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7 Days - 6 Nights
Availability : All-year-round
Min Age : 6+
Max People : 10

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Is this tour family friendly?

Of course.
To improve your experience, +6 y/o are advised. 

Best time to go?

This tour is perfect to go on all year round.

Trip Overview

This amazing paddle tour takes you on an adventure exploring the deep, pristine Amazon Rain Forest, all by paddling canoes.

During this Amazon tour, you will visit the upper part and the lower area of the Cuyabeno River. You will spend your first two nights in basic accommodation with private facilities, two nights camping at the river’s shore, and finally, your last night at the lodge.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to experience the fantastic culture of the Siona, Kichwa, and Secoya Indigenous people.

Departure Location

Meeting point in Quito

Return Location

Meeting point in Quito

Departure Time

The night before the tour starts in Cuyabeno

Price Includes

  • 5 Nights hotel accommodation (tents and lodge)It is possible to upgrade the hotel category
  • Shared tours with English-speaking guide
  • All transportation neededFrom Quito and back
  • All mentioned meals
  • 24/7 Assistance

Price Excludes

  • Private expenses
  • TipsEven when tipping is not mandatory, it's greatly appreciated
  • Travel insuranceNot mandatory but highly recommended
What to Expect
  • Beautiful LandscapesNavigate downstream the picturesque Cuyabeno River, observing monkeys, parrots, and macaws.
  • Cultural ImmersionEngage with a Shaman for insights into their culture and traditions.
  • Wildlife EncountersPaddle in the Cocha Grande Lagoon, possibly encountering the legendary Pink Dolphin.

Day 1Departure from Quito

Your paddle tour starts the night before departing from Quito. You will take a midnight bus to the Cuyabeno Bridge.
The ride takes around 10 hours.

Day 2Paddling Cuyabeno River

Start your Amazon Rainforest adventure by departing the shore of the Cuyabeno River (El Puente).

From there, paddle downstream on the serene Blackwater River for an exciting journey that provides exceptional opportunities to view wildlife such as monkeys, parrots, and macaws.

After four hours of canoeing, you’ll reach the first Lodge near the stunning Cocha Grande Lagoon. Unload the boats, settle into the cabins with private bathrooms, and enjoy a complimentary welcome drink.

In the evening, before dinner, embark on a thrilling wildlife expedition to spot Caymans (alligators).

The day’s adventure includes lunch and dinner, covering a paddling distance of 15 km (9 miles).

Day 3Exploring the Forest

We will wake up to the soothing sounds of singing birds in the lush rainforest and glide through the canopies of Macrolobium trees in the vast Cocha Grande Lagoon, the largest among 14 lakes in the forest.

We may even have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of pink dolphins and take a stroll through the primary forest before lunch.

After loading the boats, we will paddle downstream for four hours to Lodge 2, where we will retreat to our cozy cabins featuring private bathrooms.

Upon arrival, we will unwind and take a brief night walk to observe the giant insects, spiders, and snakes.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included, and the paddling distance is approximately 15 kilometers or 9 miles.

Day 4Siona Territory

After having breakfast, we’ll paddle for a short while before embarking on a 2 km hike to the Siona Indigenous Community.

Once there, we’ll be taught the art of making Casabe bread, which we’ll later enjoy for lunch.
In addition, we’ll have the opportunity to visit a Shaman and learn about their customs and traditions.

Following our visit, we’ll head back to the Lodge for lunch before setting out on a 3.5-hour paddling expedition to our campsite.

We’ll provide either single or double tents for accommodation purposes, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

The total distance traveled by paddling is 14 km.

Day 5Puerto Montufar

After breakfast, we’ll hike near the camp, observe wildlife, and learn about the Amazon Rainforest’s ecosystem.

We’ll visit a small cacao plantation before breaking camp and paddling for 5 hours to the Puerto Montufar campsite.

We’ll explore an area with minimal human activity and have a picnic lunch en route. In the late afternoon, we’ll swim in the river.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. The paddling distance is 22 km (13.6 miles).

Day 6To the Lodge

After breakfast, we will pack up the camp, load our motorized canoe, and begin our journey downstream Cuyabeno River to reach the comfortable Aguas Negras River Lodge.

Along the way, we will have excellent opportunities to observe wildlife. We will stop for lunch at the Lodge and relax for a while.

In the afternoon, we can try our luck at fishing for Piranhas. Later, we will take a second hike, where we might see giant insects, spiders, and snakes and enjoy the fantastic sounds of the Amazonian nightlife.

Finally, we will return to the Lodge, drink farewell, and enjoy dinner. 

The tour includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The navigation distance is 28 Km (17.5 miles). 

OPTIONAL: If you wish to exercise and enjoy a longer journey, you can paddle from Puerto Montufar Campsite to Aguas Negras River Lodge, which takes about 6 hours.

Day 7Back to Quito

We’ll set off early to “Saladero,” where parrots gather for minerals.
After breakfast, we’ll navigate downstream Cuyabeno River, watching wildlife, including dolphins.

Then, we’ll travel upstream on the Aguarico River, a tributary of the Napo River and the Amazon River in Peru.
We’ll have a picnic lunch in the Secoya Native territory, take a short canoe trip to Tierras Orientales village, and drive back to Lago Agrio City, where you will catch the bus back to Quito.

What you need to know


Please consider

  • To join this tour, you leave from Quito the night before the tour starts in Cuyabeno Bridge.
  • The itinerary might change due to new regulations or weather conditions.

Tour type

Shared (max 10 people)

Kind of activities

  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Paddling

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Important Facts About Your Trip

We’ll explore the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, a biodiverse area where wildlife thrives

While observing wildlife in their natural habitat depends on various factors, including weather and luck, we’ll look for species like Macaws, Parrots, Toucans, Monkeys, Freshwater dolphins, Caimans, and Anacondas daily.

Expect heavy rain as the Amazon Rainforest receives about 12 feet of rain each year.

Our canoes are comfortable and designed for an exceptional experience on the water.

We’ll visit the most remote areas of the Reserve, covering a distance of around 200 km between motorized and paddling canoes.

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