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Sacha Lodge

Sacha Lodge 

Sacha Lodge (“Sacha” is the Quichua Indian word meaning “forest”) was a dream founded by Arnold Ammeter, or as he is more commonly known, “Benny.” Born in Interlaken , Switzerland , Benny boarded a ship and headed for Chile in 1963. After spending only three months there, his thirst for adventure and the forests of South America had been awaken.

After a short time in Chile he decided to set off for Bolivia , where he remained until 1967. Later, his travels took him farther North into Peru , where he worked in the gold business. Towards the end of 1979 Benny once again packed his bags and this time headed for Ecuador , where he still resides today. Here he once again worked with gold, but also began distributing Coca Cola to isolated communities of the Ecuadorian Amazon along the Napo River. In 1985, Benny opened his first tourist lodge, ” La Casa del Suizo,” on the Upper Napo at the village of Ahuano . Today, La Casa del Suizo is still functioning there as a successful tourist resort.

Located in the heart of the Amazon, Sacha Lodge is strategically situated beside a tranquil oxbow lake, Pilchicocha. The lodge was carefully designed to be comfortable for travellers yet preserve the flavor of the jungle.

Guests are divided into small groups, each of which are led by a native guide with expert knowledge of the rainforest's medicinal and other useful plants, and a bilingual naturalist guide educated in the biology and ecology of the area.

Activities are spread out over a wide area and allow visitors to explore several distinct but equally fascinating habitats. For adventurous souls, the day does not necessarily end with dinner. Night walks and canoe trips, with the aid of flashlights, often reveal creatures seldom seen during daylight. Caimans (of the alligator family) and giant insects rule the jungle after sunset.

The lodging at Sacha was designed to preserve the environment and rainforest ambiance, as well as to ensure that guests enjoy their time here. Each of our 10 double cabins, with high thatched roofs and private shaded terraces, are constructed using traditional materials and nestle in well in the lush surroundings.

 

Features

Staff: 
We take pride in our friendly staff, who are always available to cater to any special needs you may have. On average, there are three staff members on duty for every two guests at the lodge.

Electricity: 
Throughout the Lodge, 24-hour electricity is provided by a distant, nearly inaudible generator.

Drinking water: 
All the drinking water provided at Sacha (including ice) comes from a local well and is purified with porcelain filters and ozone treatment, the most thorough purifying systems available. This water is tested regularly and has been proven perfectly safe for human consumption. If you prefer, however, you may purchase bottled water from the bar.

Amenities: 
In your shower you will find dispensers of biodegradable soap and shampoo. Although all runoff water is treated with ozone, we recommend the use of these amenities as an extra measure to protect the environment. You will also be provided with fresh towels each day.

Laundry: 
Sacha Lodge now provides laundry service (washing and drying) for our guests. Please discusst costs with our lodge administrator.

Boots and ponchos: 
Rubber boots and rain ponchos are available for all of our guests at the lodge, free of charge!

Communications: 
In case of emergency, both cellular telephone (BellSouth) and radio communications are available from the lodge. In addition, each of our guides remain in constantt radio contact with the lodge during all excursions and activities.

First Aid: 
We keep a complete first aid kit for any minor injuries or ailments you may experience. However, please bring any special medication you might need with you. In case of a serious injury or illness, there is a modern medical center located within 20 minutes of Sacha Lodge.

Security: 
At all times we have five staff members on duty patrolling our reserve to keep both the lodge and the surrounding environment safe.

Bar: 
Drinks are not included in your package, and may be paid on the last night of your stay in cash (U.S. dollars) or traveller’s checks or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express). There is no minimum charge for credit card payments

Attractions and Activities

  • The Canopy Walk
  • Yasuni Parrot Lick
  • The Kapok Tower
  • The Butterfly House
  • Wildlife

ITINERARIES: 

 

