Jay's Ecuador Trip in the Amazon region.
Trip Start Oct 24, 2009
38Trip End May 05, 2010
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Sacha Lodge - Ecuador
April 12: Morning birding the Loreto Rd. or Coca Falls, midday transfer to Sacha Lodge.
Sacha Lodge - offers guests the chance to stay in comfortable cabins deep in the Amazon Jungle. Sacha Lodge is well-know locally for the chance to do some bird-watching and the guides who work at Sacha Lodge are well regarded as being some of the best working in the Amazon Jungle.
We arrived at the boat transfer area to go down the Napo River to Sacha Lodge. We were East of Quito on the Napa River. There are no roads connected to the Sacha property, the only acess is the river by motorized canoes.
We arrived at a docking area where we left our life jackets and headed down a boardwalk to the next boat section for a paddle to and across the lake. It is amazing how these places have been set up.
The docking area awaited us then we were taken to our rooms. This was a private tour so we had an English speaking guide David Galarza and our Native guide Segundo.
Being out on the lake was wonderful. The reflections were so pretty.
Our first day we walked the trail to the Sacha Canopy walkway, it was a long way up, right above the treetops, but we both did it. Jay seemed to forget about the height when he was taking his photos.
Segundo carried some of Jay's equipment. He was certainly on the ball in spotting the wildlife. David certainly knew the names of the birds, and between them we certainly saw many different creatures.
Unfortunately the birds were a long way away. Even the plane looked tiny.
One afternoon we did a tour of the Butterfly house. A well set up operation.
We went out for a sunset boat ride, then later in the evening I went for a walk around looking for the creatures of the night. Jay did not want to see the creepy crawlies.
What a lot of creatures come out on an Amazon evening.
Lots of frogs.
We did many trips in the canoe, going into the Blackwater flooded forest, or going into the Swamp and river island habitats.
One trip into the swamp we went to the Kapok Tower
David and Jay did a lot of talking about cameras, as well as spotting the birds and other animals.
We decided to take a swim to cool off. Yes there are things lurking in the water, but none of them bothered us.
I had a day in bed not feeling 100%, it was the day Jay took off early to go to the bird lick.
The people who work at Sacha Lodge often spend a long time away from their families. They keep their sanity by playing Soccer.
Segundo took me out one afternoon Pirahna fishing. I watched and learnt what to do. Segundo caught three before I finally had one. All the people across the lake heard my success. Those little fish certainly have lots of little sharp teeth.
We enjoyed our stay but time was up. Now that both of my knees are done I would come back to do a few more of the trails.
April 16: Return to Quito around midday. Afternoon free.