The Amazonian rainforest teems with life and adventure. Imagine hearing howler monkeys overhead, discovering medicinal roots, and encountering remote indigenous villages. Canoeing along the river, you might even spot a caiman. This vibrant ecosystem spans eight South American countries, including Ecuador, known for its accessibility. In Ecuador, you can leave the capital and relax in an Amazonian lodge by lunchtime. A standout is the Napo Wildlife Center (NWC), located within Yasuni National Park. Accessible via a short flight and scenic canoe trip from Quito, NWC is an upscale eco-lodge owned and operated by the Añangu Kichwa community, offering an immersive rainforest experience.

Highlights

Ecuadorian Amazon, Parrot Clay Lick, Indigenous Community, Canopy Tower, Hike, Creek Exploration

Detailed Itineraries

napo wildlife center aerial view
Quito – Napo Wildlife Center

AM: Departing from Quito, we will take a 30-minute flight over the eastern Andes mountain range to the Amazonian city of Coca to begin your amazing rainforest experience. After landing, we will take a local "chiva" (an open-air bus) on a short 5-minute drive to the port on the Napo River. Once there, we will board a comfortable, covered motorboat to begin the boat ride along the Napo River for approximately 2 hours, enjoying a box lunch and spotting aquatic birds like herons, kingfishers and others on the way. After reaching the Napo Wildlife Center’s welcoming area, we will take a magical 2-hour dugout canoe ride along a narrow river that leads to the lake where the lodge itself is located. This ride presents great chances for more wildlife spotting, including sightings of various species of monkeys as well as large birds like toucans, parrots or even macaws. By the late afternoon, we will arrive at the lodge, where you will settle in, have dinner and spend the night.

PM:

AM: We will get up early to reach the best and most assessable parrot clay lick in all of Ecuador. Located about an hour from the lodge, guests must reach the site just before the daily parrot activity commences -- at between 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. A total of 11 species of parrots, parakeets and macaws can be seen here. Though actual sightings depend on the weather conditions, these excursions are usually rewarding. Later, we will hike through the forest along a trail that leads to the local Kichwa community of Añangu, where we will share some time with a family in their day-to-day activities. Then we will return to the river and hike through a terra firme forest for about 30 minutes until we arrive at a second parrot clay lick. If the weather conditions permit, we should be able to find different species of parrots, parakeets and macaws. A box lunch will be served at the parrot clay lick observatory. Late in the afternoon, we will return to the lodge.

PM:

AM: After an early breakfast at the lodge's restaurant, we will head out from the lodge en route to the finest viewing experience at a canopy tower on the Napo. A 36-meter-high canopy tower opened to guests in November 2004 as a great way to experience the life above the forest floor. This is the second tower at the Napo Wildlife Center (the first is attached to the dining hall and allows great views of the lake). This other tower is located about 30 minutes from the lodge itself, deep within a terra firme forest. As you ascend the 12-floor tower, you pass through different levels of the forest to reach the top of a huge ceiba tree. Here you cross onto a wooden platform, which is actually built into the tree, and experience the view formerly reserved only for birds. The galvanized metal tower was constructed to the highest standards and is carefully inspected by engineers. Safety is the priority, as the platform at the top of the tree was constructed by tree platform specialists. From top to bottom, there is no finer canopy experience in eastern Ecuador. Flocks of colorful tanagers pass right through the canopy, as do Blue and Yellow macaws, while Spider Monkeys search for fruit in nearby trees, and two species of large toucans call out in the early mornings and afternoons. Indeed, life in the forest canopy opens up before you. Birds that are virtually impossible to see from the forest floor far below are suddenly right beside you, oblivious to your presence. Later in the afternoon, we will hike through a marvelous terra firme forest to learn about the ecology and the role of plants in the complex world of the tropical rainforest, where vines, primordial trees, bromeliads and orchids stand out in this extraordinary natural garden. After the hike, we will explore surrounding creeks in which you have a good chance of running into a Giant otter family.

PM:

AM: After an early breakfast, we will head out on our final excursion: canoeing back to the Napo River and the creek for more wildlife sightings of Giant otters, saki monkeys, hoatzins, black-capped donacobius birds and other wildlife. The motorized canoe will then return you to the town of Coca, where you will be driven to the airport for your flight back to Quito.