DAY 1

Depart Quito´s airport at 11:00am (subject to change). A 30 minute flight over the Andes Mountains leads you to a bustling oil town called Coca located in the Amazon Basin. A quick lunch in Sacha´s private house and then its off to the town docks where you will board Sacha´s private canoes for the 2 hour journey down river to Sacha´s Lodges property. A 30 minute hike through the rainforest leads you to lake Pilchicocha. Here, you are met by native workers to paddle you across the lake to your final destination. Arrive at Sacha Lodge around 15:30 or 16:00 pm (subject to change). Swim in Lake Pilchicocha, which is a black water lake home to many species of fish and animals. A refreshing swim after arriving may be just what you need after being in the equatorial heat all day. Bird observing from the mini tower offers guests an excellent opportunity to view several species of birds common around the lodge. Also a great place to watch the sun set. Visit the butterfly house with your naturalist guide to view the beautiful colors of many different species of butterflies. After dinner, accompany your naturalist guide on a night walk through the rainforest to view the hundreds of different species of animals that can only be found at night. Or maybe a canoe ride on the lake to view the spectacled and black caimans with their glowing orange eyes as you silently paddle across the lake to get a closer view

DAY 2

Begin morning activity between 6:00 and 7:00.   Begin walking on trail Liana Chica and arrive at the canopy walk, for spectacular views of the rainforest canopy and the many different species of vibrantly colored birds. 
Designed to be a self-standing rigid suspension canopy walk, it is one of only a few in the world!  Located within Sacha´s private reserve, 2 miles from the shores of the Rio Napo and 1 mile from the lodge, the bird walk gives guests the oppor- tunity to get an up close and personal view of the rainforest canopy. 
 Two of the three towers have observation decks every 12 meters making towers accessible for everyone.  The canopy walkway is at 36 meters high and 275 meters long, giving 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 casually move along while enjoying the spectacular views. 
After the canopy walk, Liana Grande through terra firma and igapo forest habitats where native guides will explain many different species of medicinal plants that have been being used in their culture for hundreds of years.
Liana Grande will turn into the trail Higueron, which will take you through pristine primary forest with huge Kapok and Fig trees towering hundreds of feet above your head.
After lunch, you may choose to take a leisurely hike along the Rio Napo, or choose a little more challenging hike on the trail Leoncillo to try and spot the elusive dusky titi monkey.  Either way the trails will lead you back to the main board- walk for your final hike and canoe ride back to the lodge.

DAY 3 

Leaving the lodge after breakfast, you begin your hike on trail Lagartococha.  This trail offers you the chance to learn more about the native people and their relationship with the forest.  Learn about the trees where native people believe the spirits of their ancestors live, and the mysterious “dwende” or devil-man of the forest.
After arriving at lake Lagartococha, take a tran- quil canoe ride through a natural swamp, which is the home of anacondas, caimans, and capyba- ras. After the canoe ride, a walk on the other side of Largatococha may give you the opportunity to spot capuchin or squirrel monkeys playfully jumping through the trees.
Return from the walk or canoe ride and head back to the lodge for a refreshing dip in the lake, or a nice relaxing nap in your personal hammock on your private balcony.
After lunch, your native guide will teach you how to fish for the infamous razor-toothed piranha.  Keep in mind that piranhas will never attack a person and swimming at the same time is perfectly safe and fun!
Around 15:30 you will begin what many think is the best trail at Sacha, a silent canoe ride through the flooded Amazonian forest. Where you have a good chance of being surrounded by troops of squirrel, capuchin, and howler monkeys.  Keep your eyes peeled for the shy and elusive river otter as well as the incredibly well camouflaged three-toed sloth!
After your eye-popping ride through the flooded forest, you will arrive at Sacha´s135-foot wooden tower built around an ancient Kapok tree.  Get close up views of vibrantly colored birds through Sacha´s powerful scopes, and watch the sun set with an amazing view of Mount Sumaco, a volcano, and possibly a view of the snow-covered caps of the Andes!
Leaving the tower just before or after sunset will give you an experience not soon forgotten.  A canoe ride back through the flooded forest at night will be an awe-inspiring experience.  Listen to the symphony of frogs and insects as you navi- gate through the narrow flooded forest trail, keeping your eyes open for caimans.  Watch the several species of bats flying over your heads and listen to the many species of nocturnal birds making their eerie nighttime calls.  Finally, after your mesmerizing canoe trip through the Amazon, you will arrive back at lake Pilchicocha and the welcoming lights of Sacha lodge

DAY 4 

Breakfast and a departure from the lodge at 07:30am.   One last walk on the boardwalk to the river, and from there a 2 hour canoe ride back to Coca for your 35 minute flight back to Quito. Arrive Quito at 12:30pm (subject to change).. .

