To reach the Yasuni Sacred Land in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest (intersecting in the region are the Andes, the Equator, and the Amazon basin), we flew in at the Francisco de Orellana Airport in the city (El Coca), then traversed the river by canoe, with a guide, on the Napo River and lake.
It took us two and a half hours to reach the lodge tucked away in the Yasuni zone of the Amazon. Along the water channels, the natural scenery seemed surreal.
The jade waters got their shade from the trees towering overhead on both sides of the waterway. Here, we were on the forest floor, which is home to many classes of jungle wildlife such as amphibians, reptiles, primates, birds, and mammals.
At the Yasuní Ecolodge, Carolina informed me; “we belong to the same Community as Napo Wildlife Center “.
Like many native tribes, the peoples of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest have a close connection with their ancestral land, which they attributed to god’s perfect creation. To appease their creator, they take great care to preserve it and all its inhabited species. The word Yasuní is a symbol of boundless nature. One of the earth’s most biodiverse ecosystems, the Amazon contains an insurmountable quantity of living organism. So much so, that some species here remain discovered and thus unnamed.
Napo Wildlife Center in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest.
Occupying 2.5 million acres of Amazonian rain forest, the Napo Wildlife Center boundary with the Yasuní National Park and is an entry point into the Añangu territory. The latter is dedicated to the preservation of the biomes and the local culture. This region is a Biosphere Reserve declared site by UNESCO. At the center, we ascended the 40 m tower and got a bird’s eye view over the vast Amazon and observed the wild critters that live atop of the trees. Hiking, birding, canoeing, visiting tribal communities are a big part of jungle expedition at the Napa Wildlife Center. Trekking the forest, we saw, up close, the different plants and learn about their many uses. We had the opportunity to see the anaconda, the freshwater dolphin, monkeys, birds, and the giant otter. And we met people who still live the traditional lifestyle of their ancestors. In the local communities, life remains virtually unchanged.
The Napo Wildlife Center lodge have sixteen cabins built accordingly to tradition and depict impeccable design. Made out of wood and thatch, the lodge accommodations are complemented by verandas and bridges that goes over water and paths that traverse through gardens.
Article by: Pete Tess, L’ EcoResorts