Cuyabeno National Park is a paradise on earth for passionate birdwatchers. There are more than 500 species in the area. The Cuyabeno National Park offers a big attraction for the professional Ornithologists and for the beginners. But there are excellent chances for you to come across some rare species such as Black-banded Owls, Pavonine Quetzals, Harpy Eagles, Gray-winged Trumpeters, Blue and yellow Macaws, Great Jacamars, Long-billed Woodcreepers peckers, Sunbitterns and some others.
If you want a tailor-made bird watching activity, we can organize this with our professional and experts, to give you the most and unforgettable birding experience.
After the sunset, and when the night has settled we will take you for the "Caiman tour” experience. With our canoe, we will slowly navigate into the lagoon and with the help of flashlights we will search for Caimans. These cold-blooded creatures come out at night to hunt and wait on the riverbanks for their prey. The guides will look for caimans and let you know where to look, but do not worry, caimans are not aggressive, they usually submerge into the water as soon as they feel threatened.
There are four species of caimans in the Cuyabeno National Park, the biggest being the Black Caiman (Melanosuchus niger) which can reach up to five meters (15 feet) in length, this type of caiman is rather shy and rarely seen. The most common is the Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus) reaching up to three meters (9 feet) in length.
We believe that we can give our customers exactly what they are looking for, therefore we have developed a program that combine camping and visiting the Tapir Lodge. Our 7-day program offers an incredible 5 days in the Tapir Lodge and 2 fantastic days camping in the heart of the rainforest. This option has been specially designed for those who are looking for a unique adventure! The forest offers innumerable places to camp, nearby the Cuyabeno River, where the orchestra of crickets lulls you into a pleasant slumber!!!.
As we are an Eco - Lodge, our philosophy is to have a strategic partnership with the Siona community of Puerto Bolivar. The Siona have lived in harmony with the Rainforest for centuries and nowdays they have chosen ecotourism activities in order to promote and protect their Amazonian environment as well as the improvement of their well-being.
We will visit Puerto Bolivar and give you the opportunity to immerse yourself into the daily activities, customs and traditions of this community. Those who are looking for an unforgettable experience; we offer a unique program that combines camping at the shores of the Aguarico River and a visit to the legendary Cofan Community. We will spend 2 nights with the native residents and get familiar with their habitat while learning more about their traditions and beliefs.This program is unders request, it is an addition to our regular itineraries of 4, 5 and 7 days.
Night time hikes
We offer you the possibility to join our guide in a night time hike, it is an excellent opportunity to see a variety of frogs, rare species like spiders and snakes and other nocturnal animals. Meanwhile we look for them, we will enjoy the sounds of the rainforest.
It is our aim to show you the different phases of the rainforest, we will share with you its secrets and mysteries at night time, so you can take home as many good memories as possible.
Our rainforest hikes will take us through the heart of the Rainforest, allowing our guests to witness nature is most amazing spectacles. Our excursions will take our passengers through various unspoiled ecosystems. Along with the help of our experienced guide, you will understand the complexity of the rainforest and its ecological interactions.
During this exotic hike through an abundant variety of vegetation, we will be accompanied by the constant and magnificent symphony of the rainforest. Birds, little bugs, monkeys, plants and flowers make our walks an unique experience. we provide you with the necessary equipment like rubber boots.
With flashlights we will look for nocturnal animals or insects that we can not see during the day.
The voices and sounds of the rainforest will accompany us during this memorable hike.
Shamans are the equivalent of "Medicinal man" in western cultures. They are respected and admired due to their immense wisdom and knowledge about plants, animals, curative and medicinal treatments. The Siona, Secoya and Cofan Curacas (shamans) are highly appreciated and honoured by other communities. Thousand of years of history are well kept by these Curacas, knowledge is learned from their forefathers and is passed along to new generations.
During our visit to the local Shaman you will have the opportunity to learn more about their practices and rituals. The Shaman will walk you through the process of becoming one, the graduation and all steps taken during and after the process in completed. He will tell us about his experiences in the rainforest and provide you with a thorough explanation about the medicinal uses of plants. If so desired you can take part of a traditional ceremony.