The Cuyabeno Nature Reserve
Cuyabeno Lodge run by Neotropicturis is locate in the Cuyabeno Reserve, an elaborate system of wild lagoons, rivers and flooded forest found north-eastern Ecuador (near the Colombian and Peruvian borders) The reserve encompasses over 655,000 hectars of prymary rainforest and boasts an incredible variety of neotropical wildlife including river dolphins, tapirs, capybaras, caiman, anacondas, ocelots, monkeys and the infamous piranha.
The bird life is particularly spectacular: over 580 species have been recordered such us the prehistoric-looking hoatzin, umbrella bird, blue-headed parrot, white eared jacamar, scarlet macaw and the awesome harpy eagle with its eight-foot wing-span. Aditionally, over 12,000 species of plants have been identified.
The Siona, Secoya and Cofan indegenous inhabitantss of the Amazonan basin for thousands of years, also call Cuyabeno their ancestral homeland. Unfortunately, the relatively recent world-wide demand for oil and un-colonized land has placed unprecedented pressure on the inhabitants and
ecosystems of Cuyabeno. As a result the Siona, Secoya and Cofan are looking more towards tourism as a sustainable alternative to use of the Cuyabeno lands.