A short 20 minute flight from bustling modern Quito brought us down 7,500 feet to the sleepy town of Coca, nestled along the banks of the Amazon’s biggest tributary, the Napo.
A tranquil two hour journey downriver in a longboat shared by a few guests, local villagers and supplies brought us to a jetty jutting unexpectedly out from the forest into the river.
Everybody out .. The villagers disperse to their hidden worlds, we few guests set out for a 20 minute walk along a boardwalk leading back in time to the heart of the rain forest. Monkeys scamper and chatter through the canopy, a lizard scurries under the boardwalk, and tropical flowers explode out of the damp green undergrowth.
The feeling is primeval as we reach a lagoon, squeeze into a canoe and take a 15 minute paddle across to the 18 room Sacha lodge.
A welcome and superb lunch preceded our paddling back through small openings in the undergrowth in a small canoe with our guide. The sounds of the forest enveloped us , and wildlife abounded as it has done for thousands of years … It is perfection …