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Reviewed 22 March 2011

The NWC in the heart of jungles really fantastic! Luxury lodge at the lake, nice trips to the rain forest, cool stuff!)) strongly recommended! Anacondas, parrots, tucans, monkeys, caymans, sounds of frogs and soooo oooon!!!!!

  • Stayed: March 2011
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NapoWildlifeCenter, Guest Relations Manager at Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2013

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Reviewed 10 March 2011

This Lodge is publicised as a very good example of ecological and community development - which it is. However, it is below par for comfort. and is in need of investment. Lodge rooms are large, but tired. Bathroom tatty. Food very good, and interesting excursions. Everyone helpful. You need to be fit to get the full benefit.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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NapoWildlifeCenter, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2013

Thank you for your review, we are in the process of upgrading certain aspects of the lodge

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Reviewed 7 March 2011

A comfortable (not luxurious, compared to top African safari lodges) centre in a magical setting on a small lake in the midst of pristine jungle. Wildlife abounds; guides are incredible "spotters" and extremely knowledgeable; excursions are varied and always rewarding. Napo is owned by the local indigenous people and their service and competence excels. It takes a while to reach Napo but the journey is worth every second. Our small and amiable group of six (with two guides and a paddler) saw more than 60 different birds, several mammals and reptiles and beautiful tropical flowers and plants in just three days.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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NapoWildlifeCenter, Guest Relations Manager at Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2013

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Reviewed 1 February 2011

We have been to many tropical rainforests all over, this was our first time in S.A. so this is a new perspective. It is a true adventure getting to the lodge. As rain is so important here, navigating the rivers, etc. changes daily. Even Napo river was a challenge to navigate with low rainfall. Lots of sandbars to look for and run onto. The tributary to the lodge was no exception, even with 4 in a canoe, we got stuck. We managed through- if you want a different workout, help out with paddling. You will get an appreciation on how hard these guides work! Great experience! It is quite a long canoe ride to the lodge but there is a lot to see along the way- keep eyes and binocs roaming. Once you get to the lodge, you get settled into your spacious room, then start looking at the abundant wildlife just outside the room- totally amazing! If you let the guides know what you are specifically interested lhey will do their best to show it to you.
On hiking, be prepared to go off trail. We did this hunting peccaries, which we saw many, some quite large herds. Be aware of all your senses- smell, sound, etc., so important while tracking. Be aware that some hikes are long- 4 hours. Although not hard hiking, the heat will take its toll- it sure did to me, almost to heat exhaustion. Drink more water than you think you can- you will sweat it out. Also on some hikes we wore rubber boots which they supply. Make sure that you have good socks, I ended up with a blister that got infected. Am still trying to heal it. Just be prepared. This is a nature adventure after all. About insect repellents- we used different ones- I would suggest Avon's Skin So Soft for mosquitos- works great and without the DEET. Nothing really works for the tiny gnats and small harmless bees- just have to get used to them!
We did a 3 night stay which was not long enough. So much to see in a short time.
If you get tired you don't have to do the hikes- take a dip in the pond which I did during down time. Yes the caimans are there but not in the pier area. No worries.
One highlight is the clay licks. The one via boat is awesome! The other one is an easy hike, however the parrots were a no-show. One group had been waiting over an hour but no luck. After a while we left. That is nature- there are no guarantees!
Overall, you will leave feeling that you just got a glimpse of what is there in the forest. Do more than 3 nights, get up early, do as many planned treks as you can and take in the whole experience. You will leave with a widened view and respect for nature and the planet. We are in awe. We hope to return.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 January 2011

The location and guides were really excellent and the wildlife spotting was fantastic, but overall is wasn't as great as it could have been. Our main issue was the construction of a new hut right next door to the one (no 5) we were staying in. Chainsaws etc. are not what you want when you are in such a special location. When we complained they did try to minimise the noise whilst we were there and we were able to move to a hut further away for the last night.

Be aware that you may be put in a group with different interests (I'm sure they tried their best and that every lodge has the same issue). The other 5 people we were with left 1 day before us and our last day was definitely the best with a really enjoyable hike and a close up encounter with some wild boars.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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NapoWildlifeCenter, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2013

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