Blogs from Cuyabeno Reserve, East, Ecuador, South America


South America » Ecuador » East » Cuyabeno Reserve March 15th 2019

Today we are returning to civilisation. I can’t wait but first we have to endure: - 2 hour canoe ride - 2 hour bus ride - 4 hour wait at airport - 1 hour flight - 1 hour taxi ride Things I’m looking forward to this evening: - Phone coverage to speak to my girls - WiFi to read the news/sports results - WiFi to check up on what my friends/family have been up to on social media - Electric lights - TV - Power sockets - Hot shower - Dry towels - Proximity to shops - Clean running water - Being allowed to use shampoo/conditioner - Being able to eat/drink what and when I want - Clean sheets - Far fewer insects - Not stinking of insect repellent - No animals in the bedroom - ... read more
Cuyabeno Bridge
Loading supplies at Cuyabeno Bridge
Flight to Quito

South America » Ecuador » East » Cuyabeno Reserve March 14th 2019

Today’s schedule consists of a 6.30 am birdwatching session on the observation tower (basically our bedroom roof), a jungle walk and a canoe trip which combines swimming and caiman spotting. Why anyone would want to do any of these things is beyond me. It’s going to be a long day. We go to the roof at 6.30, as scheduled to look for birds. In 90 minutes we spot 7 vultures, 6 parrots and 5 toucan. The old man is so excited, he plays bridge on his tablet while the rest of the group look for birds, then goes off in search of coffee. After breakfast it’s time for the jungle walk. I decide it’s not for me and spend the morning with my book on the balcony again. I’ve definitely made the right call; 40 minutes ... read more
Squirrel monkey outside my bedroom
Squirrel monkey
Squirrel monkey

South America » Ecuador » East » Cuyabeno Reserve March 13th 2019

Today we are going to a local village where we will pay an indigenous family to show us how they live. Inflation in the village is obviously rife, as the price has gone up 25% since we booked. After breakfast and a cold shower, we set off in our canoe again. It takes 2 hours to reach the village. On the way we see dolphins, sloths, 4 species of monkeys, bats, parrots, toucan, hawks and hummingbirds. Once in the village we are taught to make yucca bread. First we go into the jungle to dig up the tubers, then we grate them into a mini canoe, dry, sieve and cook the resulting ‘flour’ like a pancake. Our guide has brought a tuna salad to eat it with. There’s also fried yucca, plantain and a selection of ... read more
Grating yucca
Cooling bread
Stinky turkeys

South America » Ecuador » East » Cuyabeno Reserve March 12th 2019

Today we are going to the Amazon. I have a phobia of remote places, so the old man has booked a hotel only accessible by canoe. This morning we have an hour flight to Lago Agrio, followed by a 2 hour bus trip to a bridge then a 2 hour canoe ride to our ‘hotel’. I say hotel. In my world a hotel has electricity. And WiFi. And walls. All things I’m going to have do without for the next 4 days. We check in for our flight and I buy my last Diet Coke for 4 days - I’m about to go cold turkey. At $4 a bottle, it’s probably just as well. One last login to the airport WiFi – more cold turkey. The plane has propellers. I’m a firm believer that one shouldn’t ... read more
Arriving in Lago Agrio

South America » Ecuador » East » Cuyabeno Reserve July 6th 2018

There are many different countries that you might want to visit the Amazon from amd many different ways in which to explore this incredibly vast and diverse rain forest. Our choice was to visit the Cuyobueno national park in Ecuador. Through Anna's work, we were lucky enough to get a free 3 night 4 day tour free for Anna and net price for me. Our tour was with Jamu lodge, one of a hand full of lodges available. Getting to the jungle from Quito is either by plane or bus (you can guess which is faster but also more expensive). Either way, you will arrive a Lago Agrio and be transported with the rest of your group to the Cuyobueno River, about 2 hours by mini bus. We had some lunch upon arrival and then took ... read more
River roads
Amazon reflection

