The only lodge within the boundaries of Yasuni National Park, located on the beautiful Añangu Lake, Napo offers 16 luxury cabins complete with private facilities and hot water. The new 40m observation tower offers one of the best panoramic views of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Other activities include visits to the nearby parrot claylick, meeting the indigenous Kichwa Añangu community as well as forest trails and canoe rides to search for wildlife.
Departing from Quito, take a 30-minute flight to Coca over the eastern Andes mountain range. Napo Cultural Center is located on the south bank of the Napo River, the largest Ecuadorian tributary of the Amazon, and lies within the Yasuni National Park. The journey begins from the town of Coca on comfortable motor operated canoes, which travel down the river about two hours; during this time refreshments will be provided. You will see birds such as herons, kingfishers, terns, and other Amazonian shorebirds as well as beautiful riverside landscapes. Upon arriving at Napo Cultural Center, you will be warmly welcomed with a refreshing traditional drink and immediately taken to their cabins amidst the teeming wilderness found on one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. In the afternoon, enjoy a short walk down to the Napo riverbank.
Today you will have an early start. After breakfast, you will take a short boat ride to visit an amazing parrot clay lick that, with an easy access, brings visitors face to face with approximately 11 species of parrots (including parrots and macaws), depending on the seasons, weather conditions and general good fortune. End this morning with a visit to the “Kuri Muyu” Interpretation Center run by the women of the community. You will have the chance to learn about the Kichwa culture, their crafts, traditions and use of natural resources directly with people from the community. Lunch will be served at the lodge. In the afternoon, walk towards the Añangu stream to visit environments including wetland, upland forest, and seasonally flooded forest. Once at Añangu stream you will board a small canoe and head down the river in a spectacular adventure through the forest with opportunities to see alligators and to listen to the sounds of nature. Return to hotel in motorised canoes, Traditional typical dinner.
Depart this morning to the Canopy Observation Tower, a high platform from which you will get a close-up of the most amazing views of the jungle. The tower is about 30 minutes from the lodge within the terra forme forest.
This wooden platform of 36 metres’ 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. There are not enough words to describe it, you have to live it yourself! Birds that are just virtually impossible to see from the jungle floor will pass right through you. Flocks of vibrantly coloured tanagers, blue-and-yellow macaws and large toucans fly past in the early mornings and afternoons.
In the afternoon, after having lunch, you will go deep along 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! You will also 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.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Coca for your flight back to Quito.