 

DAY 1

Depart Quito´s airport at 11:00am (subject to change). A 30 minute flight over the Andes Mountains leads you to a bustling oil town called Coca located in the Amazon Basin. A quick lunch in Sacha´s private house and then its off to the town docks where you will board Sacha´s private canoes for the 2 hour journey down river to Sacha´s Lodges property. A 30 minute hike through the rainforest leads you to lake Pilchicocha. Here, you are met by native workers to paddle you across the lake to your final destination. Arrive at Sacha Lodge around 15:30 or 16:00 pm. Swim in Lake Pilchicocha, which is a black water lake home to many species of fish and animals. A refreshing swim after arriving may be just what you need after being in the equatorial heat all day. Bird observing from the mini tower offers guests an excellent opportunity to view several species of birds common around the lodge. Also a great place to watch the sun set. Visit the butterfly house with your naturalist guide to view the beautiful colors of many differ- ent species of butterflies. After dinner, accompany your naturalist guide on a night walk through the rainforest to view the hundreds of different species of animals that can only be found at night. Or maybe a canoe ride on the lake to view the spectacled and black caimans with their glowing orange eyes as you silently paddle across the lake to get a closer view.

DAY 2

Begin morning activity between 6:00 and 7:00. Begin walking on trail Liana Chica and arrive at the canopy walk, for spectacular views of the rainforest canopy and the many different species of vibrantly colored birds. Designed to be a self-standing rigid suspension canopy walk. it is one of only a few in the world! Located within Sacha´s private reserve, 2miles from the shores of the Rio Napo and 1 mile from the lodge, the bird walk gives guests the oppor- tunity to get an up close and personal view of the rainforest canopy. Two of the three towers have observation decks every 12 meters making towers accessible for everyone. The canopy walkway is at 36 meters high and 275 meters long, giving 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 casually move along while enjoying the spectacular views. After the canopy walk, Liana Grande through terra firma and igapo forest habitats where native guides will explain many different species of medicinal plants that have been being used in their culture for hundreds of years. Liana Grande will turn into the trail Higueron, which will take you through pristine primary forest with huge Kapok and Fig trees towering hundreds of feet above your head. After lunch, you may choose to take a leisurely hike along the Rio Napo, or choose a little more challenging hike on the trail Leoncillo to try and spot the elusive dusky titi monkey. Either way the trails will lead you back to the main board- walk for your final hike and canoe ride back to the lodge.

DAY 3 

Leaving the lodge after breakfast, you begin your hike on trail Lagartococha. This trail offers you the chance to learn more about the native people and their relationship with the forest. Learn about the trees where native people believe the spirits of their ancestors live, and the mysterious “dwende” or devil-man of the forest. After arriving at lake Lagartococha, take a tran- quil canoe ride through a natural swamp, which is the home of anacondas, caimans, and capyba- ras. After the canoe ride, a walk on the other side of Largatococha may give you the opportunity to spot capuchin or squirrel monkeys playfully jumping through the trees. Return from the walk or canoe ride and head back to the lodge for a refreshing dip in the lake, or a nice relaxing nap in your personal hammock on your private balcony. After lunch, your native guide will teach you how to fish for the infamous razor-toothed piranha. Keep in mind that piranhas will never attack a person and swimming at the same time is perfectly safe and fun! Around 15:30 you will begin what many think is the best trail at Sacha, a silent canoe ride through the flooded Amazonian forest. Where you have a good chance of being surrounded by troops of squirrel, capuchin, and howler monkeys. Keep your eyes peeled for the shy and elusive river otter as well as the incredibly well camouflaged three-toed sloth! After your eye-popping ride through the flooded forest, you will arrive at Sacha´s135-foot wooden tower built around an ancient Kapok tree. Get close up views of vibrantly colored birds through Sacha´s powerful scopes, and watch the sun set with an amazing view of Mount Sumaco, a volcano, and possibly a view of the snow-covered caps of the Andes! Leaving the tower just before or after sunset will give you an experience not soon forgotten. A canoe ride back through the flooded forest at night will be an awe-inspiring experience. Listen to the symphony of frogs and insects as you navi- gate through the narrow flooded forest trail, keeping your eyes open for caimans. Watch the several species of bats flying over your heads and listen to the many species of nocturnal birds making their eerie nighttime calls. Finally, after your mesmerizing canoe trip through the Amazon, you will arrive back at lake Pilchicocha and the welcoming lights of Sacha lodge.

