The Napo Wildlife Center, surrounded by a 53,000 acre rainforest biosphere reserve within Yasuni National Park, offers the most luxurious accommodations available in Ecuador’s Amazon. The lodge is located on the banks of Anangucocha Lake and is a model of sustainable tourism in conjunction with the Anangu Quichua Community. Fly from Quito over the Andes Mountains to the Amazon Basin town of Coca where you embark on a motorized canoe journey 50 miles (2 hours) down the Napo River. At the border of the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve continue the journey on a 1.5-hour canoe paddle (motorized vessels are not allowed) or enjoy a guided hike 1.5 miles to the lodge.
Common Areas at Napo Wildlife Center
The central structure, or main hall, of Napo Wildlife Center, where meals are served, also offers several comfortable social areas, including a full-stocked bar, reading lounge where briefings may also be conducted and a 20-foot high observation tower that provides a 360-degree view of the surrounding wilderness. There is a short trail that runs behind this building, very popular for evening strolls where busy nocturnal creatures come to life. A combination of the main hall’s location and the traditional openness of Kichwa architecture make it comfortable even during the heat of midday. and a large dining hall with a library and a well-stocked bar. Attached to the bar is a 50-foot viewing tower from which you can see the Andes on a clear day! The lodge features a library, bar, and dining room serving a variety of traditional Ecuadorian dishes. The 24-hour library offers a wide variety of books from natural history, biology, conservation, literature as well as magazines and scientific reports. You have the possibility of shopping for souvenirs, as well as personal care items and useful accessories at the lodge boutique. Handicrafts are also sold at the interpretation center’s gift shop located at the first clay lick.
Internet service is always available at the lodge at a reasonable price for guests use at anytime, to be added to your bill.
Water is filtered through a reverse osmosis system ensuring is it safe to drink. Hybrid systems, solar panels, state-of-the-art batteries and noiseless diesel engines provide 24-hour electricity and plenty of 110-volt outlets in cabins.
Activities at Napo Wildlife Center
A diverse network of trails though a variety of forest types surrounds the lodge. Discover fascinating plants, camouflaged insects, leaf cutter ants, lizards, tortoises, frogs and an array of birds on naturalist guided or self guided hikes. At sunrise, afternoon and each night after dinner you may join a native Anangu guide/Yasuni Park Ranger on a hike among the surrounding rain forest. Hikes can vary in length from easy walks to challenging treks. The lodge staff is constantly aware of wildlife movements reporting when and where wildlife can be found. Although rare even the largest mammals like jaguar, puma, tapir, giant anteater and giant armadillo have been spotted in the region. You may also choose to explore the surrounding lake and creeks aboard a dugout canoe paddled by our expert guides, looking for caiman and giant otters.
The highlight of Napo Wildlife Center is a visit to Ecuador's most accessible parrot clay licks. Comfortable blinds at each lick provide outstanding views and excellent photo opportunities. Activity kicks off at the main lick at 7:00am and at second blind in the afternoon. Species include: Mealy, blue headed, yellow crowned, orange winged and orange cheeked parrots, cobalt winged, dusky headed and white eyed parakeets. In best weather conditions at least 800 individuals can be spotted. Enjoy a full day excursion visiting both blinds with a box lunch, or a half day visiting the main lick and returning for lunch at the lodge. Over 562 species of birds have been recorded at the Napo Wildlife Center, more than 1/3 of all of Ecuadors birds. Expert resident guides will assist in spotting the amazing diversity of colorful birds.
Adjacent to the lodge is a 60-foot-tall observation tower with excellent views of the lake and surrounding rain forest. A 35-minute journey leads to the largest canopy tower built in the Amazon. This magnificent structure, over 125 feet tall, stands next to a giant Kapok tree accommodating up to 15 guests. This is a great place to spot some of the 11 species of monkey found in the region. Other sightings include actively feeding flocks of birds toucans, macaws, colorful tanagers or even a three-toed sloth. On a clear day, views can reach the snow capped Andes Mountains making a spectacular sunset.
Anangu is not only home to the lodge, it is also the ancestral territory of a Quichua indigenous community. Anangu people are active participants in the conservation and management of the park as well as partners in tourism. Join families on their daily activities harvesting bananas, coco and manioc, a starchy staple root for Amazonian people. Or help prepare chicha, a traditional drink based on fermenting manioc. Try fishing in Amazon rivers with help from the local natives and their particular techniques.
Accommodations at Napo Wildlife Center
The lodge consists of 16 luxury cabañas, each over 450 square feet with lake views. Features include private bathrooms with on-demand hot water showers, 24 hour electricity, safety boxes, ceiling fans, screened windows and private porches overlooking the forest and lake.
There are 12 standard cabanas at Napo Wildlife Center, with one king bed and one twin bed, sleeping up to three people. All have views of the lake.
Suites are suspended over the lake. There are 2 double suites with one king bed, and 2 triple suites with one king bed and one twin bed.