La Selva Amazon Ecolodge
from $1280per person
Visit La Selva Ecolodge, located in the buffer zone of the Yasuní National Park, to interact with local communities and spot wildlife such as monkeys, birds, insects, caimans, and more.
La Selva Amazon Ecolodge is nestled in the most bio-diverse region on earth, perched on the edge of Garzacocha Lake and featuring creature-comforts that make nature exploration a true delight. Its nineteen ample suites, three of which overlook the serene lake, combine the traditional architecture and materials of native homes with modern-day conveniences, i.e. Scenic and Superior Suites highlight “rainforest showers” and private balconies, while Family Suites have extra-roomy bathrooms (equipped with hairdryers, shampoo and conditioner), hammocks and even a private porch with a tub! In keeping with the tenets of conservation and sustainability, large windows and quiet ceiling fans replace air-conditioners, keeping air circulating for a most comfortable temperature, even on the hottest hours of the day. Notwithstanding, electricity and outlets for charging your personal equipment are found throughout the premises. Moreover, you will enjoy the mellow evening jungle sounds that will rock you to sleep.
Exploration is via dugout canoe on the lake and streams, as well as trails that penetrate the dense forest teaming with life, most of it camouflaged by the laws of nature. These creatures are sure to see you and, with the assistance of your able guides, you might be able to look back. Nevertheless, an array of birds and primates are sure to make their presence at some time, plus anything else that may appear without notice at any turn. Indeed, the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest is the largest playground for kids of all ages!
* Please keep in mind that this is an itinerary subjet to change due to weather, safety and physical conditions of our guests.
During your free time you can use our kayaks, swim in the lagoon, have a massage at our SPA or relax while you have a siesta.
On the last day, no activities are scheduled. You will depart to Coca right after breakfast
DAY 1. ARRIVAL
At Quito International Airport you will be met by La Selva representative at the national departure area in order to assist you with the check-in process and give you a short briefing about your journey.
After a 30 minute commercial flight to Puerto Francisco de Orellana “El Coca”, our representative will transfer you by private transportation to the city’s main dock at the Napo River. One of our naturalists will be there to brief you on what to expect in the next three hours, as well as providing you with a box lunch, a water bottle and even a cold beer.
An amazing river journey of approximately two and a half hours in a motorized canoe will be the beginning of a great experience in the tropical rainforest.
Afterwards you will be dropped off at La Selva’s main dock and your first close encounter with the rainforest would have begun. After using the facilities and putting mosquito repellent on (though biting insects are not a problem), a short 3 minute walk will lead you to a creek where a small canoe will take you on a fantastic 30-minute paddle canoe ride along a narrow creek that connects with Garzacocha Lagoon to reach La Selva Lodge. During this part of your journey you will have chances of finding wildlife with the help of the naturalist in charge of the transfer.
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.
The resident manager will greet you with a delicious fruit juice, snacks and a short briefing with general information about the lodge.
16H30 · Introduction to the Rain Forest: One of our naturalist guides is going to give you basic information about the tropical rain forest, Amazonia and the operation area of La Selva Lodge. The idea is to begin the activities with some background information about the amazing place that you have just arrived.
17H00 · Matapalo Trail: This trail was named after the Spanish name for the famous strangler fig (Ficus sp.) one of many remarkable trees that you will find during this short introductory walk. We also see a majestic mahogany tree that has been in the area for more than 400 years! Here your native and naturalist guides will start to share with you their knowledge about flora and fauna of the tropical rainforest. Because of the time of day, you will enjoy of the most amazing lighting and the transition of the activity between diurnal and nocturnal creatures.
19h00 · Snacks: At the bar you will find snacks that you can enjoy with a cocktail prepare by one of our bartenders. Cocktail is not included.
19H30 · Dinner.
DAY 2. FULL DAY OF ACTIVITIES
06H00 · Wake up call
06H30 · Breakfast
07H00 · Torre Tucaneta or Mandi Forest: After a 20-minute walk, you reach the tower. This amazing construction will allow you to be at 120 feet (36 meters) above the forest floor to enjoy the most amazing scenery high in the canopy of the tropical rainforest. With the help of a spotting telescope your guides will show to you strickingly colorful birds from atop, including toucans, tanagers and parrots and with luck, the famous howler monkeys or even a sloth. On the way back to the lodge you take a hike of about 2 hours. During this time our native guide is going to show you some of the medicinal plants that are still in use and the naturalist will provide information on the local ecology and natural history.
