Also located inland from the banks to the Rio Napo, Sacha has been sharing the mysteries of the rainforest with visitors for many years. Located in a mix of primary and secondary forest, the lodge is slightly closer to the community of Coca, allowing for shorter longboat transfers. Sacha places a very high emphasis on their accommodations and food, with 26 native style cabins dotting the landscape. Unique to the region, Sacha offers a 940 foot long suspended canopy walkway – an unmatched opportunity to travel along the treetops and witness the wildlife from a completely different perspective. Another chance to get above the action is a 135 foot tall observation tower built around a kapok tree (the tallest trees in the forest). Sacha programs are available daily (except Sundays when there are no flights) traditionally 4 or 5 days in length.
Day 1∙ Quito – Sacha Lodge
This morning transfer to the Quito airport for a 30-minute flight over the Andes to the Amazon Basin jungle frontier town of Coca. Following a quick lunch at the Sacha house a mini-van transfer whisks to the river port, where you will board motorized long-boats for a 2 hour excursion down the Napo River. The journey is half the fun as the farther downriver, and away from civilization, you travel the more the riverbanks and surrounding forest come alive. On arrival at the Sacha river dock an elevated boardwalk leads you well inland to the serene Pilchicocha Lagoon and the lodge.
Similar to Galápagos there are typically morning and afternoon outings, plus the occasional nighttime foray. This afternoon enjoy your first outing into the surrounding jungle! [L,D]
Days 2, 3 & 4 ∙ Sacha Lodge
Three full days of active guided exploration in and around the Yasuni National Park and Sacha's protected forests, streams & lakes. [B,L,D daily]
Day 5 ∙ Sacha Lodge – Quito
Early this morning begin the return journey to Coca via longboat, and Quito via plane. Upon your mid-day arrival in Quito you will be met and transferred to the Hotel Mercure Alameda Quito. Remainder of day at leisure in Quito. Overnight Quito. [B] Lunch & dinner on your own. Overnight at Hotel Mercure Alameda - hotel not included in Sacha package.
Sacha Lodge programs lengths are flexible, although we suggest the 5-day/4-night itinerary to give you adequate time in the jungle – shorter and longer stays are also possible (the only restricting factor is that there are no flights to/from Coca on Sundays). Like the Galapagos, you have traveled a long distance to experience the Amazon Basin, so don't cut the experience short if you have the time.
2019 Rates, Inclusions & Options
The Sacha Lodge experience includes: porterage of 2 pieces of luggage per person, accommodations at the lodge (single & double/triple cabins), all meals beginning with lunch on your arrival day through breakfast on your departure day (including coffee, tea and water, plus fresh juices at breakfast), daily guided excursions, whether on foot, by dugout canoe, or longboat. Rubber boots and rain ponchos are available on loan.
4-day / 3-night per person, Standard Cabin double or triple occupancy $1,190
4-day / 3-night per person, Standard Cabin single occupancy $1,480
5-day / 4-night per person, Standard Cabin double or triple occupancy $1490
5-day / 4-night per person, Standard Cabin single occupancy $1860
Quito/Coca round trip flights are an additional $240 (airfare subject to change).
Yasuni National Park entrance fee is included in Sacha Lodge rates.
Visit to the parrot clay lick is offered on Wednesday and Sundays at no extra cost.
Quito hotel/airport private round trip transfers: $100 total for any number of participants.
All rates are per person. Children under 12 receive a 30% discount off the standard rates if accommodated in the parent's room.
The Sacha Lodge experience does not include sodas or alcoholic beverages, or gratuities to the guides and staff ($20-$25 per day, per guest, suggested). There is a $5 per person local fee if visiting the Native Community Interpretation Center (an optional visit).
For the serious birder Sacha Lodge offers the option of booking an expert birding guide for the length of your stay. If you are happy birding in a small group (no more than 6 participants) there is no additional fee for the birding guide.
If however you would like a private birding guide there is an additional cost of $650 for a 5 day program ($600 total, whether you are one or two in your private group).
all photos on this page courtesy Sacha Lodge