Napo Wildlife Center
Day 1 Quito - Coca - Napo Wildlife Center (L,D)
Depart Quito on a 30 minute flight to Coca over the eastern Andes mountain range. Once landed at about mid-morning, take a 5 min transfer by local chiva (hired bus) or taxi from the airport to Port Francisco de Orellana and embark onto a comfortable covered motor boat. Here we start a canoe ride along the Napo River for about approx. 2 hours, where birds such as herons and kingfishers can be spotted. Once arriving at NWC’s entry dock we disembark and take a majestic and peaceful 1 to 2 hour dugout canoe ride, surrounded by trees overhead, paddling along a narrow creek that connects to the lake where the lodge is located. There will be excellent possibilities of monkey sights of various species, together with large birds such as toucans, parrots or even macaws. We arrive late afternoon to the NWC lodge, where we will be greeted by the overwhelming view of the Añangu Lake.
Day 2 Napo Wildlife Center (B,L,D)
An early start to reach the best and easy access parrot clay licks in Ecuador, (subject to weather) about 1 hour away from the lodge. Guests reach there just before parrot activity kicks off at the clay lick between 7:30 to 8:30am. A total of 11 species of parrots, parakeets and macaws can be seen. Later, hike along the forest trail to visit to the Kichwa Community of Añangu, where we will spend some time with a local family. 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 served at the parrot clay lick observatory. Late afternoon arrival to the lodge.
Day 3 Napo Wildlife Center (B,L,D)
After early breakfast, depart the lodge to the finest experience at a canopy tower on the Napo. A 36m high canopy tower opened to guests in November 2004; a great way to experience the life above the forest floor. This is the second tower at the Napo Wildlife Center (the first is attached to the dining hall and allows great views of the lake). The tower is located about 30 minutes from the lodge deep within the terra firme forest. As you ascend the 12-floor tower, you pass through different levels of the forest and emerge on top of a huge Ceiba tree. Here you cross onto a wooden platform that is actually built into the tree and experience the view formerly reserved only for the birds! From top to bottom, there is no finer canopy experience in Eastern Ecuador. Flocks of colourful tanagers pass right through the canopy of the tree, Blue-and yellow Macaws fly past, in nearby trees Spider Monkeys search for fruit, two species of large toucans call in the early mornings and afternoons, and the life of the forest canopy opens before your very eyes. Birds that are virtually impossible to see from the forest floor far below are suddenly right beside you, oblivious to your presence. The canopy tower opens a whole new world to guests of the Napo Wildlife Center!! Lunch served at the lodge.
Afternoon visit to a terra firme trail, hike along primary forest to discover the forest interior, possibilities of finding lizards, colourful manakins or the unique and endemic Golden Mantle Tamarin Monkeys. After the hike, explore the lake and creeks by dugout canoe with great possibilities of running into a Giant Otter family on the way.
Day 4 Napo Wildlife Center - Coca - Quito (B)
An early departure and our last excursion canoeing back to the Napo River. The creek may reveal new sights of Giant otters, Monk Saki Monkeys and many rare birds. We then embark on a 2 hour boat ride in a motorized canoe, for our return back to Coca and check-in for the flight back to Quito.
Dates & Prices
Departures: Daily except for Sunday
Prices Per Person US$
Jan - Dec Double / Triple Single
Cabanas $1140 $1600
Suites $1320 $1870