Join our amazing tour for unforgettable experiences! Take breathtaking canoe trips along serene lakes and rivers, embark on exciting forest excursions, and enjoy birding tours. Immerse yourself in the wonders of Yasuní National Park, a sacred land renowned for its incredible wildlife diversity. Discover the thrill of paddling a small canoe on tranquil streams and explore any of the 16 forest trails. Get up close and personal with the spectacular wildlife that calls this region home. Don’t miss out on this incredible adventure!
Read the full itinerary below and make sure to read the FAQs before you book this tour. Please note that this tour operates under distinct (and rather strict) cancellation policies. Read more in the FAQ section.
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Important notes about the start of this tour:
After the pickup, you’ll have an easy 5-minute transfer to “La Mision” Port, where you’ll hop on a comfy covered motor-boat. During the scenic 2-hour journey along the Napo River, you’ll be treated to a delightful box lunch and coffee.
Keep your eyes peeled for fascinating bird species like herons and kingfishers! Once you arrive at Napo Wildlife Center’s entry dock, we’ll have a short break and restroom visit. Then, get ready for an enchanting 2-hour paddle canoe ride surrounded by lush trees and incredible wildlife, as we glide through a narrow creek that leads to the lodge’s serene lake.
There’s even a chance to spot playful monkeys and vibrant birds like toucans, parrots, and macaws! As we arrive at Napo Wildlife Center in the late afternoon, take in the breathtaking view of Añangu Lake and savor a refreshing welcome drink. Before you settle in, our friendly local manager will provide you with a helpful briefing.
Start your day with an early breakfast and an early start to reach the most accessible parrot clay licks in Ecuador, just about an hour away from the lodge. You’ll get there right before the parrot action begins between 7:30 to 8:30 am, ensuring the best viewing experience. Witness a diverse array of 11 parrot, parakeet, and macaw species that visit daily. Other fascinating creatures also make occasional appearances.
Later, take a scenic hike along a forest trail to visit the Kichwa Community of Añangu and immerse yourself in their enriching activities. Experience the warmth of the Kichwa community during lunch at Napo Cultural Center.
Afterward, return to the creek and embark on a 30-minute hike through the Terra Firme Forest to the second parrot clay lick. With favorable weather conditions, you may spot various species of parrots, parakeets, and even macaws.
As the late afternoon or early evening sets in and you return to the lodge, a delicious dinner will be waiting for you.
After a delightful breakfast, we head out from the lodge to witness a breathtaking view of the rainforest from a towering canopy tower that stands 36 meters tall. It’s an incredible opportunity to observe the vibrant activity of life above the ground. This is the second tower at the Napo Wildlife Center, nestled deep within the Terra Firme forest, just 30 minutes away from the lodge. As you ascend the tower’s 12 floors, you traverse through different levels of the forest and emerge at the pinnacle of a majestic Ceiba tree.
You’ll be amazed as flocks of colorful tanagers gracefully soar through the tree’s canopy. Keep an eye out for blue-and-yellow macaws flying by, while the adorable spider monkeys hunt for fruit in the nearby trees. During the early mornings and afternoons, the distinct calls of two large toucan species can be heard. From the top of the tower, the bustling life of the forest canopy unfolds before your eyes. Birds that are nearly impossible to spot from the forest floor suddenly appear right beside you, often unaware of your presence. The canopy tower reveals a whole new world to our guests at the Napo Wildlife Center!
At the lodge, a delicious lunch awaits you. In the afternoon, you have the option to explore another Terra Firme trail, where we take a scenic hike through the primary forest to witness its rich interior. There’s a chance to spot lizards, vibrant manakins, or the unique and endemic Golden-mantled tamarin monkey. After the hike, you can embark on a memorable adventure exploring the lake and creeks in a traditional dugout canoe. Keep your eyes peeled, as you might just encounter our local Giant otter family along the way.
On your last day, get ready for an early departure and a fantastic 2-hour canoeing adventure back to the Napo River. As we paddle along the creek, keep your eyes peeled for amazing sightings of giant otters, monk saki monkeys, and rare birds. Once we reach the river, we’ll hop on a motorized canoe to head back the way we came. Finally, after a roughly 2-hour boat ride, we’ll arrive in Coca. There, you can check-in for your Coca – Quito flight. We’ll provide you with a precise schedule based on your departure details and arrangements. Looking forward to an incredible journey together!