PM:

Prices

Standard (Single)

USD$ 2112

Standard (Double)

USD$ 1332

Standard (Triple)

USD$ 1332

Suites (Single)

USD$ 2475

Suites (Double)

USD$ 1575

Suites (Triple)

USD$ 1575

Included in the price

  • Accommodations at the Napo Wildlife Center
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary
  • River transportation to/from Coca – Napo Wildlife – Coca
  • Yasuni National Park entrance
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish-speaking) 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 assistance at the airport in Quito and Coca
  • Check-in and transfer services arriving in and departing from the city of Coca
  • Bottled drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips (i.e. for the guides and lodge staff)
  • Internet services
  • Laundry services

napo wildlife center lagoon
Quito – Coca – Motor/Dugout Canoe Rides – Napo Wildlife Center

AM: A 30-minute flight over the eastern Andes mountain range to the Amazonian city of Coca is the beginning of your amazing rainforest experience. After landing, we will make a short 5-minute drive to the port on the Napo River. Once there, we will board a comfortable covered motorboat to begin the ride by boat along the Napo for approximately two hours, spotting aquatic birds and other wildlife on the way. After reaching the Napo Wildlife Center’s welcoming area, we will take a serene and magical 2-hour dugout canoe ride along a narrow river that leads to the lake where the lodge itself is located. This ride presents great chances for more wildlife spotting, including sightings of various species of monkeys as well as large birds like toucans, parrots or even macaws. By the late afternoon, we will arrive at the lodge, where you will settle in, have dinner and spend the night.

PM:

AM: After a buffet breakfast, you can experience life above the forest floor by climbing the 36-meter-high observation tower that rises above the jungle canopy. This tower is located about 30 minutes from the lodge, deep in the rainforest. You'll have a very good view at some of the 567 bird species recorded in this area so far, as you get a close look at colorful tanagers, macaws, toucans and flycatchers, as well as Spider and Howler monkeys feeding in nearby trees. The canopy tower opens up a whole new world to travelers who stay at the Napo Wildlife Center. Later, we will return to the lodge for a typical Ecuadorian lunch. After eating, there are a number of early afternoon options from which to choose – from looking from the observation tower for more birds or just relaxing in your hammock. Later in the afternoon, we will hike through a marvelous terra firme forest to learn about the ecology and the role of plants in the complex world of the tropical rainforest, where vines, primordial trees, bromeliads and orchids stand out in this extraordinary natural garden. After the hike, we will explore surrounding creeks in which you will have a good chance of running into a Giant otter family. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

PM:

AM: This morning we will visit one of the best parrot clay licks in Ecuador! After an early start, we will paddle downriver on the Añangu Creek as far as the welcome area. We will then take the motorboat for a 10-minute ride for a breathtaking view of up to hundreds of parrots — such as Amazon-Mealy, Blue-headed and orange-cheek parrots — which assemble here daily. These parrots and cobalt-winged parakeets come here for the salts, chemicals and minerals contained in the organic clay matter. Later, we will return to the welcome area for lunch, and in the afternoon we will visit the interpretation center to learn about the traditions of the ancestral Kichwa Añangu community. Returning to the lodge late in the afternoon, you’ll be welcomed back with a refreshing fresh juice. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

PM:

AM: This morning we will go on a wildlife hike along the Tiputini Trail and its terra-firma forests and swamp forests in search of more wildlife, such as Golden-mantled tamarins, White-faced capuchin monkeys, Two- and Three-toed sloths, and Pigmy squirrels. Later, we will return to the lodge for lunch and a well-deserved rest. In the afternoon, we will paddle a canoe to explore areas deeper in the flooded forest, seeking more chances to observe the unique wildlife there. After dinner, a presentation will be made about the Napo Wildlife Center and the local community.

PM:

AM: After an early breakfast, we will head out on our final excursion: canoeing back to the Napo River and the creek for more wildlife sightings of Giant otters, Saki monkeys, hoatzins, Black-capped donacobius birds and other wildlife. The motorized canoe will then return you to the town of Coca, where you will be driven to the airport for your flight back to Quito.

PM:

Prices

Standard (Single)

USD$ 2562

Standard (Double)

USD$ 1632

Standard (Triple)

USD$ 1632

Suites (Single)

USD$ 3036

Suites (Double)

USD$ 1950

Suites (Triple)

USD$ 1950

Included in the price

  • airfare for the Quito-Coca-Quito route (assistance from the Quito airport transfers in the Coca +)
  • accommodation
  • all meals
  • pure water
  • river transportation to and from the city of Coca
  • all excursions
  • including the Anangu Kichwa Community
  • exclusive visits
  • NWC parrot licks
  • It provides a native guide and a bilingual guide Naturalist
  • Yasuni National Park entrance
  • It provides water and poncho rubber boots.

Not included in the price

  • alcoholic and bottled drinks
  • tips and any other requirements not specified.

napo wildlife center birdwatching
Quito Departure – Rainforest Arrival – Napo Wildlife Center

AM: This morning we’ll take a short 30- minute flight from Quito to the town of Francisco de Orellana (better known as “Coca”), the gateway to the Amazon. The town is named after Francisco de Orellana, who in 1541 set sail on a locally constructed brigantine to make the first voyage across the continent to the Atlantic Ocean. Your ride will be far more comfortable, though, as you will receive snacks and bottled water as you cruise in comfort and safety in a 40-seater boat powered by two 75 horsepower outboard engines. Roof and plastic side-curtains will offer a comfortable trip preventing you and your gear from getting wet if it rains; otherwise sit back and enjoy the breeze and views along the mighty Napo. Traveling for about 2-1/2 hours, we will finally reach the welcome station of the Napo Wildlife Center (NWC). Here, we will transfer to a smaller canoe and paddle up the Añangu Creek to the NWC lodge, which is situated on the shore of a tranquil lake amid a huge tract of primary rainforest within the Anangu Kichwa community. Once you reach the Napo Wildlife Center, you will be welcomed as a traditional drink and then shown to your cabin, where you will find stunning views of the wilderness and natural gardens bordering the lodge.

