Beautifully situated on the mirrored lake of Anangu, Napo Wildlife Center is a comfortable eco-lodge in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon offering a haven for nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and adventure seekers.
50ft canopy tower takes you up into the tree-tops and two of Ecuador’s most accessible parrot licks are located here
Set up in partnership with the local Anangu community - a superb eco-community project that gives back to the region
Complements a Galapagos cruise very well for the ultimate wildlife adventure
Spacious thatched cabanas with lake views - the newly refurbished suites are excellent for families
Napo Wildlife Center is superbly situated overlooking Lake Anangu and is the only lodge within the protected Yasuni National Park, thereby offering an exclusive rainforest experience. The lodge is run with the full participation of the native Añangu community and is 100% community owned, setting it apart from most other rainforest lodges and ensuring the protection of the local population and environment.
Accommodation at Napo Wildlife Center is in 20 comfortable wooden cabañas, including 8 spacious suites, 4 of which have a jacuzzi. Each cabaña has a private terrace with hammocks and overlooks either the lake or rainforest. The thatched roof building of the lodge includes a dining hall where a superb standard of food is served, with a small library and well stocked bar. The lodge even offers WiFi weather permitting. There is also a 50ft observation tower perfect for wildlife watching and taking in the views of the lake at dawn or dusk.
Within the rainforest the lodge has another 20ft observation tower built in a giant Caypoch tree. The towers give guests the chance to view the forest canopy from an entirely different perspective and is great for wildlife viewing, with the opportunity to see monkeys, toucans, parrots and other wildlife that cannot be seen from the forest floor.
Yasuni National Park was declared a UNESCO reserve in 1989 and is home to an incredible variety of flora and fauna, including 200 mammals, 565 species of birds and over 40,000 insects. Several trails lead through pristine terra firme forest, where 150-foot trees tower above and huge buttress roots crisscross the paths. Days are spent on paddle dugout canoes along tannin-rich black water creeks and lakes in search of wildlife from river otters to water-loving birds, and by night walk in the forest to observe nocturnal wildlife and canoe on the river in search of caiman and night bats with the aid of torches. Always accompanied by a local guide with incredible eyes for spotting wildlife and an English-speaking naturalist guide, the experience is an educational adventure. Unique to the lodge, there are also two clay licks within easy reach, where guests can watch hundreds of brightly coloured parrots and macaws congregate in huge flocks to feed on the clay, a truly incredible spectacle.
When to visit
Wildlife is absolutely abundant here but it is not a zoo! To make the most of the experience simply take your binoculars so you don't miss the monkey high in the tree or the macaw flying overhead.
Napo Wildlife Center is located 80km downstream from Coca airport on the Napo River in the Yasuni National Park.
14-hour 45-minutes international flight to Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport, followed by a 30-minute domestic flight to Coca airstrip and a 3-hour motorized boat ride.
Canoeing along the Napo River
Explore the rainforest deeper as you embark on a journey along the Napo River by traditional paddle canoe. Reach narrow creeks as you search for wildlife with your specialist guide. Look out for monkeys, giant otters and a variety of unusual bird species.
Kichwa shaman ceremony
Partake in a traditional Kichwa ceremony held by a local shaman of Añangu. This is a great opportunity to better understand the local culture and traditions of this ancestral tribe, which have been passed down through the generations..
Otavalo Traditional Market & Handicraft Tour
A tour around Otavalo market, famous for its handicrafts and for being one of the finest markets in Latin America. The region’s craft heritage is displayed in all it’s finery here, so expect woollen scarves, handbags and ponchos.
Parrot clay lick
Observe hundreds of parrots and a variety of species at one of the nearby clay licks. Watch as these colourful creatures hang back, planning their approach, before swooping down to indulge in the minerals and salts contained within the clay.
Tiputini hiking trail
Hike through the terra-firma forest and swamp forests of the Tiputini trail, keeping your eyes peeled for native wildlife such as capuchin monkeys, pigmy squirrels, tamarins and sloths. Follow tracks along the forest floor with the aid of your guide.