One of the best lodges in the Ecuadorian Amazon basin, located within the Yasuni National Park boundaries, this lodge offers great service, delicious food, and the most vibrant wildlife encounters, aside from the thrilling attractions such as the canopy walks and caiman-spotting.
Sacha Lodge is found within a 5000-acre private ecological reserve in Ecuador’s Amazon region, an accessible yet pristine rainforest sanctuary where you and your family can enjoy a true jungle adventure safely and comfortably. Sacha Lodge is located 50-mile (80-kilometer) trip down the sediment-rich waters of the Napo, the largest river in Ecuadorian Amazonia. In recent years Sacha Lodge has become a favourite destination of both professional and amateur ornithologists. So far there have been an incredible 587 different species of birds found here!
Sacha lodge offers programs from 4 to 8 day Experience.
Once you have arrived, you are free to create your own itinerary with your guide, choosing from our list of activities, depending on the weather.
- Native Guide
- All meals
Does not include
- Tickets to the park
LIST OF ACTIVITIES – SACHA LODGE
- CANOPY WALK
- KAPOK TOWER
- YASUNI PARROT LICK
- THE BUTTERFLY HOUSE
- FOREST WALKS
- CREEK PADDLING
- CAIMAN SPOTTING BY NIGHT
- VISIT THE PROVIDENCIA COMMUNITY OF YASUNI
- LAKE POOL
Imagine crossing the rainforest across a bridge 94 feet (36 meters) high over the treetops. This 940-foot (275-meter) sturdy walkway is fixed to the ground by three metal towers, and offers an astounding opportunity to spot dozens of animals and epiphytes seldom seen from the ground, immersed in the canopy. You will see troops of monkeys or at least you will hear them: howler monkeys roaring through the sunset like true kings of the jungle.
You will feel like you are on the very top of the world on our 135-foot (43 meter) observation tower, a platform built on the highest branches of a giant kapok tree. From there, you will see great panoramic views of the forest, while the 500 species of birds registered in the area, including rainbow-colored toucans and parrots, become easy to spot.
A short distance from Sacha Lodge is Ecuador´s most accessible parrot lick, and exposed clay riverbank where technicolored parrots of several different species gather in the early morning. In ideal conditions (sunny and dry) hundreds of parrots will perch on and eat the exposed clay in a spectacular show of sound and colour! It is located on the edge of Yasuni National Park,
Sacha Lodge is home to one of the largest butterfly farms in Ecuador. Designed as a live exhibition conservatory, the Butterfly House is now successfully breeding nearly 40 local butterfly species. Guests will be shown how these beautiful insects are bred and raised, and may roam through, The Flying Room, where hundreds of colorful butterflies flutter from flower to flower.
Creeping along the jungle paths through the spotlights of sun filtering down throught the canopy, careful not to tread on an army of marching ants, your nature guide will point out plants and insects and the fascinating symbiosis between them. He might take you through the territory of the crested owls or spider monkeys, expertly mimicking the creatures call to win their trust and coax them out of hiding. When darkness falls, have your flashlight ready to spot creatures of the night, from tarantulas and boas to stick insects and frogs.
Besides being your means of transport between expeditions, creek paddling in dug-out canoes is a fabulous adventure in itself, with the bonus that it requires little physical exertion. Paddling down the streams is like entering into a tunnel leading to a lost world. Birds call in surround-sound and vast families of monkeys leap from branches overhead, a show to coincide with the setting of the sun.
A night-time expedition to look for caiman on the lake is perhaps the most magical experience of an adventure already filled with wonder. Under cover of darkness, you will take a canoe out onto the water, your way lit by glittering stars. The eyes of the caiman glow ghoulishly red in the torchlight, as the amphibious creatures float along the swampy shallows.
Of the incredible 1600 bird species registered in Ecuador, 600 (37 percent) have been seen at Sacha Lodge. That is almost 7 percent of the species found in the entire world!
For avid birdwatchers, we can provide specialist bird guides, who know the best sports for the hard-to-find species, and can easily identify species by both sight and sound. Oscar Tapuy our local expert who has been with at Sacha since 1995, estimates that the spots 60 species per day on average. The guides carry telescopes, and have become dabhands at taking photos with your camera or phone through the lenses.
Our visit takes us to Shipati Warmi project, an initiative run by and benefiting the women of the Providencia community of Yasuní. Through an unobtrusive dialogue, we learn about their day-to-day lives: how they dry clothes in the jungle and the challenges of getting to school, before helping to prepare and trying traditional food. It’s an intimate, unique experience, in which we discover both the differences and similarities between our own and another culture. The Shipati Warmi project asks that each guest donates $5
Ideal for families, the Lake Pool is the only one of its kind in the Amazon region. The plunge pool, protected by a mesh cage, allows you to cool off and relax in the black shallows of the Pilchicocha Lake, without the fear of encountering the unknown. You could even spot caiman and giant otters swim by the other side of the net.