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Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
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80 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Just wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2011

We stayed five nights and wished we could have stayed longer. Everything was perfect, the silent canoes rides through the jungle were magical, the staff were welcoming, helpful and efficient, the cottage was comfortable, and the food was very good. Best of all was the guiding; we paid extra for a bird guide, shared with another couple, and he was terrific, finding us amazing birds, a herd of peccaries on the run, giant river otters, and nine different kinds of primates. I later learned that Roberto is considered one of the best bird guides in all of Ecuador, and I'd have to agree. He and Hugo were a great guiding team and we felt privileged to spend time with them. I talked to several of the other guides and was impressed with all of them. This lodge is run with pride, and it's a very special place.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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9 Thank Bozotraveller
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NapoWildlifeCenter, Guest Relations Manager at Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Heverlee, Belgium
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52 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2011

a great place to stay for discovering the Ecuadorian Amazon. Excellent community and nature guides. Food is very good and various, especially the juices.
We had warm water at every time of the day, the rooms are very clean, service and kindness of all the staff is more than expected. Travel to and from the lodge is good organized.
Program is adapted to your need.
We recommend this place - as good as the best African lodges...

Room Tip: ask for the suites - rooms 15 and 16
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank delhev
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NapoWildlifeCenter, Guest Relations Manager at Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Thank you for your review, although a while ago, please feel free to share your experience with others
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Montville, New Jersey
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2011

The 4 hour trip to get there was fascinating, 2 hours by motor boat, 2 hours on a dug out canoe, our Naturalist guide pointed out all the flora ,fuana ,birds monkeys etc, just being in the Rainforest was a great experience, during the day ,very quite, at night a symphony of noise.
The Napo center was outstanding, our thatched hut had a comfortable bed, with netting, no a/c,locks on doors, tv ,actually could sleep 3, 2 beds the food was excellent,wake up call at 5 am took a little getting used to. our guide Luis, was fabulous..all in all a first rate experience, for the adventure traveler.

Room Tip: Request a room overlooking the lake
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank REALTORSG
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NapoWildlifeCenter, Guest Relations Manager at Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
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Svalbard, Norway
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83 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2011

All huts are built to blend in with the nature, clean, spacious and cozy. An afternoon nap on the hammock after an early morning in the forest is refreshing. Sipping a glass of fresh juice amidst the silence while watching the sunset above the lake from the high tower is unforgettable.

The hospitality and service is excellent. The staff call guests by name which is special. Welcome drink is awaited as soon as guests first arrived and after hours in the forest. All meals are well prepared, fresh and delicious.

Local guide is very knowledgeable. Bird watching from the tower above canopy with the sound of howlers from distance is fascinating. Taking canoe and walking in the forest at night is wonderful.

I personally appreciate their water treatment and environment protecting policies as well as no noise pollution. No engine boat but canoe is used. It is important not to disturb but to respect the wildlife.

I definitely stay at Napo again on my next visit.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank spaniel12
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NapoWildlifeCenter, Guest Relations Manager at Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Thank you for your review, we certainly share your views about conservation. Please share your experience with others although it was some time ago. We hope to see you in the future
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Oxford
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52 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2011

The whole trip was great, from the motorised canoe to the slower paced paddling along the creek to the lake where the lodge is located. We saw loads of stuff, and thankfully our guides understood that we were there for the whole experience and not just interested in birds.
We had one of the new suites which have been built over the swamp (room 13), not very nice to look at the messy swamp below when you compare to the other rooms but the inside was beautiful. It is a shame they chose to put the hammock up at the rear of the cabin as the views over the lake would have been preferable over the swamp. So instead we sat on the porch and enjoyed the amazing view from there.
They are currently building another 2 room complex on the other side, again in the swamp and it concerns me that the lodge is going to get too big as I hear they are wanting to build even more rooms, this really shouldn't happen! The current facilities can not handle more guests and to expand the site would be a travesty, when it was smaller a lot more wildlife came into the lodge itself, this doesn't happen very much any more I am told.
The food was fantastic, however get used to group meals. Alone time if you are there as a couple doesn't really happen.
The service was great, my husband was ill one morning and they offered him alternative lunch and dinner to suit him.
The local guide Remi was fantastic and very keen, he also has the eyes of a hawk and so pointed out a whole load of things we would never have spotted.
The use of filtered lake water is a very eco friendly feature, and the whole ethos of the lodge is great.
Tips would be take plenty of repellent and cover yourself in it! Also be aware of the ants around the lodge, particularly the fire ants. Do not stand on them the bite is very painful. Take a torch for when you are walking back to your room after dinner, that way you can avoid stepping on them.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank Lisa021
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NapoWildlifeCenter, Guest Relations Manager at Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Thank you for your review back in June 2011. We would like to say that no other cabins have been built at Napo, just the construction of a new restaurant on the lagoon. Please feel free to tell friends about us
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Hutton Rudby, United Kingdom
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23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2011

We spent three magical nights at the lodge this May, before travelling on to the Galapagos. The trip in by boat / 'canoe' was in itself an adventure, and once at the lodge we were looked after perfectly. Great guiding from Migel & Jorge - we saw an abundance of monkeys, sometimes very close up, plus a wonderful array of birds and other wildlife.

Highly recommended

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank simonA50
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NapoWildlifeCenter, Guest Relations Manager at Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Thank you for your review back in June 2011. Please feel free to share your experience with others
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Long Island, New York
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126 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2011

Napo Wildlife Center is not easy to reach, but once you are there, the experience is outstanding. The journey to the center begins with a flight from Quito to Coca. Our flight was delayed, ironically, due to a heavy rainstorm in Coca. The next leg of the journey is 2/12 hours up the Napo River by motorized launch. The river is wide and shallow, and not easy to navigate but our drivers knew the river intimately and we zipped along..The last leg of the journey is supposed to be in a paddled dugout up a stream to the lagoon across from the wildlife center. However, if the stream is too low, you will have an hour's walk. I saw this in Trip Advisor reviews, but didn't think it would happen.

An hour is not so bad you say? Well, no..but you will make that trip many times. We walked out and back to pick up the launch for Parrot Lek viewing..we walked part way out and back for tower viewing, and then we walked out to pick up the launch to leave. You will know that trail intimately. The warning then is, if you are not in good physical condition, make sure to check on the water level before you go. Also, if you have foot issues, bring your own rubber boots.

Once you are there it is paradise..the accomodatons, food and guiding are excellent. The guides are indigenous, born and raised in the jungle and know it intimately. They are also well versed in environmental science. Highlights were River Otters, an Anaconda digesting a meal, Caymen at dawn and birds, lizards, birds, insects, bats, birds..!!

Room Tip: Ask for a cabin on the lagoon shore
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  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
6 Thank gemswinc
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NapoWildlifeCenter, Guest Relations Manager at Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Hi, we hope you still remember your time at Napo fondly, it is very rare that the river is so low that guests have to walk and of course should there be any health issues guest can stay i the canoe.
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Property: Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge
Address: Yanez Pinzon N26 -131 y la Nina. Edificio Las Carabelas, oficina 101, Yasuni National Park, Ecuador
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Location: Ecuador > Yasuni National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Yasuni National Park
Number of rooms: 16
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 
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