Napo Wildlife Centre Extension Trip Notes

Destinations:
Ecuador
Programmes:
Trip Extensions
Trip Code:
XAX
Activity Level: Leisurely
Leisurely

You are healthy, enjoy the outdoors and want a relaxing trip. No experience is required.

Days Flight Inclusive
6 Days Land only
Min age: 16

Trip Overview

The Napo Wildlife Centre is one of the best eco-lodges in the Ecuadorian Amazon basin. Located deep within Yasuni National Park and accessible only by dug-out canoe, the lodge is 100% community-owned and so net profits are used for preservation of the 82 square miles of pristine rainforest in which the lodge resides. The Napo Wildlife Centre is perched on a hillside next to the small and picturesque Anangucocha Lake. Its small number of rooms and large private reserve means that visitors have excellent chances of spotting some of the many mammals living in the forest. In this region over 500 species of bird have been recorded, as well as numerous monkey species, tamarins, tapirs, sloths, jaguars (rarely seen), caimans and lizards.

At a Glance

  • 4 nights Napo Wildlife Centre, 1 night Quito
  • 6 days Land Only 
  • Internal flights from/to Quito and all activities whilst at Napo included 
  • Available after Andes to Amazon (Trip code: AAX) 
  • Price from: £1699 (compulsory supplement of £760 for sole travellers) 
  • Countries visited: Ecuador

Trip Highlights

  • Four nights in a luxurious eco-lodge overlooking Anangucocha Lake within Yasuni National Park 
  • Experience one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet - the Amazon Rainforest 
  • All activities included whilst at NWC - canoe on the lake, forest excursions and visit the parrot clay lick

Is This Trip for You?

The Napo Wildlife Centre Extension is ideal for those who want to experience the Amazon Rainforest of Yasuni National Park. This is one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet and a stay here allows you to take part in several activites, such as the parrot clay lick, canoe trips on the lake, canopy observation tower and forest walks. There are a large number of birds, with flocks of vibrantly colored tanagers, blue-and-yellow macaws and large toucans flying past in the early mornings and afternoons. In the forest interior you may spot the Golden Mantle Tamarin monkey, rare insects, lizards and snakes, whilst in the lake Giant otter are frequently seen.

This extension has been set up with the right duration for those who have spent their time in Ecuador on the Andes to Amazon holiday (Trip code: AAX)

Please be aware that a compulsory single supplement may apply due to the accommodation set up at the lodge. Occasionally shared accommodation is available at Napo in which case this supplement can be completely waived - please enquire with our sales team if interested.

Group

As this is an extension, local leaders will be used at the Napo Wildlife Centre. In Quito you will not have a guide.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
1
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Quito
End City:
Quito

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart Guayaquil and fly to Coca via Quito

    The Andes to Amazon holiday comes to an end today and we fly from Guayaquil to Coca via Quito. It is a 40-minute flight from Quito to Coca. A short drive takes us to the dock where we board a large motorized canoe for a two-hour ride down stream. At the entrance to the Napo Wildlife Reserve we transfer to smaller, paddled dug-out canoes so as not to disturb the wildlife. This paddle can take anywhere from 1-3 hours depending on what is sighted enroute (a chance of spotting Giant otters, whilst monkeys and countless bird species including toucans, parrots and macaws are often seen). Finally, we cross the spectacular Anangucocha Lake and arrive at the lodge to receive a welcome drink and briefing.

    Accommodation: Napo Wildlife Centre

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Days 2-4

    At Napo Wildlife Centre.

    Choice and flexibility is the key at the lodge. Rather than fixed programmes, the guide will design the most suitable programme to match the groups physical condition and personal interests. Very early starts are necessary to get the best wildlife viewing. The lodge has the most easily accessed and one of the best parrot clay licks in Ecuador. Being just an hour away, we can arrive at the lick before the parrot activity kicks off fully - around 7-8am. The 36m-canopy tower offers a fantastic insight into the various vertical layers of the jungle and its inhabitants. The panoramic view from the top is magnificent, as is the bird viewing. Spider monkeys also frequent the higher canopy searching for fruit. Numerous trails from the lodge offer hikes amongst the primary rainforest and we will head out during the day to learn about the trees and the forest and at night time in search of caiman and other nocturnal creatures. Exploring the lake and creeks by dug-out canoe is a highlight and one of the best ways to see larger animals. 

    Accommodation: Napo Wildlife Centre

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 5

    Fly to Quito.

    We return to Quito the same way we came - paddled canoe down the creek, motorised canoe back up the river to Coca and then a quick drive to the airport for the flight to Quito.

    Accommodation: Vieja Cuba Hotel (or similar)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 6

    End Quito.

