CUYABENO LODGE

Cuyabeno lodge is located in Laguna Grande, one of the largest concentrations of fauna in the reserve, with the presence of pink dolphins, alligators, anacondas, giant otters, etc. The presence of birds is also abundant.
It is located on a small island on the eastern margins of Laguna Grande. The spaces between the facilities are large enough to allow privacy and circulation of visitors in the Lodge. Being in a high area, Cuyabeno Lodge is not affected by flooding due to river flooding.
Cuyabeno Lodge, and sustainability and respect for the Environment are a fundamental part of the operation. Cuyabeno Lodge tries to continually incorporate new construction materials that are the product of recycling.
All wood used in the construction and maintenance of the Lodge comes from legal processes and under the supervision of the Ministry of the Environment. The energy used comes from solar panels and batteries.
The canoe service is provided by the Siona Community. No less than 25 families benefit from this activity with Cuyabeno Lodge.

Our lodge is built from ecological materials and fits perfectly in the jungle landscape. Enjoy the comfort of hot showers, freshly prepared food on site and friendly staff ready to make your stay unforgetable.Hectares of primary rainforest with an incredible variety of Neotropical wildlife.
The rainforest remains home to several indigenous communities such as the Siona, Secoya and Cofan tribes who have lived in the Amazon basin for milenia.

SERVICES

Staff

Our friendly staff form the backbone of the Cuyabeno Lodge experience, and are always available to cater to any special needs you may have.

Bar

Enjoy a beer or a cocktail. We also have a well-curated wine list that includes wines and champagne.

Canoeing

canoeing activities, for better observation of fauna in the Laguna Grande.

Electricity

The energy used comes from solar panels and batteries.

Boots & Ponchos

Clean and disinfected bubber boots and rain ponchos are available for all of our guests at the Lodge, free of charge.

Water

Purified, safe drinking water is available at multiple points around the Lodge – there’s no need to bring your own bottled water.

Restaurant

Service times are adapted to your itineraries and food, depending on the number of visitors. Vegetarians and vegans are welcome.

Mosquito net

The rooms have mosquito nets for a better rest for our clients.

PROGRAM

3 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

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DAY 1 

Your guide will register you with the National Park and help you get on the motorized canoe which will take you along the Cuyabeno River to the Laguna Grande, lodge is located. During this journey of approx. 2 hours (depending on the conditions of the river) you will be able to observe the richness of the wildlife.
It is common to see different species of monkey on the way, such as squirrel monkeys, capuchin monkeys and tamarin monkeys, as well as a variety of bird species like toucans, macaws and parrots. With luck, you may also spot sloth or larger species of monkey like woolly monkey or howler monkey. Other possible animals you can spot on the river are anaconda and caiman. Be sure to keep your eyes on the banks and your camera ready.
After arriving at the lodge, settling in your room and a short rest, you will go out to explore the beautiful Laguna Grande in search of pink dolphins and birdwatching. You will also be able to swim in the lake by sunset and enjoy the unique atmosphere on the lake.
After dinner back at the lodge, your guide will plan the next day’s itinerary and activities with you before you retire to your room for a goodnight’s sleep with the nocturnal sounds of the rainforest. 

DAY 2 

Monkeys or birds will probably wake you up in the morning.
After breakfast, a short canoe ride takes you to one of the trails in the National Park. Walkthrough the “terra firma forest” and listen to your guide explaining the wildlife, medicinal forest plants, the forest ecosystem and indigenous life. 
As you’re getting a close look at the jungle, pay attention to the small details you might see: different species of ants that have perfected the organization of their colonies, tiny poisonous frogs hiding under the leaves, insects on the hunt for their next meal, or fungi that take over and kill small organisms like insects or spiders.
All of our guides are experts and will happily answer any question you might have.
After lunch, we recommend a siesta during the hottest part of the day.
You can relax in your room, in the hammocks, or on the dock. Later in the afternoon, you will explore more flooded parts of the forest by canoe.
The fascinating macrolobium trees covered with abundant epiphytes are the most typical plant of this area. Try to spot monkeys and birds, and also look for dolphins or anacondas.
After dinner, get your flashlight out and walk through primary forest, looking for insects like giant grasshoppers, stick insect, praying mantis and others that come out at night and are fascinating to see from up close.
If you’re lucky (and quiet) you might see some of the other nocturnal jungle animals, like night monkeys, owls, and different kinds of rodents.

