Amazon Rainforest Lodges RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE!
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.
The concept and construction are the brainchild of the Anangu Quichua community who now own 100% of the lodge, and has led it to be universally recognised for service excellence, abundant wildlife and a blueprint for community-based tourism projects.
Such is its renown that both the New York Times and the BBC have visited the site to run nature reports / documentaries.
The lodge has been constructed in natural indigenous style and consists of 12 luxury cabins, a dining hall with well-stocked bar and a 50foot viewing tower.
Rooms are spacious and clean with private porches, hot water showers, electricity, ceiling fans and safe deposit box.
- Cabins: single, twin / double
- Private bathroom: yes
- Showers: yes
- Mosquito nets: netting surrounds each hut
- Electricity: Yes
- Boots / Rain ponchos: Yes
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.
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.
|2013 PRICES PER PERSON (based on twin share)
- Accommodation based on twin/double share
- River transportation to/from lodge
- All meals
- Drinking water
- Activities as listed in itinerary
- Native guide + bilingual naturalist guide
- Use of rain poncho / boots / umbrella
- Yasuni Park Entry Fee
- Single supplement (50%)
- Drinks from the bar
- Tips and other personal expenses
The tour starts with a flight to Coca (30minutes, approx $195) where you will be met by your local guide.
In Coca the lodge is reached via motorised canoe (approx 2 hours downstream) and then a short paddled canoe ride (motorised canoes are not allowed down the stream where the lodge is located in order to avoid disturbing the wildlife).
Past Clients Feedback
"A simply wonderful experience at one with nature! I certainly did not expect to receive such warm service and comfort in the middle of the rainforest – the staff surpassed themselves in making me feel completely at home." (Ann Feek, USA)
* All lodge information is correct at time of publishing but subject to change by the lodge owner.