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Sani Lodge, Amazon Jungle EcoLodge

$901$1,589

5.00 out of 5

This community-owned, sustainable lodge provides a mix of wildlife viewing and cultural interaction near Yasuni National Park. Sani is rustic and remote, with fantastic wildlife viewing and some of the best birding in the Amazon Basin of Ecuador.

Trip Length: 4 or 5 Days
Destination: Yasuni National Park, Ecuadorian Rainforest
Lodging: Simple, mid-level Rainforest lodge
Activities: Wildlife viewing, naturalist walks, interaction with local community

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WHY THIS TRIP
The Sani Lodge is located in an important protected wildlife corridor between two of Ecuador’s most important and diverse National Parks: Yasuní and Cuyabeno. This makes the birding and wildlife viewing opportunities almost unparalleled among rainforest lodges in Ecuador. Additionally, the lodge is operated and 100 percent-owned by the local Sani community, so you know the economic benefits of your trip will stay within the community and help them to maintain their land rights. The accommodations are not luxurious, but are comfortable, and the location of the lodge is spectacular.

TRIP DESCRIPTION
The Sani Lodge community-owned ecolodge is committed to providing all visitors with an engaging and fascinating experience in the Ecuadorian rainforest. By opening up travelers’ eyes to the biodiversity of the forest and the unique culture of the indigenous Sani people, the trip is truly affecting and representative of the Amazon region’s uniqueness.

While the lodge isn’t luxurious, its cozy and natural accommodations blend in with the natural surroundings and provide a relaxing base for exploring the forest. The Sani Lodge is located within 100,000 hectares of protected rainforest that serves as a wildlife corridor between the Yasuní and Cuyabeno National Parks. From the well-traveled Napo River, you travel far into the forest by walkways and canoe until you reach the remote, peaceful Challuacocha lake. The Sani Lodge is perched right on the water, with several communal spaces and docks overlooking the lake. This dark, reflective lagoon is home to hundreds of species and from the lodge alone, you’ll have opportunities to see caimans, herons, butterflies, and frogs among other animals.

But you haven’t come here just to hang out at the Lodge and each day, you’ll travel with your guide to a new area of the rainforest. The excursions are distinct and designed to keep all travelers interested so you’re always finding or doing something new. Just like all the staff at the Lodge, your naturalist guide is a member of the Sani community so he or she can offer a unique blend of cultural knowledge and scientific training. Your guide will lead you rainforest walks to find monkeys swinging in the trees (there are 13 species in the area); on canoe rides through meandering rivers to hopefully spot pink river dolphins; and high into the canopy to look for toucans and parrots in the treetops at dawn. You will also visit members of the Sani community to learn about their traditions and how they thrive in this unusual environment.

Since the lodge’s focus is on quality experience, not on luxurious amenities, they cater to a widely selection of travelers who value a top quality guide and location most. While most travelers will stay in the thatch-roofed cabanas, there are also options for camping and for family-style rooms. The lodge is especially appealing to birders who come here to spot some of the 550 different species of birds present in the area. Private tours are available and recommended for true birders who can easily spend a week here exploring the reserve and nearby parrot clay licks.

LOCAL PROVIDER: SANI LODGE
The Sani Lodge is owned and operated by the Sani Isla Kichwa community, who control the largest area of privately help rainforest in all of Ecuador. The community created and operates the lodge to protect the land, plants, and animals of the area, and to meet the educational and health needs of the community. The profits from the lodge are used to support education, to provide social aid, and allow for a sustainable economy for the future generations of the Sani Isla community.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: Travel from Quito to The Sani Lodge

Your journey starts with a 35-minute flight from Quito to Coca where the staff will pick you up and transfer to a local hotel located on the banks of Napo River. There, your bilingual guides will explain about safety before embarking for a 2 ½-hour boat trip on the largest Ecuadorian affluent of the Amazon, the Napo River. During the journey you get a taste of the Amazon; ancestral communities, birds such as: herons, egrets, vultures, while enjoying delicious packed lunch. The canoe ride is followed by a 15-minute walk through flooded forest and 20-minute paddle canoe across the beautiful Challuacocha Lake. The staff will welcome you with refreshing cold drinks and snacks before you settle down in your cabins.

