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ird Watching

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Bird Watching

In recent years Sacha Lodge has become a favorite destination of both professional and amateur ornithologists.

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! 

Crested Owls

an unusual birdOf 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 our programs:

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. ToucanYou 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. 

Owl - near Sacha Lodge, Ecuador

Birds of the Amazon Jungle - Sacha Lodge, Ecuador - Rio Napo region

The Yasuni Parrot Lick

At a short distance from Sacha 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!  

Green Parrots at the Yasuni Parrot Lick

Yasuni Parrot Lick, Ecuador
The Yasuni Parrot Lick with it's Green Amazon Parrots and other species

Since 2008, all persons visiting the Rio Napo area in Ecuador are required to to be vaccinated for Yellow Fever

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