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4 Days Thrilling Amazon Jungle Tour in Cuyabeno National Park, Ecuador

Green Forest Ecolodge, Cuyabeno River, Cuyabeno National Park, Putumayo Canton, Sucumbios Province, Ecuador

Wonderful Amazon Jungle Tour Ecuador

Discover the natural environment of Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve with a variety of activities and the stark beauty of the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle on one of the Cuyabeno jungle tours! The region is home to abundant wildlife supported by the Cuyabeno River. See pink dolphins, unique bird species and hundreds of animals and delve into the culture of the Siona community. So, what are you waiting for? This is a lifetime safari for you. With Green Forest Ecolodge, everything is possible.

Key information

  • Starting point and ending point: Lago Agrio
  • Children policy: Children are allowed to join this tour

Highlights

  • 4-day canoe riding
  • Bilingual native naturalist guide
  • Explore Cuyabeno National Park
  • Chances to see birds, monkeys, dolphins, black caimans
  • Transportation from Lago Agrio
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Refreshing drinks

Styles


4 activity days
Airport transfer included: Lago Agrio Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request

All the cabins in Green Forest Ecolodge is a combination of wooden structures, opening up to the Amazon forest. The lodge reflects the ambience of a traditional jungle Ecuadorian house but provides the comfort and protection of a permanent building. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by a friendly staff that will make you feel at home with a relaxed atmosphere. Green Forest Ecolodge is proud of the long history of satisfied visitors who have visited and returned time and again, and look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful ecolodge.

Dedicated to environmentally conscious hospitality, sustainable conservation and the empowerment of local communities, Green Forest Ecolodge's mission lies in setting an example in sustainability and continue fulfilling its commitment to the conservation of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. Green Forest Ecolodge is committed to helping visitors enjoy a unique experience in the Amazon rainforest while learning about the environment and its importance to daily lives.

Restaurant

Food and hospitality go hand in hand at Green Forest Ecolodge. Green Forest Ecolodge wants the guests to experience the spirit of Ecuador and all the flavours it has to offer, whilst giving a nod to international cuisine so that guests feel they are at home away from home.

The jungle is a magical place that captures all your senses. With sensational sunrises and breathtaking sunsets, not to mention the exhilarating sightings, every sense is stimulated and Green Forest Ecolodge will ensure that you are always indulged in deliciously nutritious food that will give you the right energy to participate in exploring the amazing nature that surrounds you and will complement your overall Amazon jungle experience at Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

The culinary team pride themselves on good food, which is as appealing to the taste buds as it is on the eye. They are also proficient at adapting their menus to suit specific dietary requirements and special occasions. Green Forest Ecolodge is also pleased to offer premium Latin American wines and a selection of international liqueurs and spirits.

Program

Day 1: Immerse in Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in the heart of the Amazon Jungle

After arriving at the meeting point in Lago Agrio, where Green Forest Ecolodge awaits you with a welcome breakfast to begin your trip to the Amazon rainforest. After this, the transport will pick you up, the same will happen with the people that arrive directly to the airport of Lago Agrio to direct you towards the entrance to the Cuyabeno Reserve (Cuyabeno Bridge River) for about two hours.

Lunch will be served and immediately you will start your exploration into the Amazon jungle of Ecuador by boat. In the canoe ride, be ready to hear the sounds of the wildlife, while you watch the scenery changing along the Cuyabeno River waters and between trees. In this boat trip, you will be able to watch the birds, monkeys, and other jungle creatures, accompanied by a guide who will provide information on how the animals and plant interact and balance the life within the Cuyabeno Ecosystem in which they coexist. Finally, arrive at the Ecolodge, you will settle in each of the cabins. After dinner, the native guide gives you a briefing introduction of the activities for the next days in Cuyabeno National Park.

Day 2: Explore the Ecuadorian Amazon Jungle at Cuyabeno

On the morning before breakfast, you can hear the noise of birds flying around the bungalows in the ecolodge. After breakfast, you continue upriver to start a trekking on the banks of the Cuyabeno River, where you can see different species of plants, huge trees, aquatic vines, orchids, medicinal herbs, and a large number of wild animals and birds of the Amazon jungle. After serving lunch, you will have time to swim and relax in Laguna Grande while watching the pink and grey dolphins play on the water. Once you have enjoyed one of the best sunsets of your life, you will return to the lodge for dinner. After dinner, you will embark on an exciting canoe ride where you will see the famous black caimans of the Amazon. During this journey, you will hear the mysterious noises of the forest. This is an experience you will never forget.

Day 3: Discover the legends of the Siona Community

Early in the morning, you will enjoy breakfast to travel by canoe to the Siona Indigenous Community, where you can interact and learn about their traditions, culture, and customs. In the same time, you will learn to elaborate the Casabe, a typical dish of this ancestral tribe. Lunch will be served in the community and finally meet the Shaman, it will make you perceive and interact with their spiritual world, channeling their energies, visionary, healing and divinatory skills acquired over the years. As well as you will also have time to acquire the beautiful handicrafts made by the locals.

Day 4: From Cuyabeno back to civilization

Early in the morning, you will do birdwatching down the river, as well enjoy a completely fascinating sunrise. After that activity, Green Forest Ecolodge will serve breakfast and embark on a canoe ride on the Cuyabeno River back to civilization. The transportation will pick you up from the entrance of the Cuyabeno National Park towards Lago Agrio (meeting point) for later continue with the usual trip in Ecuador. End of the services.

