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Ecuador Jungle Lodges: La Selva Amazon Ecolodge

la selvaLa Selva Amazon Ecolodge is located in the heart of Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest, on Garazacocha Lake near Yasuni National Park. The lodge originally opened more than 20 years ago. However, it was not until 2012 that it took on new life when it was totally overhauled to become a luxury lodge. Birdwatchers have long chosen La Selva for the variety of birds that have been found in this area. Onithological studies say there are more species of birds in this area than any other site in Ecuador, and more than both the entire US and Canada combined. La Selva is the closest lodge to the Napo Parrot Salt Lick. In addition to the numerous nature excursions, the lodge also has a spa and yoga retreat.


la selva cabinThe cabanas are inspired by native bamboo design: authentic, airy and comfortable with unexpected amenities including private bathrooms, hot showers, electricity, ceiling fans, and are immaculately cleaned daily.

  • 4 Traditional Hut - double, triple and quadruple accommodations are available.
  • 4 Family Suites - Suites have a King-size bed and two twins.
  • 12 Superior Suites - Suites have a rainforest shower, King or two double beds, and a private balcony.
  • 3 Scenic Rooms - Suites have a rainforest shower, King or two double beds, and a private balcony with lake views.

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Activities at La Selva:

Sample Itinerary

la selva Day 1 | Arrive at La Selva
At the Quito International Airport you will be met by La Selva representative in the National departure area in order to assist you with the check-in process and give you a short briefing about the journey. After a 30 minute commercial flight to Puerto Francisco de Orellana “El Coca”, the La Selva representative will transfer you by private transportation to the city's main dock. Our representative will take care of your luggage and will provide you with life vests and fresh water bottles.

An amazing journey of approximately two and a half hours in a motorized canoe will be the beginning of a great experience in the tropical rainforest. A delicious boxed lunch will be provided. At the end of the motorized canoe ride, you will be dropped off at La Selva's main dock. After using the facilities and putting mosquito repellent on, a short 15 minute jungle walk will lead you to a creek where a small canoe will be taken to enjoy an unforgettable 20 minutes paddle canoe ride across “Garzacocha” (the heron´s lagoon) in order to reach the lodge area. Do not forget that the only thing you must take care of is your carry-on and camera equipment. Your other luggage will be transported by our lodge´s staff.

Approximately 15 minutes later, the resident manager will greet you with a delicious welcome cocktail. From there you will continue on to relax in the bar area with a fresh tropical fruit snack and a short briefing with general information about the lodge and activities, provided by one of our bilingual naturalist guides.

Before dinner you will go on an introductory walk of the forest. The Matapalo Trail was named after the Spanish name of the famous Strangler fig (Ficus sp) one of many remarkable trees that you will find on the walk. Your native and naturalist guides will start to share with you part of their knowledge about flora and fauna of the tropical rain forest.

Tonight you head out with a flashlight and a comera to see the insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals that come out in the darkness of the forest.

monkeyDay 2 | Activities at La Selva
Morning walk on the CHAGUAMANGO TRAIL. This trail begins behind the lodge and finishes at the edge of the lake. During the walk your guides will talk about the neo-tropical pharmacy that we find in the rainforest. Many plants have been used by the indigenous groups of the Amazonia to cure different ailments, some of them will be spotted on the way. At the end of the walk, we will head back to the lodge by canoe. If you are lucky, you might see troops of squirrel monkeys approaching the water, allowing you to take the best photos of wildlife.

Afternoon walk on the CHARAPA TRAIL. This trail starts at the butterfly farm and ends on the edge of the lake (approx. 1 1/2 hours walk). Along the way we will see different groups of mammals, monkeys and birds that come close to the lake looking for food in the late afternoon. Travelling back to the lodge by canoe, you may enjoy a beautiful jungle sunset if the skies are clear.

Tonight you will embark on a With the help of a spotlight, your guides will take you in a paddle canoe around the lagoon looking for caimans, boas, bats, owls, night mammals and more nocturnal wildlife. If the sky is clear, we might have the chance to do some star gazing.

la selva excursionDay 3 | Activities at La Selva
Morning visit to the PARROT CLAY LICK & LOCAL COMMUNITY. It is time to visit the most biologically diverse spot in the earth, the Yasuni National Park. A 20 minute canoe ride plus a 15 minute walk will take you back to the Napo River. From the launch, a motorized canoe ride lasting 10 minutes will lead you to one of the most amazing displays. Hundreds of parrots and parakeets will approach the treetops and later will come down to a clay bank to eat this soil rich in minerals. It is essential to have binoculars to enjoy it. We stay a while before continuing down the river for 30 minutes of birdwatching along the river banks.

You will soon arrive in a Kichwa family who will receive you in their home. A visit to the garden “chacra” followed by a visit to the house is going to show you that part of the Amazonia that you do not find on the maps: the Amazon people. A motorized canoe ride, walk and a paddle canoe ride will lead you back to the lodge

In the afternoon, visit the Butterfly farm, where you will learn about the different stages of the butterfly. The adventure continues with piranha fishing in Garzacocha Lake. Fishing lines will be provided by your native guide. Depending on the size of the fish, you will put it back in the water or if it is big enough you can give it to our gourmet chef and enjoy a tasty fish dinner. Keep in mind that the fish is much more delicious when you catch it yourself.

Day 4 | Depart La Selva
Early wake up call, breakfast and departure from the lodge. The lodge staff will assist you with your checked luggage. Motorized canoe ride upstream to go back to Coca, where our representative will take you to the airport to help you with your checked luggage and boarding passes.

Subject to change due to weather, specific interests and physical abilities.

2013 Rates

rate in Canadian Dollars rate in Canadian Dollars rate in US Dollars rate in US Dollars
Category Single Double Single Double
4 Days / 3 Nights (Traditional Hut) 1,055 811 995 765
5 Days / 4 Nights (Traditional Hut) 1,330 1,023 1,255 965
4 Days / 3 Nights (Family Suites) 1,246 959 1,176 905
5 Days / 4 Nights (Family Suites) 1,482 1,139 1,398 1,075
4 Days / 3 Nights (Superior Suites) 1,516 1,166 1,430 1,100
5 Days / 4 Nights (Superior Suites) 1,888 1,452 1,781 1,370

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What’s Included in this Jungle Lodge Package

Accommodations • All Meals • River transportation • Transfers in Coca • All excursions with an English speaking naturalist bilingual guide • Yasuni National Park entrance fee • Rain poncho and rubber boots

What’s Not Included in this Jungle Lodge Package

Airfare Quito - Coca - Quito (approx US$199) • Drinks • Gratuities

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