Deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon is a mysterious lagoon called Challuacocha, where the water hyacinths and dark floating grasses of the coasts. Float here for a while, gazing at the horizon and you’ll probably notice the Aracari honey bee or hear the Hoatzin’s hoarse whisper. Come to Challuacocha and feel the mystery. Come to Challuacocha and experience the world of Sani Lodge.
Depends in the flight hour from Quito to El Coca.
Be prepared to let you amaze by the beauty of the ecuadorian amazon region. We will have an amazing time full of nature, surprises and relax.
our 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. Then you will have a boat drive about a 2 ½ hours.
During the journey you can see 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.
Late afternoon, you will have a short walk on the nearby trails or a canoe ride with many chances to observe the amazing flora and faunaprimates. Briefing about Amazonia will be given by one of our bilingual guides.
This day you will travel to the Amazon rainforest. You will flight to Coca about 30 minutes. After landing, a short 5 minute drive to the port in the Napo River will take you onto a comfortable covered motor boat. Here we start a boat ride along the Napo river for approximately 2 hours. Some aquatic birds can be spotted on the way.
Here you will have great chances to spot wildlife, various species of monkeys as well as large birds like toucans, parrots or even macaws. Late in the afternoon arrival at the lodge. Accomodation: Sani Lodge
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 diner 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. (B/L/D)
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 most biodiverse 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. (B/L/D)
After breakfast head back to Coca, on the way have another look of the parrot clay lick. Arrive to Coca at 10:00 a.m. for the flight back to Quito. (B)