Staying at Sani Lodge is something only the world's leading explorers experience. This jungle lodge is 100% owned and operated by an indigenous community, making for a unique, special and unforgettable trip. Within the comfort of your thatched roof wooden hut, you are surrounded by pristine rainforest on the banks of a picturesque lagoon. It's simply not possible to be more immersed in Ecuador's exotic wild than this! Wake to the sounds of birds calling and resident monkeys and sloths rustling in the trees. If you are seeking an authentic Amazon adventure, then this is the place for you!
This morning, you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the airport in Quito in good time to board your domestic flight to Coca, where your Amazon Adventure will kick off! (This service is on a private basis).
Your journey today begins with a short 40 minute flight from Quito to Coca. Upon arrival in Coca, you will be greeted by a staff member and transferred to the banks of the Napo River. There, your bilingual guide will give you a safety precautions briefing, before taking off on a 2.5 hour boat trip on the largest Ecuadorian affluent of the Amazon, the Napo River! As you cruise the waters, you will get your first real taste of the Amazon as you admire the passing ancestral communities and fascinating flora and fauna. Observe the birds flying overhead, herons, egrets, vultures and mire, while enjoying delicious packed lunch. Your motorized canoe ride will be followed by a 15 minute walk through flooded forest and 20 minute canoe paddle across the beautiful Challuacocha Lake. Once you have arrived at the lodge, you will be greeted with refreshing cold drinks and snacks, before you are welcome to get settled in your cabin.
After getting settled in, you may want to take off on a short hike on the nearby trails. This will allow you to get acquainted with the sights, smells and sounds of the Amazon jungle. As you enter the forest, sunlight is immediately filtered and you are faced with a million shades of green. A symphony of insect song fills the air, and our senses are instantly heightened. You might see one of the forest’s 13 species of primate, birds, frogs, or extraordinary flora. The walk is one of discovery, and immediately tunes us in to the richness of Amazon ecosystem. After plenty of time to explore, you will return to the lodge, where a delicious dinner will be prepared for you. A bilingual guide will present a briefing tonight about Amazonia, while you enjoy Ecuadorian beers, spirits and cocktails. You may want to head out onto the lagoon later this evening too, in search of the nocturnal wildlife, paddling silently through the black waters! (This service is on a group basis.)
After breakfast at the lodge, you will set out for a full day of adventure in the rainforest. A highlight of any trip to Sani Lodge is the chance to admire life among the tree tops from the observation tower. To get there your leaders will paddle on the Challuacocha Lake for 30 minutes followed by a short 10-minute walk. Wind your way up a 108 foot tall staircase, to the wooden observatory perched at the top of the forest canopy. The exhilaration of standing above the entire forest is quickly overtaken by the excitement of spotting some of the 565 registered species of birds, including colorful birds such as macaws, toucans, honeycreepers, tanagers, flycatchers, hummingbirds and with a bit of luck a close view of howler, squirrel monkeys or sloths resting on the canopy.
The tower gives you a unique aerial perspective, opening up a whole new world of Amazon biodiversity that is often difficult and almost impossible to see from the ground. The journey continues exploring the nearby trails searching for more Amazonian creatures walking through Chorongo trail that have 5 hours of duration in the deep tropical rainforest. In the afternoon you will go back to the lodge, where another delicious dinner awaits. (This service is on a group basis.)
After breakfast you will head up the Napo River by canoe to visit the Sani Isla Community Center. Here you can learn how the loal community lives in harmony with the Amazon Rainforest.
Lunch will be served in the community grounds, allowing you the opportunity to taste the traditional food of the area. You will have the opportunity to play with a blowgun, an ancient Kichwa tradition of hunting. In the afternoon you learn how to make artisan chocolate with the women of the community.
In the afternoon you’ll kayak in Napo river, from the Community center back to the main port of Sani Lodge. You will arrive back at the lodge in time for dinner. This evening, you can take an optional night walk in the rainforest to track down insects, spider and frog species come to life in their nocturnal habitat. (This service is on a group basis.)
Following breakfast this morning, you will head back to Coca to catch your flight back to Quito. Sadly, your adventure through the wonders of Ecuador is coming to an end.
You will be transferred to the Napo River where your boat journey awaits. Board the boat and cruise up the calms waters as you take in every last bit of the grandeur of the Amazon! During the boat ride, you will visit the parrots wall at Yasuní National Park for a wonderful view of hundreds of parrots searching for a gap to land and eat the earth in a process for their digestion. Here you will see Mealy Amazon, Yellowcrowned, Orange-winged and Blue-headed parrots. After the delightful visit, you will be returned to the airport in Coca, with plenty of time to board your onward flight back to Quito. (This service is on a group basis.)
Upon arrival back in Quito, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel, to spend the rest of the day at your leisure. (This service is on a private basis.)
Sani Lodge is the only jungle lodge in Ecuador that is 100% owned and operated by the indigenous Kichwa community of Sani Isla. On the banks of a stunning lagoon, and surrounded by pristine rainforest, packed with monkeys, manatees, sloths, and over 550 types of birds, this superb jungle lodge is a perfect base to explore the Amazon jungle by day and enjoy some real comfort by night. Sani Lodge emphasize quality rather than quantity, and thereby offering you a more intimate experience with the amazon rainforest. Sani Lodge is attended by its owners all the time, so profits stays in the community and it helps to improve in healthcare and education! This will guarantee that all the visitors have a real cultural experience with much more wildlife all while helping the local community.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.