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Sacha Lodge - Ecuadorian Amazon
“The guides were friendly, helpful, enthusiastic, and willing to accommodate our desires and wishes. Our 11 1/2-year-old grandson also enjoyed… ”
|from $1,270* per person||7 Days||Year-round|
|Boutique accommodations||Exertion level: 2|
|Operator: Adventure Life Journeys||24 people max|
- Airport, ecuador near quito, ecuador
- Family & Friends trips
Ecuadorian Amazon , Sacha Lodge, Ecuador, South America
2 testimonials about this trip
The guides were friendly, helpful, enthusiastic, and willing to accommodate our desires and wishes. Our 11 1/2-year-old grandson also enjoyed it! It was a perfect mix of freedom and aid through guides and drivers. We have been in the rainforest and the Amazon before, and this was the best rainforest adventure we have ever had.5
What can I say? You guys really know what you're doing! I was nervous about traveling alone with my 11-year-old daughter, but you made it so easy! Sacha Lodge was a perfect choice for us - very kid-friendly and fun for both of us. Our volcano tour was excellent as well. I didn't have to worry about a thing! Every transfer was flawless and the guides really looked after us. Ecuador was amazing - such a tiny country but so much to offer. Who knew? Well, I guess you guys did! We'll definitely be calling you when it's time for our next South American adventure!5
1 testimonial about the provider, Adventure Life Journeys:
Adventure Life is one of the few organizations in the world that get what matters most - customers. Your staff and services were excellent and of quality. It is clear that everyone at Adventure Life loves what they do and do what they love.
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- May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.
- Family oriented trip.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive Quito Overnight lodge
Day 2 Fly to the Amazon and Sacha Lodge (B,L,D) lodge
A short flight takes you over the high Andes and down to the Amazon frontier town of Puerto Francisco de Orellana (called Coca by the locals). From here you travel by motorized canoe two and a half hours down the Napo River, followed by a short walk through a thick palm forest to Sacha Lodge -- your home for the next few nights and base for an incredible Amazon travel adventure!
Days 3-5 Sacha Lodge (3B,3L,3D) lodge
Days during your stay at Sacha Lodge are filled with discovery. During excursions, visitors are divided into small groups (max 6), each with its own native guide and bilingual naturalist. Native guides carry a lifetime of knowledge about the medicinal and functional uses of rainforest plants. They proudly display the wonders of their home environment, sometimes even offering a tasty treat like the strange lemon tasting ants that coexist in the stems of certain trees. Naturalists, educated in biology and ecology, translate for native guides and complement excursions with explanations of the scientific workings of the rainforest. Sacha Lodge has something for everyone. A favorite activity includes paddling dugout canoes along blackwater creeks and lakes past luxuriant lianas, bromeliads, and enormous palms. Swimming and piranha fishing are also popular (the piranha here are harmless, really!). And for the adventurous Ecuador traveler there are night walks and canoe trips in search of caiman and other nocturnal creatures.
Sacha Lodge offers a number of very unique sites to its visitors. A 130-foot observation tower and a 940-foot canopy walkway both give visitors a chance to get above the rainforest canopy for incredible views of the area. These areas are also great places to observe toucans and macaws and, with luck, spot noisy howler monkeys or a three-toed sloth. Another site is the butterfly house where over 40 local butterfly species are bred. Visitors can see the process of breeding and raising these colorful insects and wander through the "flying room." Finally, there's the Yasuni Parrot Lick. Just a short distance from Sacha Lodge is Ecuador's most famous parrot lick, where visitors can observe dozens of the magnificently colored birds feeding on the clay.
Day 6 Return to Quito (B) lodge
After an early breakfast, you'll head back up the Napo River for the flight back to Quito to complete your Amazon tour. At the airport, you'll be picked up and transferred to your hotel and have the evening free to enjoy Quito.
Day 7 Depart for Home (B)
Extend your trip for a few more days!