Canoe the Amazon: the Cuyabeno River

Canoe the Amazon: the Cuyabeno River

Spend 5 days in the Amazon, exploring the Cuyabeno River in North East Ecuador. Hike in the jungle, paddle through flooded forests and visit local indigenous communities on a tour that will blow your socks off!

The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in Ecuador is a protected area of Amazonian tropical rainforest. The reserve is a complex of rivers, lagoons and floating forest, characterised by intense biodiversity and navigable waterways. The area encompasses 604,000 hectares of primary rainforest and boasts river dolphin, tapirs, caimans, anacondas, ocelot and piranha as well as 515 species of bird. Cuyabeno is the ancestral homeland of the Sionas, the Cofanes and Secoyas, three indigenous tribes who live in small homesteads deep with the Amazon. These people follow a traditional way of life in symbiosis with the forest.

You will explore flooded forests and the Cuyabeno River by canoe, spotting birds and wildlife as you paddle. On dry land, you will have the opportunity to explore the jungle on foot, hiking through the primary forest with your guide who will teach you about how the plants of the forest are used in everyday life by indigenous people. You then have the privilege of visiting a local community where you will gain an insight into how these secret people live now and discover what conflicts they face with the encroachment of the modern world.

Guides are on hand to spot and explain the incredible flora and fauna of the rainforest. They are professional licensed guides who speak English and have a biology background. They will explain the uses and applications of traditional plants as well as offer insider knowledge on how best to catch a piranha when you go fishing or where to tread during a night walk in search of caiman.

This tour is for those who have a passion for the environment and a love of adventure. You will discover this wild and fascinating world in the most natural and rewarding way, by canoe and on foot. If you have a fascination with the Amazon and want to go further than a limited tourist cruise then five days on a canoe along this beautiful reserve’s waterways is just for you. The pace is light and paddling often turns to pleasant drifting as you take in the sounds and smells of the rainforest.

The accommodation is a mixture of tent and hut, the latter with showers. The 5-day tour is perfect for the more intrepid family. Children aged 10 and above are welcome. Group sizes are a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 10.

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330 USD (5 days) per person

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