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Napo Cultural Center 4-Night Itinerary

The Yasuni National Park is a uniquely diverse area that covers over 9,800 square kilometers of pristine Amazon rainforest. The park – considered a “biosphere reserve” by UNESCO – is home to more than 550 bird species, which is about 40% of the bird species of the entire Amazon Basin…think about that! For this 5-day/4-night adventure, you will get a close-up view of Amazon wildlife in the Yasuni reserve, a sacred land considered one of the most diverse areas in the planet. You’ll only need to prepare yourself for discovering this amazing biodiversity that the Amazon rainforest hides in its forests and creeks. While lodging at the Yasuni Kapawi Lodge, and later the Napo Wildlife Center, you will experience the incredible adventure of paddling a small canoe or hiking on rainforest trails. At both lodges, you will experience the forest floor and its assembly of colors, sounds, scents, and the beautiful and curious creatures. And don’t worry, during all of your hikes and excursions, a native and bilingual guide will always be with your group to guide you and reveal the secrets of the jungle to you.

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Highlights

Ecuadorian Amazon, Observation Tower, Cari-Añangu Trail, Parrot Clay Licks, Tiputini Trail, Jungle Hiking, Canoe Trip

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrival & Welcome at Napo Cultural Center – Napo River Walk &/or Kayaking
Day 2: Kichwa Community Encounter – Canoe Ride along Añangu River – Nocturnal Safari
Day 3: Visiting Parrot Clay Licks – Kuri Muyu Interpretation Center – Observation Tower – Ancestral Catamaran Experience
Day 4: Rainforest Hiking – Observation Tower – Traditional Amazonian Dinner
Day 5: Early Morning Wayusada Ritual – Scenic Motorboat Ride Back to Coca – Departure to Quito
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival & Welcome at Napo Cultural Center – Napo River Walk &/or Kayaking

Arriving at Napo Cultural Center, you have the outstanding chance to step onto the aboriginal territory of the Kichwa Añangu community, whose members will welcome you with a traditional and refreshing ice cold “wayusa,” the local hotel manager will give quick instructions and immediately will take you to your comfortable room with views of the rainforest in order to get ready for the first activity in the afternoon.

Hike along “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 min. to enjoy an overwhelming and colorful sunset in the vastness of Napo River. Then head back to your cabin, rest a little bit and be prepared for a well-deserved dinner.

After dinner, fall asleep to the relaxing sounds of the Amazon.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2
Kichwa Community Encounter – Canoe Ride along Añangu River – 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 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 3
Visiting Parrot Clay Licks – Kuri Muyu Interpretation Center – Observation Tower – Ancestral Catamaran Experience

We will get up early to reach one of the most accessible “clay licks” frequented by Ecuadorian Amazon parrots, just one hour from the lodge. The aim is for guests to arrive before the very beginning of this spectacular natural activity in which brilliantly colored parrots assemble by the dozens from between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. to eat mineralized clay. 

Afterwards, following a half-hour walk through the rainforest, we will reach another parrot clay lick that usually attracts them from 9:00 to 12:00 a.m. At this site, you can see about 11 species of parrots, as well as parakeets and Scarlet macaws during certain seasons. Of course, the particular sightings depend on weather conditions and a little luck – though this activity is usually fruitful. 

We end this morning with a visit to the intercultural  "Kuri Muyu" interpretation center, which means golden seed in native language, handled by the women of the community also knows as “mamakuna” learn about the Kichwa culture, crafts, customs and traditional use of natural resources directly from the people of the aboriginal community.

We return to the center of the community to have lunch at the dining hall and take a break in the lodge before hiking one hour in order to climb up the observation tower reaching 35 meters above the surface with high chances to spot a variety of birds, howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, toucans, parrots and sloths.

Time for dinner followed by a unique activity at Napo River, onboard the ancestral catamaran to know more about their legends and traditional chants, while women grill some delicious snacks in the fire. 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4
Rainforest Hiking – Observation Tower – Traditional Amazonian Dinner

Wake up with the chirping of Amazonian birds, to enjoy our local and organic breakfast buffet. After this, put on your rubber boots to start hiking the terra firme forest along Samona Trail. Here, you can feel like Indiana Jones in the middle of century-old ceibos, spot capuchin, and sight wolly and saki monkeys. Look under the leave to discover bizarre insects and tune your eyes and ears for the birds and reptiles within the dense forest environment. Return to the eco-lodge for a refreshing drink and prepare for an exquisite lunch, including local specialties.

In the afternoon, after a delicious local lunch, visit the lodge's second canopy observation tower to use specialized telescopes to spot some of the more than 600 hundred bird species of birds that inhabit the area.

Upon arriving, you will have time to settle back and prepare for a traditional Amazonian dinner. Taste local flavors of the Amazon such as “maito,” which is grilled fish wrapped in a “bijao” leaf. If you have an adventurous palate, try the grilled worms of the “chonta” locally known as “chontakuru”. 

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Day 5
Early Morning Wayusada Ritual – Scenic Motorboat Ride Back to Coca – Departure to Quito

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
Days
StandardSuites
SingleDoubleTripleSingleDoubleTriple
5US$ 1,038 PPUS$ 861 PPUS$ 861 PPUS$ 1,183 PPUS$ 981 PPUS$ 981 PP
2020 - Price per person
Days
StandardSuites
5US$ 1,038 PPUS$ 861 PPUS$ 861 PPUS$ 1,183 PPUS$ 981 PPUS$ 981 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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