South America » Ecuador » East » Cuyabeno Reserve June 30th 2018

Day 1 After an overnight bus from Banos in which the heating was too hot and we were pressed up against the cold windows to cool down we arrived in Lago Agrio around 5:30ish / 6ish feeling pretty bloody knackered after a typically bad nights sleep on the bus. The pick up time from the hotel was 9:30am so we had to try and stay awake and kill some time. We got chatting to a girl from Berlin who was doing the same tour as us and had coffee and breakfast. I went to buy a poncho which was more entertaining than it should have been. After being told the one hanging up outside the front of the shop was $4, when I gave him a $20 dollar note the cashier proceeded to tell me that ... read more
Mr Toad
Evi our guide
Morning canoe ride

South America » Ecuador » East » Cuyabeno Reserve March 7th 2018

From Quilotoa we were then off on a long and winding trip to Lago Agrio in NE Ecuador via Latacunga and Quito. The trip included two trucks and two buses totalling 15 hours with Lago Agrio being the jumping off point for spending 4 days in the Amazon jungle in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. We had planned to continue south from Quilotoa to Tena but had read that it is no longer primary forest and most of the wildlife has left the area hence the long backtrack! Once we met up with our tour, we had another 3 hours on a bus and 3 more hours down river in a motorized canoe to reach the Caiman Lodge. At least the boat trip involved actively looking for wildlife and didn’t disappoint. We saw 3 types of monkeys ... read more
Ant city, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
Black-headed calico snake, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
Butterfly trail, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

South America » Ecuador » East » Cuyabeno Reserve October 22nd 2016

Hola Dinamarca! Netop hjemvendt fra nogle gode dage i junglen. Vi havde booket en tur i Amazonas i området Cuyabeno helt oppe i det nordøstlige hjørne af Ecuador, tæt ved den Columbianske grænse. 4 dage i en bambushytte, med masser tid til at se på junglen og dens beboere. Vi tog natbussen fra Banos til Lago Agrio, vi udskød egentlig turen én dag da jeg havde det, mildest talt, skidt den dag vi i ville afsted. Dagen efter, på afrejsedagen, var det så Lasses tur til at have det skidt. Ikke skide sjovt at sidde i en natbus med feber, dårlig mave og køresyge - han var ret presset! Nå men frem Lago Agrio kom vi, og vi fik pakket vores dagstaske og kørte med lokalbus ud til en bro, hvor vi blev samlet op af ... read more
Olieledninger langs vejen til Cuyabeno
På vej til hytten

South America » Ecuador » East » Cuyabeno Reserve January 3rd 2016

Our journey to the Amazon started with getting back from the Galapagos. After almost missing check in for the flight it turned out it was delayed by 4 hours instead! Anyway once back in Quito we headed towards the bus station where we decided not to catch a night bus to Lago Agrio (the place where our jungle tour started) and stayed at a hostel near the station. The next morning after getting a good amount of sleep we started the 7 hour journey. Now we had read that Lago Agrio was a bit of a hole and a little unsafe (due to the proximity to the most dangerous Colombian border crossing and high number of Westerners passing through on the way to the jungle!) and what we had read was pretty accurate. The hotel we ... read more
View from the bird watching tower
Our room in the jungle lodge

South America » Ecuador » East » Cuyabeno Reserve December 15th 2015

The lead up to our adventure in the Cuybeno Reserve was nothing short of painful. After enduring a late night (made bearable by the hospitality of Gina, her husband and his delicious spiced tequila) we rushed onto an overnight bus to Lago Agrio which we reached earlier than expected (3am) in a location that was definitely not their central bus terminal as we had hoped. We staggered down the street eventually finding a bus stop right next to the Hotel where we would later meet our tour group. Now Lago Agrio is not somewhere any sane person wants to be during daylight but sitting at a bus stop in the dark pretending to wait for a nonexistent bus in an effort to look less conspicuous and therefore less of a target, all the while hoping that ... read more
Branches of the 2nd largest tree in the world
Tuppence, first to swim in Laguna Grande
Beautiful laguna Grande

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