Late afternoon, you will have a short walk on the nearby trails or a canoe ride with many chances to observe primates, Amazonian birds, black caimans and a close encounter with the amazing flora represented by cedar trees, orchids, and bromeliads. Return to the lodge, where our chef will be happy to offer a wide variety of national and international cuisine that caters vegetarians and vegans. Briefing about Amazonia will be given by one of our bilingual guides, while enjoying Ecuadorian beers, spirits and cocktails prepared by our bartender. (Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 2: Birding & Hiking

After breakfast, experience the life on the tree tops from the 36 meter (108 ft.) observation tower. To get there your leaders will paddle on the Challuacocha Lake for 30 minutes followed by a short 10-minute walk. Over 565 species of birds have been registered so far, including colorful birds such as macaws, toucans, honeycreepers, tanagers, flycatchers, hummingbirds and with a bit of luck a close view of howler, squirrel monkeys or sloths resting on the canopy. The tower gives you a unique perspective, opening up a whole new world of Amazon biodiversity that is often difficult, if not impossible to see from the understory. The journey continues exploring the nearby trails searching for more Amazonian creatures. Return to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch there are many alternatives for your enjoyment, bird-watching from the dining hall or simply get relaxed on the hammocks. In the afternoon, hike Chorongo or Coto trails, fantastic terra-firme forest to discover the relationships among the different living creatures and the role they play in this complex ecosystem. Orchids, vines, strangle figs, ancient trees; bromeliads are all part of this fabulous tropical rainforest. Diner at the lodge.

After diner explore our black-water Oxbow Lake, one of the increasingly rare havens for the endangered black caiman, supporting a healthy population of these large up to 6 meter (18ft.) long south-American crocodilian. Back to the lodge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3: Yasuní National Park

After breakfast departure to the Napo River to board the boat and visit the parrot-clay lick at Yasuní National Park for a wonderful view of hundreds of parrots searching for a gap to land and eat the earth. Here you will see Mealy Amazon, Yellow-crowned, Orange-winged and Blue-headed parrots. Continue with a hike on the south of the Napo inside Yasuní National Park considered for scientists like the most biodiverse area in the world, here, some species that cannot be found in the north might be spotted: golden–mantled tamarins and spider monkeys, Blue and yellow macaws and with a bit of luck a close encounter with white-lipped or collared peccaries. Head back to Sani Community Center to visit a native house to get a taste of how a typical Kichwa family lives.

Enjoy their food, drinks, customs, and culture of the Sani community and learn how the lifestyle of the locals is environmentally sustainable. Return to the lodge late in the afternoon for a well-deserved diner. After diner take a night walk to see how myriads of insects, spiders and frogs come alive. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4: Travel From Sani Lodge Back to Quito

Today you will have a very early breakfast in order to enjoy a last morning of wildlife observation by canoe on the lake. You will retrace your steps back to the Napo River and then upriver to the Coca river port. Your guide will accompany you on a taxi ride from the port to the airport where you will catch your flight back to Quito; flights typically depart at 11:15 a.m. and arrive in Quito just before noon. (Breakfast)


The 5-Day itinerary is the same as the 4-Day itinerary, but you have another day to hike, observe wildlife, and explore the rivers by canoe. 6-, 7-, & 8-Day itineraries can be arranged. Other activities include caiman watching, night hikes, community visits, parrot clay-licks in Yasuní National Park, blowgun practice, and more.

Getting To and From the Trip: 

The trip begins from Coca, Ecuador, with a 3-hour trip in a motorized canoe on the Napo River. Upon arrival at a small stream you will board a dugout canoe for transport to the Challuayacu lagoon and the Sani Lodge.

Transport can be arranged for you by the Sani Lodge to fly on a commercial flight from Quito to Coca, departing at 10:00 am (flight time subject to change). The flight takes approximately 30 minutes. On your return you will depart Coca at 11:15 am.

Alternatively, it is possible to travel from Quito to Coca by bus (bus departs from the station in Quitumbe, 1 hour from downtown Quito) at 9:30 pm the day before your Sani Lodge trip begins. The bus trip takes about 9 hours, and your guide from the Sani Lodge will meet you at La Mision Hotel in Coca at 10:00 am to start your trip.

