Sani Lodge accommodates a maximum of 38 guests (at the cabins), emphasizing quality rather than quantity, and thereby offering you a more intimate experience with the amazon rainforest. The lodge itself consists of ten, private, thatch-roofed cabanas and 4 family size cabins, each with a private bathroom. The cabanas are spaciously designed for double or triple occupancy, and have screened in windows to guard against insects while you sleep. Electric lights at the lodge run from ecologically friendly solar energy.
We provide mattress, pillows, sheets so you will not have to bring extra items.
Our camping site is located 1 hour away from the Lodge, at the end of our Trail named Coto and near the Challuayaku stream of our Calluacocha black water lagoon. Once you arrive to the Lodge and have a warming welcoming from our staff, depart to the Camping site in a paddle canoe along with your naturalist guide, a cooker and a native guide whom will camp with you during your stay.Our camping site offers an exhilarating experience for our more adventurous travelers. At this site you will be able to feel the energy and the vivacity of the Amazon Rainforest.
We have built wooden platforms with thatched roofs where we place the tents to provide extra shelter. We provide tents, mattresses, sheets, pillows, and drinking water. Please bring your own flashlight.At the site, there is a shower and a dry latrine to be used by our guests.
All meals are prepared there by our chef and elaborated with the same quality. The activities are included in the price and are exactly the same as those offered to guests staying in the Lodge but depart and arrive to the Camping. Definitely, the site is made for people who want to live close to the experience of knowing the Ecuadorian jungle.
- Insect repellent
- Sun cream
- Lightweight long and short sleeved shirts
- Lightweight pants (not jeans) and shorts
- Lightweight jacket for the canoe rides (Coca- Lodge- Coca).
- Comfortable shoes and long socks
- Zip-lock bags to protect your cameras and equipment.
- Day Pack
We provide rubber boots for the walks, rain ponchos and umbrellas *The Sani area does not have a high incidence of Malaria or Yellow Fever but it is present; therefore we strongly recommend our guests to take a preventive medicine.*
At our 37m (100ft) tree tower, built next to a giant, emergent Kapok tree, one can look out across the rainforest canopy, this gives you a unique perspective, opening up a whole new world of Amazon biodiversity that is often difficult, if not impossible to see. White-throated Toucan, and Bare-necked Fruitcrow, to name just a few, and if you have a little luck, you might even see Red Howler Monkeys asleep in the treetops.
Our black-water Oxbow Lake is one of the increasingly rare havens for the endangered black caiman, supporting a healthy population of these large, up to 4-meter long crocodilians. After the sun sets, these non-aggressive and shy reptiles become active along the water’s edge. At night, they can be seen swimming lazily across the lake.
Various trails depending on your desired level of difficulty. Guided hikes will lead you across muddy swamps on log bridges, through the dense jungle of natural treefall gaps, and beneath the understory shade of pristine, primary rainforest. Along the way you will learn about medicinal plants, taste edible fruits and insects and discover how to weave traditional palm-fiber bags.
Many animals stay hidden away for most of the day, but at night the forest comes alive with myriad insects and other animals, beyond your wildest imagination, including tree frogs ranging in size from that of your fingernail to the size of your whole hand. A hike through the rainforest at night is an opportunity to discover the mysteries of what happens in the dark, hidden recesses of the forest where few dare to venture.
A visit to Sani community and the Kichwa people provides a unique opportunity to come face to face with the local culture. The women´s organisation invites you to experience the overlap of traditional Kichwa culture with current everyday life in the community. This is a fascinating insight into the world of the indigenous people and a chance to see, hear, touch and taste some of the aspects of life in the Amazon.
See parrots and parakeets from special viewing blinds within camera range! They come here most mornings to eat clay that aids their digestion of unripe seeds and fruits. The nearest blind is just 50-meters from the river. Here you will see mealy Amazon, yellow-crowned, orange-winged and blue-headed parrots among others.
Learn how to use this legendary weapon. The blowgun is used by the Kichwa people as a method of hunting monkeys, birds, tapirs and other animals. A liquid that comes from the mixing of plants and animal venom, what the locals call “curare”, works as a paralyzing agent on the animals they want to hunt.
Relax in the evenings and in your free time, kayaking in the lake our double kayaks. The Laguna Challuacocha extends on both sides of the Lodge , which can be explored by you while kayaking accompanied by your naturalist and local guide. Do not miss the opportunity to watch the sunset from your kayak and then relax in one of our comfortable chairs near the lake, enjoying a cocktail.
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Our Chef will delight our guests with 3 exquisite meals.
Our staff has more than 15 years of experience in first class Ecoturism, therefore our cuisine is in line with the highest quality standards. As we customized the meals to our guest’s desire, being a vegetarian or having any special diet is not a problem at our lodge.
Our open-air dining room offers exquisite views of colorful sunsets over a beautiful lake. Every day, three exquisite meals are served for the delight of our guests.
The call of a bamboo horn indicates that the food is ready. Breakfast 5:00 – 6:00 am (depending on the activity) Lunch 1:00 pm Dinner 6:30 pm
The bar opens from 7.00 am until 11.00 pm. Drinks, snacks, binoculars, games, books and an acoustic guitar are available, to make everything more pleasant for our guests. One of the most amazing spots for bird watching is just there, at our open-air bar. Relaxing at this rustic atmosphere is a truly unique experience.
We are constantly actualizing ourselves with our guest suggestions to maintain a first class level. Here are some of the accessories offered by the lodge, board games, an Acoustic Guitar, library of wild life in the Amazon and others. Flashlights for sale. T shirts, art crafts, bags and hats for sale. Everything is offered with the intention of making your stay as comfortable as possible and supporting the comuna.
We recommend you to take the following flights from Mondays to Fridays:
Quito – Coca / Flight EQ211 / Departure: 10:20 am / Arrival: 11:00 am
Coca – Quito / Flight EQ212 / Departure: 11:40 am / Arrival: 12:20 pm
Quito – Coca / Flight EQ211 / Departure: 11:35 am / Arrival: 12:15 pm
Coca – Quito / Flight EQ212 / Departure: 01:00 pm / Arrival: 01:40 pm
3D-2N Mondays and Wednesdays
4D-3N Wednesdays and Fridays
5D-4N Mondays and Saturdays
A bus from “Trans Esmeraldas” leaves from the bus station in Quito, (which is located in Carcelen at the northern zone of Quito at 1 hour from the main city), at 9:30 pm (of day before your trip starts). The trip lasts about 9 hours. Your guide will meet you at La Mision hotel in Coca at 8:30am on the departure day.
ONCE IN COCA
You will be met by an English speaking guide, and shuttled from the airport to a waiting motorized canoe at the edge of the Napo River. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the Local Museum.
During your oat down the Napo River, enjoy a packed lunch and the opportunity to observe the unique ora and fauna of the area.We will travel down this river for about 3 hours before arriving to a small stream called Challuayacu.