aguarico River:

CUYABENO RIVER TOUR: Aguarico River landscape.CUYABENO RIVER TOUR: Visitor canoe of the Cofan Nation.

Cuyabeno Loop route takes you on a 200km odyssey through the Western Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

The tourist canoe of the Cofan Lodge.

 

Upon arrival in Zabalo, you will be shown around in the village and taken to your cabins to freshen up and rest, as it has been a long day since your departure from Quito:

Cuyabeno Loop: Relaxing on the Cuyabeno Lodge deck during your Amazon visit in EcuadorCuyabeno Loop: Cofan Lodge Cabin.

The restaurant of our Cofan Lodge.

One of the cabins of the Cofan Lodge.

 

10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: Resting in hammocks at the Cofan Lodge when visiting the Amazon in Ecuador.10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: an evening stroll through Z?alo village, the center of the Cofan tribe.

Relaxing in the hammocks in our restaurant.

A view of our Zabalo village.

 

In the evening, you will be taken on a night excursion to discover the critters of the night:

10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: Tree Frog of the Amazon Jungle seen on a night excursion when visiting the Amazon in Ecuador.10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: Grasshopper shedding skin.

 

Tree frogs are everywhere, but it is a bit difficult to spot them. The moment you think you finally have one in your camera, they leap away to never be found again smiley. On a rare occasion, with lots of luck you may catch the green eyes of a wandering Ocelot Cat in the beam of your flash light.

 

Cuyabeno loop, Day 2

Early in the morning, we take on one of the few Ecuadorian black water rivers, where the clear water provides an ideal conditions for Giant Otters. Black water gets it color from decaying leaves fallen in the forested lowlands and swamps, while there are little or no sediments. There is also a vivid population of Scarlet Macaws as well as a great variety of tropical birds and monkeys.

 

10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: Cuyabeno Lodge welcome sign welcoming you on your Ecuador Amazon visit10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: The black water of the Z?alo River mixing with the "white" -in reality coffey-with-cream colored sediment loaded River Aguarico.

The Zabalo River is one of the few clear black water rivers in the Amazon of Ecuador.

The clear black - sediment poor - water of the Zabalo river mixes with the sediment loaded water of the Aguarico River. The color comes from the soil particles dispersed in the water.

 

The day starts out with a discovery of the Cofan ways. You will be taught how to use a blowgun, and

get to see the traditional Cofan dresses:

10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: Learning how to shoot a blowgun.10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: Cofan and visitor children with the Cofan shaman.

Learning how to shoot with a blowgun.

The shaman with some of the children of the village and of visitors.

 

10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: Manioc plants in the Cofan vegetable garden.10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: Turtles being raised in the captive breeding program to restore turtle densities.

The traditional Cofan vegetable garden produces a part of your food.

The Cofan turtle breeding program has restored the turtle population in the Zabalo River.

 

Cuyabeno loop, Day 3

After breakfast, we take you to the mouth of the Cuyabeno River, where usually some river dolphins hang out. From there you will be taken to the Canopy tower, to have an impression of the natural canopy.

 

10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: The mouth of the Cuyabeno River as it poors into the River Aguarico.10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: Climbing the Canopy Tower of Cuyabeno.

The Mouth of the Cuyabeno River is frequented by Amazon Dolphins.

The highest canopy tower in Cuyabeno takes you all the way into the crown of a gigantic tree.

 

10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: admiring the jungle as monkeys see it from the tree canopy.10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: Looking down from the Canopy tower at Cuyabeno.

Admiring the view from the canopy tower platform.

Looking down from the canopy tower.

 

Cuyabeno loop, Day 3

The Cuyabeno loop continues its journey upstream to the Cuyabeno Lake, from where the program will be taken over by one of the lodges at the Cuyabeno Lake, of which the most famous it the Cuyabeno Lodge

 

10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: natigating up the Cuyabeno River10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: macrolobium tree swamp at sunset.

Continuing the journey upstream the Cuyabeno River.

