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Sani Lodge - 4 Nights Itinerary

Located in between the Cuyabeno Reserve and the Yasuni National Park, in a corridor of untouched rainforest, you can discover the Amazonian rainforest on this 5-day/4-night tour based at the Sani Lodge. While hidden from civilization on a black water oxbow lake at the end of a tributary of the majestic Napo River, this rustic community-run eco-lodge tour promises prime birding in the lodge’s own tree tower, visits to the local indigenous Sani community, day and nighttime guided safaris through the jungle, and much much more. Experienced bilingual guides will lead you on these water and land excursions, even introducing you to their families in the nearby village. Additional experiences on this tour include trips to a parrot clay lick in Yasuni reserve, a 7-hour hike on the path “Chorongo Largo Trail,” and walks on the Coto or Chorongo forests trails, which all offer many opportunities to observe primates, Amazonian birds, black caimans and close encounters with amazing plant life, such as kapok trees, orchids and bromeliads.

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Sani Lodge: Highlights

Canopy, Hiking, Nighttime Cayman Watching, Indigenous Community, Nocturnal Safari, Yasuni National Park

Sani Lodge: 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: Parrot Clay Lick – Visit to the Indigenous Sani Community – Nocturnal Safari
Day 4: Full Day Chorongo Largo Hike
Day 5: Exploring Yasuni National Park – Departure
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Sani Lodge: 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 six meters long.  Return to the lodge.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3
Parrot Clay Lick – Visit to the Indigenous Sani Community – Nocturnal Safari

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.

Afternoon 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
Full Day Chorongo Largo Hike

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

Return to the lodge in the evening for dinner.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5
Exploring Yasuni National Park – Departure

We begin with a walk within Yasuni National Park, regarded by scientists as one of the most biodiverse 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.

At 1:00 p.m. we leave for Coca, in time to have lunch in that town and to catch your return flight to Quito at 5:30 pm.

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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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Sani Lodge: Prices

2018 - Price per person
RoomDouble / Triple
5 DaysUS$ 1,324
Included in the price:
  • Assistance at Quito Airport
  • Transportation (Coca – Sani Lodge – Coca)
  • Accommodations in private cabin with hot water, or a tent
  • All meals, starting with lunch on the first day and finishing with lunch on the last day
  • Snacks for all excursions
  • Services of a native and bilingual guide
  • Package of activities
  • Use of rubber boots and raincoats
  • 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 round trip or US $10 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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