Sani Lodge
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Sani Lodge

Categories: First Class, Ecuador, High, $200 & Over
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Coca - Ecuador
Days
3 - 7
Difficulty
Medium - High
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Highlights

  • Canopy tower in premises
  • Community visit
  • 2 Floors family cabin
  • Sustainable green practices
  • Wifi coverage at bar area
  • Power & electricity
  • Safety deposit box at front desk
  • Insect screened rooms
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Sani Lodge is a sanctuary in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, offering a unique experience for those who seek to immerse themselves in nature and contribute to its preservation. From comfortable accommodations to eco-friendly activities, the lodge provides a gateway to the wonders of the Amazon. Whether you’re a nature lover, or simply seeking a new adventure, Sani Lodge invites you to discover the beauty and significance of this region. Embark on a journey that blends comfort, culture, and conservation, and become part of a community that values the environment and its inhabitants. Savor the warmth of the Amazonian sun, the coolness of the rain, and the embrace of the forest at Sani Lodge.

  • Sani Lodge provides an intimate eco-tourism experience in the Amazon, owned by the indigenous Kichwa community and set within the biodiverse Yasuni National Park, offering comfortable accommodations for up to 38 guests.
  • The lodge offers a range of immersive activities, including guided wildlife tours, hikes, canoeing, and cultural exchanges with the local indigenous community, all contributing to a deep connection with the natural and cultural richness of the Amazon.
  • Sani Lodge is dedicated to sustainability and conservation, allowing guests to contribute to local initiatives designed to protect and preserve the Amazon rainforest and support the community’s well-being.

Welcome to the Heart of the Amazon: Sani Lodge Overview

Imagine a sanctuary where the Amazon rainforest’s heartbeat resonates through every experience—this is Sani Lodge. Owned and operated by the indigenous Kichwa community of Sani Isla, the lodge stands as a beacon of community-driven eco-tourism. Here, amidst the untamed beauty of Yasuni National Park, guests are invited to immerse themselves in one of the planet’s most biodiverse ecosystems, where more Amazonian creatures await than one can dream of.

Sani Lodge is designed to accommodate the discerning traveler, offering ten private cabanas and four family cabins, each a cozy haven for up to 38 guests. Modern amenities blend seamlessly with the ecological ethos, providing a retreat that respects both comfort and nature. As you sleep under a thatch roof, the symphony of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest whispers a lullaby, ensuring that your stay is as restful as it is enriching.

Journey to Sani Lodge: Transportation and Arrival

The voyage to Sani Lodge is an adventure in itself, commencing with a choice—a scenic 40-minute flight or an immersive 8-hour bus ride from Quito to Coca. Whether you soar above the clouds or wind through the landscapes, each route offers its own unique prelude to the Amazon experience. The passage continues as you glide along the Napo River, a waterway that teases the senses with glimpses of wildlife and the raw beauty of the jungle.

As the motorized canoe ride carries you deeper into the heart of the rainforest, the sights and sounds intensify. The river’s meander is a guide, revealing the Amazon’s majesty with every turn. It’s here that your journey continues exploring, offering the first encounters with the lush tapestry that will be your home during your stay at Sani Lodge.

Accommodation Options at Sani Lodge

The warmth of the Sani Lodge’s accommodations greets you upon arrival, mirroring the embrace of the Amazon. With a choice of:

  • single rooms
  • double rooms
  • family cabins
  • suites
There’s a perfect fit for every guest, whether you’re an intrepid solo explorer, a pair of lovebirds, or a family seeking adventure.

The rooms, designed with indigenous flair and modern comfort, ensure your Amazon sojourn is both authentic and restful.

The Comfort of Twin/Double/Triple Huts

The Twin/Double/Triple Huts at Sani Lodge are a testament to the lodge’s commitment to comfort and convenience. Each hut is an inviting space, offering plush sleeping arrangements for small groups or couples and featuring modern bathroom facilities that promise refreshment after a day of exploration.

As night falls, the electric lights cast a warm glow, allowing guests to unwind in the tranquility of the Amazonian night.

