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Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge
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Reviewed March 8, 2014

There were so many incredible things about my stay at the Napo Wildlife Center it's hard to know where to start so I guess I'll start from the beginning. The representative at the airport was very helpful and organized. From the get-go I had a very good feeling about NWC. Upon arrival at OCC we (me and my mother) were met by a couple of guides who provided a general overview with humour and obvious passion.
After traveling to NWC on the two canoes we were met at thedock by the manager...with a delicious cold beverage. Yep - another good sign.
I didn't know what to expect with the accommodations but our cabin was delightful. Cute and well appointed, especially for being in the middle of the rain forest. Definitely grateful for the mosquito nets!
The daily excursions were incredible. Canoe rides, canopy platforms, clay licks - wow. I won't bother to list all of the wildlife we encountered but this, too, exceeded my expectations.

The guides were so knowledgable, passionate and friendly they truly enhanced the entire experience. Our naturalist, Pedro, could not be better suited for his role at Napo....unless he becomes an official bird guide. How he could spot and name so many different species is beyond me.

The food was delicious and plentiful, the staff friendly and accommodating; I just can't say enough about how great the stay at Napo was.

Do yourself a favour, stop reading reviews and book your trip to Napo.

Room Tip: You're not in your room too much but some have a better view of the lake than others.
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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2  Thank Candice T
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NapoWildlifeCenter, Public Relations Manager at Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2014

Many thanks Candice for your review,

We are pleased to hear that your trip was gratifying, We'll give your congratulations to our staff and guides, for their excellent guidance and for making the best experience to you, they always feel a lot of happiness to be thanked for their services.
Please feel free to follow us on our social networks in order to keep in touch with the wildlife and
thanks for share your experience with others.

Kind Regards,

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Reviewed February 1, 2014

My wife and I stayed at Napo in December 2012. Everything about it was all that a person would hope for on a true adventure into the Amazon. They are very well organized. To start with they met us at the Quito airport and made sure everyone boarded the right plane. A 30 minute flight over the Andes mountains took us to Coca, the last outpost of civilization on the Napo River. From there, we boarded long open motorized canoes for the several hours trip down the main river. The Napo River is huge and the motorized canoes were very fast taking us deep into the Amazon. After several hours the long canoes pulled to the side of the river to a small native (Yasuni) outpost. From there, we boarded hand paddled canoes which took us up a wildly atmospheric tributary. A winding jungle stream with huge trees overhanging alive with monkeys and birds. Several hours paddling brought us to a lake. By now we were in very remote Amazon surrounded by pristine rainforest hundreds of mile in all directions. The lodge is directly on the shore of the lake. Each party gets their own cabin/hut. Everything is very well constructed, beautifully designed and very clean resembling an Amazon village.. One of the best things about this lodge is that it is owned by the native Yasuni people who have lived in this area for centuries. They have a profound respect for the area and maintaining the natural integrity of the ecosystem is their first priority. Our guide was Lena Felix. She speaks perfect Spanish and perfect English and very well educated in the ecology of Yasuni National Park.
The cabins/bugalows are spotlessly clean and provide a feeling of real luxury. This is surprising because this ecolodge is about the same price as many of the others that we heard were not as well maintained. Each evening, after the explorations, everyone gathers in the open dining room overlooking the river. The dining room has a huge soaring thatched roof
with open walls all around. The food and service are first rate. I'm a vegetarian and my wife is not. We both had delicious diners every night. We enjoyed talking with the other guests who were from many different countries around the world. One nice thing is that the lodge limits the number of guests that are there at any given time so the atmosphere is very relaxed and the mood of the rainforest is never interrupted. This lodge has all the elements of a classic adventure.

Room Tip: The bungalows are connected by paved paths that wind through beautiful trees and flowers. Ours was right on the lake but they are all no more than a few dozen yards from the water.
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank John G
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NapoWildlifeCenter, Public Relations Manager at Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2014

Many thanks John for your review,

We are pleased to hear that your trip was gratifying, We'll give your congratulations to our restaurant staff and guides, for their excellent guidance and for making the best experience to you, they always feel a lot of happiness to be thanked for their services.
Please feel free to follow us on our social networks in order to stay in touch with the wildlife and
thanks for share your experience with others.

Kind Regards,

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Reviewed February 1, 2014

My husband and I recently returned from a 5 day 4 night trip to Napo Wildlife Ecolodge (followed by an 8 day 7 night trip to the Galapagos – review to be written). There is absolutely no way I can do this trip the justice it deserves in this review. From the moment we landed in Coca this trip was an adventure! We met a friendly little squirrel monkey while waiting to board the motorized canoe to begin our trip to Napo. He enjoyed sitting on our shoulders! Great photo op! The motorized canoe trip was great even though it started raining (they have plastic sides that they rolled down, keeping us dry). We were given a bag lunch on the way – much appreciated! After 1 ½ - 2 hours, we switched to paddle canoes (we didn’t have to paddle) for another couple of hours to reach the lodge. What a wonderful experience!! We saw so many things on our way – monkeys, birds, and the always entertaining Giant River Otters! Just a preview of the rest of our stay!

