The Amazon's in Ecuador, too!

Trip Start Feb 25, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Where I stayed
Sani Lodge

Flag of Ecuador  , Orellana,
Monday, May 23, 2011

Our 4 night / 5 day stint at the Sani Lodge was pretty amazing.  We choose the more affordable and rustic lodging option of camping, over the apparently bug-infested cabins.  The sweet part was that the camping was set up across from the main lodge, so we had to be "kayaked" back and forth from the lodge to the camping area.  It was like we had our own personal "kayak - taxi."  We realized the downside to this on our last night.  I was walking into the bathroom (with no flashlight) when a snake crossed my path.  Turned out that this was a very dangerous, poisonous snake.  I quickly retrieved the flashlight in my pocket and sent Jason to go get the camera.  It was a very cool experience, but it occurred to us that - should we have been bit - there was no way for us to contact anyone over at the main lodge.  Hmmmm....let's hope this isn't a lesson they learn the hard way one day. 

One of the highlights of the entire stay was the night hike we went on the first evening after dinner. We saw a lot of really interesting creepy critters - tarantulas, spiders, chameleons, millipedes and more.  It wasn't a long hike, but it was definitely a unique way to catch a glimpse at the Amazon wildlife.

The trip was incredible, but exhausting.  Breakfast was served at 6am every morning, and the rest of the day was spent hiking through swamps in the jungle.  We definitely went off the beaten path with our two guides, Felix and Olger. We were rebuilding bridges through the muddy waters just to try to stay afloat, and we had an awesome race through the woods to hunt down a big Wooly Monkey.  We lucked out with only a couple small rainstorms, but the overcast skies kept the heat factor at a minimum.

As much as we enjoyed the adventure, we were definitely ready for a little r&r. Next stop, Baņos.

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