Kapok Observation Tower
Explore higher in the rainforest canopy with Sacha
Lodge's newly redesigned, improved, and expanded Kapok Observation
Climb stairs through the lower
levels of the forest until you reach the new platforms located at
over 135 (43-meters) above the forest floor.
Built on a hill the new metal tower
is next to a giant kapok tree from which via a metal bridge, you
reach the top of the tree and the 500 square foot (50 square
Be it shortly after sunrise or
before sunset, from the tower’s ample platform it is possible to
observe toucans, parrots, and dozens of other colorful bird
species in the treetops, noisy howler monkeys, foraging squirrel
monkeys or the gentle three-toed sloth may also be seen.
In recent years Sacha Lodge has
become a favorite destination of both professional and amateur
ornithologists. Over 500 species of birds have been registered in
the area, and from the tower platform, our bird specialist guides
have on several occasions reported seeing over 80 species in a
Many species of birds, reptiles,
insects and even small mammals spend most or even all of their
lives in trees. For example, numerous tree frogs, antbirds, and
woodcreepers are well adapted to find exotic insects living in the
crevices of tree bark and vines, where larger predators like boa
constrictors wait for them to come within reach. Mammals
like kinkajous and monkeys through the canopy searching for fruit
in the Amazon's towering trees. Sloths forage for leaves above the
ground but away from the sharp eyes of hungry eagles above.
And even jaguars and pumas lie on understory branches in search of
prey wandering by below.
As for plants, many of our common
houseplants like ferns, philodendrons, orchids and bromeliads are
actually epiphytes, adapted to grow on tree limbs above the
ground. Their beautiful flowers attract butterflies and
hummingbirds seldom seen well from below.
The tower may be reached on
foot via a half-hour walk through terra firma forest, which is
an easy way to get there at, or before, sunrise. However,
no one can miss out on at least a one-way trip to or from the
tower along Orchid Creek. (Orchid Creek is Pilchicocha
Lake's natural black-water runoff to the Napa River.) In a
dugout canoe, guests may follow this winding stream through
untamed palm forest for an hour, a trip that many choose to
Here at Sacha Lodge, we are proud to
be among the first to make this unique, unseen world accessible to
NOTICE: Since 2008, all persons visiting the
Rio Napo area in
Ecuador are required to to be vaccinated for Yellow Fever.