Adventure Paddling Programme / No motor noise 5 Days

Canoeing in Laguna Grande

Laguna Grande Lake

  • Adventure Paddling Programme     5 days     $420.00

This tour is addressed to the active traveler who is not necessarily an experienced canoeist but enjoys exploring nature and wildlife in a more rewarding way without the noise of a motor canoe. The narrow Cuyabeno River between the park entrance and the lake area offers excellent opportunities for wildlife observations. The length of the route obligates us to stay for one night on a beautiful camping spot in the midst of lush forest. The following nights will be spent in the rustic but comfortable Magic River Lodge, located on the banks of the Cuyabeno River.  This tour offers a well-balanced itinerary that includes activities like hiking, swimming, birding and a visit at the community.  

Day 1:  Paddling from the park entrance to the first camp
Tour start is at 10:00 am in Lago Agrio. Transport from Lago Agrio to the Cuyabeno park entrance (2 hours). From here we paddle by canoe down the Cuyabeno River to the Tiger Pass campsite (3 hours). On the way, we are able to observe the wide range of flora and fauna of the primary forest. We spend the night camping out in tents. 

Day 2: Paddling on the Cuyabeno River and Laguna Grande Lake
We continue paddling downstream until we reach the entrance to the Laguna Grande Lake (3-4 hours). From here we have a short transfer in motor canoe to the Magic River Lodge. We have lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon we will explore the flooded forest (Igapó) of the Laguna Grande Lake by paddling canoe and observe Macrolobium trees and their various epiphytes and snakes. We may take a refreshing dip in the lake and enjoy the sunset over the lake. We finish the day with a night walk in search of nocturnal creatures.

Day 3: Visit at the indigenous community Siona
Today we visit, an indigenous community of the Siona. We go downstream on the Cuyabeno River with a short motor canoe drive until we reach the community. Here we get an insight into the Siona culture and their current lifestyle. We will help to make bread from manioc root in a family home. Later we visit other community there we have the opportunity to visit the local shaman and learn about ancient healing techniques).  Later we take the motor canoe back to our lodge to have the lunch. During the afternoon we go paddling on an excursion on the Cuyabeno River to spot wildlife, enjoy the surrounding,  we navigate along the Cuyabeno River to turn around the Kapok Island trying to find species of monkeys,  After dark we take a night excursion in search of caimans. 

Day 4: Full day in the Laguna Grande Lake
In the morning we take a longer walk on a small path through primary forest in the “Laguna Grande” lake (3-4 hours). Our guide will provide information about this amazing ecosystem and explain different types of plants. Later we have the lunch into the rainforest. We will visit one more time the “Laguna Grande” Lake to make different activities like swim, paddling and watch pink dolphins. We take the motor canoe back to our lodge searching caimans or snakes. In the lodge later of dinner we have a farewell cocktail.  

Day 5: Early morning bird watching and return to Lago Agrio
Before sunrise we head out in the canoes, paddling along the Cuyabeno River to spot birds. We return to the camp for breakfast . During the morning we take the trip back in the motor canoe. Again there are chances of spotting wildlife on our way to the Cuyabeno River Bridge. Our private transport will be waiting to take us back to Lago Agrio, where we arrive at 3:00 pm. 

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Our prices include:

  • All terrestrial and fluvial transfers from and back to Lago Agrio
  • Licensed bilingual guide (English/Spanish)
  • Full catering
  • State of the art canoeing and camping equipment (water protection bags, rubber boots, rain ponchos, life jackets, sleeping pads, tents)
  • Daily guided excursions according to tour itinerary
  • Safe bottled water for drinking and all cooking
  • Accommodation in tents
  • Rustic huts and Magic River Ecolodge according to tour
  • Airport and hotel transfers in Lago Agrio on first and last day of the tour.

*except breakfast on first day and dinner on last day


Our prices do not include:

  • Transfer Quito-Lago Agrio-Quito
  • Accommodation in Lago Agrio
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Indigenous community fee $6.00 per person

Maximum group size: 10

Minimum group size: 4