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“Sacha Lodge - great Ecuadorian Amazon Experience” 5 of 5 stars
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Sacha Lodge
4.5 of 5 Lodge   |   Napo River, Coca, Ecuador   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty lodging in Coca
MSP USA
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“Sacha Lodge - great Ecuadorian Amazon Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2011

Our group of 8 visited Sacha Lodge for 4d/3n in Jan-11 and had a wonderful experience.

Nice sized rooms, well kept, clean even though our rooms were the oldest in the complex. We enjoyed the varied activities, excursions we did over our 4d stay. The food was varied and delicious.

Highly recommend Sacha lodge to anyone who wants an Amazon experience

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2011

The Sacha lodge is such a charming place to stay. I went there with a group and everybody had great fun! Service was wonderful. The lodge provided nice meals every day, and I was quite impressed by the knowledgable guides who simply know the jungle inside out.

The night canoe ride was the best part in the trip and full of surprises...

The rooms are nice as well, not the most modern rooms but definitely neat and well equipped.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Duncan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

Sacha Lodge was a dream come true. The experience was one I will never forget.
Accomodation was a spacious room located in the Amazon Jungle. Monkey's were a daily visitor to the trees surrounding our room.
Three daily excursions into the jungle were included. Morning, late afternoon, and evening; with both a naturalist guide and a local one.
The sights and sounds of this place on earth will never be forgotten.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner were varied and delicious, so if you have a dream to visit the Amazon, Sacha Lodge should be on your short list.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011

Our family voted this as the best trip ever. My mother (70), daughter (15), son (13) and I (timeless) just returned on August 20th, 2011. We had an English-speaking scientist guide named David (brilliant, engaging, environmentally committed) who knew where to look for animals, birds, reptiles, interesting bugs, etc. Our native guide Jaime was a good tracker and knew a lot about medicinal plants and was an excellent bird spotter. Great food, fun, and educational activities. Swimming in the "black water" lake was a blast; due to the natural tannins, the mosquitos can't breed there so there aren't mosquitos really anywhere around camp! The cabins were very clean, manager always looking for feedback, and the ground transportation between the airport, Coca hotel, and lodge was on-time, safe, and also part of the fun.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2011

