Napo Wildlife Center , Ecuador

Leaving the city life to the jungle eco-community and its inhabitants is a mesmerizing experience.

It is a place unlike any other, located in the heart of one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet. Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park is rich with extraordinary wildlife and vibrant local culture.

This ecotourism project includes the conservation of approximately 82 square miles of the most pristine Amazon Rainforest within the Yasunì National Park, an important UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the largest tract of tropical rainforest in Ecuador. Napo Wildlife Center is located by Añangu Lake, ancestral territory of the Anangu Quichua Community. From Coca it is 2 - 2 1/2 hours by boat down the Napo River followed by a nearly 2-hour dugout canoe ride along a narrow creek that connects to the lake where the lodge is located.

The lodge was built by the Anangu Quichua Community in partnership with the Tropical Nature Conservation System. Each of the 16 individual large luxury cabanas include a king-size and twin-size bed with mosquito netting, private bathrooms with hot water, ceiling fan and private porches providing lake and forest views. The lodge has 24-hour electricity provided by hybrid system combining solar panels, batteries and silent generators. Facilities include a 36-meter-high canopy tower.

 

Over 562 species of birds have been recorded at the Napo Wildlife Center - more than a third of all of Ecuador`s birds. NWC is home to a total of 11 species of monkeys, including squirrel, saddle-backed, white-fronted capuchin, monk saki, spider, woolly and golden mantle tamarin. All four species of caiman are found at NWC, which can best be seen during nocturnal canoe rides. The largest mammals like jaguar, puma, tapir, giant anteater and giant armadillo have been spotted in the area.

Daily guided excursions will be in small groups and led by a pair of guides: a native Anangu guide, who is also an official Yasuni Park Ranger and an expert on the forest's secrets about medicinal plants and other useful items of the rain forest; and a bilingual naturalist guide with great deal of knowledge in tropical forest biology. Excursions include visits to a parrot clay lick.

All meals and daily guided excursions are included.

Rooms and Facilities:

The Napo Wildlife Center complex has sixteen luxury cabins . The spacious cabins are comfortable and spotless-clean. Room facilities include:

  • A king-sized bed and a twin-sized bed.
  • A safety deposit box.
  • Private bathrooms with hot water.
  • A private balcony with views of the lake and the surroundings.
  • 24/7 electricity provided by a solar pannel system and silent power generators.
  • Plenty of 120v outlets to recharge your gear.
  • Mosquito nests and screened windows.
  • Ceiling fans.

 

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Napo Wildlife Center

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