PM: In the late afternoon, you can go on a short walk to the Napo riverbank to enjoy a striking sunset over the shore and natural islands of the Napo River. Afterwards, we will return to the lodge for a delicious traditional dinner at the lodge’s restaurant. As the kitchen area is open to visitors, you will be welcome to see how the meals are cooked by the chef.

AM: This morning you’ll have to get up early – at 4:30 am! – if you want to participate in one the most ancient customs of the Kichwa Anangu community. At this time, you can participate in the ceremony of making and drinking some energizing wayusa tea, and then participate in rituals of Kichwa singing as you learn to meditate about life. Afterwards, following a buffet-style breakfast at the lodge’s restaurant, we will climb the canopy observation tower, where you’ll experience life in the rainforest from above the jungle canopy. The 36-meter-high canopy tower is situated deep in the jungle, about 30 minutes from the lodge. In this place unlike any other, you will get a close-up view of colorful birds such as tanagers, toucans, macaws, parrots, flycatchers, as well as several monkey species, like the Spider or Howler monkeys that feed on the fruits and seeds found in the nearby trees.

PM: After visiting the canopy tower, we will return to the Napo Wildlife Center for a typical Ecuadorian lunch at the restaurant, which itself features a 360° view of the Anangu Lake and the surrounding nature. After lunch, you can choose from the many optional activities offered at NWC, including climbing the dining room observation tower for some more birdwatching or just relaxing with a good book in a hammock. Later in the afternoon, we will go hiking through a stunning terra firme forest, where you’ll discover the complex ecosystem of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, brimming with vines, orchids, bromeliads and ancient trees, in addition to insects, raucous birds, curious monkeys and more. After the hike, we will take a paddle-canoe ride on the surrounding creeks to explore the aquatic wildlife there. Afterwards, you can sit down for a hearty Amazonian dinner at around 7:30 pm.

AM: This morning too, you’ll have to get up early to visit the most stunning parrot clay licks in the Ecuadorian Amazon! We’ll paddle downriver on Anangu Creek until reaching the Kichwa Anangu community; then, after a 10-minute ride in a motorized canoe, we’ll reach parrot clay licks, where you’ll find hundreds of wonderfully colored birds. They gather here every morning to lick minerals contained in the soil, which helps them to digest the fruits and seeds they feed on.

PM: After enjoying lunch, which will be served in the welcome area, we will visit the local Interpretation Center, where you will be welcomed by the women of the community. They will teach you about their customs and traditions as you enjoy typical rituals and dances of the community. Later in the afternoon, we’ll go back to the Napo Wildlife Center lodge for dinner and to rest up for the next day’s adventure.

AM: This morning we will explore the Tiputini trail, passing through terra firme and swamp forests in search of more wildlife, such as monkeys, snakes, two- and three-toed sloths, squirrels and exotic plants and trees. Afterwards, we’ll return to the lodge for lunch and to rest up.

PM: In the afternoon, we will paddle along surrounding creeks to travel deeper into the Amazon in search of more of its unique wildlife. We will return to the lodge for dinner, at which time the lodge’s staff will present a video about the Kichwa Anangu community and the Napo Wildlife Center.

AM: After an early breakfast, we will return to the town of Coca following the same route that brought us to the lodge. During this final excursion up the Napo River, you will see even more Amazonian flora and fauna.

PM:

Prices

Standard (Single)

USD$ 2562

Standard (Double)

USD$ 1632

Standard (Triple)

USD$ 1632

Suites (Single)

USD$ 3036

Suites (Double)

USD$ 1950

Suites (Triple)

USD$ 1950

Included in the price

  • Accommodations at the Napo Wildlife Center
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary
  • River transportation to/from Coca – Napo Wildlife – Coca
  • Yasuni National Park entrance
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish-speaking) 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 assistance at the airport in Quito and Coca
  • Check-in and transfer services arriving in and departing from the city of Coca
  • Bottled drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips (i.e. for the guides and lodge staff)
  • Internet services
  • Laundry services

napo wildlife center tourists
Quito Departure – Arrival in Coca – Scenic Boat Rides – Arrival at the Napo Wildlife Center’s Yasuní Kichwa Eco-lodge