Trip Start: Your plane leaves from Quito's airport (local departure) at 10 a.m. (flight time subject to change). A member of the Sani Lodge staff will help you with passport, baggage, and travel details. You will proceed to Coca, a short 30-minute flight from Quito.

Trip End: For your return from Sani Lodge, your guide will take you to the airport on time to check in and take your flight back to Quito (local departure at 11:15 a.m.).


This is a trip segment to the Ecuadorian rainforest starting with pick up at your hotel in Quito on Day 1 and ending with drop off at the Coca Airport on Day 4 or 5. You will need to overnight at least one night in Quito prior to departing to the lodge and typically one night upon return before departing on your next adventure. We can easily make this trip a complete package by taking care of all the necessary logistics in Quito, other parts of mainland Ecuador, and/or the Galapagos. Click the links below to view our recommended Quito Hotels

In addition to the Ecuadorian Amazon, we specialize in trips to the Galapagos, mainland Ecuador, Machu Picchu and Peru, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Brazil, Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Mexico.

2017 PRICES: 

Price Per Person

4-DAY TRIP
Single Cabin: $1,270.00
Double or Triple Cabin: $1,058.00
Camping: $901.00

5-DAY TRIP
Single Cabin: $1,589.00
Double or Triple Cabin: $1,324.00
Camping: $1,128.00

6-DAY TRIP
Single Cabin: $1,905.00
Double or Triple Cabin: $1,587.00
Camping: $1,351.00

7-DAY TRIP
Single Cabin: $2,223.00
Double or Triple Cabin: $1,852.00
Camping: $1,576.00

8-DAY TRIP
Single Cabin: $2,538.00
Double or Triple Cabin: $2,115.00
Camping: $1,801.00

NOTES

  • Child Discounts: Ages 0 – 5 are free / Ages 6 – 11 receive a 50% discount on the rates listed above.
  • Roundtrip flights Quito – Coca – Quito are approximately $210.00 per person (or $110.00 per person one way). These flights can be booked through the Sani Lodge or on your own.
  • A roundtrip bus ticket Quito – Coca – Quito is approximately $30.00 per person (or $15.00 per person one way). The bus trip takes a full day and you would have to overnight in Coca before and after the lodge trip. These buses can be booked through the Sani Lodge or on your own.

2018 PRICES: 

For 2018 pricing, please inquire using the “I Am Interested” button above or by calling 1-866-386-4168.


INCLUDED: 

  • Accommodation (lodge or camping)
  • 3 meals per day
  • Native & bilingual guide
  • Rubber boots for nature walks
  • All listed excursions in itinerary (subject to change at your guide’s discretion)
  • Transportation from Coca’s airport to the lodge and vice versa
  • Assistance at the airport in Quito
  • Purified water, coffee, & tea
  • Snacks on all tours
  • Rain ponchos

NOT INCLUDED: 

  • Airfare to and from Quito, approximately $200.00 per person (will be booked by the lodge & added to the overall trip cost)
  • Extra Activity: Lamedero Parrot Clay Lick in Yasuni National Park, $35 per person to be paid at the lodge & is subject to change (This is a different clay lick than the one viewed in the itinerary on Day 3. For Lamedero, you will hike to the clay lick and observe the birds for most of the morning. The clay lick in the regular itinerary is viewed from your canoe and is shorter.)
  • Extra Activity: Pañacocha Lagoon, $35 per person to be paid at the lodge & is subject to change
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Soft drinks & juice drinks not included at meals
  • Tips for guides and staff
  • Personal and medical expenses
  • Accommodations and services in Quito (can be quoted for and added upon request)
  • Services not specified
  • Travel insurance
  • International flights

ADDITIONAL EXPENSES TO CONSIDER:

  • Flights (Quito – Coca – Quito): approximately $200 roundtrip per person
  • Accommodations and services in Quito (can be quoted for and added upon request)
  • Tips to guides & staff
  • Travel insurance
  • International flights


 

 

 

Plan Your Trip

Trips can operate on any date throughout the year, although transpiration in or out is not available on Sundays. If you must travel on a Sunday this can be arranged for an additional $250 fee either in or out.

None. Kids are welcome on any departure but there are no special family departures.

Trip Start: Your plane leaves from Quito's airport (local departure) at 10 a.m. (flight time subject to change). A member of the Sani Lodge staff will help you with passport, baggage, and travel details. You will proceed to Coca, a short 30-minute flight from Quito.

