Canoeing in Cuyabeno Ecuador

  • Wildlife in the Ecuadorian jungle
  • Sunset at river
  • Paddling canoes on the river
  • Shaman

Magic River Tours is a tour operator under Ecuadorian-German management, specializing in canoeing tours into the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, an area covering 603,380 hectares of pristine primary rainforest in Ecuador’s northern Amazon Region.

Magic River Tours was founded in 1997 to provide an alternative to regular motor canoe tours. Most wildlife in the rainforest can best be spotted the way that the local indigenous people have for millennia: Quietly floating down the river in a canoe.

The absence of a noisy outboard motor increases the chances of observing wildlife  and, at the same time, reduces the impact of tourism. With Magic River Tours, you will be able to hear all of the incredible sounds made by birds, insects, monkeys and many other animals. Our tours accommodate experienced canoeists as well as active travelers without any previous paddling experience. Our primary goal is to offer tours that bring you into the closest possible contact with the unique nature and wildlife that the Amazon rainforest has to offer.


The Cuyabeno Reserve

The Cuyabeno Reserve is a network of meandering rivers, glassy black lakes, and expansive primary rain forests accessible by canoes. The Cuyabeno lakes are expansive openings in the dense rainforest with smooth reflective waters full of fish life and full of birds and wildlife on its green shores.  The Cuyabeno River and its tributaries cut through the dense Amazonian rain forest of equally impressive biodiversity.

With a little luck, we’ll float by members of the Siona indigenous tribe fishing with their families or washing clothes in the river.

Magic River ECOLODGE

  • Magic River Ecolodge
  • Magic River Ecolodge
  • Magic River Ecolodge Room
  • Dining area Magic River

Magic River Ecolodge is the base for all of our tours into the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. The lodge was designed in accordance with the highest ecological standards and offers rustic yet comfortable accommodations.

Located a short trip downriver from the Cuyabeno Lakes, the Magic River Ecolodge is the ideal base for exploring the Cuyabeno River, the Cuyabeno Lakes and the best wildlife the Reserve has to offer.


Available accommodations include single, double and triple rooms, each of which is equipped with a private bathroom. Our lodge also welcomes all guests who prefer a lodge-only jungle experience that does not involve too much paddling.