A highlight to any trip to South America is visiting the Amazon. It touches 11 countries and varies widely from part to part, so it is difficult to decide where to visit. We chose the Cuyabeno reserve because it is primary forest, inexpensive, and easy to visit from Quito.
We were lucky to have a group of only six guests. We stayed at Samona Lodge which occupies a beautiful stretch of the Cuyabeno river. The highlight of our visit was most definitely our guide Fabricio. He was like an encyclopedia of knowledge and we spent tons of time trying, unsuccesfully, to stump him with our questions.