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Welcome to the Cuyabeno Kichwa Lodge

The Kichwa of Playas de Cuyabeno

invite you to experience their home,

Ecuador’s second largest nature reserve

 

Indigenous Owned & Operated

Founded in 2019, Kichwa Lodge and Kichwa Touring PVT. LTDA are community-led projects headquartered in Playas de Cuyabeno on the Aguarico River in the Sucumbio Province of Ecuador. The Amazon Kichwa have a long history that predates the formation of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

A chestnut brown, mid-sized monkey with white stripe across its brow perches in a tree
Three blue and gold macaws perch in a tree top

Headwaters of the Amazon

Water in the Cuyabeno Wildife Reserve flows into the interconnected waterways that feed the mighty Amazon River. Seasonal lakes, swampy lagoons, and blackwater rivers all contribute glorious scenic value.

Year-Round Activities

Rain or shine, the Cuyabeno is worth visiting. Each season has its highlights and it is hard to chose a perfect month to visit. Our Kichwa guides are ready to help you make the most of your stay no matter the weather.

Abundant Wildlife

The Cuyabeno Kichwa Lodge is ideally situated inside the reserve to experience colorful birds, tree-climbing monkeys, magical pink dolphins, huge anacondas, vibrant butterflies, night-loving insects, and more.

Our Trips and Tours

A man and a boy paddle a canoe up a dark river reflecting the jungle on the shore

Intro to the Cuyabeno

3-Day / 2-night

Quito – Cuyabeno – Quito

The perfect trip for travelers wanting an introduction to the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in a short amount of time.

A man and a boy paddle a canoe up a dark river reflecting the jungle on the shore

Best of the Cuyabeno

4-Day / 3-night

Quito – Cuyabeno – Quito

For those travelers with a little more time, this trip allows for a deeper immersion into the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

Two dark monkeys with matted, wooly black fur crouch on a tree limb looking straight at the camera

The Complete Cuyabeno

7-Day / 6-night

Quito – Cuyabeno – Quito

This tour includes camping so that we can travel further into the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve than a lodge-stay will allow.

A striking bird with a black wing, black head, buff body and bright yellow eye ring grasps a stalk of wide grass

Exceptional Cuyabeno Birdwatching

5-Day / 4-night

Quito – Cuyabeno – Quito

Designed for birdwatchers, this tour allows for a comfortable pace while seeing as many birds as possible.

looking over the water to a sandy shoreline bordered by a dense forest of trees, we can see a Cocoi Heron with its black and white markings and iconic crest, taking flight

Cuyabeno Yasuni Combo Tour

7-Day / 6-night

Quito – Cuyabeno – Yasuni – Quito

By special request, we are offering an opportunity to compare and contrast Ecuador’s best Amazon destinations in one tour.

UN Sustainability Goals

The Cuyabeno Kichwa Lodge supports the United Nations 17 Sustainability Goals and find these 6 goals especially meaningful to our community. Learn more.

UN Sustainability Goal #1 No Poverty
UN Sustainability Goal #2 Zero Hunger
UN Sustainability Goal #3 Good Health and Well-being
UN Sustainability Goal #4 Quality Education
UN Sustainability Goal #8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
UN Sustainability Goal #15 Life on Land