We visited Yasuni National Park in January 2014 and stayed in Kichwa Ecolodge. Our stay in Kichwa ecolodge really surpassed our expectations. A short description below about our experience.
The ecolodge is located in the community´s village..which is surrounded by pristine jungle and close to Rio Napo. All facilities are new as the lodge has opened only 12 months back: the restaurant and the cabins are spotless. The cabins were beautiful, very clean and completely made of wood, with two chairs and a small porch. Comfortable bed and badroom with hot water. Not extremely luxurious but it is also an ecolodge so we also did not expect overly equipped cabins. Our guide, Rene, was very friendly and knowledgeable.. He knew every bird and mamal by its sound and he shared interesting stories with us about the Kichwa Anagu culture. We have made, amongst others, an excursion to two claylicks where we have encountered at least 8 species of parrots and other birds. A beautiful spectacle of nature. We have also attended a beautiful and authentic ceremony at the break of day, in one of the community huts, where one of the elderly female members of the community shared stories with us and explained our dreams.. We made a few beautiful walks in the forest and we were able to express our preferences to adjust the programme in accordance with our wishes. As we like to walk and be active, the programme was active too.
The food was excellent and healthy! A lot of fruits and vegetables.
The Kichwa Anagu community is very well organized and large part of the electricity is generated by solar panels. They live in harmony with nature. The community is also in charge of Napo Wildlife Center, which is a lodge located close to Kichwa ecolodge. The people are sympathatic and friendly.
The only downside may be the path between the restaurant and the cabins, which is a five minute walk through the jungle. In the night, it is completely dark and you need to use a flashlight. We liked it, because of the adventure, but it could be that other people find it scary. However, everthing is guarded and we felt completely safe.
To go short, we would definitely recommend this lodge!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Napo Cultural Center offers an unforgettable experience in a first class eco-lodge with direct contact with Añangu Kichwa Community, featuring 16 comfortable and spacious cabins with modern facilities. Flavor traditional cuisine and share ancestral rites like the “guayusada” ceremony and Kichwa Catamaran which emulates old forms of trade in the amazon. One of the most striking and colorful experiences when you visit the Amazon jungle in Ecuador. Near the Napo River, you can find one of the biggest parrot clay licks of Yasuni National Park, a natural formation caused by erosion where parrots, parakeets and macaws go daily to feed with the minerals that are concentrated in the soil. The spectacle is just impressive not only for the color diversity but for the incredible acoustic show of different sounds birds do when licking the clay ... more less