• amazon
  • bath1
  • cabin
  • cabin2
  • cabin3
  • canoe
  • exterior
  • lounge
  • monkey
  • tower

Overview

One of the first Amazon rainforest lodges in Ecuador, the award winning La Selva was completely remodeled and reopened in July of 2012 and has since become the premier eco lodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon. La Selva Jungle Lodge and resort is located in a rainforest paradise in one of the most bio-diverse areas of the planet.

At La Selva, your day is centered on our excursions, in which you and your group, accompanied by an English-speaking naturalist guide, explore the lagoon and the trails around the lodge. These excursions are included in the price of your stay. There are literally thousands of plants and animals that you can see near the lodge and lagoon! Our guests regularly see parrots, monkeys, toucans, caimans, frogs and much, much more.  Birdwatching is exceptional at La Selva. Located in the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve, the area around our lodge has been shown by ornithological studies to contain more species of birds than any other region in Ecuador, and more than both the entire USA and Canada combined.

Itinerary 4 days:

Day 1: Arrival at the Lodge

Transfer from your hotel to the Quito airport is available for those guests who need it. At the airport, a La Selva representative will help you with your luggage and tickets.After a short (35 minute) flight to Coca, you will be met by another English-speaking representative of La Selva Amazon Ecolodge, who will welcome you to Coca, help you with your luggage and transfer you and your fellow guests to the pier, where our motorized canoe is waiting.

La Selva Lodge is located about two hours from Coca by motorized canoe. The canoe is covered, in case of inclement weather such as rain or strong sunshine. The ride itself is fun and interesting! A box lunch is provided for guests on the ride. The motorized canoe cannot go into the lagoon where the lodge is located, so you will disembark on the river for a short walk and a ride in another, smaller canoe. Your luggage will be handled for you.

Once you reach the lodge, there is a welcome cocktail and brief orientation meeting. Then you’ll be shown to your spacious rooms and given the chance to rest and explore a bit before dinner at 7:30. During dinner, your group and guide will discuss the activities for the following day.

After dinner, depending on the weather and the will of the group, there may be a short activitysuch as night wildlife walk or canoe ride near the lodge to see some wildlife. Many guests prefer to relax in the lounge with a cold drink from the bar or have a soothing massage in the spa!

Days Two and Three
Exploring the Amazon Rainforest!

Breakfast is served early because there is so much to see and do! There are a number of activities that you might do, including a visit to the parrot clay lick, a trip to a local community, or an excursion to the observation tower to see birds and monkeys. For a partial list of the activities we offer, please see our activity page. What activity you do will depend on many factors, including the weather and what the group wants to do.  If you do not wish to do the morning activity, you are under no obligation to do so. Many guests prefer to remain in our comfortable lodge and relax. delicious lunch is served in our dining room at 12:30. After lunch, guests can try their hand at fishing for piranhas, take a nap or read a book during the hottest hours of the day.   Afternoon activities tend to be more low-key than morning ones. You might go for a canoe ride around the lagoon, take a short trail to hopefully see pygmy marmosets, or visit the nearby butterfly farm if it is raining very hard. Again, the activity will be decided at the last moment by the guide, depending on conditions.  A gourmet dinner awaits in our dining room as afternoon turns into evening. After dinner, depending on the weather and the will of the group, there may be a short activity such as night wildlife walk or canoe ride near the lodge to see some wildlife. Many guests prefer to relax in the lounge with a cold drink from the bar or have a soothing massage in the spa!

On your last evening, you will be asked to clear up your bill in case you had any extras, such as alcoholic drinks or a massage. You’ll also leave tips if you wish for the staff and guides. You may use your credit cards. You’ll also be asked to kindly fill out a comment card so that we can improve our service.

Day Four
Return to Quito

Although you must depart the lodge early in order to get to Coca in time for your flight, breakfast will be served before you leave. You’ll go out the way you came: a canoe ride, followed by a short walk, and then a two-hour ride on the motorized canoe to Coca. An English-speaking representative will accompany you. Once you reach Coca, you will be taken to the airport, checked in and directed to the waiting room for your return flight to Quito.

