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4 Days Wildlife Tour in the Amazonian Forest, Ecuador

Sani Lodge, Rio Napo Riverside, Yasuni National Park, Ecuador

Cultural Wildlife Tour in Ecuador

With their extensive knowledge about flora, fauna, and biodiversity, Sani Lodge Ecuador invites you to take part in an adventurous experience touring through the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest. Explore and spot the 550 species of tropical birds, 13 species of monkeys, and 1,000 species of beautiful butterflies available in the area. Meet and interact with the indigenous community and learn about their lives, food, and culture. Be amazed by the untouched rain forest's and its biodiversity!

Overview

  • Children policy: Children of all ages are welcome. Children below the age of 5 can join for free, and children between 6 - 11 years of age will receive a 50% discount in the room shared with an adult.
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Birds, insects, spiders, snakes, and frogs
  • Starting point and ending point: Coca

Highlights

  • 3-day exploration of Challwacocha Lake
  • Spot birds, insects, spiders, snakes, and frogs
  • Night walks, canoeing, and kayaking trips in Amazon
  • Artisan chocolate making with Sani Isla Community Center
  • Visit to parrots’ wall at Yasuni National Park
  • All meals with snacks for excursion
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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3 activity days
Airport transfer included: Francisco de Orellana Airport
Airport transfer included: Mariscal Sucre International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
11:30
Check-out Time:
07:00

You will be accommodated at Sani eco-lodge in a private cabin with bathroom (hot water). They have 13 first category cabins, 10 double / single cabins, one mini suite cabin, and one family cabins, one multi cabin with four rooms, each one with 5 beds. All cabins are built with typical woods of the area, with large openings window protected by mosquito nets, roofs with toquilla straw. These facilities are in harmony with the jungle and will allow to live an unforgettable dream. Wi-Fi will be available at the bar.

Program

In the depths of the Ecuadorian Amazon region you can enjoy and rest surrounded by a unique landscape that only Ecuador offers to its visitors. This is a unique trip that will allow you to discover the mysterious lagoon Challwacocha, where you will see flowers such as little water gardens and dark floating grasses.

Taking a look at the horizon you will surely see native South American birds such as the Lettered Aracari. You will hear the whisper of the Hoatzin, another bird, which its size is similar to the pheasant that lives in the lagoons of the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers.

Once you reach Coca you will be met by an English-speaking guide and shuttled from the airport to a waiting motorized canoe at the edge of the Napo River. During your float down the Napo River, enjoy a packed lunch and the opportunity to observe the unique flora and fauna of the area. You will travel down this river for about three hours before arriving to a small stream called Challuayacu.

Daily sample itinerary

Day 1

Your journey starts with 40-minute flight from Quito to Coca where the staff will pick you up and transfer to the banks of Napo River. There, your bilingual guide will explain about safety before embarking for two and half hour 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, and nature. The canoe ride is followed by a 15-minute walk through a wooden platform and 20-minute paddle canoe across the beautiful Challwacocha Lake. The staff will welcome you with refreshing cold drinks before you start your adventure in the Amazon Rainforest.

In the afternoon you’ll go fishing in Challwacocha Lake while you are sailing in its black water. Return to the lodge, where Sani Lodge's chef will be happy to offer a wide variety of national and international cuisine that also caters to vegetarians and vegans. Then you will have a briefing with the guide about the Amazon Rainforest while you enjoy drinks and cocktails made for the lodge's bartender.

Day 2

After breakfast you will go to Napo River to take the canoe to Sani Isla Community Center. There you can learn how the community lives in harmony with the Amazon Rainforest. You will learn about their customs, drinks, food, and Kichwa culture, learn how local life is environmentally sustainable. You will know their conservation and entrepreneurship projects (Sani Warmi) along with an activity of handicrafts.

Lunch will be in the community and you will taste the traditional food of the area, then get ready to play with the blowgun, an ancient Kichwa tradition of hunting. In the afternoon there you will make artisan chocolate together with the women of the community.

Next, in the afternoon you’ll kayak in Napo River, from the community to the main port of Sani Lodge. After dinner, take a night walk to see insects, spiders, snakes, and frogs.

Day 3

After breakfast, experience the life on the treetops from the 36-meter (118-feet) observation tower. To get there your leaders will paddle on the Challwacocha 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 a howler, squirrel monkeys or sloths resting on the canopy.

The tower gives you a unique perspective, opening a whole new world of Amazon biodiversity that is often difficult and almost impossible to see from the understory. The journey continues exploring the nearby trails searching for more Amazonian creatures walking through Chorongo trail that have 5 hours of duration in the deep tropical rainforest. In the afternoon you will go back to the lodge to have dinner.

Day 4

After breakfast head back to the Napo River to board the boat and visit the parrots’ wall at Yasuni National Park for a wonderful view of hundreds of parrots searching for a gap to land and eat the earth in a process for their digestion. There

you will see Mealy Amazon, Yellow-crowned, Orange-winged, and Blue-headed parrots. Then return to Coca on time to get your flight back to Quito.

Guides

Sani Lodge itineraries include bilingual and native guides for a group of minimum 6 and maximum 10 people. For groups that requires private guides, the following rates are established:

  • English-speaking naturalist guide 95 USD per day
  • English-speaking bird-watching guide 115 USD per day
  • Spanish-speaking naturalist and bird-watching guide 95 USD per day

There are certain conditions to confirm a guide in other languages: at Sani Lodge, they have tour guides that speak English and Spanish, if you need a guide in a different language, the request must be asked in the confirmation of the reservation. Sani Lodge Ecuador can confirm a translator in languages such as: French, Italian, and German for groups until 10 people with an additional cost of 115 USD per day per reservation (not per person).

