Napo Wildlife Center

Napo Wildlife Center is one of the finest examples of sustainable, community-based ecotourism, actively protecting 82 –square miles of pristine rainforest within its private reserve. The lodge’s ecologically facilities include electricity created from solar energy and high-efficiency generators, and a water treatment plant that purifies water, later recycled back into the ecosystem. Hunting has been voluntary ceased for over a decade, creating the perfect conditions for a thriving tropical flora and fauna in a healthy rainforest.

The Napo Wildlife Center Lodge is located by the Añangucocha Lake, into the unique ancestral territory of the Añangu Kichwa Community who manage this tourism project by themselves providing incomes to help their local families.

With 12 ample and comfortable standard cabins and 8 suites, the lodge accommodates up to 50 people, distributed in suites, doubles and triple rooms. Our fully equipped cabins feature electricity, security box, ventilation, hot water, private bathroom, a balcony surrounded by beautifully groomed natural gardens, and more.

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Francisco de Orellana, EC
9:35 pm,
temperature icon 22°C
Humidity 96 %
Wind Gust: 2 mph

Piano di viaggio

Giorno 01
Travel to Napo Wildlife Center

Departure from Quito 11h00, a 30-minute flight to Coca city. After landing, transfer to “La Mision” Port, where you embark onto a comfortable covered motorboat and ride along the Napo River for about 2 hours, box lunch and coffee is provided in route. Along the way, birds like herons, kingfishers and others can be potted. After arriving at the lodge's entry dock we start a majestic and peaceful paddle canoe trip (2 hours) surrounded by trees, paddling along a narrow creek observing species of monkeys as well as large birds like toucans, parrots or even macaws. Late afternoon arrival to Napo Wildlife Center with an overwhelming view of the Añangu Lake, welcome drink followed by a briefing of the local manager.

Giorno 02
Parrot sighting
Early wake up to reach the easiest 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. Later, hike along forest trail to visit the Kichwa Community of Añangu and sharing time with a family on their activities. During the walk, we learn more about the rainforest ecosystem Lunch. In the afternoon you will be paddled back to the lodge where you arrive at late afternoon with a delicious dinner awaiting you.
Giorno 03
Kichwa family trip

We will begin the day by visiting an authentic Kichwa family on the banks of the Napo River, where we will have the opportunity to learn directly from members of the local community about their lifestyle. We will then board the Anakonda and participate in a cooking class with our expert chef, who will show us how to prepare exquisite traditional Ecuadorian fare. Guests are also invited to try their hand at traditional handcrafting or to take in the magnificent Amazon environment from our open-air hot tub, enjoy cocktails at our Bar and Lounge, or delight in some nighttime stargazing from our Observation Deck. Our more active guests will have the opportunity to explore nature in this area by kayak.

Giorno 04
Canopy Tower

After early breakfast, we leave the lodge to experience an amazing view of the rainforest from a 36 meters tall canopy tower, a great way to see the life above the ground of the forest. 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). This tower is located about 30 minutes from the lodge, deep within the Terra Firme forest. As you ascend the 12-floor 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. From top to bottom, there is no finer canopy experience in Eastern Ecuador. Later return to the lodge.

Giorno 05
Return trip

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. Transfer to the motorized canoe in order to return to Coca, arrival approximately after a 2 hours boat ride in order to check in for Coca – Quito flight, schedule to be announced according to departure details and arrangements.

  • Transfers from/to Coca, including transfers by river boat
  • All excursions include the trip to the Anangu kichwa community
  • Accommodation; All meals (B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner); Drinking water
  • Exclusive visit to the parrot clay lick and the macaw in the Napo Wildlife Center
  • Native Guide and bilingual naturalist Guide
  • Poncho, rubber boots are provided if needed for an excursion
  • Airfare Quito-Coca-Quito (the cost is $256)
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic
  • Laundry
  • Internet
  • Tips
  • Anything not specified in the itinerary

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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 and handcraft workshop with the local community among other options are available.

Important information

Private guide in French or German (contact us for availability and price)
The order of the visits could be altered, but it will not affect the content of the program. The schedules of the tickets and transports could be subject to modifications.

What to Bring

  • Good binoculars for wildlife viewing 8×35 mm*
  • Camera/video gear. 24 hour electricity (110v) 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 long cotton socks (long)*.
  • One pair of sneakers and/or hiking boots.
  • Sandals (Teva type or similar for around the lodge).
  • A hat for sun protection (and that will stay on during windy boat rides). Take in consideration that bright colors might scare the animals.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Small day pack for excursions. Zip lock-type plastic bags to cover optics or other gear.
  • Insect repellent. No inflammable sprays as they are not allowed by the airline.
  • Sunscreen lotion with a high protection factor.
  • Flashlight or headlamp bright enough for use.
  • Personal toiletries and medications (carry medications with you when arriving and leaving the lodge).
  • Extra batteries/film/video tapes as appropriate.
  • Original passport (always good to have while traveling).
  • Credit card Visa, MasterCard and Diners for bar bills and cash (US$) for handicraft purchases.

NOTE: There is a limit of weight of 20 kilograms per person in the airline plus one carry on. If you are checking in more weight than the excess baggage will be charged to you directly by the airline. Rain poncho and rubber boots (from size 3 to 13) provided when needed for excursions.

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