Located along the Napo River in an area called La Providencia, SACHA lodge accepts 50 exclusive quests twice weekly. The lodge overlooks Pilchicocha lake which was hidden for millions of years, because of this, the flora and fauna has not changed since the beginning of time. The lodging at Sacha was carefully designed to offer comfort for the guests yet preserve the environment and rainforest ambience. Each of the 26 cabins comes fully equipped with two double beds with private bath and hot-water showers. All cabins are screened against insects and have high thatched roofs and modern amenities such as ceiling fans and electrical outlets. The cabins were constructed with traditional rainforest materials. In the rooms, guests may overlook the jungle from hammocks and often report seeing wild fauna such as Black-Mantle Tamarin’s. Enjoy a raised lookout area above the gorgeous bar and lounge. Three excellent buffet meals are served daily.
From Quito, there is a 35 minute flight to Coca followed by a two hour motorized canoe trip down the Napo River followed by a 10 minute walk and dugout canoe ride brings you to Sacha Lodge, a private reserve built on 5000 acres. After a brief orientation, we choose our rubber boots and are shown our assigned cabin. Sacha is home to one of Ecuador’s largest butterfly farm. Designed as a live exhibition conservatory, the Butterfly House is now successfully breeding nearly 40 species of local butterflies! Guests will be given explanation as to how these beautiful and unique insects are bred and raised, and later be free to wander through “the flying room”, where hundreds of these colorful butterflies can be seen.
Sacha’s guests will beded into groups of no more than six people. Each group will be lead by a bilingual natural guides and a native Quichua guide with ancestral knowledge of the rainforest. Different tours through the jungle can be chosen by the visitor according to your interests. A typical day begins at sunrise, in order to take advantage of the cool morning hours when animals are most active. Afternoon excursions begin between 3-4 and often continue into the early evening. An activity is offered every evening.
Constructed around an ancient Kapok Tree, the 135-foot observation tower (with an amazing 360 degree view) is definitely one of Sacha’s highlights. Getting to the tower is half the fun. Take an exhilarating 30-minute dugout canoe ride through an eerie flooded forest with Capuchin and Squirrel monkeys jumping from branch to branch right over your head. The tower allows guests to get up close with the rainforest canopy.
A new addition at Sacha is the Canopy Bird Walk, one of only a few rigid, self-standing, suspension canopy walkways in the world. Two of the three towers of observation decks every 40 feet making them accessible for everyone. The 900 foot long canopy walkway, suspended 120 feet above the forest floor, gives guests a birds eye view of all the wonders and beauty the tropical rainforest has to offer. The canopy walk is designed as a sturdy walkway enabling guests to move casually at their own pace.
Slide show taken by Mark Downey Photography: http://www.lucidimagesgallery.com/sacha
ECUADORIAN RAINFOREST 2016 TARIFFS
|SACHA LODGE (Fri/Mon) 3 nights|
|SACHA LODGE (Mon/Fri) 4 nights|
Arriving or departing on any day (except Sunday) is possible
Rates are per person double occupancy in US Dollars.
RATES INCLUDE: Accommodations in double room with private bath, all meals, bilingual jungle guide, native guide, jungle tours, transfers, taxes and rubber boots.
CHILD DISCOUNTS: 30% discount offered for children 11 and younger for lodge rates and 50% discount on airfare.
NOT INCLUDED: gratuities, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, souvenirs.
AIRFARE: $ 190.00 per person round trip from Quito.