Amazon Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Expedition
The Cuyabeno Reserve is the largest river lake system in the Ecuadorian Amazon. As you paddle along its waterways, you´ll encounter its amazing display of beauty, wildlife and astounding biodiversity.
This region is home to the greatest concentration of life per square mile in the world. The Cuyabeno is a complex system of lagoons, channels and rivers in the flooded tropical rain forest, making this 1,500,000 acres of protected forest a Stand Up Paddling paradise. Paddle the river lakes and waterways and marvel at hundreds of species of tropical birds, monkeys, reptiles, pink river dolphins, and possibly the Amazonian manatee.
*Rates apply for groups of 5 passengers or more. Rates are subject to change
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Travel Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
- SUP in the heart of the Amazon Jungle, the highest biodiverse zone on earth.
- See 10 different kind of monkeys and search for hundreds of birds, amphibians and reptiles.
- Swim and play on quality SOL Boards and equipment.
- Walk in giant tree forests, with over 60 types of orchids, and thousands of species of plants.
- Discover nocturnal wildlife during evening walks.
- Enjoy the service, comfort, and cuisine of the top eco-lodge in the area.
- Naturalist guides are your liaison to wildlife and local culture.
- Visit a Siona indigenous community to learn about their millenary culture and ways of life.
- Your SUP tour supports the local economy and helps prevent deforestation.
- Travel safely under (ACA) American Canoe Association SUP Standards.
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- Professional safety-certified guides.
- Bottled water
- SUP, paddles
- PFD (life jacket), dry bags
- Roundtrip land and river transportation
- Boat support
- National Forest entry fees (if needed)
- Rubber boots for jungle walk
- Optional Yoga guide and mentor
- Alcoholic beverages (you can bring your own)
- Guide gratuities
- Personal weather protection
TRAVEL TO THE AMAZON, PADDLE INLAND TO CUYABENO RESERVE, AND WATCH THE SUNSET AT THE BIG LAGOON
Welcome to the Amazon Rainforest. These are the lungs of the earth and home to hundreds of thousands of plant and animal life. After a short morning flight to the town of Lago Agrio, we take a shuttle ride and cross through the jungle towards our destination. Prepare to experience some of the most luscious
green colors imaginable, and rivers and waterfalls of all shapes and sizes. We paddle to the lake system by waterways meandering on the Cuyabeno River. Make sure to keep your cameras handy, for we will encounter various species of monkeys and birds along the way.
We arrive to our exclusive waterfront eco-lodge on the lake system. This unique set of bungalows, blending into the Amazon Rainforest, will be our home for the next few days and is the perfect setting for your adventure. We head out to the water for an easy stand-up paddling afternoon. Get comfortable on your
boards while witnessing the most magical sunset (upon weather conditions) and expect the first views of fresh pink water dolphins, permanent residents of the lagoon.
After a delicious local meal, we relax at the lodge in one of the hammocks, enjoy the magical nocturnal sounds while sipping on a cocktail, read a book or learn some Spanish from your guide. (L, D)
EXPLORE THE FLOODED FOREST BY SUP
Wake up to the sounds of the howler monkeys and other wildlife close to the lodge. You´ll feel the fresh air all around, as we paddle into an epic sunrise across the sleepy lagoon. At this time of day, the water is so still you can see the perfect reflection of the sky on it. Because of the stillness, birds freely fly above and
pink water dolphins can be spotted. Watch as they sky changes colors from reds to oranges to yellows in a show that will make your early wakeup worthwhile. A splendid breakfast waits for us upon our return.
Next stop on the itinerary is a jungle hike. Put on rubber boots and encounter some of the most incredible flora and fauna in the world. Traverse the jungle with your guide, learn about the sacredness of the Amazon and build up an appetite for the lunch that awaits us back at the lodge.
Take some time to relax before we head out to the lagoons on our paddleboards. This time we go into areas of the forest only accessible by boards. This is a good opportunity to bring your cameras, as you never know what you may see along the way. We make our way back to the main lagoon for a second epic swim at sunset before returning to the lodge for dinner. (B, L, D)
Visit to the Siona community.
We head out to visit the traditional indigenous Siona community. They are one of the hundreds of indigenous
tribes local to the region who have opened their doors to visitors. In order to reach the community we paddle for 5 of the most amazing hours on our trip. We go across untouched and pristine areas that will take your breath away. We paddle by massive 200 year old trees filled with wisdom and wildlife. Keep your cameras handy as we enjoy the adventurous yet comfortable paddle journey.
Once in the community, a local family will share a bit about their life in their native dialect. Our guides will translate and together we learn about how to prepare cassava, a traditional Amazon bread. Before the sun goes down, a motorized canoe will pick us up and take us back to the lagoon for the third and
final sunset of this adventure. After dinner we go out on a short night walk. Grab your headlamps, camera and rubber boots to see the wildest array of colored reptiles ever. (B, L, D)
Sunrise on the water.
Rise and shine to the vibrancy of the jungle once again, and watch it wake up as the sun illuminates the sky. We go for an optional morning paddle, and later meet back again at the lodge for breakfast. We pack our bags and say goodbye to the Amazon Rainforest as we navigate back to Lago Agrio and fly
back to Quito.
OPTIONAL: A Yoga instructor can accompany us on our SUP Expedition, please inquire. (B)
A Yoga instructor can accompany us on our SUP Expedition, please inquire.
Non-cotton athletic clothing – shorts and a t-shirt are ok, bathing suit, light long pants and long sleeves are advised to protect you from the sun and the bugs.
Water shoes/sandals/old sneakers – These must stay on your feet at all times – sport sandals only please. Flip flops or bare feet are not recommended. Sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, lip balm, medications, hat, etc.
A new way to experience the jungle from a thrilling new perspective while on the deck of a Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP). Our guided paddle board tour features the excitement and ease of paddling a SUP on the gentle waters of the Cuyabeno river and the flooded lagoons of the Amazon forest.
It’s the perfect playground to discover more about the natural history of this biological treasure or simply learn and practice proper SUP techniques.
Beginner (no experience required, but suggested) we will provide all the instruction you may required to feel comfortable with your equipment and the Amazon region, allowing you to have the best experience possible. Private trips can adjust effort and skill level to your particular needs.
Children must be at least 12 years old to paddle their own board. Children 5-12 can ride with parents or a guide on beginner runs only.