Sani Lodge

Sani lodge

Sani Lodge  was included in the list of the 100 best sustainable destinations in 2019, granted by the Green Destination committee, becoming the only destination within this list for the entire Ecuadorian Amazon.
Experience the unique and mysterious world of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the Planet: The Amazon jungle. The first exploration to the area occurred 500 years B.C. with the Tupiguaraníes a tribe migrating from the south of the continent to explore and inhabit the vast area of the Amazon River, to continue on the 18th century, when a group of bold Spanish conquerors with 3000 indigenous people from Quito undertook a journey looking for the city of gold, cinnamon  and hidden Incan treasures.

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Sani lodge experiences

In our trips, you have the opportunity to explore untouched forests, understand the intrinsic relationships among plants and animals, search for stunning flora and fauna and learn from ancient cultures: the true treasures of the Amazon Rainforest. When you stay with us, you become part of our extended community where we  share and teach you about our environment and culture. At Sani Lodge, you are not only choosing an amazing adventure, but also the opportunity to immerse yourself in our Amazon Kichwa lifestyle. Come and join us,  support our indigenous community and the Rainforest  conservation that you will love to call it home.

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Sani Lodge​
Sani Lodge​
Sani Lodge​

Itinerary Adventure Experience

Arrival Francisco de Orellana – Coca – Sani Lodge
The experience starts with a 30-minute flight from Quito to the Coca airport. Upon arrival, the guide takes you all on a short bus ride to the Napo River pier. From there, a three-hour motor canoe trip down the largest Ecuadorian tributary of the Amazon.

During the journey, you will first glimpse the Amazonian ecosystem, including ancestral communities, crops, local fruits, Kaypok trees, giant fig trees, and islands of different ages and vegetative succession. Various bird species, such as herons, egrets, and vultures, can be spotted while enjoying a packed lunch.

The journey continues with a short walk to Challwacocha Creek, where you will board paddle canoes for a trip through a primary flooded forest of black tea-colored waters teeming with wildlife. Don´t be surprised to see black-mantled tamarin squirrel monkeys on the way to the lodge. Upon arrival, you will be served a welcome cocktail and snacks, followed by an introductory talk about the lodge and its facilities before settling into your cabin.

The guide will explain the activities for the rest of the day. One option is to walk along the nearby trails or take a canoe ride. During these activities, you will have the opportunity to observe primates, endemic birds, black caimans, and the Amazonian flora, which includes giant Kapok trees, cedar, orchids, bromeliads, and palms. At dinner time, our chef offers various national and international cuisine options that cater to celiacs, vegetarians, and vegans.

The lake is a refuge for the endangered black caiman. After dinner, the naturalist and local guides lead a canoe excursion in search of these large South American alligators, which can measure up to 6 meters (18 feet).

Discover wildlife in its natural state
Experience the upper canopy from our 36-meter (118-foot) tower built around a millennial Kapok tree. In the early morning, take a paddle canoe to cross the lake and observe the first signs of wildlife. Hundreds of parrots and macaws fly nearby, searching for their first meal. Meanwhile, the endemic Stinky turkey perches placidly on tree branches as if waiting for the guests’ first-morning photo. In the background, a Donacobious can be heard singing something resembling a car alarm.

Upon reaching the lake’s end, a small channel opens up, allowing navigation through a unique forest of ‘elephant ear and freshwater mangrove.’ This area is the habitat of howler, capuchin, and squirrel monkeys, as well as some species of kingfishers, capped herons, woodcreepers, woodpeckers, and anis. Finally, reach the mainland and continue a 10-minute walk through a terra firme forest trail leading to the tower.

The canopy is a haven for wildlife viewing. Colorful birds such as macaws, toucans, parrots, honeycreepers, tanagers, and cotingas fly by while monkeys and sloths forage in the treetops. The tower provides a unique perspective, offering a glimpse into the diverse world of the Amazon that is impossible to appreciate from the forest floor.

After returning to the canoe, we will go piranha fishing, one of the symbolic creatures of the Amazon. Following the fishing, we will head back to the lodge for lunch.

During a break from guided activities, you can enjoy the lodge’s facilities, such as wildlife watching from the three-story dock overlooking the forest, having a cold beverage at the bar while enjoying the lagoon view, or simply relaxing in the hammocks with a book.

Take an afternoon nature walk through the primary forest to discover the intrinsic relationships between living creatures and their roles in this complex tropical ecosystem. The rich flora includes orchids, lianas, fig trees, valuable species such as cedar and mahogany, and medicinal and useful plants used by local people. You will also see ancient trees adorned with lianas and bromeliads.

