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NATIONAL PARKS TOUR ECUADOR

System of National Parks and Reserves of Ecuador

When studying the Amazon of Ecuador in the 1980s, world famous botanist, Dr. Gentry, discovered the greatest number of plant species per hectare in the world, which made Ecuador the country with the highest biodiversity in the world.

 

In fact, a United Nations team - including the Parks and Tribes board members Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil, aca the "Parks Man Daan and Dr. Flavio Coello - selected 39 national parks and reserves (see here the original report: United Nations Study by the FAO). As there was no information on ecosystem and hardly any information on species distribution, we used criteria such as distribution of virgin forests and elevation levels, hoping to compose a representative protected areas system. Dr. Gentry's research and studies of many other biologists since then, confirmed that we did it right. In the course of the years, the protected areas system grew to include even more ecosystems and species, now protecting 51 areas covering almost 20% of the territory of Ecuador.

 

Spread across the country, these areas are found in totally different climate zones and elevations, protecting breathtaking landscapes, fascinating wildlife, cloud forests in the Andes, rainforests in the Amazon, and at the coast, mangroves and cactus-clad dry forests.

The National Parks System of Ecuador  has 51 protected areas of different categories. Check our scoring table for beauty, access & wildlife.

 

National Parks of Ecuador Scoring System

While Ecuador has various different types of management categories, in reality, all these areas are equally important, and we consider them all national parks. Some national parks - which among other things are for the enjoyment of the people - are difficult to get into, while some of the reserves are so accessible and beautiful, that they should really be a national park. With so many parks and reserves to chose from, what really matters to you is which ones are the best. Below you can see the map with all the areas. For more information click here for:

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Dear visitor, our website gives you info about our National Parks Tours, our Galapagos programs, the Cuyabeno Loop, as well as our Cuyabeno  and Cofan Lodges in the Amazon.   For those who want to combine the Exuberant Nature of Ecuador with the Famous culture of Peru, we even have a 7 days Highlights of Peru extension! Our website gives you the best information on the internet, because we are the only tour operator run by professional biologists. Take a look:

 

OUR PARKS AND TRIBES ECO TOURS

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Indians take you in their agile dug-out canoes along winding rivers.

STANDARD COFAN LODGE TOUR

Start your Cuyabeno journey on Ecuador's most scenic wide Amazon tributary, the Aguarico River. Spend 3 nights in the Cofan Lodge, exploring the lower Cuyabeno and Zábalo Rivers.

 

 

Price: $ 499

 4 days

Children learning about the rainforest.

CUYABENO LOOP

The Cuyabeno Loop explores the breathtaking scenery of lower Cuyabeno and Zábalo Rivers and the Cuyabeno Lake. Watch the amazing birds and wildlife. Pass 2 nights with the amazing Cofan Indians in the Cofan Lodge and enjoy 2 nights of comfort in the famous Cuyabeno Lodge.

Price: $ 799

5 days

 

Birdwatching by visitors of the Amazon in Ecuador

LAGARTO COCHA EXPEDITION

The Lagarto Cocha Expedition on hidden creeks and lakes is the best Amazon journey in Ecuador! Discover Indian tribes in Ecuador, Monkeys, Sloths, Dolphins. No other Amazon rainforest in any of the Amazon-Andean countries can match the wildlife viewing of Cuyabeno and it is far better than Yasuní!

 

Price: $ 1099

7 days

excursion on Lake Cuyabeno

CUYABENO LAKE PROGRAM

The Cuyabeno Lake Program explores all the wild places surrounding the Cuyabeno Lake. Bonsai-shaped Macrolobia trees with the whispering of the mysterious prehistoric Hoatzin birds and the noisy Blue and Yellow Macaws. Our Cuyabeno Lodge is on the best location, because we were the first and chose the best location on a seasonal island in the Cuyabeno Lake itself.

Price: from $ 410

4 - 5 days

 

Alpacas in Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve are the domesticated form of the vicuñas.

