The “birding tour” of Napo Wildlife Center invites bird lovers and curious from all over the world to congregate around the Ecuadorian Amazon, in search of the most incredible specimens for observation.
The unique festival of colors and sounds that is possible to appreciate, represents the main point of tourist attraction, not only for the lovers of the birds, but that tourists of all types arrive until here to appreciate their majesty.
Undoubtedly, the Yasuní National Park is recognized internationally as one of the main centers of biodiversity on the planet. The varied flora and fauna existing in the area makes this an ideal destination for those who want to venture into the jungle, in search of extraordinary species. Bird lovers are perhaps the most benefited with the benefits offered by the panorama, since the range of colors and shapes that can be found here, stands out as one of the most incredible on the planet.
The sightings begin from day one, when starting the canoe tour to Napo Wildlife Center. In the quiet lake, located in the middle of the rainforest, it is possible to see the first hoatzins (Opisthocomus hoazin) and, if luck permits, the Wing Banded Antbird (Myrmornis stictoptera), the Cream Colored Woodpecker (Celeus flavus), Many-Banded Araçari (Pteroglossus pluricinctus), as a small sample of the diversity of the region.
The tour consists of three days – or whatever the passenger wants – to investigate the avifauna of the area as complete and appreciate it in its complexity.
We recommend starting the day with the clear view offered by the “Observation Tower” (36 meters high), to understand the complexity of the geographical context and appreciate the view in its immensity.
The breathtaking scenery of the Yasuní National Park is the perfect setting for flocks of orioles, aracaris, traitors (tanagers) and euphorias that roam the place in search of fruits to feed. The Mayan cotinga (Plum-throated Cotinga) dazzles hidden among the tops of the trees, while other raptors monopolize the most advantageous places to enjoy the first rays of sun. Other birds such as the White-browed Purpletufts or the Crowned Slaty Flycatchers flutter in search of insects, while flocks of parrots and gumamays unfurl their wings in the morning flight. A true spectacle to appreciate at a distance, and sometimes, even from very close, when from time to time, they decide to perch near the tower.
Then it’s time to explore new perspectives. The rainforest trails will guide you in the search for other extraordinary creatures, such as woodpeckers, tamnophilids (antbirds) and tinamous (tinamous). Among the sounds of the jungle, it is possible to clearly distinguish the screams of the screaming ranger (Screaming Piha), loitering among the branches: a show only matched by the appearance of the stunning red-necked cotinga (blacknecked red cotinga).
For the main course, it is the turn to visit the claylicks located in the lands of the Napo Wildlife Center. These natural rock formations are the meeting point of hundreds of parrots, guacamayas and macaws that come to drink water and consume minerals. This routine is part of their eating habit, as a way to help its digestion.
Here, it is also possible to spot other species, such as the hocoito (Zigzag Heron), the palmero or palmero corretroncos (Point-tailed Palmcreeper), the jumping crestinaranja (Orange-crested Manakin) and the nuthatch piquilargo. In this sector, you will also be amazed by the appearance of other amazing animals, such as giant otters and various species of monkeys that are curious to visitors, further enlightening the panorama.
From the banks of the river, home of the Kichwa Añangu community, it is possible to observe other birds, such as turquoise parrots, various tangarás, rufa head carpenters and buco golondrinas.
To end the show, the islands of the Napo River offer a different view of the birds that are seen on the mainland. Among them, there is the black-and-white antbird, the white-throated hummingbird (Olivespotted hummingbird) and at least three types of azara pijuí (spinetail), as well as herons (Capped Hero), azara plovers (Collared Plover) and Amazonian terns (Yellow-billed Tern).
The Birding Tour of Napo Wildlife Center offers a priceless experience for those who wish to immerse themselves for a few days in the depths of the jungle, in search of the most incredible species of birds and wild animals, and surround themselves with unique and amazing places never seen before.
We invite you to pack your camera and discover everything that the exceptional Amazonian biodiversity has to offer. An incredible opportunity to enjoy canoeing, trekking and simply resting in our hammocks, as it is dazzled by the fabulous creatures that will come to meet you. An ideal trip to enjoy with the whole family!