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5-Day Cuyabeno Tour by Tapir Lodge Ecuador Amazon Jungle

This 5 Day Cuyabeno Trip belongs to our Classic Cuyabeno Tours. This trip is adaptable and flexible enough to provide travelers with an authentic jungle experience.  Even though this tour follows an itinerary, this does not mean we are in a hurry or we need to stick to them strictly.  Activities in this itinerary are designed to be rescheduled form one day to other based on the varying jungle conditions and weather, the guide criteria and the travelers’ interests. Having a flexible itinerary is the best warranty to get an thorough jungle trip! 

Activities:            Jungle hike, river navigations and wildlife viewing.
Age range:          4 yr – 80’s (ideal activities for seniors).
Trip Style:           Soft to Moderate Adventure.
Package Type:    All-inclusive.
Start Date:           Every day

Important Information
DEPARTURE LOCATION Lago Agrio – Sucumbios Province
RETURN LOCATION Lago Agrio – Sucumbios Province
DEPARTURE TIME By plane: The flight leaves from Quito (time subject to change)
RETURN TIME By plane: The flight leaves to Quito (time subject to change)
WEAR Comfortable clothing, light shoes or sandals, hat, light rain-jacket and sunscreen.
INCLUDED Private transportation Lago Agrio – Tapir Lodge – Lago Agrio.
All meals (breakfast-lunch-dinner); pure water, coffee, tea.
 Bilingual naturalist guides for all activities.
Accommodation in double room with mosquito nets.
Excursion gear (rain coat, rubber boots, life jackets).
NOT INCLUDED Transportation Quito – Lago Agrio – Quito (bus or plane)
 $ 5.00 community / $ 5.00 Shaman.
 Meals before and after the tour.
 All other expenses not specified in the tour.
Tips & Extras.

Notes on our 5 Day Cuyabeno Trip

During excursions this 5-Day Cuyabeno Trip,  guests will be escorted at all times by a multilingual and naturalist guide at the Cuyabeno Reserve. Guests will be informed daily about the following day’s activities by their guide on the night, prior to dinner.

The guide may adjust the itinerary due to weather conditions or guest requirements.

On the first day of all our programs, guests will be assigned life vests and rain ponchos; rubber boots will be supplied on the following day. This gear will be the guest’s responsibility throughout their stay and must be returned to a Tapir Lodge representative on the last day of the program.

Please bring this gear with you when required and or advised by the guide. Even though the Cuyabeno River is quite serene, we remind and request our guests to wear their life vests at all times during our canoe excursions. Rubber boots must be used during all treks and we recommend you keep your rain gear with you at all times.


5-Day Cuyabeno Tour| Amazon Jungle Tours by Tapir Lodge

Your rainforest adventure starts in Lago Agrio, where our driver will pick you up. A fascinating drive will take you to the northeastern part of the Sucumbios province, while we pass by beautiful rivers and small villages going deeper into the rainforest.

When you arrive at “El Puente” (the bridge), we will have lunch before we continue our way to Tapir lodge crossing down the river by canoe. This part of the trip will give you a taste of the flora and fauna that Cuyabeno has to offer. We will ensure that you and your luggage stay dry during the river ride.

After welcoming you to the Tapir Lodge, you will have time to get settled in your room. Then you will join us for a wonderful dinner, an opportunity to get acquainted with your travel companions.

After dinner, your guide will give you an introduction to the Tapir Lodge, the Cuyabeno Reserve and the fascinating experiences planned for your rainforest adventure

In the morning, after a delicious breakfast at the lodge, we will canoe upstream to explore the unique ecosystem of Laguna Grande. While navigating in the Igapo (flooded forest), you will see (Macrolobium),  ancient majestic mimosa trees,  which create the ideal habitat for epiphyte plants, such as bromeliads, orchids, ferns and cacti.

We will continue the adventure to “Terra Firme”, where we will take a hike for the rest of the morning. You will get an introduction to the rainforest ecology and see an amazing variety of birds such as woodpeckers, tanagers, macaws and toucans. Here you will have the opportunity to see a couple of monkey species, as well.

