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Napo Cultural Center

Formerly known as Yasuni Kichwa Ecolodge, as of January 1, 2017 the lodge has been re-named as The Napo Cultural Center and is located in the most biodiverse ecosystem on the planet, the Yasuni National Park which ranges over 980.000 hectares of land and represents a miracle of the world that might never be fully discovered, for within only one hectare one can find more species of organisms than in the entire European continent.

The protected tract of land is home to a third of all Amazonian mammals, including a staggering 60% of all New World wild cats, 106 reptiles, and 610 species of bird; as well as more than 4000 species of plants.

At the Napo Cultural Center you will stay in the community itself, visit the many different local endeavors that seek to keep authentic age-old customs alive and spend quality time with the privileged keepers of the Yasuni National Park.

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USA & Canada: 1-8_00-269-0216 • UK: 0-800-051-7125

Lodge Background

With 12 ample and comfortable cabins, the lodge accommodates a total of 36 people, distributed in suites, doubles and triple rooms. The fully equipped cabins feature 24-hour uninterrupted electricity, security box, ventilation and a private bathroom, with a balcony and hammock surrounded by beautifully groomed natural gardens. The restaurant, serving local, national and international food, has a maximum capacity of 50 people.

Napo Cultural Center

Accommodation

  • Cabins: Suite, Double, Triple
  • Private bathroom: yes
  • Showers: Yes - Hot water
  • Mosquito nets: Yes
  • Electricity: 24-hour un-interrupted electricity
  • Boots / Rain ponchos: Provided by lodge staff

Itinerary

The lodge offers 3, 4 and 5 day tours. Check with Happy Gringo sales staff for availability.
3 DAYS
Day 1 Napo Cultural Center is located on the south bank of the Napo River, the largest Ecuadorian tributary of the Amazon, and lies within the Yasuni National Park. The journey begins from the town of Coca on comfortable motor-operated canoes, which travel down the river about two hours; during this time refreshments will be provided. You will see birds such as herons, kingfishers, terns and other Amazonian shorebirds as well as beautiful riverside landscapes.
Upon arriving at Napo Cultural Center, visitors are warmly welcomed with a refreshing traditional drink and immediately taken to their cabins amidst the teeming wilderness found on one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth.
In the afternoon, enjoy a short walk down to the Napo riverbank to enjoy a beautiful sunset on the beaches and natural islands. Return for dinner and rest.
Day 2 Breakfast and early departure on board the boat to visit an amazing parrot clay lick that with an easy access brings visitors face to face with approximately 11 species of parrots (including
parrotlets and macaws), depending on the seasons, weather conditions and general good fortune. (This activity is usually successful).
We end this morning with a visit to the "Kuri Muyu" Interpretation Center run by the women of the community. Here we offer the chance to get to know the Kichwa culture, their crafts, traditions and use of natural resources directly with people from the community.
We return for lunch and rest at the lodge. In the afternoon, walk towards the Añangu stream to visit environments including wetland, upland forest and seasonally flooded forest.
Once at Añangu stream you will board a small canoe and head down the river in a spectacular adventure through the forest with opportunities to see nightlife alligators and to listen to the sounds of nature at its purest. Return to hotel in motorized canoes, Traditional typical dinner.
Day 3 (Optional) We get up at 4: 30 am to share one of the ancient customs of the Kichwa culture, making wayusa to energize the body listen to the kichwa songs and mind and think about important issues in a peaceful and unique way; then we get back for breakfast, before taking a motorized canoe back to the city of Coca.
4 DAYS
Day 1 Napo Cultural Center is located on the south bank of the Napo River, the largest river of the Ecuadorian Amazon and the Yasuni National Park. The trip starts from the town of Coca in comfortable ecological roof canoes, outboard motors operated.
The canoe trip down the river takes about two hours, box lunch will be provided to Passengers.
During the navigation you will see birds such as herons, kingfishers, terns and other shore birds species and beautiful landscapes.
Arriving at Napo Cultural Center, visitors are warmly welcome with a traditional drink, lunch at the Ecolodge and immediately taken to their cabins amidst the teeming wilderness found on one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth.
In the afternoon, a short walk down to the banks of the Napo River to enjoy a beautiful sunset on the beaches and islands naturally returns for dinner and rest.
Day 2 Breakfast and early departure on board the boat to visit an amazing parrot clay lick that with an easy access brings visitors face to face with approximately 11 species of parrots (including parrotlets and macaws), depending on the seasons, weather conditions and general good fortune. (This activity is usually successful).

