Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO
Flight to Coca
Depart Quito´s airport at 11:00am (subject to change). A 30 minute flight over the Andes Mountains leads you to the bustling oil town Coca, located in the Amazon Basin,
Transfer to Sacha Lodge
A quick lunch at Sacha´s private house and then its off to the town docks where you will board Sacha´s private canoes for the two hour journey down the river to the Sacha´s Lodges property. A 30 minute hike through the rainforest leads you to lake Pilchicocha. Here, you are met by native workers to paddle you across the lake to your final destination. Arrive at Sacha Lodge around 15:30 or 16:00 pm (subject to change). It is possible to swim in the Lake Pilchicocha, which is a black water lake and home to many species of fish and animals.
Night walk through the rainforest
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 night. Or maybe 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.
Morning: Begin walking on the Liana Chica trail and arrive at the canopy walk for spectacular views of the rainforest and discover various species of vibrantly colored birds. It is located within the Sacha´s private reserve, two miles from the shores of the Rio Napo and one 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 at every 12 meters, making the towers accessible for everyone.
Afternoon: After lunch, you may choose to take a leisurely hike along the Rio Napo, or choose a little more challenging hike on the trail Leoncillo, to try and spot the elusive dusky titi monkey. Either way the trails will lead you back to the main boardwalk for your final hike and canoe ride back to the lodge.
Morning: This trail offers you the chance to learn more about the native people and their relationship with 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 Largatococha may give you the opportunity to spot capuchin or squirrel monkeys, playfully jumping through the trees. These waters are home to many creatures such 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.
Afternoon: A silent canoe ride through the flooded Amazonian forest. There 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. Finally, after your mesmerizing canoe trip through the Amazon, you will arrive back at lake Pilchicocha and the welcoming lights of the Sacha lodge.
Departure from the lodge
Morning: Breakfast and a departure from the lodge at 07:30 am. One last walk on the boardwalk to the river, and from there a two hour canoe ride back to Coca.
Transfer to Quito
Flight back to Quito (35 minute). Arrive Quito at 12:30pm (subject to change).