Leave city life behind and escape to our eco-community for a life-altering experience you will cherish!
Spanning nearly 2.5 million acres of lush Amazonian rainforest, Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park is also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This is a mesmerizing place unlike any other! The Napo Wildlife Center is the only facility of its kind located within the vibrant heart of one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on our planet.
The luxurious Napo Wildlife Center is nestled on a small ridge at the edge of a great jungle lake surrounded by beautiful pristine Amazon rainforest. Designed for nature lovers who want to experience the Amazon’s unique landscapes and observe beautiful wildlife. The facility is owned and operated by the Kichwa Añangu Community. We have many activities you can enjoy while staying with us such as: canoeing; kayaking; hiking; learning about our community, day-to-day customs, traditional practices; and so much more!
We believe sustainable eco-tourism is one of the best ways to preserve Amazonia in the 21st Century. The most luxurious ecolodge in the Amazon will provide every comfort you need to fully enjoy the most biodiverse place on Earth!
The Napo Wildlife Center Experience Includes:
- • Air tickets Quito-Coca-Quito with assistance from the airport in Quito and help with check-in and land transfers in Coca
- • River transportation to Coca – Napo Wildlife Center – Coca
- • Accommodations in Napo Wildlife Center
- • All meals
- • Entrance to Yasuni National Park and parrot clay licks
- • Community and naturalist bilingual guide
- • Impermeable poncho and rubber boots
- • All excursions and activities like program detail
• Beverages, tips, gifts, laundry and internet
QUITO TO NAPO WILDLIFE CENTER
Departing from Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, a 30-minutes flight over the eastern Andes will take you to the jungle town of Coca. There, members of our staff will be waiting for you to give you warm welcome and take you to the Francisco de Orellana Port – which is only 5 minutes away from the airport.
And here is where the real adventure begins! At the port you will get on a motorized canoe downstream the Napo River, the major tributary of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. During the trip, you will have the chance to see different birds such as kingfishers, herons and other and admire the incredible views of the Amazon jungle that opens before your eyes.
A trip a box lunch will be provided. After our two-hour ride along the Napo River, you will arrive at the NWC’s dock entrance where to take a short break to freshen up and use the restrooms. Then, we will continue our way to the lodge on paddle-canoes –motorized canoes are not allowed within the Napo territory. This majestic and peaceful dugout canoe ride up a narrow stream will lead us to the Añangu Lake, where the hotel is located. Late in the afternoon, we will arrive to the Napo Wildlife Center where our staff will welcome you with drinks and show your rooms and other areas of the lodge.
PARROT CLAY LICKS
Adventure at the Napo Wildlife Center begins early in the morning! In this second day at the premium Amazon Jungle tour you will experience one of the most incredible nature spectacles you will ever see: the parrot clay licks. It will only take us about an hour to get to the first parrot clay lick which is easy access from the lodge. Once we get there, at about 7:30 or 8:30 am it will take just a few minutes for birds to show up.
It is a real spectacle of colors, about 11 species of birds such as parrots, macaws and parakeets visit the clay licks every day to feed on the minerals that are concentrated in the soil. Late, we will hike along the forest trail to visit the Kichwa Añangu community to share time with the men, women and children of the community and learn about their every-day-life activities, routines and their ancestral customs and traditions. Then, we will say goodbye to the families and continue our adventure. We will go back to the creek and go hiking for 30 minutes through a Terra Firme forest until reaching the second parrot clay lick and repeat the experience of seeing a great variety of parrots, parakeets and macaws as you eat a delicious lunch our staff will provide you. Late in the afternoon we will arrive back to the NWC to rest and enjoy our lodge social areas and comfortable-luxury rooms.
CANOPY OBSERVATION TOWER
A delicious breakfast will be served at the NWC restaurant early in the morning. After that, we will depart to the Canopy Observation Tower, a high platform from which you will get a close-up view of the most amazing views of the jungle.
The tower is about 30 minutes from the lodge within the terra firme forest. This 36 meters high wooden platform was built just next a huge and ancient Kapok tree. To get to the top you pass you are finally there, the immensity and beauty of the Amazon jungle opens just before you.
There are not enough words to describe it, you have to live it yourself! Birds that are just virtually impossible to see from the jungle floor will pass right by you. Flocks of vibrantly colored tanagers, blue-and-yellow macaws and large toucans fly past in the early mornings and afternoons. In the afternoon, after have lunch back in the Napo Wildlife Center, we will go deep into a terra firme trail to discover the beautiful and mysterious wildlife that hides in the forest interior.
There are great possibilities to see lizards, different species of monkeys such as the endemic Golden Mantle Tamarin monkey, rare and unique insects and even some scary snakes! Also, we will take you to explore the black water Añangu Lake and streams that are home of different species of fish and mammals such as the Giant Otter, a unique species from the Amazon.
