Takes about 3 hours to reach this place after you have flown ot Coca but that is all part of the expereince. travelling along the river on the motorized canoe shows you the effectsof the oil mining - you pass a refinery with large flames burning of the excess gases - to the smaller tributary where you get into a dugout canoe nad are paddled for another hour. Eventually you reach a beautiful lagoon where the reserve has been built - very sympathetically to blend in with the forest.
This is primary forest at its best. the reserve is very luxurious considerign where it is located away from all electricity supplies!
i exepcted to be surrounded by insects and bugs and snakes but it is surprisingly hard to see these - you have ot go hunting for them.
the hotel have built a lovely watch tower which puts you at eye level withe birds and monkeys.
I love the fact that this all benefits the Yasuni people
- 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