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Arrive Quito, Ecuador
Welcome to Quito! You are met upon arrival and taken to your designer hotel in the newer, northern part of the city.
Quito, at 10,000 feet above sea, is nestled deep within the valley of towering snow-capped Andean volcanoes. The rest of today is at leisure to relax or explore Quito on your own.
Quito to Coca & the Napo River
This morning, you are taken to the Quito airport for your flight to Coca. You jungle adventure begins on this scenic half-hour flight soaring over the eastern Andes mountain range.
You are met upon arrival, and transferred to the river port, where you board a covered motor boat for your cruise along the Napo River. Lose yourself in the sights and sounds during this two-hour journey on the largest Ecuadorian tributary of the Amazon. Your guide helps you spot the wide variety of monkeys, and large birds such as toucans, parrots, and macaws. Travel into the Amazonian rainforest, and enter Yasuni National Park. Biologically speaking Yasuni is considered one of the most unique and immensely bio-diverse ecosystems on the planet.
Arrive at your remote eco lodge in the early afternoon. You are ceremoniously welcomed, and then have time to rest in your cabin set amidst the teeming wilderness.
Later in the day, take an introductory guided walk along the Napo riverbank, then a cayman observation by paddle canoe. (B,L,D)
Yasuní Kichwa to Napo Wildlife Center
If you choose to arise early, get up before the sun and share a cherished ancient custom of the Kichwa culture - making wayusa. Listen to the kichwa songs as you energize the body, and peacefully meditate.
After breakfast, depart the lodge to experience life above the forest floor while visiting the 120-foot canopy tower. Set deep within the forest, here you can look for some of the 567 species of birds and animals that reside in this jungle, including colorful tanagers, macaws, toucans, flycatchers and the Spider and Howler Monkeys feeding themselves on the trees.
Next, you continue on to the Lodge at the Napo Wildlife Center for a typical Ecuadorian lunch. Afterwards you have time to relax, take a swim in the lake, or perhaps climb the dining room tree tower for some bird-watching.
Later in the afternoon, adventure on a hike through a marvelous Tropical Rainforest. Discover the ecology of this complex world - vines, ancient trees, bromeliads, and orchids stand out in this impressive natural garden. Then explore the surrounding creeks in search of the Giant Otter family. (B,L,D)
Napo Wildlife Center
Start early this morning, and paddle downstream on the Añangu creek to reach the best parrot clay licks in Ecuador. Take a brief guided motor boat ride to get wonderful views of thousands of parrots such as Amazon-Mealy, blue-headed, orange –cheek, and more. Watch as they land on the ground to eat the clay earth. Next, enjoy a short hike to the parakeets’ clay lick, where hundreds of cobalt-winged parakeets remain on the top of the trees searching for the best time to eat the salts, chemicals and minerals contained in the organic matter.
In the afternoon, visit the center’s interpretation area to witness the traditions of the ancestral Kichwa community of Añangu, and share a traditional ceremony with the shaman. (B,L,D)
Napo Wildlife Center
Begin the day with a guided hike along the Tiputini trail. Explore the terra-firma and swamp forests, searching for more wildlife such as Golden-Mantled Tamarins, White-Faced capuchin monkey, two and three toed sloths, and pigmy squirrels. Your guide shows you how to track the carnivores by examining the tracks they leave on the forest floor.
After lunch and a rest at the lodge, a paddle canoe excursion takes you deeper into the surrounding creeks to spot more unique wildlife.
This evening watch a video about the community and the Napo Wildlife Center. (B,L,D)
Depart Yasuni & Quito
After an early breakfast, enjoy your last magical canoe excursion as you paddle along the creeks, traveling back to the Napo River. Keep a watch for Giant otters, Monk Saki monkeys, hoatzins, black-capped donacobius and other birds.
Then transition to a motorized boat for the journey back to Coca, where you are met and transferred to the airport for your flight back to Quito.
You are met upon arrival in Quito, and transferred to Hotel Boutique Casa Tababela. Enjoy use of a private dayroom, with time to relax, or explore Quito on your own. You are transferred back to the Quito airport in time for your flight home or on to your next destination. (B)
Casa Gangotena, Quito
Casa Gangotena occupies a pivotal place in Quitos historic heart, at the corner of Plaza San Francisco. Its history stretches back to the time of the Incas when, according to the early Spanish chroniclers, in the 15th century the square featured Inca temples, one of them on the site of the present house. Situated in a newly-restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco, the three-story Casa Gangotena features 31 rooms, a showcase of eye-catching style, contemporary design, antiques, fine furnishings, modern technologies and quintessential comforts. Beautifully and eclectically-appointed, the hotel invites its guests to explore and to relax, whether in the dining room, glassed-in patio, garden redolent with the perfume of native flowers, wood-paneled library, or atop its panoramic third-floor terrace.
Yasuní Kichwa Ecolodge
The Yasuní Kichwa Ecolodge is located in the beautiful Amazon and seeks to preserve ageless traditions and the natural setting as a means of identity. With 12 ample and comfortable cabins, the lodge accommodates a total of 36 people, distributed in suites, doubles and triple rooms. The fully equipped cabins feature 24-hour uninterrupted electricity, security box, ventilation and a private bathroom, with a balcony and hammok surrounded by beautifully groomed natural gardens. The restaurant serves local, national and international food, and is sure to have something for everyone.
Napo Wildlife Center, Amazon
The greatest and ultimate alternative luxury eco-hotel in Amazonian Ecuador is Napo Wildlife Center. The central structure, or main hall, of Napo Wildlife Center, where meals are served, also offers several comfortable social areas, including a full-stocked bar, reading lounge where briefings may also be conducted and a 20-foot high observation tower that provides a 360-degree view of the surrounding wilderness. There is a short trail that runs behind this building, very popular for evening strolls where busy nocturnal creatures come to life. A combination of the main hall’s location and the traditional openness of Kichwa architecture make it comfortable even during the heat of midday.
Hotel Boutique Casa Tababela, Tababela
Casa d’Campo Tababela Boutique Hotel, sits on a large green area with beautiful gardens and a stunning fountain. A stay at this Boutique Hotel is an unforgettable experience for those who enjoy to feel well treated and feel at home, enjoying nature. The comfort of its rooms, the outdoor pool, the large courtyard and the play room with Karaoke, gives our guests a exquisite social area and bussiness center, providing the traveler all the comfort they need for pleasure or business. The fresh air, tranquility, comfort and luxury come together to give our guests the greatest satisfaction during their stay. Casa d ‘Campo Tababela Boutique Hotel is the best place in an atmosphere of harmony and nature.