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Sacha Lodge - 4 Nights Itinerary

Sacha Lodge offers its guests comfortable accommodations within a true jungle setting. This 5-day/4-night Amazon tour will take you deep into the rainforest for birdwatching, hiking, night walks and nocturnal canoe trips for caiman spotting, though we can also customize your tours according to your specific interests. During this Amazon jungle tour, you will stay at the comfortable Sacha Lodge, where each of its 26 cabins is built on a boardwalk and has a view of the jungle rainforest from its own terrace. This means that you can kick back in your hammock and watch the jungle wildlife right from their own cabin!

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Sacha Lodge: Highlights

Canopy Walk, Hiking, Lagartococha Trail, Canoe Ride, Caiman-Watching, Butterfly House, Monkey-Watching

Sacha Lodge: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Quito – Amazon Rainforest
Day 2: “Canopy Walk” Observation Boardwalk – Napo River Hiking
Day 3: Lagartococha Trail – Flooded Forest Canoe Ride – Nocturnal Caiman-Watching
Day 4: Parrot Clay Lick – Butterfly House – Rainforest Trail Exploring
Day 5: Boardwalk Monkey-Watching – Departure for 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. A quick lunch in Sacha´s private house in town and then it’s off to the docks, where you will board Sacha´s private canoes for the 2-hour journey downriver to Sacha´s lodge.

PM: A 30-minute hike through the rainforest leads you to Lake Pilchicocha, where you are met by native workers to paddle you across the lake to your final destination. Arriving at Sacha Lodge at around 15:30 or 16:00 pm., you can take a swim 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. Bird observing from the mini tower offers guests an excellent opportunity to view several species of birds common around the lodge ...it's also a great place to watch the sun set. You can also visit 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 some of the hundreds of different species of animals that can only be found at night. Or maybe go on a canoe ride across the lake to view the glowing orange eyes of Spectacled and Black caimans as you silently paddle across the lake for a closer view. 

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

AM: Begin morning activity between 6:00 and 7:00 to walk the Liana Chica Trail and arrive at the canopy walk 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, it is one of only a few 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 these 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 travel to Liana Grande through terra firma 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 the 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 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 – Nocturnal Caiman-Watching

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. Find out about the trees where native people believe the spirits of their ancestors live, and the mysterious “dwende” or devil-man of the forest. 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. Return from the walk or canoe ride and head back to the lodge for a refreshing dip in the lake or a relaxing nap in your personal hammock on your private balcony.

PM: After lunch, 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 scopes, and watch the sun set with an amazing view of the Sumaco Volcano, and possibly sight the snow-covered caps of the Andes in the distance!     

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 trail, keeping your eyes open for caimans. 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
Parrot Clay Lick – Butterfly House – Rainforest Trail Exploring

AM: A chance to view four different species of parrots at the same time is something that should not be missed. Sacha Lodge is close to Yasuni National Park, only a 30-minute motorized canoe ride down the Napo to the parrot lick -- well worth the trip. Leaving at 6:00 in the morning from Sacha, and arriving at the lick around 7:30, will give you plenty of time to get close-up views of the parrots eating clay to neutralize the acids they get from different types of fruits and leaves. Arriving back at the lodge around 11 am or so gives you plenty of time to swim or relax before lunch is served. Visit the butterfly house once again to photograph these beautifully colored insects.

PM: For your afternoon activity, Pantano is the trail to take. This offers you several different types of rainforest habitats -- from secondary to primary forests as well as flooded forest and swampy areas. An excellent trail for monkeys and birds in the afternoon, your naturalist and native guides will intrigue you with their knowledge of the jungle and its inhabitants, as well as provide you with everlasting experiences and memories of the neotropical rainforest.    

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5
Boardwalk Monkey-Watching – Departure for Quito

AM: Breakfast and a departure from the lodge at 7:30 a.m. for an easy walk on the boardwalk to watch monkeys one last time before your final departure. Arrive in Coca and be escorted to the Coca airport, where all plane tickets will be in the hands of Sacha employees waiting to help you board the plane and a final farewell. Scheduled arrival at Quito´s airport is at 12:30 pm (subject to change).     

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Breakfast

Sacha Lodge: Prices

2018 - Price per person
RoomDouble / Triple
5 DaysUS$ 1,290
Included in the price:
  • Round trip transportation between Coca airport and the lodge
  • Accommodations 
  • 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 (Quito – Lago Agrio – Quito)
  • Indigenous community  ($8.00)
  • Entrance fee to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
  • Alcoholic beverages and bottled drinks (extra)
  • Personals expenses
  • Cost of any bank transfers
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