Sacha Lodge lies in the heart of this wilderness, 50 miles down the Napo River from Coca, a small jungle town. Blessed with a stunning lakeside location and experienced and enthusiastic personnel, the lodge provides a base from which to appreciate the raw beauty of the rainforest and a relaxing retreat in which to enjoy the comforts and services available.
The lodge has been carefully designed with comfort and safety in mind, as well as preservation of the rainforest environment and ambience.
All of the cabins are constructed with traditional materials and nestle well concealed into the lush surroundings. They are built with high thatched roofs and private shaded terraces.
During free time visitors can overlook the jungle from relaxing hammocks and often report seeing wild fauna such as toucans, agoutis and monkeys right from their own cabin! Guests can also enjoy a raised lookout above our main bar and lounge, which offers a scenic view of Pilchicocha Lake and excellent opportunities to birdwatch.
Highlights from Sacha Lodge by Nautica
This 940-foot (275-meter) sturdy walkway is fixed to the ground by three metal towers, and offers an astounding opportunity to spot dozens of animals
He might take you through the territory of the crested owls or spider monkeys, expertly mimicking the creatures’ call to win their trust and coax them out of hiding.
Of the incredible 1,600 bird species registered in Ecuador, 600 (37 percent) have been seen at Sacha Lodge. That’s almost 7 percent of the species found in the entire world!
The 4 day itinerary is the same as the 5days but without the activities of the fourth
A 30-minute flight over the Andes from Quito takes us to coca. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and enjoy a quick lunch before heading out to Laguna Pilchicocha by canoe (approx 2 hours) and then a short trek (30 minutes) through the forest to the lodge. At the lodge there are flexible activities for the afternoon: swimming in the Pilchicocha Lake, bird-watching on the tower, or a visit to the butterfly house. After dinner there is an exciting night walk to look for nocturnal species or a canoe trip in search of caiman alligators.
Early morning visit to the canopy walkway for literally a spectacular birds-eye view of the forest! The walkway is 36m high and 275m long and brings you closer to the canopy species than ever before. The rest of the morning is spent hiking on local trails with your naturalist guide who will explain about the medicinal plants and fauna you encounter on route. After lunch at the lodge the afternoon is set aside for more hiking – either on the gentle trail along the Rio Napo, or the more adventurous Leoncillo Trail in search of the elusive Dusty Titi Monkey. Dinner at the lodge.
Breakfast at the lodge. We spend the morning exploring the Lagartococha Trail which provides the opportunity to learn about the native people and their relationship with the forest – the trees where native people believe the spirits of their ancestors live, and the mysterious “dwende” or devil-man of the forest. Arriving at Lagartococha Lake we take a canoe ride – species that live around the lake include anaconda, caiman and capuchin / squirrel monkeys. Back at the lodge there is time for relaxation in the hammocks or a swim and then lunch. In the afternoon we head out for a canoe ride through the flooded part of Amazon forest where if lucky it may be possible to see otters, various species of monkey, and sloths. The canoe ride finishes at the canopy tower for views of Sumaco Volcano (if clear) and a stunning sunset. The return canoe trip is very atmospheric with the chorus of the frogs and glint of alligator eyes in the water. Dinner at lodge.
Starting early we head by canoe down the Napo River and into the Yasuni National Park to visit the parrot clay lick – here it is possible to see 4 different species of parrot at the same time. Arriving back to the lodge late morning there is time to relax or take a dip in the water before lunch. The final afternoon is spent trekking on the Pantano Trail where you will visit both primary and secondary rainforest including fooded forest and swampy areas – an excellent area for monkeys and birds.
An early breakfast to depart the lodge heading back to Quito. The return journey is by canoe and plane (exact reverse of the journey in).
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Airport Assistance in Quito
Transfers in Coca
All meals and accommodation
Guided Hikes and other excursions
Additional transfers, tours or meals in the cities
Yasuni National Park Fee / Parrot Lick add $25 (paid locally)
Drinks, liquor, tips
Items not mentioned
You Should bring:
- Head Lamp or Flashlight
- Personal clothing
- Insect repellent
4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Plane, motorized canoe.
Staff & experts
|4 days, 3 nights|
any day except Sunday
|5 days, 4 nights|
any day except Sunday
|6 days, 5 nights|
any day except Sunday