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Sani Lodge cabins

Sani Lodge

An Amazon haven that is 100% owned and operated by the local indigenous community

Amazon immersion in the heart of the rainforest

Nestled on the edge of a lagoon, Sani Lodge features ten exclusive thatch-roofed cabanas, offering an intimate retreat.

Lodge: Each cabana is thoughtfully designed for double or triple occupancy, providing a spacious haven for guests. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the lush surroundings, as screened windows ensure a restful night's sleep, shielding you from the gentle hum of nocturnal insects.

Our commitment to sustainable practices is evident in the use of solar energy to power electric lights, allowing you to experience the enchanting symphony of the forest after dark. For those seeking a touch of rustic charm, natural oil lamps are also provided, casting a warm glow that enhances the atmospheric ambiance.

Indulge your palate with a delightful array of Ecuadorian and international cuisine, crafted and served in our open dining area. Here, panoramic views of the lake and the sprawling rainforest create a mesmerising backdrop for your dining experience. The summons of a bamboo horn announces the commencement of meals, adding a touch of traditional flair to your stay.

The Sani Lodge open-air bar stands as a haven for bird watching. Throughout the day, this inviting space offers a selection of beverages and snacks, complemented by the convenience of binoculars, games, and books.

Location: In the heart of Ecuador's Amazon Rainforest, Sani Lodge stands as a testament to the beauty of the natural world and promises an unparalleled rainforest experience. What sets Sani apart is not just its stunning surroundings but also its unique identity – a haven that is 100% owned and operated by the local indigenous community.

Embark on an immersive journey guided by the profound knowledge of local guides and bilingual naturalists. As you traverse the lush rainforest, you'll encounter a spectacle of nature that is nothing short of spectacular. During a four-day expedition, anticipate glimpses of approximately 120 distinct species of tropical birds, a fraction of the 550 species residing in the vicinity of the lodge. Devoted bird enthusiasts may even witness upwards of 250 species during an extended five-day exploration.

The rainforest is a vibrant display of nature, and Sani Lodge offers a front-row seat to witness its charismatic inhabitants. Squirrel Monkeys, White-fronted Capuchin Monkeys, Woolly Monkeys, Howler Monkeys, Black Mantled Tamarin Monkeys, and more grace the community's territory regularly. It's not just a promise but a likelihood that guests will encounter several species of monkeys during their stay. A diverse array of insect, reptile, amphibian, and plant life awaits your discovery. Allow the rainforest to reveal its secrets as you immerse yourself in the richness of this extraordinary ecosystem, leaving you with memories of a truly remarkable sojourn amidst the wonders of nature.

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When to go

Find out the best time to visit Ecuador with our month by month guide.

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January

Best time for the coast and Galapagos due to warmer sea temperatures. Coastal regions enjoy warm temperatures, perfect for beach activities and water sports. Whilst it may occasionally rain, the weather is preferable for these activities compared to the dry season, which is cold and overcast. In the Andes, it is more likely to be humid and wet, meaning it is ideal for exploring cities and visiting indigenous markets, but less ideal for hiking and exploring. The Amazon rainforest is humid and wet and whilst the scenery is pleasant, the animals might be harder to find.

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February

Great time for the coast and Galapagos despite potential rain. It is still pleasantly warm along the coast and perfect for beach relaxation and water activities. The mountains see temperatures hovering at about 17°C (63°F) with the humidity and rainfall continuing. Visit Cuenca or Ambato for the Carnaval festivities during February. The Amazon rainforest remains humid, and increased rainfall means a higher chance of flooding.

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March

A pleasant climate across the country and cheaper than December- February. Coastal areas are temperate still, and the beaches get quieter as school holidays end. The Andes see temperatures from 12-21°C (54-70°F), hiking opportunities become more appealing as the rainfall starts to slow down. If Easter falls in March, don’t miss the Santa Semana celebrations in Quito. Humidity still reigns in the Amazon rainforest.

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April

Beaches and Galapagos are quieter, but the weather remains pleasant. Everywhere else is wet. Coastal areas bask in warm temperatures, perfect for beach adventures and water sports. However, it's worth noting that some regions may experience occasional showers. The mountain ranges can experience intermittent rainfall. The Amazon rainforest is still wet meaning the swollen rivers open up tributaries that are otherwise too shallow to access by boat.

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May

Things are getting cooler in Galapagos and on the coast. Whilst the rain clears up along the coast, it becomes colder and less pleasant, so avoid the beaches at this time of year if sunbathing or water sports are on your activity checklist. The Amazon is wet, and there can be frequent road closures. The humidity combined with the wet weather means peak mosquito season too. It is less likely to rain in the Andes in May, and hiking the volcanoes becomes more accessible.

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June

The high season for the mountains begins. Around the summer solstice is the celebration of the Incan festival of Inti Raymi, best celebrated in Otavalo or the Ingapirca archaeological site. Along the coast, temperatures range from mild to warm, with occasional rain showers. In the highlands, temperatures are slightly warmer and the climate is drier, making for better birdwatching possibilities. The Amazon region is hot and humid, with heavy rainfall.

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July

Best time to visit Quito as it rarely rains but also the most expensive time of year due to high visitor numbers. There is a greater number of travellers exploring the highlands for good reason – it is an excellent time to embark on the Quilotoa loop trail or to visit Parque Nacional Cotopaxi. Head to Guayaquil for its foundation celebrations to experience some Ecuadorean culture.

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August

August presents favourable conditions for visiting Ecuador, particularly in Quito, where a brief dry spell occurs. It is an opportune period to engage in hiking activities around the picturesque Andes, where the weather remains consistently manageable. Additionally, witnessing the remarkable 70km procession of La Virgen del Cisne (Virgin of the Swan) is a noteworthy cultural experience. Furthermore, the rainfall in the Amazon region begins to diminish, resulting in reduced hazards during hikes characterized by slippery terrain.

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September

September in Ecuador brings slightly humid conditions, but overall, the weather is reasonable for both the coast and the highlands. It is definitely better weather for hiking than surfing, however. September is best for its cultural offerings in the form of the Fiesta de la Mamá Negra in Latacunga where you can witness traditional dances, music, and culinary delights or the and the Fiesta del Yamor harvest festival in Otavalo.

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October

October is perhaps around the best time to visit the Amazon basin due to drier conditions (it will still be raining, just less). It is cheaper to visit the Galapagos and the coast at this time because it is too cold for beach activities. A great time to hike the mountains if you prefer lower traveller numbers.

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November

November sees a continuation of reduced rainfall in the Amazon, making it a great time to spot animals, and avoid mosquitoes! Spend time in any city at the beginning of the month to participate in Día de los Difuntos (All Souls Day) where you can partake in colada morada, a purple corn-based drink, and sweet bread shaped like babies called guagas de pan.

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December

In December, Ecuador offers a wide range of experiences that cater to various interests. Along the coast, the calm seas and excellent water clarity create ideal conditions for boat-based wildlife-watching, as well as diving and snorkelling adventures. For beach lovers, the coastal region provides an array of options, with beachside fishing villages and vibrant coastal party towns where one can set up camp and enjoy the festive atmosphere.


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