Napo Wildlife Center is an Amazon rainforest lodge located within Yasuni National Park, Ecuador. The Napo Wildlife Center is a community-based ecotourism project that has turned the surrounding 82 square miles into a private reserve within Yasuní National Park. Ecuador’s two most accessible parrot clay licks are located on Napo Wildlife Center land and Giant Otters inhabit the lake in front of this amazon lodge.
Situated on a blackwater lake near the Napo River, the Napo Wildlife Center complex features 10 private cabanas with lake views, a dining room, bar and lounge and an adjacent observation tower. Developed as a partnership between the local community, the EcoEcuador Foundation and Tropical Nature, it is now 100% community owned. Community members staff the lodge and work as native guides and specialized, bilingual naturalist guides.
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Highlights from Napo Wildlife Center by Nautica
Over 565 species of birds have been recorded here, and the area is also home to 11 species of monkeys (including Monk Saki and Spider, Howler and Woolly monkeys, and Saddle-backed and Golden-mantled tamarins) as well as Jaguars, Pumas and Tapirs. Exploring the lake and surrounding creeks in a dugout canoe, guests may be treated to views of Black Caiman, Paichi (huge Amazonian fish that can grow up to ten feet long!), colonies of pre-historic-looking Hoatzins, nesting Blue-and-yellow Macaws, turtles and butterflies. On the forest trails, guests can see monkeys, tamarins, lizards, tortoises, frogs and army ants in addition to an array of birds, including toucans, parrots, manakins and hummingbirds.
In Napo Wildlife Tower we are proud of showing you our new tower! This 40 m tower, inaugurated some months ago and built entirely by our people with raw material found in local areas, will show you the best views of our beloved Amazon rainforest. Get into the upper floors to amaze yourself with a panoramic view of our complex and the whole Amazon!
To get to Napo Wildlife Center you need to get in a canoe and cross the whole lake, but inside our complex you can have many more ridings, too! Explore with our experimented guides the black waters of the Añangucocha lagoon, see the animals that make a life there -such as the black caiman or the piranhas-, have a nice view of the Amazon and enjoy some hours of relax and peace with this magical trip!
Departing from Quito, 30 minute flight to Coca over the eastern Andes mountain range. After landing, about midday, and airport procedures a 5 min transfer in local chiva (hired bus) or local taxi from airport to Port Francisco de Orellana will drive us to embark onto a comfortable covered motor boat. Here we start a canoe ride along the Napo river for about 2 ½ hours approx, lunch box in route. Along the way birds like herons, kingfishers and others can be spotted. After arriving at NWC’s entry dock we disembark for restroom then take a majestic and peaceful 1 ½ hours dugout canoe ride surrounded by trees overhead, paddling along a narrow creek that connects to the lake where the lodge is located. Good possibilities of monkeys sights of various species as well as large birds like toucans, parrots or even macaws. Late afternoon arrival to the NWC lodge by the overwhelming view of the Añangu lake, welcome drink and facilities. After dinner optional cayman (alligator) observation around the lake and natural sounds at night.
Early wake up to reach the best and easy access parrot clay licks in Ecuador, about 1 hour away from the lodge, guests reach there just before parrot activity kicks off at the clay lick between 7:30 to 8:30. A total of 11 species of parrots, parakeets and macaws can be seen. A visit that depends on weather conditions but usually successful. Later, hike along forest trail to visit to the Quichua community of Añangu and sharing time with a family on their 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 where if the weather conditions help will be able to find different species of parrots, parakeets and even macaws. Box lunch at the parrot clay lick observatory. Late afternoon arrival to the lodge.
After early breakfast, depart from the lodge to the finest experience at a canopy tower on the Napo. A 36m high canopy tower opened to guests in November 2004, a great way to experience the life above the forest floor. This is the second tower at the Napo Wildlife Center (the first is attached to the dining hall and allows great views of the lake). The canopy tower is located about 20 minutes from the lodge deep within the terra firme forest. 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. The metal tower itself was constructed to the highest standards, galvanized, and carefully inspected by engineers. Safety is the priority. The platform in the top of the tree was constructed by tree platform specialists brought from EcoEcuador’s Peruvian partner organization Perú Verde. From top to bottom, there is no finer canopy experience in Eastern Ecuador. Flocks of colorful tanagers pass right through the canopy of the tree, Blue-and-yellow Macaws fly past, in nearby trees Spider Monkeys search for fruit, two species of large toucans call in the early mornings and afternoons, and the life of the forest canopy opens before you. Birds that are virtually impossible to see from the forest floor far below are suddenly right beside you, oblivious to your presence. The canopy tower opens a whole new world to guests of the Napo Wildlife Center!! Served lunch at the lodge. Afternoon visit to a terra firme trail, hike along primary forest to discover the forest interior, possibilities of finding lizards, colorful manakins or the unique and endemic Golden mantle tamarin monkeys. After the hike, explore the lake and creeks by dugout canoe with great possibilities of running into a Giant Otter family on the way…
Early departure and last excursion canoeing back to the Napo river, the creek may reveal new sights of Giant Otters, Monk Saki monkeys or many other rare birds. Entry dock arrival, restrooms and embarking on motorized canoe in order to return back to Coca, arrival approx around 11:00 am in order to check for Quito flight scheduled 12:10 pm.
Additional Day(s): Optional excursions such as hikes through different trails and forest types. Canoe rides exploring deeper areas of surrounding creeks with more wildlife possibilities, additional mammal clay lick excursion, handicraft workshop with the local community among other options.
PLEASE NOTE: this is a sample itinerary subject to change due to weather conditions, safety and particular interests of guests and groups. Changes and additions are made in order to maximize wildlife viewing and wilderness enjoyment, cultural interaction with local people, and all possible time at the richest rain forest in Ecuador: the Yasuni National Park.
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- Airport Assistance in Quito
- Quito-Coca-Quito flight
- Transfers in Coca
- All meals and accommodation
- Naturalist Guides
- Guided Hikes and other excursions
- Additional transfers, tours or meals in the cities
- Laundry, liquor, tips
- Personal Items
- Items not mentioned
You should bring:
- Head Lamp or Flashlight
- Personal clothing
- Insect repellent
Ten large, private cabanas each includes:
- Private, shaded porches with lake views
- One king-sized and one twin-sized bed in each room, separated by a partition and suitable for up to three guests
- Private bathrooms with on-demand hot water
- Electric lights, ceiling fans and 120v outlets
- Screened windows and mosquito nets
4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Plane, motorized canoe.
Staff & experts
2017 Rates include the Quito-Coca-Quito flight
|4 days, 3 nights – standard||$2153||$1435|
|4 days, 3 nights – suite||$2486||$1659|
|5 days, 4 nights – standard||$2566||$1711|
|5 days, 4 nights – suite||$3003||$2004|
Children under 12 receive a 30% discount. All rates are per person, in US dollars and subject to change at any time. Itineraries are subject to change at any time and for any reason.