Note: Remember that all excursions and times on this sample itinerary are subject to change and largely depend on weather, season, group limitations, group interests, and guide decisions based on passenger safety and organized operations.

Location

This safari takes place at Cuyabeno National Park in Ecuador.

Green Forest Ecolodge

The lodge is located deep in the Cuyabeno National Park, and Green Forest Ecolodge goes out of the way to provide the guests with an authentic Amazon jungle experience throughout their stay.

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Several flagship species of Ecuadorian fauna and flora can be found in this region, including harpy eagle, Amazon tapir, white-whiskered-spider monkey, dusky-titi monkey, Black-girdled Barbet, paradise tanager, crested owl, spangled cotinga, great potoo, Attalea Maripa, black caiman, and macaws. This area has been highlighted by the Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment as vital for conservation.

The reserve is divided into geographical areas, each with its own specific function, such as tourism, conservation, research and monitoring, by the environmental office of Ecuador - by a team whose members have expertise in different areas, including biology, management, and education. The forest reserve where the ecolodge is in the heart of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, a very important Amazon conservation area covering 603,380 hectares (1,490,000 acres).

Features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Kayaking

General

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Hammock
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request

Services

  • Free bottled water
  • Mosquito net
  • Tour assistance

Food

With advanced notice, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and diabetic-friendly meals can easily be arranged. Make sure to inform Green Forest Ecolodge when booking your trip. Also, Green Forest Ecolodge provides free bottled water at the restaurant.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Amazon jungle night walks
  • Birdwatching in Cuyabeno Ecuador
  • Boat trips in the Amazon Jungle of Ecuador
  • Caiman spotting in the Amazon jungle
  • Dolphin spotting in the Amazon of Ecuador
  • Hike to the Ceiba Giant Trees
  • Kayaking through the Amazon Rainforest
  • Jungle walks
  • Mammal Clay Lick
  • Nocturnal sightseeing
  • Sunrise contemplation
  • Sunset views at Cuyabeno National Park
  • Techniques and practice bow and arrow
  • Visit the local community
  • Watching flora and fauna

What's included

  • 4-day canoe riding
  • Bilingual native naturalist guide
  • Solar panel energy to charge batteries
  • Excursion equipment (waterproof poncho, boots, and life vests)
  • Lodging facilities (private en-suite bathroom, hot showers, and mosquito net)
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Coffee, tea, and purified water
  • Transfer from Nueva Loja Airport (LGQ)
  • Transportation Lago Agrio to the ecolodge and vice-versa

What's not included

  • Transportation to Lago Agrio (meeting point)
  • Supper in the last day
  • Alcoholic beverages, beer and soft drinks
  • Extra expenses not specified on the voucher
  • Siona Community entrance fee 8 USD
  • Any additional transfer different to the regular schedule will have an extra cost

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by bus

The bus trip from Quito to Lago Agrio (Nueva Loja) takes approximately eight hours, and the buses depart from Quitumbe bus terminal in the south of the city. If you don’t want to waste a full day travelling, there is a lot of options for night buses that can be taken. Shuttle buses can also be taken from Quito to Lago Agrio, which can be found in the Mariscal area of the city. If you rather take the shuttle van service just contact Green Forest Ecolodge to help you arrange your seat.

Most of the route from Baños to Lago Agrio (Nueva Loja city) takes you about seven-eight hours making it an easy and comfortable drive. Including some stops for refreshments, for the convenience of your journey, there are lots of buses heading to the meeting point (Lago Agrio) during the night, the most famous and comfortable bus company that goes there is Transportes Baños. The best way to get there is taking a night bus that goes to Coca and then switches to a different bus that goes to Lago Agrio. Buses from Coca to Lago Agrio goes every 15 minutes from 04:00.

If you consider saving some money from Guayaquil, you can opt to take the bus, there are different options for getting to Lago Agrio (Nueva Loja City) where is located in the meeting point. There is a straight bus coming from Guayaquil to Lago Agrio which is Transportes Baños bus company. Or if you miss this bus you can catch the bus that goes to Quito and then from Quito take the bus to Lago Agrio which is approximately eight hours. Remember, if you don’t want to waste a full day travelling there is a lot of options for night buses that can be taken. Shuttle buses can also be taken from Quito to Lago Agrio, which can be found in the Mariscal area of the city.

If you could not make to the buses heading to Lago Agrio from Quito or Baños, another great option is taking a bus to Coca. There are lots of buses heading all the time to this city and takes about seven-eight hours to get there. Once you get to Coca, you have to catch a different bus to Lago Agrio that normally takes one hour and 45 minutes. Remember if you don’t want to waste a full day travelling there is a lot of options of night buses that can be taken.

If you are willing to visit Cuyabeno from Colombia or getting to Colombia from Cuyabeno, there are several buses heading from Lago Agrio to Tulcan or viceversa. Tulcan is the closest city to the border with Colombia and takes about six until seven hours to get there. The bus companies that travel from Lago Agrio to Tulcan is Petrolera Bus.

If you are coming from San Agustin or from another point from Colombia, get a bus to Puerto Asis and once you get Puerto Asis you can take a bus to La Hormiga (two hours ride) and then, from La Hormiga, there are pick up trucks that take you to the border for 3 USD. From the border, there are taxis or also a bus company called Putumayo that takes you to Lago Agrio (30 minutes) which is completely safe. Once you get to Lago Agrio, make sure to get to the meeting point. If you find any issues booking your tickets please contact Green Forest Ecolodge to help you as soon as possible.

Airport: Lago Agrio Airport Airport transfer included: Lago Agrio Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

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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