Napo Wildlife: Extended Stay 5 Days / 4 Nights

It is a place unlike any other

Located in the heart of one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet. Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park is rich with extraordinary wildlife and vibrant local culture. Spanning nearly 2.5 million acres of Amazonian rain forest. This is truly a gem to be cherished. And the Napo Wildlife Center the only lodge with in Yasuní National Park boundaries can take you there.

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.

One of the particularities of this hotel is that it is 100% managed by the Kichwa Añangu community, making it the greatest example of a community-based project that benefits the local community and preserves the diverse flora and fauna of the area.

 

Detailed Itinerary

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.

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 dining 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 RainForest: 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 7:30 pm.

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 Amazon-Mealy, blue-headed, orange –cheek, among others, landing on the earth to eat the 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 eat the salts, chemicals and minerals contained in the organic matter. Lunch in the welcome area. 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 fresh juice. Dinner at 7:30 pm.

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 motorize 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 will possibly show up to good-bye you!

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 motorize 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 will possibly show up to good-bye you!

Early breakfast, and last excursion canoeing back to the Napo river, the creek may reveal new sights of Giant otters, Monk Saki monkeys, hoatzins, blackcapped donacobius or other birds. The motorized canoe will take you back to Coca, for the flight back to Quito.

Important notes:

  • All prices are per person
  • Children under 5 years, hotel free in same parents room plus 50% of airfare to be paid
  • Children under 12 years get 30% discount on hotel prices in the same parents room
  • Napo Wildlife Center recommend for families with children to take a private guide
  • Departures available any day of the week, except Sunday
  • There is a limit of 20 kilograms to check in per person in the aircraft plus carry on. If you are checking in more weight than the excess baggage will be charged to you directly by airline
  • Rain poncho and rubber boots (from size 3 to 12) provided when needed for excursions
  • 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, handcraft workshop with the local community among other options.

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Standard Cabin double or triple occupancy $ 1690.00
Standard Cabin single occupancy $2535.00
Suite double or triple occupancy $ 1979.00
Suite single occupancy $2966.00

*All prices are subject to change without prior notice.

  • Air tickets Quito-Coca-Quito with assistance from the airport in Quito on (help with check-in and land transfers in Coca)
  • All meals
  • River transportation to Coca – Napo Wildlife Center – Coca
  • Accommodations in Napo Wildlife Center
  • 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
  • Other non-specified requirements
  • Laundry
  • Internet

Sunglasses.
Small day pack for excursions. Zip lock-type plastic bags to cover optics or other gear.
Insect repellent (Skin-so-soft or DEET product with at least 20% concentration). No inflammable sprays as they are not allowed by the airline. Sunscreen lotion with a high SPF factor.
Flashlight or headlamp bright enough for use on night walks.
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 Artesania purchases.