Explore one of the world’s most mystical and wondrous regions: the South American rainforest. Among the inhabitants of Ecuador, this area at the foothills of the Ecuadorian Andes is better known as “Oriente”. Despite the comparatively representing only 2% of the Amazon rainforest, the Ecuadorian rainforest accounts for one-third of the Amazon’s biodiversity. The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve protects approximately 590,112 hectares located near the equator in the northeastern part of Ecuador. There are over 540 different species of colorful birds from the smallest hummingbird species, macaws, toucans, herons, flycatchers, tanagers, trumpeters, kingfisher  motmots and the majestic harpy eagle.
Our guides are specialized in nature and bird watching tours, they will be happy to share their knowledge and craft well and provide not only a unique birding experience but also a personal insight of the Cuyabeno.


Location: * Location: Upper part and middle part of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve


The journey begins at night at 11:00 PM by bus starting from the highest capital in the world: Quito, located at 2,850 meters above sea level. Crossing the eastern mountain range of the Andes (Cordillera), you will pass “El Paso de la Virgen” at over 4,000 meters above sea level. From there you will drive the Andes down through the cloud forest into the rainforest to reach the small town ‘Lago Agrio’ after about six hours’ journey.

There is flight leaving from Quito to Lago Agrio at 10h00 it takes 35 minutes approximately, another option to reach Lago Agrio.


The tour begins in Lago Agrio at 09h30. If you go by plane we will pick you up at the airport when the plane arrives. We travel by bus / pick- up truck approx. 2 hours looking for any species of birds that could appear on the way, and then we reach El Puente (the main entrance to the Cuyabeno Reserve). Here we eat our lunch. Later we journey down the Cuyabeno River to our Lodge (approx. 3 hours) along the way we can observe some species of monkeys and birds very close because this part of the river is narrow letting us see much easier the wildlife. Arrival to Nicky Amazon Lodge. Time for a short relaxes and later before dinner we go out looking for night birds. After dinner our guide gives us a briefing on the upcoming activities for the next few days in the area.

During the first day we have a good chance to observe: Great Kiskadee, Lesser Kiskadee, Yellow-rumped Cacique, Crested Oropendola, Russet-backed Oropendola, Striated heron, Greater Ani, Smooth-billed Ani, Squirrel Cuckoo, Crimson Crested Woodpecker, long billed woodcreeper, Chestnut woodpecker, Cream colored Woodpecker, Black headed parrot, Blue headed parrot, White throated Toucan, Channel-billed Toucan, Lettered Aracari, Chesnut-eared Aracari,  Ivory-billed Aracari, Many-banded Aracari, Sunbittern, Sungrebe, Spix’s guan, Speckeled Chachalaca, laughing Falcon, Bat Falcon, Black Caracara, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Slate colored Hawk, Cinnamon Attila, Swallow-tailed Kite, Greater Yellow-headed Vulture, Black headed Vulture.

Cuyabeno Canoe Tour Amazon - Dracaena Lodge
Cuyabeno Canoe Tour Mono - Dracaena Lodge


Before breakfast early in the morning we go by motor canoe to observe some species of birds, the landscape around and to listen some information given by our guide. After breakfast we travel up the Cuyabeno River to visit the Laguna Grande where we navigate in the amazing lake and admire the flooded forest called Igapo which is considered another ecosystem of the rainforest, dominated by the famous Macrolobium trees which are homes of Epiphytes plants and birds. We also have a good chance of seeing the freshwater pink and grey dolphins (Inia geoffrensis and Sotalia fluviatilis), and we will enjoy swimming in the lake while we admire the spectacular landscape in the rainforest. 

We will go for a walk in one of the trails located at the Laguna Grande (Palma Roja or El Saladero). We trek into the rainforest with our guide who will share with us his wealth of knowledge about the tropical rainforest and the use of some different medicinal plants which have been used by the local people and that has been passed and taught by their ancestors for generations, we could also find some species of birds amphibians, butterflies, centipedes and millipedes, snakes, monkeys or footprints from mammals when walking on the trail. Return to the Lodge.

A good chance to observe: Hoatzin, Ringed Kingfisher, Amazon Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Green-and-rufous Kingfisher, American Pygmy Kingfisher, Violaceous Jay, Golden headed Manakin, Screaming piha, Cocoi Heron, Rufescent Tiger Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Boat billed Heron, Green Ibis, Neotropical Cormorant, Anhinga, Great Tinamou, Undulated Tinamou, Black-tailed Trogon, Amazonian White tailed Trogon.


An early activity let us enjoy nature at 04h00a.m we start the excursion down the Cuyabeno River aprox. 3 hours during the trip we enjoy the rainforest’s thriving activity and observing some species of birds. Finally we reach the enchanting salt lick (exposed clay bank) where 4 species of colorful Parrots and 2 species of Parakeets feed on the clay to draw the toxins from their bodies every day around 07h00 am, after we have the opportunity to climb the Kichwa Birdwatching Tower, from here above the canopy we see a breathtaking view of the surrounding rainforest. We also have another chance of seeing the freshwater pink dolphins in the amazing river scenery. After enjoying the middle part of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve We navigate upstream the Cuyabeno River to back, 3 hours aprox to our Nicky Amazon Lodge.

