"Wildlife haven in the depths of Ecuador’s Amazon basin."

Need to know

    • 20 lakeside cabins.
    • Wildlife hotspot in the Yasuní National Park, Ecuador.
    • Check-out time: 6:30am to make the afternoon flights to Quito, late check-out available on request.

We love

  • The sumptuous array of flora and fauna found in the local area, from soaring scarlet macaws to the fearsome black caiman.
  • The sunset tranquillity of the Añangucocha jungle lagoon, around which the hotel is focused.
  • Drink in hand, watch troops of squirrel monkeys pass by from the comfort of your cabin’s private jacuzzi terrace.

An extra little something

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  • Romantic sunset dinner on top of the Napo tower, with commanding views over both canopy and lake.

Top Secret

  • Deep within the rainforest, the Napo team have constructed a wooden viewing platform within the branches of a majestic Kapok tree. Exclusive to hotel guests, this 38m-high Canopy Observation Tower provides unparalleled opportunity to view the fantastic variety of Amazonian birds.

Origins

The Napo Wildlife Center is a true community project led by the indigenous Kichwa Añangu group, exchanging traditional use of their lands to create a sustainable eco-haven deep within the National Park. 100% owned and managed by the community, the lodge has seen both wildlife and local people thrive since its founding in 1998.

The Review

Deep within the Amazon basin, the Yasuní National Park is the largest protected area in Ecuador and arguably the most biodiverse region on the planet. Declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1989, this lush region surrounding the Napo river is pristine, wild and teeming with jungle life.

Canoeing up a Napo tributary, which is an adventure in itself, guests emerge at the lodge’s lagoon where palm-thatched cabins overlook the calm waters. Ascend the central tower to take in the sweeping views over the lodge’s 92 square miles of untamed rainforest. Discover exciting new animal trivia in the library and presentation space. Luxuriate in the comfort of your private cabin, complete with king bed, hammock and intimate jungle jacuzzi.

Guests are treated to a diverse array of excursions, enjoying the natural wealth of species and the unique Amazonian terrain. Canopy-top birdwatching, canoe rides down meandering creeks, night hikes and jungle treks all provide a unique exploration into the rainforest and the chance to meet its diverse residents. Between these activities, explorers can relax, enjoy great food and soak up the peaceful ambience of such a unique location.

By investing in the local community, Napo benefits from a high level of local knowledge in its expert guides, who accompany guests along every bootprint of their Amazonian adventure. A visit to the Napo Cultural Centre also brings a deeper understanding of the Añangu way of life and how such projects have transformed this region into a model of sustainable tourism. By visiting these ancestral lands, guests will see, hear and learn more about the Amazon than they ever thought possible.

Location

Napo Wildlife Center

  • Address: Yanez Pinzon n26 -131, La Nina. Edificio las Carabelas, Oficina 101, Yasuni National Park
  • Travel info: Regular 1-hour flights from Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) to Francisco de Orellana (OCC). From there the hotel will organise the 4-hour boat trip down the river to Napo Wildlife Center.

Key Features

  • Stunning Views

  • Airport Shuttle

  • Bar

  • Restaurant