Arriving at Napo Wildife Center, Ecuador rainforest

Napo Wildlife Centre

Intimate 16-cabin lodge located on an oxbow lake on the south bank of the Napo River in Ecuador.

Arriving at Napo Wildife Center, Ecuador rainforest

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Ecuadorian Amazon Ecuador

  • Explore the Amazon with an expert guide
  • Fabulous views from the observation and canopy towers
  • En-suite cabins with private balconies
  • 24 hour electriity and running hot water
  • Learn about the local Kichwa culture

Napo Wildlife Centre is an intimate ecolodge on Ananguccoha Lake in Yasuni 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. Each has 1 king size bed and 1 single bed, and a private bathroom with full running hot water. There is 24 hour electricity, sockets for recharging batteries and ceiling fans to keep the interior cool. All rooms have private verandas, where you can sink into a sofa and enjoy the lovely views.

The 7-floor observation tower is at the heart of the lodge. With thatched roofs this has been designed to mirror the architecture of the other lodge buildings and houses the dining room and terrace, where you can savour traditional Ecuadorian dishes, the lounge, souvenir shop and library. On the sixth floor there's a platform where you can take in the views. Back at ground level there are cool shaded terraces and inviting hammocks.

Visitors are divided into small groups, each led by a native 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 extensive knowledge of 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. There's a 120-foot canopy tower about 20 minutes from the lodge with wonderful views over the forest.

At the lodge's Interpretative Centre you can learn about the daily lives of the local Kichwa people abnd buy attractive handmade crafts and jewellery. There are opportunities to visit the Kichwa Anangu community and join families as they go about their daily activities, helping with harvesting bananas or maybe preparing chicha, a traditional drink based on cooked and fermented manioc.

Photographs courtesy of Napo Wildlife Centre 

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Client Rating for Ecuador 5/5 from 82 reviews

In the heart of the rainforest but with WiFi! No real choice about itiniary, you did what had been decided for your group. Still brilliant anyway

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Napo Wildlife Centre

Napo Wildife Center, Ecuador rainforest

Intimate 16-cabin lodge located on an oxbow lake on the south bank of the Napo River in Ecuador.

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