Ecuadorian Amazon tour

Cuyabeno 5 days Itineray

Interested in a tour to the Cuyabeno rainforest of Ecuador? Then we recommend taking this amazing 5-day jungle tour!

Get ready to spot pink dolphins, sloths, caimans, and anacondas in the Cuyabeno jungle. During this unforgettable tour, our local guide take you to the most beautiful places that this rainforest has to offer. In 5 days, you will take 3,5-hour canoe rides, interesting jungle walks, exciting night walks, go birdwatching and enjoy spectacular views of a 28-meter-high canopy! 

Want to enjoy the Cuyabeno to the fullest? Read the itinerary below or book now!

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

Our Amazon adventure starts in Lago Agrio at 09:30 am at Hotel Restaurante D’ Mario for the persons arriving by bus. For those arriving by plane, this will be at 10:30. We will pick you up with our private bus and in 2 hours we will drive to the town of Tierras Orientales. There you will be provided with a nice Box lunch.

Here the 5-day Amazon tour begins as we take a 3,5 hour canoe ride to Waita Lodge. This will be your first chance to spot many kinds of animal, like pink dolphins, monkey and birds! Also, you will be able to enjoy the landscapes of the Cuyabeno reserve. 

After arrival at Waita lodge, you will have time to unpack and relax. After a delicious dinner, our local guide will give a briefing about the activities of the next days. Then, go and grab your flashlight because our guide will take you on a thrilling night walk to spot insects, spiders, snakes, and other animals.

Day 2: Birdwatching, Two Canoe rides & Deep jungle walk

Our first activity is begins at 06:00 am in the morning as this is the best time to go birdwatching. We will take our rowing canoe to enjoy the sunrise, incredible landscapes, and animal spotting. We will pass through small lakes of the Cuyabeno jungle before returning to the lodge for breakfast. 

After some rest in the hammock, the guide will invite you for a 3-hour deep jungle walk. Here the guide will explain everything there is to know about the Cuyabeno rainforest. You will learn wisdom passed on from generations living in the jungle! After this interesting walk, we will return to Waita lodge for lunch.

At 04:30 pm in the afternoon, we will take the rowing canoe to row to the forest flooded by black water. Here we can spot diverse wildlife. Then in contrast, we will navigate a narrow white water river to spot birds that can’t be found in big rivers. 

When night begins to fall, we will make our way back to Waita lodge. We will venture downstream in search of caimans, fishing bats, tree boas, and nocturnal birds. 

Day 3: Birdwatching, Three Canoe rides, Bird Observation Tower & Night walk

We begin our day at 05:30 am in the morning. These are the best hours to enjoy animal life before sunrise. We will begin the excursion in our motor canoe going down the Cuyabeno river for 1,5 hours. Here, you can enjoy birdwatching until we reach special clay banks. On these clay banks at 07:00 am, parakeets and colourful parrots enjoy their morning meal. An exclusive thing to see!

After breakfast and some rest, we will take the motorized canoe to the Bocana. This is the place where 2 rivers meet and is perfect for spotting dolphins and enjoying beautiful views. After an informative tour, you can enjoy a delicious lunch. 

At 04:00 pm a new adventure begins. With our canoe, our local guide will take you to the Bird Observation Tower. This tower, built around the largest tree of the area, is an amazing 28 meters high. This is the perfect place to enjoy stunning canopy views. 

Before returning to Waita Lodge, we will take a short night walk around the tower in search of new species of insects. Finally, we will return to the lodge for a nice dinner. On our way back, make sure to spot some caimans!

Day 4: Full day Canoe & Jungle walk excursion

After an early breakfast at 07:00 a.m, we will take the rowing canoe to add more species to our “check list”. We will row down the narrow white-water river, home to uncommon species, and will try to spot different species of animals. 

After a Box lunch, we will enjoy a 3 hours deep jungle walk on the trail of Terra Firme. Our local guide will share more knowledge about the Cuyabeno rainforest, and you will be able to spot more wildlife. 

After an exciting day, we will return to our lodge at approximately 16h30. The rest of the night you will enjoy a well-deserved dinner and rest. 

Day 5: Morning activity & 3,5 hour Canoe ride

On our last day we will take you on our last early activity. This will be a brief excursion into the rainforest or in our canoe to enjoy the awakening of nature. Again, this is a wonderful time for birdwatching and enjoying the final day in the beautiful Cuyabeno jungle.

After breakfast, you will prepare your luggage for the return trip. For the final moments, you will enjoy a 3,5 hour canoe ride back to Tierras Orientales. Here our private bus will take you back to Lago Agrio at 16h00. From here, you can go by plane or bus back to Quito.

 

Optional activity in the morning of day 3.- People who would like to visit a local community in the Cuyabeno jungle can do this optional activity on the morning of the third day. A member of a Kichwa family will show you part of their culture and traditions. They will show their interesting way of life and you will get new insights into their day-to-day life. After enjoying this moment 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 Monday and Friday

Additional Information

Minimum 2 people maximum 6 people

Private room/Share room
5 Days – 4 Nights – $ 370 p.p.

Kids under 12 special price 
5 Days $300

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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