NORTHERN ANDES TOUR

Our Northern Andes Tour lets you get a taste of some of the best Andean National Parks, visiting the highest groves in the world: the Polylepis trees, the highest mountain in the world calculated from the center of the Earth, the Chimborazo with Vecuñas and Lamas, the highest active volcano in the world, the Cotopaxi.

 

 

Price: from $1149

5 days

San Rafael Falls

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR

Our National Parks Tours take you on a fantastic journey along the best possible sample of Andean and coastal parks. They have been designed to complement Galapagos and/or Amazon cruises. They can start from different places, particularly Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. While the full program lasts 9 days, it is possible to make a limited selection of parks, like the 6 days' "Andes and Coast" module.

Price: $ 1999

9 days

 

Bartelome Island at Galapagos National Park

GALAPAGOS LAST MINUTE

We have a fabulous selection of Galapagos programs, including cruises, island hopping, scuba diving or relaxing on one of the many different hotels varying from modest inns to deluxe resorts.

 

 

Price: from $ 550

from 3 days

Inca wall in Cusco.

PERU HIGHLIGHTS

A fabulous program for visiting the most famous cultural highlights Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. At the same time it serves as the Lima hub for the Peru National Parks Tour. This module is an extension to our National Parks Tour Ecuador and/or Galapagos National Park and/or Amazon Cruises.

Price: $ 1199

7 days

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Best National Parks of Ecuador

The Scoring System

To make a selection to which areas you may want to visite, we gave a scoring to the areas, so that you may have an idea what could be important areas for you to visit. The scoring is from 1 - 5; the latter being very good, while comparing between these areas in Ecuador, in order to distinguish among them.

 

While most areas are scenic, some stand out for dramatic landscapes that are not found as abundantly in the other areas. All areas with snow-caped mountains have scored high. Tropical low-land areas score high if there are lakes from where birds and other wildlife can be watched. Access scores a 5 if there is very convenient road-access to good trails or well-organized access over water that can be easily contracted. Ecological importance is based on worldwide rarity of the ecosystem and/or species diversity. Overnight facilities score high if in or very nearby the port of access of an area lodging is available, within an hour's ride.

 

After the scoring system, we present a tour which allows you to visit a representative selection of the many areas in the protected areas system.

 

SCORING TABLE *  **

 

Scenic

Access

Ecological Importance

Overnight Facilities

BIOLOGICAL RESERVES

Cerro Plateado Biological Reserve

 

 

 

 

El Condor Biological Reserve pdf ***

3

1

3

1

El Quimi Biological Reserve pdf

 

 

 

 

Limon Cocha Biological Reserve pdf

4

5

3

5

ECOLOGICAL RESERVES

Antisana Ecological Reserve pdf

3

2

2

1

Arenilla Ecological Reserve pdf

2

4

1

3

Churute mangrove Ecological Reserve pdf

3

3

4

3

Cofan-Bermejo Ecological Reserve pdf

2

2

2

1

Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve pdf

5

5

4

5

El Angel Ecological Reserve pdf

5

3

5

3

Ilinizas Ecological Reserve pdf

5

5

5

5

Mache Chindul Ecological Reserve pdf

5

2

5

2

 

       

FAUNA RESERVES

Chimborazo Fauna Reserve pdf

5

4

5 (vecuñas)

5

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve **** pdf pdf-visitantes

5

5

5

5

Manglares el Salado Fauna Reserve pdf

2

3

2

2

Puntilla de Santa Elena Fauna Reserve

 

 

 

 

GEOBOTANICAL RESERVE

Pululahua pdf

5

5

2

5

MARINE RESERVE

Galapagos Biological Marine Marine Reserve pdf

3

5

5

5

Galera-San Francisco Marine Reserve

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL PARKS

Cajas National Park pdf pdf-visitantes

5

5

4

5

Cayambe Coca National Park pdf

5

5

5

1

Cotopaxi National Park pdf

5

5

2

5

Galapagos NP National Park pdf

5

5

5

5

Llanganates National Park pdf

3

1

3

1

Machalilla National Park pdf

3

5

5

5

Podocarpus National Park pdf

3

3

5

1

Sangay National Park pdf

5

2

5

1

Sumaco-Napo-Galeras National Park pdf

3

1

4

1

Yacuri National Park

 

