Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve 5 days

Canoeing in Laguna Grande

Laguna Grande Lake

  • Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve     5 days     $400.00

Day 1: Paddling from the park entrance to the first camp
Tour start is at 09:30 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). Along the way, we have the opportunity to observe the wide range of flora and fauna of the primary forest. The day concludes with a night walk in search of nocturnal creatures. 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 this location, a short transfer by motor canoe brings us to the Magic River Ecolodge, followed by lunch at the lodge. Afternoon activities include exploration of the flooded forest (Igapó) of the Laguna Grande Lake by paddling canoe and observation of Macrolobium trees and their various epiphytes. We may take a refreshing dip in the lake and enjoy the sunset over the lake.

Day 3: Jungle hike
In the morning we take a longer walk on a small path through primary forest (3-4 hours). Our guide will provide information about this amazing ecosystem and explain different types of plants. Later, we head back to the camp for a rest. Evening plans feature an excursion on the Cuyabeno River to spot wildlife and enjoy the surroundings. After dark we take a night excursion in search of caimans.

Day 4: Visit to the indigenous community Tarapuya
Today we visit Puerto Victoriano, an indigenous community of the Siona. We paddle downstream by canoe on the Cuyabeno River (2.5 hours) and continue with a short motor canoe ride until we reach the community. Here we get an insight into the Siona culture and their current lifestyle. We will help make bread from manioc root in a family home. A visit with the local shaman will give us the opportunity to learn about ancient healing techniques (only if the shaman is available). During the late afternoon we take the motor canoe back to our lodge. If there is time, we visit the Laguna Grande Lake once again.

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 make our return trip in the motor canoe. Once again we have chances to spot 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

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