That will be the end of your Amazon Rainforest adventure! We hope you will tell your friends and return to visit us someday.

Itinerary 5 days:

Day 1
Arrival at the Lodge:

Transfer from your hotel to the Quito airport is available for those guests who need it. At the airport, a La Selva representative will help you with your luggage and tickets.  After a short (35 minute) flight to Coca, you will be met by another English-speaking representative of La Selva Amazon Ecolodge, who will welcome you to Coca, help you with your luggage and transfer you and your fellow guests to the pier, where our motorized canoe is waiting.  La Selva Lodge is located about two hours from Coca by motorized canoe. The canoe is covered, in case of inclement weather such as rain or strong sunshine. The ride itself is fun and interesting! A box lunch is provided for guests on the ride. The motorized canoe cannot go into the lagoon where the lodge is located, so you will disembark on the river for a short walk and a ride in another, smaller canoe. Your luggage will be handled for you.

Once you reach the lodge, there is a welcome cocktail and brief orientation meeting. Then you’ll be shown to your spacious rooms and given the chance to rest and explore a bit before dinner at 7:30. During dinner, your group and guide will discuss the activities for the following day.  After dinner, depending on the weather and the will of the group, there may be a short activitysuch as night wildlife walk or canoe ride near the lodge to see some wildlife. Many guests prefer to relax in the lounge with a cold drink from the bar or have a soothing massage in the spa!

Days Two, Three and Four: Exploring the Amazon Rainforest!

Breakfast is served early because there is so much to see and do! There are a number of activities that you might do, including a visit to the parrot clay lick, a trip to a local community, or an excursion to the observation tower to see birds and monkeys. For a partial list of the activities we offer, please see our activity page. What activity you do will depend on many factors, including the weather and what the group wants to do. If you do not wish to do the morning activity, you are under no obligation to do so. Many guests prefer to remain in our comfortable lodge and relax.

delicious lunch is served in our dining room at 12:30. After lunch, guests can try their hand at fishing for piranhas, take a nap or read a book during the hottest hours of the day.  Afternoon activities tend to be more low-key than morning ones. You might go for a canoe ride around the lagoon, take a short trail to hopefully see pygmy marmosets, or visit the nearby butterfly farm if it is raining very hard. Again, the activity will be decided at the last moment by the guide, depending on conditions.  A gourmet dinner awaits in our dining room as afternoon turns into evening. After dinner, depending on the weather and the will of the group, there may be a short activity such as night wildlife walk or canoe ride near the lodge to see some wildlife. Many guests prefer to relax in the lounge with a cold drink from the bar or have a soothing massage in the spa!

On your last evening, you will be asked to clear up your bill in case you had any extras, such as alcoholic drinks or a massage. You’ll also leave tips if you wish for the staff and guides. You may use your credit cards. You’ll also be asked to kindly fill out a comment card so that we can improve our service.

Day Five: Return to Quito

Although you must depart the lodge early in order to get to Coca in time for your flight, breakfast will be served before you leave. You’ll go out the way you came: a canoe ride, followed by a short walk, and then a two-hour ride on the motorized canoe to Coca. An English-speaking representative will accompany you. Once you reach Coca, you will be taken to the airport, checked in and directed to the waiting room for your return flight to Quito.

That will be the end of your Amazon Rainforest adventure! We hope you will tell your friends and return to visit us someday.