Yes, we know this is in the middle of nowhere so acknowledging that let's start with our guide Gus and his assistant native guide who were better than excellent and made this trip for us. Gus was on our flight from Quito to Coca and he seemed very much the man quietly in charge of things other than guiding. Off we went by bus to the house in Coca to have a light lunch and be given a briefing. Then it was down to the Napo river to board our motorised canoe (speedboat!). If you don't like getting the odd spray of water don't be in too much of a hurry to board or else you'll end up in the back seat which the spray seems to be attracted to. It's a long ride along the river and after a while the initial wonder of "oh look at that" departs. When you arrive at the lodge you actually have about another 20 min walk along a path before you pick up a small paddle boat along a little creek and across the lake with caymans and vegetarian pirahnas - you can swim in this too! Lovely. Gently gliding into the landing stage at the lodge is a magical moment. then you are ushered into the reception/dining/bar area for a welcome and room key handout. Now here we would like to remind you that this place charges a considerable amount of money for the Amazon experience so, of course, there won't be mud huts or an expectation to hunt for your dinner with poison darts and a blowpipe. There is no aircon which initially is a concern when it is stifling hot and very humid. And then you look up and think just how fast can that ceiling fan go round before the roof lifts off? Pinch yourself and remember we're having an eco experience so if the generator can only cope with hot water or cool air I'll have the water every time. I think our first room was number 6 (or perhaps it was5?!) which must have been one of the original rooms constructed when the lodge was first built. Quite frankly, unless you are used to living in a trailer, this room was way past its use by date and we were very disappointed with our inauspicious beginning. We sought out the management, a French national who could possibly even have been the owner , but he failed to introduce himself on that occasion and at any other occasion he appeared in public preferring to leave Gus to do the talking. We asked if all the rooms were like ours as we had seen smiling guests earlier so assumed we may not yet have consumed enough of the eco spirit. The manager told us - "yes, all the rooms are the same". We could only look at each other in stunned amazement and wonder what on earth these other guests had found to smile about. Later we were discover it was because they weren't in room 6 but in much more modern and well-equipped rooms not 25 metres from where we had stood talking to the manager in his office. On discovering he had not been entirely frank we went to see the room monitor and requested an upward movement to the more modern and stylish rooms. Thankfully, one was found and we duly moved, I think, to17. What a difference - a decent bathroom, much more light and a step-up from economy to premium economy. Let's not forget we were 20 metres from the "jungle" so no windows just insect screen and walls thin enough to use as a book mark - so don't forget you're here for the nature not to indulge in affairs of the flesh as even a groan of pleasure is going to be heard at least 20 metres away. Being in the Amazon rainforest means you get hot and sweaty at least 3 times a day on various hiking and boating adventures so having regular showers is fairly important unless you like dining alone. Problem is Sacha Lodge provides 1 towel a day and nowhere for it to dry off (unless you can compete with 98% humidity on your washing line) between ablutions. Come on Sacha don't be tight with the towels. So onward to the adventures that await. Firstly there's achance to compare how big your feet are compared to others as you line up for your issue rubber boots. Then you are off on one of many very slow paddles along the local creeks to bird watch, shine torches in cayman's eyes and frighten the daylights out of at least a 100 species of frogs - it's all very good fun. When you aren't paddling your hiking along trails being shown poison dart frogs and all sorts of flora and fauna - Gus and his mate are absolute stars at finding needles in haystacks and providing an informed commentary that has you all ears and eyes as well when he starts waving that poison dart frog at you! We used to tease Gus about everything on the Sacha "you might see" list and asked him just when a jaguar would be crossing our path or an anaconda be slithering into the boat. Although you probably have more chance of seeing a jaguar driving by in the centre of London, not so a sloth. We were up one of the amazing bird watching towers and Gus had found everything at the end of his telescope that could possibly be found in the Amazon and probably South America for that matter, when we popped the "where's the sloth then?" question. It took Gus a few minutes but, brought close by his scope yet miles away and almost invisible, was a sloth hanging from a tree. We teased him further about him planting a stuffed one earlier but then it moved! What a star this man is! The food at Sacha is excellent when you consider how far we are from a supermarket. However, the coffee is close to dreadful! I don't think it matters what you order it all comes out the same - grey and steaming. They have this full-on commercial coffee machine but no one seems to have a clue how to work it properly. Surely you must be able to send someone on a barista training course in one of the local villages. 4 days and 3 nights was perfect for us and guess who sat in the back of the boat and got wet on the way back to Coca!?

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2011

well versed guides, two or 3 trips into the jungle a day, including a couple of towers over the jungle canopy, and lagoons to tour via canoe. Food was very good. Service and attitiude was very good and you are "off the grid"

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2011

We loved Sacha lodge, they have really thought of everything, When you land at Coca they take you by open sided bus to a house close to the river for you to sort your luggage so that you only take what you what to carry with you when you arrive at sacha for the walk through the jungle. We changed here & had a bite to eat before getting on the long speed boat for our 2 hour trip to the lodge, they provide puncho's as you can get some spray the speed the boat goes but its not really bumpy I found it comfortable and really enjoyed it. When you get off the boat they have a boat house with toilets and you take your personal items with you for the 25min walk and short canoe trip across the lake in front of the lodge. You feel you are deep in the Amazon and the thatched roof lodge looked bautiful as you came accross the lake.
We were then given a drink and snack whilst assigned a group. I feel the whole experienced is really enhanced by the guide and native guide you are assigned with, along with your other group members. I think our group felt of 6 all felt very lucky to have Gus and Victor assigned to us. They were very attentive to the groups needs and adapted the schedule to try and fit everyone.
The cabins were fine as I am sure you will be aware they are very basic but have all you need especially the dry cupboard to keep Camera equipment, & hot showers. We enjoyed this experience although did not see as much wildlife as we had expected. We did have a lot of rain so that did not help. The staff and food was great, and the itinery was well thought out and planned by the guides.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Napo River, Coca, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Azuay Province > Coca
Amenities:
Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty lodging in Coca
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Sacha Lodge 4.5*
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

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