Please note that the itinerary is subject to changes due to weather conditions and operational decisions.
Due to the restricted availability at the lodge, the community has implemented strict cancellation policies. If you cancel your booked trip between 60 to 31 days before the start date, you will only get a 50% refund. And if you have to cancel within one month of traveling, no refund applies. So, before booking please make sure that you will be able to make it! We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.
The reason is, that canoe operators do not work on Sundays, making it impossible to enter or leave the lodge that day. Since this is a 4-day, 3-night tour, arriving on Thursday means that departure would be on Sunday, hence the exclusion of both days.
24/7 110V Electricity, safe box, tap water, porch with seat and view to the lake, slippers, bathrobe, toiletries, bath salts, and 100% cotton towels
The driest month is December, with 152 mm of rain. In May, the precipitation reaches its peak, with an average of 331 mm.
January is the warmest month of the year. The temperature in January averages 26.3°C. At 24.1 °C on average, July is the coldest month of the year.
Passengers on flights Quito – Coca are allowed to check in a maximum of 23 kg per person plus a carry-on hand luggage item of 10 kg with reading material, camera, binoculars, and personal documents. Additional or excess baggage is charged directly by the airline.
We recommend that children be at least 5 years old and suggest you hire a private guide.
Children under 11 years and 11 months old receive a 30% discount on the fare if they share the same cabin with their parents, upon presentation of a passport or identification document, and we will gladly recalculate the total price you need to pay.
Once we arrive at the Napo River port in Coca, it takes approximately 2 hours of motor boat ride. Upon entering Yasuni National Park, we disembark and change to paddle canoes for approximately another 1.5 hours.
We have a doctor and a medical center at the Community. In case of an emergency, the doctor will go to the lodge or the passenger will be taken out to the Community. For rare further situations, we take the passenger to Quito.
If you are carrying prescription medication or require particular assistance, please bring with you a signed and dated letter from your physician stating health problems and dosage requirements for any medication, to be provided to our doctor on board as well as to medical authorities in case of an emergency.
For your convenience, we include the following gratuity suggestions based on other experiences at Napo Wildlife Center:
• Naturalist Guide: $15 to 25 / night per guest
• Community Guide: $10 to 15 / night per guest
• Paddler: $ 5 to 10 / night per guest
• Staff Members: $ 5 to 10 / night per guest
Please tip guides personally. There’s a tipping box located at the bar for staff members. This does not include tips you may wish to leave the bartender.
There is no legal requirement for entrance to Ecuador. Napo Wildlife Center and Yasuni National Park are zones free of malaria, yellow fever, and the zika virus. We have never registered any cases during the more than 20 years that we have been operating. However, we do recommend you ask your physician.
• No smoking in the forest, nor in the boats (which carry gasoline).
• No littering.
• Do not harass wildlife – when sighting wildlife follow your guide’s instructions.
• No wildlife collection or manipulation. If you should come across hurt wildlife, leave it be. It is part of the natural processes of the wilderness.
• Please separate all your non-biodegradable trash and recycling in the proper bins. Please take batteries back with you.
• Please keep it quiet. Our rooms are not soundproof and guests come to listen to the sounds of nature. If you want to listen to music outside the bar area, use headphones.
• The lodges are highly flammable. Do not leave candles unattended and locate the nearest extinguisher.
• Never go swimming in Añangu Lake.
• Stay on the trails and only travel them with a guide. If for some reason you are separated from your guide, you can return to the lodge using your map and the trail markers.
• Always use life jackets on the boat and during boarding. Wear light shoes that are easy to take off. Never have rubber boots on when in the boats.
• Use rubber boots when heading to the forest or gardens at night. They reduce the risk of snake bites.
• When taking photos of people, ask first!
Explore our community by immersing yourself in the rich experiences offered at our Cultural Center. Here, you can delve into the customs and practices that have been passed down through generations, gaining a profound understanding of our unique way of life.
During your stay, indulge in an array of activities that will ignite your senses and connect you with nature. Take part in daily forest and canoe or kayak excursions, and partake in captivating birding tours. Additionally, we are more than happy to customize hiking trails based on your personal interests and abilities.
Join us on this unforgettable journey as we invite you to discover the authentic essence of our community and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.