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The Napo Wildlife Center, NWC Amazon Lodge, is the greatest and ultimate alternative luxury eco-hotel in Amazonian Ecuador. This ecotourism project includes the conservation of approximately 53,000 acres (over 21,400 hectares) of the most pristine Amazon Rain Forest within the Yasuni National Park, an important UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the largest tract of tropical rain forest in Ecuador.

The Napo Wildlife Center, NWC Lodge is located by the Anangucocha lake, in the unique ancestral territory of the Anangu Quichua Community. Thanks to their own initiative and supported by the Tropical Nature Conservation System, we have built in partnership the most carefully designed first class Amazon lodge in Ecuador.



The journey to NWC starts in Quito, Ecuador's capital city. From the national airport an approximately 35 minute flight will take guests over the Eastern Andes Mountain Range, crossing the Equator and overlooking snowcapped volcanoes over 5,790 meters above sea level (18,991 feet) to reach the headwaters of the Amazon Basin near the Napo River at only 250 m.a.s.l (820 feet). After landing on the Puerto Francisco de Orellana town airport, locally known as Coca, NWC staff will greet passengers and take them for a short 5-7 minute transfer to embark on our covered motorized canoe. Here a comfortable breeze will accompany guests on an approximate 2 hour boat ride, 50 miles (80 kilometers) downstream along the largest Ecuadorian tributary of the Amazon: the Napo river. During this trip a good number of birds may be spotted along the way and they include: herons, kingfishers, ospreys, and many others as the journey continues into a more pristine and remote area.

The boat will arrive at the northwest boundary of the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve where NWC is located on the Anangucocha lake. To access the lodge guests may either start a guided 2 ½ km (1,5 miles) hike on rich forest wildlife or embark on a quiet and enjoyable paddle dugout canoe ride with our staff for about 1.5 hours along a creek with a dense flooded palm forest. Following any route, as you get deeper into this preserved area, you will be surprised and delighted by the frequently observed monkeys of several species, colorful birds and other amazing potential wildlife encounters. At the end of the walk and near the end of the paddle people will reach the Anangu Lake and have a superb view of the lodge waiting for them on the other side.



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OUR UNIQUE PARROT CLAY LICKS

One of the highlights at NWC is going out on a very early excursion to reach two of Ecuador's most accessible parrot clay licks along the Napo region. These parrot clay licks are exclusive part of our reserve and lodge territory.

They have a history of being visited by naturalists and are mentioned in The Birds of Ecuador (Ridgely and Greenfield, 2001). These are 2 of the over a dozen clay licks found on the Anangu Community territory. Our parrot clay licks can be reached by following the Giant Otter creek downstream on dugout canoe near the Napo river. The Napo Wildlife Center has exclusively constructed well established and comfortable blinds in each parrot lick in order to provide visitors best viewing and high quality photo/video opportunities.

Activity kicks off at the main lick between 7 to 8 in the morning and at second blind after midday. Species include: Mealy, blue headed, yellow crowned, orange winged and orange cheeked parrots, cobalt winged, dusky headed and white eyed parakeets, with the occasional rarities like scarlet shoulder parrotlet and scarlet macaws. This could be a full day excursion visiting both blinds equipped with a nice freshly made box lunch, or a half day visiting the main lick and returning for a served lunch at the lodge. Don't miss a superb natural event full of unique sounds and brightly colored plumages!

The blind in the forest (Saladero de Pericos) is typically visited by a thousand or more Cobalt-winged Parakeets. The noise is incredible! From late October through early April, hundreds of Orange-cheeked Parrots are also found in the mix, as are rarities such as the Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet and occasional Scarlet and Red-and-Green macaws. It is almost certain that other small parakeets visit this clay lick, and new species for the region and Ecuador are just waiting to be discovered. [This is the site incorrectly listed as "La Selva" and "interior salado at La Selva" in The Birds of Ecuador (Ridgely and Greenfield, 2001)]. Access to this clay lick involves a 700m hike on an improved path with stairs and boardwalks where necessary. The blind itself will hold upwards of 20 guests and affords fantastic views. Birdwatchers will note that this is where one can find the famous "Manakin Trail" with 6 species of manakins.

DINING ROOM TOWER

There is a 19 m (60 feet) tall observation tower on top of our 13 m (42 feet) hill. This is high enough to get great views of the lake and lodge. Nearby the active resident birds can be seen nesting and feeding within the lodge grounds. Did you want to see rare monkeys? The curious Golden Mantle Tamarins are frequently here for a visit. The tower is  just next to the main house at NWC. One can look into the forest canopy and let inspiration flow, sorry if this gets interrupted by two large macaws flying by.

PROFESSIONAL CANOPY TOWER

Only 35 minutes away from the lodge there is the best and most professional canopy tower ever built in Amazonian Ecuador. Designed to last and provide maximum safety to users, this stainless steel structure complies with international certification ISO 9001:2000 that covers design, manufacturing and erection of steel structures and buildings, and other industrial applications.