 

 

 

Yasuni National Park pdf

4

3

5

5

NATIONAL RECREATION AREAS

Isla Santay National Recreation Area

 

 

 

 

Los Samanes National Recreation Area

 

 

 

 

Quimsacocha National Recreation Area

 

 

 

 

El Boliche National Recreation Area pdf

3

5

3

4

Playas de Villamil National Recreation Area

 

 

 

 

Lago National Recreation Area pdf

2

5

1

3

WILDLIFE REFUGES

La Chiquita Wildlife Refuge pdf

2

4

2

4

El Pambilar Wildlife Refuge

 

 

 

 

El Zarra Wildlife Refuge pdf

 

 

 

 

Isla Corazon and Fragatas Island Wildlife Refuge pdf

2

5

3

5

El Morro Mangroves Wildlife Refuge

 

 

 

 

Rio Esmeraldas Estuary Mangrove Wildlife Refuge

 

 

 

 

Rio Muisne Estuary Mangrove Wildlife Refuge pdf

2

2

2

2

Pacoche Coastal Marine Wildlife Refuge

 

 

 

 

Pasachoa Wildlife Refuge pdf

 

 

 

 

Santa Clara Island Wildlife Refuge

2

2

2

2

* We have a pdf with the entire list of protected areas of Ecuador.

** We have an introduction to the protected areas sistem of Ecuador in Spanish.

*** We have detailed pdf reports in Spanish on a variety of areas that you can download from the respective links.

**** The area names with links take you to the corresponding web pages.

 

BEST NATIONAL PARKS IN ECUADOR

AREA

NATIONAL PARK HIGHLIGHTS

Galapagos National Park

Rather obvious

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

The only low-land Amazon area with lakes and micro channels from where one can observe wildlife and watch birds as well as Amazon Jungle Animals and Amazon Rainforest Plants on Ecuador Amazon Expeditions to Cuyabeno National Park.

Podocarpus National Park

Interesting forest with the only South America coniferous trees.

Las Cajas National Park

Very scenic high land paramo landscape with many beautiful lakes.

Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve

Besides being the furthest point from the center of the earth, the area has 6000+ vicuñas that can always be seen from the road side. Car access to 4,800masl.

Cotopaxi National Park

Beautiful scenic volcano top.

Pululahua

Charming volcano close to Quito. Great for a morning visit when chances of decent weather are best.

Sangay National Park

With three volcanoes and beautiful lakes, this area can be extremely beautiful, but the skies are rarely clear and the chances of spending all your stay in the fog and drizzling rain are extremely high. Only for very hardy outdoors people.

Cotacachi -  Cayapas

Ecological Reserve

Cotacachi Cayapas reserve includes Cuicocha, Ecuador's most scenic crater lake. 20 minutes away from Otavalo.

Machalilla National Park

This area has a very rare transition forest from wet conditions in the North and the Peruvian coastal desert in the south. The landscape has suffered from human intervention, but there are still very valuable pockets of deciduous forests and bottle shaped trees. Los Frailes is the only virgin beach left in the country and offer plenty of over-night facilities.

Cayapas Mataje Ecological Reserve

These are the best Mangroves in Ecuador. The area is little visited and it takes a bit of an effort to reach San Lorenzo and find a boat to take you around.

 

Ecuador National Parks Tour

Many of the areas are only hours away from Ecuador's main cities, and yet.......... very few of those jewels of nature are ever visited. World traveler of 80+ countries and renowned national parks adviser of the World Bank and United Nations, Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil, developed the “ECUADOR NATIONAL PARKS TOUR” which takes you to 8 protected areas in 9 days. Having been part of the United Nations team that selected the majority of the protected areas of Ecuador between 1974 and 1976, nobody knows the ecology and protected areas system of Ecuador better than Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil, aca the "Parks Man Daan".