The Macrolobium trees at the border of the Cuyabeno lake are like giant Bonsai trees and full of epiphytes.

 

Upon arrival at the lodge, you can take a hot shower and rest up a bit and take a swim in the lake at sunset:

10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: Swimming in Cuyabeno10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: Make great friends at the Cuyabeno Lodge when visiting the Amazon in Ecuador.

A swim at the lake is always wonderfully refreshing and a lot of fun.

Dinner in the restaurant of the Cuyabeno Lodge.

 

At night you can take an night excursion at the lake to look for the orange eyes of Caymans and other nocturnal animals that hide in the Macrolobium swamps.

 

Cuyabeno loop, Day 4

After a well-deserved night's rest, you will explore the Cuyabeno Lake and its surrounding Macrolobium swamps.

 

10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: Amazon Manatee at Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.Amazon jungle animals Ecuador: Pink Dolphin at the Amazon River in Cuyabeno

Most of the time you will be able to spot an Amazon Dolphin (of course no we can never guarantee this) or maybe, if you are very lucky, even a Manatee.

 

 

Blue and Yellow Macaws fly noisily across the Cuyabeno Lake, while Hoatzins whisper their hoarse sounds as they scope the Macrolobium trees for food. 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.

 

10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: excursion on Lake Cuyabeno10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: Birdwatching by visitors of the Amazon in Ecuador

Bird and wildlife watching

 

10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: Achiote bixa Orellana shrubs provide a natural coloring.10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: epiphytic cactus with a really big (10cm+) flower.10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: Perisan Silk tree, Albizia julibrissin. an invasive from Asia invaded the Amazon jungle. 10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: Lobster Claw hanging Heliconia Rostrata in the Amazon tropical Rainforest seen when visiting the Amazon in Ecuador.

 Bright red Achiote bixa Orellana shrubs adorn the Amazon jungle, an epiphytic cactus with a really big (10cm+) flower, Perisan Silk tree, Albizia julibrissin. a pretty but invasive from Asia invaded the Amazon jungle, the Lobster Claw hanging Heliconia Rostrata.

 

10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: Blue and Yellow macaws can be frequently seen in Cuyabeno.10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: Brown Woolley Monkeys are common in Cuyabeno.

Blue and yellow Macaws are fairly common around Lake Cuyabeno.

Brown Woolly Monkeys are common in Cuyabeno.

 

 

10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: Swamp trees, Macrolobiums, at Cuyabeno are frequently seen on Amazon visits in Ecuador.10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: Liana or vine reaching for the tree crowns.

 

Cuyabeno loop, Day 5

On day five, 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. Anyway, you will have to leave in the morning to get back on time to catch the plane or  bus in Lagoagrio. You will ride the canoe up the Cuyabeno River to the main entrance of the park, the "Cuyabeno Bridge", where your transport will be waiting for you to bring you to the airport or to the bus station to take you on your trip back to Quito. No wonder that this is one of the Best Tropical Adventure Tours for seeing wildlife in Ecuador.

 

10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: Visitor on the Cuyabeno Loop10  BEST ECUADOR AMAZON TOURS: Watching wildlife

 

[2024] COFAN LODGE / CUYABENO LODGE / PARKS AND TRIBES PRICES

PARKS AND TRIBES AMAZON PROGRAMS

WHAT's INCLUDED?    HOW GET TO THE AMAZON?

Prices excluded meals

CUYABENO DAY TRIP

DURATION STAY

Prices in US$

1 DAY

$ 99

Prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers. Discounts for families with children

NAPO RIVER CRUISE

DURATION STAY

Prices per person in US$

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

$ 450

LAGARTOCOCHE EXPEDITION

DURATION STAY

Prices per person in US$

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

$ 475

Departure from Nuevo Rocafuerte at the border with Peru. There is a daily rapid public boat services between Coca and Nuevo Rocafuerte for about $50 (not included). Biligual guiding $50 extra

 

Prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers.

