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Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge
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Reviewed 8 April 2011

Of the 3 weeks we spent on Ecuador mainland, the 4 days at Napo were the highlight.
There was not a thing we could fault. Our only hesitation was the fact that it took an extra 2 hours to paddle to the lodge compared with other ldges. However this is in fact part of the wildlife viewing which was also amazing and the canoes were comfortable
As with all other outings we had both a naturalist and a local guide each way.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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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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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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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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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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Address: | Añangu Lake, Yasuni National Park, Ecuador
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Region: Ecuador > Yasuni National Park
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Yasuni National Park
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Napo Wildlife Center offers visitors a number of vantage points from which to admire and experience the spectacular, awe-inspiring diversity of the Amazon Basin. Climb the 120-ft. High galvanized-metal stairs to the jungle tower for otherwise impossible eye-to-eye views of canopy dwellers such as monkeys, eagles and macaws...Spy on clay licks teeming with parrots and occasionally visited by jungle cats or a magnificent elephant-muzzled tapir...Experience Man's ageless interaction with the jungle through the native community's perspectiveEnjoy evening walks to witness the astounding nightlife of the dense, entangled understory...Explore the many trails through "terra firme", "varzea" and swamp forest in search of the best that Amazonia has to offerBe it from the ground up, or from the canopy down, from hidden viewing blinds to silent paddling up black-water creeks, we deliver the biggest most intricate picture possible of this wonderful world. Napo Wildlife Center not only provides the educated perspective of bilingual guides but also the hands-on knowledge of the true guardians of Anangu, who live and witness the marvels of their jungle home every day. ... more   less 
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