Into the Ecuadorian Amazon

Into the Ecuadorian Amazon

Sani Lodge is one of the last lodges on the Napo River as this river flows east toward Peru. It is about three hours by motorized launch from Puerto Francisco de Orellana also known as El Coca. This small city is located in the Amazon rainforest at the confluence of the Coca River and the larger Napo River. The Napo joins the Amazon in northern Peru not far from the city of Iquitos.

After three hours on the Napo we reached the Sani Lodge dock, then another 20 minutes walk to an inland docking site where we boarded canoes that would take us to the lodge. The canoes follow a body of water that is neither a river or a stream but more like a canal the width and depth of which depend on the height of the Napo. Trees of many species filled the sky above the canal and all that I could see was an infinite sea of trees, branches and diverse vegetation. And then I heard the chorus of so many different birds singing and I knew that I was in the right place!

 

Sani Access CanalSani Access Canal