After dinner, a different world awakens. It’s time for a night walk to listen to and enjoy the chorus of bats, frogs, and crickets while observing dozens of insect species, tarantulas, tree frogs, and, with a bit of luck, snakes, armadillos, and night monkeys.

Yasuní Wonders and Cultural Experience
In the morning, return to the Napo River to board a motor canoe and visit the Parrot Clay Lick in Yasuní National Park. This is a visible landslide from the river where clay is exposed for parrots and parakeets to digest as part of their nutrition-detoxification process. You can spot five species: Mealy-Amazon, Blue-headed, Yellow-crowned parrots, Dusky-headed, and White-eyed parakeets.

The adventure continues with a walk in the foothills of Yasuní, which scientists consider the most biodiverse area in the world. The flora is spectacular, with centenary trees and traditional medicine, including species that can only be found in the south of Napo, such as the Golden-mantled tamarin, spider monkeys, and Scarlet Macaws. The hike in this unique ecosystem offers much to be discovered: footprints of jaguars, pumas and encounters with deer, white-lipped peccaries, or white-collared peccaries.

Leave Yasuní Park and head to the Sani Isla Community Center. Here, the women of the Sani Warmi Organization will share the customs and teach the use of medicinal plants of the Amazonian Kichwa culture. This unique experience will help you understand why this way of life is environmentally sustainable. Experience an Amazonian cooking class at midday; just follow their instructions to prepare your own lunch using local ingredients. Additionally, guests have the opportunity to support the local economy by shopping for handicrafts made by local women using natural fibers and forest products. This income allows them to invest in education and further boost the local economy. After a full day of adventure, wildlife, and culture, return to the lodge to enjoy the Amazonian sunset from the bar or the dock.

Return to the Napo River – Coca
After an early breakfast, take a final canoe ride through Chawllacocha Creek, accompanied by the Amazonian wildlife and the sunrise. Board the motor canoe on the Napo River to depart this magical land and arrive on time for the flight to Quito.

End of services! The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, regulations or unforeseeable circumstances.

  • Children under 12, get 50% off
  • Prices are subject to change without previous notice
  • Sani Lodge acts only as an intermediary with the airlines, it is not responsible for cancellations, delays made by the airline that might affect our itineraries.

Itinerary Birding & Photography

A three-hour motor canoe trip down the largest Ecuadorian tributary of the Amazon, the Napo River. During the journey, various bird species, such as herons, egrets, and vultures, can be spotted while enjoying a packed lunch. The journey continues with a short walk to Challwacocha Creek, where you will board paddle canoes for a trip through the primary flooded forest home of these specialties:
• Cocha antshrike
• Dot- backed antbird
• Silver antbird
• Plumbeous antbird
• American pygmy kingfisher
• Rufescent tiger heron
• Capped heron
Upon arrival, you will be served a welcome cocktail and snacks, followed by an introductory talk about the lodge and its facilities before settling into your cabin.
The guide will explain the activities for the rest of the day. One option is to walk along the nearby trails or take a canoe ride. During these activities, you will be able to watch:
• Wattled jacana
• Least bittern
• Agami heron
• Green and rufous kingfisher
• White-chinned jacamar
• Hoatzin
• Red-bellied, Chesnut-fronted, Blue & yellow macaw
• Cobalt-wing parakeet
• Mealy Amazon
• Capped heron
• Neotropic cormorant
• Anhinga
• Ringed kingfisher
• Orange-winged parrot
• Pale-vented pigeon
• Lesser kiskadee
• Least bittern
• Cream-colored woodpecker
• Spot-breasted woodpecker
• Red-capped cardinal

Our chef offers a wide variety of national and international cuisine for dinner. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available.
The last activity of this busy day is a canoe ride to watch
• Common pauraque
• Common potoo
• Black-crowned night heron
• Boat-billed heron

After breakfast, experience the bird life on the tree tops from the 36-meter (118 ft.) observation tower. Your leaders will paddle on the Challwacocha Lake for 30 minutes, followed by a 10-minute walk to get there. Over 590 species of birds have been registered so far, including colorful birds such as macaws, toucans, honeycreepers, tanagers, flycatchers, hummingbirds, and the rare Harpy Eagle.
Mixed groups include
• Turquoise, Flame-crested, Opal-rumped and Opal-crowned tanagers
• Golden & Orange-bellied euphonias
• Green & Purple honeycreepers
• Lemon-throated barbet
• Spangled & Plum throated Cotinga
• Great potoo
• Great jacamar
• Crested eagle
Once the treetop activity is over, we head down to spend the rest of the day in the understory, searching for antbirds and manakins.
• Lunulated antbird
• Fulvous antshrike
• Long-tailed potoo
• Wire-tailed manakin.
Lunch will be served at the lodge
More birding spots: The bar & three-storey dock
Have your binoculars handy to spot Silver-beaked tanager, Long-billed woodcreeper, Masked – crimson tanager, the infallible Hoatzin besides Yellow-rumped cacique, White-throated Toucan, Many- banded aracarí
We will walk on the Chorongo trail in the afternoon with the possibility to watch
• Brownish twisting
• Chestnut- belted gnateater
• Black-tailed leaftoser
• Thrush- like antpitta
• Wire-tailed manakin
• Blue-crowned manakin
• Screaming Piha
• Rusty- belted tapaculo

