Napo Wildlife Center
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Napo Wildlife Center

Categories: Luxury, Medium, Coca & Yasuni, High, $300 & Over
Places
Coca - Ecuador
Days
4 - 6
Difficulty
Medium - High
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Highlights

  • Selfsustained community owned lodge
  • WiFi in premises *surcharge
  • Kichwa anangu community visit
  • Private terrace with seats & lake view
  • Room turndown service
  • Panoramic glass floor
  • Parrot & parakeet licks
  • Private living room
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Napo Wildlife Center is a unique eco-lodge located in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, within the Yasuni National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It is the only lodge in the area that is owned and managed by the local Kichwa Añangu community, who have preserved their ancestral culture and traditions while offering a sustainable and high-quality tourism service.

The lodge has 20 spacious and comfortable suites, each with a private balcony and a stunning view of the Añangu Lake. The suites are equipped with modern amenities, such as hot water, electricity, ceiling fans, and safe boxes. The lodge also has a restaurant that serves delicious local and international cuisine, a bar that offers refreshing drinks and snacks, and a library that provides books and games for your entertainment.

Napo Wildlife Center is more than just a place to stay; it is an unforgettable adventure that will awaken your senses and connect you with nature and culture. It is also a responsible and ethical choice, as all the proceeds from the lodge are reinvested into community projects, such as renewable energy, education, and health care. By staying at Napo Wildlife Center, you are supporting the conservation of the Amazon rainforest and the empowerment of its people.

The best time to visit Napo Wildlife Center depends on your personal preferences and what you want to see and do. There is no clear-cut answer, as the Amazon rainforest is a dynamic and diverse place that changes throughout the year. However, here are some general guidelines that might help you decide:

  • The dry season in the Ecuadorian Amazon runs from December to March, and it is characterized by less rainfall, lower water levels, and more sunny days. This is a good time to visit Napo Wildlife Center if you want to enjoy hiking in the rainforest, spotting wildlife on land, and visiting the cultural center. However^, keep in mind that the dry season is also the hottest and most humid time of the year, with temperatures reaching up to 35°C (95°F) and humidity over 90%. You might also encounter more insects and mosquitoes during this period.
  • The wet season in the Ecuadorian Amazon runs from April to November, and it is characterized by more rainfall, higher water levels, and more cloudy days. This is a good time to visit Napo Wildlife Center if you want to enjoy canoeing, kayaking, and fishing on the rivers and lakes, spotting wildlife on water, and visiting the parrot and parakeet clay licks. However^, keep in mind that the wet season is also the rainiest and most unpredictable time of the year, with rainfall averaging 250 mm (10 inches) per month and thunderstorms occurring frequently.
Ultimately, the best time to visit Napo Wildlife Center is whenever you can. The lodge operates all year round and offers a variety of tours and activities for every season. No matter when you go, you will have an amazing experience in one of the most biodiverse places on Earth.

At Napo Wildlife Center, you can enjoy the ultimate experience for nature lovers, as you explore one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, home to more than 600 bird species, hundreds of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and plants. You can choose from different tours and activities, such as:

Forest Trails at Napo Wildlife Center: Discover the Secrets of the Rainforest
You can walk along different trails in the rainforest and see a variety of plants, animals, and insects. You might encounter birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and more. You can also learn about the medicinal and cultural uses of the plants by the local community. Some of the trails you can explore in Napo Wildlife Center are:

  • The Tucaneta Trail: This trail takes you through a secondary forest where you can see many species of birds, such as toucans, woodpeckers, antbirds, and flycatchers. You can also see some mammals, such as agoutis, squirrels, and monkeys.
  • The Charapa Trail: This trail takes you along a creek where you can see many aquatic plants and animals. You can also see some reptiles, such as caimans, turtles, and snakes. You can also visit a small waterfall where you can swim and relax.
  • The Coto Trail: This trail takes you through a primary forest where you can see some of the tallest and oldest trees in the Amazon. You can also see some rare and endemic plants and animals, such as orchids, bromeliads, jaguars, tapirs, and peccaries.
Canopy Observation Tower at Napo Wildlife Center : Enjoy a Bird’s Eye View of the Forest
You can climb a 120-ft tower and get a panoramic view of the forest canopy. You can observe the trees, flowers, and wildlife from a different perspective. You might see flocks of colorful birds, monkeys, sloths, and other animals. Some of the species you can spot at Napo Wildlife Center are:

