Cruise the Amazon on board the Ancestral Kichwa Catamarán!


If you are looking for travelling to the Amazon jungle and live as a native for a few days, the best place to go to is the Napo Cultural Center!

This hotel is located in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador and it offers tourists great tours around the forest and cultural activities for learning about the local community rich culture.

Here in this article we will detail you one of the top cultural activities to do at the lodge: the Ancestral Kichwa Catamarán.

About the Ancestral Kichwa Catamarán

The Ancestral Kichwa Catamarán is a canoe catamaran built by the Kichwa Añangu community with a capacity for 30 people. The activity on board this catamaran consists on navigating down the Napo River in a night-excursion which aims to represent the ancestral commercial trade practices.

It is a cultural activity in which you will listen to different stories and fables to learn about the community commercial trade practices. You will be transported to the past and enjoy the warm starry night and the wildlife background sounds. It will be really exciting!

Ancestral Kichwa Catamarán

Live the jungle as a native!

The Napo Cultural Center is just not another lodge. It is a community-based hotel in which tourist will have the opportunity to learn about the interesting culture of the Kichwa Añangu community people that lives in the jungle. You will experience the jungle as a real native and be part of their every-day activities.

At the lodge there are a lot of activities to do such as forest excursions, birding tours, canoe riding, visits to the Canopy observation tower and parrot clay licks, etc. And in every activity you do you will learn about all the secrets of the Amazonia and cultural facts about the community.

Live the jungle as a native

Book your place at our exclusive lodge and have an amazing experience! You will see that everyday will be completely different and you will learn about interesting things about live in the jungle! You won’t regret it, instead you will have the best memory of you live!


However, in the face of the rapid changes that our planet has undergone in recent years, the earth and its mother cultures have been threatened by the globalized society that has pushed to enter almost every corner of the planet, imposing its conditions and demanding resources for your needs that seem to have no end. This context has threatened the lives of many territories and the cultures that live in them.

Being one of the places that received the most recent and violent invasion by external conquerors, Latin America is still a great destination to learn a little about our ancestors and the original cultures. From the Mayas in Guatemala to the Mapuches in Patagonia, there is a large number of ancestral cultures that seek to be recognized and not lost in time. Can you imagine the ancestral cultures that have inhabited the majestic Amazon rainforest for thousands and thousands of years?

The good news is that there are still many places that are still guarded by their original inhabitants, keeping their flags and their customs up. Even many of them still defending the land from the threat and destruction caused by foreigners. But thanks to the customs of our modern societies, many of those communities have closed their doors to the visits of foreigners, for some precaution, others for traumas.

It is an unfortunate fact, by many sides, but above all by the information and all the knowledge that is lost with it. However, there are communities that have understood that not all Westerners are guilty and that there is a virtuous fact in our interaction with them, in not allowing them to lose those knowledge and increase awareness of our mother earth and its territories.

One of those communities decided consciously to open its doors for visitors, in order to be able to transmit their knowledge and help with tourism to generate awareness and protect their environments. At Napo Cultural Center we are happy to tell you that we have everything to welcome you and your family, together with the Kichwa Anangu community, who have inhabited this territory for more than 500 years. The most interesting thing is that this community is in the middle of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. Guarded by kilometers and kilometers of dense jungle, they hide one of their most interesting cultures open to share with you and your family.

 Finally, we hope this note pledges your motivation to use the opportunity to share and grow with your family knowing the ancestral roots of our humanity. Wherever you go, there will be some mother culture, worry about researching and knowing which ones are open today and willing to receive visitors. Organize yourself with your family to live your next great experience of growth.

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