Venturing deep into the Amazon rainforest, along the banks of the Napo River, you will discover Napo Cultural Center. A combination of traditional architecture with a modern twist will be the start of a unique experience. Here, you are invited to learn the culture and traditions of the native Kichwa Anangu people, with the lodge representing one of the most successful community projects in Ecuador. Sleeping up to 36 people in spacious, comfortable rooms, each of the lodge’s cabanas opens out onto a private balcony, perfectly placed to admire the unforgettable surrounding landscape and its many inhabitants. A delicious selection of traditional meals will be expertly prepared, using organic ingredients from local family farms, as preserving the unique ecosystem and cultural heritage of the local people are at the heart of the operation here at Yasuni Kichwa Eco-lodge. This fact will allow you to seize every opportunity, and explore the environment safe in the knowledge that you are having as little an impact on it as possible, while also supporting the local economy.

From

US$ 603

Highlights

Ecuadorian Amazon, Parrot Clay Lick, Wildlife-watching by Canoe, Traditional Ceremony

Itinerary Details

Flight from Quito to Coca – River Journey to Napo Cultural Center – Indigenous Community Contact – Playas Trail Hiking & Wildlife Watching OR Kayaking

AM: The journey to the lodge begins with your flight from Quito to the Amazonian town of Coca in comfortable motor-operated canoes that travel down the river in about two hours. During this time, refreshments will be provided as you sight birds such as herons, kingfishers, terns and other Amazonian shorebirds as well as witness striking riverbank landscapes.

PM: Upon arriving at the Napo Cultural Center, visitors are warmly welcomed with a refreshing traditional drink and immediately taken to their cabins amidst the teeming wilderness found at one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. Once settled in at the lodge, you'll have an outstanding chance meet with the Kichwa Añangu community, whose members will welcome you with a traditional and refreshing ice cold “wayusa. From there, you can go hiking along the Playas Trail to experience Amazon wildlife for the first time in the river islands and shores amidst one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. Kayaking is also available as an optional activity for around 45 minutes to enjoy an overwhelming and colorful sunset in the vastness of Napo River. We will then head back to your cabin, rest a little bit and be prepared for a well-deserved dinner before turning in to the relaxing sounds of the Amazon

AM: Breakfast and early departure on board the boat to visit the “Kuri Muyu” Interpretation Center run by the women of the community. Here, you will have a chance to learn directly from people of the community, who will introduce you to indigenous Kichwa culture, their crafts, traditions and the use of natural resources. We return for lunch and rest at the lodge. We return to the center of the community to have lunch at the dining hall and take a break in the lodge before hiking one hour in order to climb up the observation tower reaching 35 meters above the surface with high chances to spot a variety of howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, toucans, parrots and sloths.

PM: In the afternoon, we will go canoeing down Añangu Creek for a spectacular adventure through the forest with opportunities to witness caimans and hear the sounds of nature at its purest. Return to hotel by motorized canoe for a traditional dinner. Back at the lodge, you’ll have time to settle back and prepare to taste local flavors of the Amazon, such as “maito,” which is grilled fish wrapped in a “bijao” leaf. If you have an adventurous palate, try the grilled “chonta” or “chontakuru” worms. After dinner, prepare your flashlight for a nocturnal safari, walking around the lodge to see different kinds of insects, reptiles and even mammals such as Night monkeys.

AM: You can get up at 4:30 a.m. (optional) to share one of the ancient customs of the Kichwa culture: A traditional Wayusa ceremony. Using this infusion to energize the body while listening to the Kichwa songs allows one's mind to conceptualize important issues in a peaceful and unique way. Afterwards, we will return to the lodge for breakfast, before taking a motorized canoe back to the city of Coca for your return flight to Quito.

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Prices

Standard (Single)

USD$ 744

Standard (Double)

USD$ 603

Standard (Triple)

USD$ 603

Suites (Single)

USD$ 849

Suites (Double)

USD$ 687

Suites (Triple)

USD$ 687

Included in the price

  • Accommodations at the Napo Cultural Center
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary
  • River transportation to/from Coca – Napo Cultural Center – Coca
  • Yasuni National Park entrance
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish) naturalist guide
  • All excursions and visits indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance to parrot clay licks

Not included in the price

  • Airfare (Quito – Coca – Quito) with assistants at the airport in Quito.
  • Check in y transfer in & out  in Coca city
  • Bottled drinks and Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips (i.e. for the guides and lodge staff)
  • Internet services
  • Laundry services

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Flight from Quito to Coca – River Journey to Napo Cultural Center – Indigenous Community Contact – Playas Trail Hiking & Wildlife Watching OR Kayaking

AM: The journey to the lodge begins with your flight from Quito to the Amazonian town of Coca in comfortable motor-operated canoes that travel down the river in about two hours. During this time, refreshments will be provided as you sight birds such as herons, kingfishers, terns and other Amazonian shorebirds as well as witness striking riverbank landscapes.

