LA SELVA JUNGLE LODGE

Located just outside the Yasuní National Park and within the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve, La Selva Lodge is perfect for travellers seeking their ideal Amazon experience — whether they are six or sixty. A luxury resort in the heart of the rainforest, everyone will find something to love.

IN THE HEART OF THE ECUADORIAN RAINFOREST:
Our lodge is located on the north bank of the Napo River, which eventually flows eastward and joins the mighty Amazon on its way to the Atlantic Ocean. It takes about five hours to travel from your hotel in Quito to your jungle suite, by plane, motorized canoe, by foot, and arriving in a silent paddle canoe.

SWEET DREAMS IN THE MIDST OF THE JUNGLE:
La Selva Amazon Ecolodge has 19 spacious suites, including three Scenic Suites with views of Lake Garzacocha and four roomy Family Suites. The Scenic and Superior Suites include exclusive rainforest showers, private balconies, and panoramic views, while the Family Suites include extra-spacious bathrooms, hammocks and a hot tub on a private porch. The design of the rooms at La Selva is inspired by the architecture of the native people’s homes. The airy, shady layout keeps things cool even in the hottest hours of the day.

At La Selva Lodge, we are deeply committed to sustainable ecotourism and keeping our impact on the environment to a minimum. Therefore, we do not have air conditioners in the rooms. There are, however, large windows and a ceiling fan which keeps the air in the suites circulating. If you need a hairdryer, ask for one in the front desk.

RAINFOREST WELLNESS:
for your mind, body, and soul.
La Selva Lodge invites you to experience our spa treatments in the middle of our protected rainforest reserve as well as our soulful yoga sessions: we have created a truly unique space in which to relax and connect with the natural world like few others on the planet. Inspired by the natural beauty and essence of the Amazon, our highly-qualified massage therapists provide innovative and traditionally crafted treatments sure to delight.

Please note: These services are only available upon request. Each treatment has an additional cost. Please request your treatment before arrival or with anticipation during your stay. All treatments and sessions are subject to availability. 

SERVICES

Staff

Our friendly staff form the backbone experience, and are always available to cater to any special needs you may have.

Birdwatching

Bird life is exceptionally diverse at La Selva and one of the highlights of our Amazon ecolodge — even if you’re not a serious birder, you’ll soon become a bird-lover of some of our 600+ species.

Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi with a passcode all around the lodge and rooms. Ask for the passcode at reception.

Electricity

Throughout the Lodge, 24-hour electricity is provided by a distant, nearly inaudible generator.

Boots & Ponchos

Clean and disinfected bubber boots and rain ponchos are available for all of our guests at the Lodge, free of charge.

Water

Purified, safe drinking water is available at multiple points around the Lodge – there’s no need to bring your own bottled water.

Wildlife Viewing

You don't have to be an expert! With the help of our specialist naturalist and native guides, you’ll soon be spotting parrots, monkeys, toucans, caimans, frogs, and much, much more.

Restaurant, Lounge & Bar

From dawn to dusk, you can always count on a member of staff to help you with whatever you need in terms of food and beverages. Our bar is fully stocked with local and international beers, liquors, and gins. Feel free to start a tab and pay the night before you leave.

AMAZON PROGRAM

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

FROM $1450  P.P

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DAY 1 

At the Quito International Airport, you will be met by one of our La Selva Eco-Lodge & Retreat representatives in the National Departure area. 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 take you to our office located along the Napo River pier in a private vehicle.
The next two hours will be spent in a motorized canoe heading down river on what will be the beginning of an unforgettable experience in the Amazon rainforest. We will provide you a box lunch and extra drinks for this part of the trip.
At the end of the motorized canoe ride, you will be dropped off at La Selva’s main dock where 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 beverage, snacks and a short briefing about your stay at La Selva Eco-Lodge & Retreat.

Intro to the Rainforest
After some rest and time to unpack, one of the Naturalist Guides will give you some basic information about the tropical rainforest, the Amazon, and how La Selva operates.

The idea is to begin your activities armed with general knowledge of the amazing place you have just arrived to.

Matapalo Charapa Trail
This trail was given the Spanish name of the famous Strangler fig (Ficus sp), one of many remarkable trees that you can find on this short walk.

Mahogany trees over 400 years old can be seen, and your guides will share their knowledge of the flora and fauna seen along the trail with you.
Due to the time of day, there is soft natural light shining through the canopy, and diurnal and nocturnal animals are beginning their daily transitional activities.

Night Canoe Ride
Garza Cocha lagoon is a great place to search for caimans, bats, owls, and night mammals with the help of a spotlight the guides will use. There are also great opportunities for stargazing if the night sky is clear!

