If you are planning to go to the Amazon rainforest, the best place to see wildlife is definitely the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. Cuyabeno is a tropical rainforest protected zone located in the north of Ecuador. The reserve is a combination of rivers, lagoons and floated forests and is considered to be one of the sites with the highest biodiversity in the world! More than 550 different bird species have been identified in Cuyabeno, such as colorful parrots, macaws, kingfishers, hoatzins and the Amazon eagle.
Also more than 350 fish species, including piranhas.
A great variety of reptiles can be found, such as boa constrictors, anacondas, caimans, poison dart frogs and river turtles. You also have the chance to see the tapir, pink freshwater dolphins, armadillos and monkeys!
Flight or bus from Quito - Lago Agrio. Reception in Lago Agrio and transfer to Cuyabeno River. Here we begin the 2.5 hours navigation through Cuyabeno River to the lodge. Along the river you will find several species in its natural habitat as monkeys, toucans, parrots, insects and the exuberant Amazonian vegetation. Arrival and check in. Night walk in the primary forest to observe amphibians, reptiles and insects. Return to the lodge for a welcome cocktail and dinner.
After breakfast departure for a hike in the primary rain forest to explore the beautiful and complex tropical ecosystem. You will find the great variety of species of plants, trees and animal life. Lunch back at the lodge. In the afternoon navigation around the big lagoon, to enjoy the surrounding of the lake and we will wait for a very special sunset. Night navigation to observe caimans.
After breakfast, departure to the Siona Indian Community of Puerto Bolivar, the largest ethnic group in the reserve. During this tour you will learn about their customs, traditions and way of life. You will be part of the elaboration of the casabe; local dish made of yucca. The trip takes 2 hours navigation downstream to get there, on route look out for fauna on the Rio Cuyabeno such as: birds, monkeys, snakes, pink river dolphins and tortoises. A visit to the Shaman is also included. Return to the lodge.
Early in the morning before breakfast a bird watching excursion. Breakfast and transfer to Lago Agrio to take your flight/ bus back to Quito.
In the 5 days / 4 nights tour, a visit to Canangueno Lagoon for bird watching and another hike in the forest are the activities on the 4th day.
* All lodge information is correct at time of publishing but subject to change by the lodge owner.
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