In recent years Sacha Lodge has
become a favorite destination of both professional and amateur
So far there have been an incredible 587 different species of
birds found here! This is a staggering number, especially
if you consider that approximately 900 species have been
registered in the entire continental United States and Canada.
In only 4 or 5 days, it is not uncommon for even the most casual
birder to see over 250 species here. With only minimal
effort you can expect to see dozens of colorful parrots,
toucans, hummingbirds, tanagers, hawks and oropendolas, and of
course there are plenty of elusive "LBJs" (little brown jobs, of
course) to keep the avid bird enthusiasts occupied for days.
Our guides will carry telescopes along to bring your bird
watching experience close-up, and be sure to keep your
binoculars handy at all times!
the incredible 1600 bird species registered in Ecuador, 587
(37%) have been seen at Sacha Lodge. That’s almost 7% of the
species found in the entire world!
Here are just a few of the
highlights that our bird guides have frequently spotted during
For avid birdwatchers, we provide
bird specialist guides upon request. These guides know the best
spots for the hard-to-find species, and can easily identify
species by both sight and sound. Oscar Tapuy, our local expert
who has been with at Sacha since 1995, estimates 60 species per
day (sighted, of course) to be his average tally!
Your guide will lead you through a
variety of habitats where mixed flocks are common, and generally
begin before sunrise to take full advantage of the morning peak.
may even take a box lunch along if you wish to stay out all day,
and return only for dinner before heading out again in search of
owls and other nocturnal species. We will keep groups as small
as possible (considering 5-6 people ideal), and recommend a
minimum of 5 days to cover as much ground as possible. However,
stays of a week or more are easily arranged in order to take
full advantage of the local diversity!
If ornithology is to be the focus
of your trip, please request your bird specialist guide in
advance to make sure he is there when you arrive. We provide
each of our bird guides with a telescope to use for the duration
of your stay.
The Yasuni Parrot Lick
At a short distance from
Lodge is Ecuador’s most accessible parrot lick, an exposed clay
riverbank where brightly colored parrots of several different
species gather in the early morning. In ideal conditions (sunny
and dry) hundreds of parrots will perch on and eat the exposed
clay in a spectacular show of sound and color! The lick is
located on the edge of Yasuní National Park, which may be
reached from Sacha by a short canoe trip down the Napo River. Recently, the park service has set up blinds in order to watch
the parrots from very close. If weather permits (the parrots
won’t be there in the rain!), and you would like to participate
in this activity, the extra cost is $15.00 per person for
entrance into the National Park (subject to change, and to be
paid at the Lodge).
Early morning visits to the
site are possible, but this activity is strictly weather
permitting -- The parrots won't be there in the rain!