Sacha Lodge is in the heart of Ecuador's Amazon Basin on the north bank of the Napo River. The lodge is a haven for nature lovers, birdwatchers, scientists and adventure seekers providing comfortable accommodation, good meals and knowledgeable naturalist guides. A particular feature of the lodge are the excellent canopy attractions which include a 275-metre long canopy walkway 30 metres above the rainforest floor, and a 43-metre observation tower.
Each of the 26 rooms is constructed from traditional materials and has a private shaded terrace with hammocks. Rooms are fully screened against mosquitoes and have private bathrooms with a flushing toilet and hot shower. Ceiling fans provide relief from the heat of the rainforest.
There is a dining area and bar, with an observation platform providing views across Pilchicocha Lake, and an al freso restaurant. The food served is good and wholesome with a mixture of Ecuadorian and international cuisine, and the cooks are used to providing vegetarian meals. Barbecues are also often served from the outdoor bar and dining platform right on the edge of the lake.
The lodge is in an area rich in animal and bird life. you will explore in small groups led by 2 expert guides. As well as the canopy activities, you can follow numerous trails in the forest, canoe in lakes and creeks, go birdwatching and visit the lodge's butterfly house.
NEW (updated October 2017): A family of giant river otters are now resident in the lake by the camp. They had pups in 2017 so hopefully they will be staying around!
Open: Sacha Lodge is open all year.
Location: Sacha Lodge is in a 2,000 hectare private ecological reserve in the Amazon rainforest. From Coca there is a 2 hour motorboat ride along the Napo River, followed by a short walk through the forest to Pilchicocha Lake, which is crossed by canoe.
Rooms: There are 26 guest rooms, built using local materials. They have high thatched roofs, ceiling fans and en-suite bathrooms with hot water, showers, flush toilets, fresh towels and a range of toiletries. Windows are screened to prevent insects getting in. Each room has a shaded veranda with a hammock. There are sockets for recharging batteries.
Activities: You will be divided into small groups for activities. Each group will have 2 guides, one local with expert knowledge and the other a trained bilingual naturalist. Special ornithological guides are provided on request, which needs to be done before you arrive. You can follow forest trails and boardwalks, explore lakes and creeks by canoe, visit the Yasuni parrot lick and take a treetop canopy walk. There is a viewing tower 135 feet high for wonderful views over the forest. Night walks and canoe trips are possible, too. Between activities you can relax at the lodge, enjoy a swim in the lake and socialise with fellow guests. You can visit the butterfly house, which breeds almost 40 different species.
Facilities: The central area includes a lounge and well-stocked bar, above which is a raised viewing area overlooking the lake. Meals are served buffet-style and offer a wide variety of dishes. There is an outdoor restaurant overlooking teh river serving a la carte dinners and on some evenings there is a barbecue by the lake. The lodge has 24 hour electricity. There is a laundry service, payable locally. Wellington boots and ponchos are provided free of charge.
Dining: Meals are taken at set times and eaten at separate tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome, but there will be age limits on certain activities. There are special activities near the lodge for children
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is no internet access, but in emergencies there is cell phone and radio communication.
Logging, unsustainable agriculture & hunting are all potential alternatives to this rainforest lodge. Instead, conservation of Yasuri National Park and the support of the local community are the positive benefits of Sacha.
"Absolutely fabulous, more than excellent. Special thanks to my guide, Fausto Andi"