NAPO CULTURAL CENTER 8D 7N

Path of the jaguar Day by Day

Itineraries

NOTE: These are sample itineraries, 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.

Please contact us to customize your itinerary and address in order to their Interests make this an unforgettable experience in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Path of the jaguar

Follow the path of the jaguar in this incredible route covering the most of Añangu territory!

Day 1

Your adventure begins from the town of Coca, at “La Mision” river port, whose name recalls the mission of capuchin monks who occupied the area in the past century. At this place our staff will welcome you, take your luggage to the motor boat, while you meet with your guide and fellow travelers for a briefing about the area overlooking river “Napo”.

Then you will board our comfortable motor boats for about two hours to enjoy the clear waters and amazing rainforest views, the guide will provide a reusable bottle to drink water and a hearty box lunch with local produce and fruit, while you listen to some interesting facts of the zone. During the navigation you will see birds such as herons, kingfishers, terns and other shore birds species.

Arriving at Napo Cultural Center, you have the outstanding chance to step onto the aboriginal territory of the kichwa Añangu community, whose members will welcome you with a traditional and refreshing ice cold “wayusa”, the local hotel manager will give quick instructions and immediately will take you to your comfortable room with views of the rainforest in order to get ready for the first activity in the afternoon.

Hike along “Playas” trail to experience amazon wildlife for the first time in the river islands and shores amidst of one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth.

Kayaking is also available as an optional activity for around 45 min. to enjoy an overwhelming and colorful sunset in the vastness of Napo River.

Then head back to your cabin, rest a little bit and be prepared for a well-deserved dinner. After dinner sleep with the relaxing sounds of the amazon.

 

Day 2

Enjoy the sunrise at breakfast, visit the sustainable community projects, talk about the worldview Kichwa Addition to medicinal and walk in the Mama-Kuna road, excellent opportunity to see more wildlife, ceiba trees, strangler, bamboo cane, vines and shrubs endemic from Yasuní.

In the afternoon after a delicious local lunch paddle around “Añangu” stream, a black water ecosystem where you can spot monkeys jumping from tree to tree, caiman and sometimes even giant river otters trying to catch fish.

After dinner, prepare your flashlight for a night walk around the lodge to see different kind of insects, reptiles and even nocturnal mammals like the night monkeys.

Day 3

Early breakfast and then head in the motor boat to one of the highlights of Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, the parrot clay lick in the riverside of River Napo, bring your binoculars and camera lenses to see flocks of blue-headed, yellow-crowned parrots and even dusky-headed parakeets, from the boat. Then walk around 30 min, through “pericos” trail to reach the blind in the forest with a direct view to the amazing parakeet clay lick, which brings visitors face to face with up to 11 species of parrots and parakeets (including parrotlets and macaws), sometimes even mammals like howler monkeys, tapir and peccaries come to this place to drink water and get vital minerals for their body. In the afternoon visit the intercultural interpretation center «Kuri Muyu» which means golden seed in native language, handled by the women of the community also knows as “mamakuna” learn about the kichwa culture, crafts, customs and traditional use of natural resources directly from the people of the aboriginal community. Time for dinner followed by a unique activity at Napo River, onboard the ancestral catamaran to know more about their legends and traditional chants, while women grill some delicious snacks in the fire.

Day 4

Wake up with the chirping of Amazonian birds, to enjoy our local and organic breakfast buffet. After this, put on your rubber boots to start hiking the terra-firme forest at “Samona” trail, where you can feel like “Indiana Jones” in the middle of century-old ceibos, spot capuchin, wolly and saki monkeys, look under the leafs to spot bizarre insects and tune your eyes and ears for the birds, monkeys and reptiles among the dense forest. Return to the eco-lodge for a refreshing drink and prepare for an exquisite lunch, including local specialties. In the afternoon, visit our second canopy observation tower to see more of the 600 hundred species of birds with specialized telescopes for wildlife watching. Upon arriving you will have time to settle back and prepare for a traditional typical dinner to taste local flavors of the amazon, such as “maito” which is grilled fish wrapped in a “bijao” leaf and if you have an adventurous palate try the grilled worms of the “chonta” locally known as “chontakuru”.