Trip End: For your return from Sani Lodge, your guide will take you to the airport on time to check in and take your flight back to Quito (local departure at 11:15 a.m.).

How Do I Get To and From the Trip: 

The trip begins from Coca, Ecuador, with a 3-hour trip in a motorized canoe on the Napo River. Upon arrival at a small stream you will board a dugout canoe for transport to the Challuayacu lagoon and the Sani Lodge.

Transport can be arranged for you by the Sani Lodge to fly on a commercial flight from Quito to Coca, departing at 10:00 am (flight time subject to change). The flight takes approximately 30 minutes. On your return you will depart Coca at 11:15 am.

Alternatively, it is possible to travel from Quito to Coca by bus (bus departs from the station in Quitumbe, 1 hour from downtown Quito) at 9:30 pm the day before your Sani Lodge trip begins. The bus trip takes about 9 hours, and your guide from the Sani Lodge will meet you at La Mision Hotel in Coca at 10:00 am to start your trip.

Pre and Post trip hotels are not included in this trip, but Detour can take care of these for you. Please enquire if interested.

Ecuador is a delightfully diverse country with something for everyone. Each shift in ecosystem brings variant cultures and customs. The highlands and Avenue of Volcanoes have many traditional haciendas and working farms with a strong chagra (cowboy) culture. The cloudforest offers wonderful birding, rafting, biking and ecolodges. Colonial cities like Quito and Cuenca blend modern with some of the best preserved colonial architecture in all of South America. And, the Galapagos Islands offer world renown wildlife viewing.

It is also easy to combine a visit to neighboring Peru and Machu Picchu. Quito offers direct flights to many destinations in Latin America. We specialize in trips to Peru, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico.

Countries Visited: Ecuador

Destinations Visited: 

Amazon Basin

Green Certifications: Rainforest Alliance Verified,

Trip Sustainability: 

There are about 35 members of the Sani Isla Comuna who are currently employed at Sani Lodge. The General Manager and administrator are from the comuna, as well the chef, boat drivers, native guides and waiters. As the Lodge is owned by the entire community, everyone has the right to be working at the facilities. Therefore, we created a system in which our staff has to rotate giving the opportunity to others of having an experience at the lodge. Nowadays, almost 90 percent of the comuna has already been hired by the lodge. Volunteers have helped at the lodge and also the office. This ecotourism based project, has other advantages for the community other than economic benefits. “Sani Isla” has developed a sense of pride for their forest and their culture. The lowland Kichwa culture is one tied directly to the jungle.

Activities: Birdwatching, Community Based Tourism, Cultural Tour, Jungle Lodge, Wildlife Viewing and Safaris

Activity Description: 

Trip Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous, Not Strenuous,

Fitness Level: 

While the excursions are not overly strenuous, you will be walking over uneven, hilly terrain in hot and humid conditions for a few hours at a time. You should be able to walk and stand for hours at a time. You will also be traveling by dug out canoe. While assistance is provided, you will need to be able to get in and out of small canoes.

Minimum Age: 0

Maximum Age: 125

Minimum Group Size: 1

Maximum Group Size: 38

Typical Group Size: 

Months Offered: All Year, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Best Time to Go: 

There is no best time to visit the Sani Lodge, as there is great wildlife viewing all year round. The region is very close to the equator so there is no real variation in length of the days or in temperature.  The rainiest months in the Ecuadorian Amazonas region is March – July and the months with least rain is December – February. August to December is considered a fluctuation season, with rain one minute and clear blue skies the next. But don’t let this influence you, as it can rain at any time, and the difference between the seasons is not that great. Additionally, more fruit will be produced during the rainy season, so many species of fruit-eaters are more active at this time, and may begin their reproductive seasons at this time.

Food and Special Diets: 

All meals start with dinner in the first day and finish with breakfast the last day. All other days, guests enjoy three exquisite meals per day from a staff who has more than 15 years experience in first-class tourism. The cuisine is in line with the highest quality standards, and can be customized to a guest’s desire. Vegetarian and special diets can be accommodated.

Drinking Water: 

Clean, drinkable water is available at all times at the lodge. Please bring your own refillable water bottle.

