Napo Cultural Center
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Napo Cultural Center

Categories: First Class, Ecuador, High, $200 & Over
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Coca - Ecuador
Days
4 - 6
Difficulty
Medium - High
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Highlights

  • Kichwa community visit
  • Sustainable green practices
  • Hot showers heated with solar
  • Satelite WiFi in premises
  • All room offer a safety deposit box
  • Private terrace
  • Power & electricity
  • Canopy tower in premises
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Explore the Wonders of the Amazon at Napo Cultural Center, a jungle oasis in Yasuní National Park. Napo Cultural Center, nestled amidst the awe-inspiring Yasuní National Park, Napo Cultural Center invites you to embark on an extraordinary journey through the heart of the Amazon rainforest. This exceptional jungle retreat seamlessly combines the opulent comforts of urban hotels with the rich heritage of traditional Kichwa architecture and craftsmanship.  At Napo Cultural Center, you’ll experience a unique fusion of opulence and culture. Our first-class jungle lodge redefines luxury, offering all the amenities you’d expect from a city hotel, all within the lush embrace of the Amazon. Immerse yourself in the world of the Kichwa people as you encounter their artistry and architectural marvels. Situated along the tranquil banks of the Napo River, our lodge resides within the confines of an official UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This pristine environment is your launchpad for an unparalleled adventure into the heart of the Amazon. Every moment at Napo Cultural Center is an opportunity to connect with nature, culture, and the essence of the rainforest. Join us as we unveil the wonders of the Amazon at Napo Cultural Center, where luxury meets tradition, and the rainforest beckons you to explore its mysteries.

Luxurious Comfort Amidst the Wilderness
At Napo Cultural Center, we understand that comfort is a crucial element of your jungle experience. Our cozy rooms are thoughtfully designed to cater to your needs. Each room boasts a private en-suite bathroom equipped with hot water, sourced sustainably through solar energy. You’ll find soft, cotton towels, crisp linens, and hypoallergenic pillows that guarantee a peaceful night’s sleep. Your valuables are kept secure in a safe box, ensuring peace of mind throughout your stay. Step out onto your private balcony, complete with a hammock, and immerse yourself in the symphony of jungle sounds, day or night.

Our amenities provide the opulence typically found in a “city hotel” while seamlessly blending with traditional Kichwa architecture and craftsmanship. Whether it’s day or night, you can unwind in a hammock on your private balcony, immersing yourself in the soothing symphony of the forest. The fusion of this comfortable and charming “home away from home” with the pristine natural environment results in an unforgettable and distinctive experience.

Culinary Delights Amidst Nature’s Bounty
Our bar and restaurant at Napo Cultural Center offer a culinary journey that combines traditional and modern flavors. Begin your day with the refreshing taste of fresh tropical fruits, a daily delight. Organic vegetables, locally grown, complement other culinary marvels that await you after each exhilarating rainforest expedition. Meals at Napo Cultural Center are more than sustenance; they are an integral part of your incredible experience. Delight in dishes crafted from seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, savoring the essence of Ecuadorian cuisine and local delicacies. As you dine, be captivated by the breathtaking vistas of the rainforest, and revel in the company of your knowledgeable Kichwa guide, making every meal an unforgettable adventure.

Immerse Yourself in Indigenous Kichwa Culture
The Kichwa culture is deeply woven into the fabric of the Napo Cultural Center experience. We offer a variety of activities that allow you to immerse yourself in this rich indigenous culture firsthand. Explore the rainforest with guided walks, discovering wildlife and medicinal plants as you go. Learn about Kichwa traditions and their close relationship with the natural world. You can also embark on forest trails or navigate the tranquil canoe paths. For those seeking a more in-depth experience, consider our multi-day options, including birding, photography, or culture tours, all thoughtfully crafted by Napo Wildlife Center.

Discover the World of Kichwa People
Kichwa, an indigenous language spoken in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and Bolivia, is the heartbeat of the Kichwa people’s rich cultural heritage. Their traditions encompass traditional music, captivating dance, and awe-inspiring art. The Kichwa people have a profound connection with the natural world, perceiving spirits in all things nature. Their history is one of coexistence with the Amazon rainforest, found at Napo Cultural Center, where they’ve honed their understanding of the medicinal properties of plants, harnessing them to treat various ailments. Their way of life revolves around community and family, embodying a deep sense of unity.

