Ecuador: Amazon Extension

  • Extension
  • Overview
    Starts at



    4 days

    Activity Level



    3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

    After the culture of the mainland and the marine life of the Galapagos, what better contrast than to explore the Ecuadorian Amazon; it’s an entirely different world from where you’ve been. Just a three night stay will immerse you in the secret world of black water rivers and thick jungle teeming with towering plants, humming insects, and stealthy wildlife. From colorful toucans and parrots, to fierce ocelot and puma, to creepy tarantulas and acouti it’s an adventure you’ll never forget.

    Visit the Butterfly House 

    Within one of the largest butterfly farms in Ecuador, Sacha Lodge is successfully breeding 40 local species of butterfly. Enjoy a visit to the ‘flying room’ where hundreds of exquisite butterflies flutter around. It’s like being in a forest of butterflies!

    Explore the Rain Forest

    Located in a 5000 acre ecological reserve you’ll find the most exquisite primary and secondary rain forest. It’s a world full of fascinating habitats and wildlife of all kinds; eight species of monkey, 50 species of bat, over 600 species of bird, plus anteaters, sloths, boas, anaconda, tarantula, frogs, tiny pygmy marmosets… it’s a staggering trove of strange and exotic creatures.

    Observe from 135 Feet Up

    Sacha has two extraordinary opportunities for a unique view of our surroundings.  There is a lookout platform nestled 135 feet up in the branches of a towering kapok tree, offering a 360 degree panorama of the entire reserve. You can also walk their sturdy canopy, high in the trees, for a bird’s eye view that can’t be had from the forest floor.

    Black Water Creeks, Rivers, and Lake

    Home to giant river otters, caiman and piranha, these slow moving waters are full of tannins from vegetation decay, staining the water dark like tea. Jump in the Lake Pool, specially screened in with mesh so you can swim near to these creatures without fear of encountering the unknown!

    Make Home in the Wilderness

    Even a world away there is no need to truly rough.  Deep in thick jungle, steeped in nature, Sacha Lodge has created 26 comfortable cabins with hot water showers, flush toilets, screened windows, and electricity; they even serve up a family friendly yet international cuisine.  So sit back in your hammock, listen to the monkeys chatter, and enjoy your stay.

  • Hotels

    Sacha Lodge

    Sacha Lodge is a beautiful lodge located in Coca, Ecuador, right in the middle of the Amazon. Known as a little piece of paradise in the jungle. it features 26 comfortable rooms, each with high thatched roofs and private shaded terraces. The lodge has a wonderful bar and lounge, which offers a scenic view of Pilchicocha Lake and excellent opportunities to bird watch.

    Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.

Starts at



9 days

Activity Level


Active trips revolve around multi-sport activities that keep your family outside and having fun! Your family will spend more time interacting with the elements and exploring than sitting on a beach or inside of a museum. These activities are not always physically demanding but they can be and do require a basic level of fitness.
Starts at



9 days

Activity Level


Our moderate adventures are similar to our easy adventures, but you’ll spend more time on your feet.