After a delicious lunch and time to relax at the lodge, we will navigate back to Laguna Grande to enjoy a wonderful sunset, surrounded by animals of the rainforest as bats, bugs and frogs; and if the weather permits you will have the opportunity to go swimming and enjoy the lagoon.

After a day of adventures, we will return to the lodge where dinner will be waiting. After dinner you can enjoy refreshments at our bar and join us for a quick night hike around the lodge to explore night wonders of the rain forest.

After breakfast we will canoe up the Cuyabeno river until we reach the local community where we will experience daily community life and activities like harvesting and cooking. You will have the opportunity to buy handmade crafts, that are carefully produced by the locals.

We finish our visit meeting the Shaman at his house where he will share his knowledge about the rainforest and the processes he uses to heal his people. Here you get to experience an ancestral healing ceremony that has been passed on through the generations.In the afternoon we will meet the local Siona family.

They will show us and invite us to take part in the preparation of cassava bread. This local dish, which is prepared with the yuca (cassava) root, represents an important part of the local diet and the main source of carbs for the indigenous communities of the rainforest. Once you have tried cassava bread we will head back to Tapir Logde to spend another night in the middle of the jungle.

This day offer a wide range of posibilites. Today you plan your itinerary! The Lodge offers a large array of activities like canoe paddling, trekking and swimming! The guide will help you to tailor your day. According to the type of activity you choose, the day will be scheduled to fulfill your interest. Lunch will be served at Tapir. In the afternoon our guests can enjoy some leisure time and enjoy the last Sunset over the lake. Dinner will be served at around 08:00 PM. After dinner we will serve and enjoy a farewell Passion Fruit Cocktail.

Breakfast will be served at 08:00 AM. After breakfast we will coordinate and schedule your departure from Tapir. Departure time is generally between 10:00 AM. After breakfast, you head back to Lago Agrio. You get to enjoy your final canoe trip back to El Puente. From there our driver will take you back to the airport of Lago Agrio.


Important Note: These itineraries are subject to change without previous notice depending on weather conditions, client’s requirements or if our guides feel that it would improve the quality of services.


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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 3 reviews
February 5, 2017

Amazing place, amazing lodge. Lodge is located on Cuyabeno River. Few other lodges nearby. Also nearby are several lakes. I visited one of them: Laguna Grande. Excellent sunset swimming and views. The owner of the lodge was my private guide: Thank you Kurt for everything! The owner really cares about the jungle, the animals and keeps the lodge nice and tidy.

May 22, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed immersing ourselves in the jungle with no contact to the rest of the world! Our accommodation was clean and roomy and each morning were greeted with the wonderful sounds of nature. Our cook Mr Raoul was fabulous with the food being fresh and tasty. Our guide Miguel was amazing his enthusiasm was infectious and he was respectful of not only the environment and the wildlife but also the communities that are the custodians of the area. We saw lots of wildlife and especially seeing the pink dolphins. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you Miguel and Mr Raoul.

February 15, 2018

Our group of three visited Tapir Lodge in late February 2018 and had an amazing time! Our host, Kurt, was extremely friendly and went out of his way to make sure that we had an enjoyable experience. After interacting with tourists who were staying at other lodges, I’m very glad that we picked Tapir Lodge.

Our trip from Lago Agrio to the lodge was very smooth and filled with wildlife sightings. Our boat driver for the trip knew exactly when to slow down to allow us to take photographs.

The lodge itself was beautiful – two towers and a large common area with hammocks, all connected by covered walkways. Our room in the tower was clean, spacious, and was completely wrapped by deck – this made wildlife viewing extremely easy. During our 3-night stay, we saw several rare species of monkeys and birds in the trees directly adjacent to our tower!

The chef at the lodge (Raul) is exceptional – we ate very, very well during our time at Tapir Lodge. Breakfast usually consisted of eggs, toast, guava jelly, coffee, tea, and fresh fruit, while lunch and dinner were usually a combination of traditional Ecuadorian soup, grilled meat, rice, fruit, and fresh vegetables.

Our itinerary was perfect! I would highly recommend that you visit the local village, as well as take a guided walk through the forest with Kurt – his knowledge of the Amazon is absolutely incredible.

Overall, I would highly recommend Tapir Lodge and hope to return soon!

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