CUYABENO RAIN FOREST
About 2% of this Amazon Rain forest lies within Ecuador’s borders in the foothills of Cordillera of the Andes, and you are currently in this 2% which although it is a small proportion, it contains about a third of its diversity!.
The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve protects 603.380 hectares. Crossed by the Equator in the northeast area of the Ecuadorian Amazon rain forest, Cuyabeno is home to some different communities each one with its own cultural identity. In Cuyabeno it is possible to identify over 500 different species of colorful birds starting from tiny hummingbirds to the majestic Harpy Eagle, which is found just in the rain forest, there are 240 different species of plants in one hectare, each one with a specific practical and medical use. Jaguars, Monkeys, Anteaters, Sloths, Dolphins ( Inia Geoffrensis and Sotalia ), Manatees and Armadillos, are just some of the mammals that live in the Cuyabeno reserve.
We have developed a responsible tourism policy, which we try to respect as much as possible, providing a sustained commitment to communities and the environment, to ensure we have a lasting positive effect. It is about “giving something back”. Help us! To promote actively the conservation of the Amazon Rain forest, this is home to more biodiversity than any other ecosystem. It is the key to protecting the planet’s health and curbing climate change.
CUYABENO TOUR SUMMARY
The tour start and ends in Lago Ahrio city. There are two direct ways of traveling from Quito to Lago Agrio, by plane and by bus, either way we will assist you with the tickets. If you travel by plane, you will arrive in Lago Agrio airport around 09h00 am. If you travel by bus, you must leave Quito a day in advance in order to reach Lago Agrio city on time for the tour. Traveling by bus takes about 8 hours drive.
Day 1. Arrival to Lago Agrio, where you will meeting the guide and crew in fixed point, and transfer by bus to Agaurico River, where the dugout Canoe is waiting to drive upstream to the Lodge.( 3hs aprox.) In the Afternoon you will do a hike in the Forest. Diner.
Day 2. After breakfast, we trek into primary Rain forest accompanied by our native and Naturalist guides. After lunch, we paddle by traditional dug-out canoe, enabling us to enjoy the sounds of the jungle…. Night short hike hike in Forest to see nocturnal mammals and insects.
Day 3. Early in the morning we awake up to enjoy the sound of the Forest and bird watching and admire many species of birds. After Lunch we will navigate along the Cuyabeno River to enjoy the amazing nature and always looking for animals. A night hike will be done.
Day 4. Starting early in the morning we spend the whole day exploring. We navigate downstream to observe the enchanting salt lick (exposed clay bank) where colorful Parrots and Parakeets feed on. In the afternoon, we travel to visit the Kichwa Bird watching Tower. Here above the canopy we will see a breathtaking view of the surrounding rain forest. Back to lodge for dine
Day 5. After breakfast, we visit to the Kichwa Indian Community where our naturalist guide explains the culture and traditions. Later on,we travel by canoe down the Cuyabeno River and back to Lago Agrio City 16h00 aprox. Return to Quito by bus or plane.