We end this morning with a visit to the Interpretation Center "Kuri Muyu" handled by the women of the community here learn about the Kichwa culture, crafts, Traditions and traditional use of natural resources directly to people in the community.
We return for lunch and take a break in the lodge.
Walk of one hour to climb up the observation tower of 35 meters likely to see a variety of birds, howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, toucans, parrots and sloths.
Return to the hotel in a motorized canoe, traditional typical dinner.
Day 3 Breakfast visit around the community projects, talk about the worldview Kichwa Addition to medicinal and walk in the Mama Cuna road, excellent opportunity to see more wildlife, ceiba trees, strangler, bamboo cane, vines and shrubs endemic from Yasuní.
We return for lunch and rest at the lodge. Once at Añangu stream, you will board a small canoe and head down the river in a spectacular adventure through the forest with opportunities to see nightlife alligators and to listen to the sounds of nature at its purest.
Return to hotel in motorized canoes, traditional typical dinner.
Day 4 We get up at 4: 30 am to share one of the ancient customs of the Kichwa culture, making wayusa to energize the body listen, to the Kichwa songs and mind and think about important issues in a peaceful and unique way; then we get back for breakfast, before taking a motorized canoe back to the city of Coca. The program of 5 days or longer offers the opportunity to live a unique experience navigating the Napo River on an eco-catamaran which takes you to see tropical birds such as orioles, caciques, parrots, Several Species of herons, caracaras, doves, anis , terns and other species of primates. You can also practice water sports such as tubing or regatta on the Napo river or simply relax and unwind.
5 DAYS
Day 1 Napo Cultural Center is located on the south bank of the Napo River, the largest river of the Ecuadorian Amazon and the Yasuni National Park. The trip starts from the town of Coca in comfortable ecological roof canoes, outboard motors operated. The canoe trip down the river takes about two hours, box lunch will be provided to Passengers.
During the navigation you will see birds such as herons, kingfishers, terns and other shore birds species and beautiful landscapes.
Arriving at Napo Cultural Center, visitors are warmly welcome with a traditional drink, lunch at the Ecolodge and immediately taken to their cabins amidst the teeming wilderness found on one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth.
In the afternoon, a short walk down to the banks of the Napo River to enjoy a beautiful sunset on the beaches and islands naturally returns for dinner and rest.
An option walks on trails: KARI – MAMA CUNA – RUNA - PLAYAS
Day 2 Breakfast and early departure on board the boat to visit an amazing parrot clay lick that with an easy access brings visitors face to face with approximately 11 species of parrots (including parrotlets and macaws), depending on the seasons, weather conditions and general good fortune. (This activity is usually successful).
We end This Morning With A visit to the Interpretation Center "Kuri Muyu" handled by the women of the community here learn about the Kichwa culture, crafts, Traditions and traditional use of natural resources directly to people in the community.
We return for lunch and take a break in the lodge. Walk of one hour to climb up the observation tower of 35 meters likely to see a variety of birds, howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, toucans, parrots and sloths.
Return to the hotel in a motorized canoe for dinner and rest.
Day 3 Breakfast visit around the community projects, talk about the worldview Kichwa Addition to medicinal and walk in the Mama Cuna road, excellent opportunity to see more wildlife, ceiba trees, strangler, bamboo cane, vines and shrubs endemic from Yasuní.
We return for lunch and rest at the lodge. Once at Añangu stream, you will board a small canoe and head down the river in a spectacular adventure through the forest with opportunities to see nightlife alligators and to listen to the sounds of nature at its purest.
Return to hotel in motorized canoes, traditional typical dinner.
Day 4 Walk of one hour to climb up the observation tower of 35 meters likely to see a variety of birds, howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, toucans, parrots and sloths.
Return to the hotel, on this journey you can choose an option to camp, we'll take care of all the equipment, this is another way of perceiving life ancestral of Pacha Mama and forest nature.
Day 5 We get up at 4: 30 am to share one of the ancient customs of the Kichwa culture, making wayusa to energize the body listen, to the Kichwa songs and mind and think about important issues in a peaceful and unique way; then we get back for breakfast, before taking a motorized canoe back to Coca city.

NOTE: This is a sample itinerary, subject to change due to climate and security conditions and interests or groups. Changes and additions will be made in order to maximize wildlife sightings, cultural exchange and community with the stay in a biologically rich region such as the Yasuni National Park.

2017 PRICES PER PERSON (based on double or triple occupancy)
3 days $603 Request this Tour
4 days $730 Request this Tour
5 days $861 Request this Tour
Note: Additional nights can be booked upon request – please ask for availability

Inclusions:

  • River transportation Coca - Napo Cultural Center - Coca
  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
  • Entrance fee to parrot clay licks
  • Community Guide & English speaking guide
  • Activities and visits as per itinerary
  • Yasuni National Park entrance

Exclusions:

  • Return airfare Quito / Coca / Quito (approx. $200 – ask your sales person for a quote)
  • Single supplement
  • Alcoholic / Soft drinks
  • Tips, Internet, Laundry services
  • Personal Expenses
  • Private guides or private canoe available upon request

Access/Transport

Napo Cultural Center is located on the banks of the Napo River. After a thirty-minute flight to Coca visitors will board motorized canoes that navigate two hours downstream to our destination, the Añangu community and the lodging quarters of Napo Cultural Center.

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* All lodge information is correct at time of publishing but subject to change by the lodge owner.