I still have great memories on the day we spent in the Laguna area.
There is a possibility that you see some fresh water dolphins in this area. Unfortunately, we did not see these dolphins. Maybe it was there day off . . . .
By the way, the fresh water dolphin is the symbol of this Cuyabeno Park.
It was great when the guy who controlled the boat shut off the engine, and that we went on paddling. Now you could hear the silence and the bird noises.
We manoeuvred between a crisscross of 'macrolobios ', a big kind of acacias which were growing in the water.
A lot of these trees were overgrown by ferns, bromeliads and orchids.
In the Cuyabeno Park you still have primary rainforest.
And with some luck you can see many different animals, like caimans, macaws, tapirs, kingfishers, monkeys, toucans, vultures and piranhas. There are even fresh water dolphins in this area. And we should not forget to mention the pre-historical bird of this region, the Hoatzin.
We did not see all these animals, but we did see a lot of them.
That was remarkable view.
It was very strange to see those trees in the water, so deeply in the lake. Of course this part of the Cuyabeno Park (the Laguna area) is flooding partly during the rainy season. Like this a lot of trees get wet feet.
And this is another prove that nature can adapt itself very quickly whenever the situation changes by the weather.
I just loved the boat rides in the Cuyabeno Park.
It was so relaxing and exciting. The scenery changed all the time and was pretty amazing. Certain moments I even thought we were in some kind of Tarzan movie of even in a Jurassic Park movie; of course without the dinosaurs.
It was great to see the jungle pass by while we were in those small canoes.
Our guide during this Jungle adventure in the Cuyabeno Park was Freddy. I also believe that he was kind of the leader in the Hot Spots Camp.
He gave us good explications during the hikes and during the boat rides.
He knew a lot about the local wildlife and about the customs of the local Indians.
In fact he was even a funny guy, and also gentlemen for the ladies in the group.
It was a great experience to make the boat ride to the big Laguna (Laguna Grande) in the Cuyabeno Park.
And once arrived at the great lake, we waited in our canoe to see the sun going down.
Normally, in Africa it is custom to do thus with a sun downer (a drink), but unfortunately this is not a custom in Ecuador.
But we enjoyed it anyway.
I still have great memories when I think about the hours we spent in the canoe.
In the beginning, everyone was a bit unaccustomed in those small boats. But after a short time, we were used to the rocking, and we started enjoying for the full 100%.
It was so great to see this great scenery passing by.
Of course there was also the magnificent wildlife.
It was quite a long trip to come to Cuyabeno.
At first there was the domestic flight from Quito to Lago Agrio, then a three hour drive in an open truck, a Ranchero, And then another three hours in a canoe.
The Canoe trip started at a bridge. This bridge was located near the village of Putumaya. As you can see on the billboard, it was not such a small village (4238 habitants).