Ecuadorian Amazon: The Napo Wildlife Centre is an award-winning Amazon rainforest lodge located within Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park, an area renowned for its rich biodiversity. The park offers more than 565 species of birds, 11 species of monkeys, jaguars, pumas, and tapirs and Napo’s expert naturalist guides provide visitors with amazing insights into the region’s flora and fauna. Comfortable private cabanas will help ensure an unforgettable experience that directly protects both the community's reserve and Yasuni National Park
Ecuador's two most accessible parrot clay licks are located on Napo
Wildlife Center land, where you can witness an amazing spectacle.
Rare giant otters inhabit the lake in front of this amazon lodge.
Climb the canopy platform to experience the world of the treetops, where you’re likely to encounter a variety of wildlife.
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Flight from Quito to Coca. Boat ride to Napo Wildlife Center. Afternoon activity included.
Day 2: Napo Wildlife Center all activities included
Day 3: Napo Wildlife Center all activities included
Day 4: Boat ride back to Coca airport for flight to Quito
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Day 1: Quito to Napo Wildlife Center
Depart from Quito on a 30 minute flight to Coca
over the eastern Andes mountain range. About mid-morning, after landing
and airport procedures, a local chiva (hired bus) or local taxi from the
airport will drive us to Port Francisco de Orellana to embark on a
comfortable, covered motor boat. Here, we start a canoe ride along the
Napo River for approximately two hours, 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 a restroom break. Then
we’ll take a majestic and peaceful one to two hour dugout canoe ride,
surrounded by trees overhead, paddling along a narrow creek that
connects to the lake where the lodge is located. There are good
possibilities of monkey sightings of various species, as well as large
birds like toucans, parrots, or even macaws.
Day 2: Napo Wildlife Center
Rise early to get easy access to the best parrot
clay licks in Ecuador, about one hour away from the lodge. This is a
visit that depends on weather conditions, but is usually successful.
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. Later, hike
along forest trails to visit the Kichwa community of Añangu and share
time with a family as they perform their daily activities. Return to the
creek and hike through Terra Firma forest for about 30 minutes until we
arrive at the second parrot clay lick where, if the weather conditions
are good, we will be able to find different species of parrots,
parakeets and even macaws. Lunch box served at the parrot clay lick
observatory. Late afternoon arrival to the lodge.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.
Day 3: Napo Wildlife Center
After breakfast at the welcome area, you’ll visit
the Kichwa community of Añangu. Here you’ll be able to spend some time
with the local people and learn about their culture and way of life.
Then, walk along the path next to the Napo River, a new excursion in the
Amazon. You’ll have the chance to spot various species, including the
pigmy marmoset. Plus, your guide will show you different species of
plants and will explain their use in ancestral medicine. At the
community, you’ll visit the local school and the communal areas. You’ll
learn how this community has developed during the past years through
improving education and health. You’ll also have the chance to see one
of the houses and share experiences with an Añangu family.
After lunch (brought from the hotel) you’ll walk on a new trail,
starting at the community that leads to the Añangu lagoon. During this
walk you’ll get to know more about the flora of the zone, which is not
only used for medicine but also for daily living. Arrive at the hotel
late in the afternoon for a well-deserved rest and dinner.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.
Day 4: Napo Wildlife Center to Quito
Depart early for the last canoe excursion back to
the Napo River. The creek may reveal new sights of giant otters, monk
saki monkeys, or many other rare birds. After docking, there will be a
restroom break and then we’ll leave on a motorized canoe in order to
return back to Coca, arriving after a two hour boat ride up river.
Departs - Daily except Sundays
Napo Wildife Center
Beautifully situated on the mirrored lake of
Anangu, Napo Wildife Center is a comfortable eco-lodge in the heart of
the Ecuadorian Amazon offering a haven for nature lovers, wildlife
enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Developed as a partnership with the
local community, the lodge is now 100% community owned and operated.
The lodge offers private cabanas with lake views, a
dining room, bar, lounge, and an adjacent observation tower. Four of
the cabanas are newly built over the water, offering much larger family
sized accommodations with living areas and spacious bathrooms.
Flights to/from Quito and Coca
Accommodation with private facilities
All meals during stay
River transport to Coca city
All excursions including Añangu Kichwa Community
Visits to the exclusive NCW's parrot-macaw clay licks
Native guide and naturalist bilingual guide
Entrance fee to the Yasuni National Park
Rain poncho and rubber boots is provided when needed
What's not included?
Passport, visa and immigration fees
Airport entrance/departure taxes
Additional hotel nights
Any items not mentioned as included
Flights and park entrance fees are subject to change.
Discounts are applicable to children under 12.
Departures are available from Monday to Friday. Saturday departures are subject to airline changes and Sunday departures are not available.