YASUNI
BIRDING
TOUR
5D/4N

YASUNI
BIRDING TOUR

The high number of species of birds is the characteristic of Yasuni, birding more than 610 bird species inventoried, give the visitors the best experience in bird watching, an unforgettable adventure in the most biodiverse place on earth.

In large flocks the colorful guacamayos and parrots cross the skies. Among the plant foliage the tucans, sigchas, fly-eaters, woodpeckers, nuthatches, and a variety of hummingbirds. We also find trompeteros and tinamues walking on the ground. A good view from the tower permits identify some species in the canopy and the spectacular parrot salt clay licks give a wonderful experience.

itinerary

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This morning we’ll take a short (about 30-minute) flight from Quito to the town of Coca, gateway to the Amazon, whence in 1541 Francisco de Orellana set sail on a locally constructed brigantine and made the first navigation to the Atlantic.

Our ride will be far more comfortable by canoe powered by twin outboard motors that will take us downstream about 2.5 hours to the Napo Wildlife Center (NWC) welcome station, where we’ll transfer to smaller canoes and paddle up Añangu Creek to the NWC lodge, set on the bank of a tranquil lake amid a huge tract of primary rainforest (where hunting is prohibited). Along the way we’ll see our first Hoatzins and get a taste for the diversity of the region, with birds perhaps including Rufescent Tiger-Heron, Sungrebe, Redbellied Macaw, and Green-and-rufous Kingfisher. Night at NWC lodge.

Highlights - Napo Wildlife Center


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(The days could be extended as required by passenger) Three full days or more, to scratch the surface of the avifauna in western Amazonia and get a feel for the complexity of rich habitats and microhabitats within easy reach of the lodge. One or two mornings we’ll visit the very sturdy canopy tower, which offers privileged access to a world apart from the rest of the rainforest.

Flocks of oropendolas, aracaris, tanagers, and euphonias roam the canopy in search of fruit, Spangled and Plum-throated Cotingas glow from the treetops, raptors perch on vantage points to dry off in the morning sun, White-browed Purpletufts and Crowned Slaty Flycatchers sally for insects, numerous parrots and macaws fly by or drop in if there is a fruiting tree nearby, and many other species wander past (and through!) the tower tree. 

Good forest trails offer access to another component of the avifauna, with woodcreepers, antbirds, and tinamous particularly well represented, and we should encounter the vocally striking Screaming Piha and the visually striking Blacknecked Red Cotinga. A number of clay licks (or “saladeros”) exist on the NWC lands, and here we should see (and hear!) the spectacle of hundreds of parrots and parakeets coming in to eat clay. We’ll also enjoy merous canoe rides around the lake by the lodge and along adjacent creeks, where the songs of Silvered and Plumbeous Antbirds reverberate through the flooded forest.

 

Birds we’ll be seeking here include the poorly known Zigzag Heron, the habitat specialist Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Orange-crested Manakin, and the striking Long-billed Woodcreeper, plus several species of monkeys and the impressive Giant River Otter.

 

The river-edge forest, where we’ll visit the local community that built and so ably runs

the lodge, is home to numerous other species such as Turquoise and Magpie Tanagers, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, and Swallow- winged Puffbird. And then there are islands in the Río Napo, which, depending on their age, support a varied avifauna distinct from that found on the “mainland” only a few hundred yards’ distant! Island specialties we hope to see include Black-and-white Antbird, Olivespotted Hummingbird, and at least three species of spinetails, plus more “expected” river birds such as Capped Heron, Collared Plover, and Yellow-billed Tern. Nights at NWC lodge.

 

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Today we’ll head back to Coca for our return flight to Quito.

