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Amazon Rainforest Extension: Napo Wildlife Center

Into the Emerald Forest


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 bird’s-eye view from the canopy tower (207 steps!), with its unobstructed 360-degree view of undisturbed forest. NWC is owned by the native Yasuní people, who have lived in this area for centuries. They have a profound respect for maintaining the natural integrity of the ecosystem and are knowledgeable 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 and two in Quito, but you have the option to add additional nights.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Quito

Arrive in Quito and transfer to your choice of Quito hotel. 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

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



Length: 6 days
Cost From: $2495  
Arrive: Quito, Ecuador
Depart: Quito, Ecuador
Lodging: 3 nights lodge, 2 nights Quito hotel
Meals: Meals as indicated
Activity: Wildlife and 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.