 

In fact, the National Parks Tour takes you to all cultural highlights of the country - Otavalo, Guayaquil, Cuenca and Ingapirca - while at the same taking you on a journey of discovery of a fabulous representation of all major ecosystems of the Andes and the Coast.

 

As tours to the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon are amply offered to the public, we decided not to include those destinations, thus facilitating a modular approach allowing visitors to compose their overall Ecuador visit by combining one's modules of choice. A visit to the Amazon has now become within reach of many visitors. Particularly, the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve has now become one of the world's highest valued Amazon parks for

  • its incredible biodiversity;

  • its convenient access and;

  • its reasonable pricing.

We also left out a visit to the highest and most beautiful capital of the Americas, Quito, as there is enough opportunity to see it between modules. So, when combining all three modules, one gets a selection of most ecosystems of the entire continent of South America as well as all cultural mayor highlights of Ecuador!

 

Our National Parks tours have been designed to complement existing national parks programs to Galapagos and/or Amazon national parks, like Cuyabeno and Yasuní. They can start from different places, particularly Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. While the full program lasts as many as 9 days, it is possible to make a limited selection of parks. For instance, a 6 days' module "Andes and Coast" from Quito. 5-6 days' modules are available from Cuenca and Guyaquil. According to your wishes, these modules can be be combined with your Galapagos and/or Amazon program(s). IF you buy our national parks module together with a Galapagos and/or Cuyabeno module from us, we can give you significant discounts.

 

For those who want to complete their Ecuador visit with a guided tour to Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu, we even offer a 5 – 7 days module, with which you get the most spectacular highlights of nature and culture of South America in one epic journey! We first present the full tour, while at the end of the page you get several modular options on how to break it up into shorter modules.

 

Itinerary 9 days' National Parks Tour

Day 1: Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve and Peguche Waterfall community reserve

  1. Pick up from hotel in Quito to travel to Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve to visit the Cuicocha Caldera with the incredibly blue Cuicocha Crater Lake. Mammalian wildlife is not commonly seen, but several species of ducks and grebes are usually found on the lake;

  2. Visit the Peguche Forest Reserve of Otavalo with the famous Peguche Waterfall. A trail through an old grove eucalyptus forest usually gives sightings of song birds and several species of hummingbirds;

  3. Visit the Otavalo Indian market;

  4. Spend the night in Ibarra.

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR ECUADOR: La Laguna Cuicocha.NATIONAL PARKS TOUR ECUADOR: La Cascada Peguche.

Located in Cotacachi-Cayapas National Reserve, the Cuicocha Caldera is the most scenic crater lake in Ecuador.

At only 5 minutes from Otavalo, the Peguche Forest Reserve is a great place to spend lunch and the waterfall is absolutely wonderful.

 

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR ECUADOR: Otavalo women at the Plaza de los Ponchos, Otavalo, EcuadorNATIONAL PARKS TOUR ECUADOR: Traditional Indians of the Andes, Ecuador

Otavalo Indian Crafts market.

 

Day 2: El Angel Ecological Reserve

  1. Depart for the El Angel Ecological Reserve, a paramo (Andes meadow) reserve in Northern Ecuador, where the famous “Frailejones Asters” almost reach their Southernmost limit. Visit the Voladero Lake where you will also see some of the most spectacular and ancient bromeliads of the Andes, the Herculas Club. Some 320 species of birds are known to the park, including the Andean Condor, a variety of hummingbirds, as well as several species of ducks and grebes, etc.;

  2. Return to Quito, Airport, in the village Tababela at 10 minutes from the airport;

  3. Spend the night at Tababela.

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR ECUADOR:
 THINGS TO DO IN ECUADOR: Voladero Lake in Paramo del Angel ReserveNATIONAL PARKS TOUR ECUADOR:
 THINGS TO DO IN ECUADOR: Frailejones in El Angel Reserve.

