Sacha Lodge

Ecuador

Duration:4 days

Sacha Lodge is located in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, just north of the Napo River. A variety of natural habitats ranging from virgin rainforest to swamps, rivers and lakes provides abundant opportunities for viewing the diverse plant and animal life of the jungle. Miles of well-marked paths and boardwalks give you easy access to the countless unforgettable jungle experiences that await you. Sacha means “jungle” in the language of the local indigenous inhabitants Native and bilingual guides will share their intimate knowledge of nature and jungle life and their expertise. A typical day at the lodge begins at sunrise or earlier, in order to take advantage of the cool morning hours. All activities are carefully co-ordinated and include birdwatching, long or short hikes, camping, day or night canoeing, and other activities such as swimming and piranha fishing.

The lodging at Sacha was carefully designed to offer comfort to the traveler yet preserve the environment and rainforest ambience. All of our cabins, with high thatched roofs and private shaded terraces, are constructed with traditional materials and nestle well concealed into the lush surroundings. Each of 26 the rooms, which include single, double and (upon request) triple accommodations, provides a private bathroom with flushing toilet and hot shower. All cabins are screened against insects, and contain ceiling fans above two comfortable double beds. During free time, visitors may overlook the jungle from hammocks and often report seeing wild fauna such as toucans, agoutis and monkeys right from their own cabin!

Sacha Lodge’s guests are divided into small groups for activities, each of which are led by not one but two guides. One is a native guide, raised in the area and with expert knowledge of the rainforest’s medicinal and other useful plants. This guide will often share stories from local culture, and lead the way with accustomed eyes that are incredible for spotting the jungle’s hidden creatures. The second guide to accompany each group is a bilingual naturalist, who has been educated in the biology and ecology of the rainforest. Our naturalists come from different countries and backgrounds, and they will translate for the native guides as well as share their own scientific knowledge about any plants and animals you may encounter. For birdwatchers, we also provide bird specialist guides upon request. These guides know the best spots for the hard-to-find species, and can easily identify species by both sight and sound. If ornithology is to be the focus of your trip, please be sure to request a bird specialist guide in advance to make sure he is there when you arrive!

Day 1 – Friday

Quito – Sacha Lodge

This morning fly to Puerto Francisco de Orellana, locally known as Coca, where you will be met by a bilingual guide and taken to a private dock. Here we will pause for a snack and to use the rest rooms before boarding our covered motorized canoe for a 2-hour, 50-mile (80-kilometer) trip down the sediment-rich waters of the Napo, the largest river in Ecuadorian Amazonia. During the ride it is easy to spot handsome shore birds such as herons, kingfishers, spoonbills and ospreys between the scattered native huts as you travel steadily away from civilization. Upon arrival to Sacha Lodge’s 5000-acre (2000-hectare) private reserve, our guests will take their first walk along a raised boardwalk through dense flooded palm forest where several species of monkeys are often sighted. But don’t worry… we will carry your luggage for you! The path leads to Pilchicocha lake, a blackwater paradise where you’d least expect to find any sign of people, but dugout canoes (and even paddlers) await to carry you even farther. As you cross the lake, the cries of tropical birds lead you to your final destination and home base for an exciting jungle experience. LD

Day 2-3 – Saturday – Sunday

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A typical day at Sacha begins at sunrise or earlier, in order to take advantage of the cool morning hours when the rainforest’s animals are most active. Each group may decide on its own wake-up and breakfast time, as well as the difficulty and duration of their morning outings. In the afternoon, visits begin at around 3:00 and often continue into the evening, when the nocturnal insect and frog chorus begins. Activities are spread out over a wide area and allow visitors to explore several distinct but equally fascinating habitats. Several trails lead through pristine terra firme forest, where 150 foot kapok trees tower above and roots form huge buttresses to give trees support. Others follow strategically raised boardwalks in seasonally flooded forests, where walking on the ground would be nearly impossible during most of the year due to groundwater. One trail many choose to follow even leads across fallen tree trunks and a steel cable zip-line through rich swampland! A favorite activity of our guests is to paddle dugout canoes along tannin-rich black-water creeks and lakes, where luxuriant lianas, orchids, bromeliads and palm trees thrive. And wherever an outing may lead the possibilities of spotting animals, from the tiny pygmy marmoset to the feared ocelot or puma, are endless. During free time at the lodge, swimming and piranha fishing are also activities not to be missed… but don’t worry! Piranhas are scavengers and the guides will prove that swimming is perfectly safe. For adventurous souls, the day does not necessarily end with dinner. Night walks and canoe trips, with the aid of flashlights, often reveal creatures seldom seen during daylight. Caimans (of the alligator family) and giant insects rule the jungle after sunset… Do you dare search for them? BLD

