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Napo Cultural Center 2-Night Itinerary

This 3-day/2-night Amazon tour based at the Napo Cultural Center, you will find a complete and unique experience, as you can relax, as well as come into contact and learn about the amazing Ecuadorian Amazon directly from its inhabitants. Recreational options on this Amazon adventure include hiking, birdwatching, swimming, and canoeing on lakes and streams.

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Highlights

Ecuadorian Amazon, Parrot Clay Lick, Wildlife-watching by Canoe, Traditional 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: Interpretation Center – Observation Tower – Canoeing Down Añangu Creek – Amazonian Dinner – Nocturnal Safari
Day 3: Traditional Wayusa Ceremony – Departure to Coca & Quito
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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
Interpretation Center – Observation Tower – Canoeing Down Añangu Creek – Amazonian Dinner – Nocturnal Safari

AM: Breakfast and early departure on board the boat to visit the “Kuri Muyu” Interpretation Center run by the women of the community. Here, you will have a chance to learn directly from people of the community, who will introduce you to indigenous Kichwa culture, their crafts, traditions and the use of natural resources. We return for lunch and rest at the lodge.

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 howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, toucans, parrots and sloths.

PM: In the afternoon, we will go canoeing down Añangu Creek for a spectacular adventure through the forest with opportunities to witness caimans and hear the sounds of nature at its purest. Return to hotel by motorized canoe for a traditional dinner.   

Back at the lodge, you’ll have time to settle back and prepare to 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 “chonta” or “chontakuru” worms. 

After dinner, prepare your flashlight for a nocturnal safari, walking around the lodge to see different kinds of insects, reptiles and even mammals such as Night monkeys.

 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3
Traditional Wayusa Ceremony – Departure to Coca & Quito

You can get up at 4:30 a.m. (optional) to share one of the ancient customs of the Kichwa culture: A traditional Wayusa ceremony. Using this infusion to energize the body while listening to the Kichwa songs allows one's mind to conceptualize important issues in a peaceful and unique way. Afterwards, we will return to the lodge for breakfast, before taking a motorized canoe back to the city of Coca for your return flight to Quito.  

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Prices

2019 - Price per person
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3US$ 744 PPUS$ 603 PPUS$ 603 PPUS$ 849 PPUS$ 687 PPUS$ 687 PP
2020 - Price per person
Days
StandardSuites
3US$ 744 PPUS$ 603 PPUS$ 603 PPUS$ 849 PPUS$ 687 PPUS$ 687 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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