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CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE, ECUADOR [2024]

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, Ecuador: Why better wildlife viewing:

  1. Imagine yourself exploring the Amazon rainforest. Of course, you really want to see wildlife. But only in Cuyabeno you actually get to see it. This is why: Most wildlife moves about through the canopy of the trees. From where you are on the ground, your vision is limited, because the undergrowth and the leaves are in your way. From the relative darkness where you are on the ground, you have to look up and get blinded by the sky light that penetrates through the tree crowns. That makes it difficult to distinguish the characteristics of the birds and mammals;

  2. when you are in the jungle on foot, the crowns of the trees 35 meters above you look are so dark that observing animals above is very difficult as the contrast between the leaves and the light of the sky is blinding;

  3. Envision yourself visiting the Amazon jungle. Obviously, you visit the Amazon to watch willife. Let me tell you why only in Cuyabeno you really get to see it. This is the reason: Most animals move about through the trees canopies. As you are on the forest floor, your vision is blurred, as the undergrowth and the leaves are in your obstructing your view. From the relative dimness where you are on the ground, you need to turn upward and get dazed by the bay window that infiltrates through the tree crowns. That makes it hard to recognize the attributes of the birds and well evolved creatures

  4. Birdwatching however from a motorized canoe, however, is very rewarding. Also the riverbed, the trees are lower and there are many shrubs were, birds and monkeys tend to frolic, including aquatic birds. Sunlight illuminates the vegetation sideways so you are not blinded by light from the sky. While sitting comfortably in your canoe, you can watch wildlife at ease, while sitting down photographic equipments, binoculars and a nature guides at hand reach, without having to carry them;

  5. Cuyabeno, the only Wildlife Reserve on a Plain near the Andes; Learn why its best for seeing animals from Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil who discovered Cuyabeno in 1975. Its is the best for seeing Bird and Wildlife, opposed to hilly areas that lack lakes and where rivers run fast. There is no other lowland plain in the Andes foothills in any of the Amazon-Andes countries;

  6. Being close to the Andes, your cost of getting there are much lower and travel time shorter than when you have to get deeper into the Amazon lowlands further away from the Andes, like Iquitos in Peru;

  7. The best time to watch birds and mammals is at dawn and sunset, so you need to be near to where the best wildlife observation is, which is Lake Cuyabeno and its surrounding swamps, the Cuyabeno Lodge is on a seasonal island in the lake itself, in the middle of the lake system. Tourists from other lodges must navigate up to 30 minutes each time they go on excursion around the lake.

That is why you really want to explore the Amazon jungle from the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, the best Amazon Amazon National Park in South America. You can watch more birds and flowers during your stay anywhere else in the Amazon.

 

5 fabulous Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve Packages

In 1975, I, Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil, was a junior nature conservation ecologist, part of the United Nations project for selecting the National Parks System of Ecuador, proposed the protection of Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, at the time about 150,000 hectares. In 1976, then junior wildlife biologist, Dr. Flavio Coello, was the first superintendent of the national park and co-owner of this Parks and Tribes tour operation company. Read more about the Conservation History of Ecuador and other hidden places in Ecuador. Together we are the most knowledgeable experts on the Amazon of Ecuador and we developed the following fabulous programs for you.

  1. Cuyabeno Lodge; the best Cuyabeno Lake package from the first eco lodge at the best place on a peninsula of the Laguna Cuyabeno;

  2. NEW! Napo River / Yasuni tour, this tour takes you to all the beautiful places along the Napo / Yasuní without ridiculous prices;

  3. NEW! Lagartocoche lakes this package takes you to the most hidden corner of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve at the border with Peru;

  4. NEW! Cuyabeno Loop, this is the only package that takes you trough the entire Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve;

  5. NEW! Cuyabeno new daytrip, If you are short of  time or money this is the package for you;

  6. Cofan Lodge/Zabalo Southern Cuyabeno package; the Cofan tribe hosts you from their Cofan Lodge in the Southern part of Cuyabeno.

 

The location within the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is also of the essence:

As bird and wildlife observation is best very early in the morning, it is paramount to be right in the heart of the best place for observing animals. In the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, this is the Cuyabeno Lake system. The Cuyabeno Lodge is on a seasonal island, right in the heart of the lake system, while visitors coming from most other lodges must first travel 30 to 45 minutes to get to the lake. According to Tripadvisor, our Cuyabeno Lodge is the best Amazon Rainforest Eco Lodge in Ecuador!

 

CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE, ECUADOR: Virgin Forest.CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE, ECUADOR: Morning mist.

 

Visibility on the ground within the Amazon forests is poor, making exploring the Amazon rainforest more difficult as one is blinded looking up while having to permanently having to watch where one walks. This makes wildlife observation much more difficult.

 

CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE, ECUADOR: Cofan lodge during your Amazon visit in Ecuador.CUYABENO LAGUNA GRANDE TURISMO DAYTRIP $99 [SUCUMBIOS]: Pajareras en el Amazonas.

 

Watching birds, flowers and mammals from narrow rivers is better as trees along the creeks are lower and the sunlight penetrates to illuminate the river banks. Moreover, wildlife observation and photography from the water is much more convenient and effective, as one always has his/her binoculars, camera and birdbook at hand, as opposed to when one is walking through the forest.

 

CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE, ECUADOR: Blue and Yellow Macaw at Cuyabeno Wildlife ReserveCUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE, ECUADOR: Bromelias are mostly epiphytes.

