COFÁN LODGE CUYABENO WILDLIFE RESERVE PROGRAMS
The Cofán are among the oldest surviving indigenous tribes in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Since time
immoral, we have lived in the forests where the Amazon Basin meets Andes and its volcanoes. The
Cofán territory includes rainforest, beautiful winding rivers, extended swamp forests, and the richest
biodiversity found on earth. Part of the traditional territory of the Cofans is protected in the 590,112
hectares Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, where we live in the village of Zábalo.
For many years, we provided ecotourism services to different tour operators, without having our own
facilities. However, recently we decided that we should have our own lodge and our own programs to
host you, our visitor, in our beautiful Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, so you can enjoy our paradisaical
jungle right from our own village. So we built our Cofan Lodge.
The trip down the Aguarico River- originally called the Cofa Na’e, hence the name of the Cofan people
- takes you through multiple zones of forest habitats. The first section is heavily colonized by pioneers
who came from other parts of the country during the 1970s and 80s. However, as we navigate farther
down the river, the impacts of Western civilization become fewer and fewer, and after we pass the
mouth of the Cuyabeno River, we enter Cofan territories, where the small village of Zábalo and various
extended family groups live.