Sacha Lodge

Post-Programme Ecuadorian Amazon Adventure

Join us for an adventure to the Ecuador´s Amazon and a close encounter with the spectacular flora and fauna from the comfort of a rainforest lodge.

  • Explore more of Ecuador with Hurtigruten Expeditions
  • Stay overnight in the middle of the Amazon rainforest
  • Experience the Amazon´s unique landscapes and wildlife
  • Included activities like canoe trips, birding tours, canopy trails and night walks
  • Destinations

    South America

  • Season

    Available all year

  • Duration

    6 days

  • Min. passengers

    6

  • Booking code

    GALAMAPOST23A

Itinerary

Day 1: Quito 

Arrive to Quito Airport from Galapagos Islands. Transfer from Quito Airport to your hotel. Day at leisure. Overnight. 

Day 2: Quito-Coca 

Morning pick-up for a transfer to Quito airport. Embark on a 30 minute flight over the eastern Andes mountain range to Coca. Upon arrival short transfer to the port, where you will embark a private Canoe for a 2-hours ride down the Napo River, leaving the civilization far behind. You will enjoy a lunch before boarding or a box lunch en route. 

Along the way, you will have opportunities to spot birds like herons, kingfishers, and others.  

After the canoe ride, we go on a 30 minute hike through the rain forest that leads you to Lake Pilchicocha, where native workers will be waiting to paddle you across the lake to the lodge. From here you can enjoy a swim, spot several species of birds from the mini towers or visit the butterfly house with your naturalist guide. 

After dinner go on a night walk through the rainforest to view the hundreds of species of animals that can only be found at night or canoe ride on the lake. 

Day 3-4: Sacha Lodge or similar 

Enjoy two overnights including full board at the Sacha Lodge or similar. 

There will be different morning and afternoon activities offered. Start your day with a canopy walk. Located within Sacha’s private reserve this bird walk gives you the opportunity to get an up close and personal view of the rainforest canopy. As you explore the lush swaths of rainforest around Sacha Lodge, there’s an interesting phenomenon that you will surely come across – the clay licks of the Ecuadorian Amazon. It’s an odd site at first – hundreds of colorful parrots flocking to these walls of clay and eagerly licking it. 

After lunch you may take a leisurely hike along the Napo River, or choose a little more challenging hike on the trail Leoncillo to try and spot the elusive dusky titi monkey. 

The next day you can enjoy a tranquil canoe ride through a natural swamp, which is the home of anacondas, caimans and capybaras. Head back to the lodge for a refreshing dip in the lake or a nice relaxing nap in your personal hammock. You can also learn how to fish the infamous piranha.  

Day 5: Sacha Lodge - Quito 

Breakfast and departure in the morning through a boardwalk to the river, navigating back to Coca. Short flight back to Quito to arrive in Quito in the early afternoon.  

Upon arrival to your hotel in Quito the rest of the day is at your own leisure to explore one more time the Ecuador´s heritage capital. Overnight. 

Day 6: Quito, departure 

Breakfast at the hotel and end of your post extension programme. 

Please note that due to changing conditions, the order of sights may vary.  

The shown itinerary is based on an overnight stay at the Sacha Lodge. For some dates (currently tour departure 19.06.2023) a different lodge (i.e. Napo Wildlife Center Ecolodge, booking code GALAMAPOST23B) might be part of your Ecuadorian Amazon Adventure, but with a similar itinerary. Please see your booking confirmation which lodge has been booked for you, a supplement may apply. 

Practical Information

Included:

The price includes two nights at hotel in Quito including breakfast, three nights at the Sacha Lodge (or similar) including full board and soft drinks. Transfers between Quito airport and hotel on day 1, 2 and 5, return flight from Quito to Coca including current taxes, guided transportation by motorized canoe from Coca to the lodge. Guided activities  and excursions with native English-speaking guides. 

Not included: Dinner at hotel in Quito, drinks others then described, gratuities. 

Remarks/Requirements:

  • This tour is available as post-programme in combination with your voyage ending in Quito upon return from Galapagos Islands.  
  • Includes walking on uneven terrain. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility.  
  • Minimum number of participants: 6  
  • If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the trip up until 6 weeks before departure.