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.
- Led by a National Geographic photographer and Lucas Bustamante, Ecuadorian photographic director of Tropical Herping.
- Two full days immersed in the jungle and rivers of Yasuni National Park, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth.
- Stay in the middle of it all at Napo Wildlife Center, just 20 cabins with all the amenities set on the banks of a black-water lagoon, created, operated and handled by the local community.
- With 10 species of monkey, resident giant river otters, a nearby clay lick attracting macaws and parakeets, observation towers and access to the wild, photographic opportunities are extraordinary.
- Paddle through the jungle with an expert local naturalist and a professional photographer
- Just a short flight from UNESCO-designated historic Quito, largest, best preserved colonial center in the Americas.
- National Geographic Photographer Jonathan Kingston; Sep 24, 2021 (Pre-trip extension departs Sep 20)
- National Geographic Photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins; Apr. 29, 2022 (Pre-trip extension departs Apr. 25)
- National Geographic Photographer Rich Reid: Sep. 23, 2022 (Pre-trip extension departs Sep. 19)
- National Geographic Photographer Jonathan Kingston; Dec. 9, 2022 (Pre-trip extension departs Dec. 5)
Day 1 - Depart U.S./Arrive Quito
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.
Day 2 - Quito/Napo Wildlife Center
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)
Day 3-4 - Napo Wildlife Center
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)
Day 5 - Napo Wildlife Center/Quito
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)
Day 6 - Quito/Galapagos
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Galapagos and your photo adventures aboard.
Costs & What's Included
Cost per person 2021-22
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 $325, subject to change. These flights are ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions and issued locally.