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Napo Wildlife Center 4-Night Itinerary

On this 5-day/4-night Amazon jungle tour based at the Napo Wildlife Center Lodge, you will be witness to the beauty and amazing plant and animal life that the Amazon rainforest conceals in its forests and creeks. While on your South American vacation at this luxury lodge, you can take part in daily activities that will include motor and dugout canoe rides, wildlife spotting from an observation tower, creek exploration, a visit to a parrot clay lick, a visit to the local interpretation center, wildlife hikes and more.

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Highlights

Ecuadorian Amazon, Observation Tower, Creek Exploration, Wildlife Hike, Canoe Ride

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Quito – Coca – Motor/Dugout Canoe Rides – Napo Wildlife Center
Day 2: Observation Tower – Afternoon Options – Rainforest Canoeing & Hiking
Day 3: Parrot Clay Lick – Interpretation Center
Day 4: Wildlife Hike – Paddle Canoeing – Presentation
Day 5: Wildlife Sightings – Return to Quito
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Quito – Coca – Motor/Dugout Canoe Rides – Napo Wildlife Center

A 30-minute flight from Quito over the eastern Andes mountain range to the Amazonian city of Coca is the beginning of your amazing rainforest experience.

After landing, we will make a short 5-minute drive to the port on the Napo River. Once there, we will board a comfortable covered motorboat to begin the ride by boat along the Napo for approximately two hours, spotting aquatic birds and other wildlife on the way.

After reaching the lodge's welcoming area, we will take a serene and magical 2-hour dugout canoe ride along a narrow river that leads to the lake where the lodge itself is located. This ride presents great chances for more wildlife spotting, including sightings of various species of monkeys as well as large birds like toucans, parrots or even macaws. By the late afternoon, we will arrive at the Napo Wildlife Center's lodge, where you will settle in, have dinner and spend the night.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2
Observation Tower – Afternoon Options – Rainforest Canoeing & Hiking

After a buffet breakfast, you can experience life above the forest floor by climbing the 36-meter-high observation tower that rises above the jungle canopy. This tower is located about 30 minutes from the lodge, deep in the rainforest. You'll have a very good view at some of the 567 bird species recorded in this area so far, as you get a close look at colorful tanagers, macaws, toucans and flycatchers, as well as Spider and Howler monkeys feeding in nearby trees. The canopy tower opens up a whole new world to travelers who stay at the Napo Wildlife Center.

Later, we will return to the lodge for a typical Ecuadorian lunch. After eating, you'll have a number of early afternoon options from which to choose – from looking from the observation tower for more birds or just relaxing in your hammock.

Later in the afternoon, we will go canoeing and hiking through a marvelous rainforest to learn about the ecology and the role of plants in the complex world of the tropical rainforest, where vines, primordial trees, bromeliads and orchids stand out in this extraordinary natural garden.

After the hike, we will explore surrounding creeks in which you will have a good chance of running into a Giant otter family. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3
Parrot Clay Lick – Interpretation Center

This morning we will visit one of the best parrot clay licks in Ecuador! After an early start, we will paddle downriver on the Añangu Creek as far as the welcome area. We will then take the motorboat for a 10-minute ride for a breathtaking view of up to hundreds of parrots — such as Amazon-Mealy, Blue-headed and orange-cheek parrots — which assemble here daily. These parrots and cobalt-winged parakeets come here for the salts, chemicals and minerals contained in the organic clay matter.

Later, we will return to the welcome area for lunch, and in the afternoon we will visit the interpretation center to learn about the traditions of the ancestral Kichwa Añangu community.

Returning to the lodge late in the afternoon, you’ll be welcomed back with a refreshing fresh juice. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4
Wildlife Hike – Paddle Canoeing – Presentation

This morning we will go on a wildlife hike along the Tiputini Trail and its terra-firma forests and swamp forests in search of more wildlife, such as Golden-mantled tamarins, White-faced capuchin monkeys, Two- and Three-toed sloths, and Pigmy squirrels.

Later, we will return to the lodge for lunch and a well-deserved rest. In the afternoon, we will go paddle canoeing to explore areas deeper in the flooded forest, seeking more chances to observe the unique wildlife there. After dinner, a presentation will be made about the Napo Wildlife Center and the local community.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5
Wildlife Sightings – Return to Quito

After an early breakfast, we will head out on our final excursion: canoeing back to the Napo River and the creek for more wildlife sightings of Giant otters, Saki monkeys, hoatzins, Black-capped donacobius birds and other wildlife.

The motorized canoe will then return you to the town of Coca, where you will be driven to the airport for your flight back to Quito.

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Breakfast

Prices

2022 - Price per person
Days
StandardSuites
SingleDoubleTripleSingleDoubleTriple
5US$ 2,741 PPUS$ 1,746 PPUS$ 1,746 PPUS$ 3,249 PPUS$ 2,087 PPUS$ 2,087 PP
*Price per person based upon double occupancy.
*PP (per person)
Included in the price:
  • Accommodations at the Napo Wildlife Center
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary
  • River transportation to/from Coca – Napo Wildlife – Coca
  • Yasuni National Park entrance
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish-speaking) 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 assistance at the airport in Quito and Coca
  • Check-in and transfer services arriving in and departing from the city of Coca
  • Bottled drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips (i.e. for the guides and lodge staff)
  • Internet services
  • Laundry services

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“We had a great time in the jungle. Our experience was amazing. Can’t wait to tell you more about it.”Michael McLane