Immerse Yourself in a World of Adventure and Exploration
Hiking Adventures: Our programs cater to both seasoned adventurers and those seeking a more leisurely experience. We offer hikes of medium and easy intensity, providing the perfect opportunity to observe the rich wildlife and natural beauty of the area. For the intrepid souls eager to push their physical limits, Napo Cultural Center can arrange longer and more challenging hikes that promise to leave you breathless in more ways than one.

Kayaking Thrills: Prepare for an exhilarating adventure as you take to the clear waters of the Napo River, one of the primary tributaries of the magnificent Amazon. Kayaking in this pristine environment, enveloped by the lush rainforest, will undoubtedly quicken your pulse and provide an unforgettable connection with nature.

Canopy Tower Exploration: Ascend our two remarkable observation towers at Napo Cultural Center, the tallest in the entire Amazon, soaring up to an astounding height of 120 feet. From these vantage points, you’ll be treated to breathtaking panoramic views of the sprawling forest below. Keep your eyes peeled, and you might spot some of the 600+ bird species that call the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve home.

Wayusada Ancestral Ritual: Step into the mystical world of the Kichwa people as you participate in the sacred daily “wayusa” ceremony. This transformative experience takes place at dawn, around 4:30 a.m. It is during this ritual that Kichwa families share the ancient wisdom passed down through generations. As part of the oral tradition, you’ll also be treated to traditional songs and have the unique opportunity for “dream interpretation” by the community’s wisest woman. Prepare to embark on a truly enchanting and soul-stirring journey at Napo Cultural Center.

Cultural Enrichment: At the heart of our culture lies “Kuri Muyu,” a term translating to “golden seed” in our native language. This symbolizes the invaluable wisdom and strength inherent in each seed of knowledge. Pay a visit to the Kuri Muyu Cultural Centre to delve deeper into the vibrant world of Kichwa dance and music. The Mamakunas, the women of the community, will enchant you with their captivating displays of Kichwa culture, crafts, customs, and the traditional utilization of the abundant natural resources that surround us.

Canoe Rowing Adventures: Glide serenely on small canoes along the winding rivers and streams that weave through our territory at Napo Cultural Center. As you paddle through the ebony waters, be prepared to encounter some of the Amazon’s most extraordinary wildlife, including giant river otters, caimans, playful monkeys, and a myriad of other fascinating creatures.

Wildlife Spectacle: Yasuní is an ecological wonderland, renowned as the ultimate destination for wildlife enthusiasts. Here, you’ll have the privilege of observing an astonishing array of creatures, from colorful frogs and reptiles to mischievous monkeys, enigmatic bats, dazzling birds, intricate insects, and captivating plants. The sheer diversity of life here will leave you awestruck.

Nocturnal Adventures: Embark on a journey into the enigmatic world of the jungle after dark. Hone your night vision and marvel at the peculiar and wondrous wildlife that comes to life when the sun sets. It’s an entirely different world waiting to be discovered under the cover of night.

Parrot and Parakeet Claylicks: Prepare to be astounded as you venture to one of Ecuador’s most accessible and incredible clay licks. A 30-minute walk along Napo Cultural Center trails will lead you to this hidden gem in the heart of the forest. Here, you’ll be treated to an awe-inspiring spectacle as a naturally formed “wall” draws a kaleidoscope of up to 11 different parrot and parakeet species (including majestic macaws) for a feast of clay. Occasionally, you might even have the chance to witness mammals like howler monkeys, tapirs, and peccaries visiting the area to drink water and obtain vital minerals. It’s a wildlife experience like no other, right at your doorstep.

A Jungle Haven with Modern Amenities
Napo Cultural Center goes above and beyond to ensure your comfort in the midst of the jungle. We provide satellite internet access in rooms and main areas, allowing you to stay connected while surrounded by nature’s splendor. Every aspect of your journey is meticulously cared for, from your accommodations to the kitchen. Experience exceptional service and tranquility in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, knowing that your visit contributes to the conservation of this rich ecosystem and supports the sustainable Anangu community.

