Jungle Tours

Why visit the Cuyabeno Reserve?

Spanning a surface area of over 603,300 hectares in the Ecuadorian Amazon region, the Cuyabeno Reserve is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. This tropical primary rainforest is home to over 500 species of birds, 450 species of fish, hundreds of species of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, and an estimated 12,000 plant species. Pink river dolphins, caimans, piranhas, monkeys, and macaws are among the most unique species found in this region. In addition to the stunning flora and fauna, seven indigenous communities live within the protected boundaries of Cuyabeno and continue to practice traditional customs such as Shamanism (traditional medicinal practices). This fascinating environment provides a unique opportunity to visit a world where biodiversity and cultural traditions are united by the rivers and forests of the Cuyabeno National Reserve.


Our Lodge: Cuyabeno River Lodge

Located in the northern region of the Cuyabeno Reserve, Cuyabeno River Lodge sits upon 300 acres in our own privately protected zone of Cuyabeno. Our mission is to promote ecotourism in an environmentally and culturally safe manner, consciously protecting the delicate jungle habitat and working with the local indigenous communities to safely expose Cuyabeno´s natural and cultural beauty to its visitors. Our standard four or five day jungle tours include a stay in our native cabins (with private bathrooms) on the banks of the Cuyabeno River, hiking with a bilingual guide through the beautiful forest in our private zone, learning about medicinal plants, visiting the Laguna Grande, participating in the making of a traditional food dish with an indigenous family, rowing in native-style canoes, piranha fishing, bird observation, and nocturnal animal walks. Between activities, there is plenty of time to rest in our hammocks or cool off in the Cuyabeno River to create both a unique and relaxing experience during your visit to our lodge.


Jungle + Adventure…

For a true Amazon adventure, we offer 6-day tours that travel through the Cuyabeno Reserve. Camping on the beaches of the Aguarico River and deep in the jungle forest while visiting several indigenous communities will surely leave you with a great appreciation of all this reserve has to offer.

Amazon Jungle Tour (Cuyabeno)- Itinerary Details

4 days – 3 nights (A)

Price: $160 per person

(not including transportation from Quito or park entrance fee (details below))

DAY 1: Upon arrival at the Cuyabeno bridge (or Lago Agrio if you fly in), your guide will meet you and transport you by motorized canoe to your camp, the Cuyabeno River Lodge. Lunch will be followed with an initial jungle walk, dinner and rest.

DAY 2: After breakfast at 7:30 am, you will visit the Cuyabeno lake system by motorized canoe. During this excursion you will observe the exotic flora and faunae (monkeys, dolphins, etc.) peculiar to this unique environment. With luck you might spot a giant anaconda on the Hormiga River, a tributary river of the Laguna Grande. In the afternoon you will stop for a boxed lunch and travel to the Laguna Grande to enjoy a refreshing swim before returning to the camp for dinner and rest.

DAY 3: Beginning with breakfast at 8 am, you will spend the morning hiking (approx. 4 hrs.) through the primary rainforest where your guides will introduce you to various medicinal plants. You will also have the opportunity to observe monkeys and parrots, among other animals, and with luck you might spot a jaguar. Various animal tracks will also be seen (tapir, armadillo, paca, puma, etc.). After lunch, you will have the opportunity to row down the river in canoes and fish for piranhas.

DAY 4: After an early breakfast you can choose the activity that you enjoyed most during the previous three days and experience it again. Lunch will be provided before taking the bus back to Quito.


5 days – 4 nights (A+B)

Price: $200 per person

(not including transportation from Quito or park entrance fee (details below))

DAY 1: Upon arrival at the Cuyabeno bridge (or Lago Agrio if you fly in), your guide will meet you and transport you by motorized canoe to your camp, the Cuyabeno River Lodge. Lunch will be followed with an initial jungle walk, dinner and rest.

DAY 2: After breakfast at 7:30 am, you will visit the Cuyabeno lake system by motorized canoe. During this excursion you will observe the exotic flora and faunae (monkeys, dolphins, etc.) peculiar to this unique environment. With luck you might spot a giant anaconda on the Hormiga River, a tributary river of the Laguna Grande. In the afternoon you will stop for a boxed lunch and travel to the Laguna Grande to enjoy a refreshing swim. The evening will be spent camping near the Laguna Grande.

