Our 14th day in Ecuador was spent traveling east to the Amazon. After a bit of morning birding we drove east to a town called Coca from where we boarded a motorized canoe to travel a couple hours downstream on the Napo river to Sacha lodge in the Amazon forest.
Seen roadside while driving to Coca.
Motorized canoes at Coca dock:
Presumably the ample oil money in the area is financing the building of this bridge.
We were welcomed by a refreshing drink at the lodge:
Lake at the entrance to the Sacha lodge buildings at dusk:
Liz atop the Sacha lodge canopy tower:
Liz and Jose on canopy tower:
Sacha lodge canopy tower:
Seen on the Sacha lodge boardwalk during lunch break.
Liz taking advantage of our hammock:
By this point in the trip constant exhaustion was a fact of life.
Liz on the Sacha lodge canopy walkway:
The Sacha lodge canopy walkway is a sturdy steel structure but it's still a little scary for people anxious about heights (like Sina):
That's Jose trying to spot some birds for us.
Photos from the canopy walkway:
A Smooth-billed Ani in front of our cabin:
Liz and the giant tree:
Liz woke up some bats inside the giant tree.
Butterfly garden at Sacha lodge:
Lots of chrysalises in the butterfly garden:
The porch behind our cabin:
Cabins had no windows.
The afternoon of our 16th day was spent birding on a small muddy island on the Napo river:
Lia and Martin don't look too impressed by all the mud.
Rubber boots were a must!
This was my best picture of this secretive species.