NAPO CULTURAL CENTER /

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In the Napo Cultural Center, you can leave behind the hustle and bustle of the city and relax and unwind with the sounds of singing birds while learning about the rich kichwa culture, their customs, traditions and fascinating legends.

Standard rooms (36 meters /120 feet square, each), fully equipped cabins with electricity, ventilation, a safe box, private bathroom with hot water and a porch with seats and hammocks.

The suites (42 meters / 140 feet square) are designed for more comfort and features, fully equipped cabins, electricity, ventilation, a safe box, private bathroom with hot water, living-room, minibar, “Waterfall” Style Shower, ceiling windows, amenities: Slippers, bathrobe, bath salts, 100% cotton towels, and outside on the porch, there are seats and hammocks in which you can relax and admire the rainforest.

SERVICES:

Napo Cultural Center is an ideal place for couples, families and groups of friends, for a holiday or short break, offering a unique opportunity to enjoy contact with nature, and at the same time be near the main cultural attractions of the Añangu Kichwa Community.

The restaurant has a maximum capacity of 60 people; the food service is based on combining local, national and international cuisine. The variety of exotic fruit and organic products are spectacular. Hot beverages such as tea or coffee are available all day.

The Napo Cultural Center offers its clients an unforgettable jungle experience, far from the troubles of modern-day life, where you can relax to the sounds of nature and experience the ageless customs, traditions and legends of the Kichwa culture.

HIGHLIGHTS:

• Includes easy and medium intensity walks and hikes in order to observe the wildlife and nature of the area; more difficult hikes and longer programs can be arranged
• Early birding activities in the morning at around 6 A.M. taking 2 hours or more.
• Rowing small canoes navigating rivers and streams; larger canoes are used to navigate the Napo River and are included in our routine activities, all of which feature community and naturalist guides.
• Swimming is safe when carried out at sites your guide has suggested. • Enjoy a level II kayak activity on the Napo River, from the village for around 45 minutes until you reach the observation tower.

Activities at Yasuní National Park and Añangu are coordinated by members of the local kichwa community and it is important that their rules of conduct be followed, and customs be respected.

NOTE: These are sample itineraries, subject to change due to climate, safety and interests of our groups. Changes and additions will be made in order to maximize wildlife sightings and cultural exchanges with communities in a biologically and culturally rich region such as the Yasuní National Park.

Please contact us to customize your itinerary and interests in order to make this an unforgettable experience in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

SUMAK KAUSAY 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

The good life or Sumak Kausay means to have a "full life" by aspiring to live well and live better. “This is possible when there is harmony between human beings with their past, their peers, their community, their roots, culture, spirituality and nature.”

DAY 1: B / L / D

Arriving at Napo Cultural Center, you have the outstanding chance to step onto the ancestral territory of the kichwa Añangu community, whose members will welcome you with a traditional and refreshing drink of ice cold “wayusa”. The local hotel manager will give quick instructions and take you to your room where you can unpack relax and get ready for the first activity in the afternoon.

After this, we will hike along the “Playas” trail on the river islands and shores to observe the Amazonian wildlife in one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. Kayaking is also available as an optional activity for around 45 min. We will also enjoy a picturesque sunset on the vastness of Napo River. Then, we head back to the cabins to rest for a little bit and prepare for a well-deserved dinner. After dinner, fall asleep to the relaxing sounds of the Amazon.

DAY 2: B / L / D

After an early breakfast, we will head out in the motorboat to one of the highlights of the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve. On the journey, you will spot the Parrot Clay Lick along the shore of the River Napo; bring your binoculars and camera lenses to see flocks of blue-headed, yellow crowned parrots and even dusky-headed parakeets, from the boat. Then, we will walk for around 30 min, along “pericos” trail to reach a blind inside which you and your expert guide hide and observe through cleverly concealed windows, offering a breathtakingly clear view of the Parrot Clay Lick. The blind also brings visitors face to face with up to 11 species of parrots and parakeets (including parrotlets and macaws), sometimes even mammals like howler monkeys, tapir and peccaries come here to drink water and get vital minerals.

We end this morning with a visit to the intercultural interpretation center "Kuri Muyu”, which means golden seed in the native language. Managed by the women of the community, also known as “mamakuna”, you will learn about the kichwa culture, crafts, customs and traditional use of natural resources directly from the people of the community.

We return to the center of the community to have lunch at the dining hall and take a break in the lodge before hiking for an hour to reach the observation tower soaring 35 meters up. Here you will have the chance to spot a variety of birds, howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, toucans, parrots and sloths.
Time for dinner followed by a wonderful activity on the Napo River, onboard the ancestral catamaran to hear more traditional legends and traditional chants, while delicious snacks are grilled.

