NAPO WILDLIFE CENTER 4D 3N

Day by Day

Itineraries

This is a sample itinerary, subject to change due to weather conditions, safety, and particular interests of guests and groups. Changes and additions are made in order to maximize wildlife viewing and wilderness enjoyment, cultural interaction with local people, and all possible time at the richest rain forest in Ecuador: the Yasuní National Park. Please check with us for tailor-made itineraries for a unique life experience at the finest Amazon lodge: Napo Wildlife Center.

Day 1

Departing from Quito, a 30 minute flight to Coca over the eastern Andes mountain range. After landing, about mid-morning, 5 min transfer will take you to “La Mision” Port, where you will embark onto a comfortable covered motor boat. Here we start a canoe 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 spotted. After arriving at NWC’s entry dock we disembark for restroom then take a majestic and peaceful 2 hours paddle canoe ride surrounded by trees, paddling along a narrow creek that connects to the lake where the lodge is located.

Chances to spot some 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.

Day 2

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. 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.

Lunch at Napo Cultural Center, where you share with people of the kichwa community.

You will be paddled back to the lodge, where you arrive at late afternoon with a delicious dinner awaiting for you.

Day 3

After early breakfast, we leave the lodge to experience an amazing view of the rainforest from a 36m. 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).

The 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. 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-and yellow 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!! Lunch served at the lodge. Afternoon visit to a terra firme trail, hike along primary forest to discover the forest interior, possibilities 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.

Day 4

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 back 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.

NOTICE: For security reasons, swimming into Añangucocha (lagoon) is forbidden.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a sample itinerary subject to change due to weather conditions, safety, and particular interests of guests and groups. Changes and additions are made in order to maximize wildlife viewing and wilderness enjoyment, cultural interaction with local people, and all possible time at the richest rain forest in Ecuador: the Yasuni National Park. Please check with us to tailor-made your itinerary and cater to your particular interest for a unique life experience at the finest Amazon lodge: the Napo Wildlife Center.

Experiences

Facilities, flora, fauna, activities

Frequently asked questions

The origins of the word “Yasuní” is uncertain, although we are not certain, however, local communities use the term to refer to “sacred land”.

Yasuní is a metaphor of the infinite nature; it symbolizes the abundance of life on Earth, it speaks of a world that shall never be discovered in its entirety, a miracle that will never be completely understood.

In practical terms, it is the most bio-diverse ecosystem on earth.

In technical terms it is a “quadruple taxonomic richness center”; a place that in only one hectare contains more living organisms than the entire European continent; a protected tract of land, in which more than a third of all Amazonian mammals are found, including a staggering 60% of all new world wild cats; a tropical garden where only a handful of trees holds as many insect species as the entire United States of America.

Yasuní also represents our need to protect the environment; of thinking beyond our human world and understanding that we are an integral part of a greater whole. By visiting Napo Wildlife Center our guests have the opportunity to contribute to the conservation of one of the most biodiverse places on the planet and at the same time to enjoy a unique adventure.

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.

The restaurant, offering national and international dishes, At Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, we place all our efforts at granting you an unforgettable jungle experience, far from the troubles of modern-day life, where for sure you will find adventure and relaxation amidst singing birds, while experiencing the ageless customs, traditions and legends of the Kichwa culture.

Añangu Kichwa Community

A sustainable aboriginal group, who believe that tourism is the best way to preserve the amazon, you will not only enjoy an incredible trip, but also help more than 180 members to improve their way of life, through renewable energy, education and health projects.

Visit “Kuri Muyu” Center

Learn about the Ancestral Kichwa Culture and their old practices.

Hikes

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

Food Service

The food service is based in a combination of local and international cuisine, with a complete variety of exotic fruits and organic products.
Breakfast: daily buffet
Lunch: served menu (entrance, main course, dessert and soft drink)

Dinner: daily buffet including local specialties
A coffee station is available, where you can drink unlimited tea, water or coffee.

Drinking water

We have a water purification system, this treated water is used for showers and toilets for the cabins, we strongly recommend to our guests not to drink the water of the lagoon or tap water. You can find drinking water in the dispenser located in the restaurant of the Ecolodge, and also in the jars provided in each cabin, plus a variety of drinks available at the bar of the restaurant.

Electricity

The energy in the Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge is generated by silent power plants of high efficiency, these engines provide electricity 24/7. In addition our Ecolodge has electric plugs of 110 v. in each cabin and in the social areas (restaurant- bar).

Garbage treatment

The garbage is classified and separated into organic and inorganic.
This allows the treatment process to be efficient and avoids contamination.

Communication

Satellite WiFi is available for a small fee, for the whole stay.

  • 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)

In order to satisfy current demand from our passengers for accommodation with all major comforts and luxury, especially for couples including honeymooners, NWC took the decision to build eight exclusive suites. Our aim is to keep our exclusivity and this growth is only to satisfy current demand.

The suites have the following specification:

  • Built on the shores of the lagoon, which gives a unique view of the Añangucocha.
  • Keeps the same external architectural design as our existing cabins.
  • Porch with a direct lagoon side view; equipped with comfortable seats and hammock.
  • Living room.
  • Master bedroom with a King size bed or Twin size bed (according request).
  • Private bathroom with dual system for saving water.
  • Mini Bar: includes local snacks and drinks.
  • Amenities: Soaps, crèmes and bath salts. All biodegradable products.
  • Slippers and bathrobe.
  • Rear balcony with spectacular view of the forest.
  • The materials used for decoration are natural and come from different regions of Ecuador.
  • Size of each suite is approximately 50 – 60 square meters (546-646 ft2).
  • 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.

NOTE: There is a limit of 23 kg (1 piece) to check in per person in the aircraft plus cabin baggage (8 kg). If you are checking in more weight then the excess baggage will be charged to you directly by airline. Rain poncho and rubber boots (from size 3 to 13) provided when needed for excursions.

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