PM: Upon arriving at the Napo Cultural Center, visitors are warmly welcomed with a refreshing traditional drink and immediately taken to their cabins amidst the teeming wilderness found at one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. Once settled in at the lodge, you'll have an outstanding chance meet with the Kichwa Añangu community, whose members will welcome you with a traditional and refreshing ice cold “wayusa. From there, you can go hiking along the Playas Trail to experience Amazon wildlife for the first time in the river islands and shores amidst one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. Kayaking is also available as an optional activity for around 45 minutes to enjoy an overwhelming and colorful sunset in the vastness of Napo River. We will then head back to your cabin, rest a little bit and be prepared for a well-deserved dinner before turning in to the relaxing sounds of the Amazon

AM: Breakfast and early departure on board the motorboat to visit an amazing parrot clay lick. Easily accessible, this site brings visitors face to face with approximately 11 species of parrots (including parrotlets and macaws), depending on the seasons, weather conditions and good luck (though this activity is usually fruitful). We end this morning with a visit to the “Kuri Muyu” Interpretation Center, which is run by the women of the community. Here, you can learn directly from the people of the community about Kichwa culture, crafts, traditions and the traditional use of natural resources. We return for lunch and take a break at the lodge.

PM: This afternoon we will walk for about an hour and then climb up a 35-meter-high observation tower, where from above the forest's canopy you are likely to see a variety of birds, howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, toucans, parrots and sloths. We will return to the hotel by motorized canoe for a traditional dinner that is typical of the area. Dinner is followed by a unique activity on the Napo River: an ancestral catamaran ride where you will learn indigenous legends and take part in traditional chants while delicious snacks are grilled over a fire.

AM: Enjoy the sunrise at breakfast, visit the local Kitwa community to learn about their sustainable community projects and their indigenous worldview. From there, we will walk along the Mama-Kuna road, which is an excellent opportunity to see more wildlife, and ceiba trees, as well as bamboo cane, vines and shrubs endemic to Yasuní. In the afternoon after a delicious local lunch, paddle down the Añangu River, a blackwater ecosystem, where you can spot monkeys jumping from tree to tree, caiman and sometimes even giant river otters trying to catch fish. After a traditional Amazonian dinner, prepare your flashlight for a night safari around the lodge to see different kinds of insects, reptiles and even nocturnal mammals, like monkeys.

PM:

AM: This rainforest experience comes to a memorable close with a “wayusa” ritual. During this spiritual experience, you can get up at around 4:30 am to share in drinking the sacred “wayusa” infusion. This ritual, which is commonly performed by Kichwa families, has been a way for them to pass down their ancient knowledge to the new generations. During your early morning experience, you can also share in traditional chants and have the chance to “interpret dreams” with the wisest “mamakuna” in the community – a mystical experience indeed. Afterwards, we will head back to the lodge for breakfast before taking a motorized canoe back to the town of Coca and then flying back to Quito.

PM:

Prices

Standard (Single)

USD$ 868

Standard (Double)

USD$ 730

Standard (Triple)

USD$ 730

Suites (Single)

USD$ 989

Suites (Double)

USD$ 833

Suites (Triple)

USD$ 833

Included in the price

  • Accommodations at the Napo Cultural Center
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary
  • River transportation to/from Coca – Napo Cultural Center – Coca
  • Yasuni National Park entrance
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish) naturalist guide
  • All excursions and visits indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance to parrot clay licks

Not included in the price

  • Airfare (Quito – Coca – Quito) with assistants at the airport in Quito.
  • Check in y transfer in & out  in Coca city
  • Bottled drinks and Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips (i.e. for the guides and lodge staff)
  • Internet services
  • Laundry services

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Arrival & Welcome at Napo Cultural Center – Napo River Walk &/or Kayaking

AM: Arriving at Napo Cultural Center, you have the outstanding chance to step onto the aboriginal territory of the Kichwa Añangu community, whose members will welcome you with a traditional and refreshing ice cold “wayusa,” the local hotel manager will give quick instructions and immediately will take you to your comfortable room with views of the rainforest in order to get ready for the first activity in the afternoon. Hike along “Playas” trail to experience Amazon wildlife for the first time in the river islands and shores amidst one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. Kayaking is also available as an optional activity for around 45 min. to enjoy an overwhelming and colorful sunset in the vastness of Napo River. Then head back to your cabin, rest a little bit and be prepared for a well-deserved dinner. After dinner, fall asleep to the relaxing sounds of the Amazon.

