NAPO WILDLIFE CENTER 6D 5N

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

A rewarding 30 minute flight to Coca over the eastern Andes mountain range is the beginning of this amazing experience. After landing, a short 5 minute drive to the port in the Napo River will take you onto a comfortable covered motor boat. Here we start a boat ride along the Napo for approximately 2 hours. Some aquatic birds can be spotted on the way.

After arriving at Napo Wildlife Center’s welcoming area, we take a magical and peaceful 2 hour dugout-canoe along a narrow creek that connects to the lake where the lodge is located.

Great chances to spot wildlife, various species of monkeys as well as large birds like toucans, parrots or even macaws. Late afternoon arrival at the lodge.

Day 2

After a buffet breakfast, experience the life above the forest floor visiting the 36- meter canopy tower. This tower is located about 30 minutes from the lodge deep within the forest.

Get a very good sample of the 567 species recorded so far, with a close look at colorful tanagers, macaws, toucans, flycatchers and even Spider or Howler Monkeys feeding themselves on the nearby trees.

The canopy tower opens a whole new world to the guests of the Napo Wildlife Center. Return to the lodge for a typical Ecuadorian lunch. After lunch there are many options to choose from before you start the afternoon activity: climb the dinning room tree tower for more birds, or just relax in your hammock.

In the afternoon, hike through a marvelous terra- firme forest to discover the ecology and the role of plants in the complex world of the Tropical Rain-Forest: vines, ancient trees, bromeliads, orchids stand out in this impressive natural garden. After the hike, explore the surrounding creeks with possibilities of running into a Giant otter family. Dinner at 7:30pm.

 

Day 3

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 Interpretation center “Kuri Muyu» handled by the women of the community also knows as “mamakuna” learn about the Kichwa culture, crafts, customs and traditional use of natural resources.

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

Day 4

Today we will walk the «guangana» trail, where we will reach 250 meters above sea level (high difficulty). This trail combines flooded and dry forest, swamps and biodiversity of plant species, offering another exciting experience inside the Ecuadorian Amazon. On this location named after white collared peccaries «guanganas» we will try to find this unique mammals that inhabit this place.

It is also likely to find jaguar and wild cat footpaths. During this hike, our local guide will explain about tropical rainforest ecosystems. In the afternoon we will navigate the Añangucocha lagoon and its adjacent stream, called «cariañangu». Throughout this tour we will appreciate the flora that surrounds this path, home of howler and spider monkeys, giant otters and many other species.

Day 5

This day we will travel to “Tiputini” river, crossing through Amazon primary forest where we will camp inside the jungle in spacious and comfortable tents, always maintaining a personalized service for our guests. No question! A unique and unforgettable experience. For this activity you have two options:

The first is to enjoy a walk along the ”Tiputini” path inside the rain forest, where we will find creeks and swamps, searching for golden-mantled tamarins, capuchin and squirrel monkeys, 2 & 3 finger sloths; and other mammals. This walk lasts for about 7 hours (high-medium difficulty).

The second option is to navigate the Napo River until we reach “Pompeya” town, the trip lasts approximately 1 hour. Afterwards we will take a car and drive for approximately 1h30, until we get to “Tiputini” river. Once we get there, our staff will be waiting for us, to make a motor canoe ride heading to Añangu territory – 20 minutes.

After a short walk close to the camp, our staff will serve you a delicious meal, then you will have the opportunity with our tour guides the best kayak paddling experience providing both serenity and adventure in Tiputini River with the opportunity y to observe pink dolphins and finally we ends with a refreshing dip in the river of the Amazon jungle.

At the end of the day, we will go back to the camp for dinner. In the evening you will have the opportunity to enjoy the jungle from another perspective, with its wonderful night sounds and the possibility to see different nocturnal species such as insects, reptiles and amphibians.

Day 6

Early departure and last excursion navigating the whitewater of the “Tiputini” river, then take a local bus “chiva” heading to “Pompeya” town, where our staff will be waiting to take you to the City of “Coca”.

The flight Coca- Quito schedule will be announced according to the arrangements and itineraries proposed by the airline.

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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