Almost twenty years ago, a group of people from the Kichwa Añangu Community decided to start an ambitious project to boost tourism in the Amazonia Ecuador. See how hard their work was, but also the incredible results they got after it.
The story behind our eco-lodge is not easy to tell, and it implies sacrifice, moving repeatedly from one place to another, and many more things. But after all, we raised a beautiful project, which allowed us to show you a piece of the place we live in. Almost 40 years ago, we started believing in a community that settled a few decades ago, but nowadays is stronger than ever. Discover how Napo Wildlife Center was born and how our predecessors fought for it to make it possible!
This was, has been and will be the main purpose of our people. That is the reason why our predecessors, in the year 1970, decided to start a journey that took them to the Napo River. Six of our Kichwa Añangu families made this journey to find a territory that could allow them to form a new home and create a commune where everybody could live in peace, sharing what nature had to give them.
In 1982 those families moving for a better life created the pre-association “Sacha Pacha”. In 1984, 60 families were able to possess the Puka Peña area, which was not inhabited by any human being until that very time. Nevertheless, they had many kinds of troubles with their neighbors and this was a swampy area, so they moved to the Amarun Yacu brook.
In 1986, this new community changed its name to “Añangu Kichwa Center” In 1994 they had a real structure to finally access to the legal status, so they had their first President, Roberto Grefa. In 2007 they changed their name once more to “Añangu” in order to obtain their legal status and start their dream: an eco-lodge they would later call “Napo Wildlife Center”.
There were some troubles with people who were not from our territory. They wanted to start a touristic project on their own through the exploitation of our lands and people, but the eight remaining partners fought for their rights and won.
Nowadays, Napo Wildlife Center is a reality and we have preserved the lands of our ancestors through a communal project that benefits not only us, but also our indigenous people to grow up. You tourists will receive the best services here!