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Napo Wildlife Centre

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Community-run lakeside lodge: the most warmly inviting and charming of all the properties in the region. A peaceful haven from which to enjoy the natural world.

Deep in the Ecuadorian jungle, the community-run Napo Wildlife Centre on a lakeside is the most warmly inviting and charming of all the properties in the region. It sits in the Yasuni National Park, a biosphere reserve which shelters an exuberant array of wildlife, especially birds.

Reached by plane and canoe, the lodge is a haven of undisturbed tranquillity from which to make daily excursions into the rainforest, all accompanied by indigenous guides. There is a 40m canopy tower to take you right up into the treetops, and two clay licks visited by parakeets with dazzling plumage as well as mammals such as the delicate red brocket deer. 

The accommodation is particularly attractive: private thatched cabins with electricity and unlimited hot water are decorated in cheerful blues and golds. There’s a library and the dining room gleams with polished teak furnishings. Enjoy the sunset from your private porch; you may spot a watchful black caiman or giant otter. 

Bartolome, Galápagos

What our clients say

  • Absolutely outstanding place, fantastic guide (Remi), amazing wildlife, great food. Really sorry to leave. Very interesting to learn more about the community, although our main interest was seeing the wildlife…

    DL, London
  • The journey to the centre is part of the whole experience,along the wide river Napo, and then transferring to the small canoe with your guide for the trip up the…

    AG, Manchester
  • A fantastic experience. It exceeded our expectations and we were very lucky to have dry weather.

    HB, Todmorden
  • An amazing place doing a great thing for nature and Ecuador

    CS, Telford
  • "Totally Awesome. The forest and the guides are the stars. Their knowledge of the forest and their ability to spot the wildlife is second to none. Tithe huts are luxurious…

    SM, St. Neots
  • “They were well-equipped - with rain ponchos, rubber boots etc. Our guide (Lena) was excellent - a knowledgeable naturalist, and excellent social skills.”

    MC, Worthing
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Our Expert's Opinion

This harmonious project offers an opportunity to meet an authentic Amazon community and relax to the sounds of the jungle symphony.

Kathryn
Kathryn Rhodes Travel Expert Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

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