LA SELVA LODGE

Ecologic, comfortable, enjoy the views and explore the Yasuní Biosphere

If you are looking to connect with nature and get a well-deserved rest, then this adventure is for you. Sitting on the shores of Garzacocha lagoon, the foremost and leading sustainable ecolodge in the Yasuni, La Selva Amazon Ecolodge & Spa awaits your arrival.

If you are looking to connect with nature and get a well-deserved rest, then this adventure is for you. Sitting on the shores of Garzacocha lagoon, the foremost and leading sustainable ecolodge in the Yasuni, La Selva Amazon Ecolodge & Spa awaits your arrival.
Guided by our wonderful natural and native guides you will explore the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, home to thousands of unique species of plants and animals. On your free time you can contemplate the wildlife while you sip a cocktail from our bar in comfort. When night falls, you’ll enjoy fine cuisine in the restaurant, prepared by our famous chefs, as the birds and animals of the Amazon serenade you with their unique song. Pure bliss!

What´s the tour like?

Travel Style: Natural Wonders
Nature wonders, Awe-inspiring views, extraordinary biodiversity and natural discovery like nowhere else. Unforgettable experiences to connect with nature at its purest.

Service Level: First Class
All the way in attention to detail, comfort and service. The perfect combination of elegance, exclusivity and coziness to make your trip delightful.

Age Requirements:
Suitable for all ages. All travelers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Group Size: Medium
Medium group size. Max 30 people

Physical Requirement: Average
Itineraries include light and moderate physical activities like walking and hiking. Accesible to most healthy travellers.

Itineraries:

We operate everyday

The following itineraries are also available:

5 days / 4 nights from $1510

4 days

La Selva Lodge

From:

$ 1215USD



Special Offers

* Children under 12 years old, 30% off (one child per 2 adults)
Restrictions apply

What´s included?

  • Assistance at the airport: Quito and Coca
  • Transfers in the City of Coca
  • Canoe transportation form Coca to the Lodge on Schedule days
  • Accommodation + all Meals
  • Guided Excursions
  • Bilingual English/Spanish speaking naturalist Guide+ Native assistance guide
  • Rain Poncho and Rubber Boots will be provided during your stay at the lodge. Boot size up to Ten and a Half men size.

Accommodation
Family Suite/ Superior Suite/ Scenic Suite

Meals
All meals on board are included. Special dietary available on request.
Drinks and tips on board are not included.

Transportation
Airplane, motorized canoe, canoe, kayak

Activities
Canoe along the river canals, Visit to the Observation Tower, Swimming, Land Excursions, Parrots Clay Lick, Natural History Lectures and much more!!

Itinerary: 4 days / 3 nights

DAY 1: Arrival 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. 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 will be served at this time. Find your seat and get comfortable while our waiters serve you each course.

DAY 2: Observation Tower/ Charapa Trail

  • 6:00 am – Wake Up
  • Call 6:30 am – Breakfast
  • 7:00 am – Observation Tower/Tucaneta or Mandi Forest After a 20 minute walk the observation tower comes into sight. This amazing construction will allow you to climb 120 ft above the forest.

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. There is also the option of visiting the beautiful lagoon of Mandi Cocha.

  • A hike of about 1 hour takes you to the lagoon where an Igapo Forest is present, meaning that the forest is temporarily flooded by black water. Different species of birds and even giant otters can be seen here.
  • 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 been 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 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!
  • 7:30 pm Dinner.

Day 3: Parrots Clay Lick/ Garzacocha Lagoon

  • 6:00 am Wake Up Call
  • 6:30 am Breakfast
  • 7:00 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 pmLunch
  • 4:30 pm Garzacocha Lagoon and Ceiba Trail This is one of the most beautiful lagoons in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Here there are many chances to see monkeys and birds and sometimes families of squirrel monkeys join capuchin monkeys looking for food. The tremendous calls of the Howler monkeys can be heard in the afternoon and the smallest monkey in the world, the Pigmy Marmoset can be seen here too. Plenty of birds like the Hoatzin, toucans or macaws can also be seen flying overhead.
  • 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 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 4: Departure Day

  • 6:00 am Wake Up Call
  • 6:30 am Breakfast
  • 7:00 am Departure for Coca In accordance 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 airport to help you with your checked luggage and boarding passes.

Introduction

If you are looking to connect with nature and get a well-deserved rest, then this adventure is for you. Sitting on the shores of Garzacocha lagoon, the foremost and leading sustainable ecolodge in the Yasuni, La Selva Amazon Ecolodge & Spa awaits your arrival.

Guided by our wonderful natural and native guides you will explore the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, home to thousands of unique species of plants and animals. On your free time you can contemplate the wildlife while you sip a cocktail from our bar in comfort. When night falls, you’ll enjoy fine cuisine in the restaurant, prepared by our famous chefs, as the birds and animals of the Amazon serenade you with their unique song. Pure bliss!

