Located in the rain forest of Ecuador's Rio Napo, about two hours down river by fast dugout canoe from Coca. La Selva is one of the more easily reached destinations in the Amazon and ideal for the birder traveling alone, rather than as part of an organized bird tour. The Lodge has 17 cabins built in the traditional style, each with its own toilet and hot shower, all located on a hill overlooking a lake named Garzacocha (Heron) lake. Around this region it is possible to find 14 species of monkeys, 600 of birds, 4.000 of fish and 15.000 species of plants.
When you get to La Selva Jungle Lodge's isolated dock, a half mile boardwalk of bamboo slats keeps you above a vast mysterious palm swamp as you make your way to the lake. The boardwalk ends at Garzacocha Lake where paddle canoes await you to take you across. A quarter mile along, La Selva Jungle Lodge begins to peek out at you. It is your first expedition of discovery in what will be a vacation filled with marvel and wonder.
The cabanas are derived from native and mixed design: authentic and comfortable with unexpected ammenities including private bathrooms, hot showers, electricity, ceiling fans, and are immaculately cleaned every day.
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 (although you will be surprised at what little need you will have for this item).
There are 12 thatched cabanas of varying sleeping configurations and several public gathering spots, including the spacious dining room with a rooftop lookout point, an open-air combined bar and a lounge with a wrap-around view of the lake.
The food is our pride. It blends the finest ingredients Ecuador has to offer with French, North American and Ecuadorian culinary skills. Expect to try most of these fruits: uvillas, guayabas, guanabanas, naranjillas, morete, obos, taxo, granadilla and tomate de arbol. We make Amazonian pizza that will rival any; veal milanesa a l'Amazon; and local fish, when available, prepared with one of our numerous original recipes (Vegetarian and special diets are available request).
Rustic cabins Traditional Hut: rustic and cozy cabanas with private bathroom, fans, mosquito nets, electricity, hot water. They have one matrimonial bed and two twins, perfect for families of 4 members, for couples, friends or single travelers. We have 4 of this huts. On the porch we have a hammock.
Superior suite: luxury cabana that can be matrimonial (8 king size bed suites) or twin (4 suites); all of them have a small sofa bed for children under 12 years old. Also, these suites have private bathroom, fans, mosquito nets, electricity and hot water. Also, they offer a pretty balcony with panoramic view of the forest. Floors are made of tile as well as the bathroom what keeps the suite much fresher.
Family Suite: As traditional huts, these cabanas have private bathroom, fans, mosquito nets, electricity, hot water, as well as one matrimonial bed and two twins, perfect for families of 4 members, for couples, friends or single travelers. The difference is that they are located in two separate rooms. Family suites are the double in size from the other type of cabanas. The floor and bathroom are made of tile. Also, the Family suites have big windows and panoramic doors which give lots of light to them. On the porch, there is a hammock and a small Jacuzzi for our guests. We have 4 of this type of cabanas.
Scenic Rooms: Three luxury rooms located on the reception area. They can be matrimonial (2 king size bed rooms) or twin (1 room). Also, they have a small sofa bed for children under 12 years old. As the rest of our cabanas, these suites have private bathroom, fans, mosquito nets, electricity and hot water. They have a pretty balcony with panoramic view of the lagoon. They have the same style as Superior Suites.
Surrounding the lodge and across the lake are extensive trail systems, which offer many wildlife viewing opportunities for birdwatchers and naturalists. Many of the trails are purposely underdeveloped, increasing the chances of wildlife encounters. The rivers and lakes offer yet another way explore the surroundings from the perspective of the canoeing. Also within reach of the lodge are challenging mountainous excursions, which offer a completely different ecosystem and species diversity. The possibilities are endless.
One walk through the virgin forests and you'll already appreciate the Giant Kapok Tree (Ceiba Pentandra) and the Strangler Fig Tree (Ficus sp), among the most representatives, along with some other plant and animal species that can be seen.
Enjoy a canoe ride on our lagoon, Garzacocha, and discover a great diversity of plants and animals in two different landscapes and ecosystems.
Hikes and canoe rides allow guests to hear the nocturnal sounds and to look for fishing bats, nightjars, some insects and possibly to get a glimpse of the caimans. Walking excursions give us the chance to encounter nocturnal creatures such as: Tarantulas, Whip-scorpions, toads and frogs, and possibly snakes.
Please try to pack just what you need for the program, and kindly find below La Selva Jungle Lodge suggested packing list:
It is always hard to talk about clothing because of the number of ways you can see and be at La Selva Jungle Lodge.
The clothing will vary according to how much adventuring you plan to do. If you plan to paddle around the lake, eat and take "siestas": a pair of shorts, a bathing suit, and not a whole lot else will be necessary.
However, if you choose the take excursions, La Selva Jungle Lodge suggests:
Forest colors help to blend into the surroundings and may increase the chances of seeing wildlife; however, no special purchases are required.
|Family Suite, Superior Suite or Scenic Room||USD|
|4 days/3 nights||US$1215|
|5 days/4 nights||US$1510|
For single rates add 30% to regular rates.
Departure days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
additional canoe charges apply on other days and vary according to number of passengers.
Prices may vary due to currency exchange rate fluctuations.
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