Ecuador - Napo Wildlife Center - Amazon Lodge
2019 Rates Single Double
4 days, 3 nights - standard $2073 $1308
4 days, 3 nights - suite $2429 $1545
5 days, 4 nights - standard $2514 $1602
5 days, 4 nights - suite $2979 $1914
6 days, 5 nights - standard $2961 $1901
6 days, 5 nights - suite $3495 $2256
ADD: Quito-Coca-Quito flight ($282 US per person)
Children under 12 receive a 30% discount. All rates are per person, in US dollars and subject to change at any time. Itineraries are subject to change at any time and for any reason.


Napo Wildlife Center
is located within
Yasuni National Park
in the Amazon Rainforest



Napo Wildlife Center is an Amazon rainforest lodge located within Yasuni National Park, Ecuador. The Napo Wildlife Center is a community-based ecotourism project that has turned the surrounding 82 square miles into a private reserve within Yasuní National Park. Ecuador's two most accessible parrot clay licks are located on Napo Wildlife Center land and Giant Otters inhabit the lake in front of this amazon lodge.

Napo Wildlife Center in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador
Napo Wildlife Center © Jeff Waugh

Situated on a blackwater lake near the Napo River, the Napo Wildlife Center complex features 10 private cabanas with lake views, a dining room, bar and lounge and an adjacent observation tower. Developed as a partnership between the local community, the EcoEcuador Foundation and Tropical Nature, it is now 100% community owned. Community members staff the lodge and work as native guides and specialized, bilingual naturalist guides.


At up to seven feet long and up to 150 pounds, giant otters are quite a sight. Due to a long history of hunting and environmental pressures, they are extremely rare and difficult to see. Fortunately, Napo Wildlife Center has several families living in the lake and surrounding streams. These fearless creatures swim and call just feet from the canoe, making for wonderful viewing and photo opportunities.

Giant River Otters, Napo Wildlife Center
Giant River Otters in front of the lodge © Jeff Waugh


See parrots and parakeets from special viewing blinds within camera range of the brilliant green, squawking birds! They arrive by the hundreds to eat the clay that aids in digestion of some of the unripe seeds and fruits they eat.

Parrots at Napo Wildlife Center
Parrots at Napo Wildlife Center © Jeff Waugh

The first blind, nearest the river and accessible by a 50-meter boardwalk, hosts Mealy, Yellow-crowned, Orange-winged and Blue-headed Parrots, as well as Dusky-headed and, occasionally, Cobalt-winged Parakeets. A second blind, reached by a 20-minute trail-hike through the forest, is typically visited by Cobalt-winged Parakeets, with Orange-cheeked Parrots joining them October through April. Visitors to this blind also have the opportunity to see the rare Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet, and sometimes even Scarlet Macaws stop in for a visit. Since the birds come to eat the clay at different times, both viewing blinds can be visited in a single day.

More Wildlife

Over 565 species of birds have been recorded here, and the area is also home to 11 species of monkeys (including Monk Saki and Spider, Howler and Woolly monkeys, and Saddle-backed and Golden-mantled tamarins) as well as Jaguars, Pumas and Tapirs. Exploring the lake and surrounding creeks in a dugout canoe, guests may be treated to views of Black Caiman, Paichi (huge Amazonian fish that can grow up to ten feet long!), colonies of pre-historic-looking Hoatzins, nesting Blue-and-yellow Macaws, turtles and butterflies. On the forest trails, guests can see monkeys, tamarins, lizards, tortoises, frogs and army ants in addition to an array of birds, including toucans, parrots, manakins and hummingbirds.

Amazon Forest Dragon, Napo Wildlife Center, Ecuador
© Kiva Waugh
Amazon Forest Dragon


Canopy Platform

From a canopy platform located near the lodge, guests can experience the parallel world of the tree-tops. The 120 foot platform is built within the canopy of a huge, emergent tree and offers spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife. Wildlife includes Spider Monkeys, Aracaris, Toucans, Blue and Gold Macaws, numerous species of Tanagers, and the Red-rumped Cacique.

Squirrel Monket at Napo Wildlife Center, Ecuador
© Jeff Waugh
Squirrel Monkey


Ten large, private cabanas each include:
- Private, shaded porches with lake views
- One king-sized and one twin-sized bed in each room, separated by a partition and suitable for up to three guests
- Private bathrooms with on-demand hot water
- Electric lights, ceiling fans and 120v outlets
- Screened windows and mosquito nets

The rooms at Napo Wildlife Center
© Jeff Waugh
Private cabanas...

Meals, including local fruit and fresh-baked bread, are served in the large, thatch-roof dining hall. The hall also contains a library of books on local birds and animals and a bar, perfect for relaxing with an ice-cold beer after a day of exploring on the lake and trails.  

The cabins at Napo Wildlife Center
© Jeff Waugh
Near the shore of the lake

How you get there

To get to the Napo Wildlife Center, we will fly you by jet from Quito to the town of Francisco de Orellana (known locally as Coca) on the Napo River. After a short drive to the dock, we board a large, motorized, covered canoe for a two-hour trip downriver. Upon arriving at the entrance to the Napo Wildlife Center, we switch to smaller, dugout canoes to be paddled up the blackwater creek to the lake and lodge (no motorized transport is allowed on the creek so wildlife isn't disturbed).

