Experience the best Birdwatching in the Ecuador Amazon Rainforest
Enjoy the best birdwatching in the Ecuador Amazon rainforest. You can enjoy and rest surrounded by a unique landscape that only Ecuador offers to its visitors.
This is a unique trip that will allow you to discover the mysterious Challwacocha lagoon. Furthermore, you will see flowers such as little water gardens and dark floating grasses. Taking a look at the horizon you will surely spot native South American birds such as the Lettered Aracari. Additionally, you will hear the whisper of the Hoatzin, another bird, which its size is similar to the pheasant that lives in the lagoons of the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers Sani Lodge is located in the intermediate corridor of Yasuní National Park and Cuyabeno Reserve.
The Sani Isla Kichwa Community owns the area surrounding Sani lodge which embraces a total of 42,000 hectares (103,784 acres) of virgin rainforest. This is an exclusive Eco-hotel that welcomes tourists with astonishing biodiversity. Furthermore, during forest treks, you will encounter 1,500 species of trees, hundreds of lianas and beautiful flowers; 550 species of tropical birds, 13 species of monkeys and 1,000 species of butterflies.
With our extensive knowledge about flora, fauna, and biodiversity; we can give our guests a real experience while enjoying a tour through the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest.
The Sani Lodge is a perfect option for anybody wanting to experience pristine primary Rainforest in Ecuador. You can choose between three types of itineraries; Family program, Cultural program, and a truly magnificent Bird-watching program. The Sani Lodge is a dream come true for avid birdwatchers.
Get your birdwatching guide out, and get ready for an experience of a lifetime!
Sani Lodge Activities
Parrot Clay Lick
The parrot-clay lick is where you will find a plethora of parrots searching for a gap to land and eat the earth. Here you will see the Mealy Amazon, Yellow-crowned, Orange-winged, and Blue-headed parrots.
Canopy Observation Tower
Experience life on the treetops from the 36 meter (118 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 and sloths resting in 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.
Sani Community Visit
During your visit to the Sani Community Center you will enter 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.
Hike Chorongo or Coto trails of 3 hours, fantastic terra-firme forest to discover the relationships among the different living creatures and the role they play in this complex ecosystem. Orchids, vines, strangler figs, ancient trees; bromeliads are all part of this fabulous tropical rainforest
At 4:00 am you will enjoy the Guayusa Ceremony (a typical drink of this area), where your guide will tell you stories and legends of the Amazon, while you enjoy a wonderful sunrise.
After breakfast, you will go to Napo River to take the canoe to Sani Isla Community Center. Here you can learn how the community lives in harmony with the Amazon Rainforest. You will learn about their customs, drinks, food, and Kichwa culture, learn how local life is environmentally sustainable. You will know their conservation and entrepreneurship projects (SANI WARMI) along with an activity of handicrafts.
After a light dinner Ayahuasca ceremony will take place, this is an ancestral ritual led by the community Chaman (Yachak), which is carried out for spiritual purification.
*Ayahuasca drink is available to people over 18 years old under their responsibility
Bird Islands Visit
Visit the islands of Napo River to find the species that habit these ecosystems. It is very important that you bring your binoculars to see them.
You’ll go to:
• Castelnau’s antshrike Island.
• Fuscous Flycatcher Island.
• Spotted Tody-flycatcher Island.
• River Tyrannulet Island.
• Riverside Tyrant Island.
You have many places where you can observe hundreds of birds. After to visit all these Islands you’ll have dinner at the Lodge. After dinner, you’ll go to look for owls and, in the return, there will be feedback of birds seen along with the checklist.