Sani EcoLodge is 100% owned and operated by an indigenous Kichwa community. Â The activities here can be tailored to your spirit, with experiences based on family, culture, birding, and adventure. Â Saniâs approach is community-based, sharing with you their culture and environmental practices. At Sani Lodge, you get to choose an amazing adventure based upon your interests, and you will always feel included in the community.
Our cultural experience is genuine. Our community is happy to receive visitors in their homes, introduce you to our family and culture. We will enjoy our time together. Although our backgrounds are quite different, the human spirit remains greatly the same, we will share both our differences and our commonalities.
Birders will be astounded with their time at Sani. The viewing list at Sani is over 550 species, and we normally locate 120+ on a standard four-day visit.
Family time is important at Sani, it can be considered the fabric of the culture. In the evening we will share stories from our day and legends from the Amazon. The guides particularly like sharing their knowledge with the younger guests, discussing all the mysteries of the forest.
Sani can adjust your daily activities, based upon your personal interests. The first and last days will be similar for all itineraries. Here is an example of a standard 5-day itinerary
You will arrive at Coca around 11 AM. A lodge representative will provide transport to the port on the Napo River. Before embarking we will have a quick safety meeting, then cruise along the river for two hours to reach the lodge. We will enjoy some snacks and cold beverages before settling into our cabins, followed by lunch. In the afternoon we will walk the nearby trails and/or set out on a canoe ride. We will be out to observe primates, caiman, and many bird species. After dinner, we explore Oxbow Lake, a black-water haven to spot black caiman.
The early morning has to ascend 118 feet to the top of the jungle canopy, enjoying spectacular wildlife viewing from the observation tower. We arrive here after a 30-minute lagoon crossing by paddle canoe, followed by a short walk. Afterward, we will explore nearby trails in search of more creatures. We head back to the lodge for lunch, followed by a little relaxation time, where you can enjoy a bid of bird watching from the dining room or patio hammocks. In the afternoon we will enjoy another trail for a few hours, either the Chorongo or Coto trail. We will learn about the ecosystem, medicinal plants, and keeping an eye out for new species. After dinner, a nocturnal walk will be available for those who wish to participate and search for critters. This is an ideal time to spot frogs, spiders, and tree snakes.
An optional early morning departure has us navigating the Napo to arrive at Yasuni Parrot Clay Lick. This can be quite a spectacle, as a variety of colorful species flutter about searching for landing space. The mineral-rich clay helps the birds to digest breakfast. We then set to the Sani Community Center, where a local family will welcome us into their home to sample some food, beverage, and culture. Late afternoon we will arrive back to the lodge, for a delicious meal and a rest. Another nocturnal walk will be available.
We will set out on a 7-hour trail exploration in the virgin rainforest. We will have amazing opportunities to view several primate species, parrots, toucans, macaws, and if lucky tapirs or sloths. Lunch will be packed with us and served in the magical surroundings of the Amazon. We will arrive back to the lodge in the late afternoon to freshen up and enjoy another spectacular meal. The final night is always a great time to swap some of your best photos with other guests. One final nocturnal walk will be available.
Shortly after breakfast, we will set back on the Napo River for a ride of just over two hours back to Coca. Rise early for some last-minute exploration and photos of the forest, as we need to make it back to Coca for some late morning flights.
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*Prices are per person based upon double occupancy