Michael and Allison's Long Service Leave 2005 travel blog

Sani Lodge as we arrived

This is how we got around at Sani

Rolling through the jungle

Find the scarlet macaw

Our native guide, Guillermo, with five of his nine children

Michael trying Chicha, a local beverage, at Guillermo's house

Desks in the local primary school

Allison just about to board the dugout on our last day

Rolling through the jungle

Sunset at Sani Lodge


We decided that we just had to visit the Amazon jungle in the North East. We travelled to a place called Coca then to Sani Lodge, an ecotourism venture run by the local Quichua tribe. They negotiated with an oil company and had the lodge complex built as payment for exploration on their land. The tribe hopes to generate long term income and employment.

The lodge setup was nice, the people friendly (as usual in South America) and the vegetation was certainly different. We didn't see all that much wildlife, but the opportunity to walk through the jungle with a local indian as our guide was quite interesting. Mostly we saw birds but saw a few groups of monkeys (Squirel, Common Wooly, and Capucine). The weather was quite oppressive with high humidity and warmth the general rule.

The lodge was a series of cabins, a dining hall and large lounge-bar area. It was situated over four hours from Coca by boat down the Napu river. It was quite a distance as the boat fairly flew down the river until we swapped to dugout canoes for the last hour of the journey. Our cabin was open on all sides with fly gauze to keep the insects at bay. Yes, we are taking Malaria tablets at the moment, we have to take them for two more weeks yet.

Hasta luego


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