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La Selva Lodge & SPA - 4 Nights Itinerary

La Selva Lodge itineraries are centered on Amazon jungle tours and rainforest excursions. On this 5-day/4-night Amazon adventure tour in Ecuador, you and your group — accompanied by an English-speaking naturalist guide and indigenous guide — will explore the trails, lagoon and rivers of the Amazon rainforest outside the doorstep of the lodge. Live the Selva Lodge experience by visiting exotic places in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, sharing with the local Kichwa community and learning about their ancestral customs, traditions and their rich culture.

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“I had a great trip with the liveabord at Agressor II, everything was just perfect, the boat, the trip, the team and the dives. I would like to thank for all the support from Surtrek team.”Alex

La Selva Lodge & SPA: Highlights

Ecuadorian Amazon, Selva Lodge, Amazon Rainforest, local community, observation tower

La Selva Lodge & SPA: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: From Quito to the Lodge
Day 2: Parrot Clay Lick – Visit to Indigenous Kichwa Community – Lake Garzacocha Wildlife Watching – Nocturnal Rainforest Safari
Day 3: Exploring the Amazon Rainforest!
Day 4: Canopy Observation Tower – Tucaneta Trail Eco-Trek – Mandi Cocha Lake Wildlife Walk
Day 5: Return to Quito
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La Selva Lodge & SPA: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
From Quito to the Lodge

At the Quito airport, a Surtrek representative will help you with your luggage and tickets (though note that transportation from your hotel to the Quito airport is available for those guests who need it).

After a short (35 minute) flight to Coca, you will be met by another English-speaking representative of La Selva Amazon Eco-lodge, who will welcome you to Coca, help you with your luggage, and transfer you and your fellow guests to the pier, where a motorized canoe will be waiting.

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

Once you reach La Selva 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 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!

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2
Parrot Clay Lick – Visit to Indigenous Kichwa Community – Lake Garzacocha Wildlife Watching – Nocturnal Rainforest Safari

Today, riding in a motorized canoe along the Napo River, we will make our way to one of the most fascinating rainforest displays: A parrot clay lick. Armed with your trusty pair of binoculars, you will have a chance to witness the hundreds of parrots and parakeets that gather here daily to eat the mineral-rich soil, which is an important ingredient in their diet. 

Following the clay lick experience, we will make contact with the local indigenous community, as you are welcomed into the Amazonian Kichua center by local women, who will talk with us about the lives of the Kichua in the Amazon. This exchange will provide you a special and unique opportunity to learn about the true day-to-day life of peoples in the Amazon.

After lunch, we will head out along the Ceiba Trail for Lake Garzacocha, which is one of the most beautiful bodies of water in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Along the way and once there, you will have plenty of chances to spot monkeys, birds and even families of Squirrel monkeys and Capuchin monkeys in search of food. While the raucous roaring of Howler monkeys can’t be missed, you’ll have to keep a sharp eye out for Pigmy Marmoset, the smallest monkeys in the world. At the same time, in the trees above and flying overhead, colorful birds like toucans, macaws and the prehistoric-looking Hoatzin can also be seen.  

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3
Exploring the Amazon Rainforest!

Breakfast will be served early because there is so much to see and do! 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 the lodge’s comfortable lodge and relax.

For those who wish to venture out, the Charapa Trail will take you on a great looping trek, along which you can come across mammals, monkeys and birds, as these come to the lake at this time in search of food. Along the way, one of the naturalist guides will give you more basic information about the tropical rainforest, the Amazon and how La Selva operates. 

Delicious lunches are served in the lodge’s 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 the 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’s raining hard. Again, the activity will be decided at the last moment by the guide, depending on conditions.

A gourmet dinner will await in the lodge’s dining room as afternoon turns into evening. After dinner, depending on the weather and the will of the group, there may be a short evening 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!

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4
Canopy Observation Tower – Tucaneta Trail Eco-Trek – Mandi Cocha Lake Wildlife Walk

Following a hearty Amazonian breakfast, and after a 20-minute walk, we will make our way to the lodge’s observation tower – an amazing structure that allows adventurers to climb 120 feet above the forest canopy. Perched high above the forest floor, your naturalist guide will help you sight brilliantly colored birds, monkeys and other wildlife of the Amazon.

After this heady experience, you will have the option of hiking along the Tucaneta Trail, where your indigenous guide can point out many of the medicinal plants that are still used in the rainforest today. Likewise, your naturalist guide will share fascinating information about the fragile ecology and the natural history of the Amazon basin. 

Following lunch, we will continue with a 3-to 4-hour trek through an amazing primary forest ecosystem where you will have chances to discover some of the largest mammals of the rainforest, including peccaries (wild pigs), deer and tapir. Eventually we will reach the shore of Mandi Cocha where we will get into a fiberglass canoe and paddle through the amazing flooded black-water Igapo Forest. In addition to finding a host of different bird species of birds, if we’re especially lucky we may even encounter the elusive Giant river otter.

 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5
Return to Quito

Breakfast will be served, although you must depart the lodge early to get to Coca in time for your flight. You’ll leave the same way you arrived: 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 only hope that you will tell your friends and return to visit La Selva Lodge someday.

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La Selva Lodge & SPA: Prices

2018 - Price per person
RoomSuperior / Scenic Suite / Family Suite*
5 DaysUS$ 1,510
Included in the price:
  • Accommodation at La Selva Amazon Eco-lodge
  • All meals included during your stay at La Selva Lodge
  • All regularly planned guided excursions, such as wildlife walks and canoe tours of the lagoons and creeks near La Selva
  • Free use of fishing gear, canoes, rubber boots, guide books, etc.
  • Honeymoon specials: welcome package, special cocktails and more!
  • Transfer from Coca to la Selva Lodge includes a box Lunch
Not included in the price:
  • International flights
  • Airfare to/from Quito-Coca
  • Personal expenses Tips for guides and lodge staff
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Alcoholic drinks
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