AM: Leaving the bustle of the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, a 30-minute flight will take you to the Amazonian rainforest town of Orellana (better known as “Coca”) – where the real adventure begins! Upon your landing, members of the Napo Wildlife Center’s staff will drive you to the port on the Napo River, where you’ll board a motorized canoe that will take you to the Wildlife Center’s welcoming area. During the 2-hour ride, you will have the opportunity to see aquatic birds and nature along the banks and in the trees of the Napo River until reaching the welcome station of the Napo Wildlife Center (NWC). Here, we will transfer to a smaller canoe and paddle up the Añangu Creek to the NWC lodge, which is situated on the bank of a tranquil lake amid a huge tract of primary rainforest within the Anangu Kichwa community. Once you reach the Napo Wildlife Center itself, you will be welcomed with a traditional drink and then shown to your cabin, where you will find stunning views of the wilderness and natural gardens bordering the lodge. In the late afternoon, you can go on a short walk to the Napo riverbank to enjoy a striking sunset over the shore and natural islands of the Napo River. Afterwards, we will return to the lodge for a delicious traditional dinner at the lodge’s restaurant. As the kitchen area is open to visitors, you will be welcome to see how the meals are cooked by the chef.

PM:

AM: This morning will begin a three-day introduction to the bird life of the western Amazon, where you will get a good feel for the complexity of rich habitats and microhabitats within easy reach of the lodge. Throughout the day, we’ll visit the sturdy observation tower, where from above the forest canopy you will have a privileged view of a world quite different from the rest of the rainforest. Flocks of oropendolas, aracaris, tanagers, and euphonias fly above the canopy in search of fruit, while Spangled and Plum-throated Cotingas glow from the treetops. At the same time, you are likely to sight raptors perching in the morning sun, White-browed Purple tufts and Crowned Slaty Flycatchers vying for insects, numerous parrots and macaws flying by if there’s a fruiting tree nearby. Many other species will also sail

PM:

AM: We will start the day at the forest on the river’s edge, where we’ll visit the local community that built and runs the lodge. Here, you will find numerous bird species such as Turquoise and Magpie Tanagers, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, and Swallow-winged Puffbird. Later we will venture to Napo River islands that support varied birdlife that’s distinct from that found on the “mainland” just a few hundred yards away! On these islands, we will be in search of Black-and-white Antbirds, Olivespotted Hummingbirds and at least three species of Spinetails. In addition, you can almost expect to sight river birds such as Capped Herons, Collared Plovers, and Yellow-billed Terns. Later we will return to the lodge for dinner.

PM:

AM: This morning we will head out on good forest trails that offer access to birdlife such as woodcreepers, antbirds, and tinamous, which are particularly well represented. It is also likely that you will encounter the audibly striking Screaming Piha and the visually striking Blacknecked Red Cotinga. A number of “saladeros” (clay licks) exist on the Napo Wildlife Center expansive grounds, where you can see (and hear!) the spectacle of hundreds of parrots and parakeets coming daily to eat clay. You should also enjoy canoe rides across the lake and down adjacent creeks, where the songs of Silvered and Plumbeous Antbirds reverberate through the flooded forest. The birds that we will be in search of here include the Zigzag Heron, the Point-tailed

PM:

AM: Today we’ll head back to the town of Coca for your return flight to Quito.

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Prices

Cabanas (Double)

USD$ 1690

Suites (Double)

USD$ 1979

Included in the price

  • Air Ticket in Quito-Coca-Quito route (assistance from the Quito airport transfers in the Coca)
  • Accommodations
  • All meals
  • Purified drinking water
  • River transportation to and from the city of Coca
  • All excursions, including a visit to the Anangu Kichwa Community
  • Parrot licks
  • A local guide and a bilingual naturalist guide
  • Yasuni National Park entrance fee
  • Use of ponchos and rubber boots

Not included in the price

  • Alcoholic and bottled drinks
  • Tips

napo wildlife center guide
Quito – Coca – Motor/Dugout Canoe Rides – Napo Lodge

AM: A 30-minute flight over the eastern Andes mountain range to the Amazonian city of Coca is the beginning of your amazing rainforest experience. After landing, we will take a short 5-minute drive to the port on the Napo River. Once there, we will board a comfortable, covered motorboat to begin the ride by boat along the Napo for approximately 2 hours, spotting aquatic birds and other wildlife on the way. After reaching the Napo Wildlife Center’s welcoming area, we will take a magical 2-hour dugout canoe ride along a narrow river that leads to the lake where the lodge itself is located. This ride presents a lot of great chances for more wildlife spotting, including sightings of various species of monkeys as well as large birds like toucans, parrots or even macaws. By the late afternoon, we will arrive at the lodge, where you will settle in, have dinner and spend the night.

