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Sani Lodge 3-Night Itinerary

This 4-day tour will take you to an untouched primary rainforest at the edge of the Yasuni National Park. Offering an amazing level of biodiversity, this tour will take you to the 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. On this visit, you will have a chance to experience the lodge’s birding tower, visit a parrot clay lick in Yasuni reserve, go on night walks in the jungle, and visit the local indigenous Sani community.


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Ecuador Amazon, Canopy, Hiking, Nighttime Cayman Watching, Nocturnal Safari, Indigenous Community

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Quito – Arrival in the Amazon’s Sani Lodge
Day 2: Lodge’s Canopy Tower – Jungle Trail Hiking – Nighttime Cayman Watching
Day 3: Chorongo Largo Hike – Nocturnal Safari
Day 4: Parrot Clay Lick – Visit to the Indigenous Sani Community – Departure
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Quito – Arrival in the Amazon’s Sani Lodge

Your day begins with a 35-minute flight from Quito to the town of Amazonian frontier town of Coca, where Sani staff members will pick you up and take you to a local hotel located on the banks of the Napo River. There, a bilingual guide will give you a safety and security briefing before boarding a motorboat for 2-hour trip down the Napo River, a major tributary of the Amazon River

During this journey, you will make contact with the Amazon rainforest, its ancestral communities and birds such as herons and Amazon buzzards, while enjoying a delicious refreshment. The boat ride will be followed by a 15-minute walk along a wooden platform and then a canoe ride across beautiful Challuacocha Lake to the Sani Lodge. The lodge’s staff will welcome you with a refreshing cold drink and snacks before directing you to your cabin.

In the afternoon, we will take a short walk along nearby trails or go canoeing, which both offer many opportunities to observe primates, Amazonian birds, and black caimans, as well as having close encounters with amazing plant life, such as kapok trees, orchids and bromeliads.

Returning to the lodge, the lodge’s chef will present you with a wide-ranging menu of national and international cuisine, including meals that will meet the expectations of even vegetarians and vegans. Later, one of the lodge’s bilingual naturalist guides will give a presentation about the various aspects of the Amazon.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2
Lodge’s Canopy Tower – Jungle Trail Hiking – Nighttime Cayman Watching

After breakfast, you will experience life in the upper forest canopy from the lodge’s 36-meter-high (118-feet) tower. To take you to the tower, the guides will paddle your canoe across Lake Challuacocha for about 30 minutes, which will be followed by a short 10-minute walk. In this area, more than 565 bird species have been recorded, including parrots, toucans, tanagers, catch flies, and hummingbirds. With a little luck, you might even spot howler monkeys resting in the treetops. The tower provides you a different perspective on the rainforest, opening a window into a different world of Amazonian bio-diversity that is difficult if not impossible to observe from the forest floor. The journey continues with an exploration in the Amazonian jungle in search of several of its countless creatures. We will return to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch, there are several alternatives from which to choose, from birdwatching from the lodge’s bar to just relaxing in a hammock. In the afternoon, we will take a walk on the Coto or Chorongo forests trails to discover the intrinsic relationships between living creatures and the role they play in this complex ecosystem. Orchids, vines, fig trees, ancient trees and bromeliads are part of this fabulous tropical forest. Dinner at the lodge.

After dinner, we will explore the lake in search of the rare Black Cayman, an endangered species that can measure up to 6 meters long.  Return to the lodge.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3
Chorongo Largo Hike – Nocturnal Safari

Today, we will go on a 7-hour hike on the path “Chorongo Largo Trail,” where you can find woolly monkeys, squirrels, Capuchin monkeys, parrots, toucans and – with a little luck – tapirs and peccaries. Discover the magic of the virgin forest in a unique experience in life.

Lunch will be served in the jungle surrounded by energy emanating from palms, Ceiba trees and vines of the forest. In the afternoon, we will return to the lodge for dinner

After dinner, you can go on a nocturnal safari to observe the insects, spiders, snakes and frogs of the night.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4
Parrot Clay Lick – Visit to the Indigenous Sani Community – Departure

After breakfast, we will head out by motorized canoe on the Napo River to visit a parrot salt lick in Yasuni National Park. There, thousands of these colorful birds assemble each day to eat clay that aids in their digestion and detoxification. Among the species that can be found there are Amazonian, yellow-shouldered, Blue-headed and coroniamarilla parrots. We will continue with a walk within Yasuni National Park, regarded by scientists as one of the most bio-diverse places in the world. Other species found here that cannot be found in the north are spider monkeys golden-mantled tamarins, and yellow and blue parrots. Hopefully, we will enjoy a close encounter with peccaries.

We will then visit the Sani Island Community Center to get an idea of how people live in this remote community. At the center, you can enjoy drinks, customs, food, and Kichwa culture, while learning how local life is environmentally sustainable.

Lunch in the community and departure at 1:00 p.m., in time to get back to Coca and catch your return flight to Quito at 5:30 pm.

** Completion of our services! **

The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without notice, due to weather conditions, regulations or circumstances beyond their control.

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2021 - Price per person
RoomDouble / TripleSingle
4 DaysUS$ 1,244 PPUS$ 1,494 PP
*Price per person based upon double occupancy.
*PP (per person)
Included in the price:
  • Assistance at Quito Airport
  • Transportation Coca – Sani Lodge – Coca
  • Accommodations in private cabin with hot water or tent
  • All meals starting with lunch on the first day and finishing with
  • Lunch on the last day
  • Snacks for all the excursions
  • Native and bilingual guide
  • Package of activities
  • Rubber boots
  • Rain coats
  • Wi-F- in the bar area
Not included in the price:
  • Flights from/to Quito (US $199.00 round trip or, $100 one way
  • Bus ticket from/to Quito (US 20,00 round trip or US $10,00 one way
  • Bus tickets (these can be purchased 48 hours in advance directly by the guest)
  • Personal expenses, extras, tips
  • Any services not specified

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