Overview

At La Selva Jungle Lodge, situated high on Lake Garzacocha, deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest region, we offer you the ultimate in luxury
jungle experience.

The Lodge offers many exciting excursions which will give you a genuine feeling for this very important, richly biodiverse and beautiful region of the world. The ecolodge features 12 brand new state of the art eco-suites with Private Balconies and Panoramic Windows. The exclusively designed suites have ample bathrooms, including rainforest showers.

We also upgraded our family and traditional suites. The remodel has increased the lodge’s capacity to accommodate a total of 50 guests. In addition, the brand new restaurant and bar area has incredible views of the Garzacocha Lake.

Travel Style: La Selva Jungle Lodge By Nautica

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Highlights from La Selva Jungle Lodge

La Selva Jungle Lodge Activities

Night Canoe Ride With the help of a spot light your guides will take you around the lagoon via canoe looking for nighttime wildlife. This is also a great opportunity for star gazing!

La Selva Jungle Lodge Family Suites

Private balcony King bed or two double beds Exclusive rainforest shower Luxury bed linens Private bathroom 12 suites available 37 sq. m.

La Selva Wildlife

In our trails we will have the opportunity to see species of monkeys and birds. Sometimes huge groups of squirrel monkeys join families of capuchin monkeys to look for food.

Sample 5 Day Itinerary

PLEASE NOTE THAT RAINFOREST ITINERARIES MIGHT VARY SLIGHTLY SO AS TO MAXIMIZE WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS, DEPENDING OF THE REPORTS OF OUR NATURALISTS GUIDES, YOUR MAIN INTERESTS AND WEATHER CONDITIONS.

DAY 1:

At the Quito International Airport you will be met by La Selva representative in the National departure area in order to 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. Our representative will take care of your luggage and will provide you with life vests and fresh water bottles.

An amazing fluvial journey of approximately two and a half hours in a motorized canoe will be the beginning of a great experience in the tropical rainforest. A delicious boxed lunch will be provided.

At the end of the motorized canoe ride, you will be dropped off at La Selva’s main dock. After using the facilities and putting mosquito repellent on, a short 15 minute jungle walk will lead you to a creek where a small canoe will be taken to enjoy an unforgettable 20 minutes paddle canoe ride across “Garzacocha” (the heron´s lagoon) in order to reach the lodge area.

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.

Approximately 15 minutes later, the resident manager will greet you with a delicious welcome cocktail. From there you will continue on to relax in the bar area with a fresh tropical fruit snack and a short briefing with general information about the lodge and activities, provided by one of our bilingual naturalist guides.

16H30 – MATAPALO TRAIL: This trail was named after the Spanish name of the famous Strangler fig (Ficus sp) 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.

18H40 – NIGHT WALK: A flashlight and a camera will be the most important tools 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.

19H30 – DINNER

DAY 2:

06H00 – WAKE UP CALL

06H30 – BREAKFAST

07H00 – CHAGUAMANGO TRAIL: This trail begins behind the lodge and finishes at the edge of the lake. During the walk your guides will talk about the neo-tropical pharmacy that we find in the rainforest. Many plants have been used by the indigenous groups of the Amazonia to cure different ailments, some of them will be spotted on the way. At the end of the walk, we will head back to the lodge by canoe. If you are lucky, you might see big troops of squirrel monkeys approaching the water, allowing you to take the best photos of wildlife.

12H30 – LUNCH

16H30: CHARAPA TRAIL: This trail lasting 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.

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 star gazing.

19H30 – DINNER

DAY 3:

06H00 – WAKE UP CALL

06H30 – BREAKFAST

07H00 – PARROT CLAY LICK: It is time to visit the most biologically diverse spot in the earth, the Yasuni National Park. A 20 minute canoe
ride plus a 15 minute walk will head you back to the Napo River. A motorized canoe ride lasting 10 minutes will let you enjoy one of the most amazing displays of the wild world. Hundreds of parrots and parakeets will approach the treetops and later will come down to a clay bank to eat this soil rich in minerals. It is essential to have binoculars to enjoy it.

Once you identify the different species of parrots and parakeets, your naturalist guide will provide a lot of interesting information about this spectacular birds´ behavior. The motorized canoe ride will continue for approximately 30 more minutes of birdwatching along the river banks.

It has been a wonderful morning, full of parrots, parakeets and other birds. Now it is time to enjoy a CULTURAL ACTIVITY. An Amazonian Kichwa family will receive you in their home. A visit to the garden “chacra” followed by a visit to the house is going to show you that part of the Amazonia that you do not find on the maps: the Amazon people. Motorized canoe ride, walk and a paddle canoe ride will lead you back to the lodge

12H30: LUNCH

16H00 – BUTTERFLY FARM: It is the moment to learn about the biology of this amazing insect. Our farm will show you the different stages of the butterfly complemented with important information provided by your naturalist guide. You will not want to leave the 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, you will put it back in the water or if it is big enough you can give it to our French chef and enjoy a tasty fish dinner. Keep in mind that the fish is much more delicious when you catch it yourself.

18H30:LECTURE: A cup of coffee, a piece of paper and a pencil will help you to take note of important extra details provided by your naturalist guide in an interesting nature lecture.

19H30: DINNER

DAY 4:

06H00 – WAKE UP CALL

06H30 – BREAKFAST

07H00 – MANDIÑAN AND COTO TRAIL:

We do a combined route of these two excellent trails. The Coto trail, like the charapa trail begins next to the butterfly farm and ends on the edge of the lagoon. It is also a loop where you start out walking and come back to the hotel by canoe. With luck we will have mammal and bird sightings close to the lake. These trails last three to four hours depending on the animal sightings that happen along the way.

We observe flora and fauna typical of the tropical rainforest.

12H30: LUNCH

16H30: GARZACOCHA LAKE: 2 hour canoe ride around Garzacocha Lake, waiting for the chance to spot herons, flycatchers, birds of prey, the famous Hoatzin, troops of squirrel monkeys, red howler monkeys perched on the top of the highest trees, among other interesting fauna you might see during your lake trip. Do not forget your binoculars and your camera.

19H30: DINNER

20H30: DEPARTURE BRIEFING: Your naturalist guide will provide all the necessary information for your departure to Coca and flight back to Quito.

DAY 5:

06H00 – WAKE UP CALL

06H30 – BREAKFAST

07H00 – DEPARTURE FOR COCA: In accordance with your last night 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. Motorized canoe ride upstream to go back to Coca, where our representative will take you to the airport to help you with your checked luggage and boarding passes.

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What`s Included

  • Airport Assistance in Quito

  • Transfers in Coca
  • All meals and accommodation
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Guided Hikes and other excursions

  • Rain poncho and rubber boots (sizes 5-12)

Not Included

  • Quito-Coca-Quito flight

  • Additional transfers, tours or meals in the cities

  • Laundry, liquor, tips
  • Personal Items

  • Items not mentioned

You Should Bring

  • Day Pack

  • Binoculars

  • Camera

  • Sunblock

  • Water bottle

  • Head Lamp or Flashlight

  • Hat

  • Personal clothing

  • Insect repellent

Accommodations

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.

Meals

4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Transportation

Motorized canoe.

Staff & experts

Naturalist Guide.

2017 Rates

Superior, Scenic & Family SuitesSingleDoubleTriple
4 days, 3 nights$1580$1215$1215
5 days, 4 nights$1963$1510$1510
Tuesdays & Thursdays add extra canoe cost$120$60$40

Children under 12 receive a 30% discount. All rates are per person, in US dollars and subject to change at any time. Itineraries are subject to change at any time and for any reason.

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