CUYABENO JUNGLE TOUR
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
The Cuyabeno Reserve is a Protected Area with approximately 590,112 hectares. One of the main objectives of the Cuyabeno reserve is the ongoing conservation of the tropical rainforest. The reserve is a complex of rivers, lagoons and flooded forests. Cuyabeno is characterized by its high biodiversity and the interrelations between the ecosystems of the rainforest. The geomorphology of the reserve is a consequence of the sediment drag of the rivers and the materials of the Andes, mainly by the river Aguarico.
The huge volume of cascading water from the mountains keeps the water levels naturally high, ensuring that the river is navigable all year round. The rain season could be July and August and the dry season could be January and February but nothing is sure. Cuyabeno protects 540 species of birds, 10 species of monkeys, 2 species of river dolphins, insects, frogs, reptiles and an incredible record of 307 species of trees per hectare and some medicinal plants.
DAY 01: L/D
Reception in Lago Agrio at 9:30h for passengers arriving by road and 11:00h for passengers arriving by air, from where we take the private transport to the entrance of Cuyabeno, where we will have a box lunch. At this point, visitors have to register at the booking office.
Here our naturalist guide will give you information about the reservation, important recommendations and other tips to start navigating for two hours on the Cuyabeno River until Jamu Lodge. During the canoe ride you get a first glimpse of the jungle and you will see different types of birds such as the caciques, Oropendolas and the prehistoric bird Hoatzin. You may also be able to see a variety of monkeys and other jungle animals, depending on weather and weather conditions. We will arrive at Jamu Lodge around 4:30 pm. At that time you will be shown to your rooms and you can relax a bit.
After the nap we will leave the lodge to swim in the lagoon and see a beautiful sunset in the middle of the large lagoon. Then you will return to the camp for dinner, and you can finish your first day in the jungle, relax in a hammock or have a drink at the bar.
DAY 02: B/L/D
After breakfast there is a walk of approximately 3 to 4 hours in the primary forest, where the guide will explain to us about a tropical forest, and medicinal plants. You can also see big trees like the CEIBO or small insects like ants. You will return to the camp for lunch and take a break and in the afternoon we will go to see the beautiful butterflies and swim in the lagoon. If possible we will be able to observe the beautiful grazed dolphins and enjoy the impressive sun-fall. Then we return to the camp for dinner. At night we do a night activity, focused on the search for alligators on the banks of the river.
DAY 03: B/L/D
After breakfast we start in a canoe downstream on a journey of about an hour to visit a family of the Tarapuy community. We will be able to learn how to prepare cassava, a traditional yucca bread, where we will help in the elaboration.
We will learn to use the materials of the jungle to make bread, in this we occupy all the day; Returning to the Lodge at about two o’clock in the afternoon. After lunch we have relaxing activities; to end the day we will have a short walk through the primary forest focused on observing nocturnal insects, such as spiders, gekos or scorpions and to listen to the noises and sounds of the night.
DAY 04: B/BL
Early in the morning before breakfast, a birding excursion is optional. Returning to the lodge we have breakfast and then the check out 9:30 AM from the lodge with a transfer to Lago Agrio to take the bus or the return flight. The normal tour ends in the city of Lago Agrio at approximately 15 PM.
B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / BL: Box Lunch / D: Dinner
Tours start Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Tours start ALL DAYS with a minimum of 3 people.
TOUR 4 days / 3 nights
PRICES PER PERSON AND DOES NOT INCLUDE IVA
Prices for children
- Children between 0 to 3 years 100% discount applies.
- Children between 3 to 8 years 50% discount applies.
- Single supplement 50% in addition to the double room price.
- French, German translator service cost per day = US$ 95 (4 days minimum)
- In the case of requiring private tour services, these will have an additional cost per person or group.
Everything about the tour, prices, activities, land and river transport, guides, etc., is shared in base of groups of 12 or 13 people maximum.
- Accommodation in the selected room.
- Complete feeding (the tour starts and ends with the lunch on the Bridge of the Reserve)
- Excursions and activities according to the established itinerary
- Certified bilingual guide (English, naturally Spanish)
- Raincoats, lifejackets and rubber boots.
- Private Transport (Bus and canoe) Lago Agrio – Jamu Lodge (Reserva Cuyabeno) – Lago Agrio
- From Lago Agro Agrio at 09h30 am with regular group for passengers arriving by bus; and At 10h30 am with regular group for passengers arriving by plane.
- From Jamu Lodge at 09h30 am with regular group, the normal tour ends in Lago Agrio approximately 15h00.
