Sacha Lodge, in Ecuador's Amazon Basin, is a 5,000-acre private reserve beside the River Napo, and accessible only by river. The lodge has 26 comfortable and spacious rooms and offers three and four night inclusive programmes. This is the perfect place to view wildlife in its natural, pristine habitat and learn about the ecosystems of the Neotropics from naturalist and native Quichua guides. Since opening in 1992, Sacha Lodge sustains a healthy balance between economic development, rainforest conservation, local human advancement and respect for local culture.
Arrive Sacha Lodge
The journey to Sacha Lodge begins in Ecuador's capital city Quito and a 25 minute flight takes you over the spectacular snow-covered peaks of the Andes Mountains into the Amazon Basin region of the country. On arrival at Coca airport you will be met by a guide before boarding your covered motorised canoe for the two hour trip along the the Napo river. During the journey you see villagers along the banks and lots of exotic birds and animals. Finally, take a paddle canoe deeper into the rainforest, arrive at the lodge, and settle in.
Your first full day to enjoy all that this wonderful lodge has to offer. Sacha Lodge was carefully designed to offer comfort to the traveller while preserving the rainforest environment and ambience. All the cabins, that have high thatched roofs and private shady terraces with hammocks, have been built with traditional materials and sit well concealed in the lush surroundings. Begin your wildlife and exotic bird viewing with guided trips into the dense jungles and in between relax back at the lodge.
Another memorable day at Sacha Lodge. Sacha is home to eight species of monkeys, ranging from tiny pygmy marmosets to howlers, as well as more than 60 other mammal species, colourful poison dart frogs and in excess of 600 species of birds The Canopy Walkway, which is 275m long and 36m high, is unique in Ecuador and one of very few of its kind in the world. Other attractions include a Butterfly farm, Tree Tower, built around an enormous Kapok tree, canoe excursions through flooded forests and lake swimming pool.
End of tour
Your final day at the lodge so make the most of your time enjoying more of the rainforest activities and seeing the myriad of Ecuadorian Amazon wildlife. Several trails from the lodge lead through pristine forest where 150 foot kapok trees tower above and roots form huge buttresses. Others follow strategically raised boardwalks over the flooded terrain and there is even a zipline over some of the swampland. Later today you are picked up from Sacha to begin the reverse journey back to Quito.