Napo Wildlife Centre

Ecuador

Lovely staff, beautiful lodge on the water’s edge, very good food, lots of little snacks on excertions

Name: Mrs. Felicity Roe

Date of trip: 01/02/2020

Number of people: 2

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Beautiful setting. Very peaceful

Name: Mrs. Elizabeth Plumb

Date of trip: 06/10/2019

Number of people: 2

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Again, a fantastic setting on water, approached by canoe. Most excursions by boat, including sights of giant otters. The food, as with Sani Lodge, was excellent. We particularly enjoyed the fruits and soups.

Name: Mr. Robert Lee

Date of trip: 03/01/2019

Number of people: 2

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what a delight to find this wonderful eco centre in the Amazon area. Good food and guides are excellent

Name: Mrs. Linda Cushing

Date of trip: 09/11/2018

Number of people: 2

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Long way from Coco to the centre but the canoe trip to the centre is amazing for your first taste. Rooms are fine but no air con (not a problem) so everything feels damp. Would have liked to be offered a room on the lakeside.

Name: Dominic Reynolds

Date of trip: 04/11/2018

Number of people: 2

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It might have been more of a challenge if it had rained but we found the setting lovely. It seems NWC may have the best arrangements for viewing the Macaws and Parakeets at the clay lick. Other tourist groups came and went to the lick without seeing much activity.

Name: Mr. Henry Saltmarsh & Mrs Vicki Saltmarsh

Date of trip: 14/10/2018

Number of people: 2

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The wildlife, staff, location and facilities were excellent. Would have liked to have stayed longer if I could :-)

Name: Mr. James Burnett

Date of trip: 26/04/2018

Number of people: 2

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Need more water in the creek !! but the walk in was fun, but not for the elderly or infirm.

Name: Mr. Jolyon Pope

Date of trip: 03/02/2018

Number of people: 2

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Beautiful, relaxing, remote and fabulous.

Name: Mrs. Tessa Harvard-Taylor

Date of trip: 03/02/2018

Number of people: 2

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Beautiful from the moment we were collected at Coca to the end. All staff were very knowledgeable and went out of their way to ensure we got the most from our trip. We liked the fact that we were only 3 in our canoe with a guide and local paddler and spotter but the communal eating meant that we met people at mealtimes and in the bar to share experiences. Excellent food. A very special place.

Name: Shirley Chapman

Date of trip: 15/01/2018

Number of people: 2

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We couldn't praise this highly enough, and could have happily stayed there much longer. The journey to it is an adventure in itself and arriving at the lake and seeing the lodge for the first time was pretty breathtaking. It is owned and run by the local Kichwa community and is great ecotourism in practice. All the cabins looked fantastic and ours - number 13 - was superb, with a main balcony overlooking the lake and a small balcony at the back,

Name: Dee Sullivan

Date of trip: 05/05/2017

Number of people: 2

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Very spacious, clean and comfortable accommodation. The food was delicious, varied and plentiful with many different local delicacies to taste. The staff were able to anticipate and meet our every need.

Name: John & Jane Marchant

Date of trip: 09/04/2017

Number of people: 2

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Nice lodge. 2 days there would be sufficient to see the area. Disappointing wildlife viewing.

Name: Sophia

Date of trip: 31/03/2017

Number of people: 2

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A great luxury camp in a wonderful location. A bit expensive to buy any extras.

Name: Roger and Elizabeth Richardson

Date of trip: 25/03/2017

Number of people: 2

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Great to have a native guide as well as the bilingual guide. Pato and Rene were amazing at spotting things. Nice touch to have guide eat with your group. We were in a group of six including ourselves which we thought was just the right size, possibly better than a private guide for two as we learned a lot from the questions that other people in the group asked. Food included Ecuadorian specialties, not the usual ubiquitous international food which was a nice surprise.

