Napo Wildlife Center



Class: Tourist Superior *** | Departure from: Quito + or - Flying Time: 45 min. | Driving Time: 1.5 hrs. | Canoe Ride: 1 hrs.


About it

The Napo Wildlife Center is the greatest luxury eco-hotel in Amazonian Ecuador. This ecotourism project includes the conservation of approximately over 53,000 acres (over 21,400 hectares) of the most pristine Amazon rainforest within the Yasuní National Park, an important biosphere reserve and the largest tract of tropical rainforest in Ecuador. 

The Napo Wildlife Center, NWC Lodge, is located next to the Anangucocha Lake, in the unique ancestral territory of the Kichwa Añangu Community. Thanks to their own initiative and the support of the Tropical Nature Conservation System a most carefully designed first class Amazon Lodge in Ecuador was created and is now rated as one of the best in Ecuador.

What can you do there?

Visitors will be divided into small groups, maximal 8 members per group, and leaded by a native Añangu guide, who is also an official Yasuni Park Ranger, expert on the forest's secrets about medicinal plants and other useful items of the rainforest, as well as by an excellent bilingual naturalist guide with great deal of knowledge in tropical forest biology. Both guides will create informative excursions every day providing an educative fun experience. 

Groups and guides will tailor their excursions while taking advantage of the highest peaks of activity and weather conditions in the forest. They will schedule their outings before dawn or at sunrise. This will maximize wildlife observation and of course each group will decide with their guides how intense they take their Amazon excursion, this applies for afternoon excursions and night outings, when an overwhelming concert of natural sounds will flood the atmosphere. Welcome and gear up to enjoy the best fauna attractions on the Napo!

Departures

  • 4 and 5 day programs are leaving every Monday and Friday 
  • 3 to 8-Day programs leave with flexible departures each day of the week except Sunday. 
  • The minimum amount of passengers without extra charging is 12 passengers. Otherwise USD 500 are charged per canoe

Accommodation

  • 12 individual large luxury cabanas prepared for receiving guests in double occupancy or arranged in advance for a 3 members family visit. A double room includes a king size bed or two twin size beds, private bathrooms with hot water, a multi-speed ceiling fan, electricity, plenty of lights and 110 V outlets, screened windows and mosquito nets. 
  • There are also 2 Suites available in Napo Wildlife Center for the maximum comfort. 
  • The cabanas are constructed among the traditional native architecture with a harmonious modern mixture inside, providing cool shaded terraces with inviting hammocks and ample space from where visitors may observe the surroundings. 
  • Lodging at NWC has been designed to offer maximum privacy and comfort, providing lake and forest views from their private porches, as well as preserving one of the most pristine spots of Amazon forest in Ecuador. 
  • There is also the possibility to camp near the parakeets clay lick and experience the jungle at night.

Facilities

  • Observation and Restaurant tower located on the top of a hill 
  • Professional canopy tower located 35 minutes from the Lodge 
  • Restaurant 
  • Bar 
  • Safety Box 
  • Internet possibility for USD 5.00 for 30 minutes or USD 50.00 for the whole stay 
  • Library 
  • Laundry Service 
  • Canoes for the guests 
  • Small shop to buy t-shirts, hats and possibility to buy handicrafts of the region 
  • Environmental sustainable sewage system

Fauna Attractions

Parrots Clay Licks 

One of the highlights at the Lodge is a very early excursion to reach two of Ecuador's most accessible parrot clay licks along the Napo region. These parrot clay licks are exclusive part of the reserve and Lodge territory. 

They have a history of being visited by naturalists and are mentioned in “The Birds of Ecuador” (Ridgely and Greenfield, 2001). These are 2 of over a dozen clay licks found on the Anangu Community territory. 

The parrot clay licks can be reached by following the Giant Otter creek downstream on dugout canoe near the Napo River. The Napo Wildlife Center has exclusively constructed well established and comfortable blinds in each parrot lick in order to provide visitors best viewing and high quality photo and video opportunities. 

Species include: Mealy, blue headed, yellow crowned, orange winged and orange cheeked parrots, cobalt winged, dusky headed and white eyed parakeets, with the occasional rarities like scarlet shoulder parrot and scarlet macaws. In best weather conditions at least 800 individuals of most species can be spotted and in rainy days one could still see a few dozens. This could be a full day excursion visiting both blinds equipped with a box lunch, or a half day visiting the main lick and returning for a served lunch at the Lodge. Don't miss a superb natural event full of unique sounds and brightly colored plumages. 

