Sani Lodge is located deep within the Ecuadorian Amazon, here you will find a mysterious lake called Challuacocha, where floating water hyacinths and grasses obscure the shores. And if you venture out on this lagoon in a dug out canoe early in the morning when it is quiet and the light is still low, you just might see, somewhere out there, lying hidden in the vegetation a rare and wild Manatee or Anaconda. Float here for a while, scanning the horizon and you would probably notice the yellow, banded chest of an Aracari or hear the hoarse whisper of the Hoatzin. Eventually, the day would pass and you could peer out across the shimmering, black water towards the setting sun, and almost certainly see the gleaming orange eyes of the Black Caiman. Come to Challuacocha and feel the mystery. Come to Challuacocha and experience the world of Sani Lodge.
To the north of Challuacocha lies the massive Cuyabeno Reserve and along the southern border stretches the vast Yasuni National Park. In the corridor between, located on 40,000 hectares (100,000 acres) of untouched rainforest lies Sani Lodge, a unique Ecuador eco-lodge. Here, the biodiversity will amaze you! On your adventure, you will walk through a pristine rainforest gallery that is home to 1,500 species of trees, hundreds of climbing vines, and exotic flowers, as well as 550 species of tropical birds, 13 species of monkeys and 1,000 beautiful butterflies.
Sani Lodge is truly a one of a kind Ecuador ecolodge dedicated to ecotourism, environmental conservation, and community in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador. Sani Lodge is owned and operated by members of the Sani community, meaning that with their extensive knowledge of the Amazon wildlife and biodiversity they can give Sani Lodge guests the true experience of the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle. In addition to providing excellent service to its guests, Sani Lodge participates in community ecotourism - profits from the jungle lodge are reinvested into the community, improving the lives of all who live there.
The success of Sani is in no small part due to the continual support we have received from the international community, as well as from here in Ecuador. We continue to receive volunteers, biologists, office help, English teachers... to which we will always be thankfull!!!
Many years ago founders of our comuna discovered a giant tree on a river island. The leaves of this tree when crushed and boiled produced a burgandy liquid that could be used to dye string bags and clothes. The tree is called Sani (purple in Kichwa) and the founders took this name for the comuna, Sani Isla Comuna (Purple tree Island Community). So later the island became Sani Lodge and our logo is the Sani Garza or Roseatte Spoonbill. Actually one of the best places to see the Roseatte Spoonbill is in the entrance to Sani Lodge.
Kichwa is the language spoken by the local members of the Sani Isla Comuna, as well as Spanish. Kichwa has also become known as an indigenous ethnic group, and is a composite of various other indigenous groups.
There are over 320 members of the comuna who make their living by subsistence agriculture and hunting As well as working for Sani Lodge, other lodges in the area and oil companies.
We focus on the wildlife and natural beauty of the Rainforest at Sani Lodge.
Education – is viewed as the future of the comuna and Sani Lodge is already helping to sponsor English teachers in the comuna, fund education and facilitate scholarships for members of the comuna to study in Quito or abroad.
All profits generated from Sani Lodge are either reinvested in the lodge or into the Sani Comuna. Here are some examples of investments in the comuna…
- Comunal store- Since there are no roads to the Sani Isla Comuna all supplies are brought in by river transport and produce is sent out by the same means. The need for a store is vital, where goods can be bought, sold or traded. This is especially important since the comuna is trying to reduce hunting in all areas of their property.
- Transport – Sani Lodge pays for transport for members of the comuna to bring agricultural products to market and return with goods from Pompeya and Coca.
- Agriculture – All fruits, vegetables and free-range chickens that are produced in the comuna are given priority to be sold to Sani Lodge at outside market prices.
- Handicrafts – Any handicrafts produced by the comuna are sold directly to Sani Lodge guests.
- Administration Financial Support – Sani Lodge pays a monthly fee to the Sani Isla Comuna to be used in anyway they see fit.
- Administration bonuses – Sani Isla’s President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer all receive a small monthly salary from the lodge.
- Emergency Medical – Sani Lodge pays for any and all emergency medical services needed by members of the comuna.
- Latrines - Improving health conditions start with the building of latrines for every family at Sani.
We invite you to visit Sani lodge and help our community preserve the tropical Amazon rainforest for future generations!