My wife and I stayed at Napo in December 2012. Everything about it was all that a person would hope for on a true adventure into the Amazon. They are very well organized. To start with they met us at the Quito airport and made sure everyone boarded the right plane. A 30 minute flight over the Andes mountains took us to Coca, the last outpost of civilization on the Napo River. From there, we boarded long open motorized canoes for the several hours trip down the main river. The Napo River is huge and the motorized canoes were very fast taking us deep into the Amazon. After several hours the long canoes pulled to the side of the river to a small native (Yasuni) outpost. From there, we boarded hand paddled canoes which took us up a wildly atmospheric tributary. A winding jungle stream with huge trees overhanging alive with monkeys and birds. Several hours paddling brought us to a lake. By now we were in very remote Amazon surrounded by pristine rainforest hundreds of mile in all directions. The lodge is directly on the shore of the lake. Each party gets their own cabin/hut. Everything is very well constructed, beautifully designed and very clean resembling an Amazon village.. One of the best things about this lodge is that it is owned by the native Yasuni people who have lived in this area for centuries. They have a profound respect for the area and maintaining the natural integrity of the ecosystem is their first priority. Our guide was Lena Felix. She speaks perfect Spanish and perfect English and very well educated in the ecology of Yasuni National Park.
The cabins/bugalows are spotlessly clean and provide a feeling of real luxury. This is surprising because this ecolodge is about the same price as many of the others that we heard were not as well maintained. Each evening, after the explorations, everyone gathers in the open dining room overlooking the river. The dining room has a huge soaring thatched roof
with open walls all around. The food and service are first rate. I'm a vegetarian and my wife is not. We both had delicious diners every night. We enjoyed talking with the other guests who were from many different countries around the world. One nice thing is that the lodge limits the number of guests that are there at any given time so the atmosphere is very relaxed and the mood of the rainforest is never interrupted. This lodge has all the elements of a classic adventure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Napo Wildlife Center offers visitors a number of vantage points from which to admire and experience the spectacular, awe-inspiring diversity of the Amazon Basin. Climb the 120-ft. High galvanized-metal stairs to the jungle tower for otherwise impossible eye-to-eye views of canopy dwellers such as monkeys, eagles and macaws...Spy on clay licks teeming with parrots and occasionally visited by jungle cats or a magnificent elephant-muzzled tapir...Experience Man's ageless interaction with the jungle through the native community's perspectiveEnjoy evening walks to witness the astounding nightlife of the dense, entangled understory...Explore the many trails through "terra firme", "varzea" and swamp forest in search of the best that Amazonia has to offerBe it from the ground up, or from the canopy down, from hidden viewing blinds to silent paddling up black-water creeks, we deliver the biggest most intricate picture possible of this wonderful world. Napo Wildlife Center not only provides the educated perspective of bilingual guides but also the hands-on knowledge of the true guardians of Anangu, who live and witness the marvels of their jungle home every day. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Napo Wildlife Centre Hotel Yasuni National Park
- Napo Wildlife Centre Ecuador/Yasuni National Park