Equipment Provided: 

Wellington boots and water ponchos.

Boat Specifications:

Special Equipment You Should Bring: 

Binoculars are a must in the Amazon. Headlamps, quick-dry clothing and dry bags or zip lock bags also come in handy.

* See suggested packing list under the “More Info” tab for a thorough packing list.

 

HOTEL / LODGE AMENITIES:  Restaurant

BOAT AMENITIES: You do not stay on a boat on this trip

CAMP AMENITIES: Double Tents, Sleeping pads/mattresses, Showers, Dining Tent, Dining Tables, Dining Chairs, You will not be camping on this trip

ROOM AMENITIES: Twin Beds, Double Beds, Hot Water, Private Bathroom, Shower, Soap and Shampoo, Towels

ROOMING OPTIONS: Double, Triple, Single

DESCRIPTION:

Sani-Lodge-cabin

Cabins: Sani Lodge accommodates a maximum of 38 guests (at the cabins), emphasizing quality rather than quantity, and thereby offering you a more intimate experience with the amazon rainforest. The lodge itself consists of ten, private, thatch-roofed cabanas and 4 family size cabins, each with a private bathroom and hot water. The cabanas are spaciously designed for double or triple occupancy, and have screened in windows to guard against insects while you sleep. Electric lights at the lodge run from ecologically friendly solar energy.

Sani-Lodge-cabin-bed

Sani-Lodge-cabin-beds

Camping:

Our camping site is located 1 hour away from the Lodge, at the end of our trail named Coto and near the Challuayaku stream of our Calluacocha black water lagoon. Once you arrive to the Lodge and have a warming welcoming from our staff, depart to the Camping site in a paddle canoe along with your naturalist guide, a cook, and a native guide whom will camp with you during your stay. Our camping site offers an exhilarating experience for our more adventurous travelers. At this site you will be able to feel the energy and the vivacity of the Amazon Rainforest.

We have built wooden platforms with thatched roofs where we place the tents to provide extra shelter. We provide tents, mattresses, sheets, pillows, and drinking water. Please bring your own flashlight. At the site, there is one shower (with cold water only) and a dry latrine to be used by our guests.

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Local Tour Operator:

The Sani Lodge is owned and operated by the Sani Isla Kichwa community, who control the largest area of privately help rainforest in all of Ecuador. The community created and operates the lodge to protect the land, plants, and animals of the area, and to meet the educational and health needs of the community. The profits from the lodge are used to support education, to provide social aid, and allow for a sustainable economy for the future generations of the Sani Isla community.

Guides:

TMI (Too Much Information)

We suggest that you leave all jewelry behind as well as credit cards. Only cash is accepted for any extras
you may have purchased or if you decide to purchase artisanry from the locals. Bring two (2) copies of your passport and visa, the original is not needed.

Gifts for the locals are welcome, but preferably of scholarly material for the children and given to the Administrator for distribution through the Conservation in Action Foundation vs. given directly.

Luggage

  • 1 backpack/duffel bag
  • 1 day-pack (large enough for you to carry water, camera, rain jacket and anything else you may want handy on your excursions)

Clothing
Dress is casual. Dark clothing is best as light colors stand out and give away your presence to the wildlife. Consider the length of your trip with us (4-9 days), and pack accordingly. Keep in mind that you WILL get dirty (and smelly) in the rainforest, but everyone else will be too.

  • 2 pairs of lightweight long pants (NOT jeans)
  • 3-4 short-sleeved cotton shirts
  • 2 long-sleeved cotton shirts
  • 1 pair of cotton socks for each day of trip non-synthetic
  • Underwear
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 1 windbreaker/light jacket (it can get surprisingly chilly at night/early morning)
  • 1 bathing suit
  • 1 hat with brim
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
  • 1 pair of Tevas or other strap-on rubber sandals

Sundry equipment

  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Extra eyeglasses/contact lenses
  • Sunscreen (strong SPF)
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet kit
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Anti-itch cream, e.g., hydrocortisone adrenaline for anaphylactic shock response to bee/wasp sting
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Flashlight(s) — a headlamp and handheld one (crank ones are encouraged)
  • Extra batteries for camera equipment and flashlights
  • Self-sealing plastic bags or drybag — for camera equipment/ binoculars/important papers
  • Reading material
  • Small notebook and pen/pencil
  • Sewing kit
  • Sturdy water bottle
  • Walking sticks (we can produce one locally for you!)

