Front View of the Eco-Lodge
The Napo Wildlife Center, NWC Amazon Lodge, is the greatest and ultimate alternative luxury eco-hotel in Amazonian Ecuador. This ecotourism project includes the conservation of approximately over 82 square miles (53,500 acres - over 21,400 hectares ) of the most pristine Amazon Rain Forest within the Yasunì National Park, an important UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the largest tract of tropical rain forest in Ecuador.
The lodge complex is located by the Anangucocha lake, within the unique ancestral territory of the Anangu Quichua Community, part of the Yasuni National Park. In the early 90’ the community envisioned building their own lodge to provide themselves jobs and protecting their land. With great effort they built back then 4 well established shelters and a large house for kitchen and dining room, however buildings remained incomplete there at that early stage for many years as they had no more money to finish them or to establish a proper infrastructure to call it a first class jungle hotel. They wanted high quality facilities and accommodations, to provide an exclusive and personalized rain forest experience, intimate with nature, under a dedicated private and unique lodge, but only to a selected number of guests.
Finally in year 2000 after several local and international contacts the project was able to move forward and establish the community’s and its nature tourism leaders dream. The community, entitled by its constitutional rights over their land, approached Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment which through its National Park service declared them honorific park rangers and approved the project signing a renewable management agreement of this territory part as well of the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve.
Thanks to the Anangu Community initiative, their manpower, supported by the best technical assistance, financed with donations in partnership with the independent Ecuadorian non profit conservation organization, EcoEcuador, Napo Wildlife Center was born in 2003. The most carefully designed first class Amazon lodge in Ecuador. Since its pre-inaugural trip in March 2003 the lodge has been recognized by both guests and companies for its impeccable operation, service and experiences provided to all visitors. The New York Times featured NWC in its travel section in 2004, the BBC from the UK visited in same year for a nature special, Victor Emanunel declared it as “One of the top 10 birding sites of the world” during his lecture at the 2004 British Birdwatching Fair, the World Travel Market in London awarded NWC as Best in a Protected Area in 2006. Now NWC counts with many and countless reviews about the lodge throughout the international media worldwide.
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|The leading luxury Eco-Lodge. Located by the Añangu Lake, South bank of the Napo River, Northeast Amazonian Ecuador. Only lodge within Yasunì National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the largest tract of intact rain forest in Ecuador. Started operations in early 2003.||Owned 100% by Añangu Kichwa community working for the protection of this area.||Aug 1, 2004 New York Times travel section||John V. Moore, Author of Bird Vocalizations from Eastern Ecuador, CDs and tapes: “it is the BEST there is!! even outside Ecuador!|
|Best accommodations and privacy of all lodges in Ecuador and one of the very top best in the entire Amazon. Luxury lodge with 12 large individual cabañas. Each with private lake and forest views.||Protects Añangu community ancestral land, 82 sq miles (55,000 acres = 22,000 hectares), all within the Yasuni National Park.||Aug 6, 2004 Herald Tribune||Forthcoming book: Exotic Retreats by Roto Vision, UK|
|24 hours electricity by a hybrid power system, solar panels - batteries and last generation noiseless diesel engines.||The largest private reserve in Amazonian Ecuador operated exclusively by Napo Wildlife Center||British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC 2004 visit, home to Planet Earth program footage.||ECUADOR, Pete Oxford & René Bish, ISBN: 9978-43-593-X, “ favorite place along the way”|
|Unrivalled nature attractions and biodiversity, 2 unique easy access parrot & macaw clay licks, 565 bird species, 11 species of monkeys, Giant Otter family and other large mammals such as Brazilian tapir, White-lipped peccary, all species of cayman including, Black cayman, Anaconda and many others.||Generates income directly to the park administration. Other than local community jobs, profit gets distributed with local partners.||British Birdwatching Fair, BBWF, 2004 “ One of the top 10 birding sites of the world, Victor Emanuel “||January 2005: Napo Wildlife Center gets high praise: Victor Emanuel, founder of Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT), visited the Napo Wildlife Center for New Years and wrote the following to his VENTFLASH: " I had heard great things about it from Paul Greenfield and David Wolf, but this was my first opportunity to see it. I was enormously impressed. The Napo Wildlife Center is, by far, the best lodge in Ecuador, both in terms of the quality of the birding and wildlife experiences and the quality of the accommodations, food, and service. Anyone who goes to one of the other lodges on the Napo will have an inferior experience compared to the one we had."|
|Two solid self standing canopy towers. Carefully engineered to provide maximum safety and enjoyment of wildlife at emergent trees.Best option for Ecuador land tour extensions, or additional program. - Departures available on ANY DAY of the week except Sundays. - All of the above for the most competitive commissionable price. Rates on all other lodges have additional costs with other items on excursions or fees.||Highly experienced, certified and specialized Ecuadorian bilingual Naturalist Guides who co-lead groups along with Añangu native guides during all excursions.||Paul Coopmans, International Bird Guide and Tour Leader for Bird Quest UK: “The most luxurious lodge I've ever been to in the Amazon basin, plentiful and superb food, wonderful rooms and great service “||November 2006: Winner “Best in a Protected Area” Napo Wildlife Center. World Travel Market UK.|