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On The Jungle Adventure tour, you will canoe along jungle rivers and lakes. Walk in the rain forest canopy and learn how to fish for piranhas. Hike through the Amazon jungle on day and night trips. Watch for squirrel monkeys, sloths, caimans, anacondas, countless bird species and much more. Your native guide will explain life, history and the flora and fauna of the Amazon jungle region.
This tour is similar to The Beauty of the Amazon Basin.
The Jungle Adventure (6 Days)
Day 1: Arrival to Quito
Welcome to Quito, located in the Andes Mountains. This is world’s second-highest capital.
Declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978, Quito has one of the finest colonial centers in Latin America.
Transfer to the hotel.
Day 2: Through Pilchicocha Lake
Breakfast at the Hotel
Depart Quito’s airport at 11:30 AM (Flight EQ213, subject to change). A 30 minute flight over the Andes Mountains leads you to a bustling oil town called Coca located in the Amazon Basin.
A 30-minute hike through the rainforest leads you to Lake Pilchicocha. Here, you are met by native workers who paddle you across the lake to your final destination.
Arrive at Sacha Lodge around 3:00 or 3:30 pm. Swim in Lake Pilchicocha, which is a black water lake home to many species of fish and animals.
A refreshing swim may be just what you need, after a day of equatorial heat. The mini-tower offers guests an excellent opportunity to view several species of birds common around the lodge. It’s also a great place to watch the sunset.
Visit the butterfly house with your naturalist guide to view the beautiful colors of many different species.
After dinner, accompany your naturalist guide on a night walk through the rain forest to view the hundreds of different species of animals that can only be found at night.
Or maybe a canoe ride on the lake to view the spectacled and black caimans with their glowing orange eyes, as you silently paddle across the lake to get a closer view.
Dinner at the lodge
Day 3: The Bird Walk on the Tropical Rain Forest
Breakfast at the Lodge
Your morning activity will begin on trail Liana Chica and arrive at the canopy walk. This walk offers spectacular views of the rain forest canopy and many different species of vibrantly colored birds.
Designed to be a self-standing rigid suspension canopy walk, it is one of only a few in the world!
Located within Sacha’s private reserve (2 miles from the Rio Napo and 1 mile from the lodge) the bird walk gives guests the opportunity to get an up-close view of the rain forest canopy.
Two of the three towers have observation decks every 12 meters making towers accessible for everyone. The canopy walkway is at 36 meters high and 275 meters long, giving guests a birds-eye-view of all the wonders and beauty the tropical rain forest has to offer. The canopy walk is designed as a sturdy walkway enabling guests to casually move along while enjoying the spectacular views.
After the canopy walk, follow Liana Grande through terra firma and igapo forest habitats where native guides will explain many different species of medicinal plants that have been being used in their culture for hundreds of years.
Liana Grande will turn into the trail Higueron, which will take you through pristine primary forest with huge Kapok and Fig trees towering hundreds of feet above your head.
Higueron will eventually lead to the Finca where an excellent lunch prepared especially for long day trips. Lunch is served while you listen to the many species of birds around the Finca and enjoy the coolness of the covered picnic tables.
From the Finca, you may choose to take a leisurely hike along the Rio Napo, or choose a little more challenging hike on the trail Leoncillo to try and spot the elusive dusky titi monkey. Either way the trails will lead you back to the main boardwalk for your final hike and canoe ride back to the lodge.
Dinner at the lodge
Day 4: Amazing Encounter with the Jungle wildlife
Leaving the lodge after breakfast, you begin your amazing encounter with the Jungle wildlife hike. This trail offers you the chance to learn more about the native people and their relationship with the forest. Learn about the trees where native people believe the spirits of their ancestors live, and the mysterious “dwende” or devil-man of the forest.
After arriving at Lake Lagartococha, take a tranquil canoe ride through a natural swamp, the home of anacondas, caimans, and capybaras.
After the canoe ride, a walk on the other side of Largatococha may give you the opportunity to spot Capuchin or squirrel monkeys playfully jumping through the trees. Return from the walk or canoe ride and head back to the lodge for a refreshing dip in the lake, or a nice relaxing nap in your personal hammock on your private balcony.
After lunch, your native guide will teach you how to fish for the infamous razor-toothed piranha. Keep in mind that piranhas will never attack a person and swimming at the same time is perfectly safe and fun!
Around 4:00 you will begin what many think is the best trail at Sacha: a silent canoe ride through the flooded Amazonian forest. Where you have a good chance of being surrounded by troops of squirrel, Capuchin, and howler monkeys.
Keep your eyes peeled for the shy and elusive river otter as well as the incredibly well camouflaged three-toed sloth! After your eye-popping ride through the flooded forest, you will arrive at Sacha’s 135-foot wooden tower built around an ancient Kapok tree. Get close up views of vibrantly colored birds through Sacha’s powerful scopes, and watch the sun set with an amazing view of Mount Sumaco, a volcano, and possibly a view of the snow-covered caps of the Andes!
Leaving the tower just before or after sunset will give you an experience not soon forgotten. A canoe ride back through the flooded forest at night will be an awe-inspiring experience. Listen to the symphony of frogs and insects as you navigate through the narrow flooded forest trail, keeping your eyes open for caimans.
Watch the several species of bats flying over your heads and listen to the many species of nocturnal birds making their eerie nighttime calls. Finally, after your mesmerizing canoe trip through the Amazon, you will arrive back at lake Pilchicocha and the welcoming lights of Sacha lodge.
Day 5: Back to Quito
Breakfast and a departure from the lodge at 6:45am.
One last walk on the boardwalk to the river. From there a 2-hour canoe ride back to Coca for your 35-minute flight back to Quito.
Arrive Quito at 12:00 pm, transfer to hotel
Day 6: To Quito Airport
Breakfast at hotel
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