Stays and Tours at Sani Lodge range from 3 to 5 Days
Tucked away in the far-flung reaches of the Ecuadorian Amazon there sits a boutique lodge perched on the edge of a placid lagoon. Located in one of the most biodiverse spots on Earth this community run luxury stay allows you to get away from it all, to relax in the midst of unparalleled beauty, to gorge on exquisite three course meals – and of course – to explore virgin rainforest, untouched by human civilization, in the hunt for exotic wildlife and the adventure of a lifetime. This place is Sani Lodge, and we were lucky enough to spend 4 nights here, reconnecting with nature and forgetting the stress of travel. Choosing an Amazon Lodge is difficult, there are many regions and accommodation options to explore – all of varying quality and wildlife options. What you need is first-hand information to choose the right option for you – so I have prepared this review of Sani Lodge, to explain its features and offerings. To also help you decide please look out for my future posts on why Yasuni National Park is the best place to explore the Amazon and why you should support sustainability in the Amazon.
In general activities involve hiking, canoeing or bird watching from the tower. Each offers a different opportunity to spot a different kind of wildlife and the guides know which is best for the conditions. I loved them all! The relaxing vibes of canoeing in the small Amazonian rivers while monkeys swung from the trees above our head. The perspective offered in the tower over the jungle canopy, looking across the Amazon from above. Each activity there was something more to see. Just be sure to bring a decent pair of binoculars and/or a good zoom lens to make the most of it!
And of course just simply walking in the jungle, never being sure what you will come across. Leaf-cutter ants building their huge nests, hummingbirds darting around looking for their next meal, poison dart frogs camouflaged in the leaf litter or snakes slithering on the trees above. Anything is possible and the best thing maybe the interest it fosters in the little life forms – I can honestly say that our guides interesting explanations and local knowledge has fostered a previously unknown love of the creepy crawlies. And don’t miss the opportunity to go out and see it all at night – the jungle sound completely changes, and new and interesting species come out.
One of the highlights of your stay. Lunch and dinner both feature three course meals produced by a rather talented in-house chef (part of the local Sani community and trained in another lodge). The best food we had in Ecuador was here, and was nice to get away from the standard rice, bananas and salad found in everywhere else. Breakfast is a choice of eggs (however you prefer) or granola and yogurt, and both are accompanied by a side of fresh, tropical fruit, toast, and a changing fresh fruit juice. Most are locally produced in the community and it’s great to try new things (and be able to ask what on earth it is!).
Coffee, tea and filtered water are available 24 hours and alcoholic drinks from the bar. On arrival at the lodge we had beautiful mocktails and nibbles waiting as well as on return from some excursions. My only suggestion would be to bring a few of your favourite snacks as sometimes you are a bit hungry when returning from an jungle hike and it’s perhaps an hour or so till the next meal. Plus it’s always nice to have some creature comforts. The packed lunches and snacks for day trips were great, and the lunch provided if you visit the Sani community is … different. Go with an open mind, and be relaxed knowing they have an alternative lunch from the lodge if needed!
Amazon Travel Tours is an Ecuadorian Tourism Agency dedicated to providing top-quality tourism services. We employ highly trained and bilingual naturalists guides certified by the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Environment (MAE)
In Coca, Ecuador (Francisco de Orellana).
Crossroads: Amazonas and Espejo under the Hotel Safari in front of the Marina (Malecon)