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This 4-day premium tour at Napo Wildlife Center includes canoe trips along lakes and rivers, forest excursions, and birding tours. Experience an incredible adventure paddling a small canoe or hiking on the forest trails. Ascend a 36-meter canopy tower for a bird's-eye view of Eastern Ecuador's rainforest, where you'll spot colorful birds, Spider Monkeys, and other wildlife up close.
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  • Climb the Canopy Observation Tower to see jungle from above
  • Visit Añangu Lake in search of the Giant Otter
  • Hike along the forest trail to visit the Kichwa Añangu community
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Activity Level: Easy Active
Moderately active but not overly strenuous. This level includes activities like casual cycling, yoga, or excursions/activities that typically last 3-5 hours total each day.

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Day 1: Quito | Coca | Canoe Rides | Arrive at Napo Wildlife Center

Departing from Quito, a 30-minute flight over the eastern Andes will take you to the jungle town of Coca. There, members of Napo staff will be waiting for you to give you a warm welcome and take you to the “La Mision” Port. At the port, you'll board a comfortable covered motorboat for a 2-hour canoe ride downstream the Napo River, with a boxed lunch provided on the way. During the trip, you will have the chance to see different birds such as kingfishers, and admire the incredible views of the Amazon jungle. 

After a two-hour ride along the Napo River, you will arrive at the Napo Wildlife Center’s dock entrance where you can take a short break to freshen up and use the restrooms. Then, continue to the lodge on peaceful 2-hour paddle canoes. You have a good chance of seeing different types of monkeys and big, colorful birds like toucans, parrots, and even macaws.

Arrive in the late afternoon at Napo Wildlife Center, enjoy the breathtaking view of Añangu Lake, and receive a welcome drink followed by a briefing from the local manager.

Day 2: Parrot Clay Lick | Kichwa Community

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Adventure at the Napo Wildlife Center begins early in the morning as you go to Ecuador's parrot clay lick. An hour from the lodge, arrive just before the parrot activity begins at the clay lick, usually between 7:30 and 8:30. It is a real spectacle of colors, with about 11 species of birds such as parrots, macaws, and parakeets can be seen.

In the afternoon, hike along the forest trail to visit the Kichwa Interpretation Center "Kiri Muyu" run by the community's "mamakuna" women. Discover Kichwa culture, crafts, customs, and traditional resource use.

Head back to the creek and hike through Terra Firme Forest for 30 minutes to reach the second parrot clay lick, where you can spot diverse parrot species, parakeets, and macaws, weather permitting. After lunch, paddle back to the lodge, returning in the late afternoon for dinner.

Day 3: Canopy Observation Tower

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Following an early breakfast, depart from the lodge and head to a 36-meter tall canopy tower for a unique rainforest view from above. This offers a fantastic opportunity to see how amazing the rainforest is, from its base to the top of a huge Ceiba tree.

Here, you walk onto a wooden platform built right into the tree. From here, you get to see the view formally reserved only for the birds. The metal tower was built really well and checked by engineers to make sure it was safe. Safety comes first. The platform at the tree's top was made by experts in tree platforms. There's no better way to experience the rainforest canopy in Eastern Ecuador from the top to the bottom.

Colorful tanagers flock through the tree's canopy, while Blue-and-yellow Macaws pass by in nearby trees. Spider Monkeys are up there looking for fruit, and you can hear two types of big toucans in the mornings and afternoons. The forest canopy comes to life before your eyes. Birds that are nearly impossible to spot from the distant forest floor are now right beside you, unaware of your presence.

The canopy tower offers an entirely new experience to Napo Wildlife Center guests! Enjoy lunch at the lodge, and in the afternoon, visit a terra firme trail, and explore a trail through the solid ground forest. During this hike, you might spot lizards, colorful manakins, or the unique Golden Mantle Tamarin monkeys that are only found here.

Following the hike, take a dugout canoe to explore the lake and creeks, with a high chance of encountering a family of Giant otters during the journey.

Day 4: Depart for Quito

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Early departure for the final adventure, canoeing back to the Napo River. The creek may offer new glimpses of Giant otters, Monk Saki monkeys, or rare birds. Then, transfer to the motorized canoe for the 2-hour ride back to Coca. Upon arrival, check in for your flight from Coca to Quito, with the schedule to be announced based on your departure details and arrangements.

Note: For security reasons, swimming into Añangucocha (lagoon) is forbidden. 


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