Sani Lodge offers a really neat rainforest experience. I only gave it four stars, because it wasn't a perfect fit for my interests. We spent a lot of time birdwatching and riding in canoes. I would've liked a little more diversity in activities each day. The lodge was gorgeous, and we didn't really spend that much time there. That being said, it most certainly was an unforgettable experiance.
Some highlights of my favorite actitivies:
- Seeing lots of animals, including caymens. Our guide actually grabbed a small caymen from the water for us to examine in the canoe during our caymen night watch.
- The food at Sani was excellent!
- Visiting the local community, and tasting their typical food. My husband ate a live grub! I waited until it was cooked, becausee I was a wimp.
- Learning to use a blow dart.
- Silently gliding through a small tributary of the Napo River in our canoe. The jungle formed a canopy above us, and it really felt magical.
- Playing Ecuadorian volleyball (aka Ecuaball) with some of the staff at Sani.
Great experience, just be prepared to spend hours in a not-so-comfy canoe. If you're like me and you're not a birdwatcher, just trick yourself into thinking that you are while you're there. It'll be more fun!
I must also mention that the staff is extremely helpful, accomodating, and knowledgeable.More