The first step of the journey is a 30-minute flight from Quito to Coca, the gateway town in the Amazon region. The onward transfer to the pier is only a few minutes, but the motorised canoe trip along the Napo river takes nearly 3 hours. A switch into a paddle canoe takes guests through a rainforest creek – look out for the monkeys and prehistoric looking Hoatzin birds – to Añangu Lake and the picturesque Napo Wildlife Ecolodge. Read more on the incredible Yasuni National Park here.
Napo Wildlife Ecolodge is situated on Añangu Lake. The individual accommodation cabins run along the shore in staggered rows. Set a little further back is the remarkable 130ft-tall Central Tower – a thatched, tiered structure that includes a beautiful bar & restaurant, boutique shop, presentation room, lounge area and the top-floor observation deck.
We believe that the accommodation is what really set Napo Wildlife Ecolodge apart. There are 20 in total, with 12 Standard rooms (560ft2) and 8 Suites (680ft2). The elegantly designed rooms all feature polished-wood floors, en-suite bathrooms and a private porch facing the lake. The Suites also have a living area and minibar. Six of the Suites have a private Jacuzzi, of which four also have glass floors fitted in the lounge area, providing views of the wildlife below! There are 2 pairs of interconnecting Suites.
In addition to the Central Tower observation deck, there is also the Canopy observation deck located deeper inside Yasuni National Park. This 120ft platform gives spectacular views across the Amazon for as far as the eye can see in all directions. Guided forest trails allow you to roam the rainforest from the ground; or head off in a canoe and explore the waterways, looking for caiman and river otters! Special bird-watching excursions are also included, such as the ‘parrot-lick’ clay pits. Visits to their sister property – Napo Cultural Center – provides enlightening interactions with the Añangu community.