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6 Day Full Adventure of Wildlife Tour in Ecuador
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Puca Peña, Putumayo Canton, Sucumbios Province, Ecuador

Fascinating Wildlife Experience in Ecuador

If you are looking for a new experience in seeing wildlife, this is the right tour for you. Cuyabeno River Lodge invites you to enjoy a wonderful vacation in the very heart of Ecuador, where you will have a chance to see tapir, armadillo, paca, nocturnal caiman, bird species, piranhas, 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: from Chiritza to Quito
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: tapir, armadillo, paca, numerous bird species, nocturnal-caiman, dolphins, piranhas, etc.

Highlights

  • 3 game viewings
  • Canoe riding experience
  • Opportunity to see tapir, armadillo, paca, dolphins, 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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Accommodation

You will stay in a camp in Puca Peña on day one, at Amarumposa cabins on day two and three, in a camp near Laguna Grande on day four, and at Cuyabeno River Lodge on day five.

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 to Chiritza by bus, you will board a motorized canoe and navigate on the quiet Aguarico River to Puca Peña, a large sandy beach where you will set camp for the night. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.

Day 2

You will break camp after a very early breakfast and continue downriver to the Playas of Cuyabeno, a Quichua community, where you will observe their customs and way of life. You will also enjoy the delta where the Cuyabeno River empties into the Aguarico River (a usual play area for the pink river dolphin). You will then continue up the Cuyabeno River to visit the Aguas Negras and Aguas Blancas Rivers before reaching the Amarumposa cabins where we will stay two nights. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.

Day 3

After breakfast at 08:00. You will hike through the primary jungle where your guide will introduce you to various medicinal plants. You will also have the opportunity to observe native animal species. Various animal tracks will also be seen (tapir, armadillo, paca, etc.). In the afternoon you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the river and fish for piranhas. After dinner, weather, and river conditions permitting, your guide will take you on a nocturnal caiman-watching canoe ride. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.

Day 4

You will continue up the river to the Laguna Grande after breakfast. Upon arrival at your new camp near the laguna, you will take a short walk and swim before dinner and rest. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served.

Day 5

At dawn, your guide will take bird lovers to observe the numerous bird species that live in this region (optional). You will return to the camp for breakfast and then continue up the river to your last camp, Cuyabeno River Lodge, to spend the night. Short walk or canoeing in native canoes upon reaching the lodge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served.

Day 6

On day six, 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

This safari will take you to several locations in Ecuador, including Playas of Cuyabeno, Cuyabeno River, Laguna Grand.

Cuyabeno River Lodge

Cuyabeno River Lodge sits on 300 acres in the privately protected zone of the Cuyabeno Reserve. Their 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 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, piranha fishing, 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

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

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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