  • Toucans: These are large and colorful birds that have distinctive bills. They feed on fruits, insects, and small animals. They are very vocal and social. Some of the species you can see are chestnut-eared aracari, ivory-billed aracari, and channel-billed toucan.
  • Macaws: These are large and colorful parrots that have long tails and curved bills. They feed on seeds, nuts, fruits, and clay. They are very intelligent and noisy. Some of the species you can see are scarlet macaw, blue-and-yellow macaw, and red-and-green macaw.
  • Tanagers: These are small and colorful birds that have short bills and tails. They feed on fruits, insects, nectar, and seeds. They are very active and diverse. Some of the species you can see are paradise tanager, opal-rumped tanager, and golden tanager.
  • Spider monkeys: These are large and agile monkeys that have long arms and legs. They feed on fruits, leaves, flowers, and insects. They are very social and vocal. Some of the species you can see are black spider monkey, brown spider monkey, and white-bellied spider monkey.
  • Howler monkeys: These are large and robust monkeys that have short snouts and long tails. They feed on leaves, fruits, flowers and nuts. They are very loud and territorial . Some of the species you can see are red howler monkey, black howler monkey, and golden-mantled howler monkey.
  • Three-toed sloths: These are small and slow-moving mammals that have long claws and fur. They feed on leaves, buds, and fruits. They are very solitary and silent. Some of the species you can see are brown-throated sloth, pale-throated sloth, and pygmy three-toed sloth.
Canoe Riding: Explore the Black Waters of the Amazon
You can explore the black waters of the Añangu Lake and creeks on board a paddle-canoe or kayak. You can also use a motorized boat to navigate the Napo River. You can see aquatic animals such as fish, caimans, turtles, and giant otters. Some of the species you can encounter at Napo Wildlife Center are:

  • Piranhas: These are small and ferocious fish that have sharp teeth and scales. They feed on other fish, insects, and carrion. They are very aggressive and opportunistic. Some of the species you can see are red-bellied piranha, black piranha, and gold piranha.
  • Electric eels: These are long and slender fish that have electric organs and scales. They feed on other fish, amphibians, and mammals. They are very powerful and shocking. Some of the species you can see are common electric eel, greater electric eel, and lesser electric eel.
  • Black caimans: These are large and dark reptiles that have armored skin and jaws. They feed on fish, birds, mammals, and turtles. They are very predatory and dangerous. Some of the species you can see are spectacled caiman, smooth-fronted caiman, and dwarf caiman.
  • Yellow-spotted river turtles: These are medium-sized and colorful turtles that have bony shells and webbed feet. They feed on plants, fruits, insects, and fish. They are very social and migratory. Some of the species you can see are yellow-spotted Amazon river turtle, red-headed Amazon river turtle, and six-tubercled Amazon river turtle.
  • Neotropical otters: These are small and furry mammals that have long tails and whiskers. They feed on fish, crustaceans, mollusks, and amphibians. They are very playful and curious. Some of the species you can see are giant otter, neotropical river otter, and marine otter.
Parrot Clay Licks: Witness a Spectacular Show of Colors and Sounds
You can visit natural banks that contain minerals that attract hundreds of parrots and parakeets. You can witness a spectacular show of colors and sounds as the birds feed on the clay. This is one of the most stunning nature spectacles in the Amazon. Some of the species you can observe at Napo Wildlife Center are:

  • Blue-headed parrots: These are medium-sized and green parrots that have blue heads and red tails. They feed on fruits, seeds, nuts, and clay. They are very noisy and gregarious. They form large flocks and roost in trees.
  • Dusky-headed parakeets: These are small and green parakeets that have gray heads and blue wings. They feed on fruits, seeds, flowers, and clay. They are very vocal and social. They form large flocks and nest in tree cavities.
  • Mealy parrots: These are large and green parrots that have blue crowns and red shoulders. They feed on fruits, seeds, nuts, and clay. They are very loud and nomadic. They form large flocks and migrate seasonally.
  • Cobalt-winged parakeets: These are small and green parakeets that have blue wings and tails. They feed on fruits, seeds, flowers, and clay. They are very chatty and friendly. They form large flocks and roost in bamboo.
Interpretative Center: Learn about the Kichwa Añangu Community Traditions and Culture
You can learn about the Kichwa Añangu community traditions and culture. You can meet the women of the community who will welcome you with dances, rituals, handicrafts, food, and drinks. You can also participate in some of their activities and games. Some of the things you can learn at Napo Wildlife Center are:

