SACHA LODGE, NAUPO RIVER, 2 HOURS DOWNSTREAM FROM COCA
Arrived on Sat 30 Jan 2006 - was very hot and humid - saw a troup of Red Howler Monkeys on the walk into the lodge following the motorised canoe down stream from Coca. Then we got another canoe ride across the lake to the Lodge. Amazingly for South America it is really well run - but then it was set up and is still owned by a Swiss man.
So on our first canoe trail we went to a Parrot Lick on the edge of a national park - 30 mins further downstream from the Lodge on the other side of the Napou river. The guides reckoned it was the best viewing of parrots ever and so we didn´t go into the park but went back up stream to visit a local village and the house of one of the native guides. Had an explanation of all the various ways they use plants for medicinal use and hunting! Got painted red to look like a native!
The rest of the days we have spent closer to the lodge looking at more monkeys and birds and trying to find the elusive alacondor snake in the lake! New Year was celebrated in Ecuadorian style - we all built guys and then they got burnt on the lake - well they would have if they had not been so wet! It has rained for the first time as I am writing this - but real torrential rain! Sounds like it is already drying up - so it will be a hot one this evening!
Went on a `creepy crawly`night hike and saw more poisonous spiders than you ever dreamt about!