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Sani Lodge - Hotel Coca - Ecuador

Sani is located on a secluded lagoon off of the Napo River on 37,000 hectares (92,500 ac). It is remote: visitors must first get to Coca and from there take a three-hour motor canoe ride to a point on the Napo. If the water is high, smaller canoes can take guests right to the lodge, otherwise, you may have to hike from the drop-off point on the Napo.

In spite of its remoteness, Sani is quite comfortable. Guests are lodged in triple or double cabins, with a summer camp sort of feel to them. The cabins are comfortable: they are screened against insects and each bed is equipped with a mosquito net. Each room also has candles, as it only tends to run the generator until about 10 p.m. The communal dining room offers hearty, solid fare; meals are done family-style.

Sani has a prime location for wildlife viewing. In many places along the Napo, mammals like monkeys have been hunted or driven away from entire areas. But the lagoon is protected, and home to many animals including endangered black caiman. At night, guides take tourists out in the canoes to try to see them. It is also possible to see 13 different species of monkeys, toucans, parrots, macaws and tanagers from the comfort of the lodge, which has an open wall to permit viewing. There is a 90-foot canopy observation tower built around the trunk of a mighty kapok tree nearby for bird-watching. Other activities include hikes, canoe rides and even piranha fishing!

Sani lodge is 100 percent owned by the Quechua community, who work in the lodge and serve as guides. Much of the money raised by Sani Lodge is returned to the local community in one way or another. Sani does package tours for 4 days/3 nights or 8 days/7 nights. It may be possible to arrange trips of other durations, though. Sani Lodge has a maximum occupancy of about 20 people: if you're interested in a visit, be sure to check ahead with plenty of time.


Quito office: Jorge Washington E4-71 and Av. Amazonas, Edificio Rocafuerte , office 3 PB

Coca, Ecuador

Hotel Types:
Eco lodge

This Hotel is: Mid-Range

Hotel Amenities, Services and Facilities , Bar, Book Exchange - Free, Internet Facilities - Free, Laundry Service, Linens Included, Meeting facilities, Restaurant, Taxes Included in Price, Towels Included, Travel Info Desk

Credit cards accepted
American Express, MasterCard/Eurocard, Visa

Currencies accepted
US dollar

Getting There:

In Coca you will be met by a member of our staff and be shuttled from the airport to a waiting motorized canoe down the Napo River for 2 to 3 hours.

Room Prices:
Lower:4 days/3 nights: $470 (camping)-$1,020 (single)
Higher:8 days/7 nights: $950 (camping)-$1,860 (single)
Price Description:

Prices includes meals, guides, boots, etc. but not transportation to and from Coca, alcohol consumed at the lodge, or tips for guides.

Contact Information:
Phone: 02- 222-8802/3800
E-mail: info(at)

Other Hotels in Coca that may be of interest: Hotel Oasis, Sacha Lodge, Yachana Lodge, Hotel San Fermin, Napo Wildlife Center, Hotel La Misión and Hotel El Auca.

18 Feb 2013

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