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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.
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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.
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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 2019
DAY 1 – After a 30 minutes flight over the Andes mountain, you will get to Coca airport, located in the Amazon Basin. From this jungle town you will be be taken to Napo Wildlife Center private motorized canoes to start a boat ride downstream the Amazon major tributary, the Napo River. And from there on the adventure begins! During the trip our staff members will provide you lunch box and as you enjoy your delicious meal, you will have the chance to see just before you different bird species. Then, after about a 2 hours trip to along the Napo River, we will get to Napo Wildlife Center welcoming area, where the natives of Kichwa Anangu Community live. From there, we will take a peaceful dugout-canoe along a narrow creek that will lead us to our magical destination, the Napo Wildlife Center, which is located on the banks of the Anangu Lake, a black water lake that is home of different fish species, caimans and the endemic Giant Otters.
DAY 2 – On the second day during your stay at the NWC you will have an early buffet breakfast at the lodge restaurant and then visit the Canopy Tower, an experience just like any other! The tower is about 30 minutes away from the lodge within the forest. This 36 meters wooden platform offers you a 360 degrees view of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. It is just impressive and a great opportunity to get a close look at colorful birds such macaws, toucans, and even some monkey species as the Spider or Howler Monkeys that feed up with the fruits they found on the nearby trees.
After our visit to the Canopy Tower we will return to the lodge to have a delicious lunch at the restaurant, we recommend you to ask for a typical Ecuadorian lunch.
In the afternoon, after having some rest at the social areas or rooms of the lodge, we will go for a hiking activity through a marvelous terra-firme forest. You will be amazed of the beautiful flora you will find on the trail, vines, ancient trees, orchids, bromeliads stand out in this natural garden. Also, we will explore the waters of the sourranding creeks where you will have the chance to run into a Giant otter family.
DAY 3 – Early in the morning we will get up to visit one of the most incredible nature spectacles you will ever see: the parrot clay licks. The most accessible parrot clay lick is about an hour from the lodge and ten minutes from the community welcome area. Once you get there, hundreds of parrots such as the Amazon-Mealy and the bleu-headed Parrot; parakeets and macaws shown up just before your eyes to feed with the minerals and salts the soil contains.
After our visit to the licks, we will spend time with local people of the Kichwa Anangu community, learning about their daily life activities, routines and ancestral customs and traditions. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in the welcome area.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Interpretative Centre where women of the community will welcome you with dances and typical rituals and typical drinks as “chicha”. It is a nice and interesting activity in which you will learn much more about indigenous rich culture.
Late in the afternoon, back to the lodge you will be welcomed with some drinks and have a delicious dinner.
DAY 4 – On this morning we will explore the forest trails of the Amazon jungle to search for more wildlife species such as monkeys, birds, rare insects, reptiles, mammals, etc. The Yasuní National Park is one of the most diverse areas in the World, so you never know which jungle creature will show up! But what we can assure you is that there is a lot to see!
Then, after a long walk we will go back to the lodge to have lunch and rest in the social areas and rooms. In the afternoon, we will continue the adventure at the Napo sourranding creeks to see some aquatic species such as caimans, turtles, fish or the endemic Giant otters, a unique specie of the Amazon Basin.
Late in the afternoon, back to the lodge our staff members will share with you a video about the Napo Wildlife Center and the Kichwa Añangu Community’s history and beginnings.