The Cuyabeno Reserve covers an area of 603 380 hectares of primary forest. The area of the Cuyabeno river basin consists of 14 interconnected lakes, of which only one is accessible to visitors (Laguna Grande (2.5 km / 1.5 miles long)).
This fragile rainforest area has become home to a large number of animal and plant species. In this natural sanctuary they are currently registered more than 12,000 species of plants and trees, about 600 species of birds, over 100 species of mammals, over 400 species of fish and countless invertebrates.
Among the more exotic species are the manatee, capybara, giant otter, tapir, jaguar, peccary, freshwater dolphin, anaconda, caiman, piranhas, monkeys, parrots, toucans, hoatzin, cormorants and herons.
The rainy season is from March to August when watching pink dolphins is more feasible, and the dry season runs from December to early March, meaning that some gaps are dried and are only accessible on foot; and is the nesting season of birds.
The Tapir Lodge was built in 1999 in partnership with a family of Siona community. Their philosophy is to respect the ecosystem and maintain its natural course. They are passionate about the environment and therefore they seek to cause minimal disturbance in the area.