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Napo Wildlife Center

Amazon, Ecuador

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.

At a Glance

  • 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

  • Wonderful wildlife experience but great to immerse oneself in the local culture too

Eco/ethical tourism, Adventure, Family, Honeymoon

Insider's View

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.

Maudie Tomlinson

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Napo Wildlife Center or take a look at our itineraries to Amazon

Description

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 16 comfortable wooden cabañas, including 4 spacious, newly built family cabanas built over the water on stilts. 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 colored parrots and macaws congregate in huge flocks to feed on the clay, a truly incredible spectacle.

Accommodation

Guest accommodation at Napo Wildlife Center is made up of 16 comfortable thatched roof cabañas with private terraces. Four of the cabanas are newly built over the water, offering much larger family sized accommodations with living areas and spacious bathrooms. The cabañas are decorated with native furnishings and all have private bathroom, shower, hot water and ceiling fan. The cabañas are spacious and all have one king size bed and one single bed, sleeping up to 3 guests in total.

Childcare

A stay at Napo Wildlife Center is most suited to children aged over 8 years, although younger children are accepted. Whilst there are no formal child facilities there are lots of exciting and educational activities which are sure to appeal and the guides and local community are very friendly and welcoming towards children.

Facilities

Napo Wildlife Center has a large dining hall with a bar and a library stocked with nature books. There is also WiFi available weather permitting. There are two observation towers, one 50ft tower attached to the property and another 120ft tower 20 minutes further into the forest. These are great for viewing wildlife from above the forest canopy, much of which is hidden at ground level.

Activities

A variety of activities and excursions are on offer at Napo Wildlife Center, including fishing, forest hikes, excursions in dugout canoes through the lake and its creeks, visits to the clay licks, handicraft workshops and visits to the local communities. The excursions are all lead by an indigenous Añangua guide, giving a unique insight into the local environment, and accompanied by a knowledgeable multilingual naturalist guide.

Location & Directions

Amazon, Ecuador

Napo Wildlife Center is located 80km downstream from Coca airport on the Napo River in the Yasuni National Park.

When to go

All year round destination. There is no defined dry season, and rain can be expected at any time of year being a tropical rainforest.

Best time to Visit

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Napo Wildlife Center or take a look at our itineraries to Amazon

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