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CUYABENO LAGUNA GRANDE: DAY TRIP $99

Nuevo!: DAYTRIP $99 CUYABENO LAGUNA GRANDE. Dayly departures from Cuyabeno Bridge

Cuyabeno: Great day trips

 

Nuevo!: Cuyabeno Day Trip $99

There are about a dozen lodges that offer Cuyabenode tour packages for 3 - 5 days. These are very good and interesting. However, quite a few people who do not have the time to go out for several days or who don't have the money to spend between $250 and $550 to see the reserve. That's why we offer an alternative, the $99 day trip with discoutns for families with children to the Laguna Grande of Cuyabeno.

 

We offer daily departures from 9:00 a.m. from the main entrance at the Bridge across the Cuyabeno River and return at 5:00 p.m., from where buses leave for to Lagoagrio.

 

Currently, there are no flights to Lagoagrio, but there are bus departures from Quito that take you directly to the main entrance of the reserve.

 

CUYABENO LAGUNA GRANDE TURISMO DAYTRIP $99 [SUCUMBIOS]: La entrada Puente de Cuyabeno.CUYABENO LAGUNA GRANDE TURISMO DAYTRIP $99 [SUCUMBIOS]: canoa del circuíto Cuyabeno.

The main entrance "Puente de Cuyabeno" where you board our daytrip canoe that takes you to the Laguna Grande de Cuyabeno. The lake is the best place in the entire watershed.

An Siona Indian naviagates the winding Cuyabeno river to take you  to the Cuyabeno Lake in his nimble motorized canoe.

 

We take you along the winding Cuyabeno River watching monkeys and birds. It is a fascinating ride on this tributary of the Amazon River, which will first take you to the largest lake in the reserve, the Laguna Grande Cuyabeno.

 

CUYABENO OR YASUNI & MANY OTHER FAQ: Cofan lodge during your Amazon visit in Ecuador.AMAZON ECUADOR TOURS: excursion on Lake Cuyabeno

After your arrival, you can enjoy a swim in the lake and go on excursions in the surroundings of the lake.

 

CUYABENO LAGUNA GRANDE TURISMO DAYTRIP $99 [SUCUMBIOS]: Delfín de agua dulce.

 

With a bit of luck you may see one or 2 species of dolphin as well as a family of Giant Otters.ANIMALS OF ECUADOR RAINFOREST: Pink Dolphin at the Amazon River in CuyabenoANIMALS OF ECUADOR RAINFOREST: Giant Otter are common in Cuyabeno

 

 

Birdwatching on the lake

 

CUYABENO LAGUNA GRANDE TURISMO DAYTRIP $99 [SUCUMBIOS]: heliconia.CUYABENO LAGUNA GRANDE TURISMO DAYTRIP $99 [SUCUMBIOS]: orquídia rozada.CUYABENO LAGUNA GRANDE TURISMO DAYTRIP $99 [SUCUMBIOS]: Heliconia en las Amazonas.CUYABENO LAGUNA GRANDE TURISMO DAYTRIP $99 [SUCUMBIOS]: Flores rozadas en el amazonas.

 

There are flowers of different colors in the reserve, but finding them takes a bit of effort. Orchids and Heliconias are among the most striking plants in the jungle.

 

CUYABENO LAGUNA GRANDE TURISMO DAYTRIP $99 [SUCUMBIOS]: Lapa azul y verde en Cuyabeno.CUYABENO LAGUNA GRANDE TURISMO DAYTRIP $99 [SUCUMBIOS]: Black Mantled Tamarins at Cuyabeno Lodge, your comfortable hotel when visiting the Amazon in Ecuador.

Blue and yellow macaws are quite common in Cuyabeno.

Black-mantled Tamarins live in groups of up to 200 individuals.

 

CUYABENO LAGUNA GRANDE TURISMO DAYTRIP $99 [SUCUMBIOS]: Macrolobium cubierto de epífitas.CUYABENO LAGUNA GRANDE TURISMO DAYTRIP $99 [SUCUMBIOS]: Macrolobium bonzái.

CUYABENO LAGUNA GRANDE TURISMO DAYTRIP $99 [SUCUMBIOS]: Huatzines el CuyabenoCUYABENO LAGUNA GRANDE TURISMO DAYTRIP $99 [SUCUMBIOS]: Macrolobium en puesta del Sol.

Huatzins prefer to eat the leaves of Macrolobium trees.

Macrolobium trees grow in the shallows parts at the margins of Laguna Grande. They are covered with thousands of epiphytes and are home to anacondas and thousands of birds and other animals.

 

After arrival the tour focuses on birds and flowers in the flooded area, with its epiphyte covered Macrolobium "bonsai" trees. Huatzins in particular are associated with Macrolobium trees which eat their leaves.

 

A visit to the Siona town is always interesting: a kitchen garden with explanations from a Siona woman; Preparation of the cassava in the firebox, etc.

