The journey to Sacha Lodge begins in Quito, Ecuadors capital city. From here, a 45-minute flight takes you over the Andes Mountains majestic snow-covered peaks and down over 8500 feet (2600 meters) into the town of Puerto Francisco de Orellana. Here, a covered motorized canoe will be awaiting you for a 21/2-hour, 50-mile (80-kilometer) trip down the Napo, the largest river in Ecuadorian Amazonia. Upon arrival to Sacha Lodges 3200-acre (1300-hectare) private reserve, guests will take their first walk along a raised boardwalk through dense flooded palm forest to Pilchicocha lake, a blackwater paradise where dugout canoes (and even paddlers!) await to carry you to the Lodge. Imagine yourself drifting down a narrow, winding creek surrounded on all sides by a lush, endless sea of tropical greenery. All that separates you from the deep black Amazon waters is a canoe hand-carved out of a single tree trunk. As you maneuver around a bend something unidentified crashes off into the underbrush, and you catch a glimpse of two magnificent, colorful macaws startled into flight. Suddenly, the forest erupts with a roar so loud that all you can imagine is some giant, fierce predator on the prowl. But as you turn to face your destiny, the menace is revealed as a family of furry red howler monkeys huddled together in a treetop. With a sigh of relief you continue onward, deeper into the unknown.
MV Galapagos Explorer
The M/V Galapagos Explorer II is designed to provide comfort and scientific information to 100 passengers visiting the Galapagos National Park. Its operation is emphasized with interesting itineraries that offer the best of this pristine paradise. Expert naturalist guides will offer an environmentally friendly and educational cruise focused in the Natural History of the Galapagos. Facilities on board: 50 suites, Boutique, Library, Karaoke Bar, Conference Room, Restaurant, Swimming Pool, Solarium, observatory deck, electronic Elevator, 24 hours coffee and tea Station, Medical Assistance, Massage Suite, Satellite communication.
JW Marriott Hotel
The JW Marriott Quito is a luxury property situated on the famous Amazonas Avenue, approximately five miles from Quito Airport. Local attractions include the Bird Sanctuary, Casa de la Cultura, Banco Central Museum, and Metropolitan Park. Hotel amenities include free coffee in the lobby, shoeshine, babysitting, ATM, concierge, daily housekeeping services, evening turndown service, onsite parking (fee), express check-in/out, guest laundry, 24-hour room service, safe deposit box, laundry/dry cleaning services, local area shuttle (fee), florist, and gift shop. Guests may also enjoy the outdoor heated pool, childrens pool, fitness center, and Jacuzzi. Onsite drink and dining is available at the Bistro Latino, La Haciena Restaurant, and The Exchange Lobby Bar & Sushi Bar.