Overview

The Napo Wildlife Center is a uniquely authentic lodge located on over 82 square miles of pristine Amazon Rainforest within the Yasuni National Park. Yasuni – the local communities refer to it as “sacred land.”

It is easy to understand why…Yasuni National Park is one of the most biologically diverse areas on our planet and has been declared a world biosphere reserve by UNESCO.

Scientists have discovered 655 species of trees within one hectare of land (more than the total number of trees recorded in US and Canada combined), some 4,000-plant species, 173 species of mammals and 610 bird species live inside the Park. “It contains more documented insect species than any other forest in the world, and is among the most diverse forests in the world for different species of birds, bats, amphibians, epiphytes, and lianas. Yasuní is critical habitat to 23 globally threatened mammal species, including the Giant otter, the Amazonian manatee, Pink river dolphin, Giant anteater, and Amazonian tapir.

And Napo Wildlife Center is unlike any other Amazon lodge in the region. It was founded by the Añangu, an indigenous Kichwa community. As is the case of many Kichwa communities, it had become difficult for the Añangu to maintain their ageless traditions. The Añangu were proud of their culture and at the same time aware of the need to preserve their community’s natural resources.

Fifteen years ago, the Anangu took a giant leap of faith in the sustainable use of natural resources. All hunting and unlimited fishing were stopped. With the help of foreign investors, the Añangu created Napo Wildlife Center as an ecotourism destination showcasing the wonders of their Amazonia as well as the lifestyle, traditions and beliefs of their culture. For two years, the community’s men and women built the entire lodge, transporting all of the materials by boat, foot and canoe.

Today the community dedicates itself to offering an Amazon jungle experience where all flora and fauna are respected and preserved for all to appreciate, learn from and enjoy.

Your personal journey begins with a 30-minute flight to the riverside city of Coca. After a short drive to the dock, a motorized canoe will take explorers on a beautiful 2-hour adventure on the grand Napo River. Upon arrival at the entrance to Napo Wildlife Center, guests will switch to smaller, dugout canoes.

The final 2-hour canoe ride is breathtaking. Quietly your guide will paddle up a blackwater creek to the secluded lodge. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by lodge staff and escorted to your cabana to settle in. Your adventure awaits! You will come to understand and appreciate the respect the indigenous people have for nature by participating in many exciting activities, observe an abundance of flora and fauna.

 

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 Depart from Quito on a 45 minute flight to Coca over the eastern Andes mountain range. Transfer to a covered motor boat for a 2-hour ride along the Napo river. Along the way herons, kingfishers and other birds can be spotted. We’ll soon transfer to dugout canoe for the peaceful 1-2 hour final leg of our journey. You’ll have a good chance of viewing several species of monkies as well as large birds like toucans, parrots or even macaws. Late afternoon arrival to the lodge and the overwhelming view of the Añangu lake.

Day 3 After a buffet breakfast, visit the 36-meter canopy tower, experience the life above the forest floor. This tower is located about 20 minutes from the lodge deep within the forest. Over 560 species have been recorded so far. Perhaps you’ll get 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 up a whole new world. After lunch there are many options to choose from: 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 this complex world: 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. Or

Day 4 Early departure and last excursion canoeing back to the Napo river. You may spot Giant otters, Saki monkeys or many other rare birds. Arrival in Coca for flight back to Quito.

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Dates/Pricing

Napo Wildlife center is a year-round destination, leaving any day of the week, except Sunday. This makes it easy to coordinate with a Galapagos cruise!

2018 Prices – Standard Cabins

Double or Triple Occupancy Single Occupancy
4 Days/3 Nights $1,467 $2,176
5 Days/4 nights $1,740 $2,585
6 Days/5 Nights $2,017 $3,000
7 Days/6 Nights $2,282 $3,396
8 Days/7 Nights $2,535 $3,776

 

2018 Prices – Suites

Double or Triple Occupancy Single Occupancy
4 Days/3 Nights $1,688 $2,506
5 Days/4 nights $2,029 $3,016
6 Days/5 Nights $2,346 $3,494
7 Days/6 Nights $2,675 $3,986
8 Days/7 Nights $2,978 $4,442

All prices are per person and are quoted in US dollars.

Children Discounts:

Children under 5 years: stay free in same room as parents, plus 50% of airfare to be paid.

Children under 12: 30% discount when staying in the same room as the parents.

(We recommend families traveling with children to hire a private guide.)

Prices include:

  • Accommodations
  • Round-trip air Quito/Coca/Quito
  • All meals
  • River transportation to Coca – Napo Wildlife Center – Coca
  • All excursions
  • Native guide and naturalist bilingual guide
  • Entrance fee to the Yasuni National Park and parrot clay licks
  • Rain poncho and rubber boots

Prices Do Not Include:

  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Other items not specified

 

2019 Prices – Standard Cabins

Double or Triple Occupancy Single Occupancy
4 Days/3 Nights $1,332 $2,112
5 Days/4 nights $1,632 $2,562
6 Days/5 Nights $1,937 $3,018
7 Days/6 Nights $2,229 $3,454
8 Days/7 Nights $2,507 $3,872

 

2019 Prices – Suites

Double or Triple Occupancy Single Occupancy
4 Days/3 Nights $1,575 $2,475
5 Days/4 nights $1,950 $3,036
6 Days/5 Nights $2,299 $3,562
7 Days/6 Nights $2,661 $4,103
8 Days/7 Nights $2,994 $4,605
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