Paddling along Anangu Creek near Napo Wildlife Center
Paddling along Anangu Creek, Yasuni National Park © Jeff Waugh

The trip can take anywhere from one to three hours, since guests might see river otters, potoos, kingfishers, hoatzins, jacamars, hawks, or monkeys along the way. We eat lunch en route and arrive at the lodge by late afternoon.

Caiman, Napo Wildlife Center, Ecuador
Caiman not far from the lodge on Anangu Creek © Jeff Waugh

Map of area around Napo Wildlife Center

Sample Itinerary:

Departing from Quito, 30 minute flight to Coca over the eastern Andes mountain range. After landing, about midday, and airport procedures a 5 min transfer in local chiva (hired bus) or local taxi from airport to Port Francisco de Orellana will drive us to embark onto a comfortable covered motor boat. Here we start a canoe ride along the Napo river for about 2 ½  hours approx, lunch box  in route. Along the way birds like herons, kingfishers and others can be spotted. After arriving at NWC’s entry dock we disembark for restroom then take a majestic and peaceful 1 ½  hours dugout canoe ride surrounded by trees overhead, paddling along a narrow creek that connects to the lake where the lodge is located. Good possibilities of monkeys sights of various species as well as large birds like toucans, parrots or even macaws. Late afternoon arrival to the NWC lodge by the overwhelming view of the Añangu lake, welcome drink and facilities. After dinner optional cayman (alligator) observation around the lake and natural sounds at night.

Early wake up to reach the best and easy access parrot clay licks in Ecuador, about 1 hour away from the lodge, guests reach there just before parrot activity kicks off at the clay lick between 7:30 to 8:30. A total of 11 species of parrots, parakeets and macaws can be seen. A visit that depends on weather conditions but usually successful. Later, hike along forest trail to visit to the Quichua community of Añangu and sharing time with a family on their activities. Return to the creek and hike through a Terra Firme Forest for about 30 minutes until we arrive to the second parrot clay lick where if the weather conditions help will be able to find different species of parrots, parakeets and even macaws.  Box lunch at the parrot clay lick observatory.  Late afternoon arrival to the lodge.

After early breakfast, depart from the lodge to the finest experience at a canopy tower on the Napo. A 36m high canopy tower opened to guests in November 2004, a great way to experience the life above the forest floor. This is the second tower at the Napo Wildlife Center (the first is attached to the dining hall and allows great views of the lake). The canopy tower is located about 20 minutes from the lodge deep within the terra firme forest. As you ascend the 12-story tower, you pass through different levels of the forest and emerge on top of a huge Ceiba tree. Here you cross onto a wooden platform that is actually built into the tree and experience the view formerly reserved only for the birds. The metal tower itself was constructed to the highest standards, galvanized, and carefully inspected by engineers. Safety is the priority. The platform in the top of the tree was constructed by tree platform specialists brought from EcoEcuador's Peruvian partner organization Perú Verde. From top to bottom, there is no finer canopy experience in Eastern Ecuador. Flocks of colorful tanagers pass right through the canopy of the tree, Blue-and-yellow Macaws fly past, in nearby trees Spider Monkeys search for fruit, two species of large toucans call in the early mornings and afternoons, and the life of the forest canopy opens before you. Birds that are virtually impossible to see from the forest floor far below are suddenly right beside you, oblivious to your presence. The canopy tower opens a whole new world to guests of the Napo Wildlife Center!! Served lunch at the lodge. Afternoon visit to a terra firme trail, hike along primary forest to discover the forest interior, possibilities of finding lizards, colorful manakins or the unique and endemic Golden mantle tamarin monkeys. After the hike,  explore the lake and creeks by dugout canoe with great possibilities of running into a Giant Otter family on the way…

Early departure and last excursion canoeing back to the Napo river, the creek may reveal new sights of Giant Otters, Monk Saki monkeys or many other rare birds. Entry dock arrival, restrooms and embarking on motorized canoe in order to return back to Coca, arrival approx around 11:00 am in order to check  for Quito flight scheduled  12:10 pm.

Additional Day(s): Optional excursions such as hikes through different trails and forest types. Canoe rides exploring deeper areas of surrounding creeks with more wildlife possibilities, additional mammal clay lick excursion, handicraft workshop with the local community among other options.

PLEASE NOTE: this is a sample itinerary subject to change due to weather conditions, safety and particular interests of guests and groups. Changes and additions are made in order to maximize wildlife viewing and wilderness enjoyment, cultural interaction with local people, and all possible time at the richest rain forest in Ecuador: the Yasuni National Park.

  • Airport Assistance in Quito
  • Quito-Coca-Quito flight
  • Transfers in Coca 
  • All meals and accommodation
  • Naturalist Guides
  • Guided Hikes and other excursions
  • International flights 
  • Additional transfers, tours or meals in the cities 
  • Laundry, liquor, tips
  • Personal Items
  • Items not mentioned
  • Day Pack
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Sunblock
  • Rain gear
  • Water bottle
  • Head Lamp or Flashlight
  • Hat
  • Personal clothing
  • Insect repellent





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