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Cuyabeno Reserve

When you visit the Cuyabeno reserve, there are endless possibilities of activities to do and animals to see. Trekking through Terra Firme forest you become surrounded by a rich diversity of trees up to 40 m high. Check out intertwined lianas as thick as your own body, or try to keep track of how many different insects you discover.

A short canoe ride from the lodge you will enter primary forest which is a highlight of Cuyabeno and the Jamu Lodge. Amazing plant and animal diversity can also be viewed with a canoe trip around the laguna grande where you will see orchids, bromeliads, gardenias, as well as several species of birds such as hoatzins, macaws, toucans, cormorants, and kingfishers. The area is also abundant in reptile life such as yellow-spotted Amazon turtles, caimans, anacondas, and many other species of snakes. With a little bit of patience, you may also be able to glimpse pink river dolphins, considered to be amongst the most intelligent of animals, with a well-known affinity for the freshwater of the Amazon Jungle.

Your adventures might lead you into knee-high muddy swamps, called “Moretal”, or to the small Hormiga River where sun-grebes swim freely. Paddle down the Cuyabeno River and see an anaconda sunbathing in a tree or a Pigmy Marmoset, one of the smallest monkeys in the world, running quickly up a tree. From the walkway of our camp, watch squirrel monkeys use their long tails to clean and eat fruits.

The Cuyabeno Reverse is a protected zone of 603.380 square kilometers (2,329.7 sq mi) since July 1979. One of the principle objectives of the Cuyabeno Reserve is ongoing conservation of the Amazonian ecosystem- the most complex ecosystem in the world.

This reserve is a complex system of rivers, lagoons, and floating forest. This protected area is characterized by its high biodiversity and interrelationships between the species inhabiting the area. The Reserve’s geomorphology is a consequence of the rivers carrying sediment and materials from the Andes, principally by the Aguarico River. The huge volume of water cascading down from the mountains maintains the naturally high water levels, ensuring that the river is navigable all year round. In the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve there are more than 10 species of monkeys, 500 bird species, and an incredible record of 307 species of tree per hectare. There are two seasons, dry and rainy. The entrance is by fluvial (river) transport and is offered by the local communities with the coordination of the lodge and a highly trained, accredited guide.

View some of the most amazing sunsets that will leave you speechless, as you swim in the Laguna Grande.