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4.3.1 Yarina Lodge

The Yarina Lodge is owned and managed by Ecuadorian Fernando San Miguel and his family, who also run the Amazon Dolphin Lodge. Yarina is the lodge closest to Coca city.  The lodge is reached by boat after an hour ride on the Napo River from Coca and a short ride along the Manuduro River.  The Manduro River is a south tributary of the Napo River. The lodge is located in the OrellanaProvince at an elevation of 250 m to 300 m.  The growing bird list for the lodge is a little over 250+ species.  There is a little varzea forest in the area and most of the habitat is rolling terra firme.  This is the reason that Yarina does not have such a large list, but there are several species well worth seeing here.  The Yarina Lodge protects some 550 hectare of forest.

(Click to download Map. The Lowland Rainforest Lodges along the Napo River).



Amazonian Rolling Terra Firme Forest



Yarina Lodge

You can visit this site after your visit to any of the sites along the foothills of northeastern Ecuador, or begin your Ecuadorian trip by visiting any of the lowland rainforest lodges in the Northeast of Ecuador.  Yarina is one of many lodges you can visit in this area.

In order to visit Yarina Lodge you have to reach Puerto Francisco de Orellana, also known as Coca.  From Quito, you can travel to Coca by plane. The journey by plane is a short 45 minute flight.  The Yarina Lodge office can assist you and purchase the tickets for you. They will also assist you at the airport for check in and will give you instructions and information for the procedures on how to reach the lodge. They will also assist you on your return flight to Quito.

If you decide to endure the eight hours bus ride from Quito to Coca, you must take one of the buses from the Quitumbe bus terminal from the “Trans Esmeraldas” or “Transportes Baños” bus companies.  Buses from Quito to Coca leave at 06:45 AM and 09:00 PM every day.

If you are traveling by bus, the Yarina office will give you instructions on how to get to the Oasis Hotel in Coca, where you will get on board a boat to take you to the Lodge. The boat ride will less than 60 minutes.

If you are driving your own vehicle, you can continue from your visit to any of the sites along the Loreto road to Coca. The drive from Narupa Reserve or Wild Sumaco Lodge will take about 4 hours. 

Riding by bus from any of the sites along the Loreto road would be a difficult and time consuming effort.  Another important consideration is that, since you will be boarding a bus along the road, you may not find a seat for the ride.

 If continuing from your visit to El Reventador, the bus ride will be roughly 5 hours.  Bus travel from Reventador will also be difficult and time consuming, as you will be flagging buses along the road.

The birding once you arrive to Yarina will be either by foot or on a boat.

Information about Yarina Lodge can be obtained at: or writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or calling the Canada and USA toll free 1 800 841 6308, or the Quito Phone numbers ( 2) 2504037 / ( 2) 2503225 / ( 2)  2545179 during working hours Monday to Friday.  You can also call their office in Coca at telephone number (6) 2880619.  Yarina has no specialized resident birding guides, but their guides know the English names of the most common species.  The staff is very helpful and they certainly can accommodate and cater to birding people.



Yarina Lodge

The nearly 25 km boat ride from Coca to Yarina will allow you views of certain species that are found along the Napo River.  Look for: Capped Heron, Cocoi Heron, Striated Heron, Greater Yellow-headed Vulture, Osprey, Plumbeous Kite, Black Caracara, Yellow-headed Caracara, Collared Plover, Laughing Gull (seasonal), Yellow-billed Tern, Large-billed Tern, Black Skimmer, Greater Ani, Ringed Kingfisher, Amazon Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Swallow-winged Puffbird,  Drab Water-tyrant, White-winged Swallow, Gray-breasted Martin, Brown-chested Martin, White-banded Swallow, Violaceous Jay, Shiny Cowbird, Giant Cowbird, Yellow-rumped Cacique, Russet-backed Oropendola and Crested Oropendola.

The ManduroRiver that feeds the mighty Napo is a good place to look for Sungrebe, Sunbittern, Green-and-rufous Kingfisher and American Pygmy Kingfisher.  The artificial lake just above the lodge has a boardwalk, where the rare Orange-eyed Flatbill occurs. A pair of Zigzag Herons can be seen along the stream where this artificial lake flows into the Manduro River.

The ManudruroRiver itself is provides good birding excursion for birds other than those mentioned above.  You can easily follow the river upstream, looking for birds for several hours. Some of the species to look for are: Cinereous Tinamou, Slate-colored Hawk,

Gray-necked Wood-Rail, Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl, Great Potoo, Rufous-breasted Hermit, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, Amazonian White-tailed Trogon, Blue-crowned Trogon, Long-billed Woodcreeper, Moustached Antwren, Spot-winged Antbird, Plumbeous Antbird, White-shouldered Antbird, Spot-backed Antbird, Masked Crimson Tanager and Gray-headed Tanager.

