La Selva Jungle Lodge
At a Glance
Fantastic location at the heart of the Rainforest, within the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve and next to the Yasuní National Park
Set in one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth, home to millions of species of plants, animals, birds and insects.
Chance to relax at the spa and enjoy a variety of treatments - perfect after a long hike in the forest
Carefully designed suites permit guests to enjoy the sites and sounds of the forest
Expert guides offer a wide variety of excursions suited to different abilities and interests
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All year round destination. There is no defined dry season, and rain can be expected at any time of year being a tropical rainforest.
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A wonderful lodge set at the heart of the rainforest, La Selva offers its guests the chance to discover the fascinating native flora and fauna from comfortable surroundings, in the company of its expert bilingual and native guides. Great for families.
Having been completely remodelled in 2012, La Selva offers 18 comfortable suites, carefully set amongst the forest. The Suites have been built with bamboo from sustainable plantations and their open design means guests can enjoy the sounds of the forest when not out exploring.
The Scenic and Superior Suites feature their own private balconies, rainforest showers and panoramic views whilst the Family Suites feature spacious bathrooms, hammocks and a hot tub on the private terrace.
The lodge's restaurant serves a blend of both local and international cuisine, using fresh ingredients wherever possible. Other facilities at the lodge include a spa, an observation tower 20 minutes away and a Butterfly Farm.
The lodge works closely with the local community and tours and excursions are lead by bilingual English-Spanish speaking guides and local native guides. These tours typically can typically include hikes in the forest, canoe rides, night excursions and visits to the parrot clay lick.
La Selva Jungle Lodge boasts 18 spacious suites, all of which provide a number of modern amenities whilst being built in the traditional style using bamboos and local timbers. Scenic Suites and Superior Suites include private balconies boasting panoramic views (three overlooking the lake) and rainforest showers. Family Suites also enjoy a hot tub and hammocks on the private porch as well as benefiting from extra spacious bathrooms. Hot showers, ceiling fans and electricity are provided in each suite, along with mosquito nets.
La Selva is well-geared up for family adventures and offers specific family packages, as well as a Junior Naturalist Program to capture those wild imaginations. Children receive a special kit for young adventurers which includes items such as crayons and magnifying glasses. Junior Naturalists will be given a list of fun tasks from finding food in the jungle to learning animal calls and paddling the canoes, all with the help of the specialist guides at the lodge.
The lodge features a large restaurant boasting wraparound windows overlooking the lake. Locally sourced ingredients are used wherever possible to create delicious and nutritious dishes. Other facilities include a bar and a spa.
Hike forest trails, visit the butterfly farm, climb the observation tower and scout for wildlife, observe parrot clay licks and paddle along the river in kayak or canoe. Night walks and canoe rides are also included in programmes and guests can even enjoy a cooling swim in the lagoon at their leisure.
Butterfly Farm at La Selva
Visit the butterfly farm at La Selva to learn about the biology of these beautiful creatures and gain a better understanding of each of the different stages of life. Don't forget your camera!
Canoeing along the Napo River
Explore the rainforest deeper as you embark on a journey along the Napo River by traditional paddle canoe. Reach narrow creeks as you search for wildlife with your specialist guide. Look out for monkeys, giant otters and a variety of unusual bird species.
Night walks at La Selva
Head out into the forest at night, armed with your flashlight and camera, looking out for all the insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals which come out at night and listening for their unique calls.
Otavalo Traditional Market & Handicraft Tour
A tour around Otavalo market, famous for its handicrafts and for being one of the finest markets in Latin America. The region’s craft heritage is displayed in all it’s finery here, so expect woollen scarves, handbags and ponchos.
Parrot clay lick
Observe hundreds of parrots and a variety of species at one of the nearby clay licks. Watch as these colourful creatures hang back, planning their approach, before swooping down to indulge in the minerals and salts contained within the clay.
Location & directions
La Selva can be found within the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in the heart of Ecuador's Amazon. The lodge is set on the edge of Heron Lake, just a little way along the Napo River from the town of Coca.
How to get there
Coca is the nearest airport to La Selva and is a 40-minute flight from Quito. Upon arrival into Coca it is 2 hours by motorised canoe along the River Napo to reach the lodge.
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