Global Big Day

Cuyabeno, Ecuador

Kichwa Lodge
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Oct 6 - 10, 2022
Group size: 1 - 14
Global Big Day
Cuyabeno, Ecuador

Kichwa Lodge
  • Facebook verified

Oct 6 - 10, 2022
Group size: 1 - 14

About this trip

The Cuyabeno Kichwa Lodge invites you to join their effort to place Playas de Cuyabeno on the E-bird Map

On Saturday, October 8, 2022, birdwatchers around the world will participate in Global Big Day. This is a great opportunity for members of the community-run Kichwa Lodge to hone their birdwatching skills. 

They would like YOUR help to spot as many birds as possible on this important weekend. This unique tour opportunity reflects their desire to attract avid birdwatchers keen to participate in this friendly competition.

We're offering a discount of $100 to the first 6 participants who sign up. Simply use the code BIGDAY when registering.

Our Guides

Óscar Tapuy is the resident birding expert at Sacha Lodge, another Kichwa-owned and operated ecotourism lodge located in Yasuní National Park. 

Pablo Hualinga, is the owner and resident birding expert at the Antpitta Lodge, located in Limoncocha, Ecuador   

Together, these guides have decades of experience spotting birds in the Ecuadorian  be joining our birding team for this historic Global Big Day!

Also, we want to introduce your host for this day. Edgar Noteño is the general manager and lead guide at Kichwa Lodge. With every trip, he adds to his birdwatching knowledge so that he can better serve his future clients. 

What’s included

  • Pick-up at OCC
    Kichwa Lodge will meet you at the Francisco de Orellana Airport
  • Transfer to Kichwa Lodge
    Van transport from the airport to Tierras Orientales where we board a boat for our trip downriver to the Kichwa Lodge
  • Birding Guide
    English-speaking Professional Guide with birdwatching specialization
  • Wet Weather Gear
    We provide ponchos & rubber boots when necessary
  • All meals
    All meals from pick-up to drop-off
  • Beverages
    Purified water, coffee and tea are available all day at the lodge.
  • Double Occupancy
    This price is based on sharing a room. Single occupancy options are available upon request.
  • Comfortable Lodging
    Double beds with mosquito netting, quality bedding, private bathrooms, and electricity.
  • Transportation to Coca
    Air or land transport to Francisco de Orellana Airport. At an additional cost, we can arrange for group transportation from Quito with enough interest from participants.
  • Alcoholic beverages
    We have a limited selection of alcoholic beverages for your purchase.
  • Tips to Bird Guides
    An optional gratuity for excellent guiding. On this trip, our guides are volunteers so tips are especially appreciated.
  • Tips to Staff
    Kichwa Lodge staff are members of the local community. They earn a fair wage and appreciate any gratuity offered by guests.


Arrive at Kichwa Lodge
Day 1 - travel

On the first day, we will greet you in one of two locations, depending on how you choose to travel to the Oriente. 

We can arrange for a pick-up at the Francisco de Orellana Airport in Coca or, if you take land transportation, we will meet you in Sushufindi. 

For arrival by air, our day will begin in the late morning. For arrival by bus, we recommend coming the day prior or traveling overnight so we can get an early morning start.

From Coca, we will drive to Tierres Orientales (2 hours) where we will board our motor boat and travel downriver to the Kichwa Lodge (2 hours 40 minutes), located outside of Playas de Cuyabeno. If you arrive at Sushufindi, we will leave directly by boat for a 1 hour trip down river. 

We will have the late afternoon to rest and relax after our day of travel. 

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Kichwa Lodge
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