The Spacious Family Cabin Experience

For those traveling with loved ones, the Family Cabin is a sanctuary of shared experiences. Spacious and airy, the cabin is complete with multiple beds to accommodate a larger group, offering a king-size, a queen-size, and single beds for a serene night’s rest.

The cabin boasts not just one, but two full bathrooms, and an upper room with a private balcony—perfect for savoring the panoramic views and creating memories together.

All-Inclusive Amenities: Your Stay at Sani Lodge

At Sani Lodge, every need is anticipated and met with an array of all-inclusive amenities. Indulge in the culinary delights of national and international cuisine, prepared with the freshest local ingredients, as you dine with a view of the lagoon. From the moment you arrive until the last breakfast, your stay includes sumptuous meals, refreshing beverages, and a suite of activities that immerse you in the Amazonian way of life.

The lodge’s amenities extend beyond the dining experience. With a bar lounge perfect for sipping sundowners, a library filled with knowledge of the rainforest, and WiFi to share your adventures, Sani Lodge ensures that every aspect of your stay is catered to. This is sustainable tourism that doesn’t compromise on luxury. And if you crave a taste of local culture, join the Sani community in the kitchen to learn the secrets of traditional Amazonian cuisine.

Immersive Experiences and Activities

The true essence of Sani Lodge lies in the immersive experiences and activities that connect you with the vibrant heart of the Amazon. By day, you can:

  • Embark on hikes through primary forests
  • Glide in canoes over tranquil waters
  • Try your hand at piranha fishing
  • Ascend a giant Ceibo tree for an unparalleled bird’s-eye view.
At night, the forest comes alive in a different hue, with guided walks revealing the mysterious nocturnal denizens of this lush paradise, thriving amidst the amazing flora represented, including cedar trees. For those interested in nearby trails searching, this experience offers a unique perspective on the forest’s beauty, even catching a glimpse of red howler monkeys asleep in their natural habitat.

Encounter Wildlife on Guided Tours

The guided tours at Sani Lodge offer a gateway to the stunning wildlife of the Amazon. With expert native guides at your side, you can:

  • Marvel at the slow dance of sloths in the canopy
  • Witness the playful antics of monkeys
  • Catch a glimpse of vibrant blue and yellow macaws flying across the sky
  • Experience birdwatching at its finest, especially from the heights of the Canopy Tower, where you can see a lush tapestry of green teeming with colorful birds and rare species.
Venture into the primary rainforest on trails like Chorongo or Coto, guided by those who know it best. The journey continues to explore, bringing you face-to-face with the creatures that call this place home. With each step and every turn, the forest whispers its secrets, allowing you to observe primates and other wildlife in their natural habitats.

Cultural Exchange with the Sani Community

Beyond the flora and fauna, the spirit of the Amazon is embodied in the vibrant Sani community. Engage with the indigenous Kichwa people, who open their hearts and homes to share their ancestral wisdom and traditions. Through hands-on experiences, learn how a typical Kichwa family lives in harmony with the environment, and partake in the preparation of traditional dishes that weave the fabric of their culture.

The Sani community’s deep connection with the land is palpable in every interaction. As guests, you’re invited to delve into ethnomedicine, understanding how the indigenous communities utilize the rainforest’s bounty for healing—an integral part of Sani Lodge’s sustainable tourism ethos. This cultural exchange is a profound journey, enriching your Amazonian adventure with memories and knowledge that resonate long after you’ve returned home.

Sustainability and Conservation Efforts

Sani Lodge is not only an eco-retreat but a custodian of the Amazon’s future. Over 1,500 tree species, an astounding variety of tropical birds, and other wildlife are all present in the 40,000-hectare reserve that surrounds the lodge, which is a treasure trove of biodiversity. Recognized among the world’s top 100 sustainable destinations, Sani Lodge is a testament to its unwavering commitment to environmental sustainability.

