Cuyabeno Lodge
Cuyabeno Lodge
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Lee B
Vancouver, Canada10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
We had a fantastic 3 night/4 day stay at Cuyabeno lodge in May 2019 with our two boys (aged 8 and 11). The diversity of animal, insect, bird, and plant life we saw in the Cuyabeno reserve was incredible, from the thousands of leaf-cutter ants marching right behind our bungalow to the squirrel monkeys jumping across the river to the towering vine-laden trees along the river banks. Our 2-bunk bungalow was very basic and fairly open to the outdoors. Falling asleep and waking to the sounds of the jungle was part of what made the experience so memorable, expect to find a frog or two in your bathroom in the morning! Our guide and boat driver (Tamara and Fausto) were excellent, with hawk-eyes for spotting animals and birds. Their English was good, although limited, and it definitely helped knowing some Spanish to learn more in depth things about what we were seeing. It was fun sharing meals at the communal dining table with our group each day and swimming in the lagoon at sunset each day was a highlight. I would highly recommend Cuyabeno lodge, it isn't fancy but it is a hidden little gem in the Cuyabeno reserve!
Written 24 June 2019
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Tobias W
Stuttgart, Germany9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
We had an amazing stay in the Cuyabeno Lodge. The accommodation is basic but perfectly fine. You get to see lots of animals, not also in the nature but also in your room because they do not have windows or doors! The food during our stay was also very good and always enough!!
Our guide Fabrizio had lots of knowledge about the wildlife and found animals we couldn’t see even when we knew where they were! That is how a guide in the Amazon should be!
We totally recommend this lodge!
Written 17 December 2018
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Sarah M
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Well organised, comfortable lodgings, delicious food. The nature was amazing! Our guide Guido was organised, passionate and informative.
Written 1 September 2018
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Jan-Felix W
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
We really enjoyed our 3 nights in the lodge, Fabricio our guide was very interested in the flaura and fauna and had a perfect knowledge of all local animals. The Programm for the 3 days is pretty packed but it's no problem to skip one or two activities. If you only stay a small time the activities are very different and not repetitive. We can really recommend the lodge, also because it has the best location on the lagoon and all rooms, including dining room and hammock area are really nice. A bit more light in the rooms would be nice but we understand that it's not possible due to the location in the jungle. If you want to visit the cuyabena reserve, this lodge is a great choice.
Written 25 August 2017
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Kai W
Germany2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
This is a really difficult to write review. I try to start with what happend to us.
We booked our trip with Marco Polo Tours (NEVER DO THIS!!!!!!) and they promised us a lot, english speaking guide, welcome cocktail, good food, a lot of trips etc.
I don't want to write about all the single details that happend before we arrived to the lodge (it took twice a long, we had to get out of the bus without any information, we should walk to the lodge through the jungle on our own, we had to wait 4 hours .....).

Well, Marco Polo Tour told us that it will a take 2 hours ride through the jungle to arrive in our lodge but in real you just take a 5 min boat to arrive at the lodge.
Our guide was not able to speak english (expect of "bird", "monkey", "look look") and so we had 4 days with almost no information. Luckily there were two other poor people who booked the same and they are able to speak spanish, so that they could translate a few things for us (in general the guide didn't explain a lot even in spanish).
The meals were okay but it was never a lot. We were hungry the whole time.
The guide told our spanish friends, that the employees don't get their sallery so that we should always take our valuable stuff with us. After 2 days the cook quit because of having no money.
Our trip to the indigenious village (they promised us a trip to the SIONA people) was the most ridicolous thing i've ever seen. Instead of going to SIONA our guide took us to the village were he lives. Nobody was there expect of his wife (we had to wait 30 minutes in front of his house ......) and she prepared some Yuka bread for us. Okay, we had to prepare it but we also had to pay 5 dollars per person. After that we wanted to go with us to the "shaman" but unfortunetaly he was not as home because he took a ride with his bike.
On the third day 2 employees were that drunk that one of him felt straight on the ground with destroying bottles and glasses. His drunk friend wanted to bring him to a boat but he let him fall of the stairs. The guy felt down about 10 stairs and straight into the river. My friend and I had to pull him out of the water and into a boat. Blood was running out of his neck and face. Another guy jumpend into the boat and drive away with him.
The promised "night walk" was a 30 minutes hike at 18:30. We didn't see any animals expect of a tiny spider. Our guide explained (of course in spanish), that it is fullmoon and that there are no animals out here.
By the way: the guide told us to switch off the flash lights to hear the amazing sound of the jungle. What he heard were also the cars because we were still so close to the road.

Also on the river he didn't explain anything and we saw so many other boats with guides who saw dozens of animals.

All in all it was just horrible. We tried to do our best and we also laughed a lot. Also the tour to the Laguna Grande was very, very nice. But it was nice because of the nature and not because of the guide or anything else.

