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Best of the Cuyabeno Tour, 4-Days / 3-Nights

$660 per person

Quito – Cuyabeno – Quito


Man stands in bow of canoe with setting sun reflected in water in the background

Day 1 – Experience the Rio Aguarico

Your day begins with an early morning flight from Quito to Francisco Orellana Airport in Coca where our Kichwa guide will welcome you. From there, we depart for Tierras Orientales, eat at a light lunch before boarding our private, motorized canoe and begin our journey into the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. Appreciate the spectacular views and wildlife sightings along the Rio Aguarico.

We will arrive at the lodge in the afternoon with an opportunity for time in the hammocks before heading out for the golden hour, a time of day when wildlife are more active. After admiring a gorgeous sunset reflected in the calm waters of the reserve, we will return to the lodge, maybe spotting a caiman along the way. Our evening will include a night walk in the jungle and a delicious dinner prepared by our local staff.

A bird with a bright scarlet crown, orange-yellow chest, and dark brown wings perches on a branch
 A russet red moneky with white brow grasps a branch overhead
A man paddles a traditional wooden canoe on the deep blue, gray river backed by dense jungle foliage

Day 2 – Immerse in Kichwa Culture

In the earliest morning hours, we will head out on the water to observe birds, monkeys, pink dolphins, anacondas, and other animals that are most active just after dawn. When the sun is higher in the sky, we will return to the lodge for a light breakfast.

In the afternoon, we will introduce Kichwa traditions by touring in a paddle canoe, fishing for piranha, and learning about traditional medicines. This amazing day of adventures will culminate in a farewell dinner highlighting Kichwa culinary traditions.

Wasps begin to build a nest in the dark jungle light
a four petaled, creamy yellow flower at the end of a stubby branch
A man sits at the the head of a motorized canoe looking onto a river and the shore covered by trees. The sky is blue with white, puffy clouds

Day 3 – Visit the Cofán of Zabalo River

Immediately after our breakfast, we head downriver on the Rio Aguarico to visit our neighbors, the Cofán of Zabalo River. We will tour their territory and learn about their sustainability projects. While visiting, we will be offered the opportunity to buy artisan goods made by Cofán women.

After lunch, we will walk along trails to learn and cross the Zabalo River where we will observe local wildlife. Depending on the season, we might see monkeys, river otters, and caimans. We always get to see many types of birds!

We will return to the Kichwa Lodge in the evening and enjoy dinner.


The snout and eye of a water snake sits just above the river tucked next to a log and branches
four turtles lined up a long sticking up out of the brackish looking water
Two blue and gold macaws take flight in a bright blue sky

Days 4 – Farewell to the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Let’s begin this last day with another early morning opportunity to head out on the Rio Aguarico and spot the animals and birds we might have missed. Return to the lodge for a light breakfast.

We will depart mid-morning by motorized canoe, repeating our journey back to Tierras Orientales then boarding a van or bus to the airport in Coca for your return to Quito.

If this trip seems a little too short, please check out our 7-day adventure that includes camping further inside the reserve.

This Itinerary Includes

  • Flight to and from Quito
  • Land and river transport from/to Francisco Orellana International Airport in Coca to our lodge.
  • Tour Guide who speaks English, Spanish, and Kichwa (if you require another language, we can hire another guide at additional cost).
  • Lodging & Meals, including purified water and hot beverages
  • Rain ponchos and rubber boots for your stay.

Not Included

  • Tips for guides, drivers, and staff
  • Purchases in Zabalo River from the Cofán women (please bring small denominations of US$)
  • Travel insurance

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