Name: Marcia

Date of trip: 11/02/2017

Number of people: 2

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This place is truly amazing. The food was excellent with lots of variety and the accommodation was lovely. How they manage to keep this place so well supplied when every thing has to come in via paddle boat I really don't comprehend. They explained to us how they re-cycle everything and it is truly impressive. You really do feel the sense of isolation especially surrounded by all the sounds of the jungle, the birds and the howler monkeys. Loved it!

Name: Mrs. Barbara Hutchinson

Date of trip: 02/01/2017

Number of people: 2

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Again location was amazing here. Right on the lakeside. The cabins were very comfortable and spacious. The food very nice and EXTREMELY PLENTIFUL!!! Very hospitable people and so amazingly efficient and well organised. Lovely.

Name: David and Diane Whiting

Date of trip: 27/11/2016

Number of people: 2

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Wow - what a brilliant place for so many reasons - community based, beautiful amazonia. Such a surprise to be so immersed in the jungle with such luxuries - awesome service, great facilities, tranquil lake side, lovely folks. The only fault was the lack of night walks. Really impressed. Highly recommended. Wonderful birding 130 species, 3 anacondas, 6 species of monkeys, giant otter - no Sloth or Kaimans - highly recommend the Helm Ecuador Bird app for iphone - brilliant. Do not take books - all venues provided localised photographic bird guides

Name: Doctor Conrad Macrokanis

Date of trip: 11/09/2016

Number of people: 2

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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

Name: Karen Griffiths

Date of trip: 08/02/2015

Number of people: 2

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Again excellent - great room, excellent guides and food.

Name: Mr. Kevin Robinson

Date of trip: 31/01/2015

Number of people: 2

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Lovely setting on lakeside with great views. Food very good.

Name: Katharine Sawyer and Chas Wood

Date of trip: 10/01/2015

Number of people: 2

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My cabin was large,clean and comfortable. The food was plentiful and tasty. However sitting only with my guide at mealtimes was a little strained due to language difficulties. I would have preferred to join with another group for meals.

Name: Mrs. Lynda Vincent

Date of trip: 09/01/2015

Number of people: 2

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We had an interesting arrival. The morning plane had been cancelled and the afternoon one was delayed so by the time we arrived at the creek it was almost dark. The water level was low and so it was difficult for the paddlers to get up the creek. It wasn't much fun sitting helpless in the canoe watching them struggle! More about Avianca later! The next day Dave was not well so I went on the rainforest walk, which was quite challenging. Again this was due to low water level, as the canoe couldn't access the usual mooring spot and we had to trudge through the forest to get to the path. It was pretty difficult going, and I think I can confidently say no-one enjoyed that much. However, once we were on the path the local guide, Cheyenne, spotted all sorts of creatures and explained about the uses of plants and this was very interesting. He was also very supportive of me, helping me negotiate difficult steps, etc. In the afternoon we went to the canopy platform. We left at 4 and were told we would have to be quick, not my strong point! It was hard going, but when we got there the view was fab, with lots to see and the canopy beautiful. Coming back I had a head torch, but it was again quite a quick march, I went down a hole and messed my knee up a bit (always a weak point). The next day Dave was well, which was good because it was fantastic. We went down the creek, spotted lots of wildlife, then to the two clay licks, lots of parakeets, then back up the creek and spotted Giant Otters. Never forget that, it was superb. The accommodation was very comfortable, with well equipped cabins. The food was buffet style, but good, tasty and varied. Service by all the staff was excellent and friendly. The manager struck us as really outstanding, he was there, keeping an eye all the time, and showed genuine concern and offered help when Dave was ill. He did a really good presentation at the end reminding people about the ethos of the place and encouraging people to thank the staff, emphasising the local people's involvement and the importance of conservation of this beautiful place.

Name: Sally Longford

Date of trip: 28/09/2014

Number of people: 2

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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

Name: Ms. Deborah Daplyn

Date of trip: 10/05/2014

Number of people: 2

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Great experience

Name: . Sarah Leslie

Date of trip: 22/03/2014

Number of people: 2

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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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