La Selva Lodge

Ecuador

Duration:4 days

La Selva jungle and rainforest lodge is in Ecuador’s Primary Rainforest. Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest is a tropical garden of colourful blossoms, billowing ferns and giant trees providing a green sanctuary to rare and exotic wildlife with intriguing insects, unique species of birds and butterflies and magical sceneries. The rain stimulates the Amazon rainforest’s luxuriant growth and drenches the visitor who comes to see the spectacle. In other words the Amazon Rainforest is LA SELVA Jungle Lodge reason of existence.

La Selva Jungle lodge boasts 17 thatched-roofed cabins, and a spacious dining room, aslo with a cone-shaped roof. The lodges of La Selva Jungle Lodge come of a native design: rustic, authentic and comfortable. The lodges can be described as private bungalows that are dry, cozy and immaculately clean. They are made entirely of secondary rainforest materials and are designed to blend with Ecuador’s Jungle. Each lodge has a private bathroom, a hammock and a mosquito netting in each bed.

La Selva Jungle Lodge has unexpected amenities such as hot water. Everything at La Selva Jungle Lodge is sanitary beyond your wildest expectations. Other gathering spots at La Selva include an open-air bar and lounge area with a wrap-around view of the lake. You can sneak a siesta (spanish for nap) in the hammock hut, or spend some lazing about and reviewing photos of the day on your digitial camera.

Day 1

Quito – La Selva Lodge

Visitors fly from Quito to Coca, where you will be met at the airport and provided with transport to La Selva Lodge. LD

Day 2-3

La Selva Lodge

The first excursion will be organised, as fast as they want and they will be ready to choose one of the innumerable possibilities that we are glad to detail for you:

Walk to Silverio’s House:

Cross Garzacocha Lake. Two and a half to three hour walk on a purposely underdeveloped trail which has some physical challenge. Half of the walk takes place in primary forest and the other half passes the huts of our indigenous neighbors along the Napo River.

MANDICOCHA TRAIL:

An easy trail close to the hotel which is usually filled with wildlife no matter what hour of the day you do it. The excursion can last as long as you want.

MANDICOCHA-MANDIYACU:

A 3 to 4 hour trip. Follow the Mandicocha trail until you reach Mandicocha Lake which has a completely different ecosystem than Lake Garzacocha (where the hotel is located). Board paddle canoes for a one and half hour glide down Mandiyacu stream. One easily sees the myriad of wildlife that presents itself along the shores of the stream. Arriving at the Napo River, board a motorized canoe for the trip back to LA SELVA.

EL SALADO:

It’s a two-hour excursion often combined with a picnic lunch and trips across the Napo River (see following). Visit a site where with a little luck, parrots, parakeets and macaws can be seen by the thousands.

HIGH FOREST TRAIL:

The duration can vary between 3 to 5 hours. Cross the Napo River and arrive at a challenging mountainous trail which offers yet another ecosystem. It is a chance to see birds and other wildlife nowhere else seen. Also a chance to eat lemon ants.

PILCHE TRAIL:

Cross Garzacocha Lake then one hour or more of walking. See and enormous colony of leafcutter ants and whatever wildlife may come your way.

NIGHT EXCURSIONS:

Canoe or walking trips after dark to view nocturnal animals such as caiman, monkeys, insect, owls. Sample the LA SELVA nightlife.

135 FOOT OBSERVATION TOWER:

Not far from the lodge you can spend many hours observing birds flying by at eye-level, wildlife of all kinds, and yes, a bird’s-eye view of it all.

BUTTERFLY FARM:

Available every afternoon. Close to the lodge, watch and photograph butterflies at close range. With any luck, witness the miracle of metamorphosis.

PEDRO’S TRAIL:

Two versions available. Cross Garzacocha Lake, walk through virgin forest, and arrive at the tower: 4 hours. Short version: pass Butterfly farm and join trail in the middle (two hours).

