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4 Day Amazon Wildlife Experience in Quito
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Exciting Wildlife Experience in Ecuador

Challenge yourself to experience the Amazon jungle tours through the Cuyabeno Reserve, which is home to over 500 species of birds, 450 species of fish, hundreds of species of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, and an estimated 12,000 plant species. Cuyabeno River Lodge will guide you to explore Laguna Grande, trek through the primary rainforest exploring the longest trail for three to four hours. This is your chance to prove your bravery, so, why waiting?

Overview

  • Starting point and ending point: The tour will be started in Cuyabeno and will be ended in Quito
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Monkeys, dolphins, etc.

Highlights

  • 3 game viewings
  • Observe the exotic monkeys and dolphins
  • Canoe riding experience over Laguna Grande
  • Explore the primary forest of Cuyabeno Reserve
  • Complete meals and purified water
  • 3 nights' accommodation

Styles


4 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
08:00
Check-out Time:
13:00

You will be accommodated at Cuyabeno River Lodge. Cuyabeno River Lodge has sponsored tourism and scientific research in the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin since the creation of the lodge and the establishment of the reserve in 1979. Cuyabeno River Lodge uses filtered draining systems to reduce the introduction of harmful waste into the Cuyabeno’s delicate ecosystem.

They compost all biodegradable products and all other waste is taken out of the reserve to be disposed of properly. Biodegradable soap is given to each tourist upon arrival. 80% of the cabins are composed of, and maintained with, wood from trees that have fallen naturally. The cabins do not impact on the surrounding soil because they are elevated above ground; ensuring nothing is damaged. Cuyabeno River Lodge uses fiberglass canoes to reduce deforestation. By visiting indigenous communities, they are helping the community and also supporting local industries in the process.

The main cabin consists of the kitchen, a bar, a hammock room, a lookout point where you can observe the beauty of the Cuyabeno, and a restaurant where you’ll be able to enjoy great national and international cuisine.

Program

Day 1: Cuyabeno bridge

Upon arrival at the Cuyabeno bridge, your guide will meet you and transport you by motorized canoe to the base camp, Cuyabeno River Lodge. After an initial rest, you will take a short walk in the afternoon on the Ceibo trail, leading you to one of the region’s largest tree species. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served.

Day 2: Laguna Grande

After an early breakfast, you will visit the Laguna Grande, Cuyabeno’s largest lake, by motorized canoe. During the excursion, you will observe the exotic flora and fauna (monkeys, dolphins, etc.) peculiar to this region. After stopping for lunch, you will continue down the Cuyabeno River to the indigenous community of Puerto Bolivar. Here, you will participate in the preparation of a typical yucca bread in the home of an indigenous family before returning to the base camp. Optional nocturnal walks and / or canoe rides may be requested with free of charge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served.

Day 3: Cuyabeno River

Optional: Requests for early morning bird walks are more than welcome. After breakfast, you will continue to trek through the primary rainforest, exploring the longest trail for three to four hours in search of exotic plants, animals, and animal tracks. The guide will indicate medicinal plants, native animals, and discuss local indigenous customs. In addition, you will have the opportunity to row down the river in native style canoes, and take a refreshing swim in the Cuyabeno River. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served.

Day 4: Quito

On day four, you will explore one last trail, with new opportunities to see different vegetation and animals before taking the early evening direct bus (18:30) to Quito. Breakfast and lunch are served.

Location

Cuyabeno River Lodge sits on 300 acres in our privately protected zone of the Cuyabeno Reserve. The mission is to promote ecotourism in an environmentally and culturally safe manner, consciously protecting the delicate jungle habitat and working with the local indigenous communities to safely expose Cuyabeno´s natural and cultural beauty to its visitors. The standard of four or five-day jungle tours include a stay in the native cabins (with private bathrooms) on the banks of the Cuyabeno River, jungle hikes with a bilingual guide, learning about medicinal plants, visiting the Laguna Grande, preparing a traditional food dish with an indigenous family, rowing in native-style canoes, bird observation, and nocturnal animal walks. Between activities, there is plenty of time to rest in our hammocks or cool off in the Cuyabeno River for a unique and relaxing experience.

Cuyabeno Reserve

Spanning a surface area of over 603,300 hectares in the Ecuadorian Amazon, the Cuyabeno Reserve is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. This tropical primary rainforest is home to over 500 species of birds, 450 species of fish, hundreds of species of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, and an estimated 12,000 plant species.

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes

General

  • Bar
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 3 game viewings
  • Canoeing over Laguna Grande
  • Typical yucca bread preparation participation
  • Trek through the primary rainforest
  • Rain boots and ponchos
  • Bilingual naturalist guide
  • Fluvial transportation
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Complete meals
  • Purified water

What's not included

  • Plane and / or bus tickets
  • Park entrance fee (20 USD for foreigners, 5 USD for nationals)
  • Additional beverages
  • Fees for activities in indigenous communities

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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