The Community

In 1922, our first ancestors of Sani Isla arrived from the Napo province.

Domingo Cecilio Licuy Vargas and his wife, Xaviar Pascual Licuy and his wife, Siku and his family, Sani and her family, and Aurelio Andi and his family were joined in the years to follow by others from the Napo and Pastaza provinces. Yet, it was not until December 1976, when Father Jose Miguel and Mr. Humberto Andi organized the community and raised awareness of their rights, that the Commune Kichwa Sani Isla was officially established.

The Sani Isla Kichwa community was founded with the purpose of defending our culture, customs, and language. Our home comprises 42,000 hectares north and south of the Napo river and crossing through two provinces, Sucumbios and Orellana. Currently, our community includes 600 adults and children, working together for mutual support and continuing our traditions for generations to come.

We open up our community to you, so you can experience our way of life, build lifelong personal connections, and become an extended family member of our extraordinary community.

Mission Sani Lodge

Provide a living for the Kichwa Sani Isla community by hosting visitors, sharing our culture and our unique and beautiful environment, and promoting sustainable ecotourism to the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest.


  • Respect for the Environment
  • Respect for Human Dignity
  • Teamwork
  • Professionalism
  • Commitment to Visitors
  • Solidarity


To provide the world with a deeper understanding of what it means to live in harmony with the forest and allow others to experience our way of life. By promoting sustainable practices here in Ecuador, we can demonstrate to the world how impactful sustainable ecotourism can be. Becoming a tourist destination of excellence with international recognition allows us to grow and protect our community, culture, and traditions for generations to come.

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