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Cuyabeno Jungle Tour 4 days
The Amazon region is characterized for its large areas of rainforest, where trees such as ceibo, sande, and caoba can easily grow and reach a height of 50 meters. Nevertheless, there are areas where water replaces firm ground, rivers suddenly become narrow canals, medium and large lagoons appear, and canoes are the only way to get around in between the trees and vegetation.These are the flooded Amazon forests, which are protected in its majority within this great reserve. Cuyabeno Jungle Tour 4 days.
This protected area is named after the Cuyabeno River, which overflows in its midpoint creating a 14 lagoon complex and also the most extensive wetlands of the Ecuadorian Amazon. These flooded forests are the territory of dolphins, manatees, alligators, anacondas, otters, and of the water guarango tree, the most unique tree in this reserve; thanks to its special adaptations, it can grow on the shores of rivers and lagoons, creating a magic and mysterious environment that attract thousands of visitors every year.
The reserve is also considered one of the most culturally diverse protected areas in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The indigenous communities of Siona, Secoya, Cofan, Kichwa, and shuar live in this area.
You can´t miss it because the Amazon offers visitors pure nature to enjoy hiking, bird watching, river navigation and among other very peculiar activities of the Cuyabeno National Park.
There are an great variety of flora and fauna, come to enjoy the Ecuador Amazon rainforest.
from airport 9h00am
from bus station Quitumbe 9h30pm
Your guide will meet you and transport you by motorized canoe to our base camp, Cuyabeno River Lodge. After an initial rest, we will have a hike in the afternoon on the Ceibo trail, which will take us three to four hours. Our guide will explain everything there is to know about all the flora and fauna we can find in the Cuyabeno Reserve. After our hike, we will head back to the lodge and have lunch. And, if you’re still up to it, we can have a nocturnal canoe ride in the river surrounding the camp area. We will have dinner at approximately 7 pm, and we’ll go take a rest for the next day full of activities.
We will visit the various small lakes in the Cuyabeno river system, and we will have a short hike of about two hours where we might be lucky enough to see Peccary’s, a species of wild pigs. When we get back to our motorized canoe, we will have the opportunity to go fishing for Piranhas, where, if your lucky enough to catch one, you can go back home telling everyone you ate a piranha. We’ll make our way back to our lodge and eat lunch, where we’ll have sometime to rest. Later in the evening, we will have a nocturnal hike to go see Caimans, and we will return to our lodge to eat dinner and rest up for the next day.
We will get on our canoe for a long ride up the Cuyabeno river, where we can see a lot of exotic birds that can only be seen in the Cuyabeno Reserve. We will continue up river until we get to Laguna Grande, which harbours some really interesting animals, such as Pink and Grey Dolphins, Giant River Turtles and the elusive Anaconda. We’ll find a good place to eat lunch and will rest for a bit. Then we’ll continue our journey through the Cuyabeno river, until we arrive to the Siona Community, where we can see their customs and experience their ways of making food, such as the Yuca bread or Casabe. This whole trip will take us about three hours, so we will be arriving back to our camp at about 6 pm, right on time for dinner, and a well deserved rest.
After breakfast, we will explore one last trail, with new opportunities to see different vegetation and animals before eating lunch and taking the early evening direct bus (6:30 pm) to Quito.