This magnificent building, over 125 feet tall, stands right next to a giant 155 feet Kapok tree where and ample platform provides great space for over 15 guests and their cameras, spotting scopes, tripods and binocular gear, or other equipment ready to enjoy the canopy of the rain forest! No one should miss this amazing highlight that provides great views of possible troops of howler, capuchins, monk sakis or spider monkeys in the nearest forest. On a clear day, the immense tropical scenery is backed by the Andes where Gran Sumaco and the snowcapped Antisana and Cayambe volcanoes are located. This is truly a one of a kind experience.

Active feeding bird flocks reach the vicinity and our tree, offering beyond 80 species list in one single morning…not to mention the mammal sights. Get into the eye view of large toucans, macaws, colorful tangers and discover the gently moving Three Toed Sloth. Certainly paradise - heaven for avid professional or amateur birdwatchers and those who love close contact with nature. Armed with all possible optic gear, guides will find and show you the best. The tower provides an ample and comfortable platform and as one goes up there are 2 resting levels. This unique tower is the perfect site for a unique dawn or sunset experience.

LAKE & CREEKS

NWC has a large lake with two creeks that can be easily explored quietly while sitting on a dugout canoe paddled by our expert guides and staff eager to spot and show you wildlife. The possibilities are great for finding more troops of other species of monkeys like squirrel, saddle-backed and white fronted capuchin monkeys or those that by natural distribution or best habitat occur only on our south side of the Napo and include: monk saki, spider, woolly and golden mantle tamarin monkeys. NWC is home to a total of 11 species of monkeys.

All four species of caiman (related to alligators) are found at NWC. Our lake offers black caiman species, which can easily be seen best at night canoe rides or even at sunny days by the edge of floating vegetation.

Following the creeks a group of giant otters in a hurry to catch their fish for supper are a good chance. This is a well-deserved prize for NWC guests. Creeks have dense vegetation on sides, with large trees overhead and calm flowing waters. No one knows exactly what awaits around the next corner - a flooded forest with anaconda or a gentle easy moving three toed sloth.

FOREST TRAILS & HIKES

Hikes along a variety of forest types are possible by visiting different trails. One can appreciate the tropical forest richness, discover new plants and colorful or well camouflaged insects. On forest trails, guests can see monkeys, lizards, tortoises, frogs and army ants in addition to an array of birds, including toucans, macaws, parrots, manakins and hummingbirds.

Our staff is constantly aware of wildlife movements and they report each other when and where it will be best to try looking for....."hey guys, we had a glimpse of a large spotted body last week on the main trail, when we approached discovered deep heavy steps of a cat.." This is the territory of the rich terra-firme, the land of anything is possible, expect the unexpected. The largest mammals like jaguar, puma, tapir, giant anteater and giant armadillo have been spotted on our area. Night hikes are possible at NWC providing unexpected wildlife!

BIRDWATCHING

Over 562 species of birds have been recorded at the Napo Wildlife Center, more than one third of all of Ecuador’s birds. This area is home to a vast and rich bird life that can reward the most avid birdwatcher with the unrivalled South Napo specialties. NWC and Anangu are a classic visiting location for someone travelling Ecuador seeking overwhelming bird diversity.
Agami and Zigzag herons are found near the lake and creeks, and so are 5 kingfishers. The large raptors like Harpy and Crested Eagles find healthy mammal food around our area. The active calls of forest floor mixed species flocks with the largest numbers of the surprising antbirds can be found. Canopy flocks are normal to run into. Gear up with the best binoculars for the most superb views and active excursions helped with the expertise of the top native bird guide along the entire Napo: Jiovanny Rivadeneira. He is the head of a number of native guides that use eagle eye sight to successfully find that the best that the great plumaged world has to offer. Our canopy tower provides unrivalled opportunities for birding at the best rain forest in the country.

TOUR PRICES

   4 DAY 5 Day TaxesAirfare
Jamu Lodge  $ 300 $ 365 $ 0 $ 200
Kapawi Lodge $ 970 $ 1,210 $ 35 $ 480* 
La Selva Lodge  $ 1,215 $ 1,510 $ 0 $ 200
Manatee Amazon Explorer  $ 1,065 $ 1,330 $ 60 $ 200
Napo Wildlife Center  $ 1,289 $ 1,536 $ 0 included
Sacha Lodge  $ 1,050 $ 1,290 $ 0 $ 200
Sani Lodge  $ 955 $ 1,195 $ 0 $ 210
Yarina Lodge  $ 460 $ 550 $ 0 $ 200
Guacamayo Lodge  $ 280 $ 320 $ 10 $ 200
Samona Lodge  $ 280 $ 320 $ 10 $ 200
* Ground transportation Quito – Shell – Quito + Air Transportation Shell – Kapawi – Shell

These package Include:

  • Local naturalist guide (indigenous guide)
  • Fluvial Transportation 
  • Translator naturalist guide English – Spanish (National tourism guide with license)
  • Three daily meals
  • Programmed excursions
  • Accommodation in cabins with private bathrooms
  • Safe bottle water in meals, cabins and excursions
  • Rubber boots (up to size 43).

The package does not include:

  • Transportation QUITO – COCA – QUITO of US $ 185.00
  • Entrance fee to Yasuni National Park of US $ 25, 00
  • Soft beverages
  • Alcoholic drinks 
  • Personal equipment: flash lights, rain poncho.
  • Tips

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