A good chance to observe: Black-headed parakeet, Yellow crowned parrot, Mealy parrot, Orange cheeked parrot, Cobalt winged parrot, Blue and Yellow macaw, Chesnut-fronted macaw, Great kiskadee, Lesser Kiskadee, Yellow rumped Cacique, Russet backed Oropendola, Blue-gray Tanager, Ecuadorian Thrush, White winged swallow, White banded swallow, Black-collared Hawk, Red capped Cardinal, Capped Heron.

Cuyabeno Canoe Tour grupos - Dracaena Lodge
Cuyabeno Canoe Tour Bote - Dracaena Lodge


Before breakfast we navigate along the Cuyabeno River to reach the Kapok Island trying to find more species of birds back to the Lodge for breakfast and we will have time to pack our luggage and then our motor canoe will take us back to the Cuyabeno bridge, where our Bus will take us back to Lago Agrio Approx. 15h00p.m

A good chance to observe: Muscovy Duck, Amazonian Violaceous Trogon, Liniated Woodpecker, Ringed Kingfisher, Amazon Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Green and Rufous Kinfisher, American Pigmy Kingfischer, Citron-bellied Attila, Violaceous Jay, White-eared Jacamar, Gilded Barbet, Black fronted Nunbird, Squirrel cuckoo.


Today’s morning excursion includes a short trip by canoe. Take advantage of the early morning hours to observe some birds and animals during their morning activities and to say goodbye to the jungle. After breakfast at the lodge you will have time to pack your luggage for the return journey. The ride takes you upstream back to the civilization at ‘El Puente de Cuyabeno’. After lunch (box lunch), a private bus will take you back to Lago Agrio at approximately 15h00h and from there you will return to Quito.

Cuyabeno Canoe Tour - Dracaena Lodge
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Cuyabeno Birding Tour

5 days / 4 nights

Single ( 1 pax)                                  US$  665
Double, matrimonial, triple          US$  380
Prices per person
All prices are listed in US dollars
Children under 12years old receivea 25% discount
Children under 3 years old (FREE)
Additional services:
  • Cost of the French, German translator service per day = US $ 95 (minimum 4 days)
  • In the case of requiring private tour services, these will have an additional cost per person or group.
  • Everything about the route, prices, activities, land and river transport, guides, etc., is shared based on groups of 12 or 13 people maximum.
  • Monday, Thursday and Friday*
    (for groups from 6 participants any day)
      • Private transportation from Lago Agrio – El Puente de Cuyabeno – Lago Agrio .
      • Transport by motor canoe from El Puente de Cuyabeno to the lodge, during the excursions and from the lodge to El Puente de Cuyabeno.
      • Naturalist Bilingual guide (English and Spanish) during all excursions;
      • 4 nights of accommodation in a comfortable lodge of the tourist class with mosquito nets and private bathroom
      • all mentioned meals, purified drinking water, coffee and tea, vegetarian food if you require
      • Life jackets and rubber boots (up to size 45 – from size 45 up, on request without additional costs).
          • Transfer by private bus from Quito – Lago Agrio – Quito.
          • Visit to the Siona family in Cuyabeno, ( $ 5 per person; to be paid locally)
          • Rain poncho
          • Additional drinks and meals
          • Single supplement
          • Travel insurance
          • Tips and personal expenses
          • All short-term price increases regarding fees and taxes.
* All services not listed in the private excursions can be arranged upon request and at extra cost according to your interests, such as jungle walks, canoe tours with your naturalist bilingual guide or a local guide from the Siona community. If you travel with children we recommend you take a guide for the excursions to enjoy your trip with the family
        • An original document with photo (passport or identity card)
        • Rain poncho
        • Long sleeve T-shirt
        • Rotton socks
        • Shorts
        • Sandals or comfortable walking shoes
        • Rain poncho and a sweatshirt
        • Flashlight with spare batteries
        • Personal medicine
        • Toiletry bag (important: biodegradable soap and shampoo)
        • Swimwear and towel
        • Hat
        • Sunscreen
        • Sunglasses with tether
        • A waterproof or repellent backpack
        • Protection against insects
        • Zip lock bag or plastic bag
        • Camera
        • Binoculars (10×40 is recommended)
        • Notepad
        • Swiss army knife
        • Wet wipes
        • Reading material.
For this trip, you should be in good physical shape so that you can enjoy jungle treks for 2-3 hours in a humid, tropical climate. However, if you would like to skip the hikes and other activities described above and only want to take part in the canoe trips, you can, of course make use of the lodge´s facilities instead, for example: Relax in the hammock.
Tours to the lodge at Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve start in Lago Agrio. The journey to Lago Agrio takes place from Quito either by private bus (international group), about 6 hours each way, night bus with departure at 23: 00h in Quito the evening before the tour – return trip after the tour with arrival in Quito at about 9:30 PM or by flight (about 40 minutes each way).



“Dracaena Lodge is definitely the place to go. We had the most incredible 5 days” 


“Our guides were absolutely great. They were extremely knowledgeable of the jungle flora and fauna and were great “teachers”. They made the experience very interesting and educational. We learned so much about the indigenous tribal cultures, the birds, snakes, monkeys, animals, insects, fresh water dolphins, fish, etc.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 jhabs

“The rooms are amazing. Really cute huts with hammocks and super comfortable beds with mosquito nets. The activities are awesome as well including night jungle walk, boat tours hunting for crocodiles, and piraña fishing. I never wanted to leave. Everything about this place is so amazing, you have to go!”                                                                                 



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