Photograph the diverse wildlife of Yasuni National Park
Sven Lindblad, who scouted Yasuni National Park, founder and director of the Expedition Photography program for the Lindblad-National Geographic alliance Ralph Lee Hopkins and local herpetologist-nature photographer Lucas Bustamante were clear: Napo Wildlife Center is a remarkable base for nature photography. We hope you can join us for this photo-exclusive pre-voyage Galapagos extension. Limited Availability. Maximum 16 guests.
Arrive this evening and transfer to the convenient and comfortable EB Quito Hotel, just a few minutes from the airport. Ask about arriving early to explore more of Quito and the Andean Highlands.
Meet fellow travelers and your photo leaders over breakfast and transfer to the airport for the 30-minute flight to Coca, gateway to the Ecuadorian Amazon. Continue by motorboat and canoe, getting your cameras ready for paddling black water Añangu creek. After a brief orientation and photo tips, we start shooting on the way to the majestically situated Napo Wildlife Center. After settling into your cabin, we head for the 120-foot canopy tower at the lodge for photography at sunset. We will talk about all the photographic opportunities and excursions during the next days after dinner. (B,L,D)
During the next 2 full days, we explore this unique rainforest: visit the remarkable parakeet and macaw clay lick, one of the great animal spectacles; hike along the forest trails to visit the local indigenous Kichwa community; explore the lake and creeks by dugout canoe with expert local guides; and climb several canopy towers built in the pristine forest. Enjoy with the different bird flocks like tanagers, toucans and, with luck troops of different monkey species from a perch atop a towering Ceiba tree. You are in, and over, the jungle in a privileged perch for nature and wildlife photography. (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we return by river to Coca for a midday flight back to Quito. Upon arrival, transfer to Casa Gangotena, a converted mansion in the heart of the Old Quito on Plaza San Francisco. Take a photo walk in the afternoon and join an exclusive activity organized by our hosts at Gangotena. Reminder of the evening and dinner at leisure. (B,L)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Galapagos and your photo adventures aboard.
Extension Cost Per Person
Accommodations, meals as indicated, sightseeing tours, gratuities, transfers in conjunction with group recommended flights.
Personal Items, international or domestic airfare (to and from mainland and Galapagos, and flights Quito-Coca-Quito). Galapagos flights are approximately $550 and Coca flights $260, subject to change. These flights are ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions and issued locally.
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