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Sacha Lodge - 3 Nights Itinerary

This 4-day/3-night Amazon adventure will take you to the Sacha Lodge, situated in private 5,000-acre reserve in the Ecuadorian Amazon. At the Sacha Lodge, you can enjoy all the wonderful biodiversity the rainforest has to offer. This includes Amazon jungle tours on which you can discover up to eight species of monkeys as well as a vast range of species of exotic birds, bats, frogs, tropical butterflies caimans, jaguars, tapirs and snakes (such as boa constrictors and anacondas).

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“We loved every moment of our trip and could not have done it without Ligia and Surtrek. I highly recommend them!”Irene Alcock

Sacha Lodge: Highlights

Ecuadorian Amazon, Canopy Walk, Observation Boardwalk, Jungle Hiking, Lagartococha Trail, Canoe Ride

Sacha Lodge: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Quito – Amazon Rainforest
Day 2: “Canopy Walk” Observation Boardwalk – Jungle Hiking
Day 3: Lagartococha Trail – Flooded Forest Canoe Ride
Day 4: Departure – Quito
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Sacha Lodge: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Quito – Amazon Rainforest

AM: Depart Quito´s airport at 11:00 am (subject to change). A 30-minute flight over the Andes Mountains leads you to a bustling oil town called Coca, located in the Amazon Basin.

PM: A quick lunch in Sacha´s private house in town, and then it’s off to the town docks where you will board Sacha´s private canoes for the 2-hour journey downriver to Sacha´s Lodge. A 30-minute hike through the rainforest leads you to Lake Pilchicocha, where you will be met by native workers who will paddle you across the lake to your final destination. After arriving at Sacha Lodge around 15:30 or 16:00 pm (subject to change), you can go swimming in Lake Pilchicocha, which is a black water lake home to many species of fish and animals. A refreshing swim may be just what you need after being in the equatorial heat all day. You can also do some birdwatching from the mini tower, which offers guests an excellent opportunity to view several species of birds common around the lodge ... and it's also a great place to watch the sunset, or consider visiting the butterfly house with your naturalist guide to view the beautiful colors of many different species of butterflies.

After dinner, accompany your naturalist guide on a night walk through the rainforest to view the hundreds of different species of animals that can only be found at dark. Or maybe take a canoe ride on the lake to view the spectacled and black caimans with their glowing orange eyes as you silently paddle across the lake to get a closer view.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2
“Canopy Walk” Observation Boardwalk – Jungle Hiking

AM: Begin morning activity between 6:00 and 7:00 walking along the Liana Chica Trail to an observation tower for spectacular views of the rainforest canopy and the many different species of vibrantly colored birds. Designed to be a self-standing rigid suspension canopy walk, this tower arrangement is one of only a few of its kind in the world! Located within Sacha´s private reserve, 2 miles from the shores of the Rio Napo and 1 mile from the lodge, the bird walk gives guests the opportunity to get an up close and personal view of the rainforest canopy. Two of the three towers have observation decks every 12 meters making towers accessible for everyone. The canopy walkway is at 36 meters high and 275 meters long, giving guests a “bird’s eye view” of all the wonders and beauty the tropical rainforest has to offer. The canopy walk is designed as a sturdy walkway enabling guests to casually move along while enjoying the spectacular views.

After the canopy walk, we will visit Liana Grande and Igapo forest habitats, where native guides will explain many different species of medicinal plants that have been used in their culture for hundreds of years. Liana Grande will turn into the Higueron Trail, which will take you through a pristine primary forest with huge Kapok and Fig trees towering hundreds of feet above your head.

PM: After lunch, you may choose to take a leisurely hike along the Rio Napo, or choose a little more challenging hike on the Leoncillo Trail to try and spot the elusive dusky Titi monkey. Either way, the trails will lead you back to the main trail for your final hike and canoe ride back to the lodge.  

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3
Lagartococha Trail – Flooded Forest Canoe Ride

AM: Leaving the lodge after breakfast, you begin your hike on Lagartococha trail. This trail offers you the chance to learn more about the native people and their relationship with the forest. Learn about the trees where native people believe the spirits of their ancestors live, and the forest's mysterious “dwende” or devil-man. After arriving at Lake Lagartococha, take a tranquil canoe ride through a natural swamp, which is the home of anacondas, caimans and capybaras. After the canoe ride, a walk on the other side of Lagartococha may give you the opportunity to spot capuchin or squirrel monkeys playfully jumping through the trees. These waters are home to many creatures such as us caimans, electric eels and giant otters, among others. Swimming is possible as long as you follow your guide instructions and keep yourself always inside the designated areas. During giant otters and caimans breading time the lake could be closed for swimming.

PM: Around 15:30 you will begin what many think is the best excursion at Sacha: a silent canoe ride through the flooded Amazonian forest, where you have a good chance of being surrounded by troops of squirrel, capuchin, and howler monkeys. Keep your eyes peeled for the shy and elusive River otter as well as the incredibly well-camouflaged Three-toed sloth! After your eye-popping ride through the flooded forest, you will arrive at Sacha ́s 135-foot wooden tower built around an ancient Kapok tree. Get close up views of vibrantly colored birds through Sacha ́s powerful telescopes and watch the sunset with an amazing view of the Sumaco Volcano, and possibly sight the snow-covered caps of the Andes! Leaving the tower just before or after sunset will give you an experience not soon forgotten. A canoe ride back through the flooded forest at night will be an awe-inspiring experience. Listen to the symphony of frogs and insects as you navigate through the narrow flooded forest, keeping your eyes open for caimans. Also, watch the several species of bats flying over your heads and listen to the many species of nocturnal birds making their eerie nighttime calls. Finally, after your mesmerizing canoe trip through the Amazon, you will arrive back at Lake Pilchicocha and the welcoming lights of Sacha Lodge. 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4
Departure – Quito

Breakfast and a departure from the lodge at 7:30 am. Take one last walk on the boardwalk to the river, and from there a 2-hour canoe ride back to Coca for your 35-minute flight back to Quito.

Arrive Quito at 12:30 pm (subject to change).

(*) Sample Itinerary (subject to change due to weather, specific interests and guests’ physical abilities)

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Sacha Lodge: Prices

2018 - Price per person
RoomDouble / Triple
4 DaysUS$ 1,050
Included in the price:
  • Round trip transportation between Coca airport and the lodge
  • Accommodations, according to your reservation
  • All excursions, as detailed in the itinerary
  • Services of a native guide and a bilingual naturalist guide
  • Daily breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • Tea, coffee and purified drinking water
  • Use of rain poncho and rubber boots
Not included in the price:
  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic and bottled drinks
  • Tips and gratuities
  • $5.00 per person Sani Warmi entrance fee (paid on site)
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