Immerse yourself in the wonders of Napo Wildlife Center
During these two days, you’ll get to explore the jungle with a real expert: a local Añangu guide, who is also an official Yasuni Park Ranger. The native Añangu people participate actively in the conservation and management of large parts of the park. Your guide will be able to show you the interesting, plants, and exotic wildlife of the rainforest, explaining how the interdependent nature systems work here.
Start at the parrot clay lick, where a crowd of colorful birds gathers to ingest the mineral-rich clay. The lick is located at Napo and can be reached via a short downstream canoe ride down Giant Otter creek.
Next, you can ascend to the top of the 50-foot observation tower built on a 42-foot hill. From the highest point of this tower, you will be at eye level with passing troops of spider or howler monkeys swinging through the trees. This is a breathtaking way to get the ultimate rainforest views, enjoy some birdwatching, and marvel at the vast expanse of the Amazon.
Follow your guide into the depths of the jungle during hikes along forested trails. Guides will help you navigate the sights, smells, and sounds of the jungle so you can spot camouflaged creatures, identify bird songs, and study the unique tropical plants. And in the Amazon, always expect the unexpected. You never know when one of the largest mammals, such as the jaguar, puma, tapir, giant anteater, or giant armadillo, may step out onto your path.
During your private tour of the Amazon, Kuoda can also arrange encounters that will allow you to join indigenous Añangu communities as they go about their daily activities. Help them harvest bananas, coco, and manioc – a starchy jungle root and food staple for Amazonian people – and learn how to prepare chicha, a traditional drink based on fermented manioc. If you like fishing, you can try to catch your own using aboriginal techniques, with the assistance of skilled locals.