PM:

AM: Enjoy the sunrise at breakfast, visit the local Kitwa community to learn about their sustainable community projects and their indigenous worldview. From there, we will walk along the Mama-Kuna road, which is an excellent opportunity to see more wildlife, and ceiba trees, as well as bamboo cane, vines and shrubs endemic to Yasuní. In the afternoon after a delicious local lunch, paddle down the Añangu River, a blackwater ecosystem, where you can spot monkeys jumping from tree to tree, caiman and sometimes even giant river otters trying to catch fish. After dinner, prepare your flashlight for a night safari around the lodge to see

PM:

AM: We will get up early to reach one of the most accessible “clay licks” frequented by Ecuadorian Amazon parrots, just one hour from the lodge. The aim is for guests to arrive before the very beginning of this spectacular natural activity in which brilliantly colored parrots assemble by the dozens from between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. to eat mineralized clay. Afterwards, following a half-hour walk through the rainforest, we will reach another parrot clay lick that usually attracts them from 9:00 to 12:00 a.m. At this site, you can see about 11 species of parrots, as well as parakeets and Scarlet macaws during certain seasons. Of course, the particular sightings depend on weather conditions and a little luck – though this activity is usually fruitful. We end this morning with a visit to the intercultural "Kuri Muyu" interpretation center, which means golden seed in native language, handled by the women of the community also knows as “mamakuna” learn about the Kichwa culture, crafts, customs and traditional use of natural resources directly from the people of the aboriginal community. We return to the center of the community to have lunch at the dining hall and take a break in the lodge before hiking one hour in order to climb up the observation tower reaching 35 meters above the surface with high chances to spot a variety of birds, howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, toucans, parrots and sloths. Time for dinner followed by a unique activity at Napo River, onboard the ancestral catamaran to know more about their legends and traditional chants, while women grill some delicious snacks in the fire.

PM:

AM: Wake up with the chirping of Amazonian birds, to enjoy our local and organic breakfast buffet. After this, put on your rubber boots to start hiking the terra firme forest along Samona Trail. Here, you can feel like Indiana Jones in the middle of century-old ceibos, spot capuchin, and sight wolly and saki monkeys. Look under the leave to discover bizarre insects and tune your eyes and ears for the birds and reptiles within the dense forest environment. Return to the eco-lodge for a refreshing drink and prepare for an exquisite lunch, including local specialties. In the afternoon, after a delicious local lunch, visit the lodge's second canopy observation tower to use specialized telescopes to spot some of the more than 600 hundred bird species of birds that inhabit the area. Upon arriving, you will have time to settle back and prepare for a traditional Amazonian dinner. Taste local flavors of the Amazon such as “maito,” which is grilled fish wrapped in a “bijao” leaf. If you have an adventurous palate, try the grilled worms of the “chonta” locally known as “chontakuru”.

PM:

AM: This rainforest experience comes to a memorable close with a “wayusa” ritual. During this spiritual experience, you can get up at around 4:30 am to share in drinking the sacred “wayusa” infusion. This ritual, which is commonly performed by Kichwa families, has been a way for them to pass down their ancient knowledge to the new generations. During your early morning experience, you can also share in traditional chants and have the chance to “interpret dreams” with the wisest “mamakuna” in the community – a mystical experience indeed. Afterwards, we will head back to the lodge for breakfast before taking a motorized canoe back to the town of Coca and then flying back to Quito.

PM:

Prices

Standard (Single)

USD$ 1038

Standard (Double)

USD$ 861

Standard (Triple)

USD$ 861

Suites (Single)

USD$ 1183

Suites (Double)

USD$ 981

Suites (Triple)

USD$ 981

Included in the price

  • Accommodations at the Napo Cultural Center
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary
  • River transportation to/from Coca – Napo Cultural Center – Coca
  • Yasuni National Park entrance
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish) naturalist guide
  • All excursions and visits indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance to parrot clay licks

Not included in the price

  • Airfare (Quito – Coca – Quito) with assistants at the airport in Quito.
  • Check in y transfer in & out  in Coca city
  • Bottled drinks and Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips (i.e. for the guides and lodge staff)
  • Internet services
  • Laundry services

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