La Selva Lodge

La Selva Lodge Activities

Every Day is an Adventure!

At La Selva, Every Day is an Adventure! At La Selva Lodge, something exciting is happening every day…and you’re invited! Our trained, English-speaking guides will take you and your fellow travelers on a different tour, where you might see a boa constrictor, spot a parrot, catch a glimpse of a troop of monkeys passing overhead or even look at the trail of a tapir from the canoe! We cannot say what you’ll do on any given day, because the guides decide what to do based on many factors, including time of day, season, weather, physical abilities of the group and where they think some exciting wildlife might be found. Here are but a few of the activities our guests enjoy.

Every day and in consultation with the wishes of the visitor groups, the guides will offer activities which are optional but highly recommended. These activities will vary, according to many factors: time of day, season, weather, physical abilities of the group and where the guides think some exciting wildlife could be found! It is impossible to give a specific itinerary, as our guides need to be flexible in order to provide the best experience possible.

What sort of activities can you expect at La Selva Lodge? Check out our activities page, or see a sample of our four or five day excursion itinerary

Note: all of these activities are completely included in the price. There is no extra charge for any of them!

Strangler Trail

This trail gets its name from the famous strangler fig (Ficus Aurea, in Spanish “Matapalo”), a remarkable plant which grows up around another tree, choking it in the process (don’t worry: the strangler figs aren’t interested in people!).

Chaguamango Trail

This trail begins at the lodge, winds through the dense rainforest and ends up at the lagoon, where the canoe will be waiting for you.

Rainforest Canopy Observation Tower

It’s a whole different world up there! The rainforest canopy is an ecosystem in and of itself. High up in the treetops, birds rule. The observation platform of our 120 foot high (37 meters) observation tower sits on top of a centuries-old tree, the platform offer a 360° view for world-class birdwatching (and monkey-watching) any time of the day. As an added bonus, there are two trails from the lodge to the tower: a 20 minute “express route” and a two-hour “scenic route.” Both trails are great for seeing animals and medicinal plants used by locals for centuries. One of our can’t-miss activities!

Charapa Trail

The Charapa Trail goes along a winding path that most groups can walk in about an hour and a half. At the end of the trail, you arrive at the lagoon, where the canoe will be waiting to return you to the lodge or explore Lake Garzacocha. You can never tell what sorts of birds, reptiles, frogs or monkeys you might see on this trail, so keep your eyes peeled! If you’ll lucky, you’ll catch a magnificent Amazon sunset over the lagoon on your way back.

Birdwatching

“It is simply one of the world’s best birding sites.” It is a bucket-list sort of adventure for many birdwatchers, and there is no better place in the Amazon to see them than at La Selva Lodge, located in the heart of the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve. After all, there are more species of birds in Ecuador alone than in all of North America combined, and a large percentage of those birds make the Amazon their home. You’re sure to see dozens of species of birds…just on the canoe trip from the town of Coca down the Napo River to get to the lodge on your first day!

Parrot Clay Lick

Because of their diet, Amazonian parrots frequently need to eat salty clay to aid their digestion. There are some of these famous “clay licks” near the lodge and they are a favorite of our guests. On a good day, you can see hundreds of brightly-colored birds fluttering about the clay and squawking loudly all the while.

Community Cultural Visit

Several indigenous communities live near the La Selva Amazon Ecolodge. Our guides like to take our guests there, because the communities are always excited to receive visitors and our guests enjoy seeing another way of life – the Amazon way. You might visit a local home or school, see some of the projects the locals are working on, try local foods and drinks (roasted wood grubs, anyone?) and even shoot a blow dart gun! A highlight comes at the end of the tour, when guests have the opportunity to purchase hand-made handicraft souvenirs directly from the people of the community.

Marmoset Trail

The part of the jungle where our lodge is located also happens to be the habitat of the rare Pygmy Marmoset, the smallest monkey in the world. There is a family of them located not far from the lodge and a canoe ride and short walk will get you to a place where they are often, but not always, seen.

