The Napo Wildlife Center, Amazon Lodge, is the greatest and ultimate alternative luxury eco-hotel in Amazonian Ecuador. This ecotourism project includes the conservation of approximately over 82 square miles (53,500 acres – over 21,400 hectares ) of the most pristine Amazon Rain Forest within the Yasunì National Park, an important UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the largest tract of tropical rain forest in Ecuador.
The Napo Wildlife Center, Lodge is located by the Anangucocha lake, into the unique ancestral territory of the Anangu Quichua Community. Thanks to their own initiative and supported by the Tropical Nature Conservation System, the most carefully designed first class Amazon lodge in Ecuador has been developed here in a unique partnership.
With the highest density of biodiversity in the world, there are infinite chances for you to see an immense variety of plants, flowers, and wildlife. Typical jungle animals you can seek out while walking one of our many trails are: birds such as hoatzins, macaws, toucans, parakeets, and parrots; turtles, anacondas, and other reptiles; many insects and amphibians; mammals such as monkeys, tapirs, ocelots, and so much more!
CANOPY OBSERVATION TOWER
Get a close-up and personal view of the jungle and its diverse flora and fauna. One of our 36 meter observation towers was strategically built next to a huge tree to offer you the best view of the Amazon Rainforest. From high up in the canopy, you have a broad scope to observe the magnificent scale of the trees, flocks of colorful birds flying, troops of monkeys tussling, and an unobstructed view of miraculous Amazonia.
Explore the black waters of the Añangu Lake and creeks on board a paddle-canoe or kayak. Motorized boats are also available to navigate the Napo River. In the Amazon jungle, you can discover hundreds of different aquatic animals such as fish, caimans, turtles, giant otters, and other exotic creatures. Don’t forget to bring your camera and a sense of adventure!
Learn about the Kichwa Anangu community traditions and culture of the Napo Wildlife Center hosts. Women of the community will welcome you with typical dances, rituals, handcrafts food and drinks.
More than 610 species of birds inventoried in Yasuni National Park offer visitors the best bird watching experience, an unforgettable adventure in the most biodiverse place on earth.
PARROT CLAY LICKS
Are the most stunning nature spectacles to see in the Amazonia. These are natural banks containing great amount of minerals that birds and different animals feed up with. This event starts early in the morning when hundreds of vibrantly colored birds visit the licks.
Yasuni Jungle Trips
A 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 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.
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.
This morning we visit the best parrot clay licks in Ecuador!!! Early start and paddle downstream on the Añangu creek as far as the welcome area. Then, take the motor boat for a 10 minute ride for a wonderful view of thousands of parrots such as the amazon-mealy, blue-headed, orange –cheek, among others landing on the earth to eat some clay. Later, back to the welcome area and a short hike to the parakeets’ clay lick, where hundreds of cobalt-winged parakeets remain on the top of the trees searching for the best time to get minerals form the clay, Lunch at Napo Cultural Center.
In the afternoon, visit the interpretation area to learn about traditions of the ancestral Kichwa community of Añangu. Back to the lodge, late in the afternoon where you’ll be welcomed back with a refreshing fruit drink. Dinner at 7:30pm.
This morning we hike along the Tiputini trail and its terra-firma forests and swamp forests, searching for more wildlife such as Golden-Mantled Tamarins, White-Faced capuchin monkey, two and three toed sloths, pigmy squirrels, carnivores and their tracks on the forest floor. Back to the lodge for lunch and a well-deserved rest. In the afternoon paddle canoes will take you to explore deeper areas in the surrounding creeks with more possibilities of seeing unique wildlife. After dinner you will share a talk about the community and Napo Wildlife Center.
Early breakfast, and last excursion canoeing back to the Napo river, the creek may reveal new sights of Giant otters, Monk Saki monkeys, hoatzins, black capped donacobius or other birds. The motorized canoe will take you back to Coca, for the flight back to Quito.
NOTICE: For security reasons, swimming into Añangucocha (lagoon) is forbidden. Additional Day(s):
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. Twenty years ago, the aboriginal Añangu kichwa community collectively relinquished their right to hunt and fish in order to recover wildlife populations. For this reason hunting and fishing are not allowed.