Best of Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
Deep in the Amazon rainforest, the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve harbors an astonishing array of plant and animal life. The reserve encompasses over 2200 square miles (5700 sq km) and is home to over 500 species of bird, 10 species of monkey as well as jaguars, capybaras, pink dolphins and many other creatures. Plan to stay awhile to make the most of your trip. Most travelers spend three or more nights, based in a jungle lodge, taking day trips to experience the Amazon’s biodiversity.

Naturalist guides lead excursions into primary and secondary rainforest for wildlife watching and insight into unique Amazonian ecosystems. By night, you can head out to see caiman, frogs, snakes, spiders and other nocturnal animals. Visits to indigenous communities allow you to learn about traditional customs and beliefs; you can also get a hands-on tutorial on making bread from yucca.
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