Deep within the Ecuadorian Amazon you will find a mysterious lake called Challuacocha, where floating water hyacinths and grasses obscure the shores. And if you venture out on this lagoon in a dugout canoe early in the morning when it is quiet and the light is still low, you just might see, somewhere out there, lying hidden in the vegetation a rare and wild Manatee or Anaconda. Float here for a while, scanning the horizon and you would probably notice the yellow banded chest of an Aracari or hear the hoarse whisper of the Hoatzin. Eventually, the day would pass and you could peer out across the shimmering black water towards the setting sun, and almost certainly see the gleaming orange eyes of the Black Caiman. Come to Challuacocha and feel the mystery.
Come to Challuacocha and experience the world of Sani Lodge. To the north of Challuacocha lies the massive Cuyabeno Reserve and along the southern border stretches the vast Yasuni National Park. In the corridor between, located on 40,000 hectares (100,000 acres) of untouched rainforest lies Sani Lodge, a unique Ecuador ecolodge. Here, the biodiversity will amaze you! On your adventure, you will walk through a pristine rainfores gallery that is home to 1,500 species of trees, hundreds of climbing vines, and exotic flowers, as well as 550 species of tropical birds, 13 species of monkeys and 1,000 species of beautiful butterflies.
Sani Lodge is truly a one of a kind Ecuador ecolodge dedicated to ecotourism, environmental conservation, and community projects in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador. Sani Lodge is owned and operated by members of the Sani community, meaning that with their extensive knowledge of the Amazon wildlife and biodiversity they can give Sani Lodge guest the true experience of the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle. In addition to providing excellent service to its guests, Sani Lodge participates in community ecotourism - profits from the jungle lodge are reinvested into the community, improving the lifes of all who live there.
Sani Lodge accommodates only 40 guests, between the cabins and the camping, emphasizing quality rather than quantity, and thereby offering you a more intimate experience with the rainforest. The lodge itself consists of ten, private, thatch-roofed cabanas, each with a modern bathroom. The cabanas are spaciously designed for double or triple occupancy, and have screened in windows to guard against insects while you sleep. Electric lights at the lodge run from ecological friendly solar energy instead of a noisy generator so the night sounds will be pure and natural. Oil lamps are also provided for those who appreciate that rustic feel.
The bar, lounge, and dining room at Sani Lodge overlook the lagoon and offer both first class service, as well as, premier views of wild life and of the setting sun.
The cuisine during your adventure will be innovative, combining examples of fresh, local ingredients with an international style. Vegetarian, chicken, meat, and fish dishes will be served. Fresh bread, baked daily and scrumptious exotic fruits will greet you in the morning. At lunch, sip on refreshing exotic juices, like guanabana, guava, passion fruit, cactus fruit, citrus, and coconut. And in the evening after a beautiful meal, original deserts and fine Ecuadorian coffee will send you happily satisfied to a comfy chair or hammock in the lounge to reflect on the day's adventures in the Amazon.
Before having their own lodge, the natives from the comuna "Sani Isla" worked at other first class lodges in the Napo Area for private Ecotouristic projects. Now, with their own lodge, they offer the same first class level of service but with a distinct touch, lots of love. Everyone at the lodge is an owner, so everything is done with enormous dedication, as you are a guest at their house.
Every day, our Chef Manuel Condo and his assistant Jorge Licuy, delights our guests with 3 exquisite meals. Our staff has more than 15 years of experience in first class Ecoturism, therefore our cuisine is in line with the highest quality standards.
As we customized the meals to our guest's desire, being a vegetarian or having any special diet is not a problem at our lodge. The cuisine during your stay will be innovative, combining examples of fresh, local ingredients and international style. Fresh bread, baked daily and scrumptious fruits will greet you in the morning. At lunch, sip on refreshing exotic juices as guanabana, guava, passion fruit, cactus fruit, citrus and coconut. And in the evening after a long day of hiking, a lovely meal, original deserts and fine Ecuadorian coffee will be served.
Recognizing that jungle life can get sometimes smelly and some of our guests have the very understandable need of taking the mud out of their clothes, we created a hand washing laundry service.
As our project tries to respect the natural harmony of the rain forest, to get hot/warm water for our passengers, we utilize the heat of the sun. Special plastic bags are used, so it needs to be sunny to heat up the water. Therefore, our guests have to ask in advanced (in the morning), for hot water in the night.
We are constantly actualizing ourselves with our guest suggestions to maintain a first class level. Here are some of the accessories offered by the lodge:
Everything is offered with the intention of making your stay as comfortable as possible and supporting the comuna. For instance, all art crafts are made by the same people living at Sani Isla community. With your support, we are creating new working positions and preserving their way of life.
At the Lodge, there is a First Aid equipment and staff trained to help anyone that has an emergency. We even have a medicine man that can help our guests using medicinal remedies from our forest.
In case of a drastic emergency, 35 min. south from our lodge by boat we can access to medical facilities built by the oil companies in the community "El Edén".
Clustered on the shore of a remote black water lagoon are our newly constructed private, thatch-roofed cabañas. Each is equipped with single or double beds, electric lights, and modern bathrooms with showers. And since the facility is powered entirely by solar panels, there is no noisy generator to drown out the magical night sounds of the jungle.
Sani Lodge accommodates a maximum of 40 guests (at the cabins), emphasizing quality rather than quantity, and thereby offering you a more intimate experience with the rainforest. The lodge itself consists of ten, private, thatch-roofed cabanas, each with a modern bathroom. The cabanas are spaciously designed for double or triple occupancy, and have screened in windows to guard against insects while you sleep. Electric lights at the lodge run from ecologically friendly solar energy instead of a noisy generator, so the night sounds will be pure. Natural-oil lamps are als0 provided for those who appreciate that rustic feel.
