Sani Lodge

From $979 per person

Sani is a remote ecolodge in Ecuador, 100% owned and run by an indigenous community. As guests of the local Kichwa people, you are welcomed to their Amazon rainforest home. You become part of their extended community as they share and teach you about their environment and culture. At Sani Lodge, you are not only choosing an amazing adventure, but also the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Kichwa lifestyle.

  • Activity Level: Easy / Moderate
  • Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
  • Highlights: Ecuadorian Amazon, 100% community run, Observation Tower, Challuacocha Lake, Yasuni National Park
Sani Lodge Tour

Itinerary

Day 1 Sani Lodge (L,D)

Our journey starts with a 35-minute flight from Quito to Coca where Sani Lodge’s staff will pick you up and transfer you to a local hotel located on the banks of the Napo River. After your bilingual guide gives a brief safety talk, you embark on a two and a half hour motorized canoe trip along the largest Ecuadorian tributary of the Amazon, the Napo River.

During the journey you get a taste of the Amazon, passing ancestral communities and observing birds such as herons, egrets & vultures, while enjoying a delicious packed lunch. The canoe ride is followed by a 15 minute walk through flooded forest and a 20-minute paddle canoe ride across the beautiful Challuacocha Lake. On arrival the staff welcome you with refreshing cold drinks and snacks before you settle down in your cabins.

Later in the afternoon, you will have the option to take a short rainforest trail walk or a canoe ride to look for primates, Amazonian birds & black caimans in their natural setting. You will also have a close encounter with the amazing flora represented by cedar trees, orchids and bromeliads.

Upon your return to the lodge, our chef will be happy to offer a wide variety of national and international cuisine that caters for all including vegetarians and vegans.

After dinner explore our black-water oxbow lake, a haven for one of the increasingly endangered species in the Amazon, the black caiman. This lake supports a healthy population of these large South-American crocodiles, which can measure up to 6m long.

Overnight at Sani Lodge.

Day 2 Sani Lodge (B,L,D)

After breakfast, climb our 36m observation tower to experience life in the tree tops. To get there your will enjoy a 30 minute paddle canoe ride across the Challuacocha Lake, followed by a short 10-minute walk

Over 565 species of birds have been registered so far in the reserve, including colorful birds such as macaws, toucans, honeycreepers, tanagers, flycatchers and hummingbirds. With a bit of luck, we may get a closer view of howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys and sloths resting in the canopy.

The tower gives you a unique perspective, opening up a whole new world of Amazonian biodiversity that is often difficult, if not impossible, to see from the forest floor. The morning’s activity continues with time to explore the nearby trails searching for more Amazonian creatures. Return to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch, there are many alternative activities for your enjoyment, such as bird-watching from the dining hall or simply relaxing in the hammocks.

In the afternoon, hike the Chorongo or Coto trails for 3 hours. These hikes take you through a fantastic terra-firme forest where you can discover more about the relationships among the different living creatures and the role they play in this complex ecosystem. Orchids, vines, strangler figs, ancient trees; bromeliads are all part of this fabulous tropical rainforest.

Dinner at the lodge.

After dinner take a night walk to see how a myriad of insects, spiders and frogs come alive after dark.

Dinner and overnight at Sani Lodge.

Day 3 Sani Lodge (B,L,D)

After breakfast, we depart for the Napo River, where we board a boat to visit the Butterfly Garden in Yasuní National Park, a wonderful experience with hundreds of butterflies.

Afterwards we hike on the south side of the Napo River, within the Yasuní National Park, considered by scientists to be the most biodiverse area in the world. Here we are on thelook out for some species that cannot be found on the north side of the river like the golden-mantled tamarins, spider monkeys, blue and yellow macaws and with a bit of luck a close encounter with white-lipped or collared peccaries.

Head back to Sani Community Center to visit a native house and get a taste of how a typical Kichwa family lives. Enjoy their food, drinks, customs and culture and learn how the lifestyle of the locals is environmentally sustainable. Return to the lodge late in the afternoon for a well-deserved dinner.

Overnight at Sani Lodge

Day 4 Sani Lodge (B)

After breakfast head back to the Napo River to board the boat and visit the parrot clay lick within the Yasuní National Park for a wonderful view of hundreds of parrots searching for a gap to land and eat the earth. Here you may see Mealy Amazon, Yellow-crowned, Orange-winged and Blue-headed parrots.

Sani Lodge Cabins
Sani Lodge Twin Cabin

Prices

Prices 2024

4 Day / 3 Night Tour
Double or Triple Superior Cabin
  $979 p/p
Single Cabin
  $1321 p/p
5 Day / 4 Night Tour
Double or Triple Superior Cabin
  $1187 p/p
Single Cabin
  $1602 p/p

Price includes:
Accommodation, meals as specified (B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner), welcome drink, river transportation Coca – Sani Lodge – Coca, excursions with native & bilingual guide, visit to Parrot Clay Lick (optional visit weather permitting on Wednesdays and Sundays), rain poncho and rubber boots if needed, WIFI in the bar area.

Not included:
International flights, Airline tickets Coca – Quito – Coca US$240 p/p (subject to change) with assistance in Quito airport, personal travel insurance, alcoholic and soft drinks, tips and personal expenses

Notes:
All prices are per person, valid until 31st December 2024 and are quoted in US dollars for adults.
Please note that airfares are subject to change without previous notice.

Children under 12 years old get 50% discount on hotel prices when sharing a room with adults.

Sani Lodge Cabins
Sani Isla Community - Traditional Dishes
Sani Lodge - Birdwatching from the Observation Tower
Sani Lodge - Arriving by Paddle Canoe
Sani Lodge - Indigenous Handicrafts
Sani Lodge - Wildlife Spotting
Sani Lodge - Parrot Salt Lick
Sani Lodge - Sharing a Traditional Meal
Sani Lodge - Birdwatching
Sani Lodge - Sunset across the lagoon