Day 5

After breakfast, you can take part in a fun and interest activity, the “Cocoa and chocolate workshop” where you have the chance to see the traditional process of the “food of the gods” and know more about this exotic fruit, actually you can find the best variety of “Cacao arriba” in Ecuador.

In this morning you can have direct contact with the community by visiting their small high school and also walking arround the communal lands to see the “chakras” or parcels of lands where the kichwa people grow and harvest their fruits and vegetables in the amazon.

After a hearty lunch, prepare to hike through “village trail” a nice walk in “terra firme” forest to admire local flora and rare birds that can be found in the top of the trees and hidden in the middle of the shrubs. Then head back to the lodge to rest a little bit in order to enjoy an amazing dinner.

Day 6

On this day, we visit the Tiputini area famous because of the tribe that inhabits here the “Waorani” knows as the least contacted ethnic group of the Ecuadorian amazon, you can chose a long walk by Tiputini trails for about 8 hours to see and hear more wildlife like herds of peccaries, monkeys and birds in this amazing hiking, or take a motor boat and a truck for around 3 hours to reach the “Guyero” community and interact with the local people. Our staff will set up a camping site and our chef will cook some local specialties for lunch.

In the afternoon navigate by the Tiputini River in a more secluded area which high chances to see caimans, gray and pink dolphins.

At night a short walk by the shores of the river to spot dozens of ferocious caimans and their eyes reflecting the light in the middle of the darkness. Then rest in your comfortable tent until next day.

Day 7

On this morning, we start our journey to reach Napo Wildlife Center, which is another eco- lodge managed by the Añangu community located in the hearth of the Yasuní, either on foot or by river and land transportation. Here, you have the opportunity to visit the “Anangu” lagoon one of the main black water wetlands of the zone, spot the family of giant river otters, anaconda, golden tamarin, and more. Have an incredible lunch in the central panoramic tower, which is the tallest tower of its kind in the amazon reaching 50 meters above the lagoon with a 360 degree view of the rainforest.

In the afternoon, head back to Napo Cultural Center aboard your paddle canoe though Anangu creek to see more of the spectacular wildlife available and return to the lodge for dinner.

Day 8

To close with a flourish, take part on the optional “wayusada” ritual, in which at dawn around 4:30 am is the time when the kichwa family share together the sacred “wayusa” and has been a way to past their ancient knowledge to the new generations, here you also share traditional chants and have the chance to “interpret dreams” with the wisest “mamakuna” at the community, a mystique experienceindeed.

Then head back for breakfast, while our staff pick you luggage for your return to Coca town, onboard our comfortable motor boats for the last chance to appreciate the Ecuadorian rainforest landscape, until you reach “La Mision” river port.

Experiences

Facilities, flora, fauna, activities

Frequently asked questions

Considered as the best biodiverse destination in the world, Napo Wildlife Center offers a new tourist experience, Napo Cultural Center is a unique and innovative project, which presents a high differentiating profile and a strong vocation for international tourism market.

The Napo Wildlife Center & Napo Cultural Center offers high comfort accommodation and quality services, distinctive and personalized, with an integrated complex prepared to fully respond to the guests’ needs; this is the main touristic offer in the Ecuadorian Amazon Region, allowing its clients a rare and complete experience, full of privacy and exclusivity.

The project consists in 16 independent cabins, in the form of small eco friendly houses with very nice areas (allows up to 3 guests) with location scattered around the Anangu Kichwa village, with a privileged view over the forest; all the building materials invoke nature – wood and vertical gardens. It also features restaurant, bar and souvenir shop.