Our open-air dining room offers exquisite views of colourful sunsets over a beautiful lake. Every day, three exquisite meals are served for the delight of our guests. The call of a bamboo horn indicates that the food is ready.
One of the most amazing spots for bird watching is just there, at our open-air bar. Relaxing at this rustic atmosphere is a trully unique experience.
The bar opens from 7.00 am until 11.00 pm. Drinks, snacks, binoculars, games, books and an acoustic guitar are available, to make everything more pleasant for our guests.
Birdwatching Tree Tower
A short, ten minute walk through the forest will bring you to our 30m (100ft) tree tower, built around a giant, emergent Kapok tree. Looking out across the rainforest canopy at this level, gives you a unique perspective, opening up a whole new world of Amazon Birdwatching Tree Tower A short, ten minute walk through the forest will bring you to our 30m (100ft) tree tower, built around a giant, emergent Kapok tree. Looking out across the rainforest canopy at this level, gives you a unique perspective, opening up a whole new world of Amazon biodiversity that is often difficult, 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.
Parrot clay lick (Yasuni National Park)
See parrots and parakeets from special viewing blinds within camera range! They come here mostly all mornings to eat the clay that aids in digestion of some ofthe unripe seeds and fruits they eat. The nearest blind is just at 50-meter from the river. Here you will see Mealy Amazon, ellow-crowned,Orange-winged and Blue-headed Parrots, as well as Dusky-headed and, occasionally, Cobalt-winged Parakeets. A second blind, reached by a 20-minute trail-hike through the forest, is typically visited by Cobalt-winged Parakeets, with Orange-cheeked Parrots.
Chorongo Trail (and others...)
After a relaxing canoe ride to the end of the lake you will arrive at Chorongo Trail, whose Kichwa name means "Woolly Monkey". This is our longest hike, leading you across muddy swamps on log bridges, through the dense-jungle of natural tree-fall gaps, and the under story shade of pristine, primary rainfores. Along the way you will learn about medicinal plants, taste native, edible fruits and insects and discover how to weave traditional palm-fiber bags. As for wildlife, if you walk quietly and are alert, it may be possible to see Giant Anteaters (with great luck), Black-Mantled Tamarin Monkeys, poison-dart frogs, and countless other surprises that the forest may hold in store for you. More trails are available ranging from easy to difficult.
If this activity is your hobby there are various places where you can practice it while you are at Sani lodge. These are: Pañacocha lagoon, Challuacocha lagoon, Napo river islands, and the small streams that take you to our diverse trails.
Canoe the Challuayacu
Yacu is kichwa for stream, and from the Challua you will experience the rainforest in a whole new way. Sneak up on birds, amphibians, and other Amazon wildlife from a steady canoe paddled by an expert native guide and notice the difference in rainforest vegetation which grows along and overtop of the river. Caiman Watching - Whether from the bar with a pair of binoculars, or up close and personal in a canoe, you will be able to view the active and healthy Black Caiman population (a rare and endangered Amazon species) which resides in our lagoon.
Night 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 5-meter long, crocodilians. After the sun sets, these non-aggressive and shy reptiles become active along the water's edge, hunting fish, mammals, birds, even anacondas, and sometimes can be seen swimming lazily across the lake. Take a dugout canoe out onto the water at night, with the moon casting an eerie glow into the humid fog, the frogs and nightjars singing, and you will see the glowing red eyes of baby, juvenile, and adult caimans.
Many animals stay hidden away for most of the day, depending on their cryptic colouration and camouflage to avoid detection, sleeping motionless in the canopy, or under rocks, logs and leaf-litter on the forest floor. But at night the forest comes alive with a myriad of insects beyond your wildest imagination, tree frogs ranging from the size of your fingernail to the size of your whole hand, and mammals such as Night Monkeys, various bat species, and Kinkajous. A hike through the Rainforest at night is an opportunity to discover the mysteries of what happens in the dark, hidden behind the shadows, in the deep recesses of the forest, where few dare to venture.
Because the Challuacocha is such a superb place to observe birds and aquatic wildlife, it is possible to see Magpie Tanagers, Cocoi Herons, Amazon Umbrella birds, freshwater turtles, and maybe even an Anaconda or Black Caiman while enjoying a cocktail and relaxing in our lakeside bar
Visiting a native house is one of the most rewarding experiences, there you see how a typical kichwa family lives. Their food, drinks, customs, clothing and more will let you amaze of the culture of this community. The family of your native guide will welcome you into their world. One of the most important part of this visit is see how the family is self-sustainable.
|3 Days/ 2 Nights||585.00|
|4 Days / 3 Nights||780.00|
|5 Days / 4 Nights||975.00|
|6 Days / 5 Nights||1170.00|
|7 Days / 6 Nights||1365.00|
|8 Days /7 Nights||1560.00|
Flight Quito-Coca-Quito USD 125.-
Included in the price
Transfer from Coca to the lodge and back, full board accommodation at the lodge, meals as mentioned in the program, water, private rooms with private bathrooms, native guide and bilingual naturalist guide, rubber boots.
Not included in the price
Binoculars (for rent at the lodge), beverages, tips, travel insurance, international flight airport tax in Quito (USD 41.- per person), National Park entrance fee of USD 25.- only in the excursion to the parrot clay like.
What to bring:
Passport, raincoat or poncho, binoculars, flashlight, insect repellent, sun block, hat with wide brim, sunglasses, lightweight long and short sleeved shirts, lightweight pants (not jeans) and shorts, comfortable shoes and long socks, camera, day pack.