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The official money in Ecuador is the American Dollar. ... weight, workmanship and color as the US coins but they are only valid within the territory of Ecuador.
Our meals are prepared to please the international traveler, and three buffets each day offer a wide variety of tastes to choose from. Vegetarians are more than welcome, and our chefs will be happy to cater any special needs you may have upon request. During at least one evening we will even enjoy a barbecue at our outdoor dining area, right on the edge of the lake! And for those who would like a drink, our bar offers a wide variety of cocktails, liquors, wine and beer to enjoy after an active day. International cuisine is available all around the country, but you must taste some of the Ecuadorian specialties, like Humitas (a steamed cornbread), Llapingachos (fried mashed potato patties with fresh cheese), Locro (a chowder made with potatoes, fresh cheese and avocado). The majority of Ecuador's daily diet is based on rice, which, along with nearly everything else is almost always garnished with Ají (hot sauce), that varies in intensity, depending on the regions, or most likely on the persons seasoning. Seafood is popular throughout Ecuador. In the northern coast, many plates are "encocado" (blended with rich coconut milk). You may find an extensive variety of dishes in the coastal area, but the signature dish is the Ceviche (lemon-marinated shrimp, shellfish, squid or fish, in cold soup) served with popcorn and chifle (fried chips of green banana).Vegetarians will be pleasantly surprised by the wide selection of vegetarian restaurants in the principal cities of the highlands. Although you may not find easily, processed soy products, Ecuador counts on fresh beans of all types and quinoa seeds as very good protein supplements.With the mouthwatering exotic fruits of Ecuador come delicious fruit "jugos" juices, including naranjilla (a small orange color, sour, refreshing citric fruit), tree tomato, mora (blackberry), guanabana (a fruit with luscious aromatic sweet white pulp), maracuya (passion fruit) and papaya.
Your journey to Sacha Lodge begins in Quito, Ecuador´s capital city. From here, embark on a 35-minute flight over the majestic snowcapped peaks of the Andes Mountains and then down 8,500 ft (2,600 meters) into the Amazon Basin. Arrive at Puerto Francisco de Orellana, locally known as Coca, you will be met by naturalist guide and taken to Sacha´s private house, with modern facilities, where you will be served a quick lunch before being taken to the town docks. We will board a larger motorized canoe for 2 hours ride down the Rio Napo to Sacha Lodge.
Spanish, Quechua, other indigenous languages. English is spoken by the locals in areas frequented by travelers.
The closest mayor city is Quito, Ecuador´s capital city. From here, embark on a 35-minute flight over the majestic snowcapped peaks of the Andes Mountains and then down 8,500 ft (2,600 meters) into the Amazon Basin. Arrive at Puerto Francisco de Orellana, locally known as Coca.
Night walks and canoe trips, with the aid of flashlights, often reveal creatures seldom seen during daylight. Caimans (of the alligator family) and giant insects rule the jungle after sunset.
The weather in the Amazon Basin is very humid and warm. You will likely be fine bringing no more than one or two sweaters, as sometimes it can get a little chilly at night. Try to stick to relatively fast-drying material as far as pants and shirts go, it can get really humid there, and you're pretty much guaranteed to see rain, especially from March until September. Lots of cotton socks is a good rule of thumb to go by. Maybe even bring all the cotton socks you own, they get wet fast. A good quality rainjacket will really come in handy, or if you don't have one, at least buy a waterproof poncho or a big thick plastic bag (you can usually buy one for really cheap once you get to Coca, Puyo or Tena). Temperature Range: 23º to 26º C (72º to 80º F) Equipment Sun protector will be extremely helpful. Even though the sun won't be as scortching as in the coast, it's still definatelly not a bad idea to bring along sun glasses, sunblock and a hat with a brim. To fight the enemy of dehydration, always drink lots of boiled or pre-bottled water, and if you are always carrying a water bottle, you're surley going to drink more, even if you're not thirsty. Insects are everywhere is the jungle, so what ever method you prefer to deal with that (wether it be good oil insect repellant or taking vitamin B6 or B12 starting a week before the trip), it's reccommended to do that. Regarding this, if you have some worries about malaria or other tropical diseases please see our Health section. Seeing as though it rains a lot, it's likely a good idea to keep all you things in well-sealing plastic bags. You'll thank yourself later. It also gets very dark in the jungle, so if you're going outside of town on a trek, bring a flashlight so you can make it to the bathroom at night. Besides the footwear you might normally use, you might want to add rubber boots to the list, that is, if you are going on a trek outside of town.
A typical day at Sacha begins at sunrise or earlier, in order to take advantage of the cool morning hours when the rainforest's animals are most active. Each group may decide on its own wake-up and breakfast time, as well as the difficulty and duration of their morning outings. In the afternoon, visits begin at around 3:00 and often continue into the evening, when the nocturnal insect and frog chorus begins. Wherever the destination, our excursions proceed slowly in order to appreciate the fascinating details that our guides point out around you. Activities are spread out over a wide area and allow visitors to explore several distinct but equally fascinating habitats. Several trails lead through pristine terra firme forest, where 150 foot kapok trees tower above and roots form huge buttresses to give trees support. Others follow strategically raised boardwalks in seasonally flooded forests, where walking on the ground would be nearly impossible during most of the year due to groundwater. One trail many choose to follow even leads across fallen tree trunks and a steel cable zip-line through rich swampland! A favorite activity of our guests is to paddle dugout canoes along tannin-rich black-water creeks and lakes, where luxuriant lianas, orchids, bromeliads and palm trees thrive. And wherever an outing may lead the possibilities of spotting animals, from the tiny pygmy marmoset to the feared ocelot or puma, are endless. During free time at the lodge, swimming and piranha fishing are also activities not to be missed... but don't worry! Piranhas are scavengers and the guides will prove that swimming is perfectly safe. For adventurous souls, the day does not necessarily end with dinner. Night walks and canoe trips, with the aid of flashlights, often reveal creatures seldom seen during daylight. Caimans (of the alligator family) and giant insects rule the jungle after sunset... Do you dare search for them? Wildlife Anyone who has ever planned to visit the rainforest has at least once asked: "What animals will I see there?" There is an incredibly high diversity of species found around Sacha Lodge, and we are sure that you will have the opportunity to see many fascinating creatures here. However, the wild is unpredictable and no two visits are ever the same! Monkeys are seen quite frequently, but how many of the 8 species found here will cross your path? They range in size from the tiny half pound pygmy marmoset to the noisy 17 pound red howler monkey, and night monkeys can be found in groups as small as 2 while squirrel monkeys can travel in groups of more than 150. And besides monkeys, there may be as many as 60 other species of mammals within our reserve (not including up to 50 species of bats)! So keep your eyes open, and maybe you'll spot an anteater, a 3-toed sloth, or even an ocelot as you explore their natural habitat. As for reptiles, be sure take advantage of our night activities to look for one of Pilchicocha's resident sp
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Citizens of most countries do not require a visa to enter Ecuador for up to 90 days, with some notable exceptions including France. This "automatic" tourist visa is knows as the 12-X. If you plan on staying longer that 90 days, working or immigrating to Ecuador you will need one of the other types of visas outlined below.
Ecuador is in a unique position being directly on the equator. This makes Ecuador perfect for travelling all year round, also because there are only two seasons instead of four: winter (rainy season) and summer (dry season). Although we, nor anyone else, can predict the weather in this country. A relatively constant thing in the Amazon is that it's humid and warm. The average temperatures are from about 20ºC to 28ºC (72ºF to 88ºF) and "dry season" is usually from November to March, which, like everything else related with the ecuadorian weather, isn't constant.
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