We traveled to NWC Jan 2009 and were impressed from moment one by how the staff who met us at the airport made the check-in process painless, then picked us up on the other end in Coca where we met our guide and took us to the motor boat (2+hr ride on the Napo River so make sure you take care of things at the restaurant restroom before you leave) . Then a canoe ride down a small tributary to Lake Anangu when the reserve is located. They even brought lunch and rain ponchos (we needed both). There were plently of places where things could have gone wrong but they worked like a well oiled machine.Their systems were incredible.
The huts were luxurious, the beds so comfortable and large and the food fantastic. But the people really made the place. The Tribe members and the hired guides and staff who worked at the Lodge were so nice, helpful and pleasanr. I actually started to feel spoiled because they took care of every need graciously and before I even knew I had it. Our native guide, Jorge, was amazing in the forest. We felt like he could see through the leaves on the trees to what was hidden beneath. And Miguel, our English speaking guide was amazingly knowledgeable about the birds, zoology, botany and biology in general. We really liked them both so much.
There were not as many biting insects in the Amazon as we have in the Adirondacks! Hardly any except at dinner time or if you stop walking in the jungle and are standing for awhile.
It was not as hot here as on the Pacific coast from where we had just arrived. We were comfortable at night.
My only mild complaint is that the day started at 5 AM (this is a big birding population so we had to get to where the birds were early) and we had dinner at 7:30PM with activities going all day long and there was always a reason to keep us late in the evening. So- very long days. Glass-half-full opinion would be that one certainly gets one's money's worth.
I agree with all of the positive reviews already written and would just like to add that the vision by the Anangu Tribe members who chose the hard road in preserving their culture and their habitat instead of caving to the pressures that the oil industry is constantly exerting are admirable and the systems by which they take care of the number of people they do are flawless. Because of their vision, they have saved a precious jewel for all of us to enjoy and that is so crucial in replenishing the earth. That gift to mankind is priceless .
- 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 Centre Ecuador/Yasuni National Park