Sacha Lodge 5D/4N and 4D/3N Tours
Sacha Lodge sits like an oasis deep in the lush Ecuadorian Amazon jungle. Surrounded by dozens of trails and canoe routes, the lodge offers unparalleled opportunities for birding, botany, hiking, canoeing, and photography. Decide which paths to explore and which adventures to experience according to your own ability and interests, and take in the sights and sounds of the world’s most famous jungle at this isolated lodge.
Difficult: Easy / Moderate Group: 78 pax Family: Yes Duration: 5 Days
Guest Room Information
The lodging at Sacha was carefully designed to offer comfort to the traveler yet preserve the environment and rainforest ambience. All of our cabins, with high thatched roofs and private shaded terraces, are constructed with traditional materials and nestle well concealed into the lush surroundings. Each of 26 the rooms, which include single, double and (upon request) triple accommodations, provides a private bathroom with flushing toilet and hot shower. All cabins are screened against insects, and contain ceiling fans above two comfortable double beds.
- A typical day at Sacha begins at sunrise or earlier, in order to take advantage of the cool morning hours when the rainforest's animals are most active. Each group may decide on its own wake-up and breakfast time, as well as the difficulty and duration of their morning outings. In the afternoon, visits begin at around 3:00 and often continue into the evening, when the nocturnal insect and frog chorus begins.
Wherever the destination, our excursions proceed slowly in order to appreciate the fascinating details that our guides point out around you.
Activities are spread out over a wide area and allow visitors to explore several distinct but equally fascinating habitats. Several trails lead through pristine terra firme forest, where 150 foot kapok trees tower above and roots form huge buttresses to give trees support. Others follow strategically raised boardwalks in seasonally flooded forests, where walking on the ground would be nearly impossible during most of the year due to groundwater. One trail many choose to follow even leads across fallen tree trunks and a steel cable zip-line through rich swampland!
A favorite activity of our guests is to paddle dugout canoes along tannin-rich black-water creeks and lakes, where luxuriant lianas, orchids, bromeliads and palm trees thrive. And wherever an outing may lead the possibilities of spotting animals, from the tiny pygmy marmoset to the feared ocelot or puma, are endless.
During free time at the lodge, swimming and piranha fishing are also activities not to be missed… but don't worry! Piranhas are scavengers and the guides will prove that swimming is perfectly safe.
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… Do you dare search for them?
- All meals
- Aquatic transportation
- Excursions with native and bilingual guides
- Anyone who has ever planned to visit the rainforest has at least once asked: “What animals will I see there?” There is an incredibly high diversity of species found around Sacha Lodge, and we are sure that you will have the opportunity to see many fascinating creatures here. However, the wild is unpredictable and no two visits are ever the same! Monkeys are seen quite frequently, but how many of the 8 species found here will cross your path? They range in size from the tiny half pound pygmy marmoset to the noisy 17 pound red howler monkey, and night monkeys can be found in groups as small as 2 while squirrel monkeys can travel in groups of more than 150. And besides monkeys, there may be as many as 60 other species of mammals within the reserve (not including up to 50 species of bats)! So keep your eyes open, and maybe you'll spot an anteater, a 3-toed sloth, or even an ocelot as you explore their natural habitat.
As for reptiles, be sure take advantage of the night activities to look for one of Pilchicocha's resident spectacled caimans. Members of the alligator family, caimans are often seen from canoes out on the lake, and sometimes the babies even come to hide under our dining room! A variety of lizards and snakes can also be found along the trails, if you move quietly and keep your eyes peeled. Several different boas, vine snakes and even the giant anaconda have been seen during many of our excursions. There are a few poisonous snakes as well, but not to worry – they try to stay out of peoples' way and no one has ever been bitten here.
Frogs, on the other hand, are much more common to see, from bulgy-eyed tree frogs to camouflaged leaf frogs to tiny colorful poison-dart frogs. So watch your step, day or night! And then, of course, there are birds. In recent years Sacha Lodge has become a favorite destination of both professional and amateur ornithologists.
So far there have been an incredible 587 different species of birds found here! This is a staggering number, especially if you consider that approximately 900 species have been registered in the entire continental United States and Canada. In only 4 or 5 days, it is not uncommon for even the most casual birder to see over 250 species here. With only minimal effort you can expect to see dozens of colorful parrots, toucans, hummingbirds, tanagers, hawks and oropendolas, and of course there are plenty of elusive “LBJs” (little brown jobs, of course) to keep the avid bird enthusiasts occupied for days. Guides will carry telescopes along to bring your birdwatching experience close-up, and be sure to keep your binoculars handy at all times!
PRICES ARE PER PERSON IN USD HOTEL PRICES Program Types5 days / 4 nights4 days / 3 nightsMonday - FridayFriday - Monday Single Room$1.485 per person$1.185 per person Double or Triple Room$990 per person$790 per person AIRFARE Program Types5 days / 4 nights4 days / 3 nightsMonday - FridayFriday - Monday Single Room$167 per person$167 per person Double or Triple Room$167 per person$167 per person Airfares subject to change
Children under 12: 30% discount on hotel prices / 50% discount on airfare $83.5)
Children under 5: HOTEL FREE / 50% discount on airfare ($83.5)
* Special Note: For Sacha Lodge itineraries arriving or departing on non-operation days (any other than Monday and Friday)*, see below for extra canoe costs. Prices are per person for EACH NON-OPERATION DAY.
*Note: Except Sunday
Number of passengers:
1 = $80
2 = $40
3 = $27
4 AND UP = FREE
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