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Napo Wildlife Center
Categories: Luxury, Medium, Coca & Yasuni, High, $300 & Over
Napo Wildlife Center
Starting At: $1417 USD
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Fitness: Medium - High
Length: 4 - 6 Days
Places: Coca - Ecuador
Users Rating 5 from 7 ratings

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The lodge Napo Wildlife Center is highly acclaimed with countless reviews and well known in the media, Napo Wildlife Center is a luxury Eco-Hotel that truly lives up to its Eco-tourism & conservation title. Owned and operated by the Anangu Kichwa community, the lodge was built from the ground up by the Indian community themselves, they have put a lot of effort & manpower to have a sustainable way of living without hurting their natural resources, for over 10 years the hunting community have voluntarily ceased their hunting activities.

Napo Wildlife Center Highlights

Napo Wildlife Center is found inside Yasuni Territory, a coveted location in the midst of one of the most bio diverse spots in the world. Built next to Anangucocha Lake, the Lodge is accessible only by means of a paddled canoe as a way to protect the forest and preserve the flora and fauna found in the area.

Napo Wildlife Center Details

 

BUS (Quito – Coca – Quito)

Bus terminal: Quitumbe (south)
Travel time: Approximately 8 hours
Bus frequency: Every 2 to 3 hours
Bus fare: Approximately $10 per person
Pick up time: 09:45 to 10:00 am
Luggage restriction: None
Pick up point: La mision port

 

FLIGHT (Quito – Coca – Quito)

Departs from: Quito only
Flight time: 40 minutes
Commercial airlines: Aerogal
Ticket fare:
$211 (subject to change)
Departure time: Aprox 10:00am (subject to change)
Luggage restriction: 20 kilos – 44 pounds
Pick up point: Airport upon arrival

Napo Wildlife Center Features

Napo Wildlife Center Features

The Canopy Tower

River Islands

A phenomenon of fast-flowing rivers, unique to the Amazon, Napo River Islands are created by silt and fallen trees washed downstream during rainstorms in the Andes. If enough material builds up an island is formed (sometime even over night). Depending on the age of a given island, different colonizing plant species dominate, from grasses and shrubs to the point where the islands can support a forest. These islands support some animal species that can be found nowhere else.

The Napo & Tiputini Trail

The Napo Trail cuts from the Napo River to Anangu Lake, just across from the Lodge, and can be used as an alternative to Añangu stream as an entrance to pathway, yet the experience is very different. The trail leads to the canopy tower with a rather flat terra firme forest. The Tiputini Trailis probably the wildest of them all. If you walk long enough on it, you will see the most variety in terms of habitats, with seemingly limitless terra firme and swampy.

Clay Licks

These are true nature spectacles. One located along the Napo River and a second one inside forest, at the saladeros several amazon, parrot, parakeet and parrotlet species come in numbers to ‘detox’, with an occasional macaw or two. There have been wonderful sightings of tapirs, ocelots, owls and other forest denizens center stage, as you quietly watch from behind a manmade blind, comfortably enjoying the activity.

Napo Wildlife Center Itineraries 2017

Day 1

Departing from Quito, 30 minute flight to Coca over the eastern Andes mountain range. After landing, about mid morning, and airport procedures a 5 min transfer in local chiva (hired bus) or local taxi from airport to Port Francisco de Orellana will drive us to embark onto a comfortable covered motor boat. Here we start a canoe ride along the Napo river for about 2 hours approx, lunch box in route. Along the way birds like herons, kingfishers and others can be spotted. After arriving at NWC’s entry dock we disembark for restroom then take a majestic and peaceful 1 to 2 hours dugout canoe ride surrounded by trees overhead, paddling along a narrow creek that connects to the lake where the lodge is located. Good possibilities of monkey sights of various species as well as large birds like toucans, parrots or even macaws. Late afternoon arrival to the NWC lodge by the overwhelming view of the Añangu lake, welcome drink and facilities.


Day 2

Early wake up to reach the best and easy access parrot clay licks in Ecuador, about 1 hour away from the lodge, guests reach there just before parrot activity kicks off at the clay lick between 7:30 to 8:30. A total of 11 species of parrots, parakeets and macaws can be seen. A visit that depends on weather conditions, but usually successful. Later, hike along forest trail to visit to the Kichwa community of Añangu and sharing time with a family on their activities. Return to the creek and hike through a Terra Firme Forest for about 30 minutes until we arrive to the second parrot clay lick where if the weather conditions help will be able to find different species of parrots, parakeets and even macaws. Lunch box served at the parrot clay lick observatory. Late afternoon arrival to the lodge.