  • Their history: You can learn about the origin, evolution, and challenges of the Kichwa Añangu community. You can also learn about their relationship with the Yasuni National Park and their role in its conservation.
  • Their language: You can learn some basic words and phrases in Kichwa, the native language of the community. You can also learn about their writing system, grammar, and vocabulary.
  • Their beliefs: You can learn about their spiritual worldview, cosmology, and mythology. You can also learn about their rituals, ceremonies, and sacred places.
  • Their customs: You can learn about their daily life, family structure, social organization, and gender roles. You can also learn about their festivals, celebrations, and traditions.
  • Their crafts: You can learn about their artistic skills, techniques, and materials. You can also learn about their pottery, weaving, carving, painting, and jewelry making.
  • Their cuisine: You can learn about their culinary culture, recipes, and ingredients. You can also taste some of their dishes, such as maito (fish wrapped in leaves), chicha (fermented drink), yuca (cassava), and chocolate.
Napo Wildlife Center Programs
All activities offered by Napo Wildlife Center are bundled into standard programs you can find listed below. They also provide flexibility that suit your preferences and interests.

Napo Wildlife Center: A Responsible and Ethical Choice
Napo Wildlife Center is more than just a place to stay; it is an unforgettable adventure that will awaken your senses and connect you with nature and culture. It is also a responsible and ethical choice, as all the proceeds from the lodge are reinvested into community projects, such as renewable energy, education, and health care. By staying at Napo Wildlife Center, you are supporting the conservation of the Amazon rainforest and the empowerment of its people.

The lodge is powered by solar panels and batteries, which provide clean and reliable energy for the guests and the staff. The lodge also uses biodegradable products and recycles waste materials, such as plastic, glass, and metal. The lodge also has a water treatment system that purifies the water from the lake and prevents contamination.

The lodge is committed to providing quality education and health care for the Kichwa Añangu community. The lodge supports a school that offers bilingual and intercultural education for more than 100 children. The lodge also supports a health center that provides medical attention and prevention for more than 300 people. The lodge also promotes cultural exchange and mutual respect between the guests and the community.

The lodge is dedicated to protecting the biodiversity and the ecosystem of the Yasuni National Park. The lodge collaborates with local and international organizations, such as WWF, Conservation International, and Wildlife Conservation Society, to monitor and research the wildlife and the environment. The lodge also educates the guests and the community about the importance of conservation and sustainability.

Napo Wildlife Center is a unique eco-lodge that offers a memorable experience in the Ecuadorian Amazon. It is also a responsible and ethical choice that benefits the environment and the people. By staying at Napo Wildlife Center, you are making a difference in the world.

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LENGTH & DATE PROGRAM, OFFER & PERKS RATE DEPARTURE
4 days – 3 nights
Tue / Mar 05 - 08, 2024
Yasuni Premium
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No available discounts or free perks for now. Come back later or reach us, to enquire for any eligible discounts or free perks for this departure.
$1,525 standard double/triple
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5 days – 4 nights
Tue / Mar 05 - 09, 2024
Yasuni Extended
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$1,868 standard double/triple
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7 days – 6 nights
Tue / Mar 05 - 11, 2024
Yasuni Discovery
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No available discounts or free perks for now. Come back later or reach us, to enquire for any eligible discounts or free perks for this departure.
$2,552 standard double/triple
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8 days – 7 nights
Tue / Mar 05 - 12, 2024
Yasuni Expedition
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$2,870 standard double/triple
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4 days – 3 nights
Wed / Mar 06 - 09, 2024
Yasuni Premium
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$1,525 standard double/triple
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6 days – 5 nights
Wed / Mar 06 - 11, 2024
Yasuni Adventure
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No available discounts or free perks for now. Come back later or reach us, to enquire for any eligible discounts or free perks for this departure.
$2,218 standard double/triple
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7 days – 6 nights
Wed / Mar 06 - 12, 2024
Yasuni Discovery
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$2,552 standard double/triple
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8 days – 7 nights
Wed / Mar 06 - 13, 2024
Yasuni Expedition
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No available discounts or free perks for now. Come back later or reach us, to enquire for any eligible discounts or free perks for this departure.
$2,870 standard double/triple
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5 days – 4 nights
Thu / Mar 07 - 11, 2024
Yasuni Extended
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No available discounts or free perks for now. Come back later or reach us, to enquire for any eligible discounts or free perks for this departure.
$1,868 standard double/triple
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6 days – 5 nights
Thu / Mar 07 - 12, 2024
Yasuni Adventure
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No available discounts or free perks for now. Come back later or reach us, to enquire for any eligible discounts or free perks for this departure.
$2,218 standard double/triple
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Napo Wildlife 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
Transfer (hotel-airport-hotel)
Round flight (Quito-Coca-Quito)
Bar consumptions
Private naturalist or ornithogolist guide
Personal expenses, travel insurance, souvenirs, tipping (guide & staff)

