The Cuyabeno Lodge is located in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, an elaborate system of wild lagoons, rivers and flooded forest found in north-eastern Ecuador. The reserve encompasses over 602,000 hectares of primary rainforest and boasts an incredible variety of geotropically wildlife including river dolphins, tapirs, caimans, anacondas, monkeys and the infamous piranha.
The bird life is particularly spectacular: over 515 species have been recorded such as the prehistoric-looking hoatzin, the umbrella bird, the blue headed parrot, the white eared jacamar, the scarlet macaw and the awesome harpy eagle with its eight-foot wingspan. Additionally over 12,000 species of plants have been identified.
The Lodge provides the most comfortable and spacious independent cabins in the Cuyabeno National Wildlife Reserve. The cabins are solidly constructed with thatched roofs and clean tiled private bathrooms with hot water showers, solar energy and comfortable furniture that includes curtains and mosquito nets. Illumination in the Lodge is provided by solar energy in a way that the environment is not altered from its natural setting. You can also charge batteries for your cameras. They also have an information center with books about flora and fauna of the Amazon Jungle. Adjacent to the cabins is the restaurant, which serves up delicious Ecuadorean and international cuisine. A wide range of drinks is available in the bar. Since March 2010 they have an observation tower in the lodge that allows visitors to look for wildlife above the canopy of the trees.
Fly over the Andes to the oil frontier town of Lago Agrio, continued by private transportation to the entrance of the Cuyabeno Reserve, El Puente (2 ½ Hrs aprox.). Load your luggage onto a dug-out motorized canoe and follow the winding Cuyabeno River to Laguna Grande, the largest lagoon in the Cuyabeno Reserve and also the place where the Cuyabeno Lodge is situated. During this journey you will be able to appreciate the richness of the wildlife in Cuyabeno. You will arrive approximately at 01:OO pm. After lunch and a short siesta you are going to explore the lagoon and observe animals.
Rise at dawn to watch birds before breakfast and spot river dolphins. After breakfast you have a walk through the “terra firma forest” with your naturalist guide to explore plants and wildlife. Your guide will teach you about the forest’s medicinal plants and how the forest works. After lunch and a siesta you will make a trip by dug-out canoe to the flooded Igapo with macrolobium trees covered with abundant epiphytes to spot the active monkeys and birds in the afternoon. Furthermore you have the possibility of swimming and seeing the sunset. After dinner there will be a nocturnal excursion to spot caimans and nocturnal birds.
Optional early bird watching is possible. After breakfast you will enjoy a rainforest walk to explore plants and wildlife, medicinal plants, and track animals. Furthermore we will go Piranha–fishing, where you will have the chance to catch your own Piranha. After dinner, you have the possibility of doing a nocturnal jungle walk with your flashlight to spot insects.
After breakfast journey up Cuyabeno river to El Puente. Drive back to Lago Agrio. Flight or bus journey back to Quito.
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Gulliver Expeditions is a local operator that organizes Ecuador Tours to travelers that like to experience Unlimited Adventures like climbing to the closest point on earth to the sun in the Chimborazo Volcano or travel along the deepest landscapes in the Amazon Rainforest to the stunning sceneries of the Galapagos Islands.