Napo Wildlife Center
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Our rating: Luxury | Property style: Lodge
The concept and construction of this ecolodge, located within the protected Yasuní National Park, derive from the local community who own it and it is recognised as a blueprint for community-based tourism projects. Guests have daily excursions to explore the creek and its environs with expert naturalist guides who seek out the local flora and fauna to introduce and educate guests on their significance. There are 17 lakeside, en-suite cabins, four of which are suites, all with private verandas, hammocks and stunning views. The cabins come equipped with wooden floors and furniture; screened windows and mosquito net-covered beds; and ceiling fans, not to mention the added luxury of round-the-clock hot water and solar powered electricity. Notable excursions on offer include taking a trip up the high viewing tower and a visit to the nearby parrot clay lick.
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La Selva Jungle Lodge
A rustic and authentic ecolodge in a remote part of the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve and on the borders of the protected Yasuní National Park, La Selva is one of our favourite options for a wild, authentic yet infinitely comfortable experience of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Situated on the shores of Lake Garzacocha, access via canoe is smooth and explorations of the surrounding rainforest through the lodge’s menu of excursions and naturist guides is made easy. There are 19 luxury suites including three ‘scenic suites’ with views over the lake and four ‘family suites’ with extra room. Although simple, accommodation at La Selva is one of the higher-end options in the Ecuadorian Amazon and provides a welcome level of comfort in its natural architecture. Mostly made out of locally sourced materials, the rooms and lodge have little touches of luxury like marble flooring. Also on site is wonderful restaurant, serving fresh, exotic, local food; a lounge and bar, perfect for tipple as the sun sets; and an ‘indigenous spa’, specialising in sustainable and eco-friendly treatments.
Sani Lodge is 100% owned and operated by the indigenous Kichwa community of Sani Isla. It is located on the shores of a tranquil lagoon and wrapped in 98,000 acres of rainforest that is full of monkeys, manatees, sloths and more than 550 species of birds. This is a sustainable, welcoming lodge that combines simple comfort and nature wonderfully that has been recognised for its ‘green’ efforts. Be part of the extended Kinchwa community; given its strong ties to the community, a stay here is perfect for those that would like a slight emphasis on cultural experiences. Sani also offers specialist birdwatching excursions and the much-loved ‘safari-style’ Amazonian experiences. The lodge has 13 en suite bungalows that are basic but comfortable with private terraces, hot showers and mosquito netting on the beds. The lodge also works well for families with larger multi-bed cabins and family-friendly excursions.