The Napo Wildlife Center is an amazing place located in the Yasuni Park in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. Every year, tourists all over the world visit this unique and particular place that offers visitors an incredible and unforgettable wildlife tour to the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador.
There are many things to know about this international award-winning ecotourism project located in the heart of the Amazonia. So, here we have prepared a list for you to become familiar with it.
Did you know that…?
- The Napo Wildlife Center is located in the Yasuni National Park in Ecuador. This place was declared Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO for being one of the most diverse and complex eco-systems of the planet.
- This Amazon Rainforest region is the home of approximately 173 species of mammals (80 species of bats), 567 species of birds, 105 species of amphibiams, 83 species of reptiles, 382 species of fish and more than 1000,000 species of insects. The Yasuni National Park protects 25 species of mammals classified as endangered species as de giant otter and the Amazonian manatee.
- The Napo Wildlife Center hotel was built overlooking the Añangucocha a lake surrounded by gramalote (grass water) and a forest of palms or moretal. This characteristic makes it the favorite place for caimans, giant otters, manatees and other attractive species. You can enjoy the beautiful views of the Añangucocha Lake from the restaurant of the lodge and enjoy the peacefulness of its dark waters.
- The Napo ecolodge project was built and design by the local community of the region, the Kichwa Añangu, as a way to preserve the rich and unique biosphere that was threaten to be destroyed by the oil industries that wanted to exploit the area.
- All of the Napo installations were perfectly designed for preserving the environment. The community built solar panels to generate electricity and a system of sewage treatment and a water filtration system. Also, they created projects to create gardens (locally known as Chakras) to grow fruits and vegetables.
- A very important and key decision the Kichwa Añangu members made 10 years ago (after the lodge was built) was to stop fishing and hunting. It was not an easy decision to agree on, because these were every-day activities for the community. However it was a determinant decision to make in pro of the conservation of the flora and fauna region.
- The “sumak kawsay” is a phrase you have to be familiar with. This concept –which can be translated as “the good way of living”– defines the community worldview of life. It means coexisting in harmony with other members of the community and with the nature. It is a very common expression not only use by the Kichwa Añangu community but by Ecuadorians in general.
So, what do you think so far? We invite you to join our Amazon Rainforest Tour and life a once in a lifetime experience. You won’t regret it