The journey to Sacha Jungle Lodge begins in Quito, Ecuador's capital city. From here, a 25 minutes flight takes you over the Andes Mountains' majestic snow -covered peaks and down over 8500 feet (2600 meters) into the Amazon Region. The flight destination is the port town of Puerto Francisco de Orellana, locally known as Coca, where you will be met by a bilingual guide and taken to a private dock. Here we will pause for a snack and to use the rest rooms before boarding our covered motorized canoe for a 2-hour, 50-mile (80-kilometer) trip down the sediment-rich waters of the Napo, the largest river in Ecuadorian Amazonia.
Acha Lodge (“Sacha” is the Quichua Indian word meaning “forest”) was a dream founded by Arnold Ammeter, or as he is more commonly known, "Benny." Born in Interlaken , Switzerland , Benny boarded a ship and headed for Chile in 1963.
Towards the end of 1979 Benny once again packed his bags and this time headed for Ecuador , where he still resides today. In 1985, Benny opened his first tourist lodge, " La Casa del Suizo," on the Upper Napo at the village of Ahuano .
In October of 1991, 170 employees began construction of Sacha Lodge and it's famous wooden tower (“ La Torre ”).
CANOPY WALK: A new and much anticipated addition to Sacha's activities is our 940-foot (275-meter) long canopy walkway. At approximately 94 feet (30 meters) above the ground, imagine exploring the rainforest up in the treetops.
THE KAPOK TOWER: One of Sacha Lodge's original attractions and an all-time favorite of our guests is the famous 135-foot (43-meter) kapok observation tower.
THE BUTERFLY HOUSE: Sacha Lodge is home to one of the largest butterfly farms in Ecuador. Designed as a live exhibition conservatory, the Butterfly House is now successfully breeding nearly 40 local butterfly species.
- Wildlife, birds, Yasuni parrot lick.