Cuyabeno Reserve Recommended

The spectacular Reserva Produccion Faunistica Cuyabeno is comprised of over 6000 protected square kilometers surrounding the Rio Cuyabeno in Ecuador's northeastern corner. The flooded forest, which receives up to 4000mm of rain per year, is home to a vast array of aquatic and bird life, along with an incredible array of plant species for example the huge ceiba trees which poke up from their underwater bases, making the reserve's black water lagoons, rivers, and tributaries a truly unique sight to behold.

Anacondas, boas, pink river dolphins,caimans, piranhas, macaws, toucans, and seven species of monkey are among themultitude of animals spotted with regularity, while manatees and pumas also inhabit the area. Indigenous Siona and Secoya communities call the reserve home as well.

Given the Cuyabeno Reserve's remoteness and inaccessibility, the only real way tovisit is through a guided tour, whether or not such a method soundsappealing. Tours are best booked in Quito, particularly around La Mariscal where numerous reputable agencies brokertours that are actually run by only a small number of direct operators onlocation. Tours typically range from four to eight days and run from around $45-200 (plus the $20 park entrance fee)per night, depending on lodging options, facilities on location, and what else is included in the package. When booking a tour, it is important to check whether prices include drinking water,naturalist or native guides, transportation to and from Lago Agrio, and transportation to and from the entrance to the reserve.

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