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Winner of the Ecotourism Award from the World Congress on Tourism and the Environment, La Selva Amazon Ecolodge sits high on Lake Garzacocha. The spacious airy cabanas are inspired by native bamboo designs, and the food is the pride of the lodge.
La Selva provides lodging in a paradise where anything is possible and where the adventures are limitless. There are a number of possible excursions with an English-speaking guide, some more physically challenging than others. La Selva is home to many trails, an observation tower, and a large butterfly farm
Plenty of options for your activities for day and night (night excursions are among the most popular).
Kayaking and swimming in the lake lodge's lake is a popular daytime activity.
Fishing is also popular as guests have the opportunity to fish for piranhas!
Native Guides and English-Speaking Naturalists will guide you through an extensive trail system filled with wildlife in what many consider the most biologically-diverse lodge in the entire Amazon.
Custom birdwatching packages can be designed according to your needs.
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: Quito - Coca - La Selva Lodge. Evening activities
Day 2 -3 : Activities at the La Selva Lodge
Day 4: Return to Quito
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Please note that rainforest itineraries may vary slightly so as to maximize wildlife sightings, depending of the reports of our naturalists guides, your main interests and weather conditions.
You will be met by a La Selva representative in the National Terminal of Quito’s airport to assist you and give you a short briefing about the journey. After a 30 minute flight to Puerto Francisco de Orellana, known as “El Coca”, we will transfer you to the dock to board the motorized canoe that will take us to La Selva on the Napo River. Your luggage will be handled by our representatives. A boxed lunch and fresh water bottles will be provided. A relaxing journey of approximately two and a half hours will be the beginning of experiencing the tropical rainforest.
Itineraries depend on weather and natural conditions. The first day, after receiving your accommodations, you will have an introductory briefing and a short activity to introduce you into the rainforest beauty.
For the rest of the days at La Selva, activities will be designed in accordance to the number of groups at the lodge, weather, facilities, logistics and specific season of the year. We offer a certain number of activities that will be provided in different schedules for each group.
INTRODUCTORY RAINFOREST BRIEFING: Important introductory explanation before "getting into" the forest held by one of our Naturalist Guides.
MATAPALO TRAIL: This trail was named after the Spanish name of the famous Strangler fig (Ficus aurea) one of many remarkable trees that you will find during this short introductory walk, where your native and naturalist guides will start to share with you part of their knowledge about flora and fauna of the tropical rain forest.
NIGHT WALK: A flashlight and a camera will be the only things you will need to enjoy all of the insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals that you might see during an hour walk in the darkness of the forest.
NIGHT CANOE RIDE IN GARZACOCHA LAGOON: 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, you might have the chance to do some star gazing.
DAY CANOE RIDE IN GARZACOCHA LAGOON: A 1 1/2 to 2 hour canoe ride will let you observe the biodiversity around the Garzacocha lagoon, where the famous Hoatzin Stinkbird can be seen as well as some fish, wet and beautiful trees that grow inside the black waters system and good chances to see monkeys.
CHAGUAMANGO TRAIL: Trail begins at the lodge and finishes at the edge of the lake. At the end of the walk head back to the lodge by canoe. If lucky, you might see big troops of squirrel monkeys approaching the water, allowing you to take great photos of wildlife.
CHARAPA TRAIL: This trail lasts about one and a half hours, starts at the butterfly farm and ends on 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, monkeys and birds that in the afternoon hours get close to the lakeshore to look for food. Apart from a clear afternoon, you can also enjoy a beautiful sunset from the canoe.
OBSERVATION TOWER: A 20 minute walk will lead you to the tower. This construction will allow us to be 120 feet above the forest floor to enjoy the canopy of the tropical rain forest. Observing with a telescope will enable us to see birds from the canopy, and maybe even monkeys or sloths. On the way back we will hike for about 2 hours. Our native guide will show some of the medicinal plants that natives still use and the naturalist will provide information about the ecology and natural history as well.
PARROT CLAY LICK: Visit to the Yasuni National Park to appreciate a unique site where parrots and parakeets gather in order to obtain the minerals that will help them to digest the fruits or seeds they have consumed. Option to enter to an indigenous community inside the Yasuni Park where other species of parrots and macaws can be seen (additional park entrance fees apply)
CULTURAL ACTIVITY. An Amazonian Kichwa family will receive you in their home. Visit their garden called a “chacra”, followed by a visit in their house to show you a part of the Amazonia that you will not find on the maps or in a book: the Amazon people. A motorized canoe ride, walk and a paddle canoe ride will bring you back to the lodge.
BUTTERFLY FARM: Here learn about the biology of these amazing butterflies. Our farm will show you each of the different stages of the butterfly complemented with interesting information provided by your naturalist guide. You will not want to leave the butterfly flying area without taking your best photos of our colorful butterflies.
Now that you have enchanting photos for your album, the adventure continues with fishing for Piranhas in the Garzacocha Lake! Fishing lines will be provided by your native guide to let you catch your own piranha. Depending on the size of the fish usually they are released back into the water. If it is big enough you can give it to our gourmet chef and enjoy a tasty fish dinner. The fish is much more delicious when you catch it yourself!
SNACK FESTIVAL: At the bar enjoy your favorite beer or cocktail after an afternoon excursion accommpanied by the prepared snacks.
Every day you will have a briefing about next days activities
BREAKFAST: Wake up call and breakfast according to activities
LUNCH: 12:30 p.m.
DINNER: 7:30 p.m.
SPECIFIC TOPIC TALKS: One of our Naturalists will hold an optional activity to talk about a specific topic of the rainforest.
DEPARTURE BRIEFING: Just before dinner on the previous night's departure, La Selva's Manager will provide all the necessary information needed prior to departure of Coca and flight back to Quito.
PLEASE NOTE: Itineraries may vary slightly to maximize wildlife sighting depending on the reports of our naturalist guides, your main and weather conditions.
Departs - Mon, Wed , Fri & Sat
About La Selva Ecolodge
The cabanas are derived from native and mixed design: authentic and comfortable with unexpected amenities including private bathrooms, hot showers, electricity, ceiling fans, and are immaculately cleaned every day.
Our cozy private bungalows are made entirely of secondary growth rainforest materials and designed to blend with the surroundings. Each one has a private bathroom, a hammock and mosquito netting for each bed.
• 12 suites available
• Exclusive rainforest shower
• King bed or two twin beds
• Deluxe bed linens
• Private balcony
• Area size: 37m²
• 3 suites available
• Private balconies
• Exclusive rainforest shower
• King bed or two twin beds
• Deluxe bed linens
• Area size: 25m²
• 4 cabins available
• Accommodation for 4 guests
• King bed and two double beds
• Private porch with Jacuzzi
• Area size: 56m²
What to Bring?
Cash in small denominations (Visa & MasterCard are accepted at the Lodge)
Sunhat + Sunblock
Sunglasses + Swimwear
Walking shoes/sneakers + waterproof sandals
Socks: Tall socks that don’t slip easily inside rubber boots. Two pairs per day are ideal.
Light-weight, earth- or dark-colored, long-sleeved shirts and t-shirts
Light-weight quick-dry hiking pants
Goretex / rain jacket
Insect repellent (natural, not chemical like DEET)
Binoculars (waterproof) + Backpack
Headlamp (or Flashlight) + Extra batteries.
Inexpensive magnifying glass (optional)
Personal ﬁrst aid kit + Medication
Camera + Dry bags
* Rubber Boots supplied at the lodge. Available sizes 5 to 12