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The Beauty of the Amazon Basin (6 Days)

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On this tour, you will take a canoe ride along Napo River into the beautiful Añangu Lake. You will visit the Napo Wildlife Center and hike through the Terra Firme Forest to visit the famous Parrot Clay Lick Observatory. Some of the animals you might see include tamarin monkeys, manakins, lizards, giant otters and alligators. Expect to see countless rare and beautiful birds.

This tour is similar to The Jungle Adventure.

The Beauty of the Amazon Basin (6 Days)

Day 1: Arrival to Quito

quito-ecuadorWelcome to Quito, located in Ecuador’s Andes Mountains. Quito is the world’s second highest capital.

Declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978, Quito has one of the finest colonial centers in Latin America.

Transfer to the hotel.

Day 2: Departure to Coca

Departing from Quito, you’ll take a 30-minute flight to Coca (Francisco de Orellana Airport, Code: OCC)  over the eastern Andes mountain range.

A local taxi (or hired bus) from the airport will take you to Francisco de Orellana Port. From the port, you will head out in a comfortable covered motorboat. This boat ride along the Napo River will last for about 2 hours. Boxed lunch during the trip.

canoeAlong the way you might see birds like herons, kingfishers and others. After arriving at Napo Wildlife Center‘s entry dock we take a brief bathroom break before heading out on your first excursion. You’ll take a majestic and peaceful one-hour dugout-canoe ride, paddling along a narrow creek that connects to the lake where the lodge is located.

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You’ll likely see various monkey species, as well as large birds like toucans, parrots or even macaws. Late afternoon arrival to the Napo Wildlife Center Lodge located on Añangu lake. Welcome drink and facilities.

An optional, after-dinner excursion will have you hunting for caiman (alligator) around the lake and enjoying the natural evening sounds of the jungle.

Day 3: Quichua Community

Breakfast at the Lodge

Departure to the best parrot clay licks in Ecuador, about 1 hour away from the lodge. Guests arrive as the parrot activity begins at the clay lick between 7:30 to 8:30 am.

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Parrot clay lick

A total of 11 species of parrots, parakeets and macaws can be seen. While this is an excursion that depends on weather conditions, weather seldom interferes.

Later, hike along a forest trail to visit the Quichua community of Añangu. You will share time with a family on their activities.

Terrafirme_forestYou will return to the creek and hike through a Terra Firme Forest for about 30 minutes. When we arrive at the second parrot clay lick and (if the weather conditions allow) you will find different species of parrots, parakeets and even macaws.

Boxed lunch at the parrot clay lick observatory.

Late afternoon arrival to the lodge.

Day 4: The Canopy Adventure

Early breakfast at the lodge.

Depart from the lodge for the finest canopy tower experience on the Napo. This 36m high canopy tower opened to guests in November 2004. It is a great way to experience the life above the forest floor.

This is the second tower at the Napo Wildlife Center (the first is attached to the dining hall and allows great views of the lake). The canopy tower is located about 20 minutes from the lodge, deep within the terra firme forest.

napo wildlifeAs you ascend the 12-story tower, you pass through different levels of the forest and emerge on top of a huge Ceiba tree. Here you cross onto a wooden platform that is actually built into the tree and experience the view formerly reserved only for the birds. The metal tower itself was constructed to the highest standards, galvanized, and carefully inspected by engineers.

Safety is the priority. The platform at the top of the tree was constructed by tree platform specialists as well. From top to bottom, there is no finer canopy experience in Eastern Ecuador.

Flocks of colorful tanagers pass right through the canopy of the tree, and blue and yellow macaws often fly past. In nearby trees you might see spider monkeys searching for fruit. There are two species of large toucans that call in the early mornings and afternoons.

Watch the life of the forest canopy open before you.

Birds that are virtually impossible to see from the forest floor far below are suddenly right beside you, oblivious to your presence. The canopy tower opens a whole new world to guests of the Napo Wildlife Center!

Served lunch at the lodge.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit a terra firme trail and hike along a primary forest to discover the forest interior. There are possibilities of finding lizards, colorful manakins or the unique and endemic Golden mantle tamarin monkeys.

After the hike, explore the lake and creeks by dugout canoe with the chance of running into a giant otter family on the way.

Day 5: Back to Quito

Early departure and last excursion canoeing back to the Napo River, the creek may reveal new sights of giant otters, monk saki monkeys and many rare birds.

Brief break in the docking area, before embarking in a motorized canoe to Coca. The up-river trip takes roughly 2 hours. You will arrive in time to check-in for your Coca – Quito flight. Schedule to be announced according to departure details and arrangements.

Day 6: To Quito Airport

Breakfast at hotel

Travel to your next travel segment (Galapagos, Cuenca, or Guayaquil) or take your return flight home.

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