Snacks
At the bar, you can find snacks and order cocktails from the bartender. There is also a non-alcoholic beverage station where you can help yourself to limitless tea and coffee!

Dinner
Find your seat and get comfortable while our waiters serve you each course.

DAY 2

A full day of activities
Wake Up Call
Breakfast

Observation Tower & Mandi Cocha:
After a 15 minutes’ walk, the observation tower comes into sight,. soaring an impressive 120 ft above the forest floor. Your Naturalist and Native guides, with the help of a sighting scope, will show to you colorful birds enjoying the canopy and maybe even certain primates. After another 30- minute walk from the tower, we reach Mandi Cocha.
This small lake different vegetation and landscapes displaying the beauty of the flooded forest. With a little bit of luck, our guests might spot the famous giant otters that make their home nearby. This endangered species is difficult to find, but during this visit there’s a chance we might see them!

Lunch
Garza Cocha Lake: This lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Ecuadorian Amazon. This is one of several opportunitiesto spot several different species of monkeys and birds. Sometimes, huge groups of squirrel monkeys join families of capuchin monkeys to look for food. Howler monkeys also like to spend the late afternoon around the lake.
The hoatzin, a large unique bird found only in pristine Amazon environments, is very easy to spot.

Night Walk
All you need is a flashlight and your camera to see the jungle come alive at night. Amphibians, insects, reptiles, birds, and nocturnal mammals may be seen wherever your guides take you.
Dinner

DAY 3

Full day of activities
Wake up call
Breakfast

Parrot Clay Lick and Pilchi Community:
After an early breakfast, you will make your way back to the Napo River and take a motorized canoe ride to the clay lick, 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.
At the indigenous community of Pilchi you will learn about how the first nations of the Amazon lived dating back thousands of years, including how they dress, what they eat, how they cook, and the many ways they use what the forest provides in their daily lives. A truly unique, fascinating, and fun experience!.
Don’t be shy to ask them questions, and be brave to try some of the traditional drinks and food! they love to share their ancestral knowledge and spread awareness about their culture and where they live.

Lunch
Coto Trail

This is a fantastic walk that goes from the lodge to the edge of the Garza Cocha Lake. In the afternoon, the soft rays of sunlight make this walk an amazing experience and the perfect opportunity to enjoy of the beauty of this amazing forest.

Your guide will point out and explain all of the fascinating creatures that you come across, and our native guide will show you some of the medicinal plants that they have for thousands of years. A canoe ride back to the lodge will provide you with the opportunity to see Caymans, bats, and other nocturnal wildlife in and around the lake, giving this activity a fantastic ending!.

Departure Briefing
Our manager will provide you all the necessary information about your departure procedure for the next morning and our bartender is going to offer you a delicious farewell cocktail.

Dinner

DAY 4

Departure to Coca according to 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 La Selva office to use the restrooms there.

After a short break, they will take you to the airport and help you with your boarding passes and checked luggage.

FAMILY PROGRAM

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

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HIGHLIGHTS

great for family fun!
Monkeys, parrots, piranhas and snakes. Need we say more?
Kids, parents, brothers, sisters, granddads, grannies, cousins, nephews, nieces, and any other sort of relatives are welcome at La Selva Amazon Lodge! We’ve been creating memorable family moments for over a quarter century and we take great pride in being the most kid-friendly lodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon.


FOR A FAMILY OF 3 (2 ADULTS + 1 CHILD UNDER 12 YEARS OLD)

HIGHLIGHTS
The jungle is a great place to be a kid! At La Selva Lodge you can kayak around the lake as you look for monkeys, climb up into our canopy tower to look for birds and swing on vines like Tarzan!
Kids get to do all of the regular great La Selva fun stuff, like hike in the jungle, ride the canoes around the lake and look for wildlife with trained, English-speaking guides.

But because we love them so much, kids get some extras, too!
– Special kit for adventurers
– Crayons for drawing pictures of their day
– Excursions with specially trained guides
– Magnifying glasses to see tiny wildlife close-up
Your kids are a bit finicky, you say? No problem! Our chefs have a lot of experience whipping up kid-friendly meals and snacks.

JUNIOR NATURALIST PROGRAM

We love our naturalist guides. They speak multiple languages, including English, Spanish and Parrot. They can spot frogs on the trail that look just like leaves until someone points them out. They can tell which species of monkey is overhead just by hearing it move through the trees. What could be cooler than a naturalist guide?

