Amazon Jungle Tours - Explore the Heart of the Ecuador Rainforest

4 Days Cuyabeno Amazon Experience - Explore Rainforest

370 USD
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4 Days Cuyabeno Amazon Experience - Explore Rainforest
370 USD


Venture into the heart of the Amazon rainforest with the 4 Days Cuyabeno Amazon Experience. Your adventure begins with a journey from Quito, transporting you into the lush, vibrant world of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, one of Ecuador's most biodiverse regions.

Upon arrival, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the dense greenery and the symphony of sounds that make the Amazon so enchanting. Guided by expert naturalists, you’ll navigate the winding waterways by canoe, offering an intimate glimpse into the lives of the rainforest’s diverse inhabitants. Spot playful river dolphins, majestic caimans, and a myriad of colorful birds as you traverse this untouched paradise.

Each day brings new adventures, from guided jungle hikes to wildlife spotting expeditions. Your knowledgeable guides will share their insights into the complex ecosystems of the Amazon, revealing secrets of the flora and fauna that thrive here. You'll have the opportunity to see monkeys swinging through the treetops, sloths lazily hanging from branches, and a vibrant array of insects and reptiles.

Your stay at an eco-friendly Waita Lodge ensures comfort amidst the wilderness, with cozy accommodations and meals prepared from locally sourced ingredients. Evenings at the lodge provide a chance to relax and reflect on the day’s discoveries, perhaps while enjoying a traditional Amazonian meal.

One of the highlights of this tour is the opportunity to visit indigenous communities. Engage with the locals and learn about their traditional way of life, ancient customs, and the profound knowledge they have of their natural surroundings. This cultural exchange is a unique and enriching aspect of your Amazon experience.

As the sun sets each day, embark on thrilling nocturnal excursions to uncover the mysteries of the jungle at night. Listen to the calls of nocturnal creatures and witness the forest come alive in a completely different way.

After four days of immersion in the Amazon, you’ll return to Quito with a deep appreciation for this extraordinary region and memories of an adventure that will last a lifetime. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a wildlife lover, or an adventurer at heart, the 4 Days Cuyabeno Amazon Experience with Ecuatraveling offers a journey of discovery and wonder.

Join us and explore the rich biodiversity and stunning landscapes of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve—an unforgettable adventure in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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Amazon experience
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- Itineraries -

4 Days Cuyabeno Amazon Adventure

4-Day Tour Itinerary

DAY 1: 
Our adventure starts at 9:30 at Hotel D'Mario for people arriving by bus to the city of Lago Agrio. We then take our private bus for approximately 2 hours to reach the town of Tierras Orientales, located on the banks of the Aguarico River. At this point, we will provide you with a Box Lunch and prepare to take the motor canoe. We will begin our journey downstream Aguarico River. It takes approximately 3 hours to reach the bocana place where the river Aguarico joins the river Cuyabeno. Here, we will have the opportunity to enjoy an incredible landscape since it is a place where you can observe without difficulty the pink dolphins of freshwater. You will also see the great difference between the secondary forest and the primary forest. After enjoying this spectacle, we will ride 30 more minutes upstream on the river Cuyabeno and arrive at our Amazon Lodge, located in the lagoon San Francisco, inside the reserve Cuyabeno.

Along this route, we will be able to appreciate the great biodiversity of the forest and photograph several species of animals such as monkeys, birds, reptiles, and aquatic mammals. You will be able to observe them without difficulty since our guides will provide you with binoculars, in case you need them.

At the Lodge, we will have time to relax and familiarize ourselves with the place. After dinner, our guide will give us a briefing about the activities for the following days and will invite us to go on a night walk around the camp in search of interesting nocturnal species such as insects, spiders, amphibians, tree snakes, and many other animals.

DAY 2: 
The best time for bird watching is before dawn, so our activity starts at 6:00. We will take our rowing canoe to enjoy the sunrise and the incredible landscape of the rainforest and to navigate through small lakes near the Lodge. During this tour, we will have the opportunity to observe a wide variety of species of birds and mammals. After having enjoyed a fantastic landscape, we return to our Lodge to enjoy a delicious breakfast.