Professional Canopy Tower 

Only 35 minutes away from the Lodge there is the best and most professional canopy tower ever built in Amazonian Ecuador. Designed to last and provide maximum safety to users, this stainless steel structure complies with international certification ISO 9001:2000 that covers design, manufacturing and erection of steel structures and buildings, and other industrial applications. 

This magnificent building with a height of over 125 feet is standing right next to a giant 155 feet Kapok tree where an ample platform provides great space for over 15 guests and their cameras, spotting scopes, tripods and binoculars or other equipment. No one should miss this amazing highlight that provides great views of possible troops of howler, capuchins, monk sakis or spider monkeys in the nearest forest. 

In a clear day, the immense tropical scenery can reach views of the Andes where Gran Sumaco and the snow capped Antisana and Cayambe volcanoes are located. 

Active feeding bird flocks reach the vicinity and our tree, offering beyond 80 species list in one single morning…not to mention the mammal sights. Get into the eye view of large toucans, macaws, colorful tanagers and discover the gently moving Three Toed Sloth. Certainly paradise - heaven for avid professional or amateur birdwatchers and those who love nature close contact. Armed with all possible optic gear, guides will look and show you the best. The tower provides an ample and comfortable platform and 2 resting levels. This unique tower is the perfect site for dawn course or sunset experience.

Lake and Creeks 

The Lodge has a large lake with two creeks that can be easily explored quietly while sitting on a dugout canoe paddled by our expert guides and staff eager to spot and show you wildlife. The possibilities are great in finding more troops of other species of monkeys like squirrel, saddle-backed and white fronted capuchin monkeys or those that by natural distribution or best habitat occur only on our South side of the Napo and include: monk saki, spider, woolly and golden mantle tamarin monkeys. The Lodge is home to a total of 11 species of monkeys. 

All four species of caiman (alligator related) are found at the Napo Wildlife Center. Our lake offers black caiman species, which can easily be seen best at night canoe rides or even at sunny days by the edge of floating vegetation. 

Following the creeks you might see a group of giant otters in a hurry to catch their fish for supper. Creeks have a dense vegetation on sides, with large trees overhead and calm flowing waters, no one knows exactly what awaits in the next meander, a flooded forest with anaconda or a gentle easy moving three toed sloth. 

Forest trails and hikes 

Hikes along a variety of forest types are possible by visiting different trails. One can appreciate the tropical forest richness, discover new plants and colorful or well camouflaged insects. You will have the chance to see monkeys, lizards, tortoises, frogs and army ants in addition to an array of birds, including toucans, macaws, parrots, manakins and hummingbirds. 

The staff is constantly aware of wildlife movements and they report each other when and where it will be best to try looking for....."hey guys, we had a glimpse of a large spotted body last week on the main trail, when we approached discovered deep heavy steps of a cat…" This is the territory of the rich terra firme, the land of anything is possible, expect the unexpected. The largest mammals like jaguar, puma, tapir, giant anteater and giant armadillo have been spotted on our area. Night hikes are possible at NWC providing unexpected wildlife!! 

Bird Watching 

Over 562 species of birds have been recorded at the Napo Wildlife Center, more than 1/3 of all of Ecuador’s birds. A vast and rich bird-life that can reward the most avid birdwatcher with the unrivalled South Napo specialties. NWC and Anangu are a classic visiting location for someone traveling Ecuador seeking for the overwhelming bird diversity. 

Agami and ZigZag herons are found near the lake and creeks, including all 5 kingfishers. 

The large raptors like Harpy and Crested Eagles find healthy mammal food around our area. The active calls of forest floor mixed species flocks with the largest numbers of the surprising antbirds can be found. Gear up with the best binoculars for the most superb views and active excursions helped with the expertise of the top native bird guide along the entire Napo: Jiovanny Rivadeneira. He is the head of a number of native guides that will eagle eye sight and successfully find for you that great plumaged world. Our canopy tower provides unrivalled opportunities for birding at the best rain forest in the country.

The Añangu Community 

Añangu is not only home to the great Napo Wildlife Lodge, it has also been the ancestral territory of a Quichua indigenous community that has the same name. Añangu people are active participants of the conservation and management of a large territory within the park as well as our partners in tourism. 

We would like to invite you to visit the community that had a dream and initiative long time ago to handle this vast rain forest territory by establishing their own lodge. Helped by EcoEcuador Foundation part of the Tropical Nature Conservation System, a world leading group of ongoing ecotourism projects, we all now work together on a nature tourism company. You can join some families on their daily activities when harvesting bananas, coco, manioc, a starchy jungle root, staple food for Amazonian people, or maybe helping preparing chicha, a traditional drink based on cooked and fermenting manioc. You can try to catch your own fish in the Amazon River helped by the local natives and their particular techniques.