La Selva Lodge

World-renowned Luxury Eco-Lodge in the Yasuni National Park!

Winner of the Ecotourism Award from the World Congress on Tourism and the Environment, La Selva Amazon Ecolodge sits high on Lake Garzacocha. The comfortable cabanas are modeled in native and mixed design, 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, a one of a kind observation tower, and a large butterfly farm.

Connoisseur Tip: 

La Selva Lodge is truly amazing!

It will provide luxurious accommodation and is located in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest in the most biodiverse area in the world – the Yasuni National Park. If you are a birdwatcher this is the place to visit. If you love adventure you are in for a treat. And if you are Honeymooning, look no further, La Selva Lodge is one of the most romantic places on Earth!

La Selva Lodge Activities


Yoga Retreats


Enjoy a breathtaking view while La Selva’s experienced Yoga Instructor leads guests through a relaxing session of Inbound Yoga. Begin a peaceful journey becoming one with nature while drifting away from modern distractions and at the same time rejuvenating the mind, body, and soul. These yoga retreats were designed for beginner to expert yoga enthusiasts. La Selva’s retreats are for everyone, regardless of age, stamina or fitness level.

Please note: This service is available upon request


Observation Tower


The observation tower located about 20 minutes from the lodge towers 40 meters over the forest floor. Here, La Selva’s guides will take you in the morning for incredible views of the rain forest canopy and all the different bird species that make it their home. Here are amazing opportunities for bird watching and photography. The guides will point out and share interesting facts about the different species of monkeys, birds, and flowers that flourish above the lush canopy.


Butterfly Farm


Available any day during the afternoon, visit La Selva’s unique Butterfly Farm. A short walk from the lodge, watch and photograph butterflies at close range of various stages, patterns, and vibrant colors. The farm is specially designed to breed butterflies and accommodate them in each stage of metamorphosis. It is a truly amazing sight viewing each stage of different breeds of butterflies in caterpillar form, as well as in their cocoons as they start to shake and shed their shell to become the beautiful creature they are destined to be! In the butterfly, expo walk around with what seems like hundreds of butterflies fluttering around, at times even landing on guests to take a rest!


La Selva Spa


Just like the Amazon Paradise, each guest who visits La Selva is unique and deserving of therapies that can be tailored to any wants or desires. Treatments available activate the reflexes to help improve circulation and infuse well-being so that La Selva’s special guests can leave these rejuvenating massages re-energized and refreshed. Enjoy one of these unique massage therapies, adding to the ambiance of these already tranquil sessions.

Please note: This service is available upon request


Restaurant


La Selva’s restaurant boasts a delicious and unique quality of food. The chef uses as many ingredients as he can, such as herbs, fruits, and vegetables, offering exquisite dishes native to the region. La Selva is always more than happy to accommodate any special or vegetarian diet upon request.


La Selva Bar


Enjoy a very unique “Jungle Bar” at La Selva Eco Lodge & Spa!

The beginning of your bar experiences at our resort will be your “welcome” drink upon arrival. Throughout your stay, our friendly bartenders will be more than happy to serve you your favorite cocktail or introduce you to some of our special tropical drinks while enjoying the wonderful lake view from the bar or during meals.


Jungle Expedition Tour


One walk through the virgin forests and you’ll already appreciate the Giant Kapok Tree (Ceiba Pentandra) and the Strangler Fig Tree (Ficus sp), among the most representatives, along with some other plant and animal species that can be seen.


Canoe Ride


Enjoy a canoe ride on our lagoon, Garzacocha, and discover a great diversity of plants and animals in two different landscapes and ecosystems.


Night Excursions


Hikes and canoe rides allow guests to hear the nocturnal sounds and to look for fishing bats, nightjars, some insects and possibly to get a glimpse of the caimans. Walking excursions give us the chance to encounter nocturnal creatures such as; Tarantulas, Whip-scorpions, toads, and frogs, and possibly snakes.


Candle Light Dinner


Leave it to the staff at La Selva to provide an extremely romantic candlelit dinner for two. The private dinner will consist of you and your loved one, and your attentive waiter. Along with the dinner will come pleasant surprises for a special evening neither of you will forget!


Sunset Cruise  


La Selva will have a decorated dugout canoe ready with some snacks and wine. A personal canoe paddler will take you and your loved one along the lagoon for you to enjoy the romantic beauty of an Amazonian sunset.


Pañacocha


Pañacocha is located between the two largest protected areas in the Amazon, Yasuni National Park, and Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. Established in 1994, Pañacocha offers rare exceptional views of 9 different species of primates, 500 species of birds, and 100 different species of fish in the protected waterways, including Lake Pañacocha. Pañacocha also boasts tropical butterflies with endless varieties of colors and patterns. Accompany one of our local naturalist guides to experience the beauty found within this 140,000 acre protected rainforest. (Private visit subject to availability, must book in advance.)


La Selva Lodge – 4 days/3 nights


Day 1: Arrival to La Selva Lodge  


At the Quito International Airport you will be met by one of 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.