What’s Included:

  • Assistance at the airport: Quito and Coca
  • Transfers and transportation in the Amazon
  • Accommodation + All meals
  • Guided excursions
  • Bilingual naturalist guide + Native assistant
  • Rain Poncho and Rubber Boots will be provided during your stay at the Lodge

What’s Not Included:

  • Personal expenses & Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic beverages and sodas
  • Airfare Quito-Coca-Quito

What to Bring:

  • Good binoculars for wildlife viewing (an absolute necessity). We suggest that each visitor carry their own binoculars.
  • Camera/video gear (if using film, lower ASA for open areas (50 or 100), higher ASA for forest (400 and up). [24 hour electricity (120v) is available for charging batteries and digital equipment.)
  • Two or three pairs of lightweight long pants.
  • Two or three long-sleeved lightweight shirts.
  • Two or three T-shirts.
  • One or two pairs of shorts (mostly for around the lodge).
  • Lightweight sweater or jacket.
  • Raingear (if you prefer not to use the ponchos provided).
  • Three or four pairs of cotton socks.
  • Sandals (Teva type or similar for around the lodge).
  • Three or four pairs of absorbent socks.
  • Small day pack for excursions.
  • A bottle or canteen to carry water on hike (1-quart size is sufficient).
  • Ziplock-type plastic bags to cover optics or other gear.
  • Insect repellent (Skin-so-soft or DEET product with at least 20% concentration).
  • Flashlight or headlamp bright enough for use on night walks.
  • Small, packable umbrella (can be useful in light rain – very useful!).
  • A hat for sun protection (and that will stay on during windy boat rides).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen lotion with a high SPF rating.
  • Personal toiletries and medications (carry medications with you when arriving and leaving the lodge).
  • Extra batteries/film/video tapes as appropriate.
  • A photocopy of your passport (always good to have while traveling).
  • Money (in small US$ bills – ones and fives and coins) for bar bills and Artesania purchases.
  • We recommend using rechargeable batteries in your visit to the lodge so that you need not dispose of used batteries, thus contributing to the quality of our environment.

Costs:

Number of days Suites
Superior / Scenic / Family
4 Days / 3 Nights $1,215
5 Days / 4 Nights $1,510
Extra night at la Selva: $ask

* All prices are per person and in U.S. Dollars
* Single supplement 30%.
* Prices are subject to change without prior notice.
* Children under 12 years old 30% off.
* Operating days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday.

Operational days:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday.

Extras:

2014 – Private Guides Options 4 days / 3 nights 5 days / 4 nights extra day
Bilingual Birdwatching guide
(English-Spanish)
$600 $750 $150
Private Guide 2014
(English-Spanish)
$440 $550 $110

 

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 with additional cost during the initial booking process.

CANOE COST PER PERSON FOR NON-OPERATING DAYS
(Tuesdays & Thursdays)
# Pax 1 2 3 4 +
Canoe Cost per number of people per booking $100 $50 $30 Please check with your Agent

* The canoe cost is per booking

 

Flight Net Rates & Time Table (Subject to Change)
Day Route Flight #
Departure
Arrival
Airfare*
Adults
Airfare*
Children
Mon – Fri
Quito – Coca
Aerogal AV1656
10:00 am
10:35 am
$185
$125
Mon – Fri
Coca – Quito
Aerogal AV1657
11:15 am
11:50 am
Sat
Quito – Coca
Tame EQ211
10:00 am
10:40 am
$185
$125
Sat
Coca – Quito
Tame EQ212
11:10 am
11:50 am

* Includes Fuel Surcharge & Airport Taxes
* La Selva will reserve, book and issue the tickets
* Prices & time table are subject to change without prior notice

Important Information:

  • Prices & schedule are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Luggage weight limit: 20 Kg per passenger
  • Passengers should be at the airport one hour before departure time

Tipping

It is customary to leave a gratuity for the guides and personnel separately. Gratuities are at the sole discretion of the passengers and should be based on the level of service received.

Tipping suggestions:

Naturalist Bilingual Guide
$10 per passenger / per night

Native Guide
$5 per passenger / per night

Staff
$10 per passenger / per night
(Keep in mind tips will be shared equally amongst lodge personnel)

Please understand that this is just a suggestion. Tipping/gratuities are a very personal matter and it entirely depends on the value of the service you received.