5-Day Paddling in Cuyabeno – Ecuador

CAUTION: THIS PADDLING ADVENTURE IS FOR NATURE & ADVENTURE LOVERS ONLY

Paddling Cuyabeno! A fantastic adventure in the Amazon Rainforest. You will enjoy a natural and cultural experience.
You will camp close to a home of a traditional Secoya Indigenous family. There you will learn first hand about their traditions that will reconnect you with nature.

Notes:
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5 Days
5+ Age
  • Included

    24/7 Assistance
    English Speaking Guides
    Services as described
  • Not Included

    Domestic Flights
    International Flights
    Personal Expenses
    Services not described
    Tips
    Travel insurance
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Day 1: Hello Lago Agrio – Aguarico River & Cuyabeno River

Your journey starts with a 2.5-hour (approx.) drive from Lago Agrio to “Tierras Orientales” Village at shore of the Aguarico River. Here you will start your fantastic Amazon Rainforest experience by navigating on a motorized canoe downstream along this beautiful white-water river. After approximately 2.5 hours of navigation you will arrive at the mouth of the Cuyabeno River, a small and breathtaking black water river which is a tributary of the Aguarico. During this first relaxing journey you will make a stop for a delicious picnic lunch with a Secoya Indigenous family and if you wish, a refreshing swim. You will continue navigating upstream along the Cuyabeno river to the Lodge (45 min approx.) During this journey you will have great chances of watching wildlife including the legendary pink and the grey freshwater dolphins. At night and before dinner you will take a short hike where it is possible to see giant insects, spiders, snakes and enjoy the fantastic sounds of the night life in the Amazon. Meals included: Lunch & Dinner Hotel: Aguas Negras Lodge - subject to availability Type of service: Shared
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Day 2: Parrots Clay Lick – Hike In Primary Forest

Early in the morning and by motorized canoe you will navigate towards a place called “Saladero” or Salt licks (Clay Licks) where Parrots of different species show up at these sites in large numbers to get the minerals they need to help digest some toxics they have consumed together with their diet. After breakfast and by motorized canoe you will navigate towards Aguas Negras River, a small beautiful tributary of the Cuyabeno River. Here you will enjoy your first hike in the marvelous primary Amazon rainforest, one of the most biologically rich places on Earth where our experienced naturalist guide will explain to us about life in the Amazon Rainforest. Return to the lodge by paddling canoes. After the walk you will have time for a refreshing swim. Today for lunch you will enjoy “Maito”, a typical delicious traditional Kichwa meal. The Maito is an Amazonian dish that consists of a wrap of fish meat; vegetables such as palmito, chontaduro (fruit of the palm); fish and vegetables are seasoned with salt and wrapped in bijao leaves (llaki panga). After Lunch it will be a time for relaxation at the camp. Late in the afternoon you will paddle downstream Cuyabeno until the sun sets over a beautiful landscape. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Hotel: Aguas Negras Lodge - subject to availability Type of service: Shared
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Day 3: Puerto Montufar & Paddling Experience

After a hearty breakfast you will navigate by motorized canoe upstream the Cuyabeno river to “Puerto Montufar”, the starting point of your fantastic paddling experience. After introductions, you will distribute group gear and provisions before loading the paddling canoes. Before starting, you will have a quick briefing covering the day’s itinerary and a review of paddling canoes safety procedures. During this quieter and enjoyable journey, you will have great chances of observing wildlife including Monkeys, Parrots and Macaws. During this first journey you will make a stop for a delicious picnic lunch and if you wish, a refreshing swim. In the afternoon you will go for a short second hike, during the walk you will have a chance to admire the majestic Kapoc (Ceiba Pentandra), a giant tree that towers over the rest of the forest. In the night and by motorized canoe you will navigate on the Cuyabeno River searching for night wildlife which includes Night birds, Snakes, Bats, Caimans, Frogs and more. Paddling distance 20Km (12 miles). Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Hotel: Aguas Negras Lodge - subject to availability Type of service: Shared
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Day 4: Bird Watching - Paddling - Campsite In The Secoya Indigenous Territory

Early in the morning and by motorized canoe you will navigate slowly on the Cuyabeno or Aguas Negras Rivers (lever of river permitting) with great chances of observing wildlife. This area is a pristine Rainforest with little impact from human activity. During this bird watching experience you will have great chances of observing many of the 500 species of birds that habit in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. After breakfast and a relaxing time at the lodge, you will start paddling canoes down Cuyabeno river for about 3 hours. Return to the Lodge by motorized canoe to prepare yourselves for departing the Lodge. After Lunch and by motorized canoe you will navigate downstream along the Cuyabeno River to its mouth in the great Aguarico River with more chances of watching wildlife including freshwater dolphins. The motorized canoe will take you to the Secoya Native territory where you will spend the night in comfortable tents. At night and before dinner you will take a second night walk. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Hotel: Aguas Negras Lodge - subject to availability Type of service: Shared
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Day 5: Secoya Indigenous Territory - Aguarico River - Lago Agrio

After an early breakfast you will go for an interesting walk with a Secoya Indigenous guide who will explain to you about medicinal plants used by these native people for their survival. After the walk and together with a Secoya Indigenous family we`ll be part of the making of the Casabe bread (Manioc or Yuca) starting from the extraction of the Casabe roots to the final product that consist of a large, round and flat bread. Casabe is an important part of the Indigenous people’s traditional diet. We ́ll also make our own chocolate using dry Cocoa beans, first we ́ll roast them then our next step in chocolate making is to grind the roasted beans to obtain a delicious homemade chocolate. Here your lunch will include Casabe bread and chocolate. After your lunch, a short trip by motorized canoe will take you to Tierras Orientales village from where your driver will take you back to the City of Lago Agrio (arrival at about 4 pm.) for you to take a bus or flight back to Quito.

From USD 750

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