Cuyabeno Rainforest Lodges

Lodges Ecuador

Dracaena Wildlife Lodge
Jamu Lodge
Siona Lodge
Tapir Lodge
Cuyabeno Lodge
Bamboo Ecolodge
The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is a biodiverse national park located in the Amazon region of Ecuador. It spans over 600,000 hectares of pristine rainforest, comprising rivers, lagoons, and tropical vegetation. The reserve is home to an exceptional variety of wildlife, including pink dolphins, anacondas, caimans, monkeys, tapirs, and jaguars, among others. The lush flora includes towering trees, exotic orchids, and an array of medicinal and edible plants.
Here, you will see a network of tributaries which stem from Cuyabeno’s Rio Aguarico and Rio Cuyabeno where parades of wildlife follow the rivers as they flow into the reserve’s 14 lagoons. Watch out for giant armadillos, freshwater dolphins, tapirs, monkeys, land tortoises and parrots. The blooming flora ranges from joltingly colorful fruits and splashy flowers to enormous green leaves and fronds. As the homeland of various Indigenous communities, such as the Siona, Secoya and Shuar, the Cuyabeno Reserve is also rich in cultural activities.
Visitors can experience the beauty of the reserve by participating in guided jungle treks, birdwatching tours, canoe rides through the rivers and lagoons, and visits to indigenous communities to learn about their culture and traditions. Various eco-lodges offer accommodation within the reserve, providing visitors with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the heart of the Amazon and appreciate its rich biodiversity. It is crucial for visitors to adhere to the local regulations and respect the wildlife while exploring the reserve.


In Cuyabeno, visitors can engage in various activities, including:

  1. Jungle Trekking: Explore the lush rainforest through guided jungle treks, allowing you to witness the diverse flora and fauna up close.

  2. Canoe Excursions: Take guided canoe trips along the rivers and lagoons, providing opportunities for wildlife sightings and birdwatching.

  3. Wildlife Spotting: Observe the rich biodiversity, including pink dolphins, monkeys, caimans, anacondas, and an array of bird species, making it an excellent destination for wildlife enthusiasts.

  4. Birdwatching: The reserve is a paradise for birdwatchers, offering a chance to spot numerous bird species in their natural habitat.

  5. Cultural Visits: Explore indigenous communities, learn about their traditions, and engage in cultural activities to gain a deeper understanding of the local way of life.

  6. Night Tours: Participate in guided night tours to witness the unique nocturnal wildlife and experience the jungle in a different light.

  7. Swimming and Relaxing: Enjoy a refreshing swim in the rivers or lagoons and bask in the serene ambiance of the Amazon rainforest.

These activities provide visitors with an immersive and unforgettable experience, allowing them to appreciate the natural beauty and biodiversity of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

Lodges in Cuyabeno

Dracaena Wildlife Lodge
Cuyabeno Rainforest Lodges

Dracaena Wildlife Lodge

Dracaena Wildlife Lodge Cuyabeno Rainforest Lodges About Our lodge was built in the traditional indigenous style of the jungle. We offer 6 big huts with

Jamu Lodge
Cuyabeno Rainforest Lodges

Jamu Lodge

Jamu lodge Cuyabeno Rainforest Lodges About Jamu Jamu is an eco lodge located in the rainforest, Jamu meaning Armadillo in the indigenous Siona language, is

Siona Lodge
Cuyabeno Rainforest Lodges

Siona Lodge

Siona Lodge Cuyabeno Rainforest Lodges About The Siona Lodge is idyllically situated in one of the last unspoiled native jungles in the Amazon, the Cuyabeno

Tapir Lodge
Cuyabeno Rainforest Lodges

Tapir Lodge

Tapir Lodge Cuyabeno Rainforest Lodges About Located in the pristine Amazonian Rainforest of Ecuador within the Cuyabeno Reserve, Tapir Lodge is a distinct and one

Cuyabeno Lodge
Cuyabeno Rainforest Lodges

Cuyabeno Lodge

Cuyabeno Lodge Cuyabeno Rainforest Lodges About The Cuyabeno Lodge is designed to host rainforest travellers in harmony with the surrounding environment and is attuned to

Bamboo Ecolodge
Cuyabeno Rainforest Lodges

Bamboo Ecolodge

Bamboo Ecolodge Cuyabeno Rainforest Lodges About We are an Ecuadorian and German management with an excellent, passioned & experienced crew. We have the pleasure to

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Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

  1. What kind of wildlife can we expect to see in Cuyabeno?

    Cuyabeno is home to a diverse array of wildlife including pink dolphins, monkeys, caimans, anacondas, various bird species, and more.

  2. Is it safe to swim in the rivers and lagoons of Cuyabeno?

     Swimming in designated areas is generally considered safe, but it’s important to follow the guidance of your guides and respect the local guidelines.

  3. What is the best time of the year to visit Cuyabeno for wildlife spotting?

    The best time for wildlife sightings is during the dry season, from June to September, when animals are more active and visible.

  4. How can we get to Cuyabeno from major cities or towns in Ecuador?

    Access to Cuyabeno is primarily through organized tours that typically include transportation from Quito or Lago Agrio to the reserve.

  5. What are some recommended activities for families with children in Cuyabeno?

    Family-friendly activities include guided nature walks, canoe rides, and opportunities to learn about the local flora and fauna.

