Northern Ecuador: situated on the banks of the Challuacocha lagoon, in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon. The closest you can get to bird paradise (over 500 species recorded locally!!). It’s hard to imagine a better opportunity to combine the best Amazonian birding with the finest local guides while doing your bit to help the local Kichwa community who are 100% in charge of this enterprise, saved in the nick of time from destruction at the hands of petroleum companies.
Like the majority of accommodation in this region, access is a 3hr canoe trip up the Napo river from Coca. The last stretch is rowing up the Challauyacu stream.
Its remote location and the quality of the birding here makes a 4 day, 3 night stay here advisable, but a few extra days on top of that is recommended.
Prices vary according to type: cabins or tents. The latter are situated in a campsite liked to the central part (by the restaurant and cabins) by a trail or 5 minutes by canoe. This is a cheaper option than available in other Napo lodges, though the same high standard of service and guiding is maintained.
An 37 m-high observation tower looks onto the forest canopy. Accommodation prices include guiding services during all daylight hours, every day of your stay. Many excursions are made by canoe, so this is often the only way to explore the surroundings.
Bear in mind that excursions to see the macaw salt-licks at Yasuni National Park or the river dolphins in the Yanacocha lagoons are paid separately.
The service is excellent, with personal attention for the duration of your stay and many excellent conveniences.
If you take the much more authentic camping option, you don’t need to bring a sleeping bag as the tents come fitted with bedding and mattresses. Next to the campsite there are bathrooms with showers.
The food is simply exquisite, made with local ingredients and a lot of fruit, served in a spacious dining room with windows opening onto the lake. It is impossible to eat without constantly picking up your binoculars!
Breakfasts are served when necessary to make use of the best hours of bird activity.