Ecuadorian Amazon tour

Cuayabeno 6 days Itineray

Can’t get enough of the Amazon of Ecuador? Then you will enjoy this 6-day Amazon tour to the fullest!

This tour will take you on amazing 3,5-hour canoe rides, community visits, thrilling canopy views, 3-hour deep jungle walks, and exciting night walks! You will be taken to unique and unforgettable places by our local guide. He will show you everything the jungle has to offer. You will spot caimans, anacondas, beautiful birds, monkeys, and many more. You will also have the best chance of spotting pink dolphins. 

Interested in this 6-day tour? Check the detailed itinerary below and book now!

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

The Amazon adventure begins in Lago Agrio at 09:30 a.m. at Hotel Restaurante D’ Mario for people arriving by bus. This will be at 10:30 a.m. for the persons going by plane. You will be picked up by our private bus followed by a 2 hour drive to the town of Tierras Orientales. This is the beginning of the Cuyabeno nature reserve. Here, you will be provided with a nice Box lunch.

Your 6-day rainforest adventure begins with a breath-taking 3,5 hour canoe ride to Waita Lodge. This is your first chance to spot many animals, such as pink dolphins, birds, and monkeys! 

After arrival at Waita lodge, you will have time to unpack and explore. After a delicious dinner, our local guide will give more information about the activities of the next days. Finally, our guide will take you on a thrilling night walk to spot insects, spiders, snakes, and other animals.

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

With an early activity, our day begins at 05:30 a.m. in the morning. Before sunrise, we will enjoy the rainforest and its animal life. We will begin our journey in a motor canoe going down the Cuyabeno river for 1,5 hours. This is a perfect 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 breakfast, we will take the motorized canoe to the Bocana. This is the place where 2 rivers meet. The contrast provides the perfect environment to spot dolphins and enjoy stunning views. 

We will then continue on for another 2 hours to reach the Iripari channel. Here, you will be provided with a Box lunch. After lunch, we will enjoy a short and informative walk between lagoons. After this walk, our local guide will navigate the canoe around the lagoon. This beautiful landscape is the perfect scenery to take a refreshing swim. We will then head back to Waita Lodge. 

Day 3: Birdwatching, Two Canoe rides & Deep jungle walk

This morning activity starts at 06:00 a.m. in the morning. This is the best time to do birdwatching. We will take our motorized canoe to enjoy the sunrise, beautiful 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 take us on a 3-hour deep jungle walk. The guide will explain and share a lot of knowledge about the Cuyabeno rainforest. You will learn wisdom passed on from generations who lived in this jungle! After this interesting walk, we will return to our lodges for lunch.

At 04:00 p.m. in the afternoon, we will take the motor canoe to navigate through small black water pipes. These form a spectacular ecosystem where we can spot diverse wildlife. 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. 

After a delicious dinner, our guide will invite you to take an exciting night walk. We will search for insects, snakes, and spiders! 

Day 4: Full day Canoe, Lagoon swim & Meet indigenous group

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

A long and exciting canoe ride awaits us. The first part of the river we will navigate is very narrow and will give us a fun experience as we maneuver through. We will then ride for 1,5 hours to the border of Ecuador and Peru, where a large expanse of flooded forest is located. Then, a 2 hours upstream journey will allow us to spot monkeys, pink fresh water dolphins, and more animals.

After a box lunch, you will have the opportunity to swim with the dolphins, enjoy a beautiful landscape, and we will meet an indigenous group called the “Secoya”. 

Following the same route, we will return to Waita lodge at approximately 16h00. The rest of the night you will enjoy a well-deserved dinner and rest. 

Day 5: Forest walk, Canoe trip, Swimming & Community visit.

At 06:00 a.m. in the morning, our local guide will invite you to take a short walk into the Terra Firme forest. Enjoy the enormous trees and density of the forest! Afterwards, have a nice breakfast.

After breakfast we will prepare our equipment to return to Waita Lodge. We will take the motorized canoe and make some stops along the way. You will have time to swim and will also be provided with a Box lunch. 

We will then visit some of the communities to appreciate the difference between Amazonian groups. Here you will also be able to buy handicrafts. After a profitable trip, we will return to our lodge. Then, you will have the rest of the night to rest, shower, and dinner.

Day 6: Morning activity & 3,5 hour Canoe ride

On our last day, we will take our last early activity. Our guide will take you on 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 rainforest.

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 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 – $ 700 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.

  • 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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