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Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge
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Reviewed December 24, 2012

I can only echo what had been said before - Napo Wildlife Center is an amazing experience. The setting is gorgeous, the accommodation is comfortable - borderline on luxurious, the food is tasty, the service is attentive, but most of all, the wildlife is spectacular! Our guides, Delfin and Remy, astonished us with their ability to spot the tiniest frogs, their encyclopedic knowledge of the local flora and fauna, and most of all, their uncanny knack of knowing on which treetops to find the birds. I spent 4 days/3 nights at the lodge and only wish I could stay longer. An added bonus of the lodge is the super nice fellow guests. Everyone in my group was thoughtful, friendly, and lots of fun. Most importantly, I appreciate that the lodge is owned and operated by a local tribe. Can't imagine a better way to spend my money than to help keep this piece of earthly paradise remain beautiful and pristine! There are other places in the world as spectacular as Napo Wildlife Center, but I can't think of many places that are better.

Room Tip: Cabins at the front are best for viewing wildlife from the veranda. Room 5, is especially beautiful with the flowering tree at the lagoon edge.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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2  Thank MTTL
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NapoWildlifeCenter, Guest Relations Manager at Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2013

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Reviewed November 27, 2012

Strenghts: Spacious rooms. Clean. Comfortable Beds..Views of the lake is breathtaking. Lovely veranda. Superb staff throughout the centre. All give 100% of attention to guests. Food is good. Not gourmet but enjoyable. Coffee on tap 24 hours. After each day outing guests are greeted with a fresh cool juice at the jetty. Plenty of wildlife to see at every turn.
Weakness: The hot water system needs attention. We stayed for 5 nights and throughout we had no hot water. Did not like having cols showers every morning!! Other guests had hit and miss with their hot water!! The community village trip was a bit false....it was quite apparant that the community did not live here.

Suggestions: Kettle and coffee and tea in rooms. The shop could sell more local handicrafts/textiles; fruit/ nuts/biscuits eg., flapjacks.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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NWClodge, Director of Sales at Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2012

Dear guest, I am really sorry to hear about the incident with the hot water. The hotel runs with individual hot water heaters that use small individual gas tanks and sometimes this tanks run out of gas and are not replaced in time for which we are deeply sorry and thanks to your valuable comment we are paying more attention to this tanks.
As to the community trip I know that your group didn´t visit the community your group was only taken to the cultural interpretation center of CuryMuyo, a museum like construction used to explain to visitors how the community used to live.
If you like you can check out the community web page to see how the live and where they live.
http://www.comunidadanangu.org/
The Añangu community is about 45 minutes away from the welcoming area. I am sorry if this wasn´t explained to you during the trip.
We appreciate your comment is very useful and it always helps us to improve our service
Regards
Pedro

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Reviewed October 24, 2012 via mobile

If you've ever dreamt of drifting down the Amazon River surrounded by monkeys and the calls of rare birds this place is for you. One takes a half hour flight from Quito, then a high speed motorized canoe for a couple hours down the Napo River. Then there's a change to a paddled canoe and you slip quietly through the jungle for another hour and a half. Deep in the jungle, you emerge onto a placid lake and land at your hotel. Each room is an individual thatched cabin beautifully constructed of sustainable local hardwood blended with state of the art plumbing and water management. Your days are spent in the canoes or hiking through the jungle with amazingly knowledgable guides to show you the wonders of the rainforest. Meals are fabulous-a blend of local fruits and vegetables with gourmet cuisine. Take your sunscreen, insect repellent and the best camera you can lay your hands on!

  • Stayed: October 2012
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NapoWildlifeCenter, Guest Relations Manager at Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2013

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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Hard to believe a place like this exists and even more difficult to understand how it was constructed with absolutely every piece needed for construction brought in by CANOE!
Sightings,food,guides,setting and hospitality all excellent.....heat,humidity and insects a bit overwhelming.....more so than we could have anticipated.
I'm a very active 70year old but traveled with my daughter,son-in-law and 2 grandchildren ages 6&9.....my daughter's family are from Vermont and very accustomed to treking,etc. This was tough for almost all of us.....but worth it.
The experience begins from a town called Coca,with a almost 2hr motorized canoe trip,followed by a paddled canoe for another 2 hours.
Every day is a new experience including and not limited to each kid catching a Piranha within 5 minutes of dropping a "line" in the lake!
Great trip but for the adventourus.
Very accomodating staffing.

Room Tip: all the same
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank KenOldBethpage
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NapoWildlifeCenter, Guest Relations Manager at Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2013

Thank you for writing about your experience, we do try to accomodate all of our guests abilities and desires and are glad you enjoyed your trip.

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Reviewed October 21, 2012

An awesome place in the middle of the rain forest. You will love it if you have kids, believe me cause I am one, I am six years old. Why go? The guides' are incredible just do IT !! THE FOOD IS SO GOOD - GO GO GO GO GO! You take a motorized canoe for two hours and then you get out at what they call the welcome area and then switch into a non-motorized canoe for two hours and go to the lodge which is where you stay. On the non-motorized canoe you see a lot of animals and all of a sudden you pop out on an open lake with tons of animals filling around it such as caimans and a ton of birds. On the other side of the lake the lodge is waiting for you. It is so cool! by by jude fidel

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Fidelclan
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NapoWildlifeCenter, Guest Relations Manager at Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2013

Hey Jude, Thanks for your review

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