To get to Napo Wildlife Center, guests fly by jet from Quito to the town of Coca (officially known as Francisco de Orellana) on the Napo River. After a short drive from the airport to the dock, we board a large, motorized, covered canoe for a scenic two-hour trip down the Napo River. Upon arriving at the entrance to the NWC Reserve, we switch to smaller, dugout canoes and are paddled up the blackwater creek to the lake and lodge (no motorized transport is allowed on the creek or lake so that wildlife isn't disturbed).
This paddle can take anywhere from one to three hours, as on the creek guests might see Giant Otters, potoos, kingfishers, Hoatzins, jacamars, hawks, and monkeys. We eat lunch en route and arrive at the lodge by late afternoon. We have put together a GPS waypoint file (in Garmin MapSource format) for our guests who use GPS units.
Fixed departures leave each Monday (5 days / 4 nights) and each Friday (4 days / 3 nights). Departures any other day of the week except Sunday (because there are no flights to/from Coca) can be arranged, but additional fees for otherwise unscheduled travel on the Napo River may apply depending upon group size.
The lodge consists of 10 luxury cabañas and a large dining hall with a library and a well-stocked bar. Attached to the bar is a 50-foot viewing tower from which you can see the Andes on a clear day!
The rooms are huge (over 450 sq. ft.), always clean, and include:
• one king-sized bed and one twin-sized bed (up to 3 people)
• private bathrooms with on-demand hot water showers
• private porches with lake views
• 24-hour electricity with plenty of lights and plenty of 120v outlets
• ceiling fans and secure screens for plenty of bug-free ventilation
The lodge itself is beautiful with local architecture, hardwood floors and well considered amenities. Nearby blinds built at parrot clay licks bring the action to you, a 120-foot canopy tower deep in the forest allows you to experience the life above the forest floor, and the natural attractions are simply unmatched in Amazonian Ecuador.
Monkeys, Parrots, and Giant Otters during the day, with the comfort of a hot shower, tasty dinner, and a cold beer at the end of the day. This is the way to see the rainforest in luxury, and is just what you have been looking for....