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Cuyabeno the adventures tour!
Cuyabeno the adventures tour! (5 days)

4 Nights - Price from 310 US$ p.p. -> This adventures tour brings you into the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, situated in the north-eastern Amazon region of Ecuador. The reserve is made up of 605,000 hectares of primary forest, rivers and lakes, and is home to an incredible variety of Flora and Fauna, including many bird and monkey species and even 2 species of fresh water dolphin.
In this reserve also live five different ethnic groups: the Siona, Secoya, Cofán, Kichwas and Shuar, each of which has its own culture and language.



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Complete itinerary, Cuyabeno Adventure Tour: Complete itinerary, Cuyabeno Adventure Tour:

 

The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is situated in the north-eastern Amazon region of Ecuador, between the San Miguel and Aguarico rivers, and close to the Colombian and Peruvian borders. The reserve is made up of 605,000 hectares of primary forest, rivers and lakes, and is home to an incredible variety of Flora and Fauna, including many bird and monkey species and even 2 species of fresh water dolphin.
In this reserve also live five different ethnic groups: the Siona, Secoya, Cofán, Kichwas and Shuar, each of which has its own culture and language.
The base of your trip in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, is the Nicky Amazon Lodge, located cloze to Laguna Grande (The Big Lake). This tourist class lodge has 7 cabins, each with 2 separate rooms and private bath (only cold water). Nearby is a Quichua birdwatching tower, where you can enjoy magnificent views of the canopy.



Short itinerary:Boa in Cuyabeno

Day 1: Departure from Lago Agrio
Day 2: Canoeing, hiking and looking for monkeys and pink dolphins
Day 3: Bird watching, indigenous community visit and optional night-walk
Day 4: Canoeing and hiking in the Amazon.
Day 5: Morning walk through the Amazon and back to Lago Agrio (arrive around 14:30h)


Long itinerary:


Day 1: Departure from Lago Agrio at 10:00 a.m. We travel by bus or truck for about 1,5 hours until the town of Tarapoa, where we eat lunch. After 20 more minutes arrive at the Cuyabeno bridge, the main entrance to the Cuyabeno Fauna Reserve. From here we continue by motorized canoe downstream the Cuyabeno river to the lodge. On the way we have chance to observe several species of monkeys and birds. After about 2 hours we arrive at Nicky Amazon Lodge. Time for a short relax and an introductory walk around the Lodge. After dinner our bilingual naturalist guide will tell you about the program for the next days.
Wooler monkey in Ecuador



Day 2
: Early morning we leave for a canoe excursion, because the brisk morning hours are the best time to see the rainforest's activity. After breakfast we will make a Trek into primary rainforest with our naturalist guide. He shows us the practical and medicinal uses of several plants, and we learn how all creatures in the tropical rainforest co-exist in a fragile balance. We may spot amphibians, butterflies, centipedes and millipedes, snakes, birds, monkeys, and the footprints of mammals. After lunch at the lodge, navigation along the Cuyabeno River and around the Kapok Island in search of different species of monkeys. We also have a good chance of seeing the freshwater pink dolphins (Inia geoffrensis and Sotalia fluviatilis). Before dinner we venture into the forest to find insects, spiders, tarantulas, snakes or colorful frogs. The night world of the Amazon is perfect for viewing small species and enjoying the nocturnal sounds of the jungle.
 

Toucan
Day 3
: Get up early in search of monkeys and birds. After breakfast we follow the “taricaya” or turtle trail to the Seoqueya Community. A member of a Siona indigenous family will show how to prepare yucca bread, and our guide will explain about the culture and traditions of the native people. We navigate downstream to visit the shaman who teaches us the ancient healing traditions and natural medicine. Return to the lodge for lunch and relax. In the afternoon we navigate upstream to the Laguna Grande. Here we can admire the flooded forest or igapo, dominated by the famous Macrolobium trees. Take a swim in the lake and enjoy the spectacular sunset. Before returning to the lodge, we will search for caimans and fishing bats.
 

Squirrel monkey
Day 4
: Starting early in the morning we spend the whole day exploring, canoeing and hiking through the Amazon. you may spot macaws, toucans, parrots, caciques, hoatzin and other tropical bird species. In the water we have a good chance to spot the pink and grey river dolphins (Inia geoffrensis and Sotalia fluviatilis). After dinner, we can optional venture out on another night excursion to search for caimans and nocturnal birds.

Black head parrekeet Ecuador
Day 5: After breakfast we will make our last hike through the Amazon Ranforest.

Then we travel by canoe down the Cuyabeno river and back along the Aguarico river to Tierras Orientales, from where we return by car to Lago Agrio. Arrival at Lago Agrio around 14:30h

Note 1: The itinerary may be subject to changes due to weather conditions and the water level in the reserve.

Note 2: It is also possible to do this tour in 4 days, but we recommend this 5 days tour in terms of price, distance to travel and quality time in the jungle.

Departure: every Monday (ask for other dates available), group sizes 4 – 10 persons.

Inclusive and recommended to bring with:


Included in this tour:
- naturalist guide
- transportation from / to Lago Agrio
- accommodation in Nicky Jungle Lodge (double and quadruple cabins with private bath)
- meals and purified drinking water
- equipment (rubber boots (please inform us if you need boots bigger tan size 44), rain poncho and life jackets)
Macaw
Optional: You can pay about 30 USD (the same price for 1 up till 4 people) local at the lodge to make a (much) longer jungle hike that suites your wishes. This 30 USD will go directly to a local native guide. The guide will be very helpful in showing you ‘his jungle’ but he will not speak English. If you want a guide who does speak English for this additional hike, you will have to book ahead, because these guides are usually only available for the standard itinerary as written above.


Not included:
- Flight/ or bus tickets to and from Lago Agrio (165 to 10 US$ p.p.)
- drinks and other things not mentioned in the itinerary above
- tips

 

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