Ecuador Amazon Tour

Cuyabeno 7 Days Itineary

Want to enjoy the Amazon to the fullest? Then take a look at our longest 7-day jungle tour!

One week of amazing activities and excursions will make this trip unforgettable. You will take part in more canoe rides, amazing jungle walks, birdwatching, beautiful 28-meter-high canopy views, animal spotting and much more! Our local guide will show and teach you facts and skills from the jungle. You will also have plenty of time to rest and relax in our beautiful Waita lodge facilities.

Curious about this rainforest adventure? Read our detailed itinerary and book now!

Day 1: 3,5-hour Canoe ride & Night walk

Our jungle tour begins in Lago Agrio at 09:30 a.m. at Hotel Restaurante D’ Mario for persons arriving by bus. This will be at 10:30 a.m. for the persons arriving by plane. Our private bus will pick you up, followed by a 2 hour drive to the town of Tierras Orientales. Here, you will be provided with a nice Box lunch.

Here, your 7-day Amazon journey begins with a breath-taking 3,5 hour canoe ride to Waita Lodge. This is the perfect opportunity to spot many animals, such as pink dolphins, birds, and monkeys! 

After arrival at Waita lodge, you will have time to unpack your things. After a delicious dinner, our local guide will give a briefing about the activities of the next days. Finally, our guide will take you on an exciting night walk to spot insects, spiders, boas, and other insects. 

Day 2: Birdwatching, Full day Canoe tour, Jungle walk & Lagoon swim

Our day begins at 05:30 a.m. in the morning with an early activity. Before sunrise, we will enjoy the rainforest and its animal life. We will begin our journey in a motor canoe going downstream of the Cuyabeno river for 1,5 hours. This is a wonderful time to enjoy birdwatching. At special clay banks at 07:00 a.m. , parakeets and colourful parrots enjoy feeding on clay. In our canoe this is an exclusive thing to see!

After a delicious breakfast, the guide will take us on a 3-hour deep jungle walk. Here, he will share valuable knowledge and show you all you need to know about the Cuyabeno reserve. After this interesting walk, we will enjoy a nice lunch.

In the afternoon at 04:00 p.m. we will take our canoe, to visit the Bird Observation Tower. This amazing tower is built around one of the highest trees of the Cuyabeno. It’s 28 meters high so we can enjoy breath-taking canopy views and its wildlife.

Day 3: Three canoe trips, Short jungle walk & Lagoon swim

We begin our day at 06:00 a.m. in the morning. We will enjoy the sunrise and with the canoe navigate through small lakes near the lodge. You will have the chance to observe a wide variety of birds and mammals. Then, we will return to the lodge for a delicious breakfast.

After breakfast, we will pack our gear and take our motorized canoe to reach the “Bocana”. This is the place where 2 rivers join. This is where we will once again see freshwater dolphins. We will then ride downstream for 2 hours to reach the mouth of the “Iripari” channel. Here, we will enjoy a Box lunch. 

After lunch, we will take a short rainforest walk between lagoons.  After enjoying beautiful landscapes, we will take the canoe to enjoy the sunset and we will take a nice swim in the lagoon. At dinner, our guide will share the activities of the next day. 

Day 4: Birdwatching, Canoe ride, Lagoon swim & Caimans search

At 06:00 a.m. we will take our motor canoe again to go birdwatching. We will visit the flooded forest dominated by a large number of palms. After having enjoyed beautiful landscapes, we will return to the lodge for a delicious breakfast. 

After a short rest, we will grab our equipment and continue in our canoe towards the border between Ecuador and Peru. We will explore the rainforest and its lagoons. This is followed by a journey up the river of Lagartococha to see more monkeys, dolphins, and birds. We will then enjoy lunch and a swim

After a refreshing swim, we will set up camp for the next 2 days. After set-up and dinner, our guide will explain more about the Cuyabeno reserve and will invite you to search for caimans!

Day 5: Dolphin Lagoon, Jungle walk, Swim, Community visit, Canoe ride & Night walk

This morning, we will enjoy a canoe trip to the lagoon of “Dolphin Cocha”. This is a special lagoon named after the high percentage of pink dolphins that live here. Here, you can also enjoy a swim with them! Later, we will head back to camp to enjoy breakfast.

After a rest, we will take a short walk in the Terra Firme forest to meet a small group of indigenous people: the Secoya. Here, you will get a taste of what it’s like to live in the secluded jungle. Here, we will have a Box lunch. 