After breakfast, depart to the Napo River to board the boat and visit the parrot-clay lick at Yasuní National Park for a beautiful view of hundreds of parrots searching for a gap to land to eat the earth. You will see Mealy Amazon, Yellow-crowned, Orange-winged, and Blue-headed parrots, besides Dusky-headed parakeets.
The other clay-lick is a cave where hundreds of Cobalt-winged parakeets ingest dissolved minerals in the water accumulated on the ground with the companion of Scarlet Macaw and Orange-cheeked parrot.
Another alternative is a hike south of the Napo inside Yasuní National Park, considered by scientists the most biodiverse area in the world; here, some species that cannot be found in the north might be spotted.
• White-plumed antbird
• Lunulated antbird
• Blue-backed Manakin
• Ochre-striped antpitta
• Chestnut-headed crake
• Yellow-billed jacamar
• Purplish jacamar
• Ash-throated gnateater
• Rio Suno Antwren
• Rufous-tailed Antwren
• Brown-backed Antwren
Another option is birding in the islands, searching for the outstanding
• Orange-backed troupial
• Olive- spotted hummingbird,
• Fuscous flycatcher,
• Black and White antbird,
• White-bellied & dark-breasted spinetails
• Orange-headed tanager
Return to the lodge in the late afternoon for dinner.

After an early breakfast, take a final canoe ride through Chawllacocha Creek, accompanied by the Amazonian wildlife and the sunrise. Board the motor canoe on the Napo River to depart this magical land and arrive on time for the flight to Quito.

 

End of services!

The operator reserves the right to change the program without prior notice due to weather conditions, regulations beyond our control, or unforeseen circumstances.

Itinerary Birding & Photography

Arrival Francisco de Orellana – Coca – Sani Lodge
El lago Challuacocha, naturalmente de aguas negras, por la concentración de materia orgánica, es uno de los atractivos de Sani Lodge. Foto: Ana Cristina Alvarado.[/caption]
The experience starts with a 30-minute flight from Quito to the Coca airport. Upon arrival, the guide takes you all on a short bus ride to the Napo River pier. From there, a three-hour motor canoe trip down the largest Ecuadorian tributary of the Amazon.

During the journey, you will first glimpse the Amazonian ecosystem, including ancestral communities, crops, local fruits, Kaypok trees, giant fig trees, and islands of different ages and vegetative succession. Various bird species, such as herons, egrets, and vultures, can be spotted while enjoying a packed lunch.

The journey continues with a short walk to Challwacocha Creek, where you will board paddle canoes for a trip through a primary flooded forest of black tea-colored waters teeming with wildlife. Don´t be surprised to see black-mantled tamarin squirrel monkeys on the way to the lodge. Upon arrival, you will be served a welcome cocktail and snacks, followed by an introductory talk about the lodge and its facilities before settling into your cabin.

The guide will explain the activities for the rest of the day. One option is to walk along the nearby trails or take a canoe ride. During these activities, you will be able to observe primates, endemic birds, black caimans, and the Amazonian flora, including giant Kapok trees, cedar, orchids, bromeliads, and palms. At dinner time, our chef offers various national and international cuisine options that cater to celiacs, vegetarians, and vegans.

The lake is a refuge for the endangered black caiman. After dinner, the naturalist and local guides lead a canoe excursion in search of these large South American alligators, which can measure up to 6 meters (18 feet).

Discover wildlife in its natural state
Experience the upper canopy from our 36-meter (118-foot) tower built around a millennial Kapok tree. In the early morning, take a paddle canoe to cross the lake and observe the first signs of wildlife. Hundreds of parrots and macaws fly nearby, searching for their first meal. Meanwhile, the endemic Stinky turkey perches placidly on tree branches as if waiting for the guests’ first-morning photo. In the background, a Donacobious can be heard singing something resembling a car alarm.

