Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge

Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge

in Yasunin National Park, Ecuador

Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge: A Pristine Retreat in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador

Embark on an extraordinary journey to the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, where the unparalleled Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge awaits you. Nestled within the vast expanse of Yasuni National Park, spanning approximately 2.5 million acres, this unique lodge offers a rare opportunity to intimately connect with nature's splendor​​.

Built and operated by the Kichwa Añangu community, the lodge stands as a testament to sustainable living and community empowerment. Comprising 16 private cabins, 12 standard suites, and 4 luxury suites, each accommodation is tastefully adorned with native furnishings and equipped with modern comforts, ensuring a perfect blend of tradition and convenience​​​​.

Adventures at Napo Wildlife Center are diverse and abundant. Birdwatching enthusiasts can marvel at the rich avian biodiversity, while those seeking cultural insights can engage in local activities that offer a glimpse into the lives of the indigenous community. Hiking trails wind through the lush rainforest, revealing hidden wonders at every turn. For a more relaxed experience, canoeing on the serene waters of Añangu Lake provides a tranquil escape​​.

The lodge’s commitment to environmental stewardship is evident in its eco-friendly practices. An innovative system processes all wastewater to preserve the surrounding swamps, and energy needs are met through solar panels, industrial batteries, and silent generators, minimizing the ecological footprint​​.

A minimum stay of three nights, priced between $350-450 per night, is recommended to fully immerse in the enchanting environment and enjoy the array of activities offered​​.

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Active Adventure, Connect with Nature and Off the Beaten Path


$350-450 /night
Travelers typically book at least a 3 night package.


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Community Cooperative | Locally Owned with 100% local staff

A Unique Story

Discover the Kichwa Añangu community's journey in creating the Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge. Nestled in Yasuni National Park, the lodge embodies a rich cultural heritage and a commitment to sustainable living. Uncover stories of ancestral wisdom, the resilience in preserving traditions, and the transformation of a vision into an eco-friendly haven.

Deep Community Connections

Experience the deep bonds between the lodge and the Kichwa Añangu community. Engage with cultural exchanges, learn from educational programs, and partake in activities that reflect a genuine understanding of the local way of life. These interactions enrich both visitors and community members, fostering mutual growth and understanding.

Active Environmental Stewardship

In the creation of the Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, the Kichwa Añangu community demonstrated their dedication to sustainability through the implementation of an innovative eco-friendly system. This system is meticulously designed to process all wastewater, thereby ensuring the cleanliness and preservation of the nearby swamps. In addition, the lodge's energy requirements are met using an array of solar panels, complemented by industrial batteries and silent generators. These measures collectively contribute to a highly efficient system that significantly reduces the environmental impact of the lodge on the delicate ecosystem of the surrounding Amazon Rainforest.

Exceptional Quality and Authenticity (Culture)

The Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, operated by the Kichwa Añangu community, engages in several significant initiatives to support their community, emphasizing sustainable development and eco-tourism:

  1. Reinvestment in Community Projects: The lodge operates on a sustainable eco-tourism model, where all proceeds are reinvested into crucial community projects. These projects cover various areas, including renewable energy, education, and healthcare, thereby ensuring that the community's essential needs are met while promoting sustainable growth​​.
  2. Supporting Education and Health: A significant portion of the lodge's income is allocated to the local school, benefiting children and youth from the community and nearby settlements. This school offers a free boarding program, financed entirely by tourism income. Furthermore, there is a health center where doctors provide free, permanent attention to the community. The costs of these medical professionals are covered by the community, ensuring accessible healthcare for all residents​​.
  3. Environmental Initiatives: In addition to their eco-friendly lodge operations, the community has implemented various environmental initiatives. These include the installation of solar panels and a water purification system, which serve both the community's needs and contribute to returning clean water to the environment after usage​​. These initiatives demonstrate the Kichwa Añangu community's dedication to using tourism as a force for positive change, ensuring that the benefits extend beyond the lodge to the wider community and environment.

Specific Traditions and Heritage Preserved

The Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, deeply rooted in the traditions of the Kichwa Añangu community, plays a pivotal role in preserving a rich tapestry of cultural heritage and historical sites:

  1. Ancestral Ceremonies and Rituals: The lodge helps maintain and showcase various ancestral ceremonies and rituals of the Kichwa Añangu community. These include traditional dances, music performances, and spiritual rituals that have been passed down through generations, offering visitors a unique window into the indigenous culture.
  2. Indigenous Art and Craftsmanship: The lodge supports the preservation of traditional arts and crafts. This includes the creation of pottery, textiles, and other handcrafted items using age-old techniques and patterns. These arts are not only a source of income for the community but also a means to keep their artistic heritage alive.
  3. Culinary Traditions: Traditional cooking methods and recipes are an integral part of the lodge's offerings. Meals prepared for guests often include local ingredients and traditional recipes, offering an authentic taste of the Amazon and preserving the culinary heritage of the Kichwa Añangu community.
  4. Preservation of Local Language and Stories: Efforts are made to preserve the local language and oral storytelling traditions. The community elders share stories and legends with guests, passing on the rich oral history and folklore of their culture.
  5. Sustainable Use of Natural Resources: The community's traditional knowledge of sustainable living and the responsible use of natural resources is a key aspect of the lodge's operations, reflecting a deep understanding and respect for the Amazon Rainforest.
  6. Historical Sites: The lodge serves as a gateway to explore nearby historical sites significant to the Kichwa Añangu community. This includes ancient landmarks, sacred sites, and areas of historical importance in the Yasuni National Park. By integrating these elements into the lodge's experience, the Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge not only offers an immersive cultural experience to its visitors but also actively contributes to the preservation of the Kichwa Añangu community’s invaluable traditions and heritage.




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