DEPART BACK TO QUITO
Last day, we will depart after an early breakfast to go back to Coca city and repeat the adventure to go out the way you came, a ride on a paddle-canoe to the docking area and then embarking on a motorized canoe to the jungle town.
During this last excursion the creek may reveal new sights of rare bird species and monkeys, and a Giant Otter may show up to say good-bye!
NAPO WILDLIFE CENTER
Room & Facilities
The Main Hall
The main hall of the Napo Wildlife Center is a central structure where visitors and staff meet, dine and share their experiences during their stay. In this main house there are several comfortable social areas including a full-stocked bar; a library where you can borrow some interesting books to read during your stay; the restaurant where all meals are served and a 20 ft high observation tower that provides an incredible 360° view of the surrounding forest, lake and passing wildlife. Also, there is a short trail behind the house where nocturnal creatures can be observed.
The most luxurious lodge in Ecuador’s Amazon
The Napo Wildlife Center complex has sixteen luxury cabins . The spacious cabins are comfortable and spotless-clean. Room facilities include:
- A king-sized bed and a twin-sized bed.
- A safety deposit box.
- Private bathrooms with hot water.
- A private balcony with views of the lake and the surroundings.
- 24/7 electricity provided by a solar pannel system and silent power generators.
- Plenty of 120v outlets to recharge your gear.
- Mosquito nests and screened windows.
- Ceiling fans.
The Napo Wildlife Center is situated on the Northern margins of the Yasuní National Park on the banks of the Napo River. The lodge is reached after a 2.5 hour comfortable motorboat ride from Coca city down the Napo River. From the arrival point on the river, you are transferred to paddle-canoes —to reduce the environmental impacts and preserve the forest and its wildlife, on a narrow black-water creek that takes you to Añangu Lake and finally see the red cabins of the Napo Wildlife Center.
This boat ride is one of the best experiences in the whole trip as the local guide silently paddles under the canopy of the trees that close over Añangu creek with great chances of encountering giant otters, several primate species, peccaries and the luckiest, a jaguar or tapir.
The Interpretative Centre is part of a cultural activity organized by the women of the community in their cultural center. You will be introduced to the local Kichwa culture and traditions with examples of traditional hunting methods, use of medicinal plants, cooking, dances, etc.
Comfort & Amenities
The Napo Wildlife Center first class services include:
- Buying handcrafts, souvenirs and 24/7 Electricity
- Internet (at a reasonable rate understanding that we need a satellite conexion whose quality depends on weather)
- Running Water and 100% clean drinking water
- First Aid and emergency evacuation if required.
- Laundry Service
- Local and International Food
- Dietary requests
The Napo Wildlife Center is built on the shores of the Añangu Lake. This particularly privileged location provides a refreshing breeze and wonderful views. The spacious and airy cabanas and the main hall inspired by the native typical designs are the pride of the hotel.
Electricity in the lodge is provided by hybrid systems of solar panels and silent diesel engines that provide 24-hour electricity and have little impact on the environment. Also, the lodge has plenty of 110-volt outlets in the cabins and living room in case you need to recharge your batteries and equipment.
The NWC has a unique wastewater treatment system. Water for the bathrooms and kitchen at the lodge is taken from the lake and it undergoes on a purification system to avoid lake pollution. As for drinkable water, you can find it in a water dispenser in the main hall area. The idea is that you take a bottle and refill it every time you need trying to use as less plastic bottles and cups as possible.
The lodge has a library from which you can borrow a wide variety of books from biology, to conservation, literature, natural history, birds, etc. on our reading lounge.. We suggest that you do not take the books to the rooms so other guests can have also the opportunity to use enjoy them.
The lodge boutique is a place where you can buy souvenirs and also personal care items. Also, at the cultural centre there is a gift shop where you can buyhandicrafts made by women of the community.
The Internet service is available at the lodge at a very reasonable price. If you need to use this service it will be added to your bill.
The Napo Wildlife Center has a two-way radio that connects the Lodge to our office in Quito and our office in Coca. Mobile service can sometimes be accessed in the lodge from the tower’s highest levels.
We provide visitors with first aid kits for excursions. Also, our excursion guides have basic medical training so they are capable of helping you in case of any emergency. For more serious attention there is a health center in the Community area.
Tell us about your experience at the Napo Wildlife Center, the rare or uncommon animals and their interactions, or what plants they were eating which you you saw with your guides, so future visitors can learn about those unexpected encounters with the incredible biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest of Añangu.
If you are a vegetarian or have special dietary requests, you can contact the lodge staff and special food will be arranged for you.
There is laundry service at the lodge at a very reasonable price. There is a white bag in your room and a form to fill out with the clothes you need washing which will be picked up by staff every morning and delivered back.