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Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve is a moist steamy rainforest sheltered zone in the Sucumbios Province, Ecuador, founded on 26 July 1979. At an altitude of 200- 280 meters, one of the standard objectives of the 6,033.8 sq km(2,329.7 sq mi) Cuyabeno Reserve is ongoing protection of the multifaceted Amazonian ecosystem. The reserve is a complex of rivers, lagoons and floated forest. The protected area is described by its high biodiversity and communication and collaboration between the classes inhabiting the area. Its geomorphology is a consequence of the rivers carrying residue and materials from the Andes, principally by River Aguarico, which is considered as white water due to the sediment it drags raising water levels and therefore ensuring that the river is navigable all year round. It is careful to be one of the most biodiversity sites in the world together with the neighboring Yasuni National Park.


This is a place of huge biodiversity, residence of one the greatest wildlife attentiveness places in the world, both flora and fauna-wise. It is a multifaceted system of drizzling formations,thirteen small lakes, rivers and tropical wild forests turning this 1,500x1000 acres (6,100 km2) into a record of highest level of biodiversity in the world. Within the tropical rain forest plants, there is a rich variety of plants such as palms, bromeliads, Ceibos, heliconia, Macrolobium, wild roses and sixty different orchid species. Twelve Thousand different plants have been roughly found inside the wildlife reserve. Many are used by the native Indians medically.

Cuyabeno keeps more than 55x10 different bird species, more than three fifty fish species, including piranhas; a great variety of reptiles such asanacondas, alligators and river turtles. Frequently observed species include various species birds, such as colorful parrots, kingfishers and Hoatzins or Amazon Eagle, which flaunts its 8-foot (2.4 m)-wide wingspan, and lots of varieties of beetles and poisonous dart frogs as well. Amongst the mammals, the incredible Tapir (Tapirus terrestris), freshwater pink dolphins and armadillos can be found.

The river arrangement cover ups the rivers Aguarico, San Miguel and Cuyabeno and their tributaries. Along the Cuyabeno is a system of fourteen black-water lagoons, which in the rains of the lowland rain forest from April to July are formed by floods. They are typical of the rainy season and dry during the dry season from December to March, almost completely.

Due to this nature reserve belonging to the National Protected Areas System, very few tour operators are qualified to work in this zone. This is why not so many tourists can be found visiting this zone, making it more good-looking to enjoy the nature and its magnificent sounds.

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