DAY 3 

If you like, you can go bird watching early in the morning.
Early mornings are a beautiful time in the jungle, when everything slowly begins to wake up, the water is calm and the air fresh.

After breakfast, journey upstream, back to the bridge. Of course we will look for wildlife one last time.
From the bridge, our vehicle will take you back to Lago Agrio.

Note: Transportation Quito - Cuyabeno - Quito. (It is not included and has an extra cost of $30 per person and per way)

PROGRAM

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

BOOK NOW
DAY 1 

Your guide will register you with the National Park and help you get on the motorized canoe which will take you along the Cuyabeno River to the Laguna Grande, where our lodge is located. During this journey of approx. 2 hours (depending on the conditions of the river) you will be able to observe the richness of the wildlife.
It is common to see different species of monkey on the way, such as squirrel monkeys, capuchin monkeys and tamarin monkeys, as well as a variety of bird species like toucans, macaws and parrots.
With luck, you may also spot sloth or larger species of monkey like woolly monkey or howler monkey.
Other possible animals you can spot on the river are anaconda and caiman. Be sure to keep your eyes on the banks and your camera ready.
After arriving at the lodge, settling in your room and a short rest, you will go out to explore the beautiful Laguna Grande in search of pink dolphins and birdwatching.
You will also be able to swim in the lake by sunset and enjoy the unique atmosphere on the lake.
After dinner back at the lodge, your guide will plan the next day’s itinerary and activities with you before you retire to your room for a good night’s sleep with the nocturnal sounds of the rainforest.

DAY 2 

Monkeys or birds will probably wake you up in the morning. After breakfast, a short canoe ride takes you to one of the trails in the National Park.
Walkthrough the “terra firma forest” and listen to your guide explaining the wildlife, medicinal forest plants, the forest ecosystem and indigenous life. 
As you’re getting a close look at the jungle, pay attention to the small details you might see: different species of ants that have perfected the organization of their colonies, tiny poisonous frogs hiding under the leaves, insects on the hunt for their next meal, or fungi that take over and kill small organisms like insects or spiders.
All of our guides are experts and will happily answer any question you might have.After lunch, we recommend a siesta during the hottest part of the day. You can relax in your room, in the hammocks, or on the dock.
Later in the afternoon, you will explore more flooded parts of the forest by canoe. The fascinating macrolobium trees covered with abundant epiphytes are the most typical plant of this area. Try to spot monkeys and birds, and also look for dolphins or anacondas.
After dinner, get your flashlight out and walk through primary forest, looking for insects like giant grasshoppers, stick insect, praying mantis and others that come out at night and are fascinating to see from up close. If you’re lucky (and quiet) you might see some of the other nocturnal jungle animals, like night monkeys, owls, and different kinds of rodents.

DAY 3 

After an early breakfast, today you will visit the indigenous Siona. Follow the Cuyabeno River downstream for about 1.5 hours, of course always looking for wildlife, until you reach one of the three indigenous villages we work with and support with our visit.
One of the women will give you a hands-on lesson in how to prepare the typical casabe, a tortilla made from manioc.
Start by harvesting the maniok in the family’s fields, before it gets cooked in a traditional kitchen over the open fire. Your guide will give you some explanations about the indigenous people of the area, their history and their way of life.
Return to the Lodge for lunch. After the siesta, take a refreshing bath in the lake and enjoy once more the beautiful sunset.
After dinner a special adventure awaits you: a nocturnal excursion by canoe, looking for caimans, snakes and nocturnal birds. Bring a good flashlight, then caimans are most easily spotted by the reflection of their eyes.

DAY 4 

If you like, you can go bird watching early in the morning. Early mornings are a beautiful time in the jungle, when everything slowly begins to wake up, the water is calm and the air fresh.
After breakfast, journey upstream, back to the bridge. Of course we will look for wildlife one last time. From the bridge, our vehicle will take you back to Lago Agrio.

