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Ecuador Amazon Adventure - Sacha Lodge

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Ecuador Amazon Adventure - Sacha Lodge
Our Ecuador Amazon Adventure at Sacha Lodge is a 4- or 5-day program within a 5,000-acre private ecological reserve in Ecuador’s Amazon region. This is an accessible yet pristine rainforest sanctuary where you and your family can enjoy a true jungle adventure in safety and comfort.

A typical day at Sacha begins at sunrise in order to take advantage of the cool morning hours
when the rainforest’s animals are most active. Each group can decide its own wake-up and breakfast time, as well as the difficulty and duration of their morning outings. In the afternoon, activities begin around 3:00 and often continue into the evening, when the nocturnal insect and frog chorus begins. Wherever the destination, excursions at Sacha Lodge proceed slowly in order to appreciate the fascinating details that the naturalist guides can point out for you. A favorite activity at Sacha Lodge is to paddle dugout canoes along tannin-rich blackwater creeks and lakes, where lianas, orchids, bromeliads and palm trees thrive. Possibilities of spotting animals, from the tiny pygmy marmoset to the feared ocelot or puma, are endless. During free time at the lodge, enjoy swimming and piranha fishing (both perfectly safe). For adventurous souls, the day does not necessarily end with dinner. Night walks and canoe trips, with the aid of flashlights, often reveal creatures seldom seen during daylight.

The Ecuador Amazon Adventure at Sacha Lodge is the perfect complement to a Galapagos small ship cruise, or further explorations in Ecuador and South America. AdventureSmith Explorations offers the Ecuador Amazon Adventure from three different lodges. View the following links for information on the other two options, or head back to the main Ecuador Amazon Adventure page:
Ecuador Amazon Adventure - Napo Wildlife Center
Ecuador Amazon Adventure - La Selva EcoLodge
Ecuador Amazon Adventure Main Page
read more Our Ecuador Amazon Adventure at Sacha Lodge is a 4- or 5-day program within a 5,000-acre private ecological reserve in Ecuador’s Amazon region. This is an accessible yet pristine rainforest sanctuary where you and your family can enjoy a true jungle adventure in safety and comfort.

A typical day at Sacha begins at sunrise in order to take advantage of the cool morning hours when the rainforest’s animals are most active. Each group can decide its own wake-up and breakfast time, as well as the difficulty and duration of their morning outings. In the afternoon, activities begin around 3:00 and often continue into the evening, when the nocturnal insect and frog chorus begins. Wherever the destination, excursions at Sacha Lodge proceed slowly in order to appreciate the fascinating details that the naturalist guides can point out for you. A favorite activity at Sacha Lodge is to paddle dugout canoes along tannin-rich blackwater creeks and lakes, where lianas, orchids, bromeliads and palm trees thrive. Possibilities of spotting animals, from the tiny pygmy marmoset to the feared ocelot or puma, are endless. During free time at the lodge, enjoy swimming and piranha fishing (both perfectly safe). For adventurous souls, the day does not necessarily end with dinner. Night walks and canoe trips, with the aid of flashlights, often reveal creatures seldom seen during daylight.

The Ecuador Amazon Adventure at Sacha Lodge is the perfect complement to a Galapagos small ship cruise, or further explorations in Ecuador and South America. AdventureSmith Explorations offers the Ecuador Amazon Adventure from three different lodges. View the following links for information on the other two options, or head back to the main Ecuador Amazon Adventure page:
Ecuador Amazon Adventure - Napo Wildlife Center
Ecuador Amazon Adventure - La Selva EcoLodge
Ecuador Amazon Adventure Main Page
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Expert Review: Ecuador Amazon Adventure at Sacha Lodge

Expert Review: Ecuador Amazon Adventure at Sacha Lodge

Adventure Coordinator Aaron G. reviews his trip to Sacha Lodge in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest.
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Day 1 - Quito to Coca & Sacha Lodge

Day 2 - Suspension Canopy Walk & Rainforest Hikes

Day 3 - Lake Lagartococha, Piranha Fishing & Flooded Forest Canoe Ride

Day 4 - Depart Sacha Lodge


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Day 1 - Quito to Coca & Sacha Lodge

Depart Quito's airport for a 30-minute flight over the Andes Mountains, which leads you to a bustling oil town called Coca located in the Amazon Basin. A quick lunch in Sacha Lodge's private house and then it's off to the town docks where you will board Sacha's private canoes for the 2-hour journey down river to Sacha Lodge. A 30-minute hike through the rainforest leads you to Lake Pilchicocha. Here, you are met by native workers to paddle you across the lake to your final destination. Arrive at Sacha Lodge around 3:30 or 4:00 pm.

A refreshing swim after arriving may be just what you need after being in the equatorial heat all day. You can swim in Lake Pilchicocha, which is a black water lake home to many species of fish and animals, or observe birds and watch the sunset from the mini tower. Visit the butterfly house with your naturalist guide to view the beautiful colors of many different species of butterflies.

