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Ecuador Amazon Sacha Lodge Extension Tour

Epic Jungle Adventure in the Upper Amazon


Explore the wonders of Ecuador's Upper Amazon rainforest on this exciting 4-day extension itinerary - a perfect addition to MT Sobek's Galapagos adventures! Take a short flight from Quito to Coca, then journey by motorized canoe to the charming Sacha lodge, one of our favorite jungle retreats, for a three-night stay. Each day, head out on foot or by canoe to explore wildlife wonders in the surrounding forests, including over 600 species of birds, howler and capuchin monkeys, sloths, agoutis, otters, caiman, and more. Climb the 135-jungle tower for incredible views and take a thrilling tree-top walk along the lodge's 940-foot canopy walkway. At the lodge, enjoy a range of excellent services and amenities, including delicious meals and hot showers (a luxury in Amazonia!), and revel in quiet moments on your private porch, right in the heart of the rainforest.

4 Days

From: $1,495

Explore the wonders of Ecuador's Upper Amazon rainforest on this exciting 4-day extension itinerary - a perfect addition to MT Sobek's Galapagos adventures! Take a short flight from Quito to Coca, then journey by motorized canoe to the charming Sacha lodge, one of our favorite jungle retreats, for a three-night stay. Each day, head out on foot or by canoe to explore wildlife wonders in the surrounding forests, including over 600 species of birds, howler and capuchin monkeys, sloths, agoutis, otters, caiman, and more. Climb the 135-jungle tower for incredible views and take a thrilling tree-top walk along the lodge's 940-foot canopy walkway. At the lodge, enjoy a range of excellent services and amenities, including delicious meals and hot showers (a luxury in Amazonia!), and revel in quiet moments on your private porch, right in the heart of the rainforest.

Highlights


  • Immerse yourself in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon on this 4-day jungle adventure

  • Explore by canoe and on foot with expert naturalist guides, and enjoy thrilling canopy walks

  • Relax in the comfort of Sacha Lodge and take in the beauty of the Amazon from your private porch

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Ecuador Amazon Sacha Lodge Extension

Start: Quito, Ecuador  End: Quito, Ecuador

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Journey from Quito to Sacha Lodge

    Day 1

    Transfer to the Quito airport for a mid-morning flight to Coca, then board a motorized canoe for an exciting ride down the Napo River, a tributary of the Amazon! A short forest walk from the lodge landing brings you to the stunning jungle-fringed Lake Pilchacocha, where another canoe awaits to ferry you to Sacha Lodge. After check-in, you'll be outfitted with a poncho and rubber boots, which are customary attire for your stay at Sacha. There is usually time for a late afternoon visit in the rainforest to look for wildlife or for a refreshing swim in the lagoon. A welcome dinner in Sacha's spacious dining room can be followed by a night walk - great for spotting owls and nocturnal mammals.

    Accommodation: Sacha Lodge

    Transportation: 40-minute flight transfer; 2.5-hour boat transfer

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore the Amazon from Sacha Lodge

    Day 2

    Spend the next two days exploring the 5,000 acres of pristine rainforest at Sacha Lodge reserve, home to an amazing variety of wildlife. Half and full day excursions allow you to explore this area by canoe and on jungle hikes, observing a variety of habitats including pristine primary forest. On the way, look out for over 600 species of bird - the most seen at a single site in the world! - and a wide variety of monkeys, from red howler monkeys to white-faced capuchins. Sloths and agoutis are seen with some regularity, as are the footprints of ocelots and jaguars. Part of the excitement of visiting the rainforest is the possibility of viewing some of its mysterious and elusive inhabitants - you never know what you may see next.

    Accommodation: Sacha Lodge

    Activity: Rainforest walks & canoe rides

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Rainforest Hikes, Canoe Rides & Canopy Walks

    Day 3

    Your days in the jungle can be tailored to your interests by your naturalist guide. Take a refreshing swim in the lagoon, catch an early morning canoe ride to see hundreds of parrots at the mineral-rich claylick across the Napo River, climb the tower for a canopy walk among the tree tops, and stargaze to a symphony of croaking frogs, crickets, and owls. You'll also have the opportunity to visit the Providencia native community of Yasuní National Park and learn about the Shipati Warmi project - an initiative run by and benefitting the women of Providencia. After meeting the locals (with your guide as the translator), you'll even have the chance to try some of their traditional foods! The Shipati Warmi project ask that each guest donates $5.

    Accommodation: Sacha Lodge

    Activity: Rainforest walks & canoe rides

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Return to Quito

    Day 4

    After breakfast, catch an early boat ride back to Coca for your connecting flight to Quito.

    Transportation: 2.5-hour boat transfer, 40-minute flight transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices


  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

Go Private

Go Private


Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private departure.

Choose from the selection of dates below for your group or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Call or email us to get the ball rolling.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Private Trip Pricing:


2022 Pricing

2 to 16 guests from $1,495 per person double occupancy

2023 Pricing

2 to 16 guests from $1,595 per person double occupancy

Additional Costs:


Internal Airfare: $325

Private pricing excludes potential additional costs such as internal airfare, single supplement, or any park fees that may be required for the trip.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Make Your Own Dates in These Months


  • January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Go Custom

Create Your Very Own Adventure


Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Local Tour Guide

Local Tour Guide

We work with only the most experienced and knowledgeable local tour guides on our trip extensions. While you will not be accompanied by an MT Sobek through guide on this tour, you will be in excellent hands with a fully licensed and accredited local guide who will share their expertise in everything from history and architecture, to culture and traditions, the best local cuisine, activities and crafts, or even shopping. Local guides live, breathe, and love their trips because as locals they are an integral part of their communities. Their connections run deep and pride in their piece of the world is contagious.

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Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 2

Rainforest walks & canoe rides

Day 3

Rainforest walks & canoe rides

Accommodations


Stay at the charming and comfortable Sacha Retreat Lodge, located on a lagoon in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Sacha Lodge
Sacha Lodge

Located within a pristine ecological reserve, Sacha Lodge enjoys a remote rainforest location with thatch-roofed buildings that blend harmoniously into their surroundings. The 26 comfortable rooms have spacious private bathrooms, some of which feature floor-to-ceiling windows for an immersive jungle experience. The property is a destination within itself, with thousands of acres of rainforest to explore.

Weather


The temperature is generally between 75°F and 95°F, and there are daily rain showers year round.

 
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FAQs


When and where should I arrive?

We recommend that you arrive in Quito the day before the Sacha Extension begins. Most flights from the U.S. arrive mid-afternoon to late at night. We are happy to assist with booking a hotel for you in Quito, either in the city center or at the airport. Airport transfers are included between your Quito hotel and Quito airport.

Will I need to book an extra hotel night in Quito?

You may need an additional hotel night in Quito before or after your visit to Sacha Lodge, depending on your connecting flight.

Should I book an extension for before or after my visit to the Galapagos?

Either works well logistically, but if possible we recommend doing the extension first, before the Galapagos.

Are Insects a problem in the Amazon?

Insects are present in the jungle and we recommend bringing insect repellant. Mosquitoes are around at dawn and dusk.

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Guest Reviews


"I have taken 12 trips with MT Sobek. Each has left a positive imprint on me-widening my view of the world and its peoples."

Jane B.
MT Sobek Guest

"I've taken six MT Sobek trips and they have all exceeded my expectations. The staff, the food, the logistics and the communications have always been exceptional. Thank you for being my "go to" adventure travel company!"

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