Embark on an Unforgettable Adventure
In summary, Napo Cultural Center offers a unique opportunity to explore the wonders of the Amazon rainforest while enjoying the comforts of a first-class jungle lodge. Discover the secrets of the Kichwa culture, savor exquisite cuisine, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Yasuní National Park. Your journey with us is not just an adventure; it’s a contribution to the preservation of one of the most diverse and vital ecosystems on Earth. Come and experience the magic of Napo Cultural Center, where nature, culture, and luxury converge to create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Napo Cultural Center Inclusions & Exclusions

INCLUSIONS
Accommodation, use of lodge facilities
All meals, water, coffee & tea
Yasuni parrot entrance fee
Native, & bilingual guide
Transport Coca-Lodge-Coca

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

Napo Cultural Center General Details

Standard Rooms
standard double/triple
standard double/triple
First Class
standard single
standard single
First Class
Mini Suite
mini suite, double/triple
mini suite, double/triple
First Class
mini suite single
mini suite single
First Class

Lodge Technical Details

  • City to Arrive:
    Coca
  • Capacity:
    36 guests
  • Rooms:
    12 rooms / 4 suites
  • Rooms Type:
    twin/double/triples
  • Rooming:
    Private or shared rooms
  • Sharing:
    Allowed, gender guaranteed
  • Access:
    Land & air
  • Enter or Exit:
    Monday to saturday
  • Immersion:
    Primary rainforest
  • Location:
    Orellana
  • Community:
    Kichwa anangu
  • Park / Reserve:
    Yasuni

Facilities & Services

  • Bar lounge
  • Bathroom toiletries
  • Canopy tower
  • Certified bilingual local guides
  • Changes on the go
  • Community visit
  • Customize Itineraries
  • First aid kit
  • Fresh towels
  • Green Policies
  • Hammocks in premises
  • Hot showers
  • Library
  • Mosquito nets
  • Power & electricity
  • Prebuilt itinerary by local experts
  • Private bathrooms
  • Private guidance
  • Private terrace
  • Private transportation
  • Restaurant in premises
  • Rubber boots
  • Safety deposit box
  • Scenic lounge areas
  • Unlimited drinking water
  • Water & coffee station
  • WiFi

Transport Details

AIR
  • Route:
    Quito - Coca - Quito
  • Airline Inbound:
    LATAM Airlines
  • Airline Outbound:
    LATAM Airlines
  • Inbound Time:
    Request Trip Advisor
  • Outbound Time:
    Request Trip Advisor
  • Travel Time:
    40 Minutes per Way
  • Rate:
    $276 Round Flight
LAND
  • Route:
    Quito - Coca - Quito
  • Bus Inbound:
    Public Transport
  • Bus Outbound:
    Public Transport
  • Inbound Time:
    Departs Every 2 Hours
  • Outbound Time:
    Departs Every 2 Hours
  • Travel Time:
    8 Hours per Way
  • Rate:
    Approximately $15 per way

Children Policies

  • Children Allowed:
    Yes
  • Minimum Age:
    N/A
  • Maximum Age:
    11 years, 11 months
  • Free Stay:
    under 5 years
  • Child Discount:
    30%
  • Restrictions:
    None, available year round

Surcharges & Notices

Surcharges
  • Bar purchases, alcoholic & soft drinks
  • Tipping for guide and lodge staff
  • $100 Naturalist bilingual guide
  • $600 Private motorized canoe
  • $130 Bird specialist guide
Notices
  • Programs are subject to change
  • Rates are subject to change
  • Private guide recommended for families with children
  • Departures any day of the week, except sundays
  • Solo guests can share cabins at no extra cost
Itineraries, inclusions and exclusions are subject to change by providers, or Ecuadorian authorities.
 

Customers Reviews 1 Review

  • Overall Rating
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Itinerary
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Guide
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Transport
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Accommodation
    Excellent
    4.0
  • Food
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Staff Members
    Excellent
    5.0
Jim Hartman
Our Amazon Lodge, Napo Cultural Center, was great. The meals were beautiful, tasty, and the service was excellent. Our Guide, Maurico Andi, was amazing: Great stories to share growing up in the area, could make tons of animal sounds to attract animals, could find a great variety of animals with the tiniest clues, and he was able to help us get amazing photos and videos by carefully placing our iphones up to his spotting scope. One small way the experience could be improved would be ventilation in the cabins at night. A small fan inside the mosquito net may do the trick. The large ceiling fan above the mosquito net can’t send air thru the net. We found though that we had no bugs inside the unit so we really didn’t need the netting. I will highly recommend the lodge to my friends and relatives.

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