La Selva Eco Lodge and Retreat

Located within Ecuador’s Yasuní Biosphere Reserve and on the borders of the famous Yasuní National Park, one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet, Enjoy your honeymoon or family vacation in the most exotic place on the planet! La Selva Lodge is one of the first Amazon rainforest lodges in Ecuador and is still considered the premier Ecolodge in the area.

Explore the trails, lagoons, and rivers of the Amazon rainforest outside the lodge door. Live a fantastic experience at the Selva Lodge, visiting exotic places of the Ecuadorian Amazon, sharing with the Kichwa community, and learning about their customs, traditions, and rich culture.

Overlooking the crystal clear waters of Lake Garzacocha, Adventure yourself in the wildlife in the cool morning, you may scale the steps to the top of the treetop observatory and maybe see macaws and toucans at their level, or you may take a quiet canoe trip along the shore of the lake to see tamarind monkeys, squirrel monkeys, howler monkeys, or seabirds skimming the water.

Selva Lodge’s main restaurant will become your favorite place to watch birds and other wildlife, swap stories with other guests, or relax with a cocktail in hand. Remember that all excursions and times on this sample 4-day Amazon tour itinerary are subject to change and largely depend on weather, season, group limitations, group interests, and guide decisions based on passenger safety and organized operations. Hike the trails around the lodge, explore the surrounding area, or travel by canoe and kayak.

The main building is well laid–out, with a small reception area for orientation and nature presentations, then an expansive area one level up that’s a lounge, restaurant, and bar. The communal area has sofas with a view across the water, other sitting areas for conversation, and various dining configurations according to group sizes. A high–powered telescope can zoom in on any birds you see in the trees. You can belly up to the bar and order a cocktail or glass of wine after the day’s excursions

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Francisco de Orellana, EC
11:10 pm,
temperature icon 22°C
Humidity 96 %
Wind Gust: 2 mph

Piano di viaggio

Giorno 01
Arrival at the lodge

Arriving at the Quito International Airport you will be met by one of our La Selva representatives in the National Departure area. Here they will 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”, our representative will transfer you by private transportation to the city’s main dock at the Napo River. The next two hours will be on a motorized canoe heading down river on what will be the beginning of an unforgettable experience in the tropical rainforest, the Amazon. At the end of the motorized canoe ride, you will be dropped off at La Selva's main dock and your first close encounter with the rainforest begins and the final leg of the trip to the lodge will be completed in a paddle canoe. The only thing you must take care of during this part of the trip is your carry-on and camera equipment, all other luggage will be transported by La Selva staff. The manager will be waiting to greet you with a refreshing juice, snacks and a short briefing with general information about your stay at La Selva Lodge.

Giorno 02
Trail
Observation Tower & Tucaneta Trail After a 20-minute walk, the observation tower comes into sight. This amazing construction will allow you to climb 120 ft above the forest. Your Naturalist and Native guides will help you spot the colorful birds of the Amazon, maybe even certain primates. On the way back from the tower, there is the option of taking the Tucaneta Trail, where your Native Guide can show you some medicinal plants still in use today and your Naturalist Guide will provide you with interesting info on the ecology and natural history of the Amazon. This trail goes on for about an hour, beginning at the lodge and ending by the edge of the lagoon. It is a great loop where different mammals, monkeys and birds can be seen that come closer to the lagoon at this time looking for food. It is also perfect for witnessing an Amazonian sunset from the water in the canoe. With the help of a spotlight your guides will take you around the lagoon via canoe looking for nighttime wildlife. This is also a great opportunity for star gazing!
Giorno 03
Canoe trip & Visit to Amazon

Today you will make your way back to the Napo River and take a motorized canoe ride to the clay licks, one of the most fascinating displays of the wild world. Hundreds of parrots and parakeets gather here to eat the mineral rich soil, an important part of their diet. Binoculars are essential to really capture the moment. After the clay licks we will take you to experience our Cultural Activity. An Amazonian Kichua woman will welcome you at their community center to share their life with the Kichua’s in the Amazon. This is special because it is part of the Amazon you do not find on the maps and provides the special and unique opportunity to really get to learn more about the people of the Amazon This is a fantastic walk that takes off from the lodge to the edge of the Garzacocha Lagoon. In the afternoon the light from the sun will come from behind most of the time, making this walk an amazing experience and the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beauty of this amazing forest. Groups of black-mantled tamarin monkeys can be spotted on this walk and some of our groups have even seen tapirs too Your Naturalist Guide is going to explain about all the different creatures that can be found, and our Native Guide is going to explain about all the different creatures that can be found, and our Native Guide will show you some of the medical plants that they have been using for thousands of years. A canoe ride back to the lodge makes a great ending for this activity.

Giorno 04
Return trip

Departure day In accordance with your briefing the night before, you will have an early wake-up call, breakfast and departure from the lodge. The lodge staff will assist you with your checked luggage and the motorized canoe ride will head upstream back to Coca, where our representatives will take you to the airport to help you with your checked luggage and boarding passes. During your free time in-between activities you can use our kayaks, swim in the lagoon, have a massage or just relax in your room and have a nap! Sample itinerary subject to change according to weather conditions or guide decisions. On the last day of your visit at La Selva, there will be no scheduled activities as you will be leaving in the morning to catch your flight in Coca returning to Quito.

  • Assistance at the airport: Quito and Coca.
  • Transfers in the city of Coca.
  • Canoe transportation from Coca to the Lodge.
  • Sistemazione
  • All meals.
  • Guided Excursions.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish-speaking Naturalist Guide
  • Native Assistant Guide.
  • Rain poncho and rubber boots will be provided during your stay at the Lodge. Boots available up to size men’s 10 ½ US.
  • Personal Expenses
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic Beverages & Sodas
  • Airfare Quito-Coca-Quito
  • Others not specified
  • CONDITIONS CANCELLATION POLICIES

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* All prices are per person and in U.S. Dollars. * Prices are based on double accommodation. * Single supplement 50%. * Children under 12 years old, 50% off. * Prices are subject to change without prior notice. * For Sunday operations, please contact us in order to arrange. * special transportation accordingly. * 91 days or more: no penalties. * Between 90 and 61 days before, the deposit will not be refunded. * Between 60 and 30 days before, 50% of the tour will be charged. * Between 29 and 8 days before, passengers will have the option of rescheduling their trip up to one year from the previous departure date, plus a cancellation fee of $200.00 USD per person. No refund will be given. * Between 7-0 days before the departure date, no refund or rescheduling option will be given. Reservation must be paid in full.

To confirm a reservation, a 30% down payment per person is required.

Contact us if you wish to visit us on a non-scheduled departure day.

Our Bilingual Naturalist Guides and Native Guides are divided within specially organized groups that will offer the best opportunities possible during excursions.

Private Guides are also available upon request during the initial booking process. Specialized bird watching Guides are available upon request during the booking process with an extra fee.

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