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Napo Wildlife Reserve

4-5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,481

Leave the city behind and escape to an eco-community in the depths of the Amazon Rainforest. Staying at a luxury eco-lodge in Yasuni National Park, you’ll explore one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet and spot incredible animals, from colourful macaws to golden mantle tamarin monkeys to giant otters.

This 4-day Ecuador vacation takes you to a wildlife reserve in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest.

Your Ecuador tour begins in the capital, Quito, where you’ll head to the airport and connect to Coca, a jungle town in the east of the country. Board a motorized canoe and venture down the Napo River, spotting kingfishers and herons in the branches along the shoreline. After boarding paddle canoes, you’ll arrive at the Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, a luxury jungle lodge sitting on the banks of Anangu Lake. This 4-star lodge lies in Yasuni National Park in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon and is owned and operated by members of the local Kichwa Anangu community.

Staying in one of the lodge’s 16 luxury cabins, you’ll embark on day trips to explore the jungle. On one day, you’ll visit multiple clay licks to experience the unforgettable sight of parrots, macaws, and parakeets licking at a mineral deposit on the forest floor. You’ll also visit the nearby Kichwa Anangu community to meet the jungle’s Indigenous inhabitants and learn about its ancient traditions. The next day, climb the Canopy Observation Tower to penetrate the jungle canopy and see the flurry of birds that live within its dense leaves. In the afternoon, venture deep into the jungle to spot golden mantle tamarin monkeys and skirt the banks of black-water Anangu Lake to see fish, snakes, and, most importantly, giant otters. At the end of your Amazon vacation, return to Quito to continue your onward journey.


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4-5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,481

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Day 1

Quito to Coca

You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport (Not included in the trip price) for the 30-minutes flight over the eastern Andes that will take you to the jungle town of Coca. There, you will be met and transferred to you to the Francisco de Orellana Port - which is only 5 minutes away from the airport. From here the real adventure begins!

At the port you board a motorized canoe and head downstream on 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 are there, right before your eyes. A box lunch is provided.

After the two-hour ride along the Napo River, you arrive at the lodges' dock entrance where you take a short break to freshen up and use the restrooms. Then, continue to the lodge in paddled-canoes (motorized canoes are not allowed within the Napo territory) don't worry, others will paddle unless of course you wish to! This majestic and peaceful dugout canoe ride on a narrow stream will lead you to the Anangu Lake, where the lodge is located. The staff will welcome you with drinks and show you to your rooms and other areas of the lodge.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration4 Nights

Napo Wildlife Centre Ecolodge

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    Napo Wildlife Centre Ecolodge

    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. Spanning nearly 2.5 million acres of Amazonian rain forest. This is …

    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. Spanning nearly 2.5 million acres of Amazonian rain forest. This is truly a gem to be cherished. And the Napo Wildlife Center the only lodge with in Yasuni National Park boundaries can take you there.


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Day 2

Napo Wildlife Center

Adventure at the Napo Wildlife Center begins early in the morning! On this second day in the Amazon you are given the opportunity to witness one of the most incredible nature spectacles you will ever see: the parrot clay licks. It will only take about an hour to get to the first parrot clay lick which is in easy access from the lodge.

It is a real spectacle of colors, about 11 species of bird such as parrots, macaws and parakeets visit the clay licks every day to feed from the mineral deposits that are concentrated in the soil. After, hike along the forest trail to visit the Kichwa Anangu community to share time with the men, women and children of the community and learn about their everyday-life activities, routines and their ancestral customs and traditions.

Head back via the creek and a 30-minute hike through 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 enjoy a delicious lunch. Late in the afternoon you will arrive back at the lodge.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Napo Wildlife Center

A delicious breakfast depart to the Canopy Observation Tower, a high platform from which you will get a close up view of the some amazing views of the jungle canopy.

The tower is about 30 minutes from the lodge. This wooden platform 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 at the summit, the immensity and beauty of the Amazon jungle opens up before you.

There are not enough words to describe it, you have to witness it yourself! Birds that are just virtually impossible to see from the jungle floor will pass right above you. Flocks of vibrantly colored tanagers, blue-and-yellow macaws and large toucans fly past in the early mornings and afternoons. After lunch back in the Napo Wildlife Center, go deep into the forest to discover the beautiful and mysterious wildlife that hides in the forest interior.

There are 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! Also, explore the black water Anangu Lake and streams that are home of different species of fish and mammals such as the Giant Otter, a unique specie from the Amazon.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Napo Wildlife Center

This morning hike along the Tiputini trail and its swamp forests, searching for more wildlife such as Golden-Mantled Tamarins, White-Faced capuchin monkey, sloths two and three toed, pygmy squirrels, carnivores and their tracks on the forest floor. Back to the lodge for lunch and a well-deserved rest. In the afternoon paddle canoes will take you to explore deeper areas in the surrounding creeks with more possibilities of seeing unique wildlife. After dinner a video about the community and Napo Wildlife Center will be shared with you.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Coca to Quito

Last day, you depart after an early breakfast back to Coca and then your flight back to Quito.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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  • 4-5 nights accommodation
  • Flights to and and from Coca
  • All river transfers
  • All tours as listed
  • Meals as indicated


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

5 Dec 2023
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