DAY 3: After breakfast you will leave in quillas (small native canoes) to visit two lakes where you can take pictures of many birds and animals and go swimming before returning to the lodge for lunch. After dinner, you will go on a nocturnal caiman-watching ride, weather and river conditions permitting.

DAY 4: Beginning with breakfast at 8 am, you will spend the morning hiking (approx. 4 hrs.) through the primary rainforest where your guides will introduce you to various medicinal plants. You will also have the opportunity to observe monkeys and parrots, among other animals, and with luck you might spot a jaguar. Various animal tracks (tapir, armadillo, paca, puma, etc.) will also be seen. After lunch, you will have the opportunity to row down the river in canoes and fish for piranhas.

DAY 5: After an early breakfast you can choose the activity that you enjoyed most during the previous four days and experience it again. Lunch will be provided before taking the bus back to Quito.

6 days – 5 nights (Adventure Tour)

4 people min. needed, visits 4 indigenous communities

Price: $270 per person

(not including transportation from Quito or park entrance fee (details below))

DAY 1: Upon arrival to Chiritza by bus (with transfer from Lago Agrio if you fly in), you will board a motorized canoe and navigate on the quiet Aguarico river to Puca Peña, a large sandy beach where we will set camp for the night. Dinner and campfire included.

DAY 2: We will break camp after a very early breakfast and continue downriver to the Playas of Cuyabeno, a quichua community, where you will observe their customs and way of life. You will also enjoy the delta where the Cuyabeno River empties into the Aguarico River (a usual play area for the pink river dolphin). We will then continue up the Cuyabeno River to visit the Aguas Negras and Aguas Blancas Rivers before reaching the Amarumposa cabins where we will stay two nights.

DAY 3: After breakfast at 8 am you will hike (approx. 4 hrs.) through the primary jungle where your guide will introduce you to various medicinal plants. You will also have the opportunity to observe monkeys and parrots, among other animals, and with luck you might spot a jaguar. Various animal tracks will also be seen (tapir, armadillo, paca, puma, etc.). In the afternoon you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the river and try your luck at fishing for piranhas. After dinner, weather and river conditions permitting, your guide will take you on a nocturnal caiman-watching canoe ride.

DAY 4: We will continue up the river to the Cuyabeno lagoons after breakfast. A boxed lunch is included on the way. Upon arrival at your new camp near the Laguna Grande, you can enjoy the sunset and swim and play with the pink dolphins before dinner and rest.

DAY 5: At dawn your guide will take bird lovers to observe the numerous bird species that live in this region. You will return to the camp for breakfast and then leave for the Pato Cocha and Garzo Cocha lagoons via canoe. You will then travel to the last camp, the Cuyabeno River Lodge, to spend the night.

DAY 6: After an early breakfast, you can choose the activity that you enjoyed most during the previous five days and experience it again (hiking, fishing, canoe ride, etc.). Lunch will be provided before taking the bus back to Quito.

ALL TOURS INCLUDE:

· Fluvial Transportation

· Bilingual naturalist guide

· Lodging in double cabins

· Complete meals

NOT INCLUDED:

· Plane and/or bus tickets (bus tickets cost $10 each way from Quito)

· Additional beverages

· Park entrance fee ($20 USD for foreigners, $5 USD for nationals)

WHAT TO BRING:

· Passport for foreigners (a copy is not acceptable) or tarjeta andina (rosada) for nationals

· Light clothes (long sleeve shirts and long pants), bathing suit

· Flashlight

· Comfortable walking shoes

· Sunscreen and sunglasses

· Insect repellent with a minimum of 30-35% DEET

· Camera

· Malaria prevention medication

CUYABENO RIVER LODGE: Offering comfortable cabins with private bathrooms and lots of rest. Available services also include restaurant and bar (with reasonable rates). Come feel at home amidst the Rainforest.

WE WILL PROVIDE BOOTS, RAINCOATS, AND PURIFIED WATER.


