Cuyabeno River 8 Day Canoe Trip


  • Cuyabeno River     8 days     $960.00

Day 1-4: Paddling on the Cuyabeno River
Transport from Lago Agrio to the Cuyabeno park entrance. During the next 4-5 days we will paddle downstream on the Cuyabeno River. Paddling time will be around 6 hours per day. In the evening there is time for swimming and relaxing. On the fourth day in the evening, we reach a rustic hut that belongs to the Kichwa community of Playas de Cuyabeno. The hut provides double rooms and shared bathrooms. On day 3 we visit the Siona community of Puerto Victoriano, where we will help prepare “casaba”, a typical bread made out of manioc roots.

Day 5: Jungle hikes
In this area we have the opportunity to undertake hikes on small jungle paths through primary forests, finishing the day with a night walk in search of nocturnal creatures. We stay overnight in the same rustic hut as the previous night.

Day 6: Paddling on the Cuyabeno River to the Aguarico River
Early morning bird watching is followed by a continuation of our journey, paddling the Cuyabeno River until it flows into the much larger Aguarico River (3-4 hours). At this junction, there is a strong possibility that we may observe river dolphins. After lunch, we visit the modern indigenous community of Playas de Cuyabeno. In the afternoon, our motor canoe will bring us back upriver to our hut.

Day 7: Motor canoe transfer to the Magic River Ecolodge
After breakfast, we travel the Cuyabeno River upstream by motor canoe until we reach the Magic River Ecolodge (4 hours). Along the way, we may have the possibility of visiting the shaman of a nearby village to learn about medicinal plants and healing practices. In the afternoon there will be time to visit the flooded forest of Laguna Grande and enjoy the sunset over the lake.

Day 8: Paddling in the Laguna Grande Lake District
Paddling through the flooded forest (Igapó) of the Laguna Grande Lake, we have the opportunity to observe Macrolobium trees and their various epiphytes. We explore different smaller lagoons of the interconnected network of lakes and creeks. After lunch at our lodge, we return by motor canoe back to the park entrance. From here we reach Lago Agrio by private transport within two hours. Arrival in Lago Agrio is at approximately 6:00 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 excursion 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