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Sani Lodge

Comfortable Eco-lodge

Overview

Sani Lodge is an eco-lodge which focuses on the conservation of lowland rainforest and sustainable community development. Sani is located deep within the Ecuadorian Amazon and was set up and is operated by the indigenous people of Sani Isla. The Lodge lies within a rainforest corridor, between the Cuyabeño Reserve to the north and the Yasuni National Park to the South.  

The community land consists of vast areas of primary rainforest full of tropical plants and trees, with 13 species of primates, an impressive amount of mammals and a fantastic variety of birds from beautiful Macaws and Toucans to the Black Hawk Eagle. Other endangered species at Sani include the Giant Armadillo, Giant Anteater and Woolly Monkey. Occasionally spotted are the elusive Paradise Jacamar and the majestic Harpy Eagle. The nearby parrot clay licks are easy to access from Sani Lodge and if lucky you might get to see the curious Pink River Dolphin on your way.

Making a Difference
With land rights to over 40,000 hectares both sides of the River Napo, the Sani Isla community live in and protect one of the largest privately-held areas of rainforest in Ecuador. Since the project started, natives stopped their hunting habits and are now protecting the endangered species that live on their land. The income generated by the lodge provides a sustainable source of income for those working there as well as for those providing the food and selling handicrafts. By visiting Sani, you are directly participating in the conservation of both the rainforest and its people.

 

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or emailemail us today.

Facilities

Accommodation

The Lodge has ten individual cabins, sleeping up to three people (one double and one single bed) and a spacious two-story house divided into four family rooms, each sleeping up to seven people. All have private bathrooms, screened windows, private balconies and traditional thatched roofs. All cabins have electric lights which run from eco-friendly solar panels.

Activities

A short, ten minute walk through the forest will bring you to a 30m tree tower, built around a giant, emergent Kapok tree. Looking out across the rainforest canopy, allows us to observe a whole range of Amazon species that are often extremely hard to see.

You can travel along flooded creeks in traditional dugout canoes to observe the biodiversity rich forest. And then step off into the forest to explore the many trails.

For the more adventurous there is the chance of taking night hikes through the rainforest to see the creatures that come out in the dark. You can also take night canoe trips to spot black caiman in the lakes and creeks around the lodge.

Visit the spectacular parrot clay lick where hundreds of birds gather each day, easily accessible from the lodge.

For those who would like to have more interaction with the community, there is also the chance to visit the indigenous community which owns and operates the lodge. This provides a real insight into their lives and a unique opportunity to learn about their remarkable knowledge of the forest.

 

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or emailemail us today.

Birding

Bird watching in the Amazon Rainforest

Situated between the Yasuni National Park and the Cuyabeno Reserve, Sani has an extraordinary variety of bird life and over 570 different species of birds have been recorded so far with more being added to their list.
Their territory contains a number of rare birds you are unlikely to see anywhere else, including the Rufous Potoo, Black-necked Red Cotinga and the Cocha Antshrike.  Walking the trail system on both sides of the meandering Napo River, you can look out for the special Long-tailed Potoo, Varzea Schiffornis, Paradise Jacamar and Lined Forest-Falcon.

The islands along the Napo River offers a unique experience of seeing very well adapted species that live on the islands, such as Lesser Wagtail Tyrant, Olive-spotted Hummingbird, and the bizarre looking Amazonian Umbrellabird.

The Parrot Clay Licks are an experience that one would not want to miss, and the ones here are the most accessible in Ecuador.  Frequent visitors are hundreds of Cobalt-winged Parakeets, as well as Orange-cheeked Parrots, Scarlet-shouldered Parrotlet and several species of Amazons.

Up in the canopy tower, you can be dazzled by the huge variety of glistening colourful birds flying right in front of you and perching nearby you. Aracaris, Tanagers, Macaws, Woodpeckers and Cotingas are just a few of highlights that you are privileged to see from here.

 

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or emailemail us today.

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