Rates

Calendar

We operate on daily bases. To check availability please request a quote

What´s Included

  • Assistance at the airport: Quito and Coca
  • Transfers in the City of Coca
  • Canoe transportation form Coca to the Lodge on Schedule days
  • Accommodation + all Meals
  • Guided Excursions
  • Bilingual English/Spanish speaking naturalist Guide+ Native assistance guide
  • Rain Poncho and Rubber Boots will be provided during your stay at the lodge. Boot size up to Ten and a Half men size.

Exclusions

  • Airfare Quito-Coca-Quito Note: Under request we can include the air ticket on your quote
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic Beverages and Sodas
  • Other not Specified

Highlights of the Tour

Land Expeditions
Wildlife Photography
Kayaking
Swimming
Snorkeling

Accommodation and Amenities

Private porch
Hammock & tub Private bathroom
Exclusive rainforest shower
Luxury bed linens
King bed or two double beds
Private Bathroom

Facilities & Services

Ample Social Areas
Lounge
Spa complex & Wellness
Restaurant & Bar
Common Reading Room
Observation Deck

Additional Information

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
  • Walking shoes/sneakers + waterproof sandals such as Tevas or keens
  • Socks: we recommend tall socks that don’t slip easily inside rubber boots. Two pairs per day are ideal.
  • Light-weight, earth- or dark-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and t-shirts
  • Light-weight quick-dry hiking pants
  • Goretex jacket
  • Rainponcho
  • Insect repellent
  • Binoculars (waterproof) + Backpack
  • Headlamp (or Flashlight) + Extra batteries.
  • Inexpensive magnifying glass (optional)
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Camera + Dry bags
  • Rubber Boots supplied at the lodge. Available sizes 5 to 10½
  • Swimwear to use in the Spa and Hot Tub (optional)
  • DO NOT BRING FOOD of any kind: Food attracts ants and other critters to your suite
  • Luggage weight limit: 20 Kg per passenger

Health


TopExperiencesEC understands that in order to take a trip, the passenger is in perfect physical and mental health. By booking a cruise and by boarding the ship the guest will comply at all times with applicable rules and regulations of the ship and orders and instructions of the ship’s officers and medical staff.

We reserve the right without liability to require a guest to disembark and/or to refuse to board and transport a guest who, in the judgment of the tour operator or the ship’s Captain, is unfit to travel or may require care beyond that which the operator is reasonably able to provide.

The tours we offer range from sea level up to 4000 meters above sea level. If you have a condition that is aggravated by altitude, ask your health care professional before deciding to take a trip.

General Conditions


Flights
TopExperiencesEC will not be held responsible or compensate for any flight delays that may affect your participation in our tours. Flights booked with different airlines are subject to their own Terms and Conditions, and Limitations of Liability.

Fees
TopExperiencesEC reserves the right to pass on to its guests (including fully paid and deposited guests) any taxes and fees imposed by government or quasi-government agencies that relate specifically to a guest’s itinerary. “Taxes and fees” include any and all fees, charges, surcharges, tolls and taxes imposed by governmental or quasi-governmental authorities including, but not limited to, customs fees, per person berth taxes or fees, embarkation and/or disembarkation fees at ports, airline transportation fees, dockage fees, and wharfage fees.

Surcharges
TopExperiencesEC may collect any taxes, government fees/quasi government fees and fuel supplement (the “Surcharges”) at the time of booking if there is any reasons outside our control. Surcharges will be invoiced accordingly.

General Itinerary
All fares, offers, savings, programs and itineraries are subject to change without notice.

Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance is compulsory for all TopExperiencesEC tours. Travellers need to show proof of their travel insurance before participating in the tour. If you need help booking travel insurance, please email us at info@topexperiences.ec

Important Notes

General

  • All prices are per person and in U.S. Dollars
  • Prices are based in double accommodation
  • Single supplement 30%
  • Family Suites for double occupation, 50% supplement
  • Children under 12 years old, 30% off (One child per 2 adults)
  • Prices are subject to change without prior notice
  • Scheduled departures are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

Weather

Just like your weekly weather forecasts back home, the following information is the yearly prediction of what weather will be like in the Amazon. Info provided by both Native and Naturalist Guides who spend the majority of their time at the lodge. Guides know their stuff, they spend about 240 days out of the year in the Amazon at La Selva!

When is the dry season?

The dry season normally begins in December and ends around February. The driest months out of the entire year are December & January. The hottest months are December & January. By hot we mean about 95 F / 35 C.

When is the rainy season?

The rainy season begins near the end of February and goes on into the end of November. The wettest and coldest months are May & June. Keep in mind that when we refer to cold, this means around 75 F / 24 C.

When is the best time of year to visit the Ecuadorian Amazon?

Anytime throughout the year is a good time to visit La Selva and the Amazon in Ecuador. Even with the above information provided, the weather is not set and stone and can vary quite greatly. It is even more important to note that wildlife can still be seen during wet and rainy months. In general, the months with the most wildlife seen are November, December, January, February & March.