Any additional Transfer different to the regular schedule will have an extra cost.
- Transportation Quito-Lago Agrio-Quito
- Entrance fee to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve (FREE)
- Community $10 per person.
- Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day
- All kind of additional drinks.
- Personal expenses & Tips
Life in the jungle is very informal…
- Long Trousers
- Cotton Shorts
- Long-sleeved T-shirts
- Short-sleeved T-shirts
- Jacket for the night
- Bathing suit, extra towel
- Slippers, Sandals
- Hat/cap, sunglasses
- Rain Clothing
- Insect Repellent
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Reading Material
- Personal Things
Transport Quito – Cuyabeno – Quito 2024:
Your touristic bus will be leaving from Quito at 23h00pm the day before your tour starts riding along the Andes down to the Amazon basin, reaching Cuyabeno Bridge (National Park Entrance) at about 09h00am giving you some free time (e.g. to have an optional breakfast) before your tour starts (usually between 10:00 am and 11:00 am).
After the tour ends at the Cuyabeno bridge (usually between 10:00 am and 11:00 am) you take the tourist bus back to Quito (you will be back in Quito at about 21h00pm)
Price per person :$80
By plane and bus
Your plane will leave from Quito’s Airport at 09h30am, flying through the Andean snow-capped volcanoes and reaching Coca at about 10h00am where your transport will await you and your jungle tour starts with the transfer to Cuyabeno Bridge (National Park Entrance). From here you take your canoe along the calm Cuyabeno River to your lodge.
After the tour ends at the Cuyabeno bridge you take the tourist bus back to Quito (approximately 10 hours – you will be back in Quito at about 21h00pm)
Price per person: us$607 for 01 traveler
Us$385 for 2+ travelers
With 3/6/9 people the price for 2+ travelers goes down by US$ 55 per person
By plane Version A
Your plane will be leaving from Quito at 09h30am, reaching the charming Amazonian town of El Coca at about 10h00am where your transport will await you and your tour starts with the transfer to Cuyabeno Bridge (National Park Entrance). From here you will take a relaxing canoe ride along the Cuyabeno River to your lodge.
After the tour ends at the Cuyabeno bridge a taxi will drive you back to Coca where you will stay the night. The next morning you take a taxi (ca. US$ 3) to the airport and take the plane at 10h30am back to Quito (you will be back at Quito Airport at about 11h00am)
Price per person: us$959 staying at Hotel El Auca Standard Single Room
Price per person: us$621 staying at Hotel El Auca Standard Double Room
Price per person: us$ 979 staying at Hotel El Auca Superior Single Room
Price per person: US$642 staying at Hotel El Auca Superior Double Room
Price per person: US$ 1006 staying at Gran Hotel del Lago Single Room
Price per person:US$662 staying at Gran Hotel del Lago Double Room
With 3/6/9 people the price for 2+ travelers goes down US$ 65 per person
By plane Version B
Your plane will be leaving from Quito’s airport at 09h30am, reaching the Amazon Basin town of Coca at about 10h00am where your transport will await you and your tour starts with the transfer to Cuyabeno Bridge (National Park Entrance). From here you take your canoe along the Cuyabeno River to your lodge.
At 04:00 am you return in canoe to the Cuyabeno bridge from where your taxi will drive you back to Coca to the airport and take the plane at 10h30am back to Quito (you will be back at Quito Airport at about 11h00am)
Price per person: US$1134 for 01 traveler
US$689 for 2+ travelers
With 3/6/9 people the price for 2+ travelers goes down US$ 110 per person
For travelers traveling on a budget, we recommend Option 1, but please note that especially the first bus ride during the night is quite a bit demanding.
For relaxed travelers, we recommend Option 2, as the long drive back in the bus is during the day and you will have quite impressive views of the rainforest and then later the cloud forest when driving up the slopes of the eastern range of the Andes. This way you do not lose a day for your jungle trip, flying to Coca and then traveling to the lodge the same day, and returning by bus after the tour you still sleep that day back in Quito and can continue your trip the next morning. This is generally our favorite and suggested option.
For travelers who prefer a more comfortable way of traveling, we recommend Option 3A, traveling by plane both ways and enjoying a free afternoon in Coca after the Amazon rainforest tour before returning to Quito the next morning.
For travelers who want to avoid the long bus ride but need to be back in Quito the same day the rainforest tour ends, we recommend Option 3B, but please note that you must say farewell to the lodge as early as 04:00 am to catch your flight that same day.
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