Ecuador: Amazonia at Napo Wildlife Center: Jan 08—17, 2017

Galapagos Islands Cruise Extension

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Departs: Quito
Tour Limit: 5
Operations Manager: Margaret Anderson
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Paul Greenfield

Paul Greenfield grew up near New York City and became interested in birds as a child. He rec...

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Zigzag Heron— Photo: Paul J. Greenfield


Enhance your time in the Galapagos with a true Amazonian wilderness experience, featuring a complement of rainforest birds and mammals and a five-night stay at the famous Napo Wildlife Center ecolodge.

The exciting and comfortable Napo Wildlife Center, in the Rio Napo lowlands of northeastern Ecuador, lies within the most diverse avifaunal zone in the world, the vast rainforests of upper Amazonia. Located in the huge Yasuni National Park, it is a model in sustainable development, born of the hard work of the local indigenous Kichwa community of Añangu. Their vision is one of a healthy environment that will support their traditional way of life, while at the same time keep them connected to a constantly more globalized world through sustainable management, and they are eager to share this with visitors.

The lowland rainforests of Amazonia, superficially so uniform in appearance, are marvelously complex in reality. They are home to a web of species inhabiting every imaginable niche, and almost 600 species of birds have been recorded from Napo Wildlife Center and its surroundings. The full array of lowland birds is present, including large raptors, guans, and macaws. Antbirds are numerous and diverse, and mixed-flocks of a great variety of birds regularly forage through the understory and subcanopy here. Excellent towers offer great chances for viewing the birdlife of the forest canopy. Clay licks along the Napo River and inside the forest attract large numbers of parrots, an unforgettable spectacle, and blackwater swamps and river islands add yet another dimension to birding here. With the cessation of hunting in this region, a wide variety of mammals are also present, and one never knows what surprises may be encountered.

Excellent accommodations in private bungalows and rooms in a jungle lodge setting; electricity; large bathrooms with all facilities including hot water; good food; birding excursions by canoe and walking on forest trails that can be muddy; midday breaks most days; warm and humid climate.

VIDEO: Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge