5 days

Amazon Wilderness

Amazon Wilderness

The Amazon Basin

Trip rating

    “I ventured deep into the Amazon with hopes of seeing the elusive jaguar, knowing full well that I had more chance of seeing Australia win an Ashes Test. During one walk, we turned back towards the lodge, backtracking on the same route we took just hours earlier. There on the path was a jaguar paw print, clear as day. We never saw the big cat, but just knowing it was right there was pretty special.” Nathan Ward, Peregrine Retail Assistant Manager.

    Why we love it

    • This exceptional jungle experience takes you into the very heart of Ecuador’s Amazon Basin.
    • The remote, pristine setting of Sacha Lodge is a haven for nature lovers, birdwatchers, scientists and adventure seekers.
    • The lodge provides quality accommodation, first class meals and expert guides in order for you to fully enjoy the wonders of the tropical rainforest.
    • There is a wide range of activities to pick from including jungle walks, dugout canoe safaris and canopy walks, while a real highlight is the camouflaged, 43-metre high observation tower.
    • This is the Amazon at its very best!


    Day 1 - Amazon Jungle Lodge

    • The joining point for this trip is a hotel in Quito, the Rio Amazonas Hotel. You should meet your transfer driver in the lobby at 08:00am for your transfer to the airport. The transfer driver will have your flight tickets and vouchers for your lodge stay.
    • The flight over the Andes to the river port town of Puerto Francisco de Orellana, (or Coca) will take approximately 45 minutes. Here, a local guide will meet you and transfer you to the town docks, where a covered motorized canoe will take you on a two-hour journey down the Napo River to the Sacha Lodge (or alternative Napo Lodge - refer to "Other Information" for more details).
    • The Napo River is the largest river in Ecuadorian Amazonia and as you cruise along the water it is easy to spot a number of shore birds including herons, kingfishers, spoonbills and ospreys. Upon arrival at Sacha Lodge’s 2000-hectare private reserve, you will walk along a raised boardwalk through dense forest to Pilchicocha Lake, where dugout canoes await to take you to the lodge.
    • It is not unusual to see several species of monkeys and tropical birds along the way, including the ancient looking Hoatzin! The Hoatzin, one of the strangest living birds, is considered by many as a link with the first known bird, Archaeopteryx, that became extinct millions of years ago. There is time this afternoon to take a walk, or swim, or to explore the surrounding jungle and its wildlife.
    Lunch | Dinner

    Day 2 - 4 - Amazon Jungle Lodge

    • Over the next three days, you will be placed into small groups, and native guides will lead you on various excursions and activities. Most of your day, however, will be spent in the forest. Mornings start early; groups are usually on the trail by 6am. Not only is it cooler at this hour, but animal and bird activity is also at its peak.
    • Most trails return you to the lodge for lunch, with ample time afterwards for a swim and an afternoon siesta before hitting the trails again. Your guides are a wealth of information with expert knowledge of the rainforest’s medicinal properties and the biology and ecology of the area.
    • The activities will be spread over a wide area of the reserve, allowing you to explore fascinating habitats. Some trails lead through forested areas with kapok trees towering above, whilst others take you across boardwalks through rich rainforest undergrowth and over the marshlands.
    • You can paddle in dugout canoes along creeks and lakes where lianas, bromeliads and palm trees thrive and the possibility of sighting wildlife, from the tiny pygmy marmoset to pumas, is ever present. Night walks and canoe trips are also possible and offer the opportunity to see creatures that do not venture out during the day. Most often it is caimans (of the alligator family) and giant insects that are sighted at night.
    • Weather dependant, there will be a visit to Ecuador’s most accessible parrot lick, an exposed clay bank where brightly coloured parrots, macaws and parakeets gather in the early morning (this activity is optional and is US$20pp).
    • Half an hour’s walk from the lodge is the observation tower. At over 40 metres high, it is above the rainforest canopy, and is probably the best place to view the area’s rich wildlife through the powerful telescope provided. You can plan on seeing the howler monkeys, and hopefully the three-toed sloth, and exotic birds with equally exotic names including Paradise Tanager, Spangled Cotinga or the Many-banded Aracari.
    • Sacha Lodge is also home to one of the largest butterfly farms in Ecuador and is successfully breeding nearly forty local butterfly species, including the amazing and very large blue morph – a visit is a must.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Quito

    • You will be transferred by boat back to Coca for your flight to Quito, where your trip ends upon arrival at Quito Airport.
    • Normally flights arrive back in Quito at around 1pm; however, there is always a likelihood of your flight being delayed. This being the case you may wish to book an additional night's accommodation in Quito and also a transfer from airport to hotel. These should be booked at the same time you book your holiday.
    • If you are planning to depart Quito today, we advise that you do not book to depart until at least after 4pm (16:00 hrs).
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of Peregrine's expert English-speaking local guides.
    • Return local flights Quito-Coca-Quito.
    • 4 nights in Sacha Jungle Lodge in a double cabin with private facilities and shaded terraces.
    • Small group jungle activities and excursions in the company of a native guide.
    • Journey down the Napo River by motorized canoe.
    • Dugout canoe to Sacha Lodge.
    • Transfers inside the tour program.
    • Meals- 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners.

    Not Included

    • International flights.
    • Airport tax if applicable.
    • Travel Insurance
    • Meals not included in the itinerary
    • Any optional tours or activities during free time.
    • Laundry.
    • Tips.
    • Items of a personal nature.
  • Map Itinerary

  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Amazon Wilderness

    Jill - Australia, 27 May, 2013
    Overall Rating

    Guide Delfina was very friendly, approachable, professional & informative. He went out of his way to ensure all tourist were well taken care of & happy. Accommadition, food & staff all excelent. I would recommend this tour to all interested parties. I saw some amazing creatures - too numerous to mention.

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Trip Code PSAW5
Group size 1 - 15
Start City: Quito
End City: Quito

What to know

This program is for independent travellers and is not our group tour. Departures are available on other days of the week (except Sunday) however additional transportation surcharges apply.

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