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Discover the Napo Cultural Center which offers modern accommodations, first-class services, and direct contact with the Kichwa Community. Try our traditional cuisine and share ancestral rites like the Guayusada Ceremony or the Kichwa Catamaran which emulates our trade routes along the river. This is sure to be an unforgettable shared experience!

A SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY:  Thanks to our sustainable tourism model, more than 200 members of the Kichwa Añangu Community have been able to improve their way of life by gaining access to modern healthcare, education, and eco-friendly water treatment plants all while continuing to protect their ancestral lands and the precious environment.


Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Departing from Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, a 30-minutes flight over the eastern Andes will take you to the jungle town of Coca. There, members of our staff will be waiting for you to give you warm welcome and take you to the Francisco de Orellana Port –which is only 5 minutes away from the airport.

And here is where the real adventure begins! At the port you will get on a motorized canoe downstream the Napo River, the major tributary of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. During the trip, you will have the chance to see different birds such as kingfishers, herons and other and admire the incredible views of the Amazon jungle that opens before your eyes.

A trip a box lunch will be provided.   After our two-hours ride along the Napo River, you will arrive at the NWC’s dock entrance where to take a short break to freshen up and use the restrooms. Then, we will continue our way to the lodge on paddle-canoes –motorized canoes are not allowed within the Napo territory. This majestic and peaceful dugout canoe ride a narrow stream will lead us to the Añangu Lake, where the hotel is. Late in the afternoon, we will arrive to the Napo Wildlife Center where our staff will welcome you with drinks and show your rooms and other areas of the lodge.

Day 2: As we travel along the canyon of river Chanchán the vegetation and temperature change abruptly. The cloud forest clears out and the sparse vegetation of the highlands takes its place, while the stone walls of the Andes loom in the horizon.

The train makes a stop at Pistishi lookout, where we can get a good glimpse of the impressive feat of engineering ahead of us, before start the daunting climb of mythical Devil’s nose.

After a 450 meter climb in barely 12 kilometers of dizzying zig zag the train finally reaches the quaint village of Alausi, in the Andes. We continue our journey to Riobamba, crossing colorful quinoa fields. In Colta we visit the indigenous community of Palacio Real, where we learn about llama breeding.

We arrive in Riobamba pulled by a powerful steam engine, with time to visit the Train Station Artisans’ Square before heading to our hotel.

Day 3: A delicious breakfast will be served at the NWC restaurant early in the morning. After that, we will depart to the Canopy Observation Tower, a high platform from which you will get a close up view of the most amazing views of the jungle.
The tower is about 30 minutes from the lodge within the terra forme forest. This wooden platform of 36 meters high was built just next a huge and ancient Kapok tree.   To get to the top you have to pass through different levels of the forest. Then, when you are finally there, the immensity and beauty of the Amazon jungle opens just before you.
There are not enough words to describe it, you have to live it yourself! Birds that are just virtually impossible to see from the jungle floor will pass right through you. Flocks of vibrantly colored tanagers, blue-and-yellow macaws and large toucans fly past in the early mornings and afternoons. In the afternoon, after have lunch back in the Napo Wildlife Center, we will go deep into a terra firme trail to discover the beautiful and mysterious wildlife that hides in the forest interior.
There are great possibilities to see lizards, different species of monkeys such as the endemic Golden Mantle Tamarin monkey, rare and unique insects and even some scary snakes! Also, we will take you to explore the black water Añangu Lake and streams that are home of different species of fish and mammals such as the Giant Otter, a unique specie from the Amazon.

Day 4: Last day, we will depart after an early breakfast to go back to Coca city and repeat the adventure to go out the way you came, a ride on a paddle-canoe to the docking area and then embarking on a motorize canoe to the jungle town.
During this last excursion the creek may reveal new sights of rare bird species and monkeys and a Giant Otter will possibly show up to good-bye you!


Do you want an additional day at NWC? Optional excursions are available for you! Hikes and canoe rides through different trails and creeks, birding tours, cultural activities such as visiting the handcraft workshop with the local community and much more. You just have to contact us.

Important Info


Please Note

  • All price are per person and are quoted in US dollars.

  • Children under 5 years, hotel free in same parents room plus 50% of

  • airfare to be paid.

  • Children under 12 years get 30% discount on hotel prices in the same

  • parents room.

  • Napo Wildlife Center recommend for families with children to take a

  • private guide.

  • Departures available any day of the week, except Sunday.


  • Air tickets Quito-Coca-Quito with assistance from the airport in Quito on (help with check-inand land transfers in Coca) 

  • River transportation to Coca – Napo Wildlife Center - Coca

  • Accommodations in Napo Wildlife Center

  • All meals

  • Entrance to Yasuni National Park and parrot clay licks

  • Community and naturalist bilingual guide

  • Impermeable poncho and rubber boots

  • All excursions and activities like program detail

Not included

  • Sales tax 12%, beverages, tips and other non specified requirements (laundry and internet)

Travel Tips

  1. Passport

  2. Binoculars

  3. Flashlight (Torch)

  4. Camera

  5. Insect repellent in cream or gel, no spray please

  6. Sun protection (sun block / sunglasses / hat)

  7. Light weight breathable long pants and long sleeved shirts for walks in the

  8. forest

  9. Shorts and short sleeves for the lodge

  10. Bathing suit

  11. Comfortable shoes and extra long socks

  12. Small day pack

  13. Rain poncho

  14. Plastic bags to protect cameras, binoculars, etc. from rain

Rates (Per person)

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