Day 4 – Monday

Sacha Lodge – Quito

Morning departure by motorized dugout canoe to Coca for your return flight to Quito. B

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  • B: BREAKFAST
  • L: LUNCH
  • D: DINNER

Dates and cost

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Does not operates on Sunday. Days of operation are Monday/Friday and Friday/Monday. Arrival or departure on other days will incur in extra cost for canoe.

What’s included

  • Accommodation in first class hotels with private facilities.
  • Meals, sightseeing and transfers as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Air tickets Quito/Coca/Quito (subject to change).
  • Assistance in Quito and Coca Airports.
  • Service charges and taxes (excepting those listed below)

What’s not included

Yasuni National Park fee; Airport or air ticket taxes or levies, port taxes (except where shown as included); passport or visa fees; excess baggage charges; any insurance; any meals, air fares or sightseeing not specified in the itinerary; optional gratuities to guides, drivers etc; beverages; laundry or other items of a personal nature and any items not specifically mentioned as being included.

How to Book

The completion and return of the booking form is mandatory to the acceptance of reservation. We advise that you book as far ahead as possible. To initiate your reservation, please complete the Booking Form which must be signed and returned to Adventure Associates along with the applicable Deposit. Reservations are established only when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the Booking Form and deposit payment. Ticketing and joining instructions are normally issued two weeks prior to departure.

Deposit required: $250 per person
Balance due: 60 days prior to departure
If booking within
60 days of departure:
full payment must be made

Should a booking be amended once reservations are processed, a $55 amendment fee per booking for each amendment made, plus any communication expenses incurred, will be added to the cost of the tour.

Cancellations

Written instructions only will be accepted by Adventure Associates to cancel a reservation. Cancellation charges are subject to regulations or airlines, cruise companies, coach and tour operators, hotels and any other Principals involved. If it is necessary to cancel your arrangements, the following non-refundable provisions will apply.

More than 60 days prior to departure $250 per person
Between 59 and 35 days prior to departure 25% of tour cost per person
Between 34 and 14 days prior to departure 50% of tour cost per person
On or within 13 days prior to departure No Refund

Note

  • All the above amounts are in addition to any fees levied by the airlines, hotels or cruise companies. Communication charges incurred may also be added to the above.
  • All cancellation provisions will be strictly applied. If the non-refundable amount is more than your advance payment, you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned in these Terms and Conditions you are strongly urged to take out travel insurance at the time of your reservation. Adventure Associates or your Travel Agent will be pleased to advise you on the best policy which may protect you.

All cancellation provisions will be strictly applied. If the cancellation charge is more than your advance payment you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned above you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance. Once the tour has departed there will be no refund for any unused portions of the trip.

Toucan (1) Note: Packages are generally based on First class, centrally located hotels, except where specified, and include transfers between airports, hotels, sightseeing and meals as indicated in the itinerary. Ask us for details should you wish to stay in Deluxe Hotels, or another hotel of your choice. SachaLodge3 Tour costs are quoted in Australian Dollars per person unless otherwise indicated. All itineraries and prices may be subject to changes beyond our control as a result of airline rescheduling, tour arrangements, fare and hotel rate increases. Prices may also be adjusted due to currency fluctuations. Please check before you book with your travel agent or Adventure Associates to ascertain if there are any alterations to the tour you select.