Napo Birding Tour (5 days)

MG_6933-300x200 MG_6205-200x300First day: A short flight will take you from Quito to the jungle town of Coca. At the Coca airport our staff will take you to the Orellana port, the gateway to the pristine lands of the Ecuadorian Amazon. From there, a motorized canoe will take us down the Napo River 2 hours until reaching the Napo Wildlife Center welcome station on the banks of the Napo River. From here you will be transferred to smaller paddle-canoes to go up the Añangu Creek to the Napo Wildlife Center ecolodge, located on the banks of Anangu Lake. Along the way you will discover the region’s diversity and different bird species such as hoatzins, kingfishers, and herons.

Second-fourth day: For three days or more (you have the option to extend your days at the lodge) you will have the opportunity to explore the great diversity of birds of the western Amazon jungle. The Ecuadorian Amazon is considered one of the top birdwatching places in the world with more than 500 bird species. Early in the morning we will visit the Canopy Observation Tower to see the avifauna of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador. Get a stunning close-up view of flocks of birds that wander past and through the Canopy tower: oropendolas, tanagers, euphonias, aracaris, cotingas, flycatchers, purpletufts, parrots and macaws glow are seen dropping from the trees in search of fruits and seeds. The forest trails are also a great opportunity to admire the wilderness of the Amazon jungle, with good chances to see different bird species such as antbirds, toucans, woodcreepers, tinamous, the black-necked red cotinga and the vocally-striking screaming piha. Visit the parrot clay licks where hundreds of parrots, macaws and parakeets gather to obtain the minerals contained in the soil that help them to digest the seeds and fruits they feed with. Enjoy the canoe rides on the Anangu Lake and along the creeks and rivers that surround the lodge accompanied by different birds such as silvered and plumbeous antbirds, herons, the point-tailed palmcreeper, orange-crested manakin and river birds as the yellow-billed tern, the capped heron and the collared plover. Also, the islands in the Napo River are home to a variety of birds including the black-and-white antbird, the olive-spotted hummingbird and different species of spinetails. Apart from the varied avifauna you will probably see several monkey species and the giant river otter, a species unique to the Amazon Basin.

The welcoming area of the Napo Wildlife Center, where the local community lives, is also rich in fauna and flora. Here you may find other bird species such as the rufous-headed woodpecker, swallow-winged puffbird and the turquoise and magpie tanagers.

Fifth day: On this last day we’ll head back to the jungle town of Coca to return to Quito.

Price per person: $2699 (private room) $1799 (double or triple)

The program includes:

  • Air tickets Quito-Coca-Quito
  • Lodging, all meals, excursions as specified, purified water, river transportation and local shuttle to and from the Coca Airport.
  • Community and bilingual naturalist guides.
  • Entrance to Yasuní National Park.
  • Impermeable ponchos and rubber boots.

The program does not include:

  • Beverages
  • Tips

Please note that due to weather some itineraries can be subject to change and availability without prior notice.

What to bring?

  • Passport or Ecuadorian I.D.
  • Suitcase or backpack
  • Knapsack for daily excursions
  • 2 pairs of pants
  • Cotton t-shirts and some long-sleeve shirts
  • 1 pair of socks for every day in the jungle.
  • Underwear
  • Shorts
  • 1 light sweater or jacket
  • Hat or cap
  • Swimsuit (if you would like to swim)
  • Sunglasses, with retainer
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
  • Batteries
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Plastic bottle for water
  • Small lantern (mining-type head gear is recommended)
  • Sandals for use at the lodge.
  • Extra cash and small change for the bar and souvenirs.

NOTE: There is a 20 kg per person limit on the airplane. If your baggage exceeds this limit, you will be charged by the airline.