The lodge itself was beautiful! The cabins are very comfortable and beautifully designed. The meals were buffet and very good. There was always a good variety to choose from. The soups were delicious!!

Our naturalist guide Celso was exceptional and always ensured that everyone in our group was having the best possible experience. He even arranged for a birthday cake for a member of our group who was celebrating her birthday. He was always going out of his way to make our trip memorable, and he succeeded more than we could have hoped for. We had a couple of issues with our first cabin and Celso was able to secure a different one for us the first evening. He helped us move our stuff as well. We were very grateful for his help!

The local guide, Ogor (spelling is wrong – I’m sorry) was amazing. His ability to spot things at a distance was uncanny and definitely added to the excitement of our excursions! He didn’t speak English, but we all communicated very well. Both he and Celso were as excited as we were when we spotted wildlife! Their enthusiasm and passion for the area was very evident as we explored Yasuni National Park. Their knowledge was exceptional and very helpful to all of us.

Now to the wildlife – we saw howler monkeys and heard them on several occasions (my favorite), squirrel, capuchin, owl and spider monkeys. We saw a 12-15 ft. caiman and many birds (snail kites, stinky turkeys, herons, oropendulas among many others). We made a visit to the clay licks where we saw scarlett macaws, parrotlets, parrots, and parakeets. We saw a boa constrictor in a tree at the clay licks as well. The giant rivers otters were such fun to watch and listen to! We were fortunate to see them many times throughout our stay.

The staff was wonderful as well – always friendly and ready to help. We were always greeted with a cold drink and a smile when returning from an excursion. It was such a wonderful experience, I can’t recommend it enough. I would love to visit again. I miss the sounds – especially the howler monkeys!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank schoude
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NapoWildlifeCenter, Public Relations Manager at Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2014

Many thanks for your comment,

We are pleased to hear that your trip was gratifying, We'll give your congratulations to our restaurant staff and guides, for their excellent guidance and for making the best experience to you, they always feel a lot of happiness to be thanked for their services.
Please feel free to follow us on our social networks in order to stay in touch with the wildlife and thanks for share your experience with others.

Kind Regards,

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Reviewed February 1, 2014

If you want to get away from it all, see fantastic (and often rare) wildlife, and not sacrifice comfort in the least, the Napo Wildlife Center in the Ecuadorian Amazon is the place. The accommodations: Perfect; the personnel: Charming, knowledgeable and efficient; the native guides: Nothing short of amazing; the locale: Out of a dream; the cell phone connectivity: Non-existent. The seven night/eight day stay was perfect for two nature lovers (both with degrees in Biology; one an amateur nature photog), but shorter stays would still be momentous. And it was a bargain! I could go on for paragraphs, much like the hours I have spent relating our adventures and sightings to friends and colleagues, but there is only one way to do it justice: Just go.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank David M
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NapoWildlifeCenter, Public Relations Manager at Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2014

Many thanks David for your review,

We are pleased to hear that your trip was gratifying, We are working for generate the best experience at our guest. Please feel free to follow us on our social networks in order to stay in touch with the wildlife and thanks for share your experience with others.

Kind Regards,

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Reviewed January 26, 2014

We stayed at the NWC for 7 nights/8days. The lodge is absolutely beautiful and the food always fresh and tasty. The native and bilingual guides were excellent and very friendly and tuned into the needs of their guests. They offered us new and exciting wildlife experiences every day and awed us with their abilities to spot animals difficult to find. Every day was magical. We highly recommend this place for anyone interested in getting up at the crack of dawn every day and heading out to explore the wonders of Yasuni National Park with the expert guides NWC provides. The only thing we would have done differently was the nights in Quito spent before and after the trip to the lodge. We stayed in a hotel in downtown Quito, which is quite far away from the new airport (can be up to 1.5-2hours depending on traffic) they built outside of the city. While we were in Ecuador we found out that there is a great brand-new place called Casa de Hacienda "La Jimenita" just 15 minutes from the airport and recommended by the NWC. We checked it out and definitely would have stayed there if it would have been open at the time we booked our trip.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the Suites, they are roomy and very nice.
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Evi M
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NapoWildlifeCenter, Public Relations Manager at Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2014

Many thanks for your comment,

We are pleased to hear that your trip was gratifying, We'll give your congratulations to our restaurant staff and guides, for their excellent guidance and for making the best experience to you, they always feel a lot of happiness to be thanked for their services.
Please feel free to follow us on our social networks in order to stay in touch with the wildlife and thanks for share your experience with others.

Kind Regards,

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