La Selva Amazon Lodge

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5 Days / 4 Nights

5-Day Program

Stay at the La Selva Lodge in Ecuador and discover the most diverse and beautiful wildlife in the region. With daily excursions at your fingertips, you won’t miss out on any Amazonian experience. Spend your days hiking in the forest, canoeing down the Napo River, learning from naturalist guides, spotting colorful birdlife and more. There is no shortage of activities to partake in while you are staying at the La Selva Lodge.

Note: All excursions and times on this sample itinerary are subject to change and largely depend on weather, season, group limitations, and guide decisions based on passenger safety and organized operations.??

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This tour includes:

    • 4-nights accommodations
    • All transfers to and from the lodge
    • All meals at the lodge 
    • Scheduled excursions with English-speaking guides

Highlights:

  • Wildlife Excursions
  • Observation Tower
  • Canoeing down the Napo River
  • Nocturnal Walk
  • Parrot Clay Lick
  • Lagoons & Hiking Trails

Arrive at the Exterior of La Selva Lodge in the Amazon

Arrival at La Selva Lodge

Day 1


Meet one of the La Selva representatives at the Quito International Airport, in the National departure area. Here, they will assist you with the check-in process and give you a short briefing on the journey to La Selva Lodge. To begin your journey, board a commercial flight to Puerto Francisco de Orellana, where a representative will privately transfer you to the city?s main dock at the Napo River. Then, travel by motorized canoe down the river until you arrive at La Selva?s main dock. Then, for your final leg of the trip, transfer to La Selva Lodge by paddle canoe. Upon arrival, the manager will greet you with a refreshing juice, snacks and a short briefing on general information about your stay.

In the afternoon, head outside for the Matapalo Trail. Walk alongside a naturalist guide and learn about the 400-year-old Mahogany trees that line the trail. Spot flora and fauna, and watch as the nocturnal animals make an appearance as they begin their daily transitional activities. After your walk, head to the lodge bar for some snacks and a refreshing cocktail. Or, help yourself to the limitless tea and coffee. Then enjoy dinner and relax for the night.


Observation Tower in the La Selva Lodge Amazon Jungle

Observation Tower, Tucaneta Trail & Charapa Trail

Day 2


Wake up early and enjoy breakfast at the lodge. Then, embark on a trail walk towards the Observation Tower & Tucaneta Trail. After 20 minutes, walking in the forest, you will catch a glimpse of the 120 ft tower. Climb to the top and experience amazing panoramic views of the rainforest, where you can spot colorful birds and maybe even certain primates. On your way back from the tower, head down the Tucaneta Trail, where your naturalist guide can teach you about the medicinal plants grown in the region.

Head back to the lodge for lunch. After a brief rest, walk along the Charapa Trail. At the end of the trail is a beautiful lagoon where you can spot mammals, monkeys and birds that are often looking for food. Also, this is an excellent spot to watch an Amazonian sunset.

After, take a canoe ride around the lagoon for an opportunity to stargaze. Then, return to the lodge for dinner.


Community Visit at the La Selva Lodge

Parrot Clay Lick, Community Visit & Garzacocha Lagoon

Day 3


After breakfast, head to the Parrot Clay Lick. While here, you can spot hundreds of parrots and parakeets gathering for the mineral rich soil, important for the dietary needs. Binoculars will be essential to capturing every bit of this moment. After the clay lick, you will meet an Amazonian Kichua woman, who will welcome you to their community. Listen to the stories of the Amazonian people and learn about their unique culture and lifestyle.

Later, head to the Coto Trail where you can walk to the edge of the Garzacocha Lagoon. The afternoon sun will light up this trail, allowing you to experience the true beauty of the rainforest. Watch as groups of black-mantled tamarin monkeys become visible in the trees. Your naturalist guide will explain to you all the different creatures that can be found here. Then, take a canoe ride back to the lodge where you can relax for the rest of the evening.


Explore the forest at La Selva Lodge

Mandi Forest, Garzacocha Lagoon & Ceiba Trail

Day 4


Today you will explore the Mandi Forest. Make sure you eat a hearty breakfast because you will be walking through the primary forest for around 3 to 4 hours. While you are immersed in this type of ecosystem, there will be plenty of opportunities to spot some of the biggest mammals of the rainforest, such as wild pigs, tapir or deer. After walking for some time, you will reach the lagoon of Mandi Cocha. Here, canoe through the Igapo Forest where you can see various species of birds and possibly the exclusive giant otter.

In the afternoon, explore Garzacocha Lagoon and the Ceiba Trail. You will be amazed by the beauty of the Garzacocha Lagoon, as it is one of the most mesmerizing lagoons in all the Ecuadorian Amazon. During this trip, you will have the chance to spot monkeys, birds and possibly the famous pimy armoset, which is the smallest monkey in the world.

In the evening, go for a nocturnal walk where you can experience the mystery of the mighty jungle at night. Make sure to bring a flashlight for this unique experience. Once you return to the lodge, you will be briefed for your departure the next day and dinner will be served.


