Updated: Sep 4
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My family and I were fortunate enough to be able to grab our Lonely Planet book , throw on our back packs and fly to South America for two weeks and spend almost half of that time in the Amazon Rain forest. The whole thing started in an odd way. After we decided to make the trip, I started doing some research online as to what was available to do. In my research, I found that the Napo River and the Sani Lodge was in a beautifully remote area of the Amazon Rain Forest and was known to have some of the most
bio diverse plant and animal life on the planet. Sounded wonderful to me and my not so bug friendly sister should just love it. With a simple online web confirmation and a name of a gentlemen that we were to meet at the airport in Ecuador, we were ready to go. Needless to say, we boarded trains, plains and automobile to arrive at the Napo river where we were to meet our guides. A three hour boat ride, half hour hike thru the jungle and an amazing paddle up a small creek, we arrived at the lagoon that was to be our home for the next four days. There is too much to say at this time about how amazing this experience was for us; maybe at a later date. My purpose of this post is to quickly speak to the wonderful experience of connection that we felt in this far away place.
As amazing as it was to be an inhabitant of this greatly different world along the Napo River,
my profound moments would come when I was able to pull my head out of the jungle around me and realize how comfortable myself and my family were with these families that were hosting us for this short time.
With the enthusiasm of kids, our guides, Sergio and Victor trekked us through the forest with the intention of sharing with us the magical land that were a part of their families for eons. Often times, whistling and listening to the life around us, they would try to bring to our attention the things they would see and hear. You could sense their pride in their stewardship of this amazing place and they wanted to share it with us.
At the end of the day, we would retire to the lodge for dinner and a few stories. In the spirit of the communal society, Victor and Sergio would grace us with their presence and share in a family meal.
At one point during the evening, the conversation would gravitate towards the differences in our lives and regarding the changing climate of society that we were all experiencing, but in the end, our talks point us more in the direction of how similar we all were. This time spent in
their home had brought my family and theirs together and a bond was created. The defining moment of my time spent along the Napo river was seeing my young nephew running close behind our guide Sergio as they cut new trail in pursuit of catching a better glimpse of a group of howler monkeys. Without an ounce of fear or trepidation, my family and the Sani Tribal family had connected and at that moment I knew I had accomplished what I came here for.
If you are looking for an amazing experience with wonderful people, please consider the Sani Lodge; you will love it!
To learn more, go to their website at: https://www.sanilodge.com/en/
If you would like to see where this amazing part of the Amazon Rain forest is located, check out our Spiritual Travelings Map https://www.spiritualtravelings.com/map