6. Are there any restrictions on photography or filming in the Cuyabeno Reserve?

Generally, photography and filming are allowed, but it’s advised to ask for permission before taking pictures of indigenous communities or specific cultural activities.

7. What are some of the typical dishes we can try while staying in Cuyabeno?

 You can try local dishes such as fish cooked in banana leaves, yuca-based dishes, and a variety of fresh tropical fruits.

8. How can we contribute to the conservation efforts in Cuyabeno during our visit?

You can contribute by following the ecotourism guidelines, supporting local sustainable initiatives, and being respectful of the environment and local culture.

9. What should we pack for our trip to Cuyabeno in terms of clothing and equipment?

 It’s recommended to pack light, quick-dry clothing, insect repellent, sturdy walking shoes, and a waterproof jacket, among other essentials.

10. Can we purchase souvenirs or locally made crafts in Cuyabeno?

 Yes, you can find handcrafted souvenirs, jewelry, and traditional artworks made by local indigenous communities, providing you with an opportunity to support the local economy and culture.

How to get from Quito to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve 2024

Transport Quito – Cuyabeno – Quito

Option 1: By bus

Your touristic bus will be leaving from Quito at 23h00pm the day before your tour starts riding along the Andes down to the Amazon basin, reaching Cuyabeno Bridge (National Park Entrance) at about 09h00am giving you some free time (e.g. to have an optional breakfast) before your tour starts (usually between 10:00 am and 11:00 am).

After the tour ends at the Cuyabeno bridge (usually between 10:00 am and 11:00 am) you take the tourist bus back to Quito (you will be back in Quito at about 21h00pm)

Option 2: By plane and bus

Your plane will leave from Quito’s Airport at 09h30am, flying through the Andean snow-capped volcanoes and reaching Coca at about 10h00am where your transport will await you and your jungle tour starts with the transfer to Cuyabeno Bridge (National Park Entrance). From here you take your canoe along the calm Cuyabeno River to your lodge.

After the tour ends at the Cuyabeno bridge you take the tourist bus back to Quito (approximately 10 hours – you will be back in Quito at about 21h00pm)


Option 3:  By plane –  Version A

Your plane will be leaving from Quito at 09h30am, reaching the charming Amazonian town of El Coca at about 10h00am where your transport will await you and your tour starts with the transfer to Cuyabeno Bridge (National Park Entrance). From here you will take a relaxing canoe ride along the Cuyabeno River to your lodge.

After the tour ends at the Cuyabeno bridge a taxi will drive you back to Coca where you will stay the night. The next morning you take a taxi (ca. US$ 3) to the airport and take the plane at 10h30am back to Quito (you will be back at Quito Airport at about 11h00am)

Click on the points of the map for a detailed information about the lodges in the Cuyabeno Reserve.

Birds in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

  1. Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin)
  2. Blue-and-yellow macaw (Ara ararauna)
  3. Amazon kingfisher (Chloroceryle amazona)
  4. Ringed kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata)
  5. Harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja)
  6. Chestnut-fronted macaw (Ara severa)
  7. Great egret (Ardea alba)
  8. Black-collared hawk (Busarellus nigricollis)
  9. Plum-throated cotinga (Cotinga maynana)
  10. Rufescent tiger-heron (Tigrisoma lineatum)
  11. Capped heron (Pilherodius pileatus)
  12. Pale-vented pigeon (Patagioenas cayennensis)
  13. White-banded swallow (Atticora fasciata)
  14. White-necked puffbird (Notharchus macrorhynchos)
  15. Black-tailed trogon (Trogon melanurus)
  16. Yellow-rumped cacique (Cacicus cela)
  17. Amazonian motmot (Momotus momota)
  18. Green ibis (Mesembrinibis cayennensis)
  19. Violaceous trogon (Trogon violaceus)
  20. Great potoo (Nyctibius grandis)

Fauna in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve


  1. Pink river dolphin (Inia geoffrensis)
  2. Giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis)
  3. Tapir (Tapirus terrestris)
  4. Jaguar (Panthera onca)
  5. Amazonian manatee (Trichechus inunguis)
  6. Brazilian porcupine (Coendou prehensilis)
  7. Red howler monkey (Alouatta seniculus)
  8. Squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciureus)
  9. White-bellied spider monkey (Ateles belzebuth)
  10. Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)

Reptiles and Amphibians:

  1. Anaconda (Eunectes murinus)
  2. Caiman (Caiman crocodilus)
  3. Green iguana (Iguana iguana)
  4. Poison dart frog (Dendrobatidae family)
  5. Spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus)
  6. Various species of snakes, frogs, and lizards

Insects and Arachnids:

  1. Various species of butterflies
  2. Leaf-cutter ants
  3. Tarantulas
  4. Beetles
  5. Grasshoppers

Flora in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

  1. Ceiba (Ceiba pentandra)
  2. Kapok tree (Ceiba pentandra)
  3. Rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis)
  4. Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla)
  5. Brazil nut tree (Bertholletia excelsa)
  6. Cocoa tree (Theobroma cacao)
  7. Various species of orchids (Orchidaceae family)
  8. Heliconias (Heliconia spp.)
  9. Various species of palms (Arecaceae family)
  10. Bromeliads (Bromeliaceae family)
  11. Giant water lilies (Victoria amazonica)
  12. Bamboo (Bambusoideae family)
  13. Various species of medicinal plants and herbs
  14. Various species of ferns
  15. Epiphytes and mosses

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