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Cuyabeno Eco-lodge Tour




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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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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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 Cofan Lodge is a Cuyabeno Lodge, located at the confluence of the Zabalo and Agruarico Rivers, which is the ideal point of departure for making the Cuyabeno Loop. The Zabalo River, famous for its Giant Otters, is located North of the Aguarico. So starting with a minor tributary, the Cuyabeno Eco-lodge Tour first explores the mighty Aguarico River, then the Zabalo River, to then continue onto the Cuyabeno River to complete a loop through the entire reserve. This it the best option to get a fuller impression of the famous Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve from some of the greatest tributaries to discover the Upper Amazon.


CUYABENO ECO-LODGE TOUR [2023]: Outline Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

CUYABENO ECO-LODGE TOUR [2023]: Virgin Forest Cuyabeno Wildlife ReserveCUYABENO ECO-LODGE TOUR [2023]: Morning mist at Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve


The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in the Amazon rainforest is known for its rich wildlife, but viewing these animals can be a challenge. Poor visibility due to the contrast between light from the sky and leaves blocking the view makes it difficult to observe animals from the ground. This makes exploring the Amazon from the ground much more difficult and challenging.


CUYABENO ECO-LODGE TOUR [2023]: Exploring the Amazon Rainforest, of Ecuador from a canoe is convenient and effective.CUYABENO ECO-LODGE TOUR [2023]: Jungle exploration.


Watching wildlife up close is easier from the tranquil rivers of Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. With the sunlight illuminating the river banks, you'll be able to observe birds, mammals and flowers in their natural habitats from the comfort of your boat. Plus, having access to your binoculars, camera and bird book at arm's length makes wildlife observation and photography that much simpler!


CUYABENO ECO-LODGE TOUR [2023]: Blue and Yellow Macaw at Cuyabeno Wildlife ReserveCUYABENO ECO-LODGE TOUR [2023]: Bromelia in Amazon of Ecuador, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.


Located in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is a biodiversity hotspot featuring a wealth of wildlife. Boasting up to 580 species of birds, including colorful parrots and majestic eagles, as well as an abundance of orchids and bromeliads, this stunning reserve allows you to discover the beauty and diversity of the Amazon jungle up close.


CUYABENO ECO-LODGE TOUR [2023]: Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve satellite image.

The Aguarico River while on your way to Zabalo in the Southern part of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.


CLICK TO ENLARGE: Official map of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve tour, the Cuyabeno Loop.

CUYABENO ECO-LODGE TOUR [2023]: Official map of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.


Geography of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is an Amazon forest reserve located in North-eastern Ecuador, stretches a total area of 5,901 km2. The Reserve is composed of mostly pristine jungle with a varying terrain ranging from 200m in the east to 177m near the Peru border. Cuyabeno features the Rio Cuyabeno watershed which empties out into the Aguarico River, as well as several large lakes such as the Zancudo Cocha Lake and the Lagartocoche River, lakes and swamps. Within this diverse ecosystem lives a multitude of flora and fauna species - making it ideal for exiting tours, expedition and exploration!


Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve: Low water at Cuyabeno LakeCuyabeno Wildlife Reserve: Cuyabeno National Park during the dry season


Climate and Weather of Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve located in Ecuador is known for its generous amounts of rainfall, estimated to be around 3000mm each year. However, the region experiences a drier season from mid-December to the first few weeks of March; during this time some lakes and narrow rivers may become dry and much of the wildlife congregates round the remaining pools. In addition, this period corresponds with Northern winter during which many Northern migrants come to enjoy the Reserve.


Ecology and Species of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve comprises the following 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" coloured sediment-rich rivers, particularly the main river Aguarico;

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

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

The lakes are semi black-water ecosystems; however, when the black-water rivers are laden with sediments during high rainfall, the lakes too may become sediment laden and may become lighter with a "coffee with milk" color.


Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve offers its visitors a wide variety of fauna and flora to explore. Over 580 species of birds can be spotted in the area, making it one of the world's most sought-after destinations for birdwatching. The mammal population includes dolphins, manatee, various species of monkey including the night monkey, several types of bat, rodents ranging from capybaras to smaller animals, tapirs, two types of peccary, several species of deer, sloths and ant eaters, as well as cats like jaguars and pumas. While visiting this reserve, keep an eye out for all sorts of animals! Our staff have even recorded a rare night monkey for the reserve! It’s not just birds that visitors can enjoy when birdwatching; our expert guides will help you spot a diverse range of jungle animals, including reptiles and amphibians.


When the FAO national parks team selected the Amazonian protected areas of Ecuador in 1975, Cuyabeno was known for its enormous Boa Constrictors (terrestrial, usually up to 3 m, but occasionally reaching 4 m), Anacondas (water-loving, up to 6 m Anacondas are frequently seen, occasionally reaching 9 m). Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is home to many threatened species including giant anacondas, boa constrictors and numerous reptile, amphibian and fish species. Reptiles such as iguanas, lizards and land tortoises can be seen during the day while geckos hunt insects around night lodges and amphibian's orchestras last throughout the night. The reserve is well known for its diverse range of fish that includes piranhas, giant catfish, the Amazon's greatest predater fish, the "Paiche" and electric eels among many other tropical species. Amphibians are also found in great numbers here with their noises often heard through the night.


CUYABENO ECO-LODGE TOUR [2023]: Yellow Handed Titi Monkey at Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.CUYABENO ECO-LODGE TOUR [2023]: Squirl Monkeys at Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

A primate study in the reserve, revealed that of the 19 species of primates living in Ecuador, 10 species have been reported in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.


CUYABENO ECO-LODGE TOUR [2023]: Amazon Manatee at Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.CUYABENO ECO-LODGE TOUR [2023]: Amazon Dolphin at Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

The Cuyabeno Lakes are frequented by both species of Amazon Dolphins and  less often by Amazon Manatee. in the last few years a couple of Giant Otter families have established themselves and with a bit of luch can be seen or heard.


Our Cofan Lodge, is the only Jungle Lodge in the Reserve located within a traditional Indian community. Our programs are widely known for the knowledge of our guides about indian traditions, birds as well as other Amazon Jungle Animals and Amazon Rainforest Plants. Check our Cofan Lodge rates.


CUYABENO ECO-LODGE TOUR [2023]: Cuyabeno canopy tower.

CUYABENO ECO-LODGE TOUR [2023]: Visit the Cuyabeno canopy tower.



Street: Calle Las Casas, Side street: Jose Coudrin, 2 blocks above the Occidental Highway

Cantón Quito, Prov. Pichincha, Parroquia Belisario Quevedo

Tel: (++593)(02) 2 2324 4086, Cell phone: (++593) (0) 99 283 2187 Whatsapp: (++)1 304 901 0718

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