In the afternoon we will continue our journey by taking the motor canoe to visit small black water pipes. This spectacular ecosystem is home to unique species of birds and mammals. Here, we can take another refreshing dip in the lagoon. 

When night begins to fall, we will head back to camp. On our trip back, keep you eyes open for caimans, fishing bats, tree boas, and birds! After dinner, the guide will take us on another thrilling night walk!

Day 6: Morning activity, Full day Canoe trip, Swimming & Community visits

At 06:00 a.m. in the morning, our guide will take us on a brief excursion. This can be either in the canoe or a walk into the rainforest. After enjoying this spectacular morning, we will return to camp for breakfast. 

Then, we grab our gear and make our way back to Waita Lodge. Along the way, we will make some stops to enjoy lunch, a swim, and we will visit different communities of the Cuyabeno reserve. Here, you will be able to purchase some handicrafts. 

After arrival at the lodge, we can enjoy a shower and rest. After a delicious dinner, we will make a checklist of all the animals we’ve observed. 

Day 7: Morning excursion & Canoe ride

On the last day of our 7-day tour, we will have our last early activity to enjoy the Cuyabeno. Our guide will take you on a brief excursion into the forest or by canoe to enjoy the awakening of nature. 

After breakfast, you must prepare your luggage for the return trip. Luckily, there is another 3,5 hour canoe trip back to the town of Tierras Orientales. This will be a nice moment to take the last memory of this wonderful place. 

Once we reach the town, our private transport will take you back to Lago Agrio. This will be the end of your jungle tour. Arriving at 04:00 p.m., here you can either take a bus or plane back to Quito. 

Optional activity day 3: morning visit Kichwa family.- People who would like to visit a local community in the Cuyabeno jungle can do this optional activity in the morning of the third day. A member of a Kichwa family will show you part of their culture and daily life. After enjoying this morning with the Kichwa family, you will return to the lodge for lunch and continue with the normal program. This activity costs and extra $6 per person. 

Starting days: Every Sunday to Friday

Additional Information

Minimum 4 people maximum

Private room/Share room
6 Days – 5 Nights – $ 770 p.p.

Single Room supplement has an extra charge of 75% of the normal price

Dolphin Lodge (a second option when we don’t have availability at Waita)

4 Days – 3 Nights – $ 290 p.p.

5 Days – 4 Nights – $ 330 p.p.

Included
  • Bilingual naturalist guide: English/Spanish
  • River transport
  • Lodging in traditional cabins. 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Meals on tour (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) 
  • Tea, coffee, chocolate enabled all day
  • Catering for vegetarians or vegans
  • Electricity to charge the batteries
  • Equipment (poncho, rubber boots, binoculars)
  • Happy time: 18:30 p.m. to 21:00 p.m. 
  • Transportation Lago Agrio – Cuyabeno – Lago Agrio
Not Included
  • Ground / Air transportation from Quito to Lago Agrio – Lago Agrio to Quito
  • Additional beverages such as beer and wine inside and outside the Lodge
  • Visit observation tower 6 dollars per passenger 
  • Family visit Local 6 dollars per passenger 
  • Breakfast on the first day 
  • Last Day Dinner 
  • Tips for our crew and guides  

How to get to Lago Agrio (3 Options)

Option 1: Private Tourist Shuttle ($20 one-way or $40 roundtrip per person)

The private bus is arranged by a third-party company

Departure from Mariscal area at Blue House Hostel (Joaquin Pinto E8-24 y Diego de Almagro) at 10:50 pm.

Or departure from Hump Day Hostel (Venezuela S1-28 y Rocafuerte) at 11:15 pm

Arrival: Meeting Point Hotel D’Mario approx. 6 am.

*Return to Quito: The drop off is at José de Antepara y Rios, in the Old Town or at Ventimilla and Juan León Mera, in La Mariscal. So please keep in mind that you might have to take a taxi to your accommodation after arriving in Quito.

Option 2: Public Bus ($14)

Get to the Quitumbe Bus Terminal around 9.30 pm and take a ticket for any bus to Lago Agrio which departures at 11-11.30 pm.

Option 3: Flight with Tame (only airline)

Any flight that arrives before 11:00 am we will pick you up from the airport

(Consult your agent about it)

Note: When you arrive at Lago Agrio by public bus around 6 am, you need to take a taxi from the bus station to the Hotel D’Mario for $1 Dollar, our meeting point and wait for the guide, who will pick you up at 9.30 am.

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