About 2% of this Amazon Rainforest lies within Ecuador’s borders in the foothills 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). Located just on the Equator, in the northeast area of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, 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 rainforest, 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 Rainforest, this is home to more biodiversity than any other ecosystem. It is the key to protecting the planet’s health and curbing climate change.
There are two direct ways of travelling from Quito to Lago Agrio “ by plane or bus: If you travel by plane, you will arrive in Lago Agrio at 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. Travelling by bus is 8 hours. Our adventure begins at 09h30am in Lago Agrio City
Arrival to Lago Agrio, meeting guide and crew, and transfer by bus to Agaurico River, where the Canoe is waiting to drive to the Lodge.( 3hs aprox.) Afternoon excursion in the Forest. Diner.
After breakfast, we trek into primary Rainforest 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 mamamls and insects.
Early in the morning we awake up to enjoy the sound of the jungle and for bird watching and to admire some species of birds. After Lunch we navigate along the Cuyabeno River to enjoy the beautiful nature and always looking for anything. Optional night walk.
Starting early in the morning we spend the whole day exploring. We navigate downstream to observe the enchanting salt lick (exposed clay bank) where colourful Parrots and Parakeets feed on. In the afternoon, we travel to visit the Kichwa Birdwatching Tower. Here above the canopy we see a breathtaking view of the surrounding rainforest.
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.