Stay at the Napo Wildlife Center
Toucans soar, monkeys call and an Amazon world unfolds around you. The local Anangu Quichua people are your hosts, opening the door to a unique way of life in a remarkable far-off setting. Turn off your phone. Forget the routine. Welcome to a jungle hideaway you won’t forget. Don’t expect the highest luxuries, because that’s not why you visit the Amazon. But do expect to be comfortable in an environment where very few have ventured.
Napo Wildlife Centre is the only lodge located inside Yasuni National Park. It’s the best lodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon for wildlife sightings. Getting here involves a flight from Quito to Coca, a two-hour motorised boat journey, then a one-hour canoe transfer. Expect the feeling of safari to start from the moment you touch down in Coca.
Napo is built and operated by the local indigenous community, using traditional and highly sustainable methods. The centrepiece is the Ecological Tower, a place to rest with incredibly panoramic views. We’d skip the 12 cabins and go for one of the eight suites, which feature a jacuzzi on a private terrace and a glass floor to assist in wildlife spotting. Just remember, this is a national park in the Amazon, so although the accommodation is comfortable, it’s not highly luxurious.
Who is it for
The best Amazon choice if you want community interaction and close-up wildlife encounters. Definitely not for new-world luxury seekers and probably a bit too out there for families.
Amenities & Activities
At Napo you live the Anangu Quichua way of life. These people grew up here so they’re the best possible guides, in terms of wildlife and culture. Visiting the Parrot Clay Licks with them is such an eye-opening experience. The same can be said about any of the walks or activities you do on the water. We also love the Interpretive Centre, where Quichua women teach people about their way of life.