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5 Day Cuyabeno Wildlife Experience in Quito
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Cuyabeno River Lodge, Juan León Mera N24-91 & Mariscal Foch, Quito, Province Pichincha, Ecuador

Extraordinary Wildlife Tour Ecuador

Do you want to get an extraordinary vacation encountering exotic animals? Cuyabeno River Lodge invites you to enjoy a wonderful vacation in the very heart of Ecuador where you will have a chance to see monkey, dolphin, caiman, birds, and so on. This will be a once in a lifetime journey you will never forget. So what are you waiting for? Don't miss the chance!

Overview

  • Starting point and ending point: start and end in Quito
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: monkey, dolphins, bird, and nocturnal-caiman

Highlights

  • 2 game viewings
  • Canoe riding experience
  • Encounter tapir, armadillo, paca, bird species, nocturnal caiman, and piranhas
  • Observe the Quichua community's custom way of life
  • Hike to the jungle to see medical plants
  • Complete meals and purified water
  • Fluvial transportation
  • 5 nights' lodging

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4 activity days
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Accommodation

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.

Program

Day 1

Upon arrival at the Cuyabeno bridge, your guide will meet you and transport you by motorized canoe to your 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 trees. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.

Day 2

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 setting up camp for the night near the Laguna. Optional nocturnal walks or caiman-watching canoe ride may be requested. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.

Day 3

Optional: Requests for early morning bird walks are more than welcome. After breakfast, you will continue to trek through the primary rainforest, exploring your longest trail for three to four hours in search of exotic plants, animals, and animal tracks. Your 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 served.

Day 4

Continuation of exploring walking trails and canoeing in quillas, your native-style canoes. Optional nocturnal walk after dinner. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.

Day 5

On day five, 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 served.

Location

Cuyabeno River Lodge sits on 300 acres in the 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 the 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.

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

  • 2 game viewings
  • Canoeing over Laguna Grande
  • Typical yucca bread preparation participation
  • Trek through the primary rainforest
  • Bilingual naturalist guide
  • Rain boots and ponchos
  • Fluvial transportation
  • 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 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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