First day: Departing from Quito, a 30-minute flight will take you to the jungle town of Coca. There, you will receive a warm welcome and be taken to the Francisco de Orellana Port. At the port you will ride a motorized canoe down the Napo River, the major tributary of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador. During the trip, you will have the chance to see different birds such as kingfishers and herons and the incredible views of the Amazon jungle will open before your eyes. After a box lunch and a two-hour ride along the Napo River, we will arrive at the NWC’s dock entrance where we will continue on to the lodge in paddle-canoes. This peaceful dugout canoe ride down a narrow stream will lead us to the Añangu Lake. Late in the afternoon, we will arrive at the Napo Wildlife Center (NWC) where our staff will welcome you with drinks and show you around the lodge and then to your rooms.
Second day: Early on the second day, you will get to experience one of the most incredible nature spectacles you will ever see: the parrot clay licks. It takes about an hour to get to the first parrot clay lick, and once there, it will take just a few minutes for the birds to show up. It is a colorful spectacle: about 11 species of birds such as parrots, macaws and parakeets visit the clay licks every day to feed on the minerals that are concentrated in the soil. Later on, we will hike along the forest trail to visit the Kichwa Añangu community and learn about their daily lives and ancestral customs. Then, we will go back to the creek and hike for 30 minutes through a terra firma forest to reach the second parrot clay lick, where you can watch the parrots, parakeets and macaws as you eat a delicious lunch. Late in the afternoon we will arrive back at the Napo Wildlife Center to rest.
Third day: Breakfast will be served at the NWC restaurant early in the morning. After that, we will depart to the Canopy Observation Tower, a high platform with amazing views of the jungle. Birds that are virtually impossible to see from the jungle floor will pass right by you. Flocks of vibrantly colored tanagers, blue-and-yellow macaws and large toucans fly past in the early mornings and afternoons. In the afternoon, after lunch in the NWC, we will walk a terra firma trail to discover lizards, different species of monkeys (such as the endemic golden mantle tamarin monkey), rare and unique insects and even some scary snakes! We will also take you to explore Añangu Lake and the streams that are home to different species of fish and mammals such as the giant otter.
Fourth day: On our fourth and last day, we will depart after an early breakfast to Coca city, riding a paddle-canoe to the docking area and then embarking on a motorized canoe to the jungle town. During this last excursion the creek may reveal new sights of rare bird species and monkeys, and a giant otter might just show up to say good-bye!
Price per person: $2234 (private room) $960 (double or triple)
The program includes:
The program does not include:
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.
- 1 light sweater or jacket
- Hat or cap
- Swimsuit (if you would like to swim)
- Sunglasses, with retainer
- 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
- 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.