What is the luggage weight limit?
Passengers on flights Quito – Coca are allowed to check in a maximum of 20 kg per person plus a carry-on hand luggage item of 10 kg with reading material, camera, binoculars, and personal documents. Additional or excess baggage is charged per pound directly by the airline.
What do you suggest I bring?
• Binoculars for wildlife viewing (an absolute necessity). • Camera/video gear. • Lightweight long pants. • Long-sleeved lightweight shirts. • T-shirts. • One or two pairs of shorts (mostly for around the lodge). • Lightweight sweater or jacket. • Raingear (if you prefer not to use the rain ponchos provided). • Cotton socks. • Sandals (Teva type or similar for around the lodge). • Three or four pairs of absorbent socks. • Small day pack for excursions. • Ziplock-type plastic bags to cover optics or other gear. • Insect repellent (Skin-so-soft or DEET product with at least 20% concentration). • Flashlight or headlamp bright enough for use on night walks. • A hat for sun protection. • Sunglasses. • Sunscreen lotion with a high SPF rating. • Personal medications.
Are children allowed in the lodge?
We recommend that children be at least 5 years old and suggest you hire a private guide.
Are there private facilities?
Yes, all cabins have private bathrooms and a hot shower.
How can we make a donation to the Community?
Please contact our Sales Department: firstname.lastname@example.org and they will address your request.
How long is the boat ride?
Once we arrive to the Napo River port in Coca, it takes approximately 2 hours. Upon entering Yasuni National Park, we disembark and change to paddle canoes for approximately another 1.5 hours.
How many months ahead do I need to make a reservation?
This is relative, but we do recommend at least 3 months in advance or as soon as you make your plans start looking for availability.
Is there a doctor in the lodge?
We have a doctor and a medical center at the Community. In case of an emergency, the doctor will go to the lodge or the passenger will be taken out to the Community. For rare further situations, we take the passenger to Quito.
What is NOT included in the price?
International and domestic airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, laundry, wifi, tips.
Are there any tipping recommendations?
For your convenience the following is a gratuity suggestion based on past experience at NWC: • Local Guides: US$10/night per guest. • Naturalist Guides: US$10/night per guest. • Paddler & local guides USA $10/night per guest. • Staff Members: US$5/night per guest. Please tip guides personally. There is a tipping box located at the bar for staff members. This does not include tips you may wish to leave the bartender.
Are there any vaccination requirements?
There is no legal requirement for entrance to Ecuador. However, we do recommend you ask your physician.
Is there electricity at the lodge?
Yes, there is electricity 24/7.
What credit cards are accepted?
We accept all credit cards if payment is done by PAYPAL. For payments at the lodge we only accept VISA and MASTERCARD.
What does the tour include?
Accommodations, all meals, potable drinking water, river transportation, all excursions including Añangu Kichwa Community, and visits to the exclusive NWC's parrot-macaw clay licks. The service of a native guide and naturalist bilingual guide are also provided. The entrance to Yasuni National Park, rain poncho, and rubber boots are provided when needed.
What is the price for the domestic Quito-Coca-Quito flight?
At the moment, the price is US $ 256 per passenger and children under 11 years and 11 months get a 30% discount on the normal price (for which you must send a copy of the passport). This price is subject to change.
What should I pack?
The Napo Wildlife Center provides rubber boots (up to US men's size 13) and nylon rain ponchos free of charge to those guests who request them. You may choose to use your own boots or sneakers for forest hikes depending upon the conditions. Likewise, you may bring your own raingear. Of course soap, shampoo, towels, and other such items are provided just as they are at any luxury hotel. There is a 44-pound (20kg) per person baggage limit on the flights from Quito to Coca, and overweight luggage will be charged directly by the airline. This limit should not pose a problem to most Napo Wildlife Center travelers. Also, most hotels in Quito will securely store your dress clothes and heavy jackets for you while you are with us.
Flight & Departures
We recommend you contact your family physician or your local travel clinic for the most up-to-date health information at least one month before departure. For your own safety, please advise us of any medical and/or food conditions that may affect you while traveling. If you are carrying prescription medication or require particular assistance, please bring with you a signed and dated letter from your physician stating health problems and dosage requirements for any medication, to be provided to our doctor on board as well as to medical authorities in case of an emergency.
All meals are included during your stay at Napo Wildlife Center with a soft drink or water. Alcoholic and additional drinks are extra. Our chefs provide a variety of excellent local, national, and international dishes. For the preparation of all food, including salads, juices, and ice, we use purified bottled water.
A carefully chosen expedition team will lead your adventures at Napo Wildlife Center. Each member was recruited not only for their local knowledge but also for their great love of the Amazon. Whether in the field, during lectures, briefings, or discussions they are eager to discuss everything from bird-watching, biology, geography, geology, history, to ecological and social concerns and much more.
Respecting our home
You may want to read through the following criteria as to what we consider will help minimize your environmental footprint at Napo Wildlife Center. Avoid devices that make foreign sounds in protected areas.
Don’t smoke in the forest or near wildlife
Do not wear perfume or perfumed sprays as the sweet scent can attract insects. Don’t throw or drop anything along the trails, even biodegradable food. Avoid bright colored shirts while in the forest, as they may scare the animals.
Experiencing the jungle with the best
Napo Wildlife Center boasts a first-rate and dedicated staff who are highly experienced in jungle tourism and guests service. They will be available at all times to share their knowledge, enthusiasm, and commitment to the environment with you.
• No smoking in the forest, nor in the boats (which carry gasoline). • No littering. • Do not harrass wildlife – when sighting wildlife follow your guides instructions. • No wildlife collection or manipulation. If you should come across hurt wildlife, leave it be. It is part of the natural processes of the wilderness. • Please separate all your non-biodegradable trash and recycling in the proper bins. Please take batteries back with you. • Please keep it quite. Our rooms are not sound proof and guests come to listen to the sounds of nature. If you should want to listen to music outside the bar area, use headphones. • The lodges are highly flammable. Do not leave candles unattended and locate the nearest extinguisher. • Never go swimming in the Añangu Lake. • Stay on the trails and only travel them with a guide. If for some reason you are separated from your guide, you can return to the lodge using your map and the trail markers. • Always use life jackets on the boat and during boarding. Wear light shoes that are easy to take off. Never have rubber boots on when in the boats. • Use rubber boots when heading to the forest or gardens at night. They reduce the risk of snake bites. • When taking photos of people, ask first!
Napo Wildlife Center and Yasuni National Park are zones free of malaria, yellow fever, and the zika virus. We have never registered any cases during the more than 20 years that we have been operating.