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Overview

Deep within the Ecuadorian Amazon you will find a mysterious lake called Challuacocha, where floating water hyacinths and grasses obscure the shores. Float here for a while, scanning the horizon and you would probably notice the yellow banded chest of an Aracari or hear the hoarse whisper of the Hoatzin. Come to Challuacocha and feel the mystery. Come to Challuacocha and experience the world of Sani Lodge.

To the north of Challuacocha lies the Cuyabeno Reserve and along the southern border stretches the vast Yasuni National Park. In the corridor between, located on 40,000 hectares (100,000 acres) of untouched rainforest lies Sani Lodge, a unique Ecuador ecolodge. Here, the biodiversity will amaze you! On your adventure, you will walk through a pristine rainforest gallery that is home to 1,500 species of trees, hundreds of climbing vines, and exotic flowers, as well as 550 species of tropical birds, 13 species of monkeys and 1,000 species of beautiful butterflies.

With our extensive knowledge of the Amazon wildlife and biodiversity we can give Sani Lodge guests the true experience of an Ecuadorian Amazon jungle tour.

SAMPLE ITINERARY 5 DAYS

Day 1 

  • 11:00 Departure from Quito with Tame Airlines
  • 11:35 Arrival in Coca
  • 12:00 Boarding of passenger to transport boat at the Río Napo Harbor in Coca
  • 13:00 Lunch on the boat
  • 14:45 Entering of the Chaullayacu, the small stream connecting the lagoon at Sani Lodge with the Río Napo, following the stream for about 30 – 45 minutes before arriving at the lodge
  • 15:30 Arrival at the lodge, welcome snacks and drinks, settling down in the rooms
  • 17:00 Introductory canoe ride or forest hike
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Night hike

Day 2

  • 06:00 Breakfast
  • 06:45 Departure to the Chorongo Trail
    – 45-minute canoe ride across the lagoon enjoying the morning activity (birds, caimans, monkeys, manatees, etc.) on the lagoon
    – 3 – 4-hour hike on the Chorongo Trail including a small snack break in between
    – 45-minute return canoe ride
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 16:30 2-hour hike on the Swamp Trail
  • 18:30 Return to the Lodge
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Caiman watching or night hike (both optional)

 Day 3

  • 06:00 Breakfast
  • 06:45 Departure to the 30-m birdwatch tower
    – 5-minute canoe ride to the Aguila trail head
    – 10-minute walk to the birdwatch tower
    – birdwatching, listening to the sounds of the Howler Monkey
    09:00 Departure from birdwatch tower to the Aguila Trail. 2 ½ hours hike back to the lodge exploring the jungle; flora and fauna
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 16:30 Piranha-fishing in the lagoon and float for sunset
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 4

  • 06:00 Breakfast
  • 07:00 Departure to Coto trail by dugout canoe
    – 1 hour 20 min canoe ride to Coto trail head
    – Hike to Coto trail for 2 hours exploring for flora and fauna
    – 1 hour canoe ride back to the lodge
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 16:30 Departure to watchtower
    – 5-minute canoe ride to Aguila trail
    – 10-minute walk to the watchtower
    – birdwatching, listening to the sounds of the Howler Monkey
  • 18:30 Return to Sani Lodge
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:45 Caiman-watching or night hike (both optional)

Day 5

  • 06:00 Breakfast
  • 06:45 Departure from Sani Lodge
    – 30-minute dawn-boat-ride on the Challuayacu
    – 3hours and 30 min boat-ride on the Río Napo
  • 10:15 Arrival at the Río Napo Harbor in Coca
    – Transfer by taxi to Coca Airport
  • 11:15 Departure of return flight to Quito
  • 11:50 Arrival in Quito.

WHATS INCLUDED
  • All meals from lunch day 1 until breakfast last day
  • Filtered water
  • Accommodation
  • River transportation
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • All excursions
  • Rain poncho
  • Rubber boots

WHATS NOT INCLUDED
  • International or domestic airfares
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • Alcoholic beverages / Snacks
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls or messages reconfirmation of flights and items of personal nature
  • National Park Entrance (optional for Yasuni activities)
  • Tips

WHATS TO BRING
  • Good binoculars for wildlife viewing (an absolute necessity). We suggest that each visitor carry their own binoculars.
  • Camera/video gear (if using film, lower ASA for open areas (50 or 100), higher ASA for forest (400 and up). [24 hour electricity (120v) is available for charging batteries and digital equipment.)
  • Two or three pairs of lightweight long pants.
  • Two or three long-sleeved lightweight shirts.
  • Two or three T-shirts.
  • One or two pairs of shorts (mostly for around the lodge).
  • Lightweight sweater or jacket.
  • Raingear (if you prefer not to use the ponchos provided).
  • Three or four pairs of cotton socks.
  • Sandals (Teva type or similar for around the lodge).
  • Three or four pairs of absorbent socks.
  • Small day pack for excursions.
  • A bottle or canteen to carry water on hike (1-quart size is sufficient).
  • Ziplock-type plastic bags to cover optics or other gear.
  • Insect repellent (Skin-so-soft or DEET product with at least 20% concentration).
  • Flashlight or headlamp bright enough for use on night walks.
  • Small, packable umbrella (can be useful in light rain – very useful!).
  • A hat for sun protection (and that will stay on during windy boat rides).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen lotion with a high SPF rating.
  • Personal toiletries and medications (carry medications with you when arriving and leaving the lodge).
  • Extra batteries/film/video tapes as appropriate.
  • A photocopy of your passport (always good to have while traveling).
  • Money (in small US$ bills – ones and fives and coins) for bar bills and Artesania purchases.
  • We recommend using rechargeable batteries in your visit to the lodge so that you need not dispose of used batteries, thus contributing to the quality of our environment.

COSTS
RATES 2019 USD
TOUR double /
triple cabin
single cabin camping
4 days/3 nights $1111 $1334 $540
5 days/4 nights $1390 $1668 $640
6 days/5 nights $1666 $2000 $740
7 days/6 nights $1945 $2334 $ask
8 days/7 nights $2221 $2665 $ask