Our Lodge: Cuyabeno River Lodge
Cuyabeno River Lodge sits upon 300 acres in our privately protected zone of the Cuyabeno Reserve. Our mission is to promote ecotourism in an environmentally and culturally safe manner, consciously protecting the delicate jungle habitat and working with the local indigenous communities to safely expose Cuyabeno´s natural and cultural beauty to its visitors. Our standard four or five-day jungle tours include a stay in our native cabins (with private bathrooms) on the banks of the Cuyabeno River, jungle hikes with a bilingual guide, learning about medicinal plants, visiting the Laguna Grande, preparing a traditional food dish with an indigenous family, rowing in native-style canoes, piranha fishing, bird observation, and nocturnal animal walks. Between activities, there is plenty of time to rest in our hammocks or cool off in the Cuyabeno River for a unique and relaxing experience.
Dedicated to Responsible and Ecological Tourism:
Biodegradable soap is given to each tourist upon arrival.
We use filtered draining systems to reduce the introduction of harmful waste into the Cuyabeno’s delicate ecosystem.
We compost all biodegradable products, and all other waste is taken out of the reserve to be disposed of properly.
80% of our cabins are composed of, and maintained with, wood from trees that have fallen naturally.
Our cabins do not impact on the surrounding soil because they are elevated above ground; ensuring nothing is damaged.
We use fibreglass canoes to reduce deforestation.
By visiting indigenous communities, we are helping the community and also supporting local industries in the process.
We’ve Minimized Travel Time to Maximize Your Tour Time!
Instead of taking a bus from Quito to Lago Agrio and waiting hours for a bus to the Cuyabeno; we let you take a direct bus from Quito to the Cuyabeno, getting to the Cuyabeno as early as possible and having the whole day to enjoy the jungle.
Also, instead of having to take a 2 to 3 hour canoe ride to your lodge, we take a 20 minute canoe ride to get to ours…Allowing you to take full advantage of your time!
Why visit the Cuyabeno Reserve?
Spanning a surface area of over 603,300 hectares in the Ecuadorian Amazon, the Cuyabeno Reserve is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. This tropical primary rainforest is home to over 500 species of birds, 450 species of fish, hundreds of species of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, and an estimated 12,000 plant species. Pink river dolphins, caimans, piranhas, monkeys, and macaws are among the most unique species found in this region. In addition to the stunning flora and fauna, seven indigenous communities live within the protected boundaries of Cuyabeno and continue to practice traditional customs such as Shamanism (ancient medicinal practices). Biodiversity and cultural traditions unite in this fascinating and unique environment.
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