Camera & Binoculars

  • Cameras: Avoid tripods if not using digital. High speed film is recommended, e.g., 400 ASA, together with a flash (it’s dark beneath the rainforest canopy). A wide-angle and a large telephoto lens are useful for birds — for best results with insects, a lens with macro facility.
  • Binoculars in the 7 x 30 or 8 x 42 or 10 x 40 range with either a comfortable strap or harness anti-fogging cloth (very handy).
  • Forsyth, Adrian & Miata, Ken Tropical Nature Macmillan: 1984.
  • Kane, Joe Savages Knopf: 1995.
  • Kimerling, Judith Amazon Crude Abya-Yala: 1993.
  • Kricher, John A Neotropical Companion Princeton University Press: 1999.
  • Ridgely, Robert & Greenfield, Paul The Birds of Ecuador: A Field Guide Vol 1, Cornell University Press: 2001.
  • Ridgely, Robert & Greenfield, Paul The Birds of Ecuador: Status, Distribution and Taxonomy Vol 2, Cornell University Press: 2001.
  • Rival, Laura M. Trekking Through History: The Huaorani of Amazonian, Ecuador Columbia University Press: 2002.
  • de la Torre, S., Yépez, P. (eds). 2007. Caminando en el sendero, hacia la conservación del ambiente y la cultura Secoya. Fundación VIHOMA. Quito. Yépez, P., de la Torre, S., Cerón, C., Palacios, W. (ed.) 2005. Al Inicio del
    sendero. Estudios Etnobotánicos Secoya. Ed. Arboleda. Quito.
Electric lights at the lodge run from ecologically friendly solar energy. The electricity current in Ecuador is 110Hz, generally with a two-prong wall socket (Type A & Type B).
Smoking is not allowed in rooms or enclosed public areas.

DETOUR'S POLICIES

DETOUR’S DISCLAIMER
Detour acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, activities, or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Detour, LLC and their respective employees, agents, representatives, and assigns accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other incident which may be caused by the negligence, defect, default of any company or person in performing these services. Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws, or other such causes. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of the country in which they are provided. Detour, LLC is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours /trips arranged by Detour, LLC. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects.

Cancellations: If you cancel the trip at any point after confirmation, you will forfeit a $100 per person handling fee to Detour. This is separate and in addition to the fees, deposits, and payments potentially owed to the tour operator (see information below).

Trip Changes:  If you decide to make any changes to your trip (changes to your itinerary, travel dates, tours, or accommodations) after it is booked, you will incur a $50 change fee per person, per change.  Unavoidable changes (such as those imposed by an international flight schedule change) will not incur this fee.  Adding on services before or after your confirmed tour will not incur this fee.

Rate Changes to Domestic Flights, Park Entrance Fees, Government Taxes and Fuel Surcharges:  The rates for all these items are subject to change at any point and these fees or fee changes can be imposed on any trip, even after a trip has been confirmed and paid for in full.  These rate changes are beyond the control of Detour or our local operating partners.  Oftentimes, these changes are imposed by government decree and take effect immediately.  While this is a rare occurence and the rate changes themselves are typically quite small, these changes are unpredictable and sometimes unavoidable.  Travelers are responsible for any additional costs or fees due to these rate changes, even after the trip is paid in full.

Passports and Traveler Details:  Passengers are responsible for sending up-to-date and correct information that is requested in the “Trip Reservation Form.”  If any of those details change, it is the passenger’s responsibility to notify Detour of the change before the trip departure.  If you need to renew your passport prior to your trip, you must notify Detour that you will be renewing your passport and you will have to email a scanned copy of both your old and new passports to Detour.  Additionally, you will have to bring both passports with you on your trip. Please make sure that you request to receive your old passport at the start of the renewal process.

Airport Transfers:  Airport transfer rates are based on group size with the assumption that all travelers will be taking the same transfer.  If some travelers in your personal group arrive or depart on different days or at different times, additional airport transfers will have to be booked and the passenger is responsible for this additional cost.

