My husband and I travelled to this eco lodge after spending a week in the Galapagos Islands. We stayed for four nights which started with a flight to Coca, then a three hour river boat ride down the Napo River and finally an additional two hour canoe ride to the lodge. Our guides met us at the airport in Quito so our “tour” really started from there. It was a bit hard to take pictures on the motorized boat but our guides stopped many times along with way for picture taking once we got into the canoes.
The lodge is very remote and run by the local people who live there which gave it a unique atmosphere. Once there, we checked in and explored the property. It is not overly large but there are some good photo opportunities along the paths. You will see birds, insects including a very large population of leaf cutter ants and if you are lucky possibly a caiman alligator. You may also hear/see the Giant Otters that live within the water system all from the property itself.
For every meal, we ate with our guide. The food was home style so a bit on the basic side but very good. The tours were similar day over day comprising of either walking through the rain forest or sitting in a canoe. You are with a local guide who leads the group and another guide who speaks for the local guide due to a language barrier. Our guide; Robby was the highlight of our experience at this eco lodge. He is a freelance guide and therefore not always available at this resort but if you are luck enough to have him, he has 20+ years experience as a guide in Ecuador and also teaches new guides at the Quito University so we were very fortunate.
Unfortunately we didn't see as much wildlife as we hoped to but then after being in the Galapagos its pretty impossible to top that! We saw 6 different types of monkeys, lots of birds, the Caimans, the Giant Otters and some incects. We were expecting to see more snakes and mammals overall given the remoteness of the location. We were told the giant otters were apparently a bit rare to see.
We stayed in Suite number 13 and our friends stayed in the adjoining suite number 14. If I were to go again i would opt for an individual cabana as we could hear each other through the adjoining wall. Our suite had an extra bedroom which we used as our closet and our friend’s suite did not have an extra bedroom but had a soaker tub outside on the back deck. The water is the color of weak tea so personally I’m glad we had the extra room over the tub. The one downside of our suite was the chemical smell from the bathroom. Everything ran on septic but we found the smell pretty uninviting. Otherwise it was a good room. We were at the far right of the resort so we tended to see animals all around our room including spider monkeys, many birds, turtles and one morning a Caiman.
This was an interesting experience but in my view you definitely don’t need longer then 4 days.
- 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