Ecuador travel

Cuyabeno Canoe Tour

  • Destination: Amazon Rainforest
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Runs On: Monday
  • Price: USD400

This program is dedicated especially to nature lovers and canoeing fans. There is no better, more natural and more exciting way to discover the Cuyabeno region than by canoeing the river and hiking the hidden jungle trails. This tour truly lets you explore the Ecuador rainforest.


Information about Cuyabeno Nature Reserve

Cuyabeno Nature Reserve is located in northeastern Ecuador between the San Miguel and the Aguarico rivers. The Ecuador rainforest is particularly interesting because of its multitude of rivers and lakes and its plant and wildlife diversity. Immersed in the sights and sounds of the rainforest, you have the opportunity to observe parrots, toucans, monkeys, piranhas, freshwater dolphins, anacondas, and caimans during your Cuyabeno Canoe Tour. Encounters with the fascinating culture of the local Siona community are also a part of this tour. This Cuyabeno Canoe Tour is a unique way to experience the Ecuadorian rainforest in a particularly personal and active manner.



Cuyabeno Canoe Tour

5 days / 4 nights: Monday – Friday

4 days / 3 nights

8 days / 7 nights available by request


Day 1

You leave Lago Agrio in the morning for a three-hour ride to the entrance of the nature reserve on the Cuyabeno River, where your Cuyabeno canoe tour truly starts. Surrounded by unspoiled tropical rainforest and lush vegetation, you paddle downstream on the Cuyabeno River. After about 3 to 5 hours, you arrive at a small campground on the banks of the river, where you spend the night in a tent.

Day 2

In the morning, your Cuyabeno canoe trip continues down the river until you reach Magic River Lodge around noon. This rustic lodge is located right on the riverbank and very close to the lake area. This will be your home for the next 3 nights. Your afternoon schedule includes a canoe trip through the flooded forest (Igapó) of the Laguna Grande. You can also enjoy a swim in the lake.


Day 3

On a three- to four-hour morning hike through the dry forest and marshes of the jungle, the wonders of this unique ecosystem will unfold before your eyes. Your naturalist guide will explain and demonstrate the uses of various medicinal and everyday plants for healing and food purposes, as well as for making canoes, hammocks, or baskets.  In the afternoon, you paddle downstream on the Cuyabeno River and have an opportunity to fish for piranhas. After dark, you set out in your canoe to search for caimans.

Day 4

Today, you visit Puerto Victoriano, an indigenous community of the Siona. After a 2.5-hour canoe ride down the Cuyabeno River and a short ride in a motorized dugout, you reach the Siona village. The Sionas will teach you about their traditions and their way of life and let you participate in the preparation of their traditional flatbread made from cassava (tapioca) root. A visit to the village shaman is an option if he is available (additional $ 3.00 charge per person). Use the return trip to observe the amazing wildlife along the river. If time permits, we will visit the Laguna Grande one more time.

Day 5

Before sunrise, you embark on your last Cuyabeno canoe outing as you paddle along the river to watch and listen while countless species of  birds start filling the jungle with their calls at dawn. After breakfast, you are taken to the park entrance in a motorized canoe, your last chance to observe more of the spectacular wildlife. Transportation to Lago Agrio and return flight to Quito late in the afternoon.


Cuyabeno Canoe Tour

Program Price per person
8 days / 7 nights USD 960
5 days / 4 nights USD 400
4 days / 3 nights USD 360


Prices good through 31 December 2018.
All prices per person in US dollars.




Included in the price

Transportation Lago Agrio – Cuyabeno – Lago Agrio (Please note: tour begins in the morning)

All activities and excursions during your Cuyabeno Canoe Tour as described

English-speaking guide

Accommodations at the lodge; 1 night of camping

All necessary camping and canoeing equipment

Full-meal plan

Admission fees to the indigenous community

Airport transfer in Lago Agrio

Not included

Flight Quito – Lago Agrio – Quito (currently US $ 180) or bus ride Quito – Lago Agrio – Quito (approx. 8 hours one way)

Overnight stay in Lago Agrio (not necessary if you fly to Lago Agrio)

Park admission fees (currently US $2)

Additional fee for shaman visit, if available (currently US $ 3)

Beverages and any meals not specifically listed

Tips and personal expenses



Please Note:  Services listed in the itinerary may be subject to change due to organizational or climate factors.









Ara Parrot - diversity of wildlife in Cuyabeno Nature Reserve