    You are free to make your own arrangements at any time today.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotel & Lodge

In Quito we stay at the Vieja Cuba, a comfortable small hotel in the Mariscal District.

The rest of the programme is located at the Napo Wildlife Centre, a luxury eco-lodge with sixteen cabins, each of which is spacious, comfortable and clean. All cabins have private balconies looking onto the lake and surroundings, and feature hot water, king and twin beds, 24/7 solar electricity and mosquito nets/screened windows. Ceiling fans are also provided in each cabin.

Please be aware that a compulsory single supplement may apply due to the accommodation set up at the lodge. Occasionally shared accommodation is available at Napo in which case this supplement can be completely waived - please enquire with our sales team if interested.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners are included.

Food at Napo Wildlife Centre will be plentiful and is usually served buffet style with a mix of local and international dishes.

Transportation

In Quito, transport is in a private air-conditioned minibus. We also take internal flights to get to Coca, and travel by motorised and dug-out canoe whilst at Napo Wildlife Centre. Internal flights to Coca will be booked for you by Exodus and are included in the cost of this extension.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

In Quito and the highlands it should be warm by day and generally dry. Maximum daytime temperatures are almost constant throughout the year at 20ºC, nights 8ºC. Some rain can be expected in February to May and October to November but storms, though heavy, are generally short. Quito and in general the highlands, are considered to have quite a pleasant climate, although the evenings can be chilly.
In the jungle regions it will be hot with high humidity. There is always a possibility of rain at any time, but not to the extent of spoiling your enjoyment. The driest time in the jungle (in terms of rainfall levels, not number of rainy days) is October to January.

Joining Instructions

If you are joining this extension from the Galapagos, Exodus will organise your internal flights from Guayaquil to Quito. Due to the timings of the flights to/from Coca, you will need 1 nights accommodation in Quito, as per the itinerary.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Location start:
Quito
Location end:
Quito

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Lightweight long trousers
Long-sleeved lightweight shirts
Lightweight sweater or jacket
Raingear (ponchos are provided)
Trainers or hiking boots
Hat
Sun protection
Sunglasses
Small day pack
Insect repellant
Flashlight or headlamp bright enough for use on night walks

Optional Equipment

Binoculars
Camera

Practical Information

Passport

Ecuador

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Ecuador

British passport holders do not need a visa for Ecuador. Very few other nationalities need a visa for Ecuador, but if you are in any doubt you should contact the nearest Ecuadorian Embassy. 

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

Ecuador

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements, however, if you have travelled to a country at risk of Yellow Fever prior to arriving in Ecuador you will be required to have a valid Yellow Fever Certificate with you. Recommended vaccinations are: Typhoid and Hepatitis A.

If you will spend any time in the Amazon Rainforest we recommend a Yellow Fever vaccination. Please note that your certificate of vaccination may be inspected on arrival to this region.

Malaria is also a risk in some areas of the country (including the Amazon Rainforest) so we suggest you consult a doctor for more advice. 

Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in places visited on this trip. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

PLEASE NOTE: All visitors to Ecuador will be required to show valid medical insurance on arrival and cannot enter the country without it.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Ecuador's Timezone:
America/Lima -05 (GMT -05:00)

Electricity

Ecuador's Electricity:

120 Volts. Plug types A & B; establishments often take two flat parallel pin plugs.

Money

Ecuador's Currency

The national currency of Ecuador is the US Dollar (USD), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (August 2018) of approximately 1.28 to the GBP,  0.76 to the CAD, 1.14 to the EUR, 0.73 to the AUD and 0.67 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

You should carry your money in US Dollars cash, since sterling can be difficult to change and may incur a poor exchange rate. Please note that obtaining change for larger denomination banknotes (US$100 and US$50) can be difficult. Try to carry a number of small notes (US$1 or US$5) as many small businesses and taxis do not carry large amounts of change.

ATMs accepting major credit and debit cards are readily available in Quito. Please contact your bank before travel to ensure compatibility and take more than one card with you as we have had reports of some debit cards not being accepted.

Tipping

Tipping is an optional but very much customary practice in Ecuador and forms part of the service culture. Due to the dominance of US visitors in the destination, tips are reasonably high and this is likely to add up during your stay. Please remember that you are never under any obligation to give a tip and you should only do so when you are happy with the service you have received.
At the Napo Wildlife Centre you will have two leaders - one is a wildlife guide or biologist who will speak English and the other will be from the local tribe and may not speak English but is highly skilled at spotting and identifying wildlife. The two working together should provide an excellent service and if you think both do a good job, then a tip of about USD20 per person to each leader for your stay would be well received. You may also wish to leave a tip for the other lodge staff and a central box is left for this (USD10-15 per person per day is a good tip).

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

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Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

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TRAVEL AWARE –STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

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You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

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TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.