Sani Lodge
Categories: First Class, Medium, Coca & Yasuni, $200 to $299, High
Sani Lodge
Starting At: $719 USD
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Fitness: Medium - High
Length: 3 - 8 Days
Places: Coca - Ecuador
Users Rating 5 from 9 ratings

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Location

Deep in primary rainforest, Sani Lodge is found in the midst of pristine nature near to the lake of Challuacocha. To its north lies the Cuyabeno reserve & along the southern border stretches the vast Yasuni National Park.

Sani Lodge Highlights

Sani Lodge is owned and operated by members of the Sani community situated in the lake of Challuacocha, an exceptional location where the best of both reserves collide into a magnificent & unique amount of wildlife & fauna. With over 40,000 hectares of untouched surrounding forest, the area holds an exceptional amount of biodiversity & no one better to show you the many wonders it holds but the community themselves, a community project with environmental conservation practices carrying a sustainable way of living.

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Sani Lodge Details

 

BUS (Quito – Coca – Quito)

Bus terminal: Quitumbe (south)
Travel time: Approximately 8 hours
Bus frequency: Every 2 to 3 hours
Bus fare: Approximately $10 per person
Pick up time: Approx 11:00 am
Luggage restriction: None
Pick up point: La mision hotel

 

FLIGHT (Quito – Coca – Quito)

Departs from: Quito only
Flight time: 40 minutes
Commercial airlines: Tame – aerogal
Ticket fare:
$210 (subject to change)
Departure time: Aprox 10:00am (subject to change)
Luggage restriction: 20 kilos – 44 pounds
Pick up point: Airport upon arrival

Sani Lodge Features

Sani Lodge Features

Black Caiman

Caiman Watching

The 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.

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.

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 organisation 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.

Yasuni National Park (Parrot Lick)

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.

Sani Lodge Itineraries 2017

Day 1

Your journey starts with a 35-minute flight from Quito to Coca where the staff will pick you up and transfer to a local hotel located on the banks of Napo River. There, your bilingual guides 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 such as: herons, egrets, vultures, while enjoying delicious packed lunch. The canoe ride is followed by a 15 minute walk through flooded forest and 20-minute paddle canoe across the beautiful Challuacocha Lake. The staff will welcome you with refreshing cold drinks and snacks before you settle down in your cabins.

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. Briefing about Amazonia will be given by one of our bilingual guides, while enjoying Ecuadorian beers, spirits and cocktails prepared by our bartender.


Day 2

After breakfast, experience the life on the tree tops from the 36 meter (108 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, if not impossible to see from the understory. The journey continues exploring the nearby trails searching for more Amazonian creatures. Return to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch there are many alternatives for your enjoyment, bird-watching from the dining hall or simply get relaxed on the hammocks. In the afternoon, hike Chorongo or Coto trails, fantastic terra-firme forest to discover the relationships among the different living creatures and the rol they play in this complex ecosystem. Orchids, vines, strangle figs, ancient trees; bromeliads are all part of this fabulous tropical rainforest. dinner at the lodge.
After dinner explore our black-water Oxbow Lake, one of the increasingly rare havens for the endangered black caiman, supporting a healthy population of these large up to 6 meter (18ft.) long south-American crocodilian. Back to the lodge.


Day 3

After breakfast head back to Coca, on the way have another look of the parrot clay lick. Arrive to Coca at 10:00 a.m. for the flight back to Quito.

Day 1

Your journey starts with a 35-minute flight from Quito to Coca where the staff will pick you up and transfer to a local hotel located on the banks of Napo River. There, your bilingual guides 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 such as: herons, egrets, vultures, while enjoying delicious packed lunch. The canoe ride is followed by a 15 minute walk through flooded forest and 20-minute paddle canoe across the beautiful Challuacocha Lake. The staff will welcome you with refreshing cold drinks and snacks before you settle down in your cabins.

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. Briefing about Amazonia will be given by one of our bilingual guides, while enjoying Ecuadorian beers, spirits and cocktails prepared by our bartender.


Day 2

After breakfast, experience the life on the tree tops from the 36 meter (108 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, if not impossible to see from the understory. The journey continues exploring the nearby trails searching for more Amazonian creatures. Return to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch there are many alternatives for your enjoyment, bird-watching from the dining hall or simply get relaxed on the hammocks. In the afternoon, hike Chorongo or Coto trails, fantastic terra-firme forest to discover the relationships among the different living creatures and the rol they play in this complex ecosystem. Orchids, vines, strangle figs, ancient trees; bromeliads are all part of this fabulous tropical rainforest. dinner at the lodge.

After dinner explore our black-water Oxbow Lake, one of the increasingly rare havens for the endangered black caiman, supporting a healthy population of these large up to 6 meter (18ft.) long south-American crocodilian. Back to the lodge.