PM:

AM: After a buffet breakfast, you can experience life above the forest floor by climbing the 36-meter-high observation tower that rises above the jungle canopy. This tower is located about 30 minutes from the lodge, deep in the rainforest. YOu will have a very good view at some of the 567 bird species recorded in this area so far, getting a close look at colorful tanagers, macaws, toucans and flycatchers, as well as Spider and Howler monkeys feeding in nearby trees. The canopy tower opens up a whole new world to travelers who stay at the Napo Wildlife Center. Later, we will return to the lodge for a typical Ecuadorian lunch. After eating, there are a number of early afternoon options from which to choose – from looking for more birds from the observation tower or just relaxing in your hammock. Later in the afternoon, we will hike through a marvelous terra firme forest to learn about the ecology and the role of plants in the complex world of the tropical rainforest, where vines, primordial trees, bromeliads and orchids stand out in this extraordinary natural garden. After the hike, we will explore surrounding creeks in which you have a good chance of running into a Giant otter family. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

PM:

AM: This morning we will visit one of the best parrot clay licks in Ecuador! After an early start, we will paddle downriver on the Añangu Creek as far as the welcome area. We will then take the motorboat for a 10-minute ride for a breathtaking view of up to hundreds of parrots — such as Amazon-Mealy, Blue-headed and orange-cheek parrots — which assemble here daily to eat the salts, chemicals and minerals contained in the organic clay matter. Later, we will return to the welcome area for lunch, and in the afternoon we will visit the interpretation center to learn about the traditions of the ancestral Kichwa Añangu community. Returning to the lodge late in the afternoon, you’ll be welcomed back with a refreshing fresh juice. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

PM:

AM: Today we will explore the Guangana Trail on a high-difficulty hike, one requiring you to climb to an altitude of 250 meters above sea level. As this trek combines flooded forests, dry forests, and swamps, you will experience the tremendous biodiversity offered by the Ecuadorian Amazon. In his location, which is named after white collared “Guangana” peccaries, we will attempt to spot these unique mammals in their natural habitat. It’s also likely that we will come across Jaguar and wildcat footpaths. During this hike, the local guide will explain the tropical rainforest ecosystems. In the afternoon we will take a boat ride across the Añangucocha Lagoon and down its adjacent Cariañangu Creek. Throughout this tour, you will be able to appreciate the lush Amazonian plant life, as well as wildlife such as Howler and Spider monkeys, in addition to Giant otters and many other species.

PM:

AM: Today, we will hike through the Amazonian primary forest to Tiputini River, where we will set up camp there in the jungle. You will be provided with a spacious and comfortable tent, while you will continue to receive personalized service during your camping adventure. Undoubtedly, you will find this a unique and unforgettable experience. To reach the campsite, you will have two alternatives: • The first is to enjoy a walk along the Tiputini Trail, where we will find creeks and swamps as we search for Golden-mantled tamarins, capuchin and squirrel monkeys, two- and three-finger sloths, and other mammals. This high-medium difficulty walk will take about seven hours. • The second option starts out with a one-hour boat ride down the Napo River until reaching the town of Pompeya. From there, we will drive by car for approximately an hour and a half until we get to the Tiputini River, where we will take a 20-minute motor canoe ride into the indigenous Añangu territory. In the afternoon, after lunch, we will visit the Waorani community of Guiyero to make a second cultural contact to learn about this group’s culture, music, dances, and customs. Late in the afternoon, we will travel by motor canoe along the Tiputini River in search of gray dolphins and caimans, two of the most emblematic aquatic species of the region. At the end of the day, we will return to the camp for dinner. Later that night, you will have a chance to enjoy the jungle through a nighttime safari in which you will discover its wonderful night sounds and the possibility to see various nocturnal species of insects, reptiles, and amphibians.

PM:

AM: After an early breakfast, we will head out on our final excursion: canoeing back to the Napo River and the creek for more wildlife sightings of Giant otters, Saki monkeys, hoatzins, Black-capped donacobius birds and other wildlife. The motorized canoe will then return you to the town of Coca for the flight back to Quito. PLEASE NOTE: This is a sample itinerary subject to change due to weather conditions, safety, and particular interests of guests and groups. Changes and additions are made in order to maximize wildlife viewing and wilderness enjoyment, cultural interaction with local people, and all possible time at the richest rainforest in Ecuador: the Yasuni National Park. Please check with us to tailor-make your itinerary and cater to your particular interest for a unique life experience at the finest Amazon lodge: the Napo Wildlife Center.

