Discover Amazonian biodiversity and stay at an indigenous-run lodge
Journey through the rainforest with four-nights at Napo Wildlife Center with exclusive excursions and meals across EcuadorMore...
Immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind adventure at a lodge managed by indigenous communities that call this extraordinary corner of the world home. Here, you'll have the opportunity to witness a significant portion of Yasuni National Park's megadiversity while enjoying all the comfort and luxury of a top-notch hotel.
Witnessing awe-inspiring biodiversity in luxury with guided tours across the rainforest with your favourite explorer.
- Explore one of the earth's megadiverse hotspots while staying at a lodge run by local communities.
Your incredible journey begins with a rewarding 30-minute flight over the eastern Andes Mountain range to El Coca. After landing, a short 5-minute drive to the Napo River port will transport you to a comfortable covered motorboat. Embark on a scenic 2-hour boat ride along the Napo River, with opportunities to spot various bird species along the way. Upon reaching Napo Wildlife Center's welcoming area, embark on a magical 2-hour dugout canoe ride through a narrow creek that connects to the lake where the lodge is nestled. Keep an eye out for wildlife, including several monkey species and majestic birds like toucans, parrots, and macaws. Arrive at the lodge in the late afternoon.
Enjoy a buffet breakfast before experiencing life high above the forest floor at the 36-meter canopy tower, located deep within the forest, about 30 minutes from the lodge. Get up close and personal with the 567 recorded bird species, including colorful tanagers, macaws, toucans, flycatchers, and even Spider or Howler Monkeys feeding in the nearby trees. The canopy tower offers a whole new perspective of the Napo Wildlife Center's surroundings. Return to the lodge for a typical Ecuadorian lunch. After lunch, you have various options to choose from before starting the afternoon activity: either ascend the central tower for birdwatching or simply unwind in your hammock.
In the afternoon, embark on a hike through a stunning forest to explore the ecology and the role of plants in the intricate world of the Tropical Rainforest. Notice the prominence of vines, ancient trees, bromeliads, and orchids in this awe-inspiring natural garden. Following the hike, venture into the surrounding creeks, with the possibility of encountering a Giant otter family. A delightful dinner awaits you at 7:30 pm.
Rise early to reach one of Ecuador's most accessible Parrot Clay Licks, located about an hour from the lodge. Arrive just before the parrot activity peaks between 7:30 to 8:30. Witness a total of 11 parrot, parakeet, and macaw species. Later, hike along the Terra Firme Forest trail to visit the Kichwa Interpretation Center "Kuri Muyu," operated by the women of the community, known as "mamakuna." Here, you'll learn about Kichwa culture, crafts, customs, and traditional use of natural resources. Return to the creek and hike through the Terra Firme Forest for about 30 minutes to reach the second parrot clay lick. Weather permitting, you might encounter different species of parrots, parakeets, and even macaws. Enjoy lunch and then paddle back to the lodge, where a delicious dinner awaits you in the late evening.
This morning, hike along the Tiputini trail through terra-firma forests and swamp forests, searching for more wildlife such as Golden-Mantled Tamarins, White-Faced capuchin monkeys, two and three-toed sloths, pygmy squirrels, carnivores, and their tracks on the forest floor. Return 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, offering more opportunities to encounter unique wildlife. After dinner, you'll have the chance to engage in a conversation about the community and Napo Wildlife Center.
Start your day with an early breakfast before embarking on your final excursion, a canoe trip back to the Napo River. The creek may reveal new sightings of Giant otters, Monk Saki monkeys, hoatzins, black-capped donacobius, or other bird species. A motorized canoe will then transport you back to El Coca for your flight back to Quito.
*Reservations are required 180 days in advance.
Napo Wildlife Center - The perfect amazon rainforest trip.