Napo Cultural Center is located within the Yasuni National Park, in the depths of the Amazon rainforest through which the River Napo runs.
What is Yasuni
Yasuní National Park is an official UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest.
The territory of Yasuni, which means “sacred land”, symbolizes the abundance of life on Earth. In the most biodiverse ecosystem on the planet, with one millon hectares of land, Mother Nature has given birth to a plethora of magnificent creatures. Yasuni is one of the most amazing natural wonders of the world that might never be fully discovered, for within only one hectare you can find more species of organisms here than on the entire North American continent or all of Europe.
This protected tract of land is home to a third of all Amazonian mammals, including a staggering 60% of all New World wild cats, 106 reptiles, and 610 species of birds. More than 4000 species of plants thrive here. Through a deep understanding of the fact that we are an integral part of a greater whole, Yasuní represents the need to protect our natural splendour and cultivate the solidarity one can have with nature.
After a 30 minute flight through the Andes to Coca, the town from which Francisco Orellana began his search for the mythical city “El Dorado”, you will embark on a motor boat in Napo River which lasts for around 2 hours to reach Napo Cultural Center.
We had a wonderful stay at the Napo Cultural Center. The rooms were clean, had plenty of space, the beds were comfortable and the shower had hot water! We... read more had our family of 5 children and the kids loved the canoe ride, the bird tower and hiking through the Amazon. The food was awesome and our guide Valencio was spectacular. We were able to interact with local people and it was truly unforgettable. We saw amazing wildlife everyday and each excursion was packed with new sitings. I would recommend this lodge to anyone who wants an upscale yet authentic experience in the Amazon.
royalfamily5 July 19, 2022
What a meaningful experience of nature and culture my 11 y.o.son and I had at the Napo Cultural Center! Everything about this place is unique and special. We bought a... read more package for 4 days/3 nights. It was perfect. All the details were well planned, organized, and executed. Accommodations were beautiful, clean, and comfortable, with hot water in the shower! Gourmet food: a nice tasty beautifully presented meal every time! Our private tour guide Vens took care of us daily, designing activities based on our interests and weather.
Most importantly, our experience was unforgettable thanks to the interactions with the local community because the lodge is located in a small indigenous village. We learned so much from the genuine and warm-hearted people of the Amazon, and our experience was rich and authentic! It was bittersweet to leave.