Into the Emerald Forest

Overview

Enjoy an unforgettable adventure at Napo Wildlife Center for the best experience of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Explore by dugout canoe on blackwater lakes,  hike trails through the emerald forest, visit the nearby clay lick where hundreds of parrots and macaws gather, get a birds-eye view from the canopy tower (207 steps!), with its unobstructed 360-degree view of undisturbed forest. NWC is owned by the native Yasuni people, who have lived in this area for centuries. They have a profound respect for maintaining the natural integrity of the ecosystem and are knowledgable and passionate guides who enhance your experience. Guest cabins are very comfortable and the buffet-style meals in the dining room provide tasty, fresh, and plentiful meals with a good variety to choose from. Our extension has three nights at Napo Wildlife Center, but you have the option to add additional nights.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 (Pre-Trip Extension)
Arrive Quito

Arrive in Quito and transfer to your choice of Quito hotel: the Hotel Colon, Casa Aliso, or Rincon de Puembo. Meals on your own.

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Days 2-4
Coca / Napo Wildlife Center

Transfer to the airport for a 30-minute flight to Coca, where you are met and transported by boat to the Napo Wildlife Center. Enjoy nature walks and exploration at the Napo Wildlife Center, a community-based ecotourism project in a vast private reserve inside Yasuní National Park, where more than 550 species of birds have been identified along with 11 species of monkey. One of the lodge’s features is a clay lick (the most accessible parrot and macaw clay lick in Ecuador) where on a sunny day, hundreds of parrots and macaws gather. Napo also has a canopy tower, a great way to experience the life above the forest floor. As you ascend the 12-story tower, you pass through different levels of the forest (there is also a smaller canopy tower near the dining hall with great views of the lake)...BLD each day

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Day 5
Coca / Quito

A morning transfer by boat brings you back to Coca for your flight to Quito. (This is Day 1 of your Galapagos Islands itinerary.) Overnight at hotel...B

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Day 6
Depart

Transfer to the Quito airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands (Day 2 of your Galapagos Islands itinerary)...B

 

Day 1 (Post-Trip Extension)
Quito

Enjoy a free day in Quito to explore its many charms (this is the last day of your scheduled Galapagos Islands itinerary). Overnight at Hotel Colon or Casa Aliso...B

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Days 2-4
Coca / Napo Wildlife Center

Transfer to the airport for a 30-minute flight to Coca, where you are met and transported by boat to the Napo Wildlife Center. Enjoy nature walks and exploration at the Napo Wildlife Center, a community-based ecotourism project in a vast private reserve inside Yasuní National Park, where more than 550 species of birds have been identified along with 11 species of monkey. One of the lodge’s features is a clay lick (the most accessible parrot and macaw clay lick in Ecuador) where on a sunny day, hundreds of parrots and macaws gather. Napo also has a canopy tower, a great way to experience the life above the forest floor. As you ascend the 12-story tower, you pass through different levels of the forest (there is also a smaller canopy tower near the dining hall with great views of the lake)...BLD each day

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Day 5
Napo Wildlife Center / Coca / Quito

An early departure and a final excursion canoeing brings you back to the Napo River, where you embark the motorized canoe for your return to Coca. Fly to Quito and transfer to RIncon de Puembo for overnight...BLD

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Day 6
Depart

Early morning transfer from the hotel to the Quito airport for departure on homeward-bound flight.

Details

Length: 6 days
Cost From: $1695  
Arrive: Quito, Ecuador
Depart: Quito, Ecuador
Lodging: 3 nights lodge, 2 nights Quito hotel
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Wildlife watching, canoeing, nature walks

Visa Requirements

A visa is not required for U.S. citizens visting Ecuador. A tourist card will be issued to you on the flight to Quito.