Napo Cultural Center

Napo Cultural Center

in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador

Napo Cultural Center is an place to engage in an amazing cultural exchange program. Its unique society is a world apart from any contemporary lifestyle, but their worldview is universal and will always be a meeting point between all opposing realities. They aim to remain as the leading community in tourism and sustainable development in the Latin American region--sharing and exchanging experiences of life and practices of environmental balance.

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Active Adventure, Cultural Immersion, Connect with Nature and Off the Beaten Path


$603-1038 /person



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Locally Owned Community Cooperative
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Why Lokal Recommends Napo Cultural Center


Community Cooperative | Locally Owned with 100% local staff

A Unique Story

The Añangu community has spent many years showcasing its natural realm at award-winning Napo Cultural Center. The desire was always to, through tourism, have a means of maintaining the community’s lifestyles and identity as strong as possible. Tourists at Napo Cultural Center have a chance of meeting community members and could visit them, but the experience truly centered on creating an environment secluded from the human realm and immersed in the spectacular natural setting that thrives at Yasuní­ National Park. As the need of diversifying visitors’ experiences grew, the community at Añangu developed the idea of creating an opportunity for tourists to stay at the community to share and partake in Amazonian life and culture. Thanks to successful administration on behalf of the community, the Napo Cultural Center project was thus born and built.

Deep Community Connections

The Napo Cultural Center is operated by the Kichwa Añangu community which generates opportunities for the sustainable growth of the community and stimulates local socio-economic development. By using ancestral methods of collaboration in both the community and administrative levels, they are able to efficiently coordinate and achieve their organization's objectives under ethical, professional, and responsible principles.

Active Environmental Stewardship

Within the territory that includes the Yasuní National Park, the community of Añangu has been recognized nationally and internationally for its work in favor of the preservation of the ecosystem and the environment, since it is a community in which hunting and fishing is banned. It was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1989. Here, you have the opportunity to see the 3 types of Amazon forests: Varzea, Igapo and Terra firme.




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