The “Leoncillos,” or “Little Lions” as they’re known to locals, is a bucket-list sort of sighting for many of our guests. Canoe Rides in the Creeks and Garzacocha Lagoon: Bodies of water are often the best places to see wildlife in the Yasuní

Biosphere Reserve. Our traditional, hand-paddled canoes are the travel medium of choice on the lagoon and along the creeks that come in and out of it. You might see a paiche (a massive fish that occasionally likes to snap at the paddles), snakes (including the legendary anaconda), bats, any number of birds and monkeys, and much, much more. Relaxing and fun, many guests tell us that the canoe rides were their favorite part of their stay with us.

Sacha Hugra Trail

Our longest and most challenging trail is also our most spectacular one. The Sacha Hugra trail goes for four to five hours through some of the only surviving original primary rainforest in the area. It’s your best chance to see some of the larger, more spectacular wildlife. The trees, ancient and magnificent, tower above the rainforest floor like nowhere else: you can tell in the air that this place is old and timeless. If guests find it challenging or are pressed for time, they can choose to do only a portion of the hike.

Night Walk

Many of the most interesting species near the lodge are nocturnal and can only be seen at night. Grab your flashlight and join your guide and fellow travelers on a brief walk to see toads, frogs, insects, bats, scorpions and other varmints that are invisible by day. A favorite of kids!

Night Canoe Ride

Your guides will take out a canoe and a spotlight onto the lagoon to try to spot some fantastic wildlife, including caimans, snakes, bats, owls and anything else lurking around the lagoon in the darkness. They’ll try for a clear, cloudless night if possible, because the stargazing from the center of the lake in the Amazon night is truly memorable.

Explorer Kayaks

Many of our guests can’t get enough of the wildlife around our lagoon, Lake Garzacocha, so we keep some kayaks handy near the dock. You can take off on your own exploration adventure whenever you wish!

Swimming in the Lagoon

Want to take a cooling dip in our freshwater lagoon? Feel free to suit up and jump in whenever you want: all we ask is that you let us know so we can have someone close by to keep an eye on you.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

Romantic Extras for Guests of La Selva Lodge

Although your days at La Selva Lodge will be filled with adventures like jungle hikes, trips to the observation tower and wildlife canoe tours on the lagoon, there are several extras which we are proud to provide for our guests who wish to explore on their own, relax in our spa or have some romantic time alone with that special someone!

Massages at the Spa

What better way to unwind after a day of exploring the Amazon Rainforest than with a soothing massage in the elegant spa? The massages are designed to restore vitality, health and wellness. These treatments also activate your reflexes, improving circulation and infusing your spirit with a peaceful sense of well-being.  You will feel energized and refreshed after a session with one of the SPA trained masseuses!

We offer a wide variety of treatments at reasonable prices, from reflexology to full-body massages:

Following the innovative spirit and tendency towards conservation, La Selva Amazon Ecolodge is undertaking the creation of some new projects that will help us to improve our services and facilities. A new spa with unique concepts in wellness located in the heart of the rainforest is being built, this spa will fascinate you.

Sunset Cruise on the Lagoon

If there is one thing we know for sure, it’s that there are no sunsets that can compare to those in the Amazon! Schedule a Sunset Cruise during your time at La Selva. It’s another chance to experience a once in a lifetime moment as your guide paddles easily over the glassy waters of Lake Garzocha. But don’t worry; it will be as if they aren’t even there as you watch the sun go down in pure awe. La Selva’s sunset cruise is perfect for honeymoons or if you’re craving more of the Amazon experience before you leave. While watching the sun set enjoy a bottle of wine and other delicious morsels provided in a basket made special by the lodge.

Romantic Candlelight Dinner

Nothing says romantic like candlelight, champagne and the exotic jungle sounds lingering like music in the background. If you want to make one of your nights at La Selva extra special, a romantic dinner is just the thing. You can schedule ahead of time or even as a last minute surprise for your significant other. Enjoy a delicious gourmet meal with special surprises in the company of you and your partner with a private waiter attending to all your needs.

Looking for a place to spend your Honeymoon? Contact us for details on the Honeymoon packages we offer.

For additional information and reservations contact us at (800) 666 8687 – (305) 436 0933 – Email: mar@gttours.com

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Plantation, Florida  
13494 NW 7th Street
Plantation, Florida 33325

Miami, Florida 
9930 SW 142 Street
Miami, Florida 33176

Toll Free USA & Canada:
(800) 666 8687
Local Number: 
(305) 436 0933 
Fax:     
(305 436 0843