DAY 1: ARRIVING FROM QUITO TO COCA
Your journey starts with a 35-minute flight from Quito to Coca, where the staff will pick you up and transfer to a local hotel located on the banks of Napo River. There, your bilingual guides will explain about safety before embarking for a 2 ½ boat trip on the largest Ecuadorian affluent of the Amazon, the Napo River. During the journey you get a taste of the Amazon; ancestral communities, birds such as: herons, egrets, vultures, while enjoying delicious packed lunch. The canoe ride is followed by a 15 minute walk through flooded forest, and 20-minute paddle canoe across the beautiful Challuacocha Lake. The staff will welcome you with refreshing cold drinks and snacks before you settle down in your cabins.
Late afternoon, you will have a short walk on the nearby trails or a canoe ride with many chances to observe primates, Amazonian birds, black caimans and a close encounter with the amazing flora represented by cedar trees, orchids, and bromeliads. Return to the lodge, where our chef will be happy to offer a wide variety of national and international cuisine that caters vegetarians and vegans. Briefing about Amazonia will be given by one of our bilingual guides, while enjoying Ecuadorian beers, spirits and cocktails prepared by our bartender.
Day 2:BIRDING FROM THE TOWER
After breakfast, experience the life on the tree tops from the 36 meter (108 ft.) observation tower. To get there your leaders will paddle on the Challuacocha Lake for 30 minutes followed by a short 10-minute walk. Over 565 species of birds have been registered so far, including colorful birds such as macaws, toucans, honeycreepers, tanagers, flycatchers, hummingbirds and with a bit of luck a close view of howler, squirrel monkeys or sloths resting on the canopy. The tower gives you a unique perspective, opening up a whole new world of Amazon biodiversity that is often difficult, if not impossible to see from the understory. The journey continues exploring the nearby trails searching for more Amazonian creatures. Return to the lodge for lunch.
After lunch there are many alternatives for your enjoyment, bird-watching from the dining hall or simply get relaxed on the hammocks. In the afternoon, hike Chorongo or Coto trails, fantastic terra-firme forest to discover the relationships among the different living creatures and the rol they play in this complex ecosystem. Orchids, vines, strangle figs, ancient trees; bromeliads are all part of this fabulous tropical rainforest. Diner at the lodge.
After dinner explore our black-water Oxbow Lake, one of the increasingly rare havens for the endangered black caiman, supporting a healthy population of these large up to 6 meter (18ft.) long south-American crocodilian. Back to the lodge.
Day 3:YASUNÍ NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast departure to the Napo River to board the boat and visit the parrot-clay lick at Yasuní National Park for a wonderful view of hundreds of parrots searching for a gap to land and eat the earth. Here you will see Mealy Amazon, Yellow-crowned, Orange-winged and Blue-headed parrots. Continue with a hike on the south of the Napo inside Yasuní National Park considered for scientists like the mostbiodiverse area in the world, here, some species that cannot be found in the north might be spotted: golden–mantled tamarins and 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 to get a taste of how a typical Kichwa family lives.
Enjoy their food, drinks, customs, and culture of the Sani community and learn how the lifestyle of the locals is environmentally sustainable. Return to the lodge late in the afternoon for a well-deserved diner. After diner take a night walk to see how myriads of insects, spiders and frogs come alive
Day 4: GOING BACK TO COCA AND FLIGHT TO QUITO
The first day, your flight from Quito leaves early in the morning so you can get to the lodge before noon. Enjoy the afternoon on the lagoon and still have time to enjoy an evening´s activity. Your last day is far from ending, because it will be time for a final activity in the rainforest so as to close your stay with a flourish. Remember, you will have more time to spend doing the activities you love the most and enjoying the biodiversity that you will find only here in Sani Lodge..
*The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, regulations or unforeseeable circumstances.
Camping site: we accept from 3 passengers from Tours of 3 nights/ 4 days.
We operate every day except on Sundays. There´s an extra charge of $ 250 negotiable for operating on Sundays in or out.
Children under 5 years old stay free, 5 to twelve years old have 50% discount, 12 and up pay full price. Price includes accommodation, 3 meals per day, a native guide, a bilingual guide, rubber boots for the walks, excursions and transportation from Coca’s airport to the lodge and vice versa (on operating days).
Not included in the above price:
– Airfare to and from Quito (US $ 210.00 $ 110.00 two-way or one-way. Children $ 175.00 double track, and $ 90.00 one way. – Prices subject to change without notice). We book flights.
– Extra activities: Parrot clay lick Yasuni National Park $35 p.p (pay at the lodge only in cash.)
– Pañacocha Lagoon $30 p.p Activity available in tour of more than 6 days.
*These prices are per person*
* We invoice using the name of the foreign pax. with VAT: 0*
– Assistance at Quito Airport
– Transportation Coca-Sani Lodge-Coca
– Accommodation in private cabin with hot water or tent
– All meals starting with lunch on the first day and finishing with breakfast on the last day
– Snacks for all the excursions
– Native and bilingual guide
– All the excursions
– Rubber boots
– Rain coats
– WIFI in the bar area
Rates do not include:
– Air ticket from/to Quito (US $210.00 round trip or, $110 one way. Price subject to change without previous notice)
– Or Bus ticket from / to Quito US 30,00 round trip or, US $15,00 one way.
– Personal expenses, extras, tips
– Any not specified service
– Prices are per person
– Air tickets can be purchased by Sani Lodge
– We depart every day except on Sundays
– Child discount from 0-5 y.o free, from 6-11 y.o. 50%
We accept all major credit cards for payments or purchases consumption Sani Lodge . There is a 4% fee for this payment.
Terms & Conditions
A 30% deposit from the total tour package must be done within a maximum of 20 days after to confirm the date of travel. Final payment must be done 30 days prior tour departure.
Reservations made between 30 days and the day of departure requires an immidiate payment.All reservations will have the status of “request” until the reception of the confirmed date of travel and deposit, then the status of the reservation will change to “Confirmed”.
* If deposit has been not made Sani lodge will have the right to use that space if necessary.
Payment can be done with a personal check from a US bank payable to Comunidad Sani Isla, or an international wire transfer. For details please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inside the general rules, Sani Lodge reimburses:
– 100% 6 months before the tour.
– 80% 5 months before the tour.
– 60% 4 months before the tour.
– 50% 3 months before the tour.
– 25% 2 months before the tour
– 0% 1 month or less before the tour.
This policy is effective regardless of the motive of the cancellation. Sani Lodge reimburses 100% of the deposit when natural disasters have occurred. Ecuador tax fees (not determined by Sani Lodge) and the Sani Lodge rates are subject to change without prior notice.