NAPO WILDLIFE CENTER

NAPO WILDLIFE CENTER

Why choose this Lodge? 

Napo wildlife center works directly with the Añangu community, which struggles with the difficulties of maintaining their ageless traditions intact, perhaps a near-impossible task in this modern day…

Availabilily: Monday – Saturday (not Sunday)
Activities: Cultural, recreative
The Añangu remain proud of their culture and aware of their need to preserve the natural resources of their land. With the help of foreign investment, willing to assist the community in their sincere endeavor to manage natural resources in a sustainable way, the Añangu decided to create Napo Wildlife Center as an ecotourism destination that would showcase the wonders of the Amazon Rainforest as well as the lifestyle, traditions and beliefs of their culture. During a period of about two full years, the community of men and women built the entire lodge, transporting all the materials by boat, foot and canoe to the site where Napo Wildlife Center stands today.

The lodge consists of 16 luxury cabins 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.Private bathrooms with hot water showers.Private porches with lake views 24-hour electricity with plenty of lights and plenty of 120v outlets. Ceiling fans and secure screens for plenty of bug-free ventilation.

Located within Yasuni National Park, NWC Lodge is located at the edge of the Añangucocha lake, within the unique ancestral territory of the AñanguQuichua Community.

Flight Quito / Coca,then motor canoa to Añangucocha Lake.

Day 1:
Departing from Quito, 45 minute flight to Coca over the eastern Andes mountain range. After landing, a 5 min transfer from airport to Port Francisco de Orellana will drive us to embark onto a comfortable covered motor boat. Here we start a boat ride along the Napo river for about 2 hours approx, lunch box in route. Along the way birds like herons, kingfishers and others can be spotted. After arriving at NWC’s entry dock we disembark for a restroom pause then take a majestic and peaceful 1 to 2 hours dugout canoe ride surrounded by trees overhead, paddling along a narrow creek that connects to the lake where the lodge is located. Good possibilities of monkey sights of various species as well as large birds like toucans, parrots or even macaws.
Late afternoon arrival to the NWC lodge by the overwhelming view of the Añangulake.
Day 2:
Early wake up to reach the best and easy access parrot clay licks in Ecuador, about 1 hour away from the lodge, guests reach there just before parrot activity kicks off at the clay lick between 7:30 to 8:30. A total of 11 species of parrots, parakeets and macaws can be seen. A visit that depends on weather conditions, but usually successful. Later, hike along forest trail to visit to the Kichwa community of Añangu and sharing time with a family on their activities.
Return to the creek and hike through a Terra Firme Forest for about 30 minutes until we arrive to the second parrot clay lick where if the weather conditions help will be able to find different species of parrots, parakeets and even macaws. Lunch box served at the parrot clay lick observatory. Late afternoon arrival to the lodge.
Day 3
After breakfast at the welcome area, you’ll visit the Kichwa Community of Añangu. Here you’ll be able to spend some time with the local people and learn about their culture and way of life.
Then, walk along the path next to the Napo River, in a new excursion in the Amazon. You’ll have the chance to spot various species. Plus, your guide will show you different species of plants and will explain their use in ancestral medicine. At the Community, you’ll visit the local school and the communal areas. You’ll learn how our Community has developed during the past years, improving education and health.
After lunch (brought from the hotel), you’ll walk on a new trail starting at the Community that leads to the Añangu lagoon. During this walk you’ll get to know more about the flora of the zone, which is not only used for medicine but also for daily living. Arrive at the hotel late in the afternoon, for a well deserved rest and dinner.
Day 4
Early departure and last excursion canoeing back to the Napo river, the creek may reveal new sights of Giant otters, Saki monkeys or many other rare birds. Entry docking area, use of restrooms and embarking on motorized canoe in order to return back to Coca, arrival  approximately after 2 hours boat ride up river, in order to check for Coca – Quito flight, schedule to be announced according to departure details and arrangements.