Prices from: US$1,190 (4D/3N)
Category: First Class
Located in the heart of the Amazon, Sacha Lodge is the perfect jungle getaway for all nature and adventure lovers. Travel into the rainforest for an immersive experience with delicious food, professional staff, a cozy environment and unique activities, that include a butterfly house, canoe rides, a canopy bird walk, community visits, and more.
You will enjoy the peace and tranquility of the natural world while staying in luxurious cabins located on the stunning Pilchicocha Lake deep in the Amazon Rainforest.
✓ Transport to the lodge from Quito
✓ WiFi available
✓ Boots & ponchos provided
✓ Purified drinking water is available at the lodge
✓ Laundry service available
✓ Experienced local guides
Notes: Private bathrooms with flushing toilets and hot showers, screened for insects, ceiling fans, private shaded terraces with hammocks.
Starting in Quito, you will fly over the Andes Mountains and into the Amazon Basin, which will take around 35 minutes. You will arrive at Puerto Francisco de Orellana airport where you will be met by one of the Sacha naturalist guides. Next you will take a 2-hour canoe ride down the Napo River. Finally, you will walk around 30 minutes on a raised boardwalk to the Lake Pilchicocha where Sacha Lodge is located.
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 agrees on a wake-up time, when their guide will knock on their door. Breakfast will begin half an hour after that.
You might begin the day paddling dugout canoes along tannin-rich black-water creeks and lakes, where luxuriant lianas, orchids, bromeliads and palm trees thrive, always with the possibility of spotting animals, from the tiny pygmy marmoset to the feared ocelot or puma. Then, you could board the motorized canoe for a short ride along the Napo River to visit the Providencia Community of Yasuní, learning about their jungle way of life and testing out their cooking techniques, stopping to watch the parrot disco of the clay lick along the way.
You will return to the Lodge in the late morning, in time for a 1PM lunch. In the time between lunch and your afternoon adventure, you are free to enjoy the Lodge, lounging on sun chairs with a book on the Balsa, or cooling off in the Lake Pool.
Activities begin again between 3:00PM and 4:30PM and often continue into the evening, when the nocturnal insect and frog chorus begins. An afternoon excursion might see you trekking through pristine Terra Firme forest, where 150-foot kapok trees tower above and roots form huge buttresses to give trees support, your guide pointing out the crest owl territory and calling to the howler monkeys. You could then climb 94 feet (30 meters) up to the Canopy Walk, a 940-foot (275-meter) bridge across the treetops from where you can spot dozens of animals and birds.