Note: Transportation Quito - Cuyabeno - Quito. (It is not included and has an extra cost of $30 per person and per way)

ACTIVITIES
  • Canoeing in motorized and dugout craft canoes, swimming, enjoying the spectacular sunset.
  • Additionally to the motorized canoes we have installed electric motors in various of our canoes in order to reduce the noise when enjoying canoes trips.
  • Bird watching, looking for dolphins and monkeys.
  • Hiking in the rainforest and explanations of the jungle, the wildlife, medicinal plants and the history of the indigenous tribes.
  • Visit to the Siona Community and preparation of the traditional “casabe”.
  • Night walks to observe caimans, insects and nocturnal birds.
  • Relaxing in a hammock, or enjoying the view from the observation floor of the tower as well as enjoying the view from our deck overlooking the lake
  • One of the best ways to explore the rainforest is by canoe; in this way you will have the opportunity of seeing this wet and wild green world in a close-up and highly rewarding way.

STANDARD ​ROOM 

  • Each standard cabin is made of timber and a thatched roof There are three standard cabins available.Each cabin has two rooms.
  • Private bathroom.

ALL RATES ARE PER PERSON

PROGRAM DUBLE SINGLE
3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS $320 $420
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS $390 $490
5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS $490 $590

FAQ

What is included in the programs?

    THE TOUR INCLUDES:

  •   Canoe transportation from Puente de Cuyabeno - Cuyabeno Lodge - Puente de Cuyabeno
  •   Accommodation in double room with private bathroom  
  • All meals according to the program (The tour starts with the lunch of the first day and  finish with the breakfast of the last day)
  • Free Water, tea & coffee
  •   Excursions and activities according to itinerary 
  • Bilingual English/Spanish speaking Naturalist Guide.
  • Rubber boots (only up to size # 43) 
  • water poncho
  • Activities such as hiking, walks. in canoe in observation of flora and fauna and visit to the local community.
What is not included in the tour?

    NOT INCLUDED:

  • Transportation Quito - Puente de Cuyabeno - Quito
  • Visit to indigenous Community - entrance fee $10.00 per person
  • Alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses and tips
What to bring?

Lightweight pants and long sleeved cotton shirts are ideal for walks in the forest. However, if you are more comfortable wearing short sleeves, remember that exposed skin may need a light dousing with insect repellant.


During the rain, full waterproof clothing can be uncomfortable as it often gets you wet with sweat instead of water, but rain ponchos are recommendable for tropical cloudbursts. Plenty of ponchos are available at no charge if you do not have your own, and we also supply rubber boots up to men’s size 14 for walks in the forest interior.


Comfortable shoes (or sandals), shorts and t-shirts are fine for walking on boardwalks and around the Lodge during meals and free time. And don’t forget your bathing suit!

  • Passport
  • Binoculars
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Camera, memory and flash
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun protection (cream / sunglasses / hat or cap)
  • Light long pants and long-sleeved shirts for walks
  • Shorts, short sleeve shirts and swimsuit for the Lodge
  • Comfortable shoes and extra socks
  • Small day backpack
  • Plastic bags to protect cameras, binoculars, batteries, etc... from rain
Children policies:
  • Children under 12 years old (11 years / 11 months) have a 30% discount. Less than 4 years old is free.
What facilities are there in the room?

At Cuyabeno lodge offers comfortable accommodation with a wide range of room categories and configurations to make you feel more comfortable during your stay. In each room, you can choose between the following bed configurations: Double, double twin and single.

If you would like triple or quadruple accommodation, we can arrange the beds as required. For example, couples, doubles, singles and families with children.

How to Reach the Cuyabeno Reserve From Quito??
  • Regarding the TRANSPORT transport from Quito to Cuyabeno Reserve, the lodges are offering a semi-private bus for tourists.
  • The bus costs 30 usd each way, and departs everyday from Quito at night (23:00 PM) to Cuyabeno bridge on the following days: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
  • all the guides arrive on Cuyabeno bridge with their canoes for meeting clients and start the trip**
  • The bus return departs from Cuyabeno Bridge around 11:00 am after the tour. The guide of the lodge will leave you in this meeting please on time for the trip back to Quito.
  • The cost is $30 usd for the ride to Quito, and operate on the following days : Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday

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