Napo Wildlife Centre Extension

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Trip code: 
XGA
Activity:
Wildlife Holidays
Group size:
1–16
Min age:
16

Three nights at Napo Wildlife Centre in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest

The Napo Wildlife Centre is one of the best eco-lodges in the Ecuadorian Amazon basin. Located deep within Yasuni National Park and accessible only by dug-out canoe, the lodge is 100% community-owned and so net profits are used for preservation of the 82 square miles of pristine rainforest in which the lodge resides. The Napo Wildlife Centre is perched on a hillside next to the small and picturesque Anangucocha Lake. Its small number of rooms and large private reserve means that visitors have excellent chances of spotting some of the many mammals living in the forest. In this region over 500 species of bird have been recorded, as well as numerous monkey species, tamarins, tapirs, sloths, jaguars (rarely seen), caimans and lizards.

Highlights

  • Three nights in a luxurious eco-lodge overlooking Anangucocha Lake within Yasuni National Park 
  • Experience one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet - the Amazon Rainforest 
  • All activities included whilst at NWC - canoe on the lake, forest excursions and visit the parrot clay lick

Key information

  • 3 nights Napo Wildlife Centre, 2 nights Quito
  • 6 days Land Only 
  • Internal flights from/to Quito and all activities whilst at Napo included 
  • Available after any Galapagos Cruise on board the Archipel I or Archipel II
  • Price from: £1739 (compulsory supplement of £840 for sole travellers) 
  • Countries visited: Ecuador

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners included
  • 3 nights Napo Wildlife Centre, 2 nights Quito
  • Internal flights from/to Quito and all activities whilst at Napo included

What's not included

  • Travel Insurance 
  • Single accommodation 
  • Visas or Vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1300 131 564
Call for tailormade trips:
1300 131 564
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

Quito
to
Quito
  • Day 1

    Depart Galapagos and fly to Quito via Guayaquil.

    Our Galapagos cruise on the Nemo II comes to an end this morning and we fly to Quito via Guayaquil. The rest of the day is free to relax and explore the fascinating city of Quito. Quito is the second highest capital in the world, standing at 2850m on the western cordillera of the Andes. It is one of the smaller and more attractive of the colonial capitals of South America. Because of the altitude visitors to Quito are advised to take it easy at first.

    Accommodation: Hotel Casona de la Ronda (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 2

    Fly to Coca and then transfer to the Napo Wildlife Centre by canoe.

    Transfer to the airport this morning for a 40-minute flight from Quito to Coca. A short drive takes us to the dock where we board a large motorized canoe for a two-hour ride down stream. At the entrance to the Napo Wildlife Reserve we transfer to smaller, paddled dug-out canoes so as not to disturb the wildlife. This paddle can take anywhere from 1-3 hours depending on what is sighted enroute (a chance of spotting Giant otters, whilst monkeys and countless bird species including toucans, parrots and macaws are often seen). Finally, we cross the spectacular Anangucocha Lake and arrive at the lodge to receive a welcome drink and briefing.

    Accommodation: Napo Wildlife Centre

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 3-4

    At Napo Wildlife Centre.

    Choice and flexibility is the key at the lodge. Rather than fixed programmes, the guide will design the most suitable programme to match the groups physical condition and personal interests. Very early starts are necessary to get the best wildlife viewing. The lodge has the most easily accessed and one of the best parrot clay licks in Ecuador. Being just an hour away, we can arrive at the lick before the parrot activity kicks off fully - around 7-8am. The 36m-canopy tower offers a fantastic insight into the various vertical layers of the jungle and its inhabitants. The panoramic view from the top is magnificent, as is the bird viewing. Spider monkeys also frequent the higher canopy searching for fruit. Numerous trails from the lodge offer hikes amongst the primary rainforest and we will head out during the day to learn about the trees and the forest and at night time in search of caiman and other nocturnal creatures. Exploring the lake and creeks by dug-out canoe is a highlight and one of the best ways to see larger animals. 

    Accommodation: Napo Wildlife Centre

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Fly to Quito.

    We return to Quito the same way we came - paddled canoe down the creek, motorised canoe back up the river to Coca and then a quick drive to the airport for the flight to Quito.

    Accommodation: Hotel Casona de la Ronda (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    End Quito.

    You are free to make your own arrangements at any time today.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Essential Info

Visas

Ecuador

British passport holders do not need a visa for Ecuador. Very few other nationalities need a visa for Ecuador, but if you are in any doubt you should contact the nearest Ecuadorian Embassy. 

Vaccinations

Ecuador

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Typhoid and Hepatitis A.

If you will spend any time in the Amazon Rainforest we recommend a Yellow Fever vaccination. Please note that your certificate of vaccination may be inspected on arrival to this region.

Malaria is also a risk in some areas of the country (including the Amazon Rainforest) so we suggest you consult a doctor for more advice. 

Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in places visited on this trip. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

PLEASE NOTE: All visitors to Ecuador will be required to show valid medical insurance on arrival and cannot enter the country without it.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners are included.

Food at Napo Wildlife Centre will be plentiful and is usually served buffet style with a mix of local and international dishes.

Weather

In Quito and the highlands it should be warm by day and generally dry. Maximum daytime temperatures are almost constant throughout the year at 20ºC, nights 8ºC. Some rain can be expected in February to May and October to November but storms, though heavy, are generally short. Quito and in general the highlands, are considered to have quite a pleasant climate, although the evenings can be chilly.
In the jungle regions it will be hot with high humidity. There is always a possibility of rain at any time, but not to the extent of spoiling your enjoyment. The driest time in the jungle (in terms of rainfall levels, not number of rainy days) is October to January.

Is this trip for you?

The Napo Wildlife Centre Extension is ideal for those who want to experience the Amazon Rainforest of Yasuni National Park. This is one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet and a stay here allows you to take part in several activites, such as the parrot clay lick, canoe trips on the lake, canopy observation tower and forest walks. There are a large number of birds, with flocks of vibrantly colored tanagers, blue-and-yellow macaws and large toucans flying past in the early mornings and afternoons. In the forest interior you may spot the Golden Mantle Tamarin monkey, rare insects, lizards and snakes, whilst in the lake Giant otter are frequently seen.

This extension has been set up with the right duration for those who have spent their time in Ecuador cruising in the Galapagos islands on the Archipel I or the Archipel II.

Please be aware that a compulsory single supplement may apply due to the accommodation set up at the lodge. Occasionally shared accommodation is available at Napo in which case this supplement can be completely waived - please enquire with our sales team if interested.

Call for general departures:
1300 131 564
Call for tailormade trips:
1300 131 564
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotel & Lodge

In Quito we stay at the Hotel Casona de la Ronda, a comfortable small hotel.

The rest of the programme is located at the Napo Wildlife Centre, a luxury eco-lodge with sixteen cabins, each of which is spacious, comfortable and clean. All cabins have private balconies looking onto the lake and surroundings, and feature hot water, king and twin beds, 24/7 solar electricity and mosquito nets/screened windows. Ceiling fans are also provided in each cabin.

Please be aware that a compulsory single supplement may apply due to the accommodation set up at the lodge. Occasionally shared accommodation is available at Napo in which case this supplement can be completely waived - please enquire with our sales team if interested.

Call for general departures:
1300 131 564
Call for tailormade trips:
1300 131 564
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Dates & Prices

Price from: £1439 (compulsory supplement of £760 for sole travellers) 

Can be booked after Galapagos In Darwin's Footsteps (Trip code: TPG). Please ask our sales team for more details. 

Call us on 1300 131 564