The Napo Wildlife Center is the ultimate alternative luxury eco-hotel in Amazonian Ecuador. This ecotourism project includes the conservation of approximately over 82 square miles of the most pristine Amazon Rain Forest within the Yasunì National Park, the largest tract of tropical rain forest in Ecuador. Besides other attractions you will also have the chance to visit the most accessible parrot and macaw clay licks in Ecuador.
Itinerary 5 or 4 days:
Departing from Quito, 30 minute flight to Coca over the eastern Andes mountain range.
After landing, about mid morning, 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 . 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 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 attched 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 at the top of the tree was constructed by tree platform specialists as well. 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-andyellow 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, posibilities 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 docking area, use of restrooms and embarking on motorized canoe in order to return back to Coca, arrival approximately after 2 hours boat ride up river, in order to check for Coca – Quito flight, schedule to be announced according to departure details and arrangements.
Itinerary 5 days / 4 nights:
Additional day(s): optional exursions such as hikes through different trails and forest types. Canoe rides exloring deeper areas of surrounding creeks with more wildlife possibilities, additional mammal clay lick excursion, handicraft workshop with local community among other options.
- All meals from lunch day 1 until breakfast last day
- Filtered water
- River transportation
- All excursions including Añangu Kichwa Community, and visits to the exclusive NWC´s parrot-macaw clay licks
- Entry Fee to Yasuni National Park
- Rain poncho
- Rubber boots
What’s Not Included:
- International or domestic airfares
- Airport departure taxes
- Visa fees
- Excess baggage charges
- Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
- Alcoholic beverages or bottled water
- Insurance of any kind,
- Phone calls or messages
- Reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature.
What to bring:
- Good binoculars for wildlife viewing (an absolute necessity). We suggest that each visitor carry their own binoculars.
- Camera/video gear (if using film, lower ASA for open areas (50 or 100), higher ASA for forest (400 and up). [24 hour electricity (120v) is available for charging batteries and digital equipment.)
- Two or three pairs of lightweight long pants.
- Two or three long-sleeved lightweight shirts.
- Two or three T-shirts.
- One or two pairs of shorts (mostly for around the lodge).
- Lightweight sweater or jacket.
- Raingear (if you prefer not to use the ponchos provided).
- Three or four pairs of cotton socks.
- Sandals (Teva type or similar for around the lodge).
- Three or four pairs of absorbent socks.
- Small day pack for excursions.
- A bottle or canteen to carry water on hike (1-quart size is sufficient).
- Ziplock-type plastic bags to cover optics or other gear.
- Insect repellent (Skin-so-soft or DEET product with at least 20% concentration).
- Flashlight or headlamp bright enough for use on night walks.
- Small, packable umbrella (can be useful in light rain – very useful!).
- A hat for sun protection (and that will stay on during windy boat rides).
- Sunscreen lotion with a high SPF rating.
- Personal toiletries and medications (carry medications with you when arriving and leaving the lodge).
- Extra batteries/film/video tapes as appropriate.
- A photocopy of your passport (always good to have while traveling).
- Money (in small US$ bills – ones and fives and coins) for bar bills and Artesania purchases.
- We recommend using rechargeable batteries in your visit to the lodge so that you need not dispose of used batteries, thus contributing to the quality of our environment.
Cabanas based on double occupancy including flights
- 4 days / 3 nights $1417 US per person
- 5 days / 4 nights $1690 US per person
Suites based on double occupancy Including flights
- 4 days / 3 nights $1638 US per person
- 5 days / 4 nights $1979 US per person
Ask us about 6, 7 and 8 day programs and single occupancy.