The NWC was almost too good for words!!! The setting was beautiful on a lake in the middle of the rain forest. Even the 4 hour canoe trip (the first 2 hours in a motorized canoe, the second 2 hours in a paddle canoe...no motors allowed past a certain point) was fabulous. The staff at the lodge were wonderful (we all loved Marcelo!) the local guides were terrific (Pato, our "spotter" missed nothing!!) and our nature guide was very knowlegeable. The suites were roomy & nicely decorated & the food was good. The Napo Wildlife Center is owned & operated by the local people so in addition to having a fantastic experience, you are also helping to give back to the local community. On the excursions, we saw so many amazing creatures, including countless monkeys, birds, snakes, caimans, giant otters & of course, insects. My (adult) son was sick while there (nothing serious, just travellers tummy) & while the rest of us went out for the day exploring, the staff at the lodge checked on him & brought him tea without us even asking, just because they cared. My daughter does not eat red meat & they made sure (even on day trips) to have fish or chicken or a vegetarian choice for her. On trips, the lodge always sent along snacks for you, such as juice & crackers & fruit & water & they provided rain ponchos & rubber boots when needed. It truly was a trip of a lifetime!
My ONLY complaint is that the suites are all built traditionally (kinda) & while there was electricty & water (hot & cold) available 24 hours a day, the rooms are not really "sealed tight" & therefore the insects were able to make themselves at home in our rooms. The beds do have mosquito nets & obviously you do need to use Deet while in the middle of the rainforest anyway, there were more insects in our rooms than I liked. That said, anyone going to the rainforest should NOT stay anywhere else!!!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Napo Wildlife Centre Hotel Yasuni National Park