Napo Wildlife Center General Details

standard double/triple
standard double/triple
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standard single
standard single
Luxury
suite double/triple
suite double/triple
Luxury
suite single
suite single
Luxury

Lodge Technical Details

  • City to Arrive:
    Coca
  • Capacity:
    36 guests
  • Rooms:
    12 rooms / 4 suites
  • Rooms Type:
    twin/double/triples/suites
  • 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
  • Community visit
  • Exclusive rainforest showers
  • Family & interconnected rooms
  • First aid kit
  • Fresh towels
  • Green Policies
  • Hot showers
  • Library
  • Minibar in suite
  • Mosquito nets
  • Multimedia area
  • Panoramic glass floor
  • Parrot & parakeet licks
  • Power & electricity
  • Private bathrooms
  • Private hot tub
  • Private living room
  • Private terrace
  • Restaurant in premises
  • Room ceiling fan
  • Room turndown service
  • Rubber boots & poncho
  • Safety deposit box
  • Scenic lounge areas
  • Selfsustained community owned lodge
  • Towels & robe
  • 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:
    under 5 years
  • Free Stay:
    under 5 years
  • Child Discount:
    11 years, 11 months
  • Restrictions:
    None, available year round

Surcharges & Notices

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

Customers Reviews 5 Reviews

  • Overall Rating
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Itinerary
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Guide
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Transport
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Accommodation
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Food
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Staff Members
    Excellent
    5.0
Ellen & Bruce Weissman
The Napo Wildlife Center was outstanding. The people were so knowledgeable and personable, the lodge and huts were really nice, the food was great, the service was lovely, and the wildlife was beyond description. We can’t say enough about our guide and our wildlife spotter. The only recommendation I’d make is that the glass floor in the suite wasn’t necessary. We were looking down at mud and not much else—perhaps because the water level was low. So I wouldn’t recommend that upgrade, at least in the dry season.
We had Alik arrange our trip to Ecuador. We were in Ecuador from February 8-18, 2020, including four nights spent at the Napo Wildlife Center. GreenGo did a great job. Every detail was tended to. Alik was very responsive to all of our questions and concerns and I would highly recommend GreenGo Travel to anyone considering a trip to Ecuador, which is a wonderful place to visit.
Lenka & Dusan Kozic
The trip was amazing also thanks to you ! Thank you for your help- As you experienced- we are hard decision makers so specially thank you for your patience ! Napo was fantastic in every detail really that place is amazing and the crew and people over there are fantastic we really were amazed !! Also our local guide and English speaking Guide Andres Nunez – fantastic !
kewestonbessie
Alik from GreenGo Travel, Quito, ensured the trip ran smoothly with advice on hotels, transfers as well as Napo lodge. Our guide was very knowledgeable, the lodge beautifully appointed and the cuisine awesome. Although it was the “down” season (September), the mild weather was perfect for hiking and the canoe rides were a joy with abundant wildlife. I found a hiking pole useful.
djmegantaylor
I was traveling to Ecuador with my best friend and having trouble figuring out what lodge to book in the Amazon and how travel works there… there seemed to be so many options and hard to get details to understand how to tackle the best way to see the Amazon. I found Alik from GreenGo and SO HAPPY I did! He helped answer my MANY questions, he helped me figure out what eco lodge fit my needs, he answered every phone call.. honestly he is the reason we ended up at Napo and had the BEST time. He also answered every other quesiton I had about Ecuador and assisted me with many things. I am VERY grateful to have worked w/ Alik!!!

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