Ecuadorian Amazon tour

Cuyabeno 4 Days Itineray

Want to discover the Amazon of Ecuador? Then check out our amazing 4-day jungle program for an unforgettable experience!

This Cuyabeno tour gives you the opportunity to discover the best of the Amazon in only 4 days. Our local guide will take you to the most special places. You can enjoy 3,5-hour canoe rides, deep jungle walks, birdwatching, and exhilarating night walks! You will be able to spot many animals from the canoe and during your walks such as pink dolphins, monkeys, anacondas, sloths and many more species. 

Interested in this tour? Read the detailed itinerary below or book now!

Day 1.- Canoe trip & Night walk

Are you ready for your 4-day Amazon tour? Then your journey starts early in the morning at the city of Lago Agrio. You will arrive at 09:30 am by bus at Hotel Restaurante D’ Mario. For people arriving by plane, this will be 10:30 am. Our private bus will pick you up and you will make a 2 hour journey to the town of ‘Tierras Orientales’. This is where the rainforest begins. Here you will be provided with a nice Box lunch. 

After lunch, you will step into our motorized canoe for a 3,5 hour journey to Waita lodge. This will be your first opportunity to spot animals such as monkeys, birds, pink dolphins, and much more! You will also enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the Cuyabeno. 

After your arrival at Waita Lodge, you will have time to unpack and relax. After a delicious dinner, our local guide from the Cuyabeno will share the program of the next days with you. He will give an informative talk about the activities of our tour. Then, you will have to grab your flashlight because our guide will take you on your first night walk! You will be on the look-out for insects, spiders, snakes, and many other animals.

Day 2.- Birdwatching, 2 Canoe tours & Jungle Walk

Our second day starts with an early activity of birdwatching. We will take our rowing canoe to enjoy the sunrise and incredible landscapes of the Cuyabeno rainforest. We will visit small lakes near Waita lodge to observe different species of birds and mammals. Then, we return to the lodge for a well-deserved breakfast. 

After a short rest, our guide will take you on a deep jungle walk of 3 hours. He will explain everything there is to know about the Cuyabeno. This interesting information will give you new insights about living in the jungle. After this wonderful walk, we will return to Waita lodge to enjoy a nice lunch. 

In the afternoon at 4:30 pm, we will again take our rowing canoe to the forest flooded by black water. This is a unique place to see microscopic animals and many species of birds. We will then row to a narrow white water river where we can observe birds that can’t be found on the big rivers of the Cuyabeno. When the night begins to fall, we will head back to Waita lodge. However, on our venture downstream, we will take the opportunity to search for caimans and other nocturnal animals such as fishing bats, tree boas, and birds.

Day 3.- Birdwatching, 3 Canoe tours, Bird Observation Tower & Night walk

It’s time to enjoy the Cuyabeno rainforest and its animal life before dawn. At 05:30 am, we will take our motorized canoe for a 1,5 hour trip down the Cuyabeno river. We will enjoy birdwatching and animals spotting. At 07:00 am we will stop at a special place on the river to enjoy the morning rituals of 5 species of parrots and parakeets. After this breath-taking tour, we will head back Waita lodge for a nice breakfast. 

After resting, we will take the motorized canoe again to visit the place where 2 rivers meet. This is the perfect place to spot dolphins and once again enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the Cuyabeno rainforest. Then, we will return to the lodge for a delicious lunch. 

At 04:00 pm, we start our next adventure. We will take our canoe to visit to the Bird Observation Tower. This tower of more than 28 meters high was built around one of the largest trees in the area. Here, you will enjoy a beautiful view of the jungle canopy and observe a great diversity of animal life.

Before returning to our lodge, we will make a short night walk around the tower in search of new species of insects. Then, a delicious dinner will be waiting for us at the lodge.

Day 4: Morning excursions & Canoe trip

Today is the last day of this amazing 4-day jungle tour. This morning, we will have our last early activity into the forest or by canoe. Our guide will take you on a brief excursion. 

Then, it’s time for everyone to pack their bags for the return trip. Fortunately, we will take another 3,5 hour canoe ride back to the town of Tierras Orientales. This will be your last chance to observe animals and enjoy the Cuyabeno rainforest. 

Our transport will drive you back to Lago Agrio, arriving at approximately 04:00 pm. Here, you can take your bus or plane back to Quito. 

Optional activity in the morning of day 3.- On day 3, we will have an optional activity for the persons who would like to visit a Kichwa family. A member of the family will show you part of the culture and way of life in the Cuyabeno jungle. You will learn more about traditions and daily life in the rainforest. After enjoying this morning, you will return for lunch and continue with the normal program. This activity costs an extra 6 dollars per person. 

Starting days: Every Tuesday and Friday

Additional Information

Minimum 2 people maximum 6 people

Private room/Share room
4 Days – 3 Nights – $ 330 p.p.

Kids under 12 special price
4 Days $265

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: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. free 
  • 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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