Lake Voladero in El Paramo del Angel Ecological Reserve.

The famous Frailejones Aster.

 

Day 3: Fly from the Andes to the the coastal city of Manta

  1. Pick up from the hotel to fly to the city of Manta;

  2. Drive from Manta to Machalilla National Park;

  3. Excursion into the interior of Machalilla National Park to get to know the extremely rare Tropical Pacific dry forest, which only occurs in a narrow stretch of land between the wet tropical coastal forest near the border with Colombia and the desert starting in the south of Ecuador near the Peruvian border. Machalilla National Park is the only main park in the world protecting this type of forest.

  4. Afternoon excursion at Les Frailes Beach and swim;

  5. Spend the night at Puerto López.

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR ECUADOR:
 THINGS TO DO IN ECUADOR: Access to Los Frailes Beach in Machalila National Park.NATIONAL PARKS TOUR ECUADOR:
 THINGS TO DO IN ECUADOR: Ecuador's most pristine beach is in Machalila National Park.

Entrance to Machalilla National Park at Los Frailes Beach.

Surrounded by natural dry forest, the most natural beach of Ecuador, Los Frailes, which is part of Machalilla National Park.

 

Day 4: Machalilla National Park with Isla de la Plata

  1. Visit Isla de la Plata, part of Machalilla National Park, where one – depending on the season – can see Red-, Nazca- or blue-footed booby nesting colonies and with some luck a colony of Frigate birds. While ecologically not really correct, one can observe how touroperators have joined together to feed wild green turtles in the harbor of the island, allowing visitors to see the turtles right under their boat in the cristal clear sea water. Sea Lions frolic in the deep blue waters surrounding the island, while different species of whales migrate along any time during the months of June – September (sightings are not guaranteed);

  2. After return time off for a late afternoon swim at the beach in Puerto Lopez;

  3. Spend another night in Puerto Lopez.

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR ECUADOR:
 THINGS TO DO IN ECUADOR: Beaching at Isla de la Plata in Machalila National Park.NATIONAL PARKS TOUR ECUADOR:
 THINGS TO DO IN ECUADOR: Blue-footes boobies with visitors in Machalila National Park.

Getting to Isla de Plata, the "mini Galapagos".

About 10 oceanic birds breed on Isla de la Plata, and many are just as tame as on the Galapagos Islands, like this Blue-footed Booby.

 

Day 5: Visit Guayaquil

  1. In the morning, a brief excursion into the park, before driving to Guayaquil;

  2. Ride from Puerto López to Guayaquil;

  3. In the afternoon (and/or evening), visit the famous Malecon (=Boulevard) of Guayaquil;

  4. Spend the night in Guayaquil.

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR ECUADOR:
 THINGS TO DO IN ECUADOR: Malecon, Rotonda Monument.NATIONAL PARKS TOUR ECUADOR:
 THINGS TO DO IN ECUADOR: Las Peñas artists street.

The Guayaquil Malecón or Riverside Boulevard is 1,5 km of fantastic plazas, parks, galleries and restaurants.

The Las Peñas neighborhood borders the boulevard with lovely old streets with artists' ateliers.

 

Day 6: Churute Ecological Reserve

  1. Drive to South America's southernmost important mangrove in Churute Ecological Reserve, where more than 250 species of birds have been recorded, including Frigate birds, Brown Pelicans, Spoonbills, a multitude of different herons, White Ibises, etc. ;

  2. Other fauna elements include different crabs as well as dolphins;

  3. Travel to Cuenca;

  4. Time permitting, stroll the colonial streets of Cuenca at night after dinner;

  5. Spend the night in your hotel in Cuenca.

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR ECUADOR:
 THINGS TO DO IN ECUADOR: Discovering the Churute Mangroves.NATIONAL PARKS TOUR ECUADOR:
 THINGS TO DO IN ECUADOR: Exploring the Rainforest.