There is an option to visit the beautiful lagoon of Mandi Cocha. After a one hour and a half hour walk we reach this lagoon for a comprehensive look at an Igapo forest – temporarily flooded by black water. Here we might see different species of birds and some of our guests might even encounter the very elusive giant otters. Sure enough, the more exploratory eyes, the better!
13H00 · Lunch
16H30 · Charapa Trail: This 1 1/2-hour trek starts at the back of the lodge and ends at the edge of the lake. It’s a wonderful loop that begins with a walk, returning to the lodge by canoe. Along the way we will try to sight different groups of mammals, including monkeys, as well as birds that in the afternoon hours gather at the lakeshore to look for food. Apart from a clear afternoon, you can also enjoy a beautiful sunset from the canoe.
18H40 · Night Canoe Ride: 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 stargazing.
19H30 · Dinner
DAY 3. FULL DAY OF ACTIVITIES
06H00 · Wake up call
06H30 · Breakfast
07H00 · Parrot Clay Lick & Mandi Wasi: A 30-minute canoe ride plus a short walk will head you back to the Napo River. A 10-minute motorized canoe ride will let you enjoy one of the most amazing displays of the wild kingdom: a clay lick. Hundreds of parrots and parakeets will approach the treetops to later come down to a clay bank to eat this soil rich in minerals. It is essential to have binoculars on hand to enjoy the spectacle. Keep in mind that this being nature, we cannot guarantee that these birds will always be there. Once you identify the different species of parrots and parakeets, your naturalist guide will complement your experience with a great deal of interesting information about their spectacular behavior. Your motorized canoe will continue for approximately 30 more minutes of bird watching along the river banks. After a wonderful morning full of parrots, parakeets and other birds, it`s now time to enjoy some cultural activities. An Amazonian Kichua woman will receive you in their community center to explain about life in an Amazonian Kichua village. A visit to the garden “chacra” followed by a visit to the house will show you what cannot be found on a map: the idiosyncrasy of Amazon people. Here you can purchase handicrafts you will truly treasure. A motorized canoe ride, a walk and then a paddle canoe journey will lead you back to the lodge. Sure enough, transporting yourself just like the natives is a wonderful experience in itself!
13H00 · Lunch
16H30 · Garza Cocha Lagoon & Ceiba: This lagoon is one of the most beautiful of Ecuadorian Amazonia, with even more chances of spotting different species of primates and birds. Sometimes, huge groups of squirrel monkeys join forces with families of capuchin monkeys to look for food. Howler monkeys also like to spend the late afternoon around the lagoon, and with a little luck we might see the famous pigmy marmoset, the smallest monkey in the world! There are 7 primate species at La Selva Lodge! The hoatzin, a most unusual bird, is easy to find, given its incessant squawking sounds as it perches near the water’s edge. However, if you cook it, it stinks, therefore many are around! Toucans might fly overhead and many other flying species.
18H30 · Nocturnal Walk: Enjoy of the creatures and nocturnal sounds of the forest. Sometimes we can see amazing things during at night. Make sure you bring a flashlight with extra batteries for this fantastic experience, in order to reflect our lights on insects, mushrooms, lizards and other creatures that would otherwise go unnoticed.
19H15 · Departure Briefing: Our manager will provide you with all the necessary information about your departure procedure for the next morning.
19H30 · Dinner
DAY 4. RETURN
06H00 · Wake up call
06H30 · Breakfast
07H00 · Departure for Coca: In accordance with your last night´s briefing, you will have an early wake up call, breakfast and departure from the lodge.
The lodge staff will assist you with your checked luggage. A motorized canoe ride upstream will take you back to Coca, where our representative will take you to the airport to help you with your checked luggage and boarding passes.
2019 Rates (per person in USD)
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*Prices per person in double occupancy. Single supplement 30%.
*Children under 12 years old get 30% discount (sharing with an adult).
- A deposit of USD 200 per person is required to confirm the booking.
- Payment must be sent within 8 days after booking.
- Final payment is due 60 days before departure.
- If cancellation is received 91 days or more before departure, the deposit will be refunded.
- If cancellation occurs between 90 and 61 days before departure, the deposit will be kept as penaly fee.
- If cancellation is received 60 to 30 days before departure, 50% will be charged.
- If cancellation occurs 29 days or less before departure, travelers will have the option to reschedule the trip within the next year, plus USD 200 per person administration fee. No refund applies.
- If cancellation is received 7 days or less before departure, no refund or rescheduling is possible. Full payment will be charged.