From 7 days / 6 nights
Discover the biodiverse of Ecuador
The Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge has been carefully built and designed by the Añangu indigenous community to offer tourist maximum privacy and comfort in Amazon Wildlife Tours. Luxury rooms and commodities, first class attention, beautiful views of the jungle and the lake, nature within your reach… it is a real paradise for nature lovers, eco-travelers, and adventure seekers. The place is really exclusive; there are only 16 private cabins, 12 standard and 4 luxury suites. The cabañas are decorated with native furnishings and are fully equipped with a private room with hot water, ventilation, energy and a balcony with the most incredible views of the jungle and the Añangu Lagoon. The Napo Wildlife Center is a good example eco-tourism projects. The community has invested in an environmental and unique system, probable the best and most advanced of the Amazonia. All waste water is processed to maintain the swamps clean. Also, the energy is generated by solar panels, industrial batteries and silent generators, which is an efficient system with minimal environment impacts. Located in the Ecuador Amazon Rainforest, the Napo Wildlife Center is considered one of the best eco-hotels of the world. The Añangu community has been recognized worldwide for its effort to preserving the flora and fauna found in this region declared by UNESCO a biosphere reserve. 7 days / 6 nights 8 days / 7 nights
Transfer from airport to the hotel.
After breakfast, departing from the hotel, we begin the tour driving to the north of the city to visit the Equatorial monument “Mitad del Mundo” (Middle of the World), situated at 0o0’0” latitude where the French Geodesic Expedition according to planet calculations, designated the center of the world. Visit the museum of the Ethnic groups of Ecuador. After this visit, we will drive back to downtown Quito and have a delicious lunch at a restaurant in the old city, and then we will go to visit the colonial site of Quito and its churches and cathedrals: the gothic Basilica, the Compañía de Jesús, the Convent of San Francisco, among others. We will visit the Plaza Grande where is located the Presidential Palace, the Major’s Office, the Cathedral, and the Archbishop Palace. Return to the hotel. Meals included: breakfast, lunch
Departing from Quito, a 30-minutes flight over the eastern Andes will take you to the jungle town of Coca. There, members of the staff will be waiting for you to give you warm welcome and take you to the Francisco de Orellana Port –which is only 5 minutes away from the airport. And here is where the real adventure begins! At the port, you will get on a motorized canoe downstream the Napo River, the major tributary of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. During the trip, you will have the chance to see different birds such as kingfishers, herons and other and admire the incredible views of the Amazon jungle that opens before your eyes. A box lunch will be provided. After two-hours ride along the Napo River, you will arrive at the NWC’s dock entrance. After a short break to freshen up and use the restrooms, we will continue our way to the lodge on paddle-canoes (motorized canoes are not allowed within the Napo territory). This majestic and peaceful dugout canoe ride a narrow stream will lead us to the Añangu Lake, where the hotel is located. Late in the afternoon, we will arrive to the Napo Wildlife Center where the staff will welcome you with drinks and show your rooms and other areas of the lodge.
Adventure at the Napo Wildlife Center begins early in the morning. In this second day at the premium Amazon Jungle tour you will presence one of the most incredible nature spectacles you will ever see: the parrot clay licks. It will only take us about an hour to get to the first parrot clay lick, which is of easy access from the lodge. Once we get there, at about 7:30 or 8:30 am, it will take just a few minutes for birds to show up. It is a real spectacle of colors, about 11 species of birds such as parrots, macaws and parakeets visit the clay licks every day to feed with the minerals that are concentrated in the soil. Later on, we will hike along the forest trail to visit the Kichwa Añangu community to share time with the men, women and children of the community and learning about their every-day-life activities, routines and their ancestral customs and traditions. Then, we will continue our adventure going back to the creek and go hiking for 30 minutes throughout a Terra Firme forest until reaching the second parrot clay lick and repeat the experience of seeing a great variety of parrots, parakeets and macaws as you eat a delicious lunch our staff will provide you. Late in the afternoon, we will arrive back to the NWC lodge.
A delicious breakfast will be served at the NWC restaurant early in the morning. After that, we will depart to the Canopy Observation Tower, a high platform from which you will get a close-up view of the most amazing views of the jungle. The tower is about 30 minutes from the lodge within the terra firme forest. This wooden platform of 36 meters’ high was built just next a huge and ancient Kapok tree. To get to the top you have to pass through different levels of the forest. Then, when you are finally there, the immensity and beauty of the Amazon jungle opens just before you. Birds that are just virtually impossible to see from the jungle floor will pass right through you. Flocks of vibrantly colored tanagers, blue-and-yellow macaws and large toucans fly past in the early mornings and afternoons. In the afternoon, we will go deep into a terra firme trail to discover the beautiful and mysterious wildlife that hides in the forest interior. There are great possibilities to see lizards, different species of monkeys such as the endemic Golden Mantle Tamarin monkey, rare and unique insects and even some scary snakes. We will also take you to explore the black water Añangu Lake and streams that are home of different species of fish and mammals such as the Giant Otter, a unique specie from the Amazon.
Last day, we will depart after an early breakfast to go back to Coca city and repeat the adventure to go out the way you came, a ride on a paddle-canoe to the docking area and then embarking on a motorize canoe for a 2-hour trip to Coca. Flight to Quito and transfer to the hotel.
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for international flight. End of the tour. Notice: For security reasons, swimming into Añangucocha Lagoon is forbidden.