Day 3

After early breakfast, depart from the lodge to the finest experience at a canopy tower on the Napo. A 36m high canopy tower opened to guests in November 2004, 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). The tower is located about 30 minutes from the lodge deep within the terra firme forest. As you ascend the 12-floor tower, you pass through different levels of the forest and emerge on top of a huge Ceiba tree. Here you cross onto a wooden platform that is actually built into the tree and experience the view formerly reserved only for the birds. The metal tower itself was constructed to the highest standards, galvanized, and carefully inspected by engineers. Safety is the priority. The platform at the top of the tree was constructed by tree platform specialists as well. From top to bottom, there is no finer canopy experience in Eastern Ecuador. Flocks of colorful tanagers pass right through the canopy of the tree, Blue-and yellow Macaws fly past, in nearby trees Spider Monkeys search for fruit, two species of large toucans call in the early mornings and afternoons, and the life of the forest canopy opens before you. Birds that are virtually impossible to see from the forest floor far below are suddenly right beside you, oblivious to your presence. The canopy tower opens a whole new world to guests of the Napo Wildlife Center!! Lunch served at the lodge. Afternoon visit to a terra firme trail, hike along primary forest to discover the forest interior, possibilities of finding lizards, colorful manakins or the unique and endemic Golden mantle tamarin monkeys. After the hike, explore the lake and creeks by dugout canoe with great possibilities of running into a Giant otter family on the way.


Day 4

Early departure and last excursion canoeing back to the Napo river, the creek may reveal new sights of Giant otters, Monk Saki monkeys or many other rare birds. Entry docking area, use of restrooms and embarking on motorized canoe in order to return back to Coca, arrival approximately after 2 hours boat ride up river, in order to check for Coca – Quito flight, schedule to be announced according to departure details and arrangements.

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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 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 the complex world of the Tropical Rain-Forest: 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.

Day 3

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 see the 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 7:30pm.

Day 4

This morning we hike along the Tiputini trail and its terra-firma forests and swamp forests, searching for more wildlife such as Golden-Mantled Tamarins, White-Faced capuchin monkey, two and three toed sloths, pigmy squirrels, carnivores and their tracks on the forest floor. Back to the lodge for lunch and a well deserved rest. In the afternoon paddle canoes will take you to explore deeper areas in the surrounding creeks with more possibilities of seeing unique wildlife. After dinner a video about the community and Napo Wildlife Center will be shared with you.

Day 5

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 return you back to Coca, for the flight back to Quito.

Day 1

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.


Day 2

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 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 the complex world of the Tropical Rain-Forest: 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.


Day 3

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 see the 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 7:30pm.


Day 4

This morning we hike along the Tiputini trail and its terra-firma forests and swamp forests, searching for more wildlife such as Golden-Mantled Tamarins, White-Faced capuchin monkey, two and three toed sloths, pigmy squirrels, carnivores and their tracks on the forest floor. Back to the lodge for lunch and a well deserved rest. In the afternoon paddle canoes will take you to explore deeper areas in the surrounding creeks with more possibilities of seeing unique wildlife. After dinner a video about the community and Napo Wildlife Center will be shared with you.

 


Day 5

This new day navigate downstream on the Napo River on a full day excursion to Pañacocha Lagoons. Explore the flooded forests of Pañacocha Protective Forest with a great chance to spot Pink River Dolphins. Back to NWC’s welcome area for dinner and in the night you can camp near the parakeets clay lick. You’ll have the chance to experience the jungle at night, with its wonderful sounds and the chance of spotting different nocturnal species, such as: insects, deer, tapir and other mammals.


Day 6

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 return you back to Coca, for the flight back to Quito.

Napo Wildlife Center Rates 2017

INCLUSIONS
 
Accommodation, use of lodge facilities
All meals, water, coffee & tea
Yasuni parrot entrance fee
Native, & bilingual guide
Round flight (Quito-Coca-Quito) & transport Coca-Lodge-Coca

EXCLUSIONS
 
Round bus (Quito-Coca-Quito)
Bar consumptions
Private naturalist or ornithogolist guide
Personal expenses, travel insurance, souvenirs, tipping (guide & staff)
Transfer (hotel-airport-hotel)

 

Children Allowed: Yes
Children Minimum Age: None
Considered Child: Under the age of 12

Under 5 Years: Free stay, 50% flights
5 to 12 Years: 30% Lodge, 50% flights
Child Discount Restriction: None, available all year

Cancellation fees based on how soon prior to the tour is a cancellation placed.

60 to 31 days prior to departure: 50%

30 days to 1 day prior to departure: 100%

The above Terms & Conditions/Policies do not represent to a full extent all the terms & conditions by the Lodge, the most important and relevant clauses have been listed as a guideline, and are enforced by the tour operator to GreenGo Travel as your acting travel agent and subsequently to the end customer. In cases such as the initial percentage of payment required, the amount of days prior to cover the final balance & cancellation fees will be subject to our terms and conditions. A higher/lower initial payment, and additional time may be required to process your reservation.

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