Few places in the Amazon are so rich in plants and animals as the upper Amazon national parks of Ecuador, and particularly the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. This is because the Cuyabeno River runs through a shallow plane semi-permanently inundated plane close to the Andes. As a result, many narrow creeks run at a slow pace through the jungle allowing you to watch the beautiful jungle animals and flowers from a close distance. Visit native Indian villages in the reserve as the women show you their way of life. Very few Amazon parks will match the beauty of this enormous 150 km X 450 km Amazon park in Ecuador.


Amazon Rainforest Ecuador Expedition, Day 1

Fly to Lagoagrio, and continue overland to the entrance of the Cuyabeno Reserve, where a Siona Indian with his motorized canoe is waiting for your arrival. After having enjoyed a typical local lunch at the Amazon Restaurant at the Park registration point called “Puente” (Bridge) you board the canoe. Your real adventure begins when you enter the motorized canoe and go down the narrow winding Cuyabeno River to our Cuyabeno Lodge, at a peninsula on the Cuyabeno Lake. In the afternoon you will get the first impression of the area, rest a bit and take a dip in the lake and maybe, see your first Amazon Dolphins or a Manatee.

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Ranger Station at Park Entrance "El Puente.

Lagoagrio Airport serviced by new Embraer planes.


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Cuyabeno Lodge is hidden on a little island at the Cuyabeno Lake.


After a great excursion, it is always great to take a dip in the Cuyabeno Lake in the afternoon.


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Great photography both from the land and from the water.


Amazon Ecuador Expedition, Day 2 - 5

Spend the week exploring the Amazon rainforest in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, a pristine swath of jungle stretching more than 600,000 ha, home some of the Amazon's greatest variety of animals, trees and plants. Traversed by the Rio Cuyabeno, a black-water river, the lowlands of the reserve flood annually providing breeding grounds to an incredible number of fish species. Such wealth obviously does not go unattended by the great fish-eaters of the Amazon: both species of Otters and both species of Dolphins.

Amazon Rainforest Ecuador Facts: Amazon Giant Otter is one of the two Otter species you may seen on our Amazon expedition in Ecuador.Amazon Rainforest Ecuador Facts: Amazon dolphins dart along the canoes of our Amazon expeditons in Ecuador


The great hunters for fish are the Giant and the Neotropical Otters and the Pink and the Grey Amazon Dolphins.


Set out into this remarkable wilderness on daily canoe excursions and hikes on terra firma (steady forest land). Skim past the bonsay-shaped, epiphyte-clad Macrolobium trees, and venture deep into the rain forest on narrow tributaries. Spot sloths and monkeys, like the Black-mantled Tamarins, noisy Howlers and Spider Monkeys. Watch for the more than 540 species of birds known for the area, varying from hummingbirds to Harpy eagles, King Vultures to endangered – yet common in Cuyabeno - Blue and Yellow macaws. The guides of our  Ecuador Amazon rainforest lodge, the Cuyabeno Lodge, are widely known for their knowledge of birds as well as other Amazon Jungle Animals and Amazon Rain forest Plants.

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Visitors love to watch the birds and wildlife of the reserve.


Visitors "hunt" wildlife with binoculars and cameras.

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In the river and lakes, look for the Amazon's largest fish species, the Paiche, the infamous piranhas and Manatee.

The endangered Blue and Yellow Macaws are common around the Cuyabeno Lakes.


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Photographers enthrall snapping pictures of birds, frogs, orchids and heliconias.

People of all ages and interests fall in love with the Amazon jungle on our Amazon Expeditions.


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Frogs, Orchids and Heliconias make great photo objects.

Many visitors fall in love with butterflies, wanting to photograph them.


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Smile at the Woolly Monkeys waiting shyly if there are some leftovers from your breakfast (but don't feed them) and listen to the vocal Oropendola, breeding in the large tree next to the restaurant or our Amazon jungle lodge.


Enjoy the beautiful sunsets over the lake and listen to a cacophonous symphony of frogs and insects calling in night. Then slip through the jungle in the canoes or on foot at night, using a flashlights to spot caimans, frogs, bats, and other critters of the night.

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Pay a visit to the Siona community and appreciate their traditional way of life. Meet local women and children as they attend their vegetable gardens and prepare traditional food. Learn about different edible fruits and indigenous plants of the jungle with medicinal properties.


Amazon Rainforest Ecuador Expedition, Day 7

Return up-stream to the entrance of the Cuyabeno Nature Reserve in motorized canoe, where your transport is waiting for you to take you to the airport or the bus-terminal in Lagoagrio, where your Ecuador Tropical Adventure Tour ends. Check our Cuyabeno Lodge rates.


For detailed information on the different climate and weather conditions in Ecuador, read: climate of Cuenca, Ecuador; climate Galapagos Islands in Ecuador; climate in the Amazon of Ecuador and climate of Ecuador.

Cuyabeno Lodge:

Shyris Park Building, Av. de los Shyris N36-188 & Av. Naciones Unidas, Office 608, 6th floor, Quito

Phone Office: (++593) (0)(2) 292 6153

Cell (mobile) phone: (++593) (0)999 80 3395


Find it on the Quito Map Zoom in, it is a very detailed map!

Email: [email protected]