Sani Lodge is situated on Lake Challuacocha in the Amazon rainforest and is ideally positioned for exploring Yasuni National Park. It is owned and operated by members of the Sani community and is dedicated to environmental conservation and community projects, as well as making sure guests make the most of their time here.
The accommodation is in spacious thatch-roofed cabins with screened windows and ensuite bathrooms. There are 4 larger cabins ideal for families. The open-sided dining room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, guests being summoned by the sound of a bamboo horn! Breakfast includes delicious freshly baked bread and exotic fruits. The cuisine uses local ingredients to create international dishes based on vegetables, fish and meat. The bar is a sociable area where guests can chat over a snack or drink, play games or read books. The dining room, bar and lounge all overlook the lagoon offering views of wildlife and wonderful sunsets.
There is no shortage of activities at Sani Lodge. Take the 10 minute walk to the 30 metre birdwatching tree tower for fabulous views across the rainforest canopy. Visit the parrot clay lick where colourful parrots and paarakeets gather to eat the clay which aids their digestion. There are several hiking trails waiting to be explored in the rainforest and guests can also enjoy canoeing, fishing, night caiman viewing and night hikes. This is an area known for its variety of bird species and specialist guides can ensure guests see as many as possible. It is also possible to visit a local family for an insight into Kichwa life and culture. The lodge is deeply involved with local community projects and helps with education, agriculture, transport and health.
Open: All year.
Location: Sani Lodge is located south of the Cuyabeno Reserve and north of the Yasuni National Park in the Amazon rainforest. Guests generally fly in to Coca and then take the Sani motorboat along the Napo River, about a 3 hour ride, followed by a short walk along a boardwalk and a motorised canoe ride to the lodge.
Rooms: The lodge has 10 cabins, each sleeping up to 3 people (one double and one single), plus a spacious two-storey house divided into 4 family rooms, each sleeping up to 7 people. All have private bathrooms, screened windows, private decking or balconies and thatched roofs. All have electric lights powered by solar panels.
Activities: The 37 metre treetop viewing tower is open for day and night visits. There is a vast network of rainforest walking trails and guests can swim in the lagoon. Canoeing and fishing on the lagoon, boat trips to view wildlife, night walks, visits to the parrot clay lick in Yasuni National Park and learning to use a traditional blow pipe can be arranged. Guests are also welcome to visit the Sani Isla community and a native home.
Facilities: There is an open air dining room, serving 3 meals a day with both international and local dishes. The lounge bar looks out on the rainforest, so guests can enjoy a drink while watching the wildlife. Hammocks, binoculars, books, games and an acoustic guitar are available at the bar free for guest use. The lodge sells locally made arts and crafts as well as torches, batteries and clothing.
Dining: Meals are taken at shared tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Children of 8 years and younger stay free of charge.
Health: We recommend malarial prophylactics for a stay at Sani Lodge.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access, but this is weather dependent so cannot be guaranteed.
Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of the Amazon rainforest on this 5 day trip from Quito, exploring on land and by water, and meeting the local Sani people.
Mainland Ecuador is a rich blend of scenery, wildlife, culture and history and this holiday is designed to showcase these different aspects.
A community-owned lodge which owns & protects 90,000 acres of rainforest. As the native owners of this land, the Quichua are committed to preserving the habitat and the wildlife. They certainly make every effort to do this.
"Fabulous location, great staff and appropriate accommodation for an eco lodge. The fact that the power goes off for large parts of the day and night underlines the eco nature of the lodge and wasn't a problem."