Amazonian rainforest feels like walking into a giant terrarium.
Plants a local
nursery would grow in pots reach for the equatorial sky. Philodendrons
are large enough to wrap a tree. Fig trees grow so tall their
tops rise above the canopy, and palm trees abound.
species of trees have been discovered at adjacent Jatun Sacha
Biological Station. Bright red Bromeliads and Heliconias decorate
the greenery, along with 160 species of orchids, including just
discovered new micro orchids, unknown to even the most avid orchid
rainforest reserve of nearly 500 acres in this Upper Amazonian
Refuge is an endemic center, boasting the richest diversity of
any area in South America.
Jatun Sacha, 1,900 vascular plant species have been identified,
including 160 orchids.
750 butterflies species (entomologists speculate there are double
that number) and 120 herptile species have been recorded.
Lodge has comfortable, self-guided trails laid out by Phyllis
Faber, of the California Native Plant Society, and Frank Almeda,
Chair of Botany, California Academy of Sciences.
If you quietly
sit on a log, the forest will speak to you. In fact, troops of
monkey may even "chat you up" - they will certainly
chatter about you.
morpho butterfly that flew through the dining room at breakfast,
now patrols sunny forest glades.
hover and swirl around you.
butterflies lead your way along the path; and you may spot an
You may even
discover a new species we can name after you.