 

CUYABENO LAGUNA GRANDE TURISMO DAYTRIP $99 [SUCUMBIOS]: huerta tradicional en las Amazonas.CUYABENO LAGUNA GRANDE TURISMO DAYTRIP $99 [SUCUMBIOS]: Siona preparando manioca.

An orchard in the village with maniok plants.

A Siona woman preparing tortillas of maniok.

 

Depending on the time, you can visit the town of the Sionas to learn about their customs and way of life.

 

 

CUYABENO, GETTING THERE AND BACK

There are 3 options to travel to the Amazon Lowlands:

  • Take the night bus on the Putumayo bus cooperative from Quito to the Cuyabeno Reserve (usually leaves at 11 at night) from the "Terminal Carcelen (Norte)"  in Quito and arrive in Lagoagrio the next day. Another option is from the "terminal Quitumbe (Sur). As a result of major construction works it now takes about 13 hours. It costs about $ 25 one way and you have to leave from your hotel in Quito to the terminal  an hour before departure (by taxi).

  • Fly Quito - Coca, which about $ 180 round trip, but it takes 2 X $25 to take a taxi to Quito airport. The flight usually leaves at 9 in the morning, and takes 30 minutes to arrive. After getting your luggage, it will be 10:30. We'll pick you up at the airport. This fight is great for the Yasuní - Napo River Cruise. We can coordinate a 3 hours private transportation to Cuyabeno for $60 with a minimum of 2 persons.

  • Take our Private Trans-Andean bus Transportation to Coca and the Cuyabeno Reserve. It will pick you up at your hotel early in the morning and take to the Aguarico River in about 8 - 9 hours depending how much time we spend on the way at the overlooks into the Cayambe - Coca Ecological Reserve, the San Rafael Falls, the Reventador Volcano and the Papallacta spas. The same applies for the Lake Cuyabeno accommodations which pass through the main park entrance on the Cuyabeno River.

CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE MAP: Lake area tours. CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE MAP: Cuyabeno Loop.

Routes of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve and Yasuní programs of Parks and Tribes / Cofan Lodge:

  • Cuyabeno Lake Area including our new 1 Day Trip;

  • Lagarto Coche Expedition Leaving from Nuevo Rocafuerte at the border with Peru;

  • Cuyabeno Loop;

  • Yasuní - Napo River Expedition.

 

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION QUITO - AGUARICO

 

Lake Papallacta.San Rafael Waterfalls.

Near the mountain pass you pass by beautiful paramos and some of the highest rainforests in the world along Lake Papallacta.

The San Rafael waterfall has collapsed into a sinkhole and is no longer accessible.

 

Jamanco Spa at Lake Papallacta LakeThe Reventador Volcano pouring out lava.

Bordering Lake Papallacta is the Jamanco Spa with great mineral water without prior filtration as done in the Papallacta resorts. As a result, the mineral quality is supposed to be better, while resort prices are a fraction of the spas in Papallacta.

The Reventador is Ecuador's most active volcano and frequently runs of lava can be seen glowing in the night.

  • It is possible to arrange for spending the night at either a Papallacta (costly) or Jamanco (friendly and much more economical) Spa, but then another day is needed to get to the reserve.

  • Many passengers who take the private transportation, chose to fly back from Coca or visa versa.

Lagoagrio airport.Cayambe Volcano right on the Equator.

Arrival at the airport of Coca.

On a clear day one can see the Antisana Volcano, as you fly passed it.

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

 

National Parks Tours

  1. All hotels and lodges;

  2. Transportation: All ground transportation on the National Parks tours;

  3. In-country flights where included in the national parks tour program, but NOT to/fro Galapagos or Lagoagrio;

  4. An English speaking naturalist guide. A German or French speaking guide may also be available, but can't be guaranteed.

  5. All entry fees.

NOT INCLUDED:

Meals and beverages.

Amazon Tours

  1. Lodging;

  2. Excursions with professional nature guides;

  3. All Amazon programs include all meals, and fruit juices served with the meals. Our restaurants serve a mix of international cuisine and occasionally, the Cofan Lodge offers  a sample meal of traditional Cofan dishes.

  4. Meals include coffee, tea and bottled water;

  5. Transportation between Lagoagrio and the access rivers.

NOT INCLUDED:

Bottled and alcoholic beverages need to be paid.

 

COMBI-DISCOUNTS

Depending on the program you selected, we always try to give you a discount on combined modules. Groups above 4 passengers will receive discounts, depending on group size.

 

HOW TO BOOK A TOUR?

Our programs are rather customized and we try to accommodate the travel needs of our customers. To avoid misunderstandings, we don't offer a prepaid travel option. Just send an email to or contact us through our contact data below. 

