Amazon Rainforest Lodges RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE!
The Sani Lodge is dedicated to eco-tourism, environmental conservation and community projects – it is owned and operated by members of the Sani community with profits reinvested to improve the life of locals. Above all though the project has given the local Sani people a sense of pride for their forest and culture.
Located on the Challuacocha Lake set in over 100,000 acres of untouched rainforest between the Cuyabeno and Yasuni National Park you have access to an extensive diversity of flora and fauna (the lake itself is home to Manatee, Giant Otter and Black Caiman) as well as the opportunity to interact with and get to know the Sani People.
Attractive thatch-roofed cabins line the shore of the lagoon, each is equipped with single and double beds, electric lights, modern bathroom with shower. A solar-panel project is under way to provide hot water and 24-hour electricity (they currently use an electricity generator which does not operate 24 hours and no hot water).
As well as the regular lodge cabins there is also a new camping area for more adventurous or budget-minded travellers. This area has 2 shared bathrooms and a thatch-roof cover to prevent the rain getting into your tent!
Guests can also count on an open-air dining area, bar, laundry service and a 100-foot canopy tower for bird-watching.
- Cabins: twin / double, triple
- Private bathroom: Yes (cabins), No (camping)
- Showers: yes
- Mosquito nets: netting surrounds each bed
- Electricity: Yes (generator - not 24 hours)
- Boots / Rain ponchos: Yes
The description below is a sample itinerary only – there are so many possible activities that there is some flexibility to choose.
||Departing Quito an early morning flight takes you to Coca where you are met and transferred to the lodge – lunch is eaten on route. On arrival you can enjoy welcome snacks and drink and will be shown to your cabin with freetime to settle in. For the rest of the afternoon you can partake in an introductory forest trek or canoe ride. After dinner a night hike to look for nocturnal species such as frogs and insects.
||An active morning hiking the Chorongo Trail where your guide will explain everything about the wildlife that you encounter. Lunch back at the lodge. More hiking in the afternoon on the Swamp Trail. A real treat after dinner searching for caiman alligators on the lake.
||An early start to see the birds at their most active from the canopy tower, followed by a hike back to the lodge along the Aguila Trail. After lunch you can enjoy fishing for piranha and a relaxing float in the canoe for sunset.
||Your final full day at the lodge can be enjoyed by exploring further trekking trails or a canoe ride in search of wildlife. An afternoon visit to the canopy tower is also recommended.
||After breakfast we bid farewell to the lodge and community to return to Coca and then Quito.
|2013 PRICES PER PERSON (based on twin share)
||$715 Lodge /
||$915 Lodge /
- Accommodation based on twin/double share
- River transportation to/from lodge
- All meals
- Drinking water
- Activities as listed in itinerary
- Native guide + bilingual naturalist guide
- Use of rain poncho / boots
- Airfare / Bus tickets
- Single supplement (please ask us for prices)
- Entry fee to Yasuni parrot clay lick ($25 if you wish to include this visit)
- Drinks from the bar
- Tips and other personal expenses
The tour starts with either a flight to Coca (30minutes, approx $195) or an overnight bus ride (10-12 hours, approx $10) – we can help with your flight reservation or provide information of which bus to catch.
On arrival to Coca you will be met by your local guide and transported by motor canoe approx 3 hours downstream, then transfer to dugout canoe for a short paddle to the lodge.
Past Clients Feedback
“Sani Lodge was one of the best travelling experiences I’ve ever had! The natives who run the lodge were extremely knowledgeable in so many aspects of the rainforest and life in the Amazon. It was real eye-opening experience for me." (Liz Simon, USA)
* All lodge information is correct at time of publishing but subject to change by the lodge owner.