Napo Wildlife Center offers a unique experience for those who seek to explore the most amazing corners of the Ecuadorian Amazon and get to know the culture of the Kichwa Anangu, told by themselves.
This 500-year-old community lives in an area that covers 200 square meters of the Yasuní National Park. Committed deeply to with the sustainability and the environment, it is that they have decided to renounce to their legitimate hunting and fishing rights, in order to establish a harmonious and profitable relationship with their environment.
It is in this same context that the community has decided to adopt tourism as its primary form of livelihood, thus ensuring the protection of the ecosystem and also to preserve their traditions and teach the rest of ecuadorians and visitors the importance of their traditions and their culture.
To arrive, it is necessary to take a canoe trip from the port of Orellana. This natural barrier of two hours of travel will be enough to transport you into this wild world, where the jungle is presented in all its splendor. Here, you will be welcomed by members of the Kichwa Añangu community, who will welcome you with traditional drinks and show you your cabins and other facilities in the complex.
The wonders of the landscape, the gardens and the sound of the birds and other creatures that wanders the center, will be the starting point of this journey of encounter with nature and the ancestral customs of their hosts. That same afternoon, a tour along the banks of the Napo River is offered to enjoy a beautiful sunset, as the first great memory of this journey.
When you arrive at the lodge, you can enjoy a delicious traditional dinner at the restaurant, where you can enter the kitchen and be part of the preparations that the chef and the rest of the staff are about to make.
The next morning will begin very early – at 4:30 – for those who want to participate in the ceremony of the “guayusa”, next to the sunrise. This ancient custom consists in the intake of an energy drink, while members of the community sing traditional songs and meditate on existence and other transcendental matters.
Another important ritual that occurs here is the interpretation of dreams by wise women, who based on their years of experience, will find a hidden meaning to the stories of those who are willing to share.
After an exquisite breakfast at the restaurant, we will visit the Observation Tower. This 36 meters high platform offers a spectacular panoramic view of the treetops and the different species that can be seen from it. From here it is possible to see colorful traps (tanagers), toucans, macaws, parrots, tyrants (flycatchers) and some species of monkeys -like the spider or howler- that inhabit the place.
At this point, it is time to head back to Napo Wildlife Center, where the rest of the activities included in the tour will take place. The rest of the afternoon you can relax in the hammocks with a good book or you can go out for a walk, with your binoculars and your camera, for some bird watching.
A walk through the trails of the rainforest at sunset is the best way to end the second day, amazed by the wild flowers and plants that can be seen at the trail, as well as other insects and mammals.
The third day begins with a walk to the spectacular parrot clay licks, where hundreds of colorful birds gather to drink water and various minerals. This place offers one of the most incredible spectacles of the whole tour, where you can see the hocoito (Zigzag Heron), the palmero or palm tree (Point-tailed Palmcreeper), the jumping crestinaranja (Orange-crested Manakin) and the piquilargo nuthatch , among others. You can also find howler monkeys, guanganas or sahinos herds and, if you’re lucky, even jaguars!
After lunch, back at the facilities, the afternoon offers an excursion to the Interpretive Center, where you will be welcome by the women of the community, who will teach you about their customs and their different rituals and dances. This fantastic instance will put you in touch with the richness of the Kichwa Añangu culture and you will know its exciting stories. It is one of the most enriching experiences of the entire journey, which will allow you to return home with a different perspective and share your fascinating experiences.
The next day, the adventure will take us to the marshy forests and the mainland of the Tiputini trail in search of other forms of wildlife, such as monkeys, snakes, sloths of two and three fingers, squirrels and exotic plants of the tropical forest.
The afternoon offers a peaceful canoe ride around the streams to explore more deeply the waters of the Amazon, to meet other forms of wildlife.
That night, back in the lodge, we will enjoy a documentary about the Kichwa Añangu culture, to continue learning more about the community.
The fifth day you will receive it with another delicious breakfast to prepare the trip back to Coca, in the last crossing by the Napo River to close an incomparable chapter of adventures with the most incredible creatures and amazing landscapes.
We are waiting for you at Napo Wildlife Center!