The Napo Wildlife Center is a paradise for nature lovers. Located in the Yasuni National Park in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador, the wide variety of natural habitats has created the ideal conditions for the highest diversity of birds. It is the perfect place for you to watch and admire the most beautiful and rare trees, animals and bird species.
There are different attractions and activities to do at the NWC but the favorite places to visit are the parrot clay licks and the Canopy observation tower. Here, we present you some details about birdwatching tours in the Amazonia:
The Parrot licks are hay clay deposits where some birds and mammals go together to eat the mineralized clay. These licks of different sizes are found in the perpendicular banks of the Napo and Tiputini rivers and deep in the forest.
There are several theories regarding the ingestion of this clay by some Amazon wildlife species. Some scientists believe that the clay is used to detoxify themselves; others think that this soil contains minerals needed in the diet of these animals.
But, whatever the reason is, the true is that watching thousands of birds in these licks is a magnificent and unique event that attracts visitors from different countries. The Napo Wildlife Center, has the most accessible and visited licks throughout Ecuador.
You cannot leave the Napo Wildlife Center without visiting the bird watching observation Tower, a metal structure of 36 meters built on a giant kapok tree of more than 50 meters high. The landscape dominated by the treetops provides you another perspective of the Ecuadorian Amazonia: orchids, bromeliads and wild lichen cover all tree branches and parrots and macaws fly over your head.
The observation tower gives you a 360 degree range vision of the surrounding landscape. You can see flocks of colorful tanagers, macaws, toucans, monkeys and other species that are active at dawn and before sunset. Bird species that are almost impossible to see from below you can easily admire from above. There is a second observation tower right next to the dining room where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the lagoon.
There are more than 500 bird species registered in the Yasuni National Park, a place declared by UNESCO a biosphere reserve. The Napo Wildlife Center is the perfect place for tourist looking for birdwatching tours and for a wildlife experience in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. So, if you love nature, you better book your place at this luxury eco-lodge and do not forget to take your camera and binoculars with you!