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Napo Cultural Center 3-Night Itinerary

In the most bio-diverse ecosystem on the planet — covering more than 2 million acres — Yasuni National Park represents a miracle of the world that might never be fully discovered. In fact, within only two acres, one can find more species of organisms than on the entire European continent. On this Amazon adventure, you will discover this amazing bio-diversity for yourself on this 4-day/3-night Amazon tour from the Yasuni Kichwa Eco-lodge.  During your stay, you will experience a parrot clay lick, the local interpretation center, a wildlife observation tower, and much more.

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“We had an absolutely amazing trip! Surtrek coordinated a Galapagos Cruise on the Natural Paradise yacht and then a stay at the Napo Wildlife Center. Everything was beyond our expectations!! I highly recommend Surtrek.”Janda Terese Stevens

Highlights

Ecuadorian Amazon, Parrot Clay Lick, Observation Tower, Community Contact, Canoe Safari, Traditional Kichwa Ceremony

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Flight from Quito to Coca – River Journey to Napo Cultural Center – Indigenous Community Contact – Playas Trail Hiking & Wildlife Watching OR Kayaking
Day 2: Parrot Clay Lick – Interpretation Center – Observation Tower Wildlife-Watching – Ancestral Catamaran Experience
Day 3: Kichwa Community Encounter – Canoe Ride along Añangu River – Traditional Amazonian Dinner – Nocturnal Safari
Day 4: Traditional Kichwa Ceremony – Departure to Coca
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Flight from Quito to Coca – River Journey to Napo Cultural Center – Indigenous Community Contact – Playas Trail Hiking & Wildlife Watching OR Kayaking

AM: The journey to the lodge begins with your flight from Quito to the Amazonian town of Coca in comfortable motor-operated canoes that travel down the river in about two hours. During this time, refreshments will be provided as you sight birds such as herons, kingfishers, terns and other Amazonian shorebirds as well as witness striking riverbank landscapes.

PM: Upon arriving at the Napo Cultural Center, visitors are warmly welcomed with a refreshing traditional drink and immediately taken to their cabins amidst the teeming wilderness found at one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. Once settled in at the lodge, you'll have an outstanding chance meet with the Kichwa Añangu community, whose members will welcome you with a traditional and refreshing ice cold “wayusa. From there, you can go hiking along the Playas Trail to experience Amazon wildlife for the first time in the river islands and shores amidst one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. Kayaking is also available as an optional activity for around 45 minutes to enjoy an overwhelming and colorful sunset in the vastness of Napo River. We will then head back to your cabin, rest a little bit and be prepared for a well-deserved dinner before turning in to the relaxing sounds of the Amazon

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2
Parrot Clay Lick – Interpretation Center – Observation Tower Wildlife-Watching – Ancestral Catamaran Experience

AM: Breakfast and early departure on board the motorboat to visit an amazing parrot clay lick. Easily accessible, this site brings visitors face to face with approximately 11 species of parrots (including parrotlets and macaws), depending on the seasons, weather conditions and good luck (though this activity is usually fruitful). We end this morning with a visit to the “Kuri Muyu” Interpretation Center, which is run by the women of the community. Here, you can learn directly from the people of the community about Kichwa culture, crafts, traditions and the traditional use of natural resources. We return for lunch and take a break at the lodge.

PM: This afternoon we will walk for about an hour and then climb up a 35-meter-high observation tower, where from above the forest's canopy you are likely to see a variety of birds, howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, toucans, parrots and sloths. We will return to the hotel by motorized canoe for a traditional dinner that is typical of the area. 

Dinner is followed by a unique activity on the Napo River: an ancestral catamaran ride where you will learn indigenous legends and take part in traditional chants while delicious snacks are grilled over a fire.

 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3
Kichwa Community Encounter – Canoe Ride along Añangu River – Traditional Amazonian Dinner – Nocturnal Safari

Enjoy the sunrise at breakfast, visit the local Kitwa community to learn about their sustainable community projects and their indigenous worldview. From there, we will walk along the Mama-Kuna road, which is an excellent opportunity to see more wildlife, and ceiba trees, as well as bamboo cane, vines and shrubs endemic to Yasuní.

In the afternoon after a delicious local lunch, paddle down the Añangu River, a blackwater ecosystem, where you can spot monkeys jumping from tree to tree, caiman and sometimes even giant river otters trying to catch fish.

After a traditional Amazonian dinner, prepare your flashlight for a night safari around the lodge to see different kinds of insects, reptiles and even nocturnal mammals, like monkeys.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4
Traditional Kichwa Ceremony – Departure to Coca

AM: This rainforest experience comes to a memorable close with a wayusa” ritual. During this spiritual experience, you can get up at around 4:30 am to share in drinking the sacred “wayusa” infusion. This ritual, which is commonly performed by Kichwa families, has been a way for them to pass down their ancient knowledge to the new generations. During your early morning experience, you can also share in traditional chants and have the chance to “interpret dreams” with the wisest “mamakuna” in the community – a mystical experience indeed.

Afterwards, we will head back to the lodge for breakfast before taking a motorized canoe back to the town of Coca and then flying back to Quito.  

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Prices

2019 - Price per person
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4US$ 868 PPUS$ 730 PPUS$ 730 PPUS$ 989 PPUS$ 833 PPUS$ 833 PP
2020 - Price per person
Days
StandardSuites
4US$ 868 PPUS$ 730 PPUS$ 730 PPUS$ 989 PPUS$ 833 PPUS$ 833 PP
*Price per person based upon double occupancy.
*PP (per person)
Included in the price:
  • Accommodations at the Napo Cultural Center
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary
  • River transportation to/from Coca – Napo Cultural Center – Coca
  • Yasuni National Park entrance
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish) naturalist guide
  • All excursions and visits indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance to parrot clay licks
Not included in the price:
  • Airfare (Quito – Coca – Quito) with assistants at the airport in Quito.
  • Check in y transfer in & out  in Coca city
  • Bottled drinks and Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips (i.e. for the guides and lodge staff)
  • Internet services
  • Laundry services

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“We loved the time at the lodge in Cuyabeno. It was so genuine and natural there and the crew was so knowledgable and helpful. Thank you so much for the recommendation of the real Amazonia-experience.”Elena