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Prices

Standard (Single)

USD$ 3018

Standard (Double)

USD$ 1937

Standard (Triple)

USD$ 1937

Suites (Single)

USD$ 3562

Suites (Double)

USD$ 2299

Suites (Triple)

USD$ 2299

Included in the price

  • Accommodations at the Napo Wildlife Center
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary
  • River transportation to/from Coca – Napo Wildlife – Coca
  • Yasuni National Park entrance
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish-speaking) 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 assistance at the airport in Quito and Coca
  • Check-in and transfer services arriving in and departing from the city of Coca
  • Bottled drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips (i.e. for the guides and lodge staff)
  • Internet services
  • Laundry services

napo wildlife center room
Quito – Coca – Motor/Dugout Canoe Rides – Napo Lodge

AM: A 30-minute flight over the eastern Andes mountain range to the Amazonian city of Coca is the beginning of your amazing rainforest experience. After landing, we will make a short 5-minute drive to the port on the Napo River. Once there, we will board a comfortable, covered motorboat to begin the ride by boat along the Napo for approximately two hours, spotting aquatic birds and other wildlife on the way. After reaching the Napo Wildlife Center’s welcoming area, we will take a magical 2-hour dugout canoe ride along a narrow river that leads to the lake where the lodge itself is located. This ride presents a lot of great chances for more wildlife spotting, including various species of monkeys as well as large birds like toucans, parrots or even macaws. By the late afternoon, we will arrive at the lodge, where you will settle in, have dinner and spend the night.

PM:

AM: After a buffet breakfast, you can experience life above the forest floor by climbing the 36-meter-high observation tower that rises above the jungle canopy. This tower is located about 30 minutes from the lodge, deep in the rainforest. You will have a very good view at some of the 567 bird species recorded in this area so far, getting a close look at colorful tanagers, macaws, toucans and flycatchers, as well as Spider and Howler monkeys feeding in nearby trees. The canopy tower opens up a whole new world to travelers who stay at the Napo Wildlife Center. Later, we will return to the lodge for a typical Ecuadorian lunch. After eating, there are a number of early afternoon options from which to choose – from looking for more birds from the observation tower or just relaxing in your hammock. Later in the afternoon, we will hike through a marvelous terra firme forest to learn about the ecology and the role of plants in the complex world of the tropical rainforest, where vines, primordial trees, bromeliads, and orchids stand out in this extraordinary natural garden. After the hike, we will explore surrounding creeks in which you have a good chance of running into a Giant otter family. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

PM:

AM: This morning we will visit one of the best parrot clay licks in Ecuador! After an early start, we will paddle downriver on the Añangu Creek as far as the welcome area. We will then take the motorboat for a 10-minute ride for a breathtaking view of up to hundreds of parrots — such as Amazon-Mealy, Blue-headed and orange-cheek parrots — which assemble here daily to eat the salts, chemicals and minerals contained in the organic clay matter. Later, we will return to the welcome area for lunch, and in the afternoon we will visit the interpretation center to learn about the traditions of the ancestral Kichwa Añangu community. Returning to the lodge late in the afternoon, you’ll be welcomed back with a refreshing fresh juice. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

PM:

AM: Today we will trek through the jungle to visit the indigenous Kichwa Añangu Community, where you will have a chance to interact with local people and learn about their culture and lifestyle. After visiting the school and common areas, you will be able to go to the home of a local Kichwa family, who will tell you even more about their culture and traditions. Lunch will be served at Yasuni Kichwa Ecolodge. In the afternoon, we will walk to the 40-meter-high observation tower located a few meters away from the lodge. From this tower, you can sight different species of exotic rainforest birds. Finally, we will walk to the lodge's second observation tower located in Kury Muyo, which is south of the community and very close to the Napo River. From this tower too, you will be able to spot birds and animals that live near the river and riverbank ecosystems. We will later return to the lodge for dinner.

PM:

AM: Today we will explore the Guangana Trail on a high-difficulty hike, one requiring you to climb to an altitude of 250 meters above sea level. As this trek combines flooded forests, dry forests, and swamps, you will experience the tremendous biodiversity offered by the Ecuadorian Amazon. In his location, which is named after white collared “Guangana” peccaries, we will attempt to spot these unique mammals in their natural habitat. It’s also likely that we will come across Jaguar and wildcat footpaths. During this hike, the local guide will explain the tropical rainforest ecosystems. In the afternoon we will take a boat ride across the Añangucocha Lagoon and down its adjacent Cariañangu Creek. Throughout this tour, you will be able to appreciate the lush Amazonian plant life, as well as wildlife such as Howler and Spider monkeys, in addition to Giant otters and many other species.

PM:

AM: Today, we will hike through the Amazonian primary forest to Tiputini River, where we will set up camp there in the jungle. You will be provided with a spacious and comfortable tent, while you will continue to receive personalized service during your camping adventure. Undoubtedly, you will find this a unique and unforgettable experience. To reach the campsite, you will have two alternatives: • The first is to enjoy a walk along the Tiputini Trail, where we will find creeks and swamps as we search for Golden-mantled tamarins, capuchin and squirrel monkeys, two- and three-finger sloths, and other mammals. This high-medium difficulty walk will take about seven hours. • The second option starts out with a one-hour boat ride down the Napo River until reaching the town of Pompeya. From there, we will drive by car for approximately an hour and a half until we get to the Tiputini River, where we will take a 20-minute motor canoe ride into the indigenous Añangu territory. In the afternoon, after lunch, we will visit the Waorani community of Guiyero to make a second cultural contact to learn about this group’s culture, music, dances, and customs. Late in the afternoon, we will travel by motor canoe along the Tiputini River in search of gray dolphins and caimans, two of the most emblematic aquatic species of the region. At the end of the day, we will return to the camp for dinner. Later that night, you will have a chance to enjoy the jungle through a nighttime safari in which you will discover its wonderful night sounds and the possibility to see various nocturnal species of insects, reptiles, and amphibians.

