Sani Lodge

Sani Lodge is attended by its owners all the time, so the profits stay in the community and it helps to improve in healthcare and education of the community! With this fact, we guarantee that all the visitors have a Real Cultural Experience with wildlife and enjoying wonderful times with the community.

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Enjoy your Amazon tour in Sani Lodge, located in Yasuni National Park

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 of 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.  We have incredible wildlife at Sani – a nearby biostation has recorded world records in the amount of tree, frog and insect species found in the area.You can also see ground mammals and certain species of monkeys.

Sani Lodge is attended by its owners all the time, so the profits stay in the community and it helps to improve in healthcare and education of the community! With this fact, we guarantee that all the visitors have a Real Cultural Experience with wildlife and enjoying wonderful times with the community.

The perfect opportunity to be in a Truly Primary Rainforest full of incredible and varied wildlife. You will see birds, mammals and reptiles in our well-maintained trails with a low impact in our area that keeps animals and nature in its place. A whole natural world surrounding you while you stay in our comfortable cabins, and trying delicious typical food. The global population size of the Harpy Eagle has not been quantified, usually this specie is described as ‘uncommon’, however in Sani Lodge is the ONLY place in the world where you can reliable see it. In Sani Lodge, 85% OF BIRDWATCHERS FIND THE HARPY EAGLE

ACCOMMODATION
The lodge itself consists of ten, private, thatch-roofed cabanas and 4 family size cabins, each with a private bathroom.

The cabanas are spaciously designed for double or triple occupancy.

SERVICES
SaniLodge is attended by It´s owners all the time, so profits stays in the community and it helps to improve in healthcare and education!

ITINERARIES

Itinerary– 4 days / 3 nights

Day 1: 
Your journey starts with a 40-minute flight from Quito to Coca where the staff will pick you up and transfer to the banks of Napo River. There, your bilingual guide will explain about safety before embarking for a 2 ½ boat trip on the largest Ecuadorian affluent of the Amazon, the Napo River. During the journey you get a taste of the Amazon; ancestral communities, birds and nature. The canoe ride is followed by a 15 minute walk through a wooden platform and 20-minute paddle canoe across the beautiful Challwuacocha Lake. The staff will welcome you with refreshing cold drinks before you start your adventure in the Amazon Rainforest.

Late afternoon, you will have a short walk on the nearby trails or a canoe ride with many chances to observe primates, Amazonian birds, black caimans and a close encounter with the amazing flora represented by cedar trees, orchids, and bromeliads. Return to the lodge, where our chef will be happy to offer a wide variety of national and international cuisine that caters vegetarians and vegans.

Then you will have a briefing with the guide about the Amazon Rainforest while you enjoy drinks and cocktails made for our barman.

Day 2:
After breakfast, experience the life on the tree tops from the 36 meter (118 ft.) observation tower. To get there your leaders will paddle on the Challuacocha Lake for 30 minutes followed by a short 10-minute walk. Over 565 species of birds have been registered so far, 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 perspective, opening up a whole new world of Amazon biodiversity that is often difficult and almost impossible to see from the understory. 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 to have dinner at the lodge.

Day 3:
After breakfast you will go to Napo River to take the canoe to Sani Isla Community Center. Here you can learn how the community lives in harmony with the Amazon Rainforest. You will learn about their customs, drinks, food, and Kichwa culture, learn how local life is environmentally sustainable. You will know their conservation and entrepreneurship projects (SANI WARMI) along with an activity of handicrafts.

Lunch will be in the community and you will taste the traditional food of the area, then get ready to play with the blowgun, an ancient Kichwa tradition of hunting. In the afternoon there will make artisan chocolate with the women of the community.

In the afternoon you’ll Kayak in Napo river, from the Community until the main port of Sani Lodge.

After dinner take a night walk to see insects, spiders, snakes and frogs.

Day 4:
After breakfast head back to the Napo River to board the boat and 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, Yellow-crowned, Orange-winged and Blue-headed parrots. Then return to Coca on time to get your flight back to Quito.

ACTIVITIES
Observation Tower:
At our 37m (100ft) tree tower, built next to a giant, emergent Kapok tree, one can look out across the rainforest canopy, this gives you a
unique perspective, opening up a whole new world of Amazon biodiversity that is often dicult, if not impossible to see. White-throated Toucan, and Bare-necked Fruitcrow, to name just a few, and if you have a little luck, you might even see Red Howler Monkeys asleep in the treetops.

Caiman Watching:
Our black-water Oxbow Lake is one of the increasingly rare havens for the endangered black caiman, supporting a healthy population of these large, up to 4-meter long crocodilians.  After the sun sets, these non-aggressive and shy reptiles become active along the water’s edge. At night, they can be seen swimming lazily across the lake.

Blowgun Practice:
Learn how to use this legendary weapon. The blowgun is used by the Kichwa people as a method of hunting monkeys, birds, tapirs and other animals. A liquid that comes from the mixing of plants and animal venom, what the locals call “curare”, works as a paralyzing agent on the animals they want to hunt.

Night Walks:
Many animals stay hidden away for most of the day, but at night the forest comes alive with myriad insects and other animals, beyond your wildest imagination, including tree frogs ranging in size from that of your fingernail to the size of your whole hand. A hike through the rainforest at night is an opportunity to discover the mysteries of what happens in the dark, hidden recesses of the forest where few dare to venture.

Yasuni National Park:
See parrots and parakeets from special viewing blinds within camera range! They come here most mornings to eat clay that aids their digestion of unripe seeds and fruits. The nearest blind is just 50-meters from the river. Here you will see mealy Amazon, yellow-crowned, orange-winged and blue-headed parrots among others.

Hiking:
Guided hikes will start after a relaxing canoe ride across the Challuacocha lagoon. Sani oers various trails depending on your desired level of diculty. Guided hikes will lead you across muddy swamps on log bridges, through the dense jungle of natural treefall gaps, and beneath the understory shade of pristine, primary rainforest. Along the way you will learn about medicinal plants, taste edible fruits and insects and discover how to weave traditional palm-fiber bags.

Community Visit:
A visit to Sani community and the Kichwa people provides a unique opportunity to come face to face with the local culture. The women´s organization invites you to experience the overlap of traditional Kichwa culture with current everyday life in the community. This is a fascinating insight into the world of the indigenous people and a chance to see, hear, touch and taste some of the aspects of life in the Amazon.

 

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