A 7-day Amazon Safari Adventure

Sample Trip Itinerary: February 16-22, 2014

Amazon Safari: $2,395
Price does not include international airfare.

February 16

Depart US and arrive in Quito at the Mercure Alameda Hotel.

Amazon SafariFebruary 17 — Napo River, Welcome Center.

A rewarding 30 minute flight to Coca over the eastern Andes mountain range is the beginning of this amazing experience. After landing, a short 5 minute drive to the port in the Napo River will take you onto a comfortable covered motor boat. Here we start a boat ride along the Napo for approximately 2 hours. Some aquatic birds can be spotted along the way.

After arriving at Napo Wildlife Center’s welcoming area, we take a magical and peaceful 2 hour dugout-canoe along a narrow creek that connects to the lake where the lodge is located.

This is an opportunity to spot various species of monkeys and large birds like toucans, parrots, and macaws. Late afternoon arrival at the lodge. After dinner, we’ll take a short introductory walk and have the chance to see caiman (South American alligator) from a canoe – the last activities before a well-deserved rest.

Amazon SafariFebruary 18 — Canopy Tower, Napo Welcome Center.

After a buffet breakfast, experience life above the forest floor visiting the 36 meter canopy tower. This tower is located about 30 minutes from the lodge, deep within the forest.

Get a very good sample of the 567 species recorded so far, with a close look at colorful tanagers, macaws, toucans, flycatchers, and even spider or howler monkeys feeding themselves on the nearby trees. The canopy tower opens a whole new world to the guests of the Napo Wildlife Center. Return to the lodge for a typical Ecuadorian lunch. After lunch there are many options to choose from before you start the afternoon activity: swim in the lake with your guides, climb the dining room tree tower for a look at more birds, or just relax in your hammock. In the afternoon, hike through a marvelous terra-firma forest to discover the ecology and the role of plants in the complex world of the tropical rainforest; vines, ancient trees, bromeliads, and orchids stand out in this impressive natural garden. After the hike, explore the surrounding creeks with the possibility of running into a giant otter family. Dinner at 7:30 pm.

February 19 — Añangu Creek, Napo Welcome Area.

This morning we visit the best parrot clay licks in Ecuador! Early start and paddle downstream on the Añangu Creek as far as the welcome area. Then, take a motor boat for a 10-minute ride for a wonderful view of thousands of parrots such as Amazon mealy, blue-headed, orange-cheek, among others, landing on the earth to eat the clay. Later, back to the welcome area and 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. Lunch in the welcome area. In the afternoon, visit the interpretation area to see the traditions of the ancestral Kichwa community of Añangu and share a traditional ceremony with the shaman. Back to the lodge late in the afternoon where you’ll be welcomed back with a refreshing juice. Dinner at 7:30 pm.

February 20 — Tiputini Trail, Napo Wildlife Center.

This morning we hike along the Tiputini trail and its terra-firma forests and swamp forests, searching for more wildlife such as golden-mantled tamarins, white-faced capuchin monkeys, two and three-toed sloths, pigmy squirrels, carnivores, and their tracks on the forest floor. Back to the lodge for lunch and a rest. In the afternoon, paddle canoes will take you to explore deeper areas in the surrounding creeks with more possibilities of seeing unique wildlife. After dinner, a video about the community and Napo Wildlife Center will be shared with you.

29February 21 — Return to Quito.

Early breakfast and last excursion canoeing back to the Napo River. The creek may reveal new sights of giant otters, Monk Saki monkeys, hoatzins, blackcapped donacobius or other birds.

The motorized canoe will return you to Coca, for the flight back to Quito.

Arrive in Quito at the Mercure Alameda Hotel, prepare for return to US.

February 22

Return to the US.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a sample itinerary subject to change due to weather conditions, safety, and particular interests of guests and groups. Changes and additions are made in order to maximize wildlife viewing and wilderness enjoyment, cultural interaction with local people, and all possible time in the richest rainforest in Ecuador: the Yasuni National Park.