Yes, we are crazy and we took our three small children ages 6, 4, and 2 to the "jungle hotel" as the kids call it. It was one of our best experiences in Ecuador. Our guides, Delphin and David, were fanatastic with the kids. We hired a private guide for our family and it was well worth the money. Consider the option if you have special interests. We asked for monkey and Delphin showed us all 6 species, along with giant river otters and 70 plus birds (yes, we are into birds)!!!! The guides eat meals with their group, so for us it was Delphin and our family. It was great to get to know him and he helped us with our lists and other questions. David brought his mom to see us and she helped find some kid sized rain ponchos. We felt like we were welcomed into the heart of the community. The service was excellent, anticipating our needs without being overly pushy.
This is a great place for adventurous families. The journey from Cocoa is amazing but a very long day. I would suggest taking your own child size life jackets.
The environmental policies are excellent with on-site water treatment. We loved it and hope to go back soon.
- 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 Center Ecolodge Ecuador/Yasuni National Park