Sacha is a 5000 acre private reserve located in Sucumbios province, northeast of Ecuador in the Amazon Basin, accessible by river, that offers a deep jungle programme for those people who wish to view wildlife in its natural habitat and learn about the ecosystems of the Neotropics from our naturalist and native Quichua guides.
Inclusive programmes, starting daily except Sundays, begin in Ecuador´s capital city Quito, where a 25-minute flight whisks guests over the Andes and down into the Amazon. In the port town of Puerto Francisco de Orellana, also known as Coca, guests are met by a bilingual guide and taken to a private dock to board a covered, motorised canoe for a 2-hour, 50-mile trip down the sediment-rich waters of the Napo, the largest river in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Guests continue their trip with a 30 minute walk on a raised boardwalk to Pilchicocha lake, where dugout canoes take them a short distance to Sacha Lodge.
All of Sacha’s cabins, with high thatched roofs and private shaded terraces, are constructed with traditional materials and nestle into the lush surroundings. The 26 spaciolus and comfortable rooms - single, double and (on request) triple beds - provide a private bathroom with flushing toilet and hot shower. The cabins are screened against insects, and have ceiling fans. During free time, visitors can contemplate the jungle from hammocks and often report seeing wild fauna such as toucans, agoutis and monkeys right from their own cabin. Guests may also enjoy a raised lookout above our main bar and lounge, which offers a scenic view of Pilchicocha Lake and excellent opportunities to birdwatch.
Amongst Sacha´s highlights are the Canopy walkway (unique in Ecuador - 275 metres long and 36 metres high), the Butterfly farm, the Tree tower (45 meters high and built around an enormous Kapok tree) and canoe excursions through flooded forest ecosystems.
Since its foundation in 1992, Sacha Lodge has proven that it is possible to sustain a healthy balance between economic development, rainforest conservation, local human advancement and respect to local culture.
Jan 2020 - Sacha's newly built restaurant
Mealtimes at Sacha Lodge are a tropical treat. The brand new al fresco restaurant is 12 metres high and features full sized palm trees inside it. Because it faces the channel inlet from the lake to the lodge, there is no need for netting to keep bugs away, so a cool outdoors-indoors experience can be enjoyed by all, to the tune of a the cicadas' evening song. An a la carte dinner is served in the restaurant, bringing fine dining to the jungle. The chefs use fresh and sustainable ingredients and menus change daily, often including the popular paiche, a meaty white fish found in the Amazon region – with the all-important Green Seal of responsible fishing. Vegetarians are more than welcome, and the chefs can cater for any special needs upon request.
At least one evening a week a barbecue is held on the lakeside Balsa, offering grilled fish, meat and vegetables. And everyone gets the chance to try the ‘tastes of the Amazon menu,’ created by chef Julio Avendano using only local rainforest ingredients.
Leading primate researcher Stella del la Torre and her team are conducting a study of Pygmy Marmosets at Sacha Lodge. These monkeys are the smallest in the world and are being studied as a big family group for the first time. They live in a pretty small area, eat tree sap (guaba and cedar) and are generally hard to see in the wild. However, at Sacha they are surprisingly easy to spot. Discoveries include the family of ten, which is now the biggest ever discovered by researchers. At night they select one of three sleeping trees and curl up in a big family hug to maintain their body temperature and key for their survival!
Every Wednesday and Saturday lunchtime, a full Amazon gourmet experience is put on for the Lodge’s guests. The 3-course meal includes learning about and sampling the Yuca plant in its different forms, a main course of smoked pork or Paiche fish, locally acquired from a farm which prides itself on their responsible fishing and a choice of 3 desserts made from sweet fruits of the surrounding forests. The main dishes are also accompanied by some hot and fragrant salsas all made with local ingredients - some from their very own kitchen garden.