Quito To The Amazon
Your Amazon adventure begins with a 35 minute flight from Quito to Coca and continues by motorised canoe on the Rio Napo. During the 2½ hours you can watch birds, see life along the river and enjoy a packed lunch. A short forest walk then leads to Challuacocha Lake and the 20 minute canoe ride across to Sani Lodge, your home for the next 4 nights. After drinks and snacks you're shown to your cabin and then it's time for an introductory hike with your guide. Dinner at the lodge is followed by the opportunity to paddle out on the lake and look for nocturnal creatures such as black caimans. It's been a long and busy day and you should sleep soundly tonight in your cosy cabin.
A full day in the Amazon! The morning starts with a long hike in the rainforest as you learn about the indigenous vegetation and its medicinal properties, as well as seeking out frogs, insects and monkeys. Your guide will give you an introduction to Sani culture and you may get a chance to try out a blow gun! Lunch is a picnic in one of the guide's favourite spots. Later you kayak through waterways and across lagoons, gaining more glimpses of the fascinating world of the rainforest, arriving back at the lodge in time to change before dinner.
Sani Community And Hiking
Take to the kayak for the trip to the observation tower. Standing 26 metres tall, this is quite a sight. Climb the stairway to the top for breath-taking views over the forest canopy. The is an excellent place to watch birds including macaws, as well as squirrel and howler monkeys, and you may even see a sloth. Back down on solid ground you are met by a member of the Sani community for an ethnobotanical walk and an insight into the daily lives and culture of the Sani people. Once at the village you can take part in a cookery lesson, helping prepare a traditional lunch which you then eat with your new friends. Afterwards you hike back to Sani Lodge, watching wildlife along the way.
Yasuni National Park
Wake and breakfast early before departing from Yasuni National Park. This is the largest national park on the Ecuadorian mainland and harbours a diverse range of wildlife. The focus of the excursion is a viewing blind perfectly positioned to watch a colourful display of parrots and parakeets at the clay lick. Later you return to Sani Lodge and the rest of day is free. You might want to go out hiking or kayaking, or maybe take it easy and rest in hammock listening to the sounds of the rainforest around you. After dinner tonight you can take a nocturnal walk in the forest, looking and listening for the many creatures that come out at night.
Amazon To Quito
After breakfast it's time to pack you bags for the journey back to Quito, by water, land and air. During the canoe ride your guide explains about some of the challenges faced by communities in the Amazon and the issues with which ecotourism has to contend. It's a reminder that, despite its vast size, the Amazon is a vulnerable place and needs our help to protect it for future generations.
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