PM:

AM: After an early breakfast, we will head out on our final excursion: canoeing back to the Napo River and the creek for more wildlife sightings of Giant otters, Saki monkeys, hoatzins, Black-capped donacobius birds and other wildlife. The motorized canoe will then return you to the town of Coca for your flight back to Quito. PLEASE NOTE: This is a sample itinerary subject to change due to weather conditions, safety, and particular interests of guests and groups. Changes and additions are made in order to maximize wildlife viewing and wilderness enjoyment, cultural interaction with local people, and all possible time at the richest rainforest in Ecuador: the Yasuni National Park. Please check with us to tailor-make your itinerary and cater to your particular interest for a unique life experience at the finest Amazon lodge: the Napo Wildlife Center.

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Prices

Standard (Single)

USD$ 3454

Standard (Double)

USD$ 2229

Standard (Triple)

USD$ 2229

Suites (Single)

USD$ 4103

Suites (Double)

USD$ 2661

Suites (Triple)

USD$ 2661

Included in the price

  • Accommodations at the Napo Wildlife Center
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary
  • River transportation to/from Coca – Napo Wildlife – Coca
  • Yasuni National Park entrance
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish-speaking) 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 assistance at the airport in Quito and Coca
  • Check-in and transfer services arriving in and departing from the city of Coca
  • Bottled drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips (i.e. for the guides and lodge staff)
  • Internet services
  • Laundry services

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Quito – Coca – Motor/Dugout Canoe Rides – Napo Center

AM: A 30-minute flight over the eastern Andes mountain range to the Amazonian city of Coca is the beginning of your amazing rainforest experience. After landing, we will take a short 5-minute drive to the port on the Napo River. Once there, we will board a comfortable covered motorboat to begin the ride by boat along the Napo for approximately 2 hours, spotting aquatic birds and other wildlife on the way. After reaching the Napo Wildlife Center’s welcoming area, we will take a magical 2-hour dugout canoe ride along a narrow river that leads to the lake where the lodge itself is located. This ride presents a lot of great chances for more wildlife spotting, including various species of monkeys as well as large birds like toucans, parrots or

PM:

AM: After a buffet breakfast, you can experience life above the forest floor by climbing the 36-meter-high observation tower that rises above the jungle canopy. This tower is located about 30 minutes from the lodge, deep in the rainforest. YOu'll have a very good view at some of the 567 bird species recorded in this area so far, getting a close look at colorful tanagers, macaws, toucans and flycatchers, as well as Spider and Howler monkeys feeding in nearby trees. The canopy tower opens up a whole new world to travelers who stay at the Napo Wildlife Center. Later, we will return to the lodge for a typical Ecuadorian lunch. After eating, there are a number of early afternoon options from which to choose – from looking for more birds from the observation tower or just relaxing in your hammock. Later in the afternoon, we will hike through a marvelous terra firme forest to learn about the ecology and the role of plants in the complex world of the tropical rainforest, where vines, primordial trees, bromeliads and orchids stand out in this extraordinary natural garden. After the hike, we will explore surrounding creeks in which you have a good chance of running into a Giant otter family. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

PM:

AM: This morning we will visit one of the best parrot clay licks in Ecuador! After an early start, we will paddle downriver on the Añangu Creek as far as the welcome area. We will then take the motorboat for a 10-minute ride for a breathtaking view of up to hundreds of parrots — such as Amazon-Mealy, Blue-headed and orange-cheek parrots — which assemble here daily to eat the clay. These parrots and cobalt-winged parakeets come here to eat the salts, chemicals and minerals contained in the organic clay matter. Later, we will return to the welcome area for lunch, and in the afternoon we will visit the interpretation center to learn about the traditions of the ancestral Kichwa

PM:

AM: Following breakfast, we will set out on a mildly difficult full-day hike through the primary Amazon forest along the Samona Trail. During this trek, you will have a chance to spot various mammals such as peccaries and deer, as well as Howler, Saki and Barizo monkeys. In addition, this will be a great opportunity to learn about the local plant life and ancient trees whose properties have been used both for medicinal purposes and tools used in everyday life in the local community. During this journey, we’ll travel to the lagoon and its small creeks in search of Giant otters and other emblematic species of this habitat.