After dinner, accompany your naturalist guide on a night walk through the rainforest to view the hundreds of different species of animals that can only be found at night. Or maybe a canoe ride on the lake to view the spectacled and black caimans with their glowing orange eyes as you silently paddle across the lake to get a closer view.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sacha Lodge
MEALS:
lunch and dinner

Day 2 - Suspension Canopy Walk & Rainforest Hikes

Morning activities begin early, between 6:00 and 7:00am, to best view wildlife. Begin walking on trail Liana Chica and arrive at the canopy walk, for spectacular views of the rainforest canopy and the many different species of vibrantly colored birds. Designed to be a self-standing rigid suspension canopy walk, it is one of only a few in the world! Located within Sacha's private reserve, 2 miles from the shores of the Rio Napo and 1 mile from the lodge, the bird walk gives you an up close and personal view of the rainforest canopy. Two of the three towers have observation decks every 39 feet, making towers accessible for everyone. The canopy walkway is at 118 feet high and 902 feet long, yet is designed to be sturdy so guests can casually move along while enjoying the spectacular views.

After the canopy walk, take the Liana Grande trail through terra firma and igapo forest habitats where native guides will explain many different species of medicinal plants that have been being used in their culture for hundreds of years. Liana Grande will turn into the trail Higueron, which will take you through pristine primary forest with huge Kapok and fig trees towering hundreds of feet above your head. After lunch, you may choose to take a leisurely hike along the Rio Napo, or opt for a more challenging hike on the trail Leoncillo to try and spot the elusive dusky titi monkey. Either way, the trails will lead you back to the main boardwalk for your final hike and canoe ride back to the lodge.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sacha Lodge
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Lake Lagartococha, Piranha Fishing & Flooded Forest Canoe Ride

Leaving the lodge after breakfast, begin your hike on trail Lagartococha, which offers you the chance to learn more about the native people and their relationship with the forest. Learn about the trees where native people believe the spirits of their ancestors live, and the mysterious "dwende" or devil-man of the forest. After arriving at Lake Lagartococha, take a tranquil canoe ride through a natural swamp, which is the home of anacondas, caimans and capybaras. After the canoe ride, a walk on the other side of Largatococha may give you the opportunity to spot capuchin or squirrel monkeys playfully jumping through the trees. Return from the walk or canoe ride and head back to the lodge for a refreshing dip in the lake, or a nice relaxing nap in your personal hammock on your private balcony.

After lunch, your native guide will teach you how to fish for the infamous razor-toothed piranha. Keep in mind that piranhas will never attack a person and swimming at the same time is perfectly safe and fun! In the afternoon you will begin what many think is the best activity at Sacha Lodge, a silent canoe ride through the flooded Amazonian forest. Here you have a good chance of being surrounded by troops of squirrel, capuchin and howler monkeys. Keep your eyes peeled for the shy and elusive river otter as well as the incredibly well camouflaged three-toed sloth! After your eye-popping ride through the flooded forest, arrive at Sacha's 135-foot wooden tower built around an ancient Kapok tree. Get close-up views of vibrantly colored birds through Sacha's powerful scopes, and watch the sun set with an amazing view of Mount Sumaco, a volcano, and possibly a view of the snow-covered caps of the Andes! Leaving the tower just before or after sunset will give you an experience not soon forgotten. A canoe ride back through the flooded forest at night will be an awe-inspiring experience. Listen to the symphony of frogs and insects as you navigate through the narrow flooded forest trail, keeping your eyes open for caimans. Watch the several species of bats flying over your heads and listen to the many species of nocturnal birds making their eerie nighttime calls. Finally, after your mesmerizing canoe trip through the Amazon, arrive back at Lake Pilchicocha and the welcoming lights of Sacha Lodge.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sacha Lodge
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Depart Sacha Lodge

After breakfast, depart the lodge at 7:30am for an easy walk on the boardwalk to watch monkeys one last time before your final departure. Arrive in Coca and be escorted to the Coca airport where all plane tickets will be in the hands of Sacha Lodge employees waiting to help you board the plane and a final farewell. Scheduled arrival at Quito's airport is at 12:30pm (subject to change)
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Alternative Itinerary

In addition to the 4-day Sacha Lodge itinerary listed above, there is an extended 5-day program. Please call for more detailed information.
Day 1 - Arrive to Sacha Lodge
Day 2 - Suspension Canopy Walk & Rainforest Hikes
Day 3 - Lake Lagartococha, Piranha Fishing & Flooded Forest Canoe Ride
Day 4 - Parrot Clay Lick & Pantano Trail
Day 5 - Depart Sacha Lodge

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife or National Park regulation. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique.

Arrival & Departure

The Ecuador Amazon Adventure begins and ends in Quito. Flights to the Amazon usually depart early and the Ecuador Amazon Adventure may require a pre-trip hotel overnight in Quito. Expect to return from the Amazon late in the late afternoon on Day 4 or Day 5.
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Departures every day except Sunday.

$950 - 4 Day 2014-2015

$1190 - 5 Day 2014-2015


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Included

Accommodation, all meals, aquatic transportation, excursions with native and bilingual guides, welcome drink, water, tea and coffee with all meals.

Exclusions

International airfare, Quito-Coca airfare (estimated $180 round-trip 2014, subject to change), alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks, gratuities, Parrot clay lick entrance fee ($20 per person 2014/15, paid locally).

Room Configuration

Rooms may be booked for single occupancy at a 50% supplement.

Families & Children

Children under 12 receive a 30% discount on accommodation and a 50% discount on airfare. Children under 5 receive free accommodation and a 50% discount on airfare.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $100 is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 30 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing; cancellations are analyzed individually and may require a doctor's certificate if due to a medical reason.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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