COTOPAXI

As the second highest volcano in Ecuador, a trip to cotopaxi national park should not be missed. Attracting mountaineers and casual day hikers, this beautiful peak has something to offer for everyone.

DAILY TOURS: $45 per person, group discounts

Leaving Quito at 8:00am with a bilingual guide we take you south on the majestic Pan-American Highway to the entrance of Cotopaxi National Park. Upon entering the national park we will do an acclimatization hike around the Laguna de Limpiopungo for approximately two hours and visit a museum exhibiting local flora and fauna. After lunch, we then proceed by car to the highest point at which we can park the car before continuing by foot to the refuge center (4800m). From the refuge center we continue onto to the glaciers for half and hour more before returning to Quito by 6:00pm.

Included:

-private transportation

-bilingual guide

-boxed lunch

Not Included:

-park entrance fee ($10)


CLIMBING TOUR: 2 DAYS Price: $160 per person, group discounts

Day 1 of the great climb to the summit follows the same itinerary as our daily tour until you reach the refuge center at 4800m. From there your guide will instruct you in a glacier training course. After dinner and a short rest, you will begin the ascent to the top around midnight to reach the summit by sunrise. Following the descent you will return to Quito by 4pm.

Included:

-private transportation

-bilingual guide

-park entrance fee

-technical climbing equipment

-meals

-stay in refuge

Exploring Ecuador’s Volcanoes

Ecuador’s Andean region offers numerous options for trekking or climbing. Here are some examples of the additional peaks worth checking out…

Mt. Chimborazo 6310 m (20, 703 ft.)

Iliniza Sur 5266 m (17, 277 ft.)

Mt. Sangay 5230 m (17, 159 ft.)

Iliniza Norte 5016 m (16, 457 ft.)

Mt. Corazón 4788 m (15, 709 ft.)

Mt. Antizana 4630 m (15, 197 ft.)

Mt. Fuya Fuya 4261 m (13, 980 ft.)


The Galápagos Islands

Formed by a series of underwater volcanic eruptions, the Galápagos Islands represent some of the most geologically young and fascinatingly biodiverse islands in the world. Famous as the site of Charles Darwin’s scientific observations in 1835 and as Ecuador’s first official National Park, the Galapagos Islands truly offer an unparalleled landscape teaming with an abundance of unique wildlife. Only here will you come face-to-face with marine iguanas, snorkel with baby sea lions, and capture up-close views of frigatebirds, Galápagos penguins, blue-footed boobies, flamingos, and giant tortoises.


. There are many different options for visiting the Galapagos Islands. The most common way is through a guided four to eight-day boat tour. These tours range from economic class to first class, offering many different services and types of boats.

We can help you make arrangements on any type of boat, from economic class to first class cruise ships. Please ask for departure dates and prices!


ECONOMIC AND TOURIST CLASS BOATS:

These tours offer the lowest prices for boat-based tours.Offering private bathrooms, air-conditioning, hot water, and level II naturalist guides, we work with boat companies that offer comfortable and affordable tours.

TOURIST SUPERIOR AND FIRST CLASS BOATS:

Although higher in price, these tours offer more comfort and level II or level III biologist guides. First class boat range in capacity of 16 passengers on motor yachts to cruise ships equipped for 50 to 100 passengers.

Prices vary based on boat.

ISABELA ISLAND 5days/4nights

The lost paradise of Galapagos

This land-boat combined tour is an excellent alternative to the common boat-based Galapagos tour. Staying in hotels, this five-day excursion will focus on the highlights of Isabela island- an island offering trekking to the volcanoes and almost all of the famous Galapagos animal species, yet often not visited on most tours. In addition, the highlands and Charles Darwin Research Station of Santa Cruz island will be visited.

Price: $650

Tour Includes:

-Accommodations in double rooms

-Meals

-Naturalist English-speaking guide

-Snorkelling equipment (mask, tube, fins)

-Transfer Puerto Ayora-Isabela-Puerto Ayora by speed

boat or public transportation

-Transfer Baltra-Puerto Ayora-Baltra

Not included:

-Airfare ($390)

-Galapagos National Park entrance fee ($100)

-soft drinks and alcoholic beverages