DAY 4 

A chance to view four different species of parrots at the same time is something that should not be missed. Sacha is close enough to Yasuni National Park that a thirty minute motorized canoe ride down the Napo to the parrot lick is well worth it. Leaving at six in the morning from Sacha and arriving at the lick around 7:30 will give you plenty of time to get close up views of the parrots eating the clay to neutralize the acids which they get from eating their many different types of fruits and leaves. Arriving back at the lodge around 11am or so gives you plenty of time to swim or relax before lunch is served. Visit the butterfly house once again to photograph the beautifully colored butterflies. For your afternoon activity, Pantano is the trail to take. Pantano offers you several different types of rainforest habitats. From secondary to primary forests as well as flooded forest and swampy areas. An excellent trail for monkeys and birds in the afternoon, your naturalist and native guides will intrigue you with their knowledge of the jungle and its inhabitants as well as provide you with an everlasting experience and memory of the neotropical rainforest.

DAY 5 

Breakfast and a departure from the lodge at 7:30am.for an easy walk on the boardwalk to watch monkeys one last time before your final departure. Arrive in Coca and be escorted to the Coca airport where all plane tickets will be in the hands of Sacha employees waiting to help you board the plane and a final farewell. Scheduled arrival at Quito´s airport is at 12:30pm (subject to change). .

 

RECOMENDED PACKING 

Recommended packing list for your visit to Sacha Lodge:

1. Passport 

2. Binoculars 

3. Flashlight (Torch) 

4. Camera 

5. Insect repellent in cream or gel, no spray please 

6. Sun protection (sun block / sunglasses / hat) 

7. Light weight *breathable* long pants and long sleeved shirts for walks in the forest 

8. Shorts and short sleeves for the lodge 

9. Bathing suit 10. Comfortable shoes and extra long socks 

11. Small day pack 

12. Rain poncho 13. Plastic bags to protect cameras, binoculars, etc. from rain 

Note: 

THE LODGE PROVIDES RUBBER BOOTS UP TO MEN'S SIZE 14. RAIN PONCHOS ARE AVAILABLE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR OWN. PLEASE LIMIT CHECKING BAGGAGE TO 44 POUNDS (20 kilos) PER PERSON FOR THE FLIGHT FROM QUITO TO COCA. THE AIRLINES WILL NOT CHECK BAGS WEIGHING MORE! ITEMS SUCH AS BOOKS AND CAMERAS CAN BE PLACED IN CARRY-ONBAGS.

ON YOUR ARRIVAL DAY TO THE LODGE PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CARRY IN YOUR HAND LUGGAGE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS: INSECT REPELLENT, SUN PROTECTION, CAMERA, LIGHT JACKET OR RAIN PONCHO. (AT YOUR ARRIVAL TO COCA, WE WILL TAKE YOUR LUGGAGE DIRECTLY TO THE LODGE). 

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RATES:

   2018 SACHA LODGE RATES 
PROGRAM ACCOMODATION HOTEL PRICES AIRFARE
5 DAYS DOUBLE / TRIPLE $ 1246.00 USD $ 240.00 USD
SINGLE $ 1794.00 USD $ 240.00 USD

4 DAYS 
DOUBLE / TRIPLE $ 992.00 USD $ 240.00 USD
SINGLE $ 1438.00 USD $ 240.00 USD

 

Included:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Welcome Drink
  • Water, tee and coffee in all meals
  • Aquatic transportation
  • Excursions with native and bilingual guides
  • Taxes

Not included:

  • Other alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
  • $5.00 per person Sani Warmi entrance fee (paid locally)
  • Gratuities

SACHA LODGE

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