Not very far from Guayaquil, Churute Ecological Reserve combines great mangrove with lowland hill forest.

On excursion in the hill forest, where howler monkeys are almost always seen.

 

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR ECUADOR:
 THINGS TO DO IN ECUADOR: City Hall Gallery of Cuenca, Old Town Cuenca.NATIONAL PARKS TOUR ECUADOR:
 THINGS TO DO IN ECUADOR: Concepción Inmaculada Church, Old Town Cuenca.

The Cuenca City Hall gallery.

The Inmaculada Concepción Cathedral.

 

Day 7: Ingapirca World Heritage Site

  1. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site Ingapirca, a mixed Inca and Canari [ a contemporary culture to the Incas and subjected to them] style fortress, which was the northern-most main defense fortress of the Inca Empire;

  2. In the afternoon, travel to Riobamba;

  3. Spend the night in Riobamba.

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR ECUADOR:
 THINGS TO DO IN ECUADOR: Ingapirca Temple of the Sun with inca wallsNATIONAL PARKS TOUR ECUADOR:
 THINGS TO DO IN ECUADOR: Ingapirca Ruins, Ecuador: UNESCO Heritage Site

Ingapirca, the northernmost Inca fortress.

The Incapirca ruins are at par with the ruins in the Sacred Valley in Peru.

 

Day 8: Chimborazo Fauna Reserve

  1. Get to know the Vicuñas of Chimborazo Fauna Reserve. As anywhere high up in the mountains, one may stumble upon an Andean Condor and other birds of pray;

  2. Visit the Refugio - 4800m masl - for a brief high elevation walk and exploration of the high paramo of the highest mountain in the world measured from the center of the earth. The vegetation is very sparse at this elevation. Be careful, you are extremely high up and the oxygen level is very low;

  3. Spend the night in a hotel near Cotopaxi National Park.

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR ECUADOR:
 THINGS TO DO IN ECUADOR: Highest point on earth Reacheble by car.NATIONAL PARKS TOUR ECUADOR:
 THINGS TO DO IN ECUADOR: Vicuna at the Chimborazo Game Reserve.

Get to the highest point on earth where you can get by car and enjoy the roughest landscape. Either enjoy outside or from the shelter while enjoying a hot drink. 

The Chimborazo Volcano also is the highest point on earth to see vicuñas, as they roam past 5000 m into the snow.

 

Day 9: Cotopaxi National Park

  1. Visit Cotopaxi National Park - the world's highest active volcano - to rise to the “refugio” parking lot;

  2. Visit Limpiopungo Lake;

  3. Look for Andean Wolfs;

  4. Return to Quito.

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR ECUADOR:
 THINGS TO DO IN ECUADOR: The Cotopaxi is one of the oldest parks in Ecuador.NATIONAL PARKS TOUR ECUADOR:
 THINGS TO DO IN ECUADOR: Andean Fox is a common predator in the highlands.

The last destination of the National Parks Tour is Cotopaxi National Park.

The Andean Wolf is a rather common sight in Cotopaxi.

 

MODULES

We developed several shorter modules, that still give you an impression of the Andes and coastal habitats. These modules, vary depending on your place of departure being Quito, Guayaquil or Cuenca.

OPTION A: FULL NATIONAL PARKS TOUR (9-days tour)

OPTION B: QUITO MACHALILLA - QUITO (6 - 7-days tour)

  1. After Machalilla, either return to Quito (6 days) or travel to a hotel near Chimborazo Ecological Reserve

Day 7: Visit Chimborazo Ecological Reserve

  1. See the vicuñas along the highway passing by the reserve; Ascent to the mountain house of the volcano. Drive over the new western highway to Quito to admire the alpaca's that usually can be seen along that route;

  2. Arrive in Quito to be dropped off at hotel (last hotel not included).

OPTION C: START AND FINISH IN GUAYAQUIL (5-days tour)

While starting in Guayaquil, Option C visits:

  1. Machalilla for 2 nights;

  2. Returns to Guayaquil;

  3. Visit the Malecon or Historic Park;

  4. Visit the Churute Mangroves;

  5. Spend the night in Cuenca;

  6. Visit Cajas National Park;

  7. Return to Guayaquil in your hotel (last not included).

OPTION D: START IN CUENCA AND FINISH IN GUAYAQUIL (5-days tour)

This particular module reverses Module C.