Environmentally friendly, promotes physical and spiritual experiences, moments of leisure, individually and within groups, both inside and outside the village; a concept that emphasizes the qualities of life and nature, ecology, water, land, leisure, health and well-being.

Perfect for couples, families and groups of friends, for a holiday or short break, Napo Cultural Center offers the single opportunity to enjoy a contact with nature, but near the main cultural attractions of Anangu Kichwa Community.

With 16 ample and comfortable cabins, the lodge accommodates a total of 48 people, distributed in suites, doubles and triple rooms. Our fully equipped cabins feature electricity, ventilation water and a private bathroom, with a balcony and hammock surrounded by beautifully groomed natural gardens. The restaurant, serving local, and international food, has a maximum capacity of 60 people.

At Napo Cultural Center, we put all our efforts to provide an unforgettable jungle experience, far from the troubles of modern-day life, where you will be sure to find solace and relaxation amidst singing birds, while experiencing the ageless customs, traditions and legends of the Kichwa culture.

In Napo Cultural Center, we assure you will be part of a great adventure, here to forget the hustle and bustle you can relax and unwind with the singing of the birds, you will learn more about kichwa culture their customs, traditions and interesting legends.

Añangu Kichwa Community: Activities at Yasuní National Park and Añangu are coordinated by members of the local Kichwa community and it is important that their rules of conduct and ethics be respected.

Birdwatching: These activities usually last 2 hours and are carried out in the morning at around 6 A.M.

Rowing: Small canoe navigation is carried out on rivers and streams; larger canoes are used to navigate the Napo River and are included in our routine activities, all of which feature community and naturalist guides.

Swimming: Swimming is safe when carried out at sites your guide have suggested.

Kayaking: Enjoy a level II kayak activity at napo River, from the village for around 45 min. until you reach the observation tower.

Hikes: Our programs include easy and medium intensity walks and hikes in order to observe the wildlife and nature of the area; more difficult hikes and longer programs can be arranged.

Catamarán Ancestral Kichwa: At night we will sail along the Napo River in a boat that emulates the ancestral kichwa trade, where we will enjoy magical stories and legends while tasting some delicious roasted snacks heated on the stove.

Typical Traditional Dinner: Enjoy the Kichwa ancestral cuisine, taste the delicious flavors of maito made with fish, prepared in a leaf of “bijao”, accompanied by fried cacao and exquisite “mayones” or “chontacuros” (palm worms).

Refresh yourself with exquisite manioc chicha, a beverage made of manioc fermented with sweet potato and hygienically prepared for the most demanding palates of our visitors.

Food: Food service is based on combining local, national and international cuisine. The varieties of exotic fruits and organic products are a special. Hot beverage such as tea or coffee is available all day.

Waste Management: All waste is classified and separated into organic and non-organic.

Alternatively or Solar Energy: Through solar panels are devices that use the energy of solar radiation used to generate electricity by photovoltaics implemented in the community and Napo Cultural Center from this year becoming a sustainable tourism and management model.

Biogas: Is a fuel gas generated in natural media reactions biodegradation of organic matter by the action of microorganisms in the absence of oxygen, implemented in the community Añangu and Napo Cultural Center this year from becoming a instead of sustainable tourism and management model to replicate the benefit

  • Always ask any question that you might and follow your guide instructions.
  • Please walk just in the marked paths, don’t try to wander by yourself, because you could get lost in the forest.
  • Don’t throw any kind of garbage in the path; always use the garbage cans.
  • Please don’t feed or touch any animal, don’t cut or step in the plants.
  • Use headphones, when listening to music in your personal devices
  • Don’t use your camera flash.
  • Hunting fishing is not allowed.
  • Taking videos and photos of the community homes is not allowed. (Ask for permission in advance to coordinate with our staff)
  • Good binoculars for wildlife viewing 8×35 mm*
  • Camera/video gear (if using film, lower ASA for open areas (50 or 100), higher ASA for forest (400 and up). [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 handicraftpurchases.

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