Ecuadorian Amazon

The following day we flew to Coca, a oil town on the Rio Napa. The humidity was staggering as we exited our plane into a horrible dirty town, followed by an interesting boat ride down to the lodge where we were booked in. We off loaded at a jetty, walked in about a mile through the jungle and then took a canoe across a black water lagoon to the lodge. The lodge is totally off the grid. Interesting place. Heading down stream we passed all types of transportation boats, carrying everything imaginable. Shacks hung precariously to the eroding river bank, as did various docks and things we couldn’t identify.

The jungle was not what I had expected. It came alive at night – mainly frogs – millions of them. One we called the car alarm frog – that’s what he sounded like – and he called all night long……. We had walks during the day and jungle night walks, as well as canoe rides and walks on suspended viewing platforms. The wildlife viewing and diversity of species was amazing. Piranhas were everywhere in the black water channels. Some guests at the lodge took a dip with them – no damage, apparently you need to be bleeding for them to develop and interest in you. Our trip lasted 3 days and was fascinating. It was an experience to be in the jungle canopy and paddle along the Amazon blackwater channels.

One caveat. Sascha Lodge is run under archaic rules. Female staff are not allowed: the result is a toxic misogynist culture and a lodge that was not female visitor friendly at all. As two women traveling alone we got put in the poorest accommodation, assigned an incompetent guide and treated like pariahs. I definitely would not recommend it to any solo female travellers – even though it was an experience to be in the jungle canopy and paddle along the Amazon blackwater channels. I hope to visit the Amazon again under different circumstances.

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