La Selva Lodge

From USD $1,350.00
  • Duration: 4 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Quito, Ecuador
  • Product code: LaSelva4day
Overview

The Amazon Jungle offers opportunities for cultural exchange, photography, adventure, hiking, relaxation, birdwatching, and wildlife observation. The area surrounding La Selva ranks among the word’s hotspots for bird species in the Neo-Tropics, due to its ideal location on the border of Yasuni National Park. Thanks to this stunning biodiversity and our top-notch guides, you will have the chance to see unique flora and fauna while visiting our Amazon lodge.

Day 1

DAY 1 Enter the Forest

Day 1:QUITO – COCA – LA SELVA LODGE:

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
a 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 the 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 in.
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
Dinner will be served at this time. Find your seat and get comfortable while our waiters
serve you each course.

Day 2 - EXPLORE THE JUNGLE

EXPLORE THE JUNGLE

Day 2:

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. Your 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 be 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 spotlight 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 - MYSTERIES OF THE FOREST

DEEP IN THE JUNGLE

Day 3:

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 pm – Lunch
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 - SPLENDOR OF NATURE

CUYABENO

Day 4: 6:00 am – Wake Up Call
6:30 am – Breakfast
7:00 am – Departure for Coca
In accordance with 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. During your free time in between activities, you can use our kayaks, swim in the lagoon, have a massage, or just relax in your room and have a nap!

Or if doing 5 days

6:00 am – Wake Up Call
6:30 am – Breakfast
7:00 am – Mandi Forest Adventure
Not all lodges can offer an exotic trip into the deep wilderness like where you are headed on this adventure. We will walk through an amazing primary forest for around 3 to 4 hours beginning at our main dock back at the Napo River. In this type of ecosystem, there are chances to find some of the biggest mammals of the rainforest, like peccaries or wild pigs, deer, or tapir.
Eventually, we will reach the lagoon of Mandi Cocha. Here we get into a fiberglass canoe and paddle through the amazing Igapo Forest. This is a temporary flooded black water forest. Here we might see different species of birds and some of our guests, who are extra lucky, may encounter the elusive giant otter.
12:30 pm – Lunch
4:30 pm – Garzacocha Lagoon and Ceiba Trail
This lagoon is one of the most beautiful in all the Ecuadorian Amazon. During this trip is when we have higher chances of spotting different species of monkeys and birds.
Sometimes huge groups of squirrel monkeys join families of capuchin monkeys to look for food. Howler monkeys also like to spend the late afternoon around the lagoon and you can hear their tremendous calls echoing on the lake. We may even see the famous pygmy marmoset, which is the smallest monkey in the world. At La Selva, we have 7 primate species that can be seen.
More wildlife that can be seen include the Hoatzin, a famous bird with a very strange appearance and adaptations, toucans, macaws, and many other species of birds.
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 that 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 5 - BACK TO CIVILISATION

RETURN TO COCA

Day 5:6:00 am – Wake Up Call
6:30 am – Breakfast
7:00 am – Departure for Coca
In accordance with 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.
During your free time in between activities, you can use our kayaks, swim in the lagoon,
have a massage or just relax in your room and have a nap!

  • AND FINALLY, I RETURN TO QUITO

ITINERARY

DAY ONE

  • Arrival to Coca
  • Transfer to the Lodge
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon trek along the Matapalo Trail to see 400-year old trees.
  • Watch the sunset from the viewing platform
  • Dinner

DAY TWO

  • Early morning bird watching from the canopy observation tower.
  • Trek to Mandicocha Lagoon to look for giant otters
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon trek on the Charapa Trail for wildlife spotting.
  • Dinner
  • Nocturnal canoe ride and star-gazing.

DAY THREE

  • Breakfast
  • Morning visit to the parrot clay licks,
  • cultural trip to Mandi Wasi community center to learn about Kichwa culture.
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon canoe ride to Garzacocha Lake to search for howler monkeys & birds.
  • Dinner

DAY FOUR

If you take the 4-day option

  • Breakfast
  • Leave the lodge by canoe
  • bus back to Coca where the tour ends

If you take the 5-day option

  • Breakfast
  • Trek through primary forest to Mandi Cocha Lake, where you can paddle the flooded forest in fiber-glass canoes.
  • Lunch
  •  Afternoon trek on the Ceiba Trail.
  • Dinner

DAY FIVE

  • Breakfast
  • Leave the lodge by canoe
  • bus back to Coca where the tour ends

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Assistance at the airport: Quito and Coca. Transfers in the city of Coca. Canoe transportation from Coca to the Lodge.
  • Accommodation
  • All meals.
  • Guided Excursions.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish speaking Naturalist Guide + Native Assistant Guide.
  • Rain poncho and rubber boots will be provided during your stay at the Lodge. Boots available up to size mens10 ½ US.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Personal Expenses,
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic Beverages & Sodas
  • Airfare Quito-Coca-Quito
  • Others not specified

WHAT TO BRING

  • Sunglasses
  • Light Jacket / Raincoat
  • Flash Lights (Preferable LED for the night walk and caiman spotting activities)
  • Swimsuits
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Water Bottle
  • Long sleeved cotton shirts 2 or more
  • Long trousers 2 or more ( not jeans )
  • Shorts, 2 or more ( quick drying material )
  • T-shirts, 3 or more
  • Cotton socks, a pair per day
  • Comfortable walking shoes and sandals
  • Toiletries ( biodegradable shampoo and soap )
  • Binoculars ( optional )
  • Original Passport & copy
  • Zip-lock bags to keep clothes / equipment dry

COSTS

    • 4 days = $1350 per person in double or triple,
    • 5 days = $1670 per person in double or triple,
    • The prices do not include flights which are $240 for a return flight Quito -Coca- Quito