A half hour flight from Quito, a 2 hour wet speed boat ride and one and a half hour trip up a jungle river where the wildlife abounds brings you to the Napo Wildlife Center. Built and staffed by the Kwichwa tribe this wildlife center puts you on the edge of a lake in the middle of the Amazon Basin. The reed covered cabins are large with beds that come with misquito netting and while you need it, after all you are in the Amazaon Jungle, if you just keep your bug spray handy it is not bad. The food here was some of the best we had while in Ecuador and the staff is outstanding.
Each day you are up early for breakfast and then off for some new wildlife viewing at the clay parrot licks, or on the paddle to the Napo River or back to the Center, or on a hike through the jungle to the observation tower. The range of wildlife is amazing we saw many monkey varities including tarmarind, squirrel and hairy (that is what the guide said), giant river otter, and more kinds of birds than I can name although my favorite was the stinky turkey.
If you are looking at other jungle lodges this is the best. It is the only one that is located off the river which makes getting to it more difficult, but it is worth the ride.More
- Breakfast included