Upon reaching the lake’s end, a small channel opens up, allowing navigation through a unique forest of ‘elephant ear and freshwater mangrove.’ This area is the habitat of howler, capuchin, and squirrel monkeys, as well as some species of kingfishers, capped herons, woodcreepers, woodpeckers, and anis. Finally, reach the mainland and continue with a 10-minute walk through a terra firme forest trail leading to the tower.

The canopy is a haven for wildlife viewing. Colorful birds such as macaws, toucans, parrots, honeycreepers, tanagers, and cotingas fly by while monkeys and sloths forage in the treetops. The tower provides a unique perspective, offering a glimpse into the diverse world of the Amazon that is impossible to appreciate from the forest floor.

After returning to the canoe, we will go piranha fishing, one of the symbolic creatures of the Amazon. Following the fishing, we will head back to the lodge for lunch.

During a break from guided activities, you can enjoy the lodge’s facilities, such as wildlife watching from the three-story dock overlooking the forest, having a cold beverage at the bar while enjoying the lagoon view, or simply relaxing in the hammocks with a book.

Take an afternoon nature walk through the primary forest to discover the intrinsic relationships between living creatures and their roles in this complex tropical ecosystem. The rich flora includes orchids, lianas, fig trees, valuable species such as cedar and mahogany, and medicinal and useful plants used by locals. You will also see ancient trees adorned with lianas and bromeliads.

After dinner, a different world awakens. It’s time for a night walk to listen to and enjoy the chorus of bats, frogs, and crickets while observing dozens of insect species, tarantulas, tree frogs, and, with a bit of luck, snakes, armadillos, and night monkeys.

Visit Kichwa Commune
In the morning, return to the Napo River to board a motor canoe and visit the Parrot Clay Lick in Yasuní National Park. This is a visible landslide from the river where clay is exposed for parrots and parakeets to digest as part of their nutrition-detoxification process. You can spot five species: Mealy-Amazon, Blue-headed, Yellow-crowned parrots, Dusky-headed, and White-eyed parakeets.

The adventure continues with a walk in the foothills of Yasuní, which scientists consider the most biodiverse area in the world. The flora is spectacular, with centenary trees and traditional medicine, including species that can only be found south of Napo, such as the Golden-mantled tamarin, spider monkeys, and Scarlet Macaws. The hike in this unique ecosystem offers much to be discovered: footprints of jaguars and pumas, encounters with deer, white-lipped peccaries, or white-collared peccaries.

Leave Yasuní Park and head to the Sani Isla Community Center. Here, the women of the Sani Warmi Organization will share the customs and teach the use of medicinal plants of the Amazonian Kichwa culture. This unique experience will help you understand why this way of life is environmentally sustainable. Experience an Amazonian cooking class at midday; follow their instructions to prepare your lunch using local ingredients. Additionally, guests can support the local economy by shopping for handicrafts local women make using natural fibers and forest products. This income allows them to invest in education and boost the local economy. After a full day of adventure, wildlife, and culture, return to the lodge to enjoy the Amazonian sunset from the bar or the dock.

Yasuní National Park
This day is ideal for nature enthusiasts who wish to experience the Amazonian environment fully. Experience the hidden areas of Sani Lodge with a full-day adventure that includes a two-hour canoe ride through the lake and flooded forests, followed by a 6-hour hike on the Chorongo Largo trail. This trail is home to wildlife, including Jaguars, Pumas, Ocelots, Capuchin monkeys, Woolly Monkeys, Tapirs, and even Peccaries.

The canoe glides through the habitat of giant river otters, anacondas, and large caimans, surrounded by the magical landscape of the Amazon. It is a truly unique experience.

Lunch is served amidst the forest’s towering centenarian trees, lush ferns, climbing vines, and exquisite flora. The return trip to the lodge by paddle canoe provides another opportunity to spot wildlife.

Return to the Napo River – Coca
After an early breakfast, take a final canoe ride through Chawllacocha Creek, accompanied by the Amazonian wildlife and the sunrise. Board the motor canoe on the Napo River to depart this magical land and arrive on time for the flight to Quito.

End of services! The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, regulations, or unforeseeable circumstances.

The programs

  • Accommodation
  • Transfer Coca – Lodge – Coca
  • English-speaking guide (Shared)
  • Excursions
  • Full board meals
  • Air ticket Quito – Coca – Quito
  • Personal expenses, drinks, tips
  • Services not specified.

• Sweater
• Flashlight
• Hat or cap
• ID documents
• Long sleeve t-shirts
• Anti rain plastic protector
• Long and light pants (trousers)
• Sunscreen & Mosquito repellent

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