Napo Wildlife Centre
Riverside eco-lodge deep in the rainforest with fantastic guiding
- 16 cabanas (450sq ft)
- Bottle of house wine on arrival
- Paddle rowing
- Climbing the canopy towers
- Explore the local culture at the Kuri Muyu Interpretative Centre
- Marvel at the parrot clay licks
- Canoe tours
The Napo Wildlife Centre is one of the best-run and most environmentally sound lodges in this area of the Amazon. There are 16 lakefront bungalows which are all spacious and decorated simply but comfortably, with king-size beds in every room. Each bungalow also has its own private balcony (with hammock) from which to enjoy the views.
Guiding is excellent and the lodge has a great observation tower from which to view the area as well as a macaw clay lick (one of the only one in the area). No motorised vehicles are allowed anywhere near the lodge and the last part of the journey to the lodge itself is by canoe.
Protecting the national park
Napo Wildlife Center Eco-lodge was carefully built and designed by the Añangu indigenous community, which has been recognised worldwide for its conservation of the flora and fauna found in this region. Yasuni National Park has been declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, with the local whole community ensuring that hunting, fishing and timber collection are now prohibited in this area. In addition to this, all activities enjoyed via the lodge are focused on protecting the environment.
The community has managed to help increase its high school attendance, and 2012 saw the school’s first class graduate in sustainable technology baccalaureate, with the main objective of sustainable community tourism. 50% of students belong to neighbour communities and the other 50% belong to Añangu community.
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