4:30 pm – Intro To The Rainforest One of the Naturalist Guides will give you basic info about the tropical rainforest, the Amazon, and how La Selva operates. The idea is to begin your activities with background knowledge of the amazing place you have just arrived to.

5:00 pm – Matapalo 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. Due to the time of day there is great natural light and the diurnal and nocturnal animals are beginning their daily transitional activities. 7:00 pm – Snacks At the bar you can find snacks and order cocktails from the bartender. Or, feel free to help yourself to limitless tea and coffee.

7:30 pm – Dinner Dinner will be served at this time. Find your seat and get comfortable while our waiters serve you each course.


Day 2: Observation Tower / Tucaneta Trail / Charapa Trail / Night Canoe Ride 


6:00 am – Wake Up Call

6:30 am – Breakfast

7:00 am – 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 of the 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.

1:00 pm – Lunch

4:30 pm – Charapa Trail: 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.

6:40 pm – Night Canoe Ride: 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!

7:30 pm – Dinner


Day 3: Parrot Clay Lick / Mandi Wasi / Coto Trail 


6:00 am – Wake Up Call

6:30 am – Breakfast

7:00 am – Parrot Clay Lick and Mandi Wasi: 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 of 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.

1:00 pm – Lunch

4:30 pm – Coto Trail: 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 medicinal plants that they have been using for thousands of years. A canoe ride back to the lodge makes a great ending for this activity.

7:30 pm – Dinner


Day 5: Amazon Chocolate Experience / Farewell to lodge 


6:00 am – Wake Up Call

6:30 am – Breakfast

7:00 am – Departure for Coca: 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!


La Selva Lodge – 5 days/4 nights


Day 1: Arrival to La Selva Lodge  


At the Quito International Airport you will be met by one of 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.

4:30 pm – Intro To The Rainforest One of the Naturalist Guides will give you basic info about the tropical rainforest, the Amazon, and how La Selva operates. The idea is to begin your activities with background knowledge of the amazing place you have just arrived to.

5:00 pm – Matapalo 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. Due to the time of day there is great natural light and the diurnal and nocturnal animals are beginning their daily transitional activities. 7:00 pm – Snacks At the bar you can find snacks and order cocktails from the bartender. Or, feel free to help yourself to limitless tea and coffee.

7:30 pm – Dinner Dinner will be served at this time. Find your seat and get comfortable while our waiters serve you each course.


Day 2: Observation Tower / Tucaneta Trail / Charapa Trail / Night Canoe Ride 


6:00 am – Wake Up Call

6:30 am – Breakfast

7:00 am – 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 of the 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.

1:00 pm – Lunch

4:30 pm – Charapa Trail: 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.

6:40 pm – Night Canoe Ride: 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!

7:30 pm – Dinner


Day 3: Parrot Clay Lick / Mandi Wasi / Coto Trail 


6:00 am – Wake Up Call

6:30 am – Breakfast

7:00 am – Parrot Clay Lick and Mandi Wasi: 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 of 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.

1:00 pm – Lunch

4:30 pm – Coto Trail: 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 medicinal plants that they have been using for thousands of years. A canoe ride back to the lodge makes a great ending for this activity.

7:30 pm – Dinner


Day 4: Mandi Forest Adventure / Garzacocha Lagoon / Ceiba Trail 


6:00 am – Wake Up

Call 6:30 am – Breakfast

7:00 am – Mandi Forest Adventure: Not all lodges can offer an exotic trip into the deep wilderness like where you are headed on this adventure. We will walk through an amazing primary forest for around 3 to 4 hours beginning at our main dock back at the Napo River. In this type of ecosystem there are chances to find some of the biggest mammals of the rainforest, like peccaries or wild pigs, deer or tapir. Eventually we will reach the lagoon of Mandi Cocha. Here we get into a fiberglass canoe and paddle through the amazing Igapo Forest. This is a temporary flooded black water forest. Here we might see different species of birds and some of our guests, who are extra lucky, may encounter the elusive giant otter.

12:30 pm – Lunch

4:30 pm – Garzacocha Lagoon and Ceiba Trail: This lagoon is one of the most beautiful in all the Ecuadorian Amazon. During this trip is when we have higher chances of spotting 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 lagoon and you can hear their tremendous calls echoing on the lake. We may even see the famous pimy armoset, which is the smallest monkey in the world. At La Selva we have 7 primate species that can be seen. More wildlife that can be seen include the Hoatzin, a famous bird with a very strange appearance and adaptations, toucans, macaws, and many other species of birds. 6:30 pm – Nocturnal Walk On a night walk we give you the chance to enjoy the creatures and sounds of the Amazon Jungle at night. Sometimes we can see amazing things during this activity. Make sure that you bring a flashlight for this fantastic experience.

7:15 pm – Departure Briefing Our manager will provide you all the necessary information about your departure procedure for the next morning.

7:30 pm – Dinner


Day 5: Amazon Chocolate Experience / Farewell to lodge 


6:00 am – Wake Up Call

6:30 am – Breakfast

7:00 am – Departure for Coca: 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!