Kids who want to participate will be given a list of things to do, including learning bird calls, finding food in the jungle, and paddling the canoes. Those who are found worthy will receive a great honor: they’ll be an official La Selva Lodge Junior Naturalist Guide!

CHILDREN POLICIES

To preserve their safety and make it a good experience for our little passengers we have established the following policies:
– We do not accept any children under the age of 3 under any circumstances.
– A private guide is mandatory when one or more children are between the ages of 3 and 6.
– An obligatory release must be signed before guests travel where the parents will be entirely responsible for their children when visiting La Selva between the ages of 3 and 6.

RATES 2024 LA SELVA LODGE

DOUBLE  ACCOMMODATION

$​1210

per person

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS TOUR

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SINGLE ​ACCOMMODATION

$​1815

per person

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS TOUR

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DOUBLE  ACCOMMODATION

$​1570

per person

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS TOUR

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SINGLE ​ACCOMMODATION

$​2355

per person

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS TOUR

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DOUBLE  ACCOMMODATION

$​1930

per person

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS TOUR

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SINGLE ​ACCOMMODATION

$​2895

per person

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS TOUR

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FAQ

What is included in the programs?
  • Transfers airport-dock-airport in Coca
  • Canoe ride down the Napo River towards the lodge and back.
  • Premium Accommodation
  • Guided excursions with a Top Bilingual National Guide & Native Guide
  • Activity daily briefing
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail
  • All meals & snacks / pure water, coffee and herbal tea
  • Supplied expedition gear: water container and small backpack
  • Raincoat and rubber boots provided during your stay
  • Yoga sessions
  • Use of Kayaks
What is not included in the tour?
  • Air ticket Quito – Coca – Quito $256 USD per person. 
  • SPA services and treatments
  • Soft beverages: juices, sodas, sparkling water, etc.
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Tips for guide and staff
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Souvenirs
  • Personal Expenses
  • Any other item not specified above
What to bring?

Lightweight pants and long sleeved cotton shirts are ideal for walks in the forest. However, if you are more comfortable wearing short sleeves, remember that exposed skin may need a light dousing with insect repellant.


During the rain, full waterproof clothing can be uncomfortable as it often gets you wet with sweat instead of water, but rain ponchos are recommendable for tropical cloudbursts. Plenty of ponchos are available at no charge if you do not have your own, and we also supply rubber boots up to men’s size 14 for walks in the forest interior.


Comfortable shoes (or sandals), shorts and t-shirts are fine for walking on boardwalks and around the Lodge during meals and free time. And don’t forget your bathing suit!


Passport

Binoculars

Flashlight and batteries

Camera, memory and flash

Insect repellent

Sun protection (cream / sunglasses / hat or cap)

Light long pants and long-sleeved shirts for walks

Shorts, short sleeve shirts and swimsuit for the Lodge

Comfortable shoes and extra socks

Small day backpack

Plastic bags to protect cameras, binoculars, batteries, etc... from rain

Children and Special notes:
  • La Selva will reserve, book, and issue the flight tickets. (In case they are issued directly, a penalty fee of USD 50 per person applies) (subject to change).
  • Luggage weight limit: 23 kg per passenger. Carry-on weight limit: 10 kg per passenger (Economy class). It is recommended to be at the airport 2 hours before departure time.
  • Rates are subject to change in case of additional taxes, fuel increases or For Sunday operation, please contact us in order to arrange special transportation accordingly: From 1 to 8 pax surcharge of $300 per group applies (subject to change). From 9 pax onwards no additional cost applies.
  • 25% discount per child (#1) out of the rates, when traveling with one adult. Children must be under 12 years old at the time of traveling.
  • For Christmas and New Year ́s Eve departures,a 10% surcharge applies. Special conditions apply
  • Single supplement is 50%
Day 1: TUESDAY
BALTRA ISLAND - SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

AM: Departing Guayaquil to Galapagos (1½ Hour Flight)
BALTRA ISLAND
Home to Galapagos’ main airport, this will be the starting point of your experience aboard the best tour of the Galapagos Islands. A bilingual guide will meet you at the airport and assist you during the transfer onboard the Golondrina. Welcome Ceremony, briefing session.

PM: After Lunch
PRIMICIAS RANCH: On the very first stop, you’ll be able to see the staple and namesake of the Islands: the Giant Tortoise, these gentle creatures are easily spotted gracing through the foliage or resting. Harder to spot but equally fascinating, the many birds that reside in the Galapagos are literal descendants of the Andean Plateau species; endemic sub-species of Mockingbirds, Flycatchers, Cattle Egrets and Finches can be seen throughout the Ranch.

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