Napo Wildlife Center
The Napo Wildlife Centre is a luxury eco-lodge located within the Yasuni National Park – a protected UNESCO biosphere site and the largest tract of tropical rainforest in Ecuador.
4 DAYS – 3 NIGHTS
$1417 cabaña / $1638 suite (both incl. return airfare)
Standard departure days are from Monday to Saturday; the only day that trips cannot start is on Sundays – please contact our sale staff to check availability for your dates of travel.
The description below is a sample itinerary only and is subject to change.
Departing from Quito, 30 minute flight to Coca where we start a canoe ride along the Napo river for about 2 hours, lunch box in route. After arriving at NWC’s entry dock we then take a majestic and peaceful 1 hour dugout canoe ride surrounded by trees overhead, paddling along a narrow creek that connects to the lake where the lodge is located. Late afternoon arrival to the NWC lodge, welcome drink and tour of facilities. After dinner optional cayman (alligator) observation around the lake.
An early start to visit the parrot clay licks in Ecuador; a total of 11 species of parrots, parakeets and macaws can be seen. Later, we hike along a forest trail to visit the Quichua community of Añangu and share time with a family during their traditional activities. Return to the creek and hike through a Terra Firme Forest for about 30 minutes until we arrive to the second parrot clay lick Box lunch at the parrot clay lick observatory. Late afternoon arrival to the lodge.
Morning visit to the 36m tall canopy tower on the Napo – a great way to experience the life above the forest floor. As you ascend the 12-story tower, you pass through different levels of the forest and emerge on top of a huge Ceiba tree. Here you cross onto a wooden platform that is actually built into the tree and experience the view formerly reserved only for the birds. Lunch is served at the lodge. Afternoon trekking in the primary forest to discover the forest interior and then a dugout canoe ride with great chance of running into a Giant otter family on the way.
Return journey to Coca with wildlife spotting opportunities along the way in the dugout canoe.
5 DAYS – 4 NIGHTS
$ 1690 cabana / $ 1979 Suite (both included) Return airfare
After a 30-minute flight over the Andes mountain, you will arrive at Coca Airport, which is located in the Amazon Basin. From this jungle village you will take Napo Wildlife Center private motorized canoes to start a boat trip down the main Amazon tributary, the Napo River. And from there the adventure begins! During the trip our staff members will provide you lunch box and while you enjoy your delicious meal, you will have the opportunity to see just before different bird species.
Then after approximately 2 hours of travel along the Napo River, we will reach Napo Wildlife Center welcome area, where the indigenous Kichwa anangu Community live. From there, we will take a quiet cottage-canoe along a narrow stream that will take us to our magical destination, Napo Wildlife Center, which is located on the shores of Lake Añangu, a black water lake that is home to Different fish species, caimans and endemic giant otters.
On the second day during your stay at the NWC you will have an early breakfast buffet in the inn’s restaurant and then visit the Canopy Tower, an experience just like any other! The tower is about 30 minutes from the cottage in the woods. This 36-meter wooden platform offers a 360-degree view of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador. It is simply stunning and a great opportunity to see up close-colored birds such macaws, toucans, and even some species of monkeys such as spider monkeys or howlers that feed on the fruits they found in nearby trees.
After our visit to the Canopy Tower we will return to the hostel to have a delicious lunch in the restaurant, we recommend that you request a typical Ecuadorian food.
In the afternoon, after having a break in the social areas or rooms of the cottage, we will go for a hiking activity through a wonderful land forest. You will be amazed at the beautiful flora you will find along the way, vines, ancient trees, orchids, bromeliads stand out in this natural garden. In addition, we will explore the waters of sourranding streams where you will have the opportunity to run into a family of the giant otter.
Early in the morning we will get up to visit one of the most incredible natural spectacles we have ever seen: the parrot saladeros. The most accessible parrot lick is one hour from the cottage and ten minutes from the community welcome area. Once there, hundreds of parrots like the Amazon-Mealy and the Parrot bleu head; Parakeets and macaws show just before their eyes to animal feed, minerals and salts the soil contains.
After our visit to the lame, we will spend time with the local people of the Anich Kichwa community, learn about their daily life activities, ancestral routines and customs and traditions. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in the welcome area.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Interpretation Center where the women of the community will welcome you with typical dances and rituals and typical drinks like «chicha». It is a pleasant and interesting activity in which you will learn much more about the rich indigenous culture. Late in the afternoon, return to the hostel will welcome you with some drinks and a delicious dinner.
This morning we will explore the forest trails of the Amazon jungle to look for more species of fauna such as monkeys, birds, rare insects, reptiles, mammals, etc. The Yasuní National Park is one of the most diverse areas in the world, so you never know which jungle creature will be displayed! But what we can assure is that there is not much to see!
Then, after a long walk we will return to the hostel for lunch and rest in the social areas and rooms. In the afternoon, we will continue the adventure in the sourranding Napo streams to see some aquatic species such as caimans, turtles, fish or giant endemic otters, a unique species of the Amazon basin. Late in the afternoon, back to the cottage of our staff members to share with you a video about the Napo Wildlife Center and the history and origins of the Kichwa Añangu Community.
On your last day at the hostel our staff members let you and the other guests prepare a special farewell breakfast early in the morning. You will then be back down the same path to the hotel: a paddle-canoe paddle to the NWC welcome area and then navigate the Napo River until you reach the Coca Rainforest Village.