GENERAL INFORMATION YASUNI JUNGLE TOUR

YASUNI BIRDING TOUR
TOUR 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

STANDAR ROOMS OCCUPANCY:

Double room US$ 1632

Single room US$ 2562

  • For the birding tour there is a charge of US$ 700 for all group

SUITES OCCUPANCY:

Double room  US$ 1950

Single room US$ 3036

  • Fo the birding tour there is a charge of US$ 700 for all group
  • River transportation Coca – Napo Wildlife Center – Coca
  • Accommodation at Napo Wildlife Center
  • Complete meals according to program
  • Entrance to parrots and parakeets salt lick
  • Naturalist Bilingual Guide (English / Spanish speaking)
  • Activities and visits according to the itinerary
  • 256 USD per person: Quito – Coca – Quito. Air ticket with assistance at the Quito airport.
    (UIO – COC / EQ211 11h00 – 11h40) (COC – UIO / EQ212 12h20 – 13h00)
  • Check in and transfer in & out in the city of Coca.
  • Additional beverages, tips, internet, laundry and any other unspecified requirement.
  • All prices are per person, valid during the year 2019 and are quoted in US dollars
  • Children under 11 years 11 months have a discount of:
    * 30% of the tour rate, if they share the same cabin of the parents;

    * 30% in air ticket, with the presentation of the passport or identity document.
  • Children under 5 years, free in the same cabin of the parents and 30% discount in the air fare.
  • Families with children are suggested to hire a private guide.
  • Please note that air tickets are subject to change without notice.
  • Departures are any day of the week except Sunday.
  • Additional night 170 USD (based on single room)
  • Additional night 131 USD (Based on double or triple room)
  • These prices are subject to change.
  • Community Guide – Spanish US $ 40
  • Private motorized canoe US $ 600
  • Only Ecuadorian passengers and local companies are subject to 12% taxes

AVAILABILITY & RESERVATIONS

  • The availability must be required by email.
  • The availability request does not represent a confirmation.
  • Reservation confirmation must be made by email.
  • We issues a confirmed pre-reservation form, which guarantees it.
  • The passenger’s personal information form must be completed and sent along with the reservation confirmation request, by email.
  • We are not responsible for any special requirements if the information is not clearly specified in the reservation request.
  • Vouchers are not required, however agencies can issue their own vouchers with the required confirmation from NWC.

PAYMENT POLICY

  • USD 300 non-refundable deposit, per passenger, at the time of booking (maximum 8 days after confirmation).
  • Full payment 30 days before the trip and / or on the date of issuance of the corresponding bill of Napo Cultural Center, usually in the same month of the tour.

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Cancellation with 60 to 31 days prior to the trip 50% of the rack rate; within 30 to 1 day before the trip 100% penalty of the net rate.

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TESTIMONIALS

“Napo Wildlife Center is definitely the place to go. We had the most incredible 5 days” 

                                                                                                                   Toneya

“Our guides were absolutely great. They were extremely knowledgeable of the jungle flora and fauna and were great “teachers”. They made the experience very interesting and educational. We learned so much about the indigenous tribal cultures, the birds, snakes, monkeys, animals, insects, fresh water dolphins, fish, etc.”                                                                                                                                                                                       jhabs

“The rooms are amazing. Really cute huts with hammocks and super comfortable beds with mosquito nets. The activities are awesome as well including night jungle walk, boat tours hunting for crocodiles, and piraña fishing. I never wanted to leave. Everything about this place is so amazing, you have to go!”                                                                                 

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OUR TOURS

Yasuní National Park is considered the most biodiverse and richest protected areas in Ecuadorian Amazon Basin. It symbolizes the abundance of life on Earth, it speaks of a world that shall never be discovered in its entirety, a miracle that will never be completely understood. In practical terms, it is the most bio-diverse ecosystem on earth.

In technical terms it is a “quadruple taxonomic richness center”; a place that in only one hectare contains more living organisms than the entire European continent; a protected tract of land, in which more than a third of all Amazonian mammals are found, including a staggering 60% of all new world wild cats; a tropical garden where only a handful of trees holds as many insect species

The high number of species of birds is the characteristic of Yasuni, birding more than 610 bird species inventoried, give the visitors the best experience in bird watching, an unforgettable adventure in the most biodiverse place on earth.

In Napo Wildlife Center, you get to see beautiful an exotic animals and experience the ancestral culture of its locals. It’s a place where each turn takes you to a wonderful place filled with mesmerizing flora and fauna within the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. See what you could be enjoying with details of the program.