NAPO WILDLIFE CENTER
The Napo Wildlife Center ecotourism project includes the conservation of approximately over 82 square miles (53,500 acres – over 21,400 hectares ) of 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 lodge is located across the end of a creek that gradually widens, opening into the beautiful serene waters of the Añangu Lake. The lake is home to hundreds of freshwater fish species (including piranhas, giant “pirarucú” lung fish, sting rays, peacock bass, etc.), otters, aquatic birds, endangered “charapa” turtles, etc. This region is a genetic reserve for all the Yasuní area as these species have been depleted elsewhere by hunting and developments. Evening paddle boat rides offer an excellent opportunity of safely getting closer to the caimans, watching nocturnal primates and other wildlife on the shore of the lake: a unique experience under the stars with the background music of hundreds of frogs, toads, insects, nocturnal birds and the splashes of fish and caimans as they feed and mate.
- Native Guide
- All meals
Does not include
- Tickets to the park
5 DAY EXAMPLE ITINERARY – NAPO WILDLIFE CENTER
Departing from Quito, a 30 minutes flight will take you to the jungle town of Coca. Here the real adventure begins! You’ll get on board a motorized canoe that will take us to the welcoming area of the Napo Wildlife Center. During the 2-hours ride you will have the opportunity to see some aquatic birds and nature surrounding the Napo River.
In the afternoon, you can join us in a short walk to the Napo riverbank to enjoy a beautiful sunset on the beaches and natural islands of the Napo riverbank.
Only if you want, we get up early in the morning at 4:30 am before sun rises to participate in one the most ancient customs of the Kichwa Anangu community, making the wayusa tea to energize the body and then follow the ritual of listening to kichwa songs and mind and meditate about life and important issues in a peaceful way.
After a buffet-style breakfast at the restaurant we’ll visit tthe Canopy observation Tower, a place where you’ll experience the life in the jungle atop the trees.
The 36-meter Canopy tower is about 30 minutes from the lodge deep in the forest. A place as any other! Get a close up view of colorful birds such as tanagers, toucans, macaws, parrots, flycatchers and some mokey species as Spider or Howler monkeys that feed with the fruits and seed found in the nearby trees.
In the afternoon, you’ll go hiking through a stunning terra-firme forest where you will discover the complex ecosystem living in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador, vines, orchids, bromeliad, ancient rees and different animals such as insects, spiders, mammals, birds, monkeys, etc. After the hike, you’ll ride on the surrounding creeks on paddle-canoe to explore the aquatic wildlife. Dinner at the lodge at about 7:30pm
Get up early in the morning to visit the most stunning parrot clay licks in the Amazon jungle in Ecuador!! We’ll paddle downstream on the Anangu creek until reaching the Kichwa Anangu community. Then, after a 10 minutes ride on a motorized canoe we’ll get to the parrot clay licks where hundreds of wonderful colorful birds gather to lick the mineral contained in the soil that help them to digest the fruits and seeds they feed up with.
Then, back to the community welcoming area we’ll go on a short walk to the parakeets clay lick to see hundreds of parakeets atop the trees waiting for the best time to eat the minerals and salt contained in the soil.
In the afternoon, we’ll visit the Interpretative Centre where you will be welcomed by women of the community. Learn about their customs and traditions at the same time you enjoy from community the typical rituals and dances.
This morning we’ll explore the terra-firme and swamp forests of the Tiputini trail in search of more wildlife such as monkeys, snakes, two and three toed sloths, squirrels and exotic plants and trees typical of the Tropical forest.
Then, we’ll go back to the NWC to have lunch and rest in the rooms or the social areas. And in the afternoon, we’ll paddle in the surrounding creeks to explore deeper in the waters of the Amazonia to meet with unique wildlife.
After an early breakfast we’ll go they way we came back to Coca city. In this last excursion upstream the Napo River you may see some new sights of the Amazonia flora and fauna.