We were met by a rep in Quito airport. She was quite late in arriving and our tour guide was getting impatient waiting for her. When we arrived at the airport in Coca, Lucy was there waiting for us and making sure that our luggage was taken to the lodge and hailed a taxi to take us to their resting spot prior to leaving on a motorized canoe to the lodge. At the resting spot, you were given a bottle of ice cold water and a chocolate cookie. There were restroom facilities (nice and clean) which were used as we were told that there would not be any more until we reached the Sacha Lodge landing. The motorized trip was nice. It took around 2 hours to reach the landing. The breeze was welcome as it meant that you did not feel the humidity. Once you arrived at the landing you were directed to "los banos" as we still had a 30 minute hike to reach the canoes that would take us to the lodge. Our guide, Oscar pointed out several plants and animals along the way. We found out over the course of our stay that Oscar has co-written a book about the birds found in the Amazon and that the other guides deferred to him for identification of the various birds. His English was at first hard to understand and later as you got used to his accent became much easier to understand. The hike is along a board walk except for one muddy patch. Once we reached the dugout canoes, we were carefully helped in and then the guide and the naturalist paddled across the channel and lake to take us to the lodge. We arrived in time for lunch (late). The rules were explained to us and a welcoming drink was given to us. Very refreshing. After lunch we were taken to our cabins. We were in Number 4. We did not know what to expect, but were pleasantly surprised. We were not expecting to have a screen separating us from the bugs and animals while in the shower. The dry box was well used to keep our cameras in good working condition. While there we went on several hikes where we saw a multitude of birds (including mama, papa and baby owl, blue heron etc), several types of monkeys, frogs, toads and lots of bugs. Just as we were leaving most of our party saw an anaconda, which I did not see as I do not like snakes. The canopy walk was something else. I am glad I did it, but would not do it again.. We unfortunately had to come down from the tree house shortly after we arrived as a sudden thunder storm happened. We got soaked on our trip across the lake back to the resort. Meals definitely had a Swiss flavour. Some of the meals very very good and others were average. My words of advice are: eat hearty at breakfast so that you have enough energy to do the hikes, do not take a headlamp with you for the night hike. The bugs will be flying into your face steady and you finally give up and take it off just to stop the bugs from flying into your face. A pair of heavier socks make the boots more comfortable. Get to happy hour a bit earlier so that you can sit under one of the two fans at the bar. Makes you so much more comfortable. The only thing I really did not like was waking up to bugs being on the pillow. I know this is the jungle, but once a city slicker always a city slicker. Drink lots of water as you need to compensate for the humidity.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- -300 mts Long canopy walk.-45 mts wooden tower a round a kepok tree.-Buterfly Farm.-Visit to the yasuni parrot leak.-On the leake BBq dinning area.-Bird watching guides.-Bilingual guides English-French-German. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sacha Hotel Coca
- Sacha Lodge Ecuador/Coca