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Cueva de Los Tayos: 3D2N Exploration Trip in the Wild

Join us on a 3 days 2 nights tour to Cueva de Los Tayos! Explore this cave, see the Altar and the Hall of the Stalagmites.

USD $959.00

Per Person
Number of TravelersPrice Per Person
1 - 3USD $959.00
4 - 12USD $834.00
1USD $959.00

See the Altar and the Hall of the Stalagmites in Cueva de Los Tayos!

Cueva de Los Tayos (in English which means “Cave of the Oilbirds”) is a cave located on the eastern slopes of the Andes mountains in the Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador. It is sometimes called Cueva de los Tayos de Coangos (the Río Coangos is nearby), presumably to distinguish it from other oilbird-containing caves with similar names. Join us on a 3 days 2 nights tour as we bring you to explore this cave and all the beauties in it!

On this tour, you will be able to test your physical skills and climbing techniques – and no doubt after finishing this challenge you will be satisfied to have achieved it on your own before you end this entire adventure.


  • Get to explore Cueva de Los Tayos
  • Put your mental and physical abilities to the test
  • Visit the local Shuar community and learn about their culture

Tour Information 

Duration: 3 Days 2 Nights
Start/End Location: Limón, Ecuador
Availability: Year-round
Language: Spanish & English
Miscellaneous: This tour requires a minimum of 4 people.


On the first day, you will have breakfast at Limón- and the guide will give you a safety talk and issue your personal equipment. After which, you will take a bus from Limón to Yukiantza. Upon arrival at Yukiantza, this is where you will canoe through the Santiago River, till you disembark and do a short hike to the Kuarkus Shuar community. After lunch in the community, you will then embark on a hike to Kuankus River and cross it with a raft. After disembarking, you will trek to the Shuar family cabin, where you will have dinner with them before calling it a night there.

On the second day, after having breakfast prepared by the Shuar family, you will trek to the entrance of the cave “Cueva de Los Tayos” and descend into it with a 55-meter rope using the rappel technique. Then, after you get into the cave, you will trek towards the gallery known as “La Catedral” and camping facility, where you will have lunch. A series of explorations begin after lunch – including some of the most important galleries such as the Altar, the Hall of the Stalagmites, the Cascade and the Amphitheater. You will also have time to take a snack inside the cave, before staying for the night in there.

On the final day of the tour, you will wake up early and break your camp before having a light breakfast in the cave. Using caving techniques and a rope, you will leave the cave and have lunch outside before trekking to La Puntilla. Then you will take a canoe that brings you to Yukiantza – on the Santiago River – where a bus will bring you to Limón and return all equipment at the tour operator’s office.

What’s Included

  • Transportation
  • Local guide (guides are trained to provide information during the tour in English, but are not fluent speakers; if you would like a fluent English-speaking guide throughout the trip, there is an additional $180 cost)
  • Meals
  • Accommodation

What’s Not Included

  • Drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional Meals
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guide

What to Bring 

  • Warm clothing (pants, t-shirt, and waterproof jacket)
  • Glasses
  • Wool gloves
  • Cap/Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable mountain shoes
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of travel and personal medical insurance

Important Notes

  • The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.
  • It is recommended to check if you need to take any vaccination in advance, and that you have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance.
  • Travelers are requested to inform the tour operator in advance of any known medical conditions they have.


Morona, Santiago, Ecuador

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Morona, Santiago, Ecuador -2.898610, -77.699200

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What Happens After I Book?

After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.

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