So I can only recommend you to avoid this!
Written 17 October 2016
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CurlySevenSeas
Atlanta, GA241 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
The Cuyobeno lodge is the best accommodations option in the Cuyobeno reserve. There are probably another 10 lodges, but this one has a prime location on Laguna Grande, instead of among the various along the river. The meals were simple and tasty, plenty of filtered water, and the rooms were eco friendly...this is the jungle, do not expect luxury appointments. Gilver was one of our guides - he was excellent! His passion truly emanated as he would seek out various animals, birds, insects, etc....and educate us on the biodiversity. The canoe drivers are also amazing, they know how to maneuver around the river with all the obstacles!
Written 3 May 2016
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south American E
Quito, Ecuador57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015
The food and the food service were excellent. The rooms exactly what we had hoped for. Few insects and no mosquitos (the water is not good for them.) All the travel was by boat- wide canoes so no risk of tipping. Our guides were knowledgable and had our meals together. The water in the rivers and the lake varies depending on the season, so ask about what to expect for the time you will be visiting. A good location for children.
Written 9 September 2015
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clauscat
new york76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Friends
Last Feb., my friend Andrew and I spent a holiday at the Cuyabeno wildlife preserve. I had always wanted to see the Amazon rainforest, and wanted an Eco friendly , sustainable lodge, but did not have the budget for Yasuni. That was just as well. Andrew had spent a week in Yasuni the previous year, but said after our trip that he had a much better time in Cuyabeno.
We had a wonderful time! Our adventure started with a two hour canoe trip to the lodge. It was pleasant even in the pouring rain, as the lodge supplied us with waterproof ponchos. We went on numerous excursions by canoe, and had a few hikes (one at night to see some amazing insects). We also visited a local village to participate in making yuca bread, and see a bit more about the local culture. The bread demo fee was $3 and we got to eat the fruit of our labors- money well spent!
Cuyabeno lodge is the only one in the area situated on a lagoon, so we were also able to take a couple of dips in the water, so if you like to swim, this is a great option.
All of the staff was very friendly and accommodating; Dario, our guide, spoke excellent English, was very personable, and extremely knowledgeable- he grew up in the area.
The lodge was very comfortable, clean, and our room on the top floor of the tower was wonderful. The food was very tasty and well prepared, and decent wine was also available.
If you book from Quito, there is a private transportation option to the lodge stopping overnight at Papallacta springs, and pick up from Lago Agrio back to our residence in Quito. Since two of us were traveling, the total cost was only about $40 more than if we were to fly from Quito airport,
the night at Papallacta, doing a short hike, having a great dinner,and soaking in a hot tub right outside our room made this option more than worthwhile.
All in all highly recommended!
Written 5 August 2014
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Nathalie E
Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Friends
I loved Cuyabeno Lodge. The guide was really knowledgeable about the wildlife and the river, and gave very thorough explanations. He was also friendly and you could tell that he enjoyed his job, and went out of his way to explain things according to our interests. The food was great and the dorms were comfortable, just be prepared to see lots of cockroaches in the dorms because the windows are uncovered, but this comes with an authentic jungle experience. I went in March which was perfect because the river was high enough to navigate, and it wasn't as hot as other times of the year. I felt completely relaxed and loved that all the outings were planned, I didn't have to think about anything.

My only complaint: I went with Cuyabeno Lodge because I was told that if I went with a friend a second time I could go for free for the 4 day tour (I have friends who have gone a second time for free). The company recently removed this deal, however, which is fine, but I think that since my trip was less than a year ago, the ethical thing would be to let me get the deal, since that was the unique offer that got them my business in the first place. It doesn't seem cool to offer a customer something to get them in the door and then say "just kidding, we don't do that anymore."..Maybe let customers who were promised that and had their tour within the past year get their deal, and remove the deal if the tour was over a year ago. If that deal hadn't been offered to me, there were several other travel agencies I could've gone with that charge $20 to $50 cheeper and offer the same service. I was told I could go again for 10% off, but that's only saving $25 off of a $250 tour.
Written 18 November 2013
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Skhilton
El Dorado Hills, CA19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just got back from amazing stay at the Cuyabeno Lodge. The lodge provides for basic comfort, good food and great guides. Our guide Angelica, was very knowledgeable and we were fortunate to see 6 species of monkeys, 2 sloths, anacanda, boa, a zillion birds, crazy array of insects, and beautiful vegetation. ( and fortunately- very few mosquitos). I felt like I was at camp! The staff are extremely friendly and accommodating. The canoe tours were nice, especially watching sunsets on the lagoon. The trip to the Siona village was awesome. If you want to experience the Amazon, I highly recommend the Cuyabeno Lodge!
Written 1 August 2013
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