After a short rest, our guide will invite us to go on a walk of approximately 3 hours. Our local guide will share his knowledge about the practical use of medicinal plants that his ancestors have transmitted through generations. He will also provide many explanations about the fauna and flora of the area and his connection with the world of botany. We then return to our Lodge to have a delicious lunch. At 16:30, we will once again take our rowing canoe to navigate around the lagoon of the Ceibo, «giant tree of the jungle», located near our Lodge. Here, we will be able to admire the forest flooded by black water, also called Igapo, considered within the tropical rainforest as one of the 5 ecosystems dominated by the famous trees of Macrolobium. These trees have the great ability to store nutrients in their bark and become home to countless microscopic animals, epiphytes and many species of birds. Afterwards, we will visit the San Francisco river, a narrow white water river surrounded by exuberant vegetation where we can find species of birds that are not found in bigger streams. When the night begins to fall, we will venture downstream in search of caimans (family of lizards) and nocturnal animals such as fishing bats, tree boas and nocturnal birds.

DAY 3: 
An early activity (around 5:45) allows us to enjoy nature in its pure state since the best hours to enjoy the rainforest and its animal life are before sunrise. We will take the motor canoe to ride downstream Cuyabeno River for approximately 1h30. On the way, we will observe birds starting their day. We will reach the saladero (a clay bank full of nutrient-exposed river banks), where 5 species of colorful parrots and parakeets feed on clay every day around 7:00.

After enjoying this wonderful morning we return to our Lodge for breakfast.

We will take a rest and hop in our motorized canoe once again. At this hour, we will witness a prosperous rainforest activity until we reach the bocana, where the two rivers meet. Here, we will be able to admire the freshwater dolphins and delight in a wonderful landscape where the coloration of the white waters full of sediments coming from the Aguarico River mix with the black waters full of tannins coming from the Cuyabeno River. Back to the lodge, we will savour a tasty lunch.

In the afternoon, we will canoe-ride to the Bird Observation Tower. This tower is built around one of the largest trees in the area, a Ceibo tree. From the top of the tower, at 28 m (92 ft) high, we will have a breath-taking view of the Canopy and the rainforest. This will give us the opportunity to hear and observe a great diversity of animals.

Before returning to our Lodge for dinner, we will make a short night walk around the tower in search of new species of insects.

DAY 4: 
This day being our last one in this wonderful place, we will go on a canoe ride to witness the awakening of this incredible nature and try to spot more birds.

A delicious breakfast will be served at 6:00. After breakfast it is time for the return trips make sure your luggage is prepared and ready to go. We will sail 30 minutes downstream on the Cuyabeno river and then take the Aguarico river upstream for 3 hours until we reach Tierras Orientales around 12:00. 

From here a "taxi" will take us to Tarapoa where we will catch the shuttle that will drive you to Quito, (the taxi has a cost of $40 which can be shared among 4-5 people).


370 USD


Biodegradable shampoo and soap
Community-based program
Rubber boots
Rain ponchos
Private bathroom
Private room


Observing a variety of animals: monkeys, pink dolphins, snakes, anacondas

Swimming with pink dolphins

Staying in a unique natural reserve in a special location


Round-trip transfer Lago Agrio - Waita Lodge - Lago Agrio (by car & motor canoe)

Ministry of Tourism licensed bilingual naturalist guides trained in biology and eco-tourism

Comfortable accommodation at Waita Lodge ; double, triple and family rooms with private bathrooms

Rubber boots


Three nutritious meals daily, including purified bottled water, soft drinks such as tea, coffee & hot chocolate available all day, snacks for the activities

Catering for vegetarians and passengers with dietary restrictions


What'sNot Included

Transportation to/from Lago Agrio

Tips for the guide

Soft drinks & alcoholic beverages

Extra meals in Lago Agrio before and after the trip


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