CHAWAMANGO’S TRAIL:

Head east at Mandicocha trailhead and walk parallel tot eh lake. Arrive at Napo River. Return by elevated walkway and cross Garzacocha by canoe, 3 hours.

LITTLE CHAWAMANGO:

Short trip by foot around the edge of Lake Garzacocha. Return by canoe to the lodge.

RUTH’S TRAIL:

Across Mandicocha, it goes on and on and on. Good place to look for Jaguars (Named after owner’s mother).

At 7:00 o’clock, Dinner. There are Night Excursions (caiman hunt, search for owls, frogs, insect excursion, etc) in case guests are interested available every night. All the excursions will be organized day by day with your guide and the group.BLD

Day 4

La Selva Lodge – Coca – Quito

Transport will be provided to the airport in Coca, where you will take the flight back to Quito. B

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  • B: BREAKFAST
  • L: LUNCH
  • D: DINNER

Dates and cost

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Days of operation: Tuesday, friday and Saturday. Additional cost if travel on Wednesday and Thursday for canoe transfer.

What’s included

  • Accommodation in first class hotels with private facilities.
  • Meals, sightseeing and transfers as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Air tickets Quito/Coca/Quito (subject to change).
  • Assistance in Quito and Coca Airports.
  • Service charges and taxes (excepting those listed below)

What’s not included

Yasuni National Park fee; Airport or air ticket taxes or levies, port taxes (except where shown as included); passport or visa fees; excess baggage charges; any insurance; any meals, air fares or sightseeing not specified in the itinerary; optional gratuities to guides, drivers etc; beverages; laundry or other items of a personal nature and any items not specifically mentioned as being included.

How to Book

The completion and return of the booking form is mandatory to the acceptance of reservation. We advise that you book as far ahead as possible. To initiate your reservation, please complete the Booking Form which must be signed and returned to Adventure Associates along with the applicable Deposit. Reservations are established only when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the Booking Form and deposit payment. Ticketing and joining instructions are normally issued two weeks prior to departure.

Deposit required: $250 per person
Balance due: 60 days prior to departure
If booking within
60 days of departure:
full payment must be made

Should a booking be amended once reservations are processed, a $55 amendment fee per booking for each amendment made, plus any communication expenses incurred, will be added to the cost of the tour.

Cancellations

Written instructions only will be accepted by Adventure Associates to cancel a reservation. Cancellation charges are subject to regulations or airlines, cruise companies, coach and tour operators, hotels and any other Principals involved. If it is necessary to cancel your arrangements, the following non-refundable provisions will apply.

More than 60 days prior to departure $250 per person
Between 59 and 35 days prior to departure 25% of tour cost per person
Between 34 and 14 days prior to departure 50% of tour cost per person
On or within 13 days prior to departure No Refund

Note

  • All the above amounts are in addition to any fees levied by the airlines, hotels or cruise companies. Communication charges incurred may also be added to the above.
  • All cancellation provisions will be strictly applied. If the non-refundable amount is more than your advance payment, you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned in these Terms and Conditions you are strongly urged to take out travel insurance at the time of your reservation. Adventure Associates or your Travel Agent will be pleased to advise you on the best policy which may protect you.

All cancellation provisions will be strictly applied. If the cancellation charge is more than your advance payment you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned above you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance. Once the tour has departed there will be no refund for any unused portions of the trip.

butterflyNote: Packages are generally based on First class, centrally located hotels, except where specified, and include transfers between airports, hotels, sightseeing and meals as indicated in the itinerary. Ask us for details should you wish to stay in Deluxe Hotels, or another hotel of your choice. LaSelvaCanopyTower Tour costs are quoted in Australian Dollars per person unless otherwise indicated. All itineraries and prices may be subject to changes beyond our control as a result of airline rescheduling, tour arrangements, fare and hotel rate increases. Prices may also be adjusted due to currency fluctuations. Please check before you book with your travel agent or Adventure Associates to ascertain if there are any alterations to the tour you select.