Copy of Ecuador Rainforest: 5 Days Sacha Lodge (Yasuní)

Tour/Activity in Quito, Ecuador

About this activity

The Sacha Lodge promises the best nature observation. The suspension bridges at the lodge are legendary.

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Day 1

Flight to Coca

Your journey starts with a 40 minute flight over the picturesque Andes Mountains to Coca, in the Amazon Basin.

Transfer to Sacha Lodge

In Coca you will be picked up by your guide and taken by bus to the dock. A motorised, covered canoe will take you down the river for about two and a half hours, leading you past the Quichua communities living on the banks of the river. Traditionally, their thatched houses are built on stilts and surrounded by small gardens or chacras, where they grow coffee, bananas and yuca, among other things. In recent years, huge oil reserves have been discovered in this region, and drilling along the river has become a common sight. Your guide will give you a detailed description of the area and will be available to answer any questions you may have.

Once ashore, take a short hike. First, follow a path along the river, then wander over bridges through a flooded forest of palm trees. Gigantic, bright blue butterflies, blue- and yellow-tailed macaws, as well as monkeys are regularly seen here. Once at the end of the jetties, a canoe will take you along the canal, past the Pilchicocha Lake, to the lodge.

Night walk through the rainforest

After dinner, accompany your naturalist guide on a night walk through the rainforest to discover the hundreds of different species of animals that can only be found at night. The atmosphere of the jungle at night is a special experience, completely different to the day time jungle, and again different to the special early morning atmosphere.

Day 2

Canopy walk

Morning: Prepare yourself to rise and shine quite early today - your tour starts around 6 o'clock in the morning. It is not only cooler at this time, but the animals and birds are most active now so the jungle offers you yet another special atmosphere.

For lunch, you will return to the lodge and have enough time for a swim and some rest before you leave to explore the tree tops. The treetops were made accessible with the help of an observation tower, where you can see the vast expanse of the Amazon jungle extending from here in all directions. On a clear day, you can see the sometimes-snowy summit of Sumaco, an extinct volcano. From this observation tower you can get a great view of the plants and animals not visible from the ground. Water-filled bromeliads stand side by side with orchids, and among them are numerous tropical birds with fittingly exotic names such as paradise tanagers, ornamental birds and the aracari. Being surrounded by such beauty and diversity is a rare and unique experience.

Walking-tour

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

Day 3

Lagartococha trail

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, home to anacondas, alligators, 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.

Swimming is possible as long as you follow your guide instructions and keep yourself always inside the designated areas.

Canoe ride

Afternoon: 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!

Finally, after your mesmerizing canoe trip through the Amazon, you will arrive back at lake Pilchicocha and the welcoming lights of Sacha lodge.

Day 4

Yasuní National Park

Morning: Further down the Rio Napo from Sacha, it is possible to see hundreds of parrots and parakeets gathering at the clay lick. They are attracted early in the morning by the impressive red rock on the shore to cover their daily mineral needs. Whether the birds are clinging to the cliffs or circling around, they make an unforgettable spectacle of colors and noise (optional excursion).

Trail Pantano

Afternoon: Pantano trail 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 an everlasting experience and memory of the neotropical rainforest.

Day 5

Departure from the lodge

Morning: Breakfast and a departure from the lodge at 07:30am. One last walk on the boardwalk to the river, and from there a two hour canoe ride back to Coca.

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