YASUNI NATIONAL PARK

Sacha Lodge is a first class lodge located in a private 5000 acre reserve deep in the Amazon. The lodging at Sacha was carefully designed to offer comfort for the guests yet preserve the environment and rainforest ambience. All of the cabins, with high thatched roofs and private shaded terraces, are constructed with traditional materials and nestle well concealed into the lush surroundings. Each of the 26 rooms, which include single, double and (upon request) triple accommodations, provides a private bathroom with flushing toilet and hot shower. You get fresh towels every day and there are dispensers with biodegradable soap and shampoo in the showers. All cabins are screened against insects, and contain ceiling fans above two comfortable double beds. Throughout the lodge, 24-hour electricity is provided by a distant, nearly inaudible generator. During free time, visitors may overlook the jungle from hammocks and often report seeing wild fauna such as toucans, agoutis and monkeys right from their own cabin! For bird-lovers in particular this is considered to be one of the best lodges in Latin America!

Sacha Lodge has some unique attractions:

- Observation tower: from here you can see capuchin and squirrel monkeys jump from branch to branch right over your head!
- Canopy walkway: located within Sacha´s private reserve, the bird walk gives guests the opportunity to get an up close and personal view of the rainforest canopy.
- Parrot lick: located in the largest protected area in Ecuador, Yasuní National Park.
- Butterfly farm: one of the largest butterfly farms in Ecuador, where you can find nearly 40 butterfly species.

ITINERARY:


Day 1:

A 30-minute flight over the Andes from Quito takes us to Coca. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and enjoy a quick lunch before heading out to Laguna Pilchicocha by canoe (approx. 2 hours) and then a short trek (30 minutes) through the forest to the lodge. At the lodge there are flexible activities for the afternoon: swimming in the Pilchicocha Lake, bird-watching on the tower, or a visit to the butterfly house. After dinner there is an exciting night walk to look for nocturnal species or a canoe trip in search of caiman alligators.

Day 2:

Early morning visit to the canopy walkway for literally a spectacular birds-eye view of the forest! The walkway is 36m high and 275m long and brings you closer to the canopy species than ever before. The rest of the morning is spent hiking on local trails with your naturalist guide who will explain about the medicinal plants and fauna you encounter on route. After lunch at the lodge the afternoon is set aside for more hiking – either on the gentle trail along the Rio Napo, or the more adventurous Leoncillo Trail in search of the elusive Dusty Titi Monkey. Dinner at the lodge.

Day 3:

Breakfast at the lodge. We spend the morning exploring the Lagartococha Trail which provides the opportunity to learn about the native people and their relationship with the forest – the trees where native people believe the spirits of their ancestors live, and the mysterious devil-man of the forest. Arriving at Lagartococha Lake we take a canoe ride – species that live around the lake include anaconda, caiman and capuchin / squirrel monkeys. Back at the lodge there is time for relaxation in the hammocks or a swim and then lunch. In the afternoon we head out for a canoe ride through the flooded part of Amazon forest where if lucky it may be possible to see otters, various species of monkey, and sloths. The canoe ride finishes at the canopy tower for views of Sumaco Volcano (if clear) and a stunning sunset. The return canoe trip is very atmospheric with the chorus of the frogs and glint of alligator eyes in the water. Dinner at lodge.

Day 4:

Starting early we head by canoe down the Napo River and into the Yasuni National Park to visit the parrot clay lick - here it is possible to see 4 different species of parrot at the same time. Arriving back to the lodge late morning there is time to relax or take a dip in the water before lunch. The final afternoon is spent trekking on the Pantano Trail where you will visit both primary and secondary rainforest including flooded forest and swampy areas - an excellent area for monkeys and birds.

Day 5:

An early breakfast to depart the lodge heading back to Quito. The return journey is by canoe and plane.

* All lodge information is correct at time of publishing but subject to change by the lodge owner.

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