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.
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 (2 and 1/2 hour motor canoe, 20min paddle canoe) – packed 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.
||Morning vist to the observation tower - perfect to spot birdlife and monkeys high in the forest canopy, over 565 species of bird have been registered here so far! Afternoon hiking the Chorongo or Coto Trails where your guide will explain everything about the wildlife that you encounter. A real treat after dinner searching for caiman alligators on the lake.
||We start with a visit to the Yasuni Park clay lick where parrots gather to eat the mineral-rich soil. This is followed by a hike inside the Yasuni National Park - an area considered by scientists to be most biodiverse on the planet! After lunch a cultural visit to the Sani community center to learn how typical Kichwa families live. After dinner a night wal kin the forest to see insectes and frogs come alive.
||Your final full day at the lodge can be enjoyed by trekking the long Chorongo trail (7 hours) through pristine primary forest with packed lunch along the way.
||Optional early morning activity to be coordinated with your guide. Lunch at the lodge and canoe back to Coca for late afternoon flight back to Quito.
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)
"I really enjoyed my stay at Sani Lodge... I'm missing all the freshly squeezed fruit juices that we had at every meal! The chef was a good cook and gave us many varieties of foods to try!! I was happy with both our guides, as they were knowledgeable but not too serious. I think my most memorable moment was being paddled over to the camping area at night... so many stars and the symphony of music from the jungle creatures was beautiful!! The pathway to our tent was lit by candles... falling asleep to the sounds of the jungle, made for a peaceful rest." (Julia Tante)
“We loved Sani Lodge, it's such a beautiful rainforest retreat. Our guide was excellent, and we were very pleasantly surprised to see the ratio of people to guide was very small.” (JULIE TSCHOPP)
“The atmosphere and the sounds in the jungle are unique, a definite must see in Ecuador. We loved it! The guides and all the staff at Sani Lodge are extremely friendly and the location is fantastic. Also we were pleasantly surprised about the comfort and high quality of the lodge and rooms.” (Gisela Seeholtzer)