The lodge itself is beautiful with local architecture, hardwood floors and well considered amenities. The lodge also has a 120-foot canopy tower deep in the forest that allows you to experience the life above the forest floor and the natural attractions that are simply unmatched in Amazonian Ecuador.
Get a chance to see Monkeys, Parrots, and Giant Otters during the day, with the comfort of a hot shower, tasty dinner, and a cold beer at the end of the day. This is the way to see the rainforest in luxury.
To get to Napo Wildlife Center, guests fly by jet from Quito to the town of Coca (officially known as Francisco de Orellana) on the Napo River. After a short drive from the airport to the dock, we board a large, motorized, covered canoe for a scenic two-hour trip down the Napo River. Upon arriving at the entrance to the NWC Reserve, we switch to smaller, dugout canoes and are paddled up the blackwater creek to the lake and lodge (no motorized transport is allowed on the creek or lake so that wildlife isn't disturbed).
This paddle can take anywhere from one to three hours, as on the creek guests might see Giant Otters, potoos, kingfishers, Hoatzins, jacamars, hawks, and monkeys. We eat lunch en route and arrive at the lodge by late afternoon. We have put together a GPS waypoint file (in Garmin MapSource format) for our guests who use GPS units.
The Napo Wildlife Center provides rubber boots (up to US men's size 11) and nylon rain ponchos free of charge to those guests who request them. You may choose to use your own boots or sneakers for forest hikes depending upon the conditions. Likewise, you may bring your own raingear. Of course soap, shampoo, towels, and other such items are provided just as they are at any luxury hotel.
There is a 44-pound (20kg) per person baggage weight limit on the flights from Quito to Coca, and overage will be charged directly by the airline. This limit should not pose a problem to most Napo Wildlife Center travellers, and most hotels in Quito will store your dress clothes and heavy jackets for you while you are with us.
The lodge consists of 10 luxury cabañas and a large dining hall with a library and a well-stocked bar. Attached to the bar is a 50-foot viewing tower from which you can see the Andes on a clear day.
The rooms are huge (over 450 sq. ft.), always clean, and include:
One king-sized bed and one twin-sized bed (up to 3 people).
Private bathrooms with on-demand hot water showers.
Private porches with lake views.
24-hour electricity with plenty of lights and plenty of 120v outlets .
Ceiling fans and secure screens for plenty of bug-free ventilation