Click here for a printable pdf of the national parks tours modules.

ADDITIONAL TOURS

GALAPAGOS TOURS

We have a variety of packages varying from Island-hopping out of a hotel in Santa Cruz for as little as $520 to luxury yachts

 

CUYABENO LODGE

Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is by far the best Amazon Park of South America to see wildlife, while the the first lodge in the reserve, Cuyabeno Lodge is the best located, on a seasonal island in Cuyabeno Lake.

 

CUYABENO LOOP

Organized by the Cofan Indian community, the Cuyabeno Loop takes you on a 5 days journey through the western half of Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, being one of the top 100 things to do in Ecuador. Click here for a printable pdf of the Cuyabeno modules.

 

LAGARTO COCHA EXPEDITION

Organized by the Cofan Indian community, the Lagarto Cocha Expedtion takes you on a 7 days journey through the entire Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, being one of the top 100 things to do in Ecuador. Click here for a printable pdf of the Cuyabeno modules.

 

PERU LIMA - CUSCO

Many visitors like to combine their natural experience with a week's extension to see the cultural highlights of Lima and Cusco  and Machu Picchu in Peru. Click here for a printable pdf of the Peru Module.

 

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.

 

2019 COFAN LODGE / CUYABENO LODGE / PARKS AND TRIBES PRICES

 

COFAN LODGE PROGRAMS

COFAN LODGE STANDARD PROGRAM

DURATION STAY

Prices in US$

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

 
Standard room

$ 499

Prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers.

 

CUYABENO LOOP

DURATION STAY

Prices 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.

 

LAGARTO COCHA EXPEDITION

DURATION STAY

Prices in US$

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

$ 1099

Including Extension Cuyabeno Lake from where returning to Lagoagrio.

$ 1349

Prices are based on a minimum of 2 passengers.

 

CUYABENO LODGE PROGRAMS

CUYABENO LODGE STANDARD PROGRAM  
DURATION

Prices in US$

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS  
Shared budget room (Dormitory shared among 4 people, shared bathrooms) $ 270
Standard room (17 m2, private bathroom, shared balcony) $ 410
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 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) $ 510
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

$ 300

Group Price for parties of 2 - 7 (minivan) who share the costs.

 

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.

 

GALAPAGOS TOURS

GALAPAGOS TOURS

For island hopping starting at  (Read details)

$520

Individual bookings are WELCOME

 

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.

 

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR ECUADOR

 

PARKS & TRIBES and the COFAN LODGE have their sales office inside:

Hotel Balmoral, Address: Calle Moreno Bellido E6-57 & Avenida Amazonas, Quito

Telephone: (++593)(02) 2 50 5310, Cell phone: (++593) (0) 96 29 35 271

Email: [email protected]

Skype: ecotravelworldwide

Parks Man Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil is author of this website and founder of Parks and Tribes. He dedicated his life to the conservation of nature. https://www.facebook.com/DrDaanVreugdenhil, https://www.linkedin.com/in/drdaanvreugdenhil/. He was part of the team that selected the first 39 protected areas of Ecuador, including. Yasuní and Cuyabeno, the latter of which he he later recommended to be expanded from originally 150,000ha to 600,000ha, together with then Cuyabeno director Prof. Dr. Flavio Coello and Parks and Tribes partner. Daan is also the founding father of the Cuyabeno Lodge and co-manager of the Cofan Lodge.