"Sani Lodge - Amazonas" Sani Lodge by MalenaN

Sani Lodge Travel Guide: 32 reviews and 323 photos

Sani Lodge is an ecolodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon region. It is situated at lower Río Napo in a corridor between Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in the north and Yasuni National Park in the south. Sani Lodge is situated about 3h downstream from Coca, but the lodge is not situated near the big Río Napo but at the quiet lagoon Challuacocha. The location by the lagoon is lovely and it is very tranquil.

Sani Lodge is owned and operated by the local Sani Isla community. Many members of the community are employed at the lodge and to give everyone the chance to work here the staff rotates. Profit from the lodge is going back to the community and is used for education, health and different project. For example all medical emergencies for the members are paid for.

The biodiversity around Sani Lodge is big and there are around 1500 species of trees and many climbing vines and flowers. Around 570 species of birds have been recorded and 13 different species of monkeys (we saw five during my visit). During the visit we did many peaceful canoe rides on the lagoon and small streams, and we did many jungle hikes in the rainforest.

When I visited Sani Lodge I stayed at the camping, a cheaper option than the more expensive cabins. It was a very nice experience to sleep in a tent with the sounds of the jungle just outside.

  • Last visit to Sani Lodge : Jul 2012
  • Intro Updated Mar 9, 2013
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  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    A wonderful page, Malena, I enjoyed reading your tips :)

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Jan 11, 2015 at 9:16 PM

      Thank you for visiting my page Regina! Sani Lodge was a wonderful place!

  • walkietalkie2012's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Thank-you Malena! I have been trying to recall the name of this place until I saw the post on Quito. Now I no longer has to scratch my head.. lol.. l am not good at keeping notes during my travels.. :D your write-ups and photos sure bring lots of memories..

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Dec 21, 2014 at 8:57 AM

      I'm glad I could be of help! I usually take notes, so that I know what to write here on VT:) When did you visit Sani Lodge?

  • elpariente's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Very good photos and your tips have really interesting information
    Is this the area where are planning to try to find petrol ?
    It should be a pity

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Oct 8, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      Yes, it is one of the areas that might be threatened because of the oil companies. It is too bad and I hope the area around Sani won't be affected.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    What an exciting trip! I can imagine you sleeping in a tent with the sounds of the jungle just outside and watching dreams about Sani Lodge!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Apr 9, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      It was a great trip and I enjoyed sleeping in a tent in the jungle very much!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    I thoroughly enjoyed virtually touring the Amazon with you! What an adventure, and what a great variety of wildlife you saw! Excellent pages!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Mar 23, 2013 at 2:10 AM

      Thank you for visiting Dee! I enjoyed my stay at Sani Lodge very much.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    What a fascinating adventure Malena. Lots of great hiking trips and the opportunity to see lots of forest critters. Too many creepy crawlies for me tho - like the tarantula and the wolf spider - Ewwww! Meals sound delicious tho!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Mar 18, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      Thank you for visiting Lori! Sani Lodge is a lovely place, very relaxed and lots of interesting things to see, including the animals:)

  • Feb 20, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    nothing beats the amazon i reckon! loved this page, a cabana at sani sounds amazing, and walking through the jungle must be a special (but steamy hot) experience! lovely page malena. from your facebook pal, AA. x

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Feb 20, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      Thank you A! Sani Lodge is such a lovely place. The cabañas are nice but I stayed more nights at the camping which I enjoyed a lot.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    It looks so traquile and relaxing here. The Sani Lodge and the animals are like out of story book. Excellent page!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Malena, this is a fascinating new page. It’s great that you saw so many jungle animals, had such nice canoe rides and even learned out to use a traditional blow-gun. I think maybe you haven’t quite finished (nothing on day 1 yet) so I’ll come back sometime for another look. (I always try to do it the way you do – upload the tips in reverse order so they will come out in the right order on VT.)

    • Nemorino's Profile Photo
      Mar 26, 2013 at 3:51 AM

      I have just returned to read the rest of your tips that you have added since February 2nd. I'm amazed that you did so much and took such brilliant photos with one arm in a sling.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Mar 26, 2013 at 5:05 AM

      It was not easy with the arm in the sling and lots of photos got blurry, especially when the light was no good.

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