 

From Abroad:

Sending money from abroad is rather costly and we try to minimize money going to bank transfers. Once your schedule has been worked out, we kindly request you to make a reservation guarantee transfer of only $100 by Western Union or Moneygram. The balance you pay in CASH in Quito upon arrival (we don't take credit cards!) This way you don't lose a lot of money sending money. The $100 is NOT recoverable upon cancelation.

 

Why we don't accept credit cards in Ecuador either? The credit card services charge 7%! We would have to charge you for that, making your trip more expensive. We do everything to make your trip as cost effective as possible.

 

Already in Ecuador?

You can pay in our office mentioned below. We apply a cancelation fee of $100.

 

WHAT IS ESSENTIAL TO BRING?

For this question we link to our special vacation packing list.

2022 COFAN LODGE / CUYABENO LODGE / PARKS AND TRIBES PRICES

 

PARKS AND TRIBES AMAZON PROGRAMS

CUYABENO DAY TRIP

DURATION STAY

Prices in US$

1 DAY

$ 99

Discounts for families with children

NAPO RIVER CRUISE

DURATION STAY

Prices per person in US$

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

$ 450

LAGARTO COCHA EXPEDITION

DURATION STAY

Prices per person in US$

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

$ 450

Departure from Nuevo Rocafuerte at the border with Peru. There is a daily rapid public boat services between Coca and Nuevo Rocafuerte for about $50 (not included).

 

Prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers.

COFAN LODGE PROGRAMS

COFAN LODGE STANDARD PROGRAM

DURATION STAY

Prices per person in US$

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

$ 499

Prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers.

 

CUYABENO LOOP

DURATION STAY

Prices per person in US$

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

 

Standard room at the Cuyabeno Lodge part (nights 3 &4)

$ 799

Standard room in the Cofan Lodge (nights 1 & 2) and Deluxe room at the Cuyabeno Lodge (nights 3 & 4)

$ 899

Prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers.

 

CUYABENO LODGE PROGRAMS

CUYABENO LODGE STANDARD PROGRAM

 

DURATION

Prices per person in US$

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

 

Standard room (17 m2, private bathroom, shared balcony)

$ 250

Standard room Plus (±20 m2, private bathroom, shared balcony)

$ 340

Deluxe room (25m2, private bathroom, private balcony in the tower)

$ 370

Suite (36m2, private bathroom, private balcony)

$390

 

 

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

 

Shared budget room (Dormitory shared among 4 people, shared bathrooms)

$ 280

Standard room (17 m2, private bathroom, shared balcony)

$390

Standard room Plus (±20 m2, private bathroom, shared balcony)

$ 430

Deluxe room (25m2, private bathroom, private balcony in the tower)

$ 480

Suite (36m2, private bathroom, private balcony)

$510

 

CUYABENO ADVENTURE

 

DURATION

Prices per person in US$

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

 

Shared budget room (Dormitory shared among 4 people, shared bathrooms)

$ 340

Standard room (17 m2, private bathroom, shared balcony)

$ 420

Standard room Plus (±20 m2, private bathroom, shared balcony)

$ 535

Deluxe room (25m2, private bathroom, private balcony in the tower)

$ 595

Suite (36m2, private bathroom, private balcony)

$635

Single occupancy surcharge (for the entire trip)

$100

Individual bookings are WELCOME

 

QUITO - LAGOAGRIO

(or visa versa)

PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION

 

Prices in US$

One way per party price from or to Quito. Group Price for parties of 2 - 7 to the park entrance (minivan) who share the costs.

$ 300

One way Coca to Park entrance per taxi (Japanes size). Minimum 2 maximum 4 A 6 persons minivan is also available.Luggage capacity for carry-ons only.

$ 120 / $150

 

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR PROGRAM

DURATION STAY

Prices in US$

OPTION A: Complete national Parks Tour (10 days)

$1999

OPTION B: After Machalilla return to Quito (6 days)

$1349

OPTION C: After Machalilla return to Quito (6 days) via Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve (7 days)

$1399

OPTION D: Start and finish in Guayaquil (5 days)

$1149

OPTION E: Start in Cuenca and Finish in Guayaquil (5 days)

$1149

Prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers.

 

LIMA CUSCO MACHU PICCHU

DURATION STAY

Prices in US$

6 or 7 days (subject to flight itineraries)

 

LIMA - CUSCO MODULE (Read details)

$1199

Prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers.

CUYABENO DEAYTRIP

 

 

PARKS AND TRIBES, Agencia de viajes

Calle Las Casas, Intersección: Jose Coudrin, 2 Cuadras sobre la Occidental

Cantón Quito, Prov. Pichincha, Parroquia Belisario Quevedo

Teléfono Quito: (++593)(02) 2 2324 4086, Celular: (++593) (0) 99 283 2187 Teléfono EEUU: (++)1 304 901 0718

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