Day 3

After breakfast departure to the Napo River to board the boat and visit the parrot-clay lick at Yasuní National Park for a wonderful view of hundreds of parrots searching for a gap to land and eat the earth. Here you will see Mealy Amazon, Yellow-crowned, Orange-winged and Blue-headed parrots. Continue with a hike on the south of the Napo inside Yasuní National Park considered for scientists like the most biodiverse area in the world, here, some species that cannot be found in the north might be spotted: golden–mantled tamarins and spider monkeys, Blue and yellow macaws and with a bit of luck a close encounter with white-lipped or collared peccaries. Head back to Sani Community Center to visit a native house to get a taste of how a typical Kichwa family lives. Enjoy their food, drinks, customs, and culture of the Sani community and learn how the lifestyle of the locals is environmentally sustainable. Return to the lodge late in the afternoon for a well-deserved dinner.

After dinner take a night walk to see how myriads of insects, spiders and frogs come alive.


Day 4

After breakfast head back to Coca, on the way have another look of the parrot clay lick. Arrive to Coca at 10:00 a.m. for the flight back to Quito.

Day 1

Your journey starts with a 35-minute flight from Quito to Coca where the staff will pick you up and transfer to a local hotel located on the banks of Napo River. There, your bilingual guides 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 such as: herons, egrets, vultures, while enjoying delicious packed lunch. The canoe ride is followed by a 15 minute walk through flooded forest and 20-minute paddle canoe across the beautiful Challuacocha Lake. The staff will welcome you with refreshing cold drinks and snacks before you settle down in your cabins.

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. Briefing about Amazonia will be given by one of our bilingual guides, while enjoying Ecuadorian beers, spirits and cocktails prepared by our bartender.


Day 2

After breakfast, experience the life on the tree tops from the 36 meter (108 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, if not impossible to see from the understory. The journey continues exploring the nearby trails searching for more Amazonian creatures. Return to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch there are many alternatives for your enjoyment, bird-watching from the dining hall or simply get relaxed on the hammocks. In the afternoon, hike Chorongo or Coto trails, fantastic terra-firme forest to discover the relationships among the different living creatures and the rol they play in this complex ecosystem. Orchids, vines, strangle figs, ancient trees; bromeliads are all part of this fabulous tropical rainforest. dinner at the lodge.

After dinner explore our black-water Oxbow Lake, one of the increasingly rare havens for the endangered black caiman, supporting a healthy population of these large up to 6 meter (18ft.) long south-American crocodilian. Back to the lodge.


Day 3

After breakfast departure to the Napo River to board the boat and visit the parrot-clay lick at Yasuní National Park for a wonderful view of hundreds of parrots searching for a gap to land and eat the earth. Here you will see Mealy Amazon, Yellow-crowned, Orange-winged and Blue-headed parrots. Continue with a hike on the south of the Napo inside Yasuní National Park considered for scientists like the most biodiverse area in the world, here, some species that cannot be found in the north might be spotted: golden–mantled tamarins and spider monkeys, Blue and yellow macaws and with a bit of luck a close encounter with white-lipped or collared peccaries. Head back to Sani Community Center to visit a native house to get a taste of how a typical Kichwa family lives. Enjoy their food, drinks, customs, and culture of the Sani community and learn how the lifestyle of the locals is environmentally sustainable. Return to the lodge late in the afternoon for a well-deserved dinner.

After dinner take a night walk to see how myriads of insects, spiders and frogs come alive.


Day 4

Explore the hidden corners of Sani Lodge in a 7 hour hike on Chorongo Largo trail for a close encounter with stunning wildlife represented by wooly monkeys, troops of Squirrel and white fronted capuchin monkeys, parrots, macaws, toucans and with a bit of luck tapirs and even peccaries. Discover the magic world of untouched and virgin forest in a life-time experience. For your total enjoyment lunch will be served in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by tree ferns, ancient kapoks , palms, and tons of magical energy at all levels. Return in the afternoon to the lodge for diner.

After diner take a night walk to see how myriads of insects, spiders and frogs come alive.

 


Day 5

After breakfast head back to Coca, on the way have another look of the parrot clay lick. Arrive to Coca at 10:00 a.m. for the flight back to Quito.

Sani Lodge Rates 2017 - 2018

INCLUSIONS
 
 
Accommodation
 

All meals (dinner to breakfast last day), water, coffee & tea

 
All activities as listed
 
Native & bilingual guide
 
Aquatic transportation, transport Coca-Lodge-Coca
 
Use of lodge facilities

EXCLUSIONS
 
 
Yasuni parrot lick fee
 
Round bus (Quito-Coca-Quito), transport (landair)
 
Bar consumptions
 
Private naturalist or ornithologist guide
 
Personal expenses, travel insurance, souvenirs, tipping (guide & staff)
 
Transfer (hotel-airport-hotel)

 

Children Allowed: Yes
Children Minimum Age: None
Considered Child: Under the age of 11

Free Stay: Under 5 years
30% Child Discount: 6 to 11 years, lodge & flight
Child Discount Restriction: None / Available All Year

Sani Lodge does not follow any specific terms and conditions, in the case of requiring a cancellation due to sickness, flight delays or any other reason that might inadvertently affect your tour, your case will be evaluated individually under the given circumstances. Please be aware that your tour reservation will be governed by our terms and conditions, we will work with the lodge on your behalf in order to mediate the best outcome for your case.

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