Be prepared to discover the beautiful biodiversity the Amazon Rainforest hides in its forests and creeks. Most of the excursions will take place in the terra firme forest. You will experience the forest floor by yourself and the assembly of colors, sounds, and scents that are found there. During the hikes and excursions, a native and bilingual guide will always be with the group to show you the secrets of the jungle.
Visit the Interpretative Centre and be welcomed by a dance
Search for monkeys, birds, reptiles and mammals
Explore Napo's surrounding creeks in search of giant otters
Begin this amazing adventure with a 30-minute flight to Coca, flying over the beautiful eastern Andes mountain range. Once you land, a short 5-minute drive takes you to the port on the Napo River, where you board a comfortable covered motor boat. From here, enjoy a leisurely boat ride along the Napo for approximately 2 hours, with the opportunity to spot various birds along the way.
Upon reaching the welcoming area of the Napo Wildlife Center, you have the chance to take a magical and peaceful 2-hour dugout canoe ride along a narrow creek that connects to the lake where the lodge is situated. This serene canoe ride offers excellent chances to observe wildlife, including different species of monkeys and large birds like toucans, parrots, and even macaws. Finally, you arrive at the lodge in the late afternoon, ready to begin your adventure.
After enjoying a buffet breakfast, you can have an amazing experience above the forest floor by visiting the 36-meter canopy tower. This tower is located deep within the forest, about 30 minutes away from the lodge. You'll have the opportunity to observe a wide variety of bird species, such as colorful tanagers, macaws, toucans, flycatchers, and even Spider or Howler Monkeys feeding on the nearby trees. The canopy tower provides guests of the Napo Wildlife Center with a whole new world to explore.
Once you return to the lodge, a delicious typical Ecuadorian lunch will be waiting for you. After lunch, you'll have several options to choose from before starting the afternoon activity. You can climb the central tower for birdwatching or simply relax in your hammock.
In the afternoon, go on a hike through a marvelous terra-firme forest to discover the fascinating ecology and the important role of plants in the complex world of the Tropical Rainforest. Encounter impressive sights such as vines, ancient trees, bromeliads, and orchids in this natural garden. After the hike, explore the nearby creeks, where you might even have the chance to spot a family of Giant Otters. At 7:30 pm, a delicious dinner will be served, offering a delightful end to your day.
Wake up early in the morning to visit the easiest access parrot clay licks in Ecuador. It takes about 1 hour to reach the clay licks from the lodge. Guests arrive just before 7:30 to 8:30 when the parrot activity begins at the clay lick. You can see a total of 11 species of parrots, parakeets, and macaws.
Afterward, take a hike along a forest trail to visit the Kichwa Interpretation Center called "Kuri Muyu." The center is managed by the women of the community, also known as "mamakuna." Here, you can learn about the Kichwa culture, crafts, customs, and traditional use of natural resources. Then, return to the creek and continue hiking through the Terra Firme Forest for about 30 minutes until you reach the second parrot clay lick. If the weather conditions are favorable, you may spot different species of parrots, parakeets, and even macaws. Enjoy lunch during this time. Afterward, you'll be paddled back to the lodge, arriving in the late afternoon. A delicious dinner will be waiting for you at the lodge to end your day.
This morning, go on a hike along the Tiputini trail, which takes you through the terra-firma forests and swamp forests. Keep an eye out for various wildlife, such as Golden-Mantled Tamarins, White-Faced capuchin monkeys, two and three-toed sloths, pigmy squirrels, and carnivores. You might also spot their tracks on the forest floor.
After the hike, return to the lodge for a delicious lunch and some well-deserved rest. In the afternoon, hop on canoes and venture into the deeper areas of the surrounding creeks, offering even more opportunities to see unique wildlife. After dinner, there will be a talk where you can learn more about the local community and the Napo Wildlife Center. It's a great opportunity to engage in conversation and gain insights into the area.
Day 5: Depart for Quito
After enjoying an early breakfast, go on a final canoeing excursion back to the Napo River. As you navigate the creek, you may come across exciting new sights such as Giant otters, Monk Saki monkeys, hoatzins, black-capped donacobius, and other birds. A motorized canoe takes you back to Coca, where you'll catch your flight back to Quito.
*All activities are subject to change due to weather.
The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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1 day ago
The ability (of Kassandra) to tailor a guided trip to my exact preferences is very valuable to me, as well as the ability (of Kassandra) to provide expert guidance on destinations and travel dates. I also appreciate the ability of the backup staff (Maria Ignacio, Exito Travel) to coordinate all the details to make the travel logistics easy for the customer.
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Our Costa Rica trip was amazing! Kassandra planned everything and the excursions, hotels, overall organization were outstanding. Everything worked out smoothly, the excursions guides were knowledgeable allowing us to see so much of the fauna and flora of the country. The hotels were great as well, all in fantastic locations and with beautiful views.
1 day ago
This is our 7th trip Kassandra has planned and she is wonderful to work with. She is responsive, helpful, patient and knowledgeable. We are so grateful to have the opportunity to work together with her. We love Adventure Life!
2 days ago
Love Adventure Life, Mary is very experienced in the cruise department. Their post follow up after booking is great too.
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Responsiveness and follow through along with staff being very personable.