La Selva Lodge Rates

4 days/5 nights Program

Accommodation

Lodge Rates

Airfare

Double/Triple $ 1280 p.p. $ 200

5 days/4 nights Program

Accommodation

Lodge Rates

Airfare

Double/Triple $ 1590 p.p. $ 200

Conditions

All prices are per person and in U.S. Dollars.
-Prices are based in double accommodation.
-Single supplement 30%.
-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.

Accommodation

The cabañas are derived from native and mixed rainforest design. Authentic and comfortable with unexpected amenities including:

  • private bathrooms
  • hot showers
  • electricity and ceiling fans
  • the suites 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 suite has a private bathroom and canopy netting around each bed. Although you will be surprised at what little need you will have for this item.

There are 12 thatched cabanas of varying sleeping configurations and several public gathering spots, including the spacious dining room with a rooftop lookout point, an open-air combined bar and lounge with a wrap-around view of the lake.

Suite Descriptions

Family Suite 

• Accommodation for 4 guests
• King Bed and Two Double Beds
• Private Porch, Hammock & Jacuzzi
• Private Bathroom
• 3 Cabins Available
• 7.5 X 7.5 m.

Superior Suite

• Private Balcony
• King Bed or Two Double Beds
• Exclusive Rainforest Shower
• Luxury Bed Linens
• 12 Suites Available
• 37 sq. m.

Scenic Suite

• Private Balcony with Lakeviews
• King Bed or Two Double Beds
• Luxury Bed Linens
• Exclusive Rainforest Shower
• 3 Suites Available
• 25 sq. m.

Amenities

  • Wellness & Spa Facilities.
  • Suites with Private Balconies & Panoramic Windows.
  • High-End Accommodation & Service.
  • Kayaks & Trails.
  • Deep Amazon Experience. 38-meter Observation Tower.
  • Experiences with the local Kichwa Community.

Included

Not Included

  • Other alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Native community interpretation center entrance fee $5.00pp paid locally (optional visit)

Access to La Selva Lodge

How to get there:

On your departure day, a representative will meet you at the Quito airport one hour before departure time. Boarding passes will be distributed and the staff will help you check your luggage and assist you throughout the entire check-in process. Luggage weight limit is 20 Kg per passenger.

La Selva Amazon Eco Lodge works with TAME or AEROGAL airlines. After a 30-minute flight, you will arrive in Coca where our representative will help you with your luggage and transport you to the city’s main dock.

At the dock, a motorized canoe will be waiting to take you down the Napo River. Before boarding the boat each guest will be provided a life jacket. During the ride along the river, which lasts about 2 ½ hours, each guest can enjoy a boxed lunch.

At La Selva’s private boat landing, La Selva’s staff will help guests with their luggage (carry-on baggage, as well as camera gear, will be the guest’s responsibility). After an easy 15-minute walk through the secondary forest, guests will then board a paddle canoe which staff will power to cross the beautiful Garzacocha Lake to La Selva Jungle Lodge, all part of an amazing introduction to your jungle visit.

Approximately 15 minutes later, the hotel manager will greet you and the other guests with a delicious welcoming cocktail. From there, continue to relax while you are given a short briefing and introduction about the lodge and activities, here you will also meet your bilingual naturalist guide who will provide more in-depth information about activities and excursions.

Location of the lodge:

La Selva is located on the border of Yasuni National Park on Garzacocha Lake in the Province of Sucumbios about two hours downriver of Coca. The exact coordinates are:

Latitude: 0.5026°
Longitude: 76.3821°

Flight connections and schedules:

We strongly recommend our guests to arrive in Ecuador a day prior to traveling to the lodge and to not schedule international connections on the same day as their departure from the lodge. Passengers may risk missing out on their jungle program due to unexpected delays in other flights. Please plan to stay in Quito the night before and after your jungle trip to avoid missing your trip.

Important Information

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.

Packing List

  • Passport and color copy
  • Cash in small denominations for bar services, tips or souvenirs (Visa and MasterCard are accepted at the Lodge)
  • Personal medication to last for the duration of your trip
  • Sunhat + Sunblock
  • Sunglasses + Swimwear
  • Walking shoes or sneakers + waterproof sandals
  • Socks: We recommend 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 jacket
  • Rain poncho or Rainjacket
  • Insect repellent (natural with no chemical like DEET)
  • Binoculars (waterproof) + Backpack
  • Headlamp (or Flashlight) + Extra batteries.
  • Inexpensive magnifying glass (optional)
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Camera + Dry bags + Extra batteries or disk
  • Rubber Boots supplied at the lodge. Available sizes 5 to 12

Luggage weight limit: 20 Kg per passenger

DO NOT BRING FOOD OF ANY KIND: Food attracts ants and other unwelcome critters to your suites!

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LA SELVA FAQs

Can you do yoga at the La Selva Lodge?

You definitely can do yoga while staying at the Luxury Amazon Lodge – La Selva

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Trip Facts

  • Yasuni Amazon Lodge
  • Luxury-Class
  • Yasuni National Park
  • El Coca, Orellana
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