CUYABENO
CANOE TOUR

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

CANOE TOUR IN CUYABENO RAINFOREST

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 500 different species of colorful birds ranging from the smallest hummingbird species to majestic giant harpies.

Within one hectare of this reserve, it is possible to find up to 240 different plant species, many of which are still used for medical purposes today. Jaguars, monkeys, tapirs, sloths, pink river dolphins (Iniageoffrensis and Sotaliafluviatilis), manatees and armadillos are just a few of the mammals that live in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. To complete the biodiversity of this nature reserve, impressive reptiles such as Anacondas and Caimans should not go unmentioned. In the black-water rivers and lakes there are a variety of fish species such as piranhas, catfish and Arapaimas (which can reach a length of 2 meters) and many others. The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve not only provides habitat for countless plants and animals, but also for many indigenous people and communities such as the Siona, Secoya, Kichwa and Cofane.

ITINERARY

Upper area of the Cuyabeno Reserve (Cuyabeno River)

DAY 0.- 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.

DAY 01: ADVENTURE IN AMAZONAS (BL / D)

In the morning you will reach Lago Agrio, a small town at 500 meters above sea level on the edge of the Ecuadorian rainforest. 

The actual tour into the rainforest starts at 09:30 AM in the morning. You will drive for about 2 hours until you reach ‘El Puente’, the main access to the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve and the last place in civilization. Here you will have lunch (box lunch) and then drive in a motorized canoe on the Cuyabeno River for about 2 hours until you reach the lodge. With a little luck you can already observe the first monkey and bird species along the way. The river is extremely narrow in this region and allows you to experience the wildlife up close. After your arrival at the lodge, you will have time to recover and go on your first exploratory tour in the surroundings of the lodge. After dinner your bilingual guide will inform you about the activities of the following days.

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

DAY 02: RAINFOREST ADVENTURE (B / L / D)

Early in the morning you will explore the area by paddle canoe looking out for monkeys and birds in the awakening tropical forest. Breakfast. After you will paddle to enjoy the awakening nature downstream to visit the Seoqueya community, home to some Siona indigenous families. The family members will show you how to make ‘Cassave’ (typical manioc bread of the region). Your guide will explain the local customs and traditions of their past and present culture while you have lunch. Later you return to the lodge.

In the afternoon you will take a trip by paddle canoe on the Cuyabeno River, which will lead you through the dense forest landscape. You will be able to observe the wildlife found on the riverbanks, especially monkeys, macaws, toucans and sloths. Here you also have good chances to see pink river dolphins (Iniageoffrensis and Sotaliafluviatilis) in the impressive river landscape. Before dinner, after dusk, you will explore the lodge’s surroundings to look for nocturnal animals such as insects, spiders, snakes and frogs becoming active when the sun sets.

DAY 03: RAINFOREST ADVENTURE (B / L / D)

During an excursion early in the morning, you will paddle to enjoy the nature. You will travel by motorized canoe along the Cuyabeno River to the Laguna Grande. You will spend a full day quiet paddling, you will explore the lagoon, and you will get to know ‘Igapó’, the flooded rainforest. This is a very special rainforest ecosystem dominated by giant macrolobium trees which, provide habitat for epiphytes and specialized bird species. Box lunch. After exploring the lag oon, you can refresh yourself with a swim in the calm waters while watching the spectacular sunset of the Amazon. You will paddle downstream Cuyabeno. Later our motor canoe will pick us up to return to the lodge.

After dinner you will continue your adventure and observe the nocturnal fauna of the river landscape, watching out for caimans before returning to the lodge. Dinner.

Cuyabeno Canoe Tour grupos - Dracaena Lodge
Cuyabeno Caone Tour Frog - Dracaena Lodge

DAY 04: RAINFOREST - QUITO (B / BL)

Today’s morning excursion includes a short trip by canoe. Take advantage of the early morning hours to observe the 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 15h00 and from there you will return to Quito.

                       
B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / BL: Box Lunch / D: Dinner 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Monday, Tuesday & Friday

* Daily for groups of 6 or more participants

 

 1 pax          US$  980

2 pax             US$  550

3 pax             US$   495

4 pax            US$   485

5 pax            US$   450

6-7 pax         US$  420

8 a 10 pax     US$ 395

 

* Surcharge for Single accommodation US$ 230

Transfer Quito – Lago Agrio – Quito:

With the bus: US $ 30 per Person one way / US $ 60 round trip*

With the plane: US $ 110 per Person one way / US $ 220 round trip

*Bus trips are by private bus in international groups

NB All services not listed as well as 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 taking a private guide to enjoy the excursions with your family at your own pace.

  • Private transportation Lago Agrio – El Puente de Cuyabeno – Lago Agrio .
  • Private motor canoe from El Puente de Cuyabeno to the lodge, during the excursions and from the lodge to El Puente de Cuyabeno; paddle canoe excursions
  • Naturalist Guide (English speaking)
  • 3 nights of accommodation in a comfortable tourist class lodge 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 on request prior to the tour without additional costs).
  • Transfer Quito – Lago Agrio – Quito.
  • Visit to Siona family ($ 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.

An original document with photo (passport or identity card – Obligatory!), rain poncho, long sleeve T-shirts and cotton socks, shorts, sandals and/or comfortable walking shoes, and a sweatshirt, flashlight with spare batteries, personal medicine , toiletry bag, (important: please use biodegradable soap and shampoo) swimwear and towel, hat, sunscreen and 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 the paddle canoe activities of 2-3 hours in a humid, tropical climate. However, if you would like to skip the hikes and other activities described, 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.

Prices (in US $) for the rainforest travel adventure with Spanish / English speaking tour guide (other languages available on request):

Tours to the lodges at Cuyabeno National Park 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).

 

NB: Please read all routes only as a guideline. All routes and programs are subject to change without notice due to national park regulations, weather conditions, natural events, seasonal changes, or for security reasons. Flexibility is the key to the success of every tour. The safety of our passengers is our top priority.

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TESTIMONIALS





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

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“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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