DAY 3: B / L / D

Enjoy the sunrise at breakfast, visit the sustainable community projects, talk about the Kichwa’s worldview and knowledge of medicine. After this, we will walk along the Mama-Kuna trial, an excellent opportunity to see more wildlife, ceiba trees, strangler vines, bamboo cane, and shrubs endemic to Yasuní.

In the afternoon after a delicious local lunch, we can paddle around the “Añangu” stream, a black water ecosystem where you can spot monkeys jumping from tree to tree, caiman and sometimes even giant river otters trying to catch fish. After dinner, prepare your flashlight for a night walk around the lodge to see different kinds of insects, reptiles and even nocturnal mammals like the night monkeys.

DAY 4: B / BL

To close your unforgettable trip, take part on the optional “wayusada” ritual, in which at dawn around 4:30 am the kichwa family share the sacred “wayusa” a drink which has been passed down through generations. During the ritual you are invited to take part in the traditional chants and have the chance to “interpret dreams” with the wisest “mamakuna” at the community, a mysterious experience indeed.

Then, we head back for breakfast, while our staff pick up your luggage for your return to Coca, while onboard our comfortable motorboats, take in your last chance to appreciate the Ecuadorian rainforest landscape, and wildlife before you reach “La Mision” river port.

B= breakfast BL= box lunch L= lunch D= dinner

Departures: Monday to Saturday (on Sunday extra charges apply)

PRICE PER PERSON

Double Room Single Supplement
$730 $140

NOTE: Optional excursions are available such as hikes through different trails and forest types, canoe rides, exploring deeper areas of surrounding creeks with more chances to see wildlife, additional mammal clay lick excursion and handcraft workshop with the local community.

INCLUDED:

  • Transfers from/to Coca, including transfers by river boat to the Añangu kichwa community;
  • All excursions and activities are included in the trip;
  • Accommodation;
  • All meals (B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner);
  • Drinking water;
  • Community and naturalist bilingual Guide;
  • Poncho, rubber boots are provided if needed for an excursion

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Airfare Quito-Coca-Quito (around $256 but could vary);
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks,
Laundry, Internet, Tips or Anything not specified in the itinerary

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Private guide in French or German (contact us for availability and price)
The order in which different activities are realized could be altered, but this will not affect the overall content of the program. The schedules of the tickets and transport could be subject to changes.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Two or three pairs of: lightweight long pants; long-sleeved lightweight shirts; T-shirts.
  • One or two pairs of shorts (mostly for around the lodge).
  • Lightweight sweater or jacket.
  • Raingear (if you prefer not to use the ponchos provided).
  • Three or four pairs of long cotton socks.
  • One pair of sneakers and/or hiking boots.
  • Sandals (Teva type or similar for around the lodge).
  • A hat for sun protection (and that will stay on during windy boat rides).
  • Take in consideration that bright colors might scare the animals.
  • Sunglasses, Sunscreen lotion with a high protection factor.
  • Small day pack for excursions.
  • Zip lock-type plastic bags to cover optics or other gear.
  • Camera/video gear [24-hour electricity (110v) is available for charging batteries and digital equipment.]
  • Insect repellent. No inflammable sprays as they are not allowed by the airline. Flashlight or headlamp bright enough for use.
  • Personal toiletries and medications (carry medications with you when arriving and leaving the lodge).
  • Extra batteries/film/video tapes as appropriate.
  • Original passport (always good to have while traveling).
  • Credit card Visa, MasterCard and Diners for bar bills and cash (US$) for handicraft purchases.

 

Everyone can enjoy this kind of trip. The activities are not overly strenuous, hikes last for 2 hours maximum and relaxing canoe trips are easy to do. Activities don´t need a great deal of effort and are recommended to all including families.

ARRIVAL IN COCA:

The tour starts in Coca or Francisco de Orellana. According to the Napo Cultural Center operations, there is a flight from Quito with Tame Airlines leaving at 11h00 and taking around 40 minutes to arrive.  The flight back to Quito leaves at 12h20. When you arrive at Coca airport a guide will pick you up. Then, ride a comfortable motorboat for around 2 hours down the clear waters of the Napo River, one of the main tributaries of the Amazon River, and reach Añangu kichwa community where the Napo Cultural Center is located.

LOCATION:

The Napo Cultural Center is located on the banks of the Napo River around 2 hours from Coca within the Yasuni National park, which is one of the most diverse areas in the world. The Añangu community offers visitors to the area the unique opportunity to stay inside Yasuni National Park and appreciate the natural beauty which surrounds them.