Guests play a pivotal role in these conservation efforts, with every stay contributing to community projects that bolster the Sani people’s quality of life. You, too, can be a part of this green destination committee by:

  • Choosing handcrafted keepsakes from the local women’s cooperative, each purchase supports the guardians of the Amazon
  • Participating in guided tours and activities that educate visitors about the importance of preserving the rainforest
  • Supporting local initiatives and organizations that work towards environmental sustainability
Through these actions, Sani Lodge and its visitors, along with the support of the Sani Community Center, forge a path towards a more environmentally sustainable world.

Photographic Journeys and Birdwatching Bliss

For photographers and bird watching aficionados, Sani Lodge offers a canvas of endless opportunities. Here are some highlights:

  • The lodge’s feeders, strategically placed, beckon the most colorful birds
  • The 118-foot canopy tower offers a vantage point like no other, where even the elusive Rufous Potoo may grace your lens
  • With 180 species guaranteed from the 565 identified in the area, each click of the shutter captures a moment of birdwatching bliss, including the fascinating sight of a parrot clay lick
The tower’s height not only brings you closer to the vibrant life of the treetops but also reveals a panorama that stretches beyond the horizon. Here, amidst the towering trees, spider monkeys swing and sloths rest, creating a living tableau that begs to be photographed. The Amazonian birds, with their brilliant plumage, complete the scene, making Sani Lodge the only destination for those seeking the perfect shot in the heart of the natural world from an observation tower.

Additional Experiences Beyond the Lodge

While Sani Lodge is a haven of experiences, the Amazon’s allure extends beyond its bounds. Nearby attractions include:

These attractions provide additional opportunities to explore and enjoy the wonders of the Amazon.

When the sun sets, the lodge’s night walks invite you to search the stars and uncover the nocturnal secrets of the jungle, enhancing the magic of your Amazonian adventure.

Summary

As we conclude this journey through the wonders of Sani Lodge, we reflect on a variety of experiences that intertwine nature, culture, and sustainability. From the intimate huts nestled in the embrace of the rainforest to the panoramic splendor of the canopy tower, Sani Lodge is an embodiment of the Amazon’s spirit. The lodge’s unwavering commitment to conservation and community upliftment weaves a narrative of hope and harmony for the future of this vital ecosystem.

So, are you ready to answer the call of the wild and immerse yourself in the timeless stories of the Amazon? Sani Lodge stands as a beacon for adventurers, conservationists, and dreamers alike, a place where the extraordinary becomes everyday. Let the whispers of the forest guide you to your next adventure, where the Amazon awaits with open arms.

Frequently Asked Questions

What includes the accommodation at Sani Lodge?
At Sani Lodge, the accommodation includes comfortable options such as single to family cabins, all meals from dinner to breakfast, beverages, and a range of activities to enjoy during your stay. Enjoy a diverse and inclusive experience during your time at the lodge.

How do I get to Sani Lodge from Quito?
You can either take a 40-minute flight or an 8-hour bus ride to Coca, then a river transfer, to get to Sani Lodge from Quito. Enjoy the journey as an exciting part of the adventure.

Can I participate in conservation efforts during my stay at Sani Lodge?
Yes, you can participate in conservation efforts during your stay at Sani Lodge by engaging in sustainability and conservation discussions, supporting local community projects, and purchasing handcrafted items from the women’s cooperative. It’s a great way to make a positive impact on the environment and local communities.

Are there bird-watching opportunities at Sani Lodge?
Yes, absolutely! Sani Lodge offers fantastic birdwatching opportunities, with over 565 bird species identified, including rare ones, and a 118-foot canopy tower for breathtaking views. Start packing your binoculars and cameras!

What cultural experiences can I expect at Sani Lodge?
At Sani Lodge, you can expect to engage in the Kichwa culture by participating in activities such as cooking traditional dishes with the Sani community and learning about their ethnomedicine practices. Immerse yourself in their way of life to gain a deeper understanding of their traditions and history.