DETOUR’S DISCLAIMER

Detour acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, activities, or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Detour, LLC and their respective employees, agents, representatives, and assigns accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other incident which may be caused by the negligence, defect, default of any company or person in performing these services.  Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws, or other such causes.  All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of the country in which they are provided. Detour, LLC is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours /trips arranged by Detour, LLC. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects.

DETOUR’S CANCELLATION POLICY
If you cancel the trip at any point after confirmation, you will owe a $100 per person handling fee to Detour.  This is separate and in addition to the fees, deposits, and payments potentially owed to the tour operator (see information below).

Tips are not included in the rate. Tipping is a personal matter and visitors are encouraged to tip their guides and staff an amount they find appropriate.

Laundry: Free laundry service!

Food and Special Diets: 

All meals start with dinner in the first day and finish with breakfast the last day. All other days, guests enjoy three exquisite meals per day from a staff who has more than 15 years experience in first-class tourism. The cuisine is in line with the highest quality standards, and can be customized to a guest’s desire. Vegetarian and special diets can be accommodated.

Drinking Water: 

Clean, drinkable water is available at all times at the lodge. Please bring your own refillable water bottle.

 

3 reviews for Sani Lodge, Amazon Jungle EcoLodge


  1. Courtney D
    5 out of 5

    :

    What a great trip this was. Detour was a pleasure to work with and very knowledgeable I have recommended this to others and would definately use them in the future. We loved Sani and all of the people there it was and amazing submersion into another world.

  2. Norm V
    5 out of 5

    :

    Quite an adventure. From what we could tell from talking to people at other lodges, our lodge happened to be a smaller group – more personalized service ( there were only 8 guests). Operated by the Sani Quichoa, so more authentic / local. Cabins nice / beds comfortable. Would be nice to have ceiling fan, but no electricity after 10 PM ( apparently not unusual in some of these remote lodges.

    Guide, Javier, was absolutely first class – encycylopedic knowledge about local flora and fauna. Any group would be very fortunate to get him as a local guide. Excellent English skills. Very organized and attentive. Lots of variety of wildlife, including birds, monkeys, giant sloth, Caymans. Saw peccary tracks but no peccary. Lots of insects with copious guide education about all of them. Reommend going to Parrot lick for all guests. Tried to see pink dolphins, but they did not cooperate and were missing in action.

    Only one small issue – engine broke down way up by Panicocha preserve, long way from Sani. Guide did not appear to have an emergency radio to notify Sani for help, or have defined emergency procedures in place to explain to us, so that we would be assured that we would not get stuck in the bush at dark. Luckily we paddled / got towed to a local farm downriver, and boat driver was able to repair engine and we got home slightly after dark, none the worse for wear. Would recommend you give them feedback about having emergency radios and defined emergency procedures that are utilized if a problem like this occurs.

    Excellent visit to the Sani community, where we had a tour of the womens’ garden and ate a meal of locally prepared foods – platanos, hearts of palm salad, roasted cocoa nuts, and a local delicacy, Beetle larvae. I ate one of the latter — “slimy, yet satisfying” ( as they say in Lion King. Would not recommend one of these for the faint of heart. They were quite proud that they were able to obtain grubs for us, so if they offer and you don’t want, just tell them you are a vegetarian….)

    Food at lodge I rated at a “3”, not for lack of effort or service, but I recognize that it is hard to get / keep food at a remote lodge. Prepared by Sani cooks. Food was good but not gourmet. They may wish to consider importing an outside non-Sani chef.

    I would give this trip an 8-9/10 for an outstanding eco-experience and opportunity to interact with the Quichoa.

  3. Jeanette N
    5 out of 5

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    The highlight was the excursion to see the river dolphins – saw them (in the distance) and 5 types of monkeys. One large group jumping from branch to branch. Had fun trying to catch pirahanas. – didn’t suceed but enjoyed eating the ones that the guides caught. Saw a sloth through the guides telescope when we were in the tree tower.

    Could have used some cushioning on some of the canoe rides. With the longer trips they were provided.

    I chose to camp. Overall my experience was very good. Only rained one night. The rest of the time quite sunny but guide told us we might have seen more if it was cloudy. Rest of people in group were very nice, but would have preferred 4-5 people instead of 7.

    The woman was a bit late at the Quito airport but no trouble in catching the plane.

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