COFAN LODGE PROGRAMS

COFAN LODGE STANDARD PROGRAM

DURATION STAY

Prices per person in US$

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

$ 499

Prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers.

 

CUYABENO LOOP

DURATION STAY

Prices per person in US$

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

 

Standard room at the Cuyabeno Lodge part (nights 3 &4)

$ 799

Standard room in the Cofan Lodge (nights 1 & 2) and Deluxe room at the Cuyabeno Lodge (nights 3 & 4)

$ 899

Prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers.

 

CUYABENO LODGE PROGRAMS

CUYABENO LODGE STANDARD PROGRAM

DURATION

Prices per person in US$

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

 

Standard room (17 m2, private bathroom, shared balcony)

$ 280

Standard room Plus (20 m2, private bathroom, shared balcony)

$ 350

Deluxe room (25m2, private bathroom, private balcony in the tower)

$ 370

Suite (36m2, private bathroom, private balcony)

$ 390

 

 

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

 

Shared budget room (Dormitory shared among 4 people, shared bathrooms)

$ 280

Standard room (17 m2, private bathroom, shared balcony)

$ 390

Standard room Plus (20 m2, private bathroom, shared balcony)

$ 430

Deluxe room (25m2, private bathroom, private balcony in the tower)

$ 480

Suite (36m2, private bathroom, private balcony)

$ 510

 

CUYABENO ADVENTURE

 

DURATION

Prices per person in US$

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

 

Shared budget room (Dormitory shared among 4 people, shared bathrooms)

$ 340

Standard room (17 m2, private bathroom, shared balcony)

$ 420

Standard room Plus (20 m2, private bathroom, shared balcony)

$ 535

Deluxe room (25m2, private bathroom, private balcony in the tower)

$ 595

Suite (36m2, private bathroom, private balcony)

$ 635

Single occupancy surcharge (for the entire trip)

$ 100

Individual bookings are WELCOME

 

QUITO - LAGOAGRIO

(or visa versa)

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION

 

Prices in US$

One way per party price from or to Quito. Group Price for parties of 2 - 7 to the park entrance (minivan) who share the costs.

$ 300

One way Coca to Park entrance per taxi (Japanes size). Minimum 2 maximum 4 A 6 persons minivan is also available.Luggage capacity for carry-ons only.

$ 120 / $150

 

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR PROGRAM

DURATION STAY

Prices in US$

OPTION A: Complete national Parks Tour (10 days). From

$ 1399

OPTION B: After Machalilla return to Quito (6 days). From

$ 999

OPTION C: After Machalilla return to Quito (6 days) via Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve (7 days). From

$ 1099

OPTION D: Start and finish in Guayaquil (5 days). From

$ 999

OPTION E: Start in Cuenca and Finish in Guayaquil (5 days). From

$ 999

Prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers.

 

GALAPAGOS TOURS

 

Prices in US$

Galapagos Island Hopping Tours 5 days, 4 nights from:

$ 849

Additional Daytrip Bartelome plus extra night hotel Santa Cruz

$ 349

Additional Daytrip Española (with Waved Albatros) plus extra night hotel Santa Cruz (April - November when the Albatros are present)

$ 349

Prices excluding flight and park entrance fees. Mínimum 2 persons.

 

 

LIMA CUSCO MACHU PICCHU

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DURATION STAY

Prices in US$

7 days - 6 nights, Not included international flights. Flights Lima Cusco Lima are additional and usually vary between $50 and $75 depending on the day and season.

$ 849

8 days - 7 nights, Not included international flights. Flights Lima Cusco Lima are additional and usually vary between $50 and $75 depending on the day and season.

$ 890

Flights not included. Prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers.

Dear visitor, our website gives you info about our National Parks Tours, our Galapagos programs, the Cuyabeno Loop, as well as our Cuyabeno  and Cofan Lodges in the Amazon.   For those who want to combine the Exuberant Nature of Ecuador with the Famous culture of Peru, we even have a 7 days Highlights of Peru extension! Our website gives you the best information on the internet, like Ecuador Travel Guide, because we are the only tour operator run by professional biologists. Take a look:

 

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AMAZON RIVER CRUISE ECUADOR: In Ecuador, birding is for all ages.