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Sani Lodge Inclusions & Exclusions

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 flight or bus (Quito-Coca-Quito)
Bar consumptions
Private naturalist or ornithologist guide
Personal expenses, travel insurance, souvenirs, tipping (guide & staff)
Transfer (hotel-airport-hotel)

Sani Lodge General Details

Superior Cabins
Double/Triple
Double/Triple
First Class
Single
Single
First Class
Suite Cabins
Double/Triple
Double/Triple
First Class
Single
Single
First Class
Family Hut
Family 4 to 6 Guests
Family 4 to 6 Guests
First Class

Lodge Technical Details

  • City to Arrive:
    Coca
  • Capacity:
    30 guests
  • Rooms:
    14 rooms
  • Rooms Type:
    twin/double/triples/family huts
  • Rooming:
    Private or shared rooms
  • Sharing:
    Same gender guaranteed
  • Access:
    Commercial plane or bus
  • Enter or Exit:
    Monday through saturday
  • Immersion:
    Primary rainforest
  • Location:
    Orellana
  • Community:
    Sani
  • Park / Reserve:
    Yasuni reserve

Facilities & Services

  • Bar lounge
  • Bathroom toiletries
  • Canopy tower
  • Certified bilingual local guides
  • Changes on the go
  • Community visit
  • Customize Itineraries
  • Family & interconnected rooms
  • First aid kit
  • Green Policies
  • Hot showers
  • Insect screened rooms
  • Laundry service
  • Library
  • Mosquito nets
  • Multimedia area
  • Power & electricity
  • Prebuilt itinerary by local experts
  • Private bathrooms
  • Private guidance
  • Private transportation
  • Restaurant in premises
  • Rubber boots
  • Safety deposit box
  • Scenic lounge areas
  • Standing fan
  • Unlimited drinking water
  • Water & coffee station
  • WiFi

Transport Details

AIR
  • Route:
    Quito - Coca - Quito
  • Airline Inbound:
    Aeroregional / Latam
  • Airline Outbound:
    Aeroregional / Latam
  • Inbound Time:
    Request Trip Advisor
  • Outbound Time:
    Request Trip Advisor
  • Travel Time:
    40 Minutes per Way
  • Rate:
    $276 Round Flight
LAND
  • Route:
    Quito - Coca - Quito
  • Bus Inbound:
    Public Transport
  • Bus Outbound:
    Public Transport
  • Inbound Time:
    Departs Every 2 Hours
  • Outbound Time:
    Departs Every 2 Hours
  • Travel Time:
    8 Hours per way
  • Rate:
    Approximately $15 per way

Children Policies

  • Children Allowed:
    Yes
  • Minimum Age:
    N/A
  • Maximum Age:
    11 years, 11 months
  • Free Stay:
    Under 5 years
  • Child Discount:
    50% off under 12 years
  • Restrictions:
    None, available year round

Surcharges & Notices

Surcharges
  • Bar purchases, alcoholic & soft drinks
  • Laundry service
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping for guide and lodge staff
  • $150 Private birding english guide per day
  • $120 private english guide per day
  • $150 private German & French guide per day
Notices
  • Departures any day of the week, except sundays
  • Family rooms require minimum 4 guests
  • Programs are subject to change
  • Rates are subject to change
  • Mandatory to book private guides for total tour length
  • Private guide recommended for families with children
  • The lodge is not responsible for flight delays
Itineraries, inclusions and exclusions are subject to change by providers, or Ecuadorian authorities.
 

Customers Reviews 2 Reviews

  • Overall Rating
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Itinerary
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Guide
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Transport
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Accommodation
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Food
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Staff Members
    Excellent
    5.0
Natascha Van Neerven
We are vanlife travelers and wanted to do the Amazon trip, but needed a safe storage place for our campervan while at Sani Lodge. GreenGo Travel helped us find one so we could enjoy the wonderful magical Amazon experience at Sani Lodge. Memories I will never forget! Thank you.
Alison Thompson
We had an amazing stay at Sani Lodge. Our guide Vincent was extremely knowledgeable, and with Alex as his second in command, we had a wonderful time and spotted monkeys, sloths, caymans and so many different birds. The staff at Sani lodge were so helpful and friendly pointing out any wildlife as we were sitting in the beautiful bar área watching the beautiful sunsets. I can’t recommend this trip highly enough. Many thanks to Ricky at Green Go Travel for arranging this trip for us. Always responsive to any questions we had.

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