Waterways thread through the rainforest

Exploring by canoe is a great way to approach the bird and animal life along the water’s edge, and the local guides are experts on life in the rainforest.

Photo by Markham Johnson

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Amazon Rainforest Extension: Napo Wildlife Center

Into the Emerald Forest

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $1595  
Length: 6 days
Arrive: Quito, Ecuador
Depart: Quito, Ecuador
Lodging: 3 nights at lodge, 2 night in 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.

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

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

Please note: No Amazon flights operate on Sundays.

This extension can be arranged before or after your Galapagos cruise and originates in Quito. We suggest booking international flights into Quito and out of Guayaquil to accommodate a pre-trip extension, or into Guayqauil and out of Quito to accommodate a post-trip extension. We can book your internal flights to Galapagos to and from either city. Please contact us to discuss your extension options.

Day 1
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.

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

Day 5
Coca / Quito

A morning transfer by boat brings you back to Coca for your flight to Quito. Overnight at hotel...B

Day 6

Transfer to the Quito airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands or your homeward-bound flight...B

Extension Cost

Prices are for 2015
$1595 per person, double occupancy
Solo Traveler: $2495
Additional night at Napo Wildlife Center: $250
Child Discount (11 and under): Call for details

Note: Napo Wildlife Center requires a $200 per person non-refundable deposit at the time of booking.

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Cost Includes:

Airfare, accommodations, transfers, meals as indicated, and naturalist guide for excursions

Extension Cost Does Not Include:

Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, internet etc, optional gratuities to hotel and lodge staff, transfer agents, drivers, and guides.

Hotels in Quito

Day 1 (1 night),
Day 5 (1 night), Quito, Ecuador

In Quito, we stay at one of the following properties:

Napo Wildlife Center

Napo Wildlife Center

Days 2 to 4 (3 nights), Amazon, Ecuador

Nestled in an 82-square-mile private reserve within Yasuni National Park, Napo offers 10 cabanas with private bathrooms, ceiling fans, screened ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.