Do I need to book my flight to Sacha Lodge?
Sacha Lodge books your outward and return flights Quito to Coca, and can organize airport assistance at both ends.
Do I need any vaccinations before coming to Ecuador?
It is always advisable to consult your physician about health measures and vaccinations before traveling to a foreign country. Although Sacha is well-isolated from local populations and tropical diseases are extremely rare here, during your stay in Ecuador you may pass through areas of slightly higher risk.
What other health considerations are there?
Please note that your trip to Sacha will bring you from Quito, which is located at almost 9000 feet (2850 meters) above sea level, to the lowland tropical rainforest region at less than 900 feet (300 meters) above sea level. Please take any medication you may need with you, as the selection of medicines in our first-aid kit is limited.
What happens if I fall ill or am injured while at the lodge?
We keep a complete first aid kit for any minor injuries or ailments you may experience. However, please take any special medications you might need with you. In case of a serious injury or illness, there is a modern medical center located within 20 minutes of Sacha Lodge.
Is it safe?
At all times we have five staff members on duty patrolling of our reserve as park rangers to keep both the lodge and the surrounding environment safe.
Can I come if I am physically challenged?
Anyone can enjoy Sacha Lodge, regardless of physical ability or challenges. Much of the Lodge is wheelchair friendly and accessible, while there are a host of activities – such as exploring the creeks via canoe – that can be undertaken without the need to stand or walk.
Can I come with my group?
Sacha Lodge is ideal for groups wishing to explore to Amazon! Contact us for more details.
How much luggage can I bring?
For the flight to Coca, the airlines require that checked luggage be limited to a weight of 20 kilograms per person. However, heavier items such as cameras and books may be taken in carry-on bags if necessary.
What do I need for the canoe ride?
For the ride to Sacha from Coca our canoe is covered against sun and rain, but a light jacket can be useful for the wind and spray. Be sure to wear sun protection, as the sun’s reflection off the water can sometimes cause a burn. All suitcases will be placed in waterproof bags for the trip down the Napo River, for protection against spray and rain.
What is the weather like?
In the tropical rainforest it is best to be prepared for all kinds of weather. A common question we receive is about the “dry and rainy seasons” of the Amazon, but it is best not to trust such generalizations to plan a trip. At times it can be hot and sunny, but a cool rainstorm may appear at a moment’s notice during any time of the year.
We have ceiling fans in each room for hot afternoons, but at night (especially after the rain) some guests are surprised at the need for a sweatshirt!
Is there a laundry service?
Sacha Lodge provides laundry service (washing and drying) for our guests. Please consult costs with our lodge administrator.
What clothes should I bring?
Lightweight pants and long sleeved cotton shirts are ideal for walks in the forest. However, if you are more comfortable wearing short sleeves, remember that exposed skin may need a light dousing with insect repellant.
During the rain, full waterproof clothing can be uncomfortable as it often gets you wet with sweat instead of water, but rain ponchos are recommendable for tropical cloudbursts. Plenty of ponchos are available at no charge if you do not have your own, and we also supply rubber boots up to men’s size 14 for walks in the forest interior.
Comfortable shoes (or sandals), shorts and t-shirts are fine for walking on boardwalks and around the Lodge during meals and free time. And don’t forget your bathing suit!
What else do I need to pack?
- Flashlight and batteries
- Camera, film, and flash
- Insect repellent
- Sun protection (sun cream / sunglasses / hat or cap)
- Water bottle
- Lightweight long pants and long sleeved shirts for walks
- Shorts, short sleeve shirts and bathing suit for the lodge
- Comfortable shoes and extra socks
- Small day pack
- Plastic bags to protect cameras, binoculars, film, etc… from rain
Is there Wi-Fi out there in the middle of the forest?
Internet connections are available in the open areas of the Lodge, at an additional daily rate.
What amenities are in the room?
In your shower you will find dispensers of biodegradable soap and shampoo. Although all runoff water is treated with ozone, we recommend the use of these amenities as an extra measure to protect the environment. You will also be provided with fresh towels each day.
Can I drink the water at Sacha Lodge?
All the drinking water provided at Sacha (including ice) comes from a local well and is purified with both porcelain filters and ozone treatment, the most thorough purifying systems available. This water is tested regularly and has proven perfectly safe for human consumption. If you prefer, however, you may purchase bottled water from the bar.