Even though there are no big stands of Mauritia Palms, the uncommon Point-tailed Palmcreeper can be seen upstream from the lodge along the Manduro River.

Downstream from the lodge along the ManduroRiver, there is another artificial lake where you can take a boat ride and also look for birds from a short viewing tower. There are no specialties but many of the commoner varzea type habitat species occur here, e.g., Wattled Jaçana, Scarlet-crowned Barbet, Gray-capped Flycatcher and Thrush-like Wren. This artificial lake will be worth visiting during one of your afternoons.

The various terra firme trails, and particularly the main trail towards the canopy tower, provide  plenty of opportunities to look for birds like:  Marbled Wood-Quail, Ruddy Quail-Dove, Long-tailed Potoo (at a roosting spot), White-bearded Hermit, Straight-billed Hermit, Black-tailed Trogon, Amazonian Violaceous Trogon, Spotted Puffbird, Brown Nunlet,  Ruddy Foliage-gleaner, Fasciated Antshrike, Undulated Antshrike, Plain-winged Antshrike, Mouse-colored Antshrike, Plain-throated Antwren, Long-winged Antwren, Banded Antbird, Black-faced Antbird, Yellow-browed Antbird, Lunulated Antbird, Scale-backed Antbird, Black-spotted Bare-eye, Striated Antthrush, Black-faced Antthrush, White-eyed Tody-Tyrant, Screaming Piha, White-crowned Manakin, Blue-crowned Manakin, Wing-barred Piprites, Southern Nightingale-Wren and Musician Wren.

The 45 meters high canopy tower is a great place to look for birds, as many canopy dwelling species can be seen from the top.  Look for:  King Vulture, Double-toothed Kite, White Hawk, Black-faced Hawk, Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Blue-and-yellow Macaw, Black-headed Parrot, Mealy Amazon, Black-bellied Cuckoo, Ocellated Poorwill, Pale-rumped Swift, White-necked Puffbird, Pied Puffbird, White-fronted Nunbird, Many-banded Aracari, Lettered Aracari, Ivory-billed Aracari, Golden-collared Toucanet, Channel-billed Toucan, White-throated Toucan, Scale-breasted Woodpecker, Chestnut-winged Hookbill, Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper, Spot-winged Antshrike, Pygmy Antwren, Gray Antbird, Golden-faced Tyrannulet, Yellow-browed Tody-Flycatcher, Zimmer´s Flatbill, Eastern Sirystes, Grayish Mourner, Black-capped Becard, Plum-throated Cotinga, Spangled Cotinga, Bare-necked Fruitcrow,Dusky-capped Greenlet, Purple Honeycreeper, Green Honeycreeper, Blue Dacnis, Black-faced Dacnis, Yellow-bellied Dacnis, Opal-rumped Tanager, Opal-crowned Tanager, Paradise Tanager, Green-and-gold Tanager, Yellow-bellied Tanager, Yellow-backed Tanager, Flame-crested Tanager, Slate-colored Grosbeak, Casqued Oropendola, Green Oropendola and Red-rumped Cacique.


Birds to look for

Yarina Lodge

Second Growth Forest (2GF), Varzea Forest (VF), Rolling Over Terra   Firme Forest (RTFF), Rivers (R), Canopy Tower (CT), Lakes (L).

Common: Capped Heron (R), Cocoi   Heron (R), Striated Heron (R),   Greater Yellow-headed Vulture (R,CT,RTFF), Black   Caracara (R CT,), Yellow-headed Caracara (R), Collared Plover (R),   Yellow-billed Tern (R), Greater Ani (R), Rufous-breasted Hermit (2GF,RTFF),  Fork-tailed Woodnymph (2GF,RTFF),  Ringed Kingfisher (R),   Amazon Kingfisher (R), Green Kingfisher (R), Swallow-winged   Puffbird (R, 2GF), Black-faced   Antbird (2GF,RTFF),   Drab Water-tyrant (R), Gray-capped Flycatcher (2GF), White-winged Swallow (R),   Gray-breasted Martin (R), Brown-chested Martin (R), White-banded Swallow (R), Violaceous Jay (R, 2GF), Thrush-like   Wren (2GF, RTFF), Shiny Cowbird (R), Giant   Cowbird (R), Yellow-rumped Cacique (R, 2GF), Russet-backed Oropendola (R, 2GF), Crested Oropendola (R, 2GF).

