Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve — Part 2

The first part of this post can be found here: Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve — Part 1.

On the afternoon of our second day in Cuyabeno and after spending quite a few hours in the canoe, we arrived at a small cleared place in the rainforest where we could build our camp — maybe 4 x 4 meters directly next to the river.


 Our camp.


Our guides used a machete to chop some small trees and we put 6 of them into the ground and attached a plastic tarpaulin to them using bark stripes — this was our “house”. We also built two “beds”, one for the guides and one for us: for each bed, we covered the ground with leaves, 2 thick raincoats and a thin blanket. Then we drove 4 sticks into the ground around the blankets and attached a mosquito net to them — done.

We had not finished our camp when the first monkeys showed up, and macaws and other parrots were screaming nearby.


Trees at Cuyabeno

During the next 3 days, we explored the area around the camp with our guides. We did several hikes at day and during the night. The rainforest is very dense though, there are no trails and you frequently encounter flooded parts and have to find a way around them. The whole place was also swarming with mosquitos.


Large birds lured to our camp by our guides

Our guides had brought some food from Lago Agrio, but we also ate fruit from the rainforest and lots of piranhas and other fish from the river. You can catch them with a large hook and a very sturdy line from the canoe (first use a worm to catch some ground-dwelling ugly fish first, then use chunks of that fish to catch piranhas).  But we had also borrowed a small fishing net, which worked way better.


More monkeys



Large bird of prey, Cuyabeno

We saw impressive trees and plants, vultures, many monkeys and toucans, various large birds, many more macaws, humming birds, king fishers, a nutria, impressive butterflies, many frogs, spiders and reptiles, bats, a turtle, snakes, piranhas, a tarantula and countless weird insects. We were bitten by mosquitos, ants and black wasps. We did not meet, see or hear any human in 5 days.


Our canoe at the camp on the Aguas Negras river, Cuyabeno



Cooking fish in banana leaves at Cuyabeno



Parrot nests hang from a tree at Cuyabeno



Fish caught by our guides in the river



Bats on a tree



Some bird (well-known but I cannot remember the name at the moment)



A large snake in a tree above the Aguas negras river


The third and last part of this post is about Cuyabeno at night, and it can be found here: Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve — Part 3.


About dfspspirit

PhD student in bioinformatics, interested in photography, level design, digital image manipulation, architecture and, of course, bioinformatics.
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