The Cuyabeno Reserve

The Cuyabeno Reserve: Discover a whole new world

Canoe down rivers, sleep in indigenous communities, spot amazing wildlife (including pink river dolphins and dozens of monkeys), try new foods, learn about indigenous people’s lives and cultures… It’s all in day’s exploring in Ecuador’s mega-biodiverse Amazon region.

The country’s share of this record-breaking basin is the most easily accessible of any nation: in Peru, Colombia or Brazil it takes much longer and is more expensive to get up-close-and-personal with forest wildlife. Here, you can get there in just a few hours’ drive from Quito, or with a short hop from Baños.

We’ve teamed up with the best Amazon tour operators and lodges to ensure you get the most out your trip. Our travel experts had concluded that the Cuyabeno Reserve is perfect for the wanderers who want to experience this unique ecosystem.

So get your eyes, phone and camera ready to witness this inspiring and memorable world: a magical forest you’ll truly only believe is real once you’re there!

Book your place

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First Package: 3 days / 2 nights

Single: $ 393 per person
Double/Triple: $ 262 per person

Day 1: Get from Quito to Cuyabeno Reserve

Take a night bus to Lago Agrio (8 hours’ ride from Quito). Upon arrival in Lago Agrio, you will go by private bus to the entrance of Cuyabeno River (2 hours), where we will have a box lunch ready for you.

After lunch, we will begin the two hours’ navigation on the Cuyabeno River to reach our Lodge in the afternoon.

Leave the camp for a swim in the lagoon and to watch a beautiful sunset in the middle of the Laguna Grande. Return to the camp for dinner.

Day 2 (option 1): Jungle expedition

Trek in the primary forest for 3 to 4 hours, where your guide will explain how the complex tropical ecosystem works; learn about medicinal plants; you could even be able to see some exotic birds or monkeys.

Visit to the lagoon where with a little luck you could observe the pink river dolphins or an anaconda sunbathing in a tree. Have a swim and watch the sunset.

Hop on a canoe for night ride, in which we’ll look for caimans.

Day 2 (option 2): Visit to the Siona Indigenous Community

Visit the Siona Community of Puerto Bolivar, the largest ethnic group in the Reserve.

Learn about their customs, traditions and way of life. Be part of the elaboration of the Casabe, a local dish made of yucca. A visit to the Shaman is also included.

During the 1 hour navigation, it will be possible to admire the existing fauna along the Cuyabeno River, such as birds, monkeys, snakes, pink river dolphins, tortoises and many others.

Nocturnal hike through the primary forest in search of insects, spiders, geckos or scorpions, and listen to the night sounds of the jungle.

Day 3: Return to Quito

Early in the morning before breakfast, a bird-watching excursion is optional.

Journey back upstream on the Cuyabeno River. A lunch box will be waiting for you at the bridge. The bus will take you back to Lago Agrio.

Return to Quito.

Second Package: 4 days / 3 nights

Single: $ 501 per person
Double/Triple: $ 334 per person

This package includes all the activities described in the First Package. You won’t have to decide from visiting the indigenous community or the jungle expedition. You’ll enjoy both!

Day 1: Get from Quito to Cuyabeno Reserve
Day 2: Jungle expedition
Day 3: Visit the Siona indigenous community
Day 4: Return to Quito

Third Package: 5 days / 4 nights

Single: $ 609 per person
Double/Triple: $ 406 per person

This package includes all the activities described in the First Package. You won’t have to decide from visiting the indigenous community or the jungle expedition. You’ll enjoy both!

Day 1: Get from Quito to Cuyabeno Reserve
Day 2: Jungle expedition
Day 3: Visit the Siona indigenous community
Day 4: Visit to the surrounding for bird-watching by native dugout canoe, called “quilla” (while paddling you have a better opportunity to see more fauna and flora). Enjoy another hike in the rainforest for a deeper amazon experience.
Day 5: Return to Quito


For your trip from the city of Quito to Lago Agrio and return:

Option 1:
Travel by public bus the night before the tour
Departure: 23:30 pm from Terminal Quitumbe (Quito)
Transport name: Esmeraldas or Baños
Arrival: 7:00 am at terrestrial Terminal Lago Agrio approximately
Price: $13 per person (subject to changes)

Option 2:
Travel by airplane: check flights with Tame Airline to Lago Agrio.


  • Accommodation in the selected room
  • Complete feeding (the tour starts and ends with the lunch on the bridge of the Reserve)
  • Shared tour: excursions and activities according to the established itinerary related to the number of nights booked.
  • Certified bilingual guide (English, naturally Spanish)
  • Raincoats, lifejackets and rubber boots.
  • Transportation: ‘Bus and Canoe’ Lago Agrio – Jamu Lodge (Cuyabeno Reserve)– Lago Agrio.

Not included

  • Transportation Quito-Lago Agrio-Quito
  • Community $10
  • Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day
  • All kind of additional drinks

Transfer in:
9:30 am in regular group for passengers arriving by land
10:30 am in regular group for passengers arriving by air

Transfer out:
9:30 am in regular group
Any additional Transfer different to the regular schedule will have an extra cost
Restrictions apply

What to pack:

Life in the jungle is very informal. Comfortable and lightweight clothes are a must. Bring long pants, cotton shorts, long-sleeved T-shirts, sneakers, sandals, hat / cap, sunglasses, rain gear, insect repellent, sunscreen, flashlight with extra batteries, binoculars, reading material.


Tipping the staff is at the discretion of our guests. Tips for the guide are usually given in person.


In the Amazon region the climate is hot and humid with frequent rain showers. The drier season is from October to March. The temperature ranges from 19°C to 36°C throughout the year. Our lodge is at 250 m above sea level.


Immunizations are not required to visit this area of the Amazon jungle. It is advisable, however, to consult your doctor or physician before your trip. We recommend precautions against malaria and yellow fever. Strong insect repellent should be acquired before your arrival in the jungle.

Discounts & Refunds

Children 0-5: Free
Children 6-12: 50% discount
No refunds apply for this tour.


The itinerary may be subject to changes due to weather conditions or National Park Directives.
The guide may deviate from the published itinerary for any reason he or she deems advisable.