Uncommon:  Cinereous Tinamou (VF), King Vulture (CT), Plumbeous   Kite (R),  Double-toothed Kite (CT), Slate-colored   Hawk (RTFF,CT), White Hawk (RTFF,CT),  Black-faced Hawk (RTFF,CT),  Osprey (R), Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Marbled Wood-Quail (RTFF), Sungrebe (R),   Sunbittern (R), Wattled Jaçana (L), Gray-necked Wood-Rail (R),

Laughing   Gull (seasonal) (R), Large-billed Tern (R), Black   Skimmer (R), Ruddy Quail-Dove (RTFF),   Blue-and-yellow Macaw (RTFF,CT), Black-headed Parrot (RTFF,CT), Mealy Amazon   (RTFF,CT), Black-bellied Cuckoo (RTFF,CT), Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl (RTFF), Great Potoo (RTFF), Pale-rumped   Swift, White-bearded Hermit   (RTFF), Straight-billed Hermit (RTFF), Green-and-rufous Kingfisher (R), American Pygmy Kingfisher (R), Amazonian White-tailed   Trogon (RTFF), Blue-crowned Trogon (RTFF), Black-tailed Trogon (CT, RTFF),   Amazonian Violaceous Trogon (RTFF, CT), White-necked Puffbird (CT), Pied Puffbird (CT), White-fronted Nunbird (CT, RTFF),   Brown Nunlet (RTFF), Scarlet-crowned Barbet (VF),  Many-banded Aracari (CT), Lettered Aracari   (CT), Ivory-billed Aracari (CT), Golden-collared Toucanet (CT),   Channel-billed Toucan (CT), White-throated Toucan (CT), Scale-breasted Woodpecker (CT), Chestnut-winged Hookbill (CT), Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper (CT), Long-billed Woodcreeper   (VF,RTFF), Ruddy Foliage-gleaner (RTFF), Fasciated Antshrike (VF,RTFF), Spot-winged Antshrike (VF,RTFF,CT), Plain-winged Antshrike (RTFF), Mouse-colored Antshrike   (VF,RTFF), Pygmy Antwren (CT),   Moustached Antwren (RTFF), Plain-throated Antwren (RTFF), Long-winged Antwren (RTFF), Banded Antbird (RTFF),  Spot-winged Antbird (RTFF), Yellow-browed Antbird (RTFF),  Plumbeous Antbird (RTFF), White-shouldered   Antbird (RTFF), Spot-backed Antbird (RTFF), Scale-backed Antbird (RTFF), Gray Antbird (CT), Black-spotted Bare-eye (RTFF), Striated Antthrush (RTFF), Black-faced Antthrush (RTFF), Golden-faced Tyrannulet   (CT),   White-eyed Tody-Tyrant (RTFF),   Yellow-browed   Tody-Flycatcher (CT),   Zimmer´s Flatbill (CT),   Eastern Sirystes (CT),   Black-capped Becard (CT),   Grayish Mourner (CT),    Screaming Piha (RTFF), Plum-throated Cotinga (CT), Spangled Cotinga (CT), Bare-necked   Fruitcrow (CT),   Blue-crowned Manakin (RTFF), Wing-barred Piprites (RTFF), Southern Nightingale-Wren (RTFF), Musician Wren (RTFF), Dusky-capped Greenlet (CT), Purple Honeycreeper (CT), Green Honeycreeper (CT), Blue Dacnis (CT), Black-faced Dacnis (CT), Yellow-bellied Dacnis (CT), Opal-rumped Tanager (CT), Opal-crowned Tanager (CT), Paradise Tanager (CT), Green-and-gold Tanager (CT), Yellow-bellied Tanager (CT), Yellow-backed Tanager (CT), Flame-crested   Tanager (CT),  Masked Crimson Tanager (L), Gray-headed Tanager   (2GF,R). Slate-colored Grosbeak (CT), Casqued Oropendola (CT), Green Oropendola (CT), Red-rumped Cacique (CT).

Rare: Nocturnal Curassow (RTFF),   Zizzag Heron (R), Long-tailed Potoo (RTFF),   Ocellated Poorwill (CT), Spotted   Puffbird (RTFF), Point-tailed Palmcreeper   (RTFF), Undulated Antshrike (RTFF),   Lunulated Antbird (RTFF), Orange-eyed   Flatbill (RTFF), White-crowned   Manakin (RTFF).


For further information on the Yarina Lodge Bird List go to

Note: This is a preliminary list and some of the birds I am mentioning in this site are not in the published list yet.

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Meet the Author

Lelis Navarrete – Birding tour leader. Lelis has 19 years of experience as a birding guide and naturalist in the field. He has led groups of birders throughout most of Latin America, guiding frequently in countries like his native country of Ecuador and in the Galapagos Islands, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Panama. A Biology B.Sc. graduate from Universidad Católica in Quito, Lelis has supported Jocotoco Foundation since its founding in 1998 and was an active Board Member until 2010 supporting Ecuadorian bird and wildlife conservation. Lelis divides his time between his two great passions in life: birding and spending time with his wife Solange and son Fabian with whom he lives in Quito.


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