Napo Wildlife Centre is an intimate ecolodge on Ananguccoha Lake in Amazonian Ecuador in YasunÃ¬ National Park, an important UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Started as a partnership with the Tropical Nature conservation system, the lodge is now 100% owned by the community.
Each of the 16 individual large luxury cabanas can accommodate 2 or 3 people. Rooms include a king size and twin size beds, private bathroom with hot water. There is 24 hour electricity and sockets for recharging batteries. They have private verandas, so you can relax and enjoy the lovely views.
The main building has a dining room serving traditional Ecuadorian dishes, a bar, observation tower and cool shaded terraces and inviting hammocks.
Visitors are divided into small groups, each led by a native AnÃ±angu guide, who is also an official Yasuni Park Ranger, expert on the forest's secrets about medicinal plants, and an excellent bilingual naturalist guide with great deal of knowledge in tropical forest biology. You can explore on foot and by canoe to see the varied wildlife, including monkeys, caiman, parrots and many other species of birds.
The AnÃ±angu people are active participants of the conservation and management of a large territory within the park as well as partners in the lodge. You can join families on their daily activities when harvesting bananas or maybe helping prepare chicha, a traditional drink based on cooked and fermented manioc.
Open: Napo Wildlife Centre is open all year.
Location: Napo Wildlife Centre is on the banks of a lake in a 21,400 hectare conservancy in Yasuni National Park, part of the Amazon rainforest. From Coca there is a 2 hour motorboat ride along the Napo River to the entrance of Yasuni National Park. Transfer to a paddle canoe for the 1-2 hour ride to the lodge.
Rooms: There are 16 luxury bungalows. The spacious accommodation includes one king sized bed and 1 twin sized bed, to accommodate up to 3 people. Each bungalow has an en-suite shower room with hot and cold running water. Other facilities include 24 hour electricity, sockets for recharging batteries, safes, ceilings and gauze screens to keep out insects.
Activities: Explore the wildlife and plant life of the area in a variety of ways. Take canoe trips along rivers and round lakes, view parrots, parakeets and macaws at the clay lick, hike along forest trails, climb up the 120-foot canopy tower for wonderful views and visit river islands. You can visit local communities. There is a walking trail from the lodge, good for evening strolls to view nocturnal wildlife.
Facilities: The main hall contains the dining area, reading lounge with books on natural history, biology, conservation as well as magazines, and a well-stocked bar. Drinking water, tea and coffee are available throughout the day. There is a tall observation tower with panoramic views of the forest and lake. The lodge has 24-hour electricity. The boutique sells souvenirs and toiletries. The lodge offers a laundry service, pay locally.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children over the age of 5 years are welcome. A private guide is recommended for children and family groups.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is internet access, to be paid for locally.
A wildlife adventure in two dramatically different environments. A true treat for nature lovers.
This is an award-winning lodge in Yasuni National Park which is owned by the Anangu community. All income from the lodge is split between health, education & conservation projects. It is also Smart Voyager certified through the Rainforest Alliance. The building is eco-friendly, they use solar power, and the community actively protect their reserve.
"The standards at the Quechua community’s Napo Wildlife Centre are very high. The location, by a lake, an hour and a half by paddle canoe up a small jungle creek from the wide Napo River, is idyllic. The rooms, each a separate cabin overlooking the lake, are well-equipped and clean and the grounds are full of flowers and butterflies and birds. Food was good and our guides and paddler were excellent. We appreciated the loan of wellies and the waterproof ponchos that were produced when the rain came down"
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Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499