Please note that this fee is subject to change according to the market and language, this additional fee must be paid in advance, before the departing date. The request of a translator in other language must be made at least two months in advance.

These discounts are not applicable to the rate of transportation or extra excursions. This alternative is not available once the tourist has arrived to Sani Lodge, this special requirement must be done with the reservations department, and the additional cost has to be paid 30 days before the departing date.

Please note that Sani Lodge reserves the right to modify the itinerary including accommodation and transportation (air or

river). In case of natural disasters or commercial reasons, Sani Lodge has the right to provide services of the same quality and / or price, if it’s available. These changes will be informed to the client as soon as possible.

The itineraries are subject to change without prior notice due to weather conditions, or other causes beyond the control of Sani Lodge. Although the territory of Sani Lodge is rich and abundant in flora and fauna they do not guarantee the particular observation of specific animals or plants during the tour. The sightings depend on the environmental conditions.

Included excursions

  • Canoe to Sani Isla Community Center
  • Kayak in Napo River to the main port of Sani Lodge
  • Night walk to see insects, spiders, snakes, and frogs
  • Paddle on the Challwacocha Lake to reach observation tower
  • Visit the parrots wall at Yasuni National Park
  • Walk through the Chorongo trail

Location

This tour will take place in Ecuador's Amazon region. Sani Lodge is located in the intermediate corridor of Yasuní National Park and Cuyabeno Reserve, this place is owned by Sani Isla Kichwa Community and embraces a total of 42,000 hectares (103,784 acres) of virgin rainforest.

This is an exclusive eco-hotel that welcomes to the tourists with an astonishing biodiversity. Part of the attractions is the trek through the forest, where you will be surrounded by 1,500 species of trees, hundreds of lianas and beautiful flowers; 550 species of tropical birds, 13 species of monkeys and 1,000 species of butterflies.

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking

General

  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Lake
  • River
  • Special menu request

Services

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Mosquito net
  • Tour assistance

Food

This tour includes all meals starting with lunch in the first day until breakfast in the last day. Snacks are also included for all excursions.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Canoe trip to Sani Isla Community Center
  • Kayak in Napo River to the main port of Sani Lodge
  • Night walk to see insects, spiders, snakes, and frogs
  • Paddle on the Challwacocha Lake to reach observation tower
  • Visit the parrots wall at Yasuni National Park
  • Walking trip through the Chorongo trail
  • Spot birds, insects, spiders, snakes, and frogs
  • Assistance at Quito and Coca airports
  • Transportation to and from Coca to Sani Lodge
  • Rubber boots and waterproof ponchos
  • Wi-Fi in the bar area
  • Entrance to Yasuni butterfly garden
  • Entrance to Sani Warmi project
  • 3 meals a day with snacks for excursions
  • 3 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • International airfare
  • Bilingual and native guide for group size below six and above ten
  • Taxes
  • Bus ticket from / to Quito
  • Airfare to / from Francisco de Orellana Airport (OCC)
  • Personal expenses, extra expenses, tips
  • Any unspecified service

How to get there

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Arrival by air

Once you arrive at Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO), board your next flight to Francisco de Orellana Airport (OCC). Usually the plane leaves from Quito Airport at 11:00 a.m.(flight schedule is subject to last minute changes). A person from Sani Lodge Ecuador staff will help you with the check-in and give you the details of the trip. Then you will travel to Coca in about 40 minutes.

For your return from the lodge the guide will take you back to the airport and help you with the check in for your flight back at 12:20 a.m. (flight schedule is subject to last minute changes). Please note that Sani Lodge Ecuador can book the flights for you. Please contact them for further assistance.

Arrival bus

Once you arrive at Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO), take a bus from the Trans Baños Company which departs from the station in Quito, located in Carcelén (in the northernmost part of the city of Quito) or from Quitumbe (located in the south of Quito) at 11:30 p.m. (the night before the tour starts). The trip lasts seven hours. Your guide will meet you at MACCO Cultural Center in Coca (9 de Octubre and Eugenio Espejo, at the Coca boardwalk) at 10:30 a.m.

Airport: Francisco de Orellana Airport Airport transfer included: Francisco de Orellana Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Mariscal Sucre International Airport Airport transfer included: Mariscal Sucre International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 183 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Availability

This vacation is available all year with arrival on all days except Tuesday and Sunday.

Special discount

The discount or gratuities for tour leaders of the groups are applied in double accommodation with the rack rate, as detailed below: groups of 15 people or more: TL will have 100% of discount on the rack rate; groups less than 15 people: TL will have 50% of discount on the rack rate; groups less than 15 people: TL will have 100% of discount on the rack rate if he/she guides the group as a bilingual guide. In this case, Sani Lodge will only provide a native Spanish speaking guide. The accommodation of a tour leader in the rooms is subject to the availability, and he/she might share the room with other tour guide or staff member of Sani Lodge if there is not availability in the lodge.

Pricing information

Children between the age of 6 to 11 years will have to pay only 50% of the total price. Children upto 6 years can join for free and they’ll share the room with an adult.

The rates are established for this period, and they can raise due to the cost of fuel, increase in the rates of basic services,new taxes decreed by the government, currency fluctuations or any other event that may affect the operation.

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