What is the temperature like?

The average temperature throughout the year varies between 79 F / 26 C and 95 F / 35 C. At times the humidity may be heavy, this is just as unpredictable as the unexpected rain showers. We’ve found that light fabric and breathable clothes are more comfortable. When the sun is out, it can be quite hot. In the evenings it can cool down quite a bit so we recommend bringing something a slightly warmer just in case you find it chilly in your suites. See our suggested list of what to pack to be properly prepared.

*Information taken for La Selva Lodge website

Booking Policies


All TopExperiencesEC trips are booked online, over the phone or by completing a booking form. Payment is made via bank transfer. Full payment must be made at the moment of booking. Once we have received the payment, we will send you an email receipt of your payment and the details of your booking.

 

Means of Payment

TopExperiencesEC accepts the following bank transfer :

Wire Transfers in US dollars to:

 

 

USA

Bank of America

For domestic transfers:

  • Checking account
  • Wire Transfers: 026009593
  • Account Number: 229056664242
  • Account Name: Fausto Santiago Andrade

For international transfers:

  • Swift Code International Transfers: BOFAUS3N
  • Address: 401 Lincoln BLVD, FL 33139
  • Account Name: Fausto Santiago Andrade
  • Account Number: 229056664242

 

Ecuador

Banco Internacional

  • Swift Code: BINTECEQ
  • Address: Av. Patria y 9 de Octubre Quito – Ecuador
  • Account Name: TopExperiencesEC Cia. Ltda.
  • Account Number: 700628456

Cancelations


We may cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events it is not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary. If we cancel your trip, you can transfer amounts paid to an alternative start date or in circumstances where cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control; refunds will be given less any unrecoverable expenses. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including, but not limited to vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights.

In the case of a cancellation due to medical reasons, we require a medical certificate. With this, we will provide a credit note of a value of 50% of the booking for the guest. This credit note is valid for another departure for one year from the cancellation date. This credit note will not be issued for departures during Peak Season.

In the case of cancellation due to death, we require a certificate. With this, we will provide a credit note of a value of 50% of the booking for a future departure by a friend or family member. This credit note is valid for another departure for one year from the cancellation date. This credit note will not be issued for departures during Peak Season.

120+ days prior, 10% of total invoice retained
60-119 days prior, 20% of total invoice retained
Less than 60 days prior to departure, 100% of total invoice retained

Limitations of Liability

TopExperiencesEC cannot be held responsible for any loss as a result of the failure of any third-parties (including tour operators, hoteliers, airlines); however, we will give every reasonable assistance in helping you resolve any dispute. Our responsibility as a tour agency is limited. We are not liable for any personal injury, death, damage, loss, accident or delay which may be occasioned by any vehicle, company or person engaged in conveying you or carrying out the arrangements of the tour or otherwise in connection therewith.

Aditional Resources

DO’S & DON’TS in the Jungle

  • Try avoiding bright colored or white wear, so as not to distract (or frighten) certain animals. The more camouflaged you dress the better!
  • Make sure your electronic equipment is at least somewhat waterproof or packed in a waterproof bag or pouch, especially if you plan to use it in the field during excursions.
  • Try and refrain from speaking loudly when on forest trails or canoe trips.
  • Try and be as quiet and cautious as possible.
  • Watch your step and follow the group. Don’t try to get ahead of the guide or tour leader, and don’t lag too far behind.
  • Always tell your guide if you see something and don’t hesitate to ask questions. That’s what we are here for!
  • Don’t litter! Bring a backpack or plastic bag in which you can discard plastic, wrappers, paper, or other synthetic waste.
  • Don’t believe how others have depicted the Amazon Basin in the past! Trust us, we have decades of experience showing people of every walk of life the wonders of the Amazon. We are here with you to not only show you around, but take care of you and make you feel at home!
  • Take advantage of as many outings as possible… the adventure lies ‘out there’. We guarantee that, given the right conditions, every outing we have chosen on our itinerary is fit to offer unique, astounding experiences… but many factors may influence just how spectacular each outing will be. Don’t be discouraged… we guarantee that our itineraries are designed to bring our guests unforgettable, life changing experiences.
  • If you have physical limitations or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask our guides if trails and activities are right for you. Most activities don’t require excessive effort, but please let us know when you are feeling uncomfortable during an outing, or would like to know more about difficulties you may encounter on an outing once you have been explained what it entails.
  • Don’t hesitate to express your interests to our staff! It is important to us that you make this adventure, your adventure. We have the ability to offer a certain level of flexibility in terms of the alternatives to our daily activities. Although it is not always possible, we will do what we can to personalize your Amazon cruise experience.

Emergency Contact


Emergency Contact: Should you need to contact us during a situation or emergency please contact us at (593) 980588429 or (593) 983900784 or leave us a detailed message and contact information to info@topexperiences.ec

LA SELVA LODGE |  4 days from 1215 USD