An eco-lodge dedicated to conservation and the local community
- Accommodation for 38 in cabins
- Nearby fully catered campsite
- Restaurant and bar
- Observation tower
- Night walks
- Community visits
- Caiman watching
Focusing supporting the local community and protecting its biodiverse surroundings, Sani is an ecolodge set in 40,000 hectares (100,000 acres) of beautiful rainforest between two of the most diverse ecological reserves on the planet.
Make yourself at home in a rustic, yet spacious cabin, offering an intimate experience of the Amazon rainforest. Up to 38 guests can be accommodated in thatched-roofed cabanas and family-sized cabins, which are all screened to keep insects out and have eco-friendly solar lights. Warm fabrics and rich wood panels made for an inviting place to relax as you take in the sounds of the jungle.
The more adventurous can stay at the camping site, an hour away from the lodge. Together with local guides, guests make their way to the site in canoes. Tents are on platforms with thatched roofs to provide a little extra shelter, and all meals are prepared on site by a chef.
Twitchers will have a field day as there are some 550 species identified in the area. It is estimated that on a 4-day trip you may come across around 120 of these, while real enthusiasts may even hit the 250 mark. These flit between 1500 species of tree along with 1000 types of butterfly and 13 monkey species.
From the top of the 37m high tree tower, get an awe-inspiring view of the region, before heading out at dusk to explore Oxbow Lake – home to the endangered black caiman. Night time is when the forest truly comes alive, with night hikes to discover an astounding world of insects and animals. Take time to visit the Sani community and the Kichwa people and let them show you how their traditions still shape their lives today.
The Sani Isla Kichwa community
This unique community was founded with the purpose of defending the culture, customs and language of the Napo and Pastaza provinces. This area comprises 42,000 hectares north and south of the Napo river and crosses through two provinces, Sucumbios and Orellana, and at present, this community project includes 600 adults and children, all of whom work together for mutual support and to help continue their traditions for generations to come. These local people can receive a living by hosting visitors, all the while sharing their culture and unique and beautiful environment.
Ultimately, the aim of Sani Lodge is to provide the world with a deeper understanding of what it means to live in harmony with the forest, all while allowing others to experience this local and traditional way of life. By promoting sustainable practices in Ecuador, Sani Lodge can help to demonstrate to the world how much of an impact sustainable ecotourism can have on the planet.