The Amazon La Selva Lodge

Departure from La Selva Lodge

Day 5


Wake up early once more and enjoy your last breakfast at the La Selva Lodge. Depart for Coca with the help of the lodge representatives and get ready for your flight back home or to your next destination.


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4 Days / 3 Nights

4-Day Program

Open yourself up to nature at the La Selva Lodge in the Amazon Rainforest. Each day that you are immersed in the forest will be a day full of adventure. Whether you’re hiking the trails plentiful with animals, canoeing down the Napo River, climbing the Observation Tower for picturesque views, or meeting the local community, your time here will be maximized to the fullest. With the flexibility in changing around daily excursions, you can make this Amazon experience a dream come true.

Note: All excursions and times on this sample itinerary are subject to change and largely depend on weather, season, group limitations, and guide decisions based on passenger safety and organized operations.??

Download package pdf version

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Per Person

We include what others call optional

This tour includes:

    • 3-nights accommodations
    • All transfers to and from the lodge
    • All meals at the lodge
    • Scheduled excursions with English-speaking guides

Highlights:

  • Wildlife Excursions
  • Observation Tower
  • Canoeing down the Napo River
  • Nocturnal Walk
  • Parrot Clay Lick
  • Lagoons & Hiking Trails

Arrive at the Exterior of La Selva Lodge in the Amazon

Arrival at La Selva Lodge

Day 1


Meet one of the La Selva representatives at the Quito International Airport, in the National departure area. Here, they will assist you with the check-in process and give you a short briefing on the journey to La Selva Lodge. To begin your journey, board a commercial flight to Puerto Francisco de Orellana, where a representative will privately transfer you to the city's main dock at the Napo River. Then, travel by motorized canoe down the river until you arrive at La Selva's main dock. Then, for your final leg of the trip, transfer to La Selva Lodge by paddle canoe. Upon arrival, the manager will greet you with a refreshing juice, snacks and a short briefing on general information about your stay.

In the afternoon, after you've had a chance to settle in, listen to an introduction of the rainforest by one of the naturalist guides. Then, head to the Matapalo Trail. On this trail, you can see remarkable trees, some of which are over 400 years old. Also, keep an eye out for exotic flora and fauna. In the evening, you can find snacks and specially crafted cocktails at the bar. Or, feel free to help yourself to limitless tea and coffee.

After enjoying some snacks, dinner will be served. Enjoy the delicious meal with your new lodge mates.


Observation Tower in the La Selva Lodge Amazon Jungle

Observation Tower, Tucaneta Trail & Charapa Trail

Day 2


Your wake up call will be early, around 6:00 am. The early awakening is so that you can experience the rainforest at its best, during hours that aren't as hot. After breakfast, head to the Observation Tower or Mandi Forest. With just a 20 minute walk into the forest, you will be able to see the Observation Tower. Climb 120 ft above the forest and spot colorful birds of the Amazon with the help of your local guide. On the way back from the tower, you have the option to walk along the Tucaneta Trail, where you can learn about the medicinal plants of the region that are still in use today. If you continue hiking, you can find the beautiful lagoon of Mandi Cocha, the Igapo Forest, and plenty of species to discover.

After lunch, walk along the Charapa Trail alongside an experienced guide. This trail will continue for about an hour until you end by the edge of a sparkling lagoon. Spot different mammals, monkeys and birds along the trail and lagoon. This is also a fantastic spot to watch the Amazonian sunset.

At night, head out for a canoe ride, where you can spot the creatures that come out after dark. This is also a fabulous time to stargaze! Then return to the lodge for dinner.


Community Visit at the La Selva Lodge

Parrot Clay Lick, Community Visit & Nocturnal Walk

Day 3


Wake up early and get ready for an excursion to the Parrot Clay Lick and Mandi Wasi. Head back to the Napo River and enjoy a motorized canoe ride to the clay licks. While here, spot hundreds of parrots and parakeets flock to eat the mineral rich soil, providing them with the dietary supplements they need. After the clay lick, get ready for a cultural activity. Meet an Amazonian Kichua woman and learn about the life of the Kichua?s in the Amazon. This place is not found on maps and will give you a unique and rare opportunity to learn about the people of the Amazon.

Later, visit one of the most beautiful lagoons in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Spot monkeys and birds looking for food. In the evening, opt for a nocturnal walk where you can enjoy the creatures and sounds of the jungle at night. Make sure to bring your flashlight!

After, join in on a departure briefing and then enjoy a traditional dinner.


Canoe Departure La Selva Lodge

Departure from La Selva Lodge

Day 4


Wake up early once again and enjoy a hearty breakfast. Then, grab your bags and depart for Coca by motorized canoe. Representatives will then take you to the airport and will help you with your checked luggage and boarding passes. After checking in, wait for your flight home or to your next destination, while you think about all the adventurous activities you just took part in, during the past 3 days.


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