 

The beauty of the Amazon jungle is in the small details. There are up to 580 species of birds, many of them incredibly beautiful, while flowers, such as orchids and bromeliads decorate the forest.

 

CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE, ECUADOR: Location of the Cuyabeno Amazon Jungle Lodge in Ecuador

 

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve Facts

Discover our 5 Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve tours traversing all 160 km from west to east and 100 km from North to South, exploring the 590,912 hectares of mostly virgin rainforest! Check on Google Earth: Cuyabeno Lodge being right on the equator.

 

CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE, ECUADOR: Lake area tours.

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve CLICK TO ENLARGE the official map:

 

Rivers of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve incorporates most of the Rio Cuyabeno watershed which drains into the Aguarico River. Zancudo Cocha Lake is the largest lake in the parks, while the Lagartocoche watershed at the Peruvian border has a variety of lakes and swamps at both sides of the border, in tri-national reserves among Ecuador, Peru and Colombia. Over its length, the national park gently slopes from 300 masl in the East so about 250 masl in the Lagartocoche watershed. The main forest type of the park is humid tropical rainforest.

 

CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE, ECUADOR: Low water at Cuyabeno LakeCUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE, ECUADOR: Cuyabeno National Park during the dry season

 

Climate and Weather of National Park Cuyabeno

The rainfall the Ecuadorian Amazon is varies from 3500mm at the airport of Lagoagrio to about 3200 mm per year at the Peruvian border. Average temperatures range from 24 C to 26 C, depending on the location, with lower temperatures nearer to Andes. For example, in Leticia it is 27 C on average, further down Amazon region in Colombia. Rainfall also has a significant west-east gradient, as precipitation decreasing Eastward.

CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE, ECUADOR: Climate Lagoagrio.CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE, ECUADOR: Weather data Lagoagrio.

Precipitation is the lowest in December, with an average of about 200 mm. Most rainfall falls in June, with an average of 345 mm.

At an average temperature of 25.7 Degree C, November is somewhat warmer, while the average temperatures in July are a bit lower at 24.1 degree C. It is the lowest average temperature of the whole year.

 

Ecology and Species of Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

9 macro-ecosystems:

  1. frequently flooded forests or swamps, traversed by sediment-poor dark rivers with a vegetation dominated by Mauritia flexuosa palms;

  2. occasionally flooded forests fed by sediment-rich rivers, or varzea;

  3. dwarf forests semi-permanently flooded by black-water rivers, or igapo are formed by "bonsai shaped" Macrolobium trees covered with thick layers of epiphytes, like ferns, bromeliads, orchids and mosses;

  4. poorly drained rarely flooded forests on plains, particularly along the Aguarico;

  5. well-drained forest, located on undulating terrain that is found throughout the reserve beyond the inundated plains where the lakes occur. The hilliest and best-drained forest is found in the upper watershed, in the area surrounding the main entrance of the reserve;

  6. dark  or black-water sediment-poor rivers, particularly the narrow head-waters and the Zabalo River;

  7. "coffee-with_milk" colored sediment-rich rivers, particularly the main river Aguarico;

  8. semi-permanent lakes, with the largest being the Cuyabeno Lake and Lagartocoche Lake, that fall dry at least in part fall dry in most of the years;

  9. permanent lakes that almost always keep a the water, Zancudo Coche along the Rio Aguarico.

The internal rivers and creeks are black-water ecosystems; however, during heavy rains they occasionally become sediment laden coloring the water lighter.

 

With almost 600 species of birds, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is an el dorado birders. More than 150 species of mammals have been recorded for the park, including two species of dolphins, the Amazon Manatee, 10 species of monkeys, including the night monkey, the second smallest monkey on earth, many bats and rodents, varying from the world's largest, the Capybara to many small ones. Hoofed animals are include tapirs, two species of peccary and deer. Tree dwelling mammals include Sloths and Ant Eaters. Predators include various South American cats, including jaguar and Puma.

 

When the United Nations project selected the protected areas of Ecuador in 1975, Cuyabeno was known for its 6 m giant Anacondas, occasionally reaching 9 m. With the better protection, big anacondas are seen rather frequently, sometimes with the visible remains of an animal. Some of the turtles may grow to 1/2 meter, while yellow-legged tortoises roam the land. Moreover, many smaller snakes, lizards, geckos and iguanas are found in the park. Amphibians are everywhere, but hard to spot. The fish fauna of Cuyabeno is extremely diverse and includes the piranas, enormous catfish, electrical eels, prehistoric paiches and small colorful fishes.

 

CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE, ECUADOR: Yellow Handed Titi Monkey at Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE, ECUADOR: Squirl Monkeys at Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

Les common but present are the Yellow-handed Titi-monkeys.

The most fearless monkeys are the Capuchin Monkeys that invade the kitchens of the lodges from time to time.

 

CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE, ECUADOR: Amazon Manatee at Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE, ECUADOR: Amazon Dolphin at Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

Amazon Manatees migrate throughout the Amazon watershed in search of floating meadows.

The Grey Amazon Dolphin may sometimes jump above the water.

 

The Cuyabeno and Cofan Lodges, are at prime locations for exploring the park. the Cuyabeno Lodge at a seasonal island in Lake Cuyabeno in the Cuyabeno Upper watershed, while the Cofan Lodge is located along the Aguarico River in the village of Zabalo. Our quality programs - with great guides with great knowledge of birds, mammals - make optimal use of these different locations, thereby covering the entire national park areas.

 

CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE, ECUADOR: Canopy Tower.

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, Canopy tower

 

 

[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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 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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