PM:

AM: Today we will trek through the jungle to visit the indigenous Kichwa Añangu Community, where you will have a chance to interact with local people and learn about their culture and lifestyle. After visiting the school and common areas, you will be able to go to the home of a local Kichwa family, who will tell you even more about their culture and traditions. Lunch will be served at Yasuni Kichwa Ecolodge. In the afternoon, we will walk to the 40-meter-high observation tower located a few meters away from the lodge. From this tower, you can sight different species of exotic rainforest birds. Finally, we will walk to the lodge's second observation tower located in Kury Muyo, which is south of the community and very close to the Napo River. From this tower too, you will be able to spot birds and animals that live near the river and riverbank ecosystems. We will later return to the lodge for dinner.

PM:

AM: Today we will explore the Guangana Trail on a high-difficulty hike, one requiring you to climb to an altitude of 250 meters above sea level. As this trek combines flooded forests, dry forests, and swamps, you will experience the tremendous biodiversity offered by the Ecuadorian Amazon. In his location, which is named after white collared “Guangana” peccaries, we will attempt to spot these unique mammals in their natural habitat. It’s also likely that we will come across Jaguar and wildcat footpaths. During this hike, the local guide will explain the tropical rainforest ecosystems. In the afternoon we will take a boat ride across the Añangucocha Lagoon and down its adjacent Cariañangu Creek. Throughout this tour, you will be able to appreciate the lush Amazonian plant life, as well as wildlife such as Howler and Spider monkeys, in addition to Giant otters and many other species.

PM:

AM: Today, we will hike through the Amazonian primary forest to Tiputini River, where we will set up camp there in the jungle. You will be provided with a spacious and comfortable tent, while you will continue to receive personalized service during your camping adventure. Undoubtedly, you will find this a unique and unforgettable experience. To reach the campsite, you will have two alternatives: • The first is to enjoy a walk along the Tiputini Trail, where we will find creeks and swamps as we search for Golden-mantled tamarins, capuchin and squirrel monkeys, two- and three-finger sloths, and other mammals. This high-medium difficulty walk will take about seven hours. • The second option starts out with a one-hour boat ride down the Napo River until reaching the town of Pompeya. From there, we will drive by car for approximately an hour and a half until we get to the Tiputini River, where we will take a 20-minute motor canoe ride into the indigenous Añangu territory. In the afternoon, after lunch, we will visit the Waorani community of Guiyero to make a second cultural contact to learn about this group’s culture, music, dances, and customs. Late in the afternoon, we will travel by motor canoe along the Tiputini River in search of gray dolphins and caimans, two of the most emblematic aquatic species of the region. At the end of the day, we will return to the camp for dinner. Later that night, you will have a chance to enjoy the jungle through a nighttime safari in which you will discover its wonderful night sounds and the possibility to see various nocturnal species of insects, reptiles, and amphibians.

PM:

AM: After an early breakfast, we will head out on our final excursion: canoeing back to the Napo River and the creek for more wildlife sightings of Giant otters, Saki monkeys, hoatzins, Black-capped donacobius birds and other wildlife. The motorized canoe will then return you to the town of Coca for your flight back to Quito. PLEASE NOTE: This is a sample itinerary subject to change due to weather conditions, safety, and particular interests of guests and groups. Changes and additions are made in order to maximize wildlife viewing and wilderness enjoyment, cultural interaction with local people, and all possible time at the richest rainforest in Ecuador: the Yasuni National Park. Please check with us to tailor-make your itinerary and cater to your particular interest for a unique life experience at the finest Amazon lodge: the Napo Wildlife Center.

PM:

Prices

Standard (Single)

USD$ 3872

Standard (Double)

USD$ 2507

Standard (Triple)

USD$ 2507

Suite (Single)

USD$ 4605

Suite (Double)

USD$ 2994

Suite (Triple)

USD$ 2994

Included in the price

  • Accommodations at the Napo Wildlife Center
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary
  • River transportation to/from Coca – Napo Wildlife – Coca
  • Yasuni National Park entrance
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish-speaking) 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 assistance at the airport in Quito and Coca
  • Check-in and transfer services arriving in and departing from the city of Coca
  • Bottled drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips (i.e. for the guides and lodge staff)
  • Internet services
  • Laundry services

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star rating  Si vives en Ecuador o vas a turismo a este hermoso país en América del Sur, te recomiendo Surtrek Day Tours, conocerás Quito, Guayaquil, las Galápagos de la mano de bien organizados y profesionales guías, mis amigos y yo estamos satisfechos de haberlos contratado.

Roberto139
February 26, 2016

star rating  Si quieres conocer a sudamerica no dudes en pedirles que te preparen un viaje personalizado. Tienen contactos con locales en diferentes países y te organizan un viaje de lujo. Muy recomendable

Ricardo V
June 27, 2018

star rating  Hemos estado en la isla Galapagos un par de matrimonios, y la organización de Surtrek nos ha facilitado mucho nuestra estancia y contratación. Se han ocupado de los detalles de ingreso y pagos (sin incrementos) de todos los servicios adicionales y nos han hecho llegar la documentción puntualmente. Recomendamos est compañía.

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December 23, 2014