 NEW! CUYABENO DAY TRIP

For those that are limited in time, we are now organizing the Cuyabeno Day Trip that takes you at 9 AM from the park entrance to the surroundings of Lake Cuyabeno, to the Siona village and back by 5 PM.

 

 

 

Price: from $ 99

 1 día

RÍO NAPO LODGE TOUR, ECUADOR: La plataforma en el árbol de Ceibo de la comunidad Kichwa Añagu.

NEW YASUNI / NAPO RIVER TOUR

Lodges along Yasuni ­ National Park are excessively expensive and excursions are just organized close to each lodge. We developed a fabulous and affordable tour to all the highlights along the Napo, while staying in 2 different decent Quichua lodges.

 

 

Price: from $ 450

3 days

viaje a Cuyabeno

 NEW LAGARTOCOCHE EXPEDITION

The most remote part of the Amazon is the Lagartocoche lake system at the border with Peru. Hosted in a Secoya Indian Village.

 

Price: from $ 450

 4 days

admirando la increíble vida silvestre

CUYABENO LOOP

The Cuyabeno Loop explores the breathtaking scenery of the lower Cuyabeno and Zabalo Rivers and the Cuyabeno Lake. Watch the amazing birds and wildlife. Pass 2 nights with the amazing Cofan Indians in the Cofan Lodge and enjoy 2 nights of comfort in the famous Cuyabeno Lodge.

Price: from $ 799

5 days

 

admirando las increíbles aves

COFAN LODGE PROGRAMS

Located in Southern Cuyabeno, the Cofan Lodge is the only lodge in that part of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve with quality programs and great facilities. It is owned by the Cofan Indians and provides a totally different experience from any other lodge in Cuyabeno.

 

 

Price: from $ 450

4 days

Laguna Cuyabeno

CUYABENO LAKE PROGRAMS

The Cuyabeno Lake Programs explores all the wild places surrounding the Cuyabeno Lake. Bonsai-shaped Macrolobia trees with the whispering of the mysterious prehistoric Hoatzin birds and the noisy Blue and Yellow Macaws. Our Cuyabeno Lodge is on the best location, because we were the first lodge and chose the best location right on a seasonal island in Lake Cuyabeno.

Price: from $ 390

4 - 5 days

 

Chimborazo con Lamas

ANDES CUSTOM ECO TOURS

Our Northern Andes Tour lets you get a taste of some of the best Andean National Parks, visiting the highest groves in the world: the Polylepis trees, the highest mountain in the world calculated from the center of the Earth, the Chimborazo with Vecunhas and Lamas, the highest active volcano in the world, the Cotopaxi.

 

Price: from $750

5 days

Cascada San Rafael

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR

Our National Parks Tours take you on a fantastic journey along the best possible sample of Andean and coastal parks. They have been designed to complement Galapagos and/or Amazon cruises. They can start from different places, particularly Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. While the full program lasts 9 days, it is possible to make a limited selection of parks, like the 6 days' "Andes and Coast" module.

Price: from $ 1999

9 days

 

Bartelome ent Galapagos

GALAPAGOS LAST MINUTE

We have a fabulous selection of Galapagos programs, including cruises, island hopping, scuba diving or relaxing on one of the many different hotels varying from modest inns to deluxe resorts.

 

 

Price: from $ 550

From 3 days

25 COOLEST THINGS TO DO IN PERU [LIMA,CUSCO, MACHU PICCHU]: Inca wall in Cusco.

PERU HIGHLIGHTS

A fabulous program for visiting the most famous cultural highlights Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. At the same time it serves as the Lima hub for the Peru National Parks Tour. This module is an extension to our National Parks Tour Ecuador and/or Galapagos National Park and/or Amazon Cruises.

Price: from $ 1199

7 days

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