This is one of the most biodiverse areas of the planet, home to literally millions of species of plants, animals, birds and insects. The Lodge overlooks the glassy waters of Lake Garzacocha.
All La Selva programs are deep Amazon experiences with excursions guided by native guides and bilingual naturalist guides. The Amazon rainforest jungle offers opportunities for cultural exchange, photography, adventure, hiking, relaxation, birdwatching and wildlife observation.
The open design of the restaurant and lounge creates an inviting panoramic view overlooking Garzacocha Lagoon. Fresh juices, local produce and fruit are part of our ongoing commitment to support local communities. As part of the restaurant, La Selva has a fully stocked bar complete with local and international beers, liquors, gins, and more. Feel free to make a tab and pay the night before you leave.
The area surrounding La Selva has perhaps the largest list of bird species in the neo-tropics due to its ideal location on the border of Yasuni National Park. Thanks to biodiversity and top-notch guides, you will have the chance to see unique flora and fauna. Excursions include jungle walks, visit to a parrot clay lick, night canoe rides, cultural visits to local communities. All programs include meals and guided excursions.
The lodge has nineteen spacious suites, including three scenic suites with a view of Lake Garzacocha and roomy family suites for those who have brought their children along on their jungle adventure. The Scenic and Superior Suites include rainforest showers, private balconies and great panoramic views, while the Family Suites include extra-spacious bathrooms, hammocks and a tub on a private porch.
La Selva features a large, airy restaurant and lounge, with a complete bar and wraparound window over the lagoon. In addition to the restaurant, La Selva has a complete bar serving cold beer, soft drinks, juices and cocktails. Lodge facilities include a 38-meter-high observation tower.
Canoe Ride: Enjoy a canoe ride on our lagoon, Garzacocha, and discover a great diversity of plants and animals in two different landscapes and ecosystems.
Night Excursions: 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.
Sacha Huagra Trail: Cross Garzacocha Lake, walk through untouched forest to observe the Giant Kapok Tree (Ceiba Pentandra) and the Strangler Fig Tree (Ficus sp), as well as other plant and animal species that can be seen along the trail; arrive at the lodge for lunch. It takes about four and a half hours for the whole loop.
Parrot Clay Licks: Visit to the Yasuni National Park and look at the clay wall in the Napo River where parrots and parakeets gather in order to obtain the minerals that will help them to digest the fruits or seeds they have consumed.
Chawamango Trail: Head east at the Mandiñan trailhead, followed by a walk back to Garzacocha lake. 3 - 4 hour walk. Surprises can be found on the way.
Matapalo Trail: This is an introductory walk perfect for your arrival day. Here you will have the chance to appreciate the particular Strangler Fig (Ficus sp), Azteca Ants (Azteca Trigona) lots of bright and beautiful heliconia plants and the Rubber Tree (Hevea Brasiliensis).
Tucaneta's Trail: This is a short 2 hour walk around the lodge where you will get a general idea of the tropical rainforest (flora, fauna & microfauna).
Charapa Trail: Short trip by foot around the edge of Lake Garzacocha. Return by canoe to the lodge.
Observation Tower: Newly renovated and ready for your arrival at La Selva Jungle Lodge is the Observation Tower! The tower offers great views of 35 meters overlooking the beautiful canopy of the surrounding rainforest. Offering breath taking views of the wilderness that surrounds the lodge, here you'll see and hear many different species of birds, insects, and monkeys, as well as different types of flowers.
Atop of the tower offers great opportunities for photography, filmography, and bird watching. The tower is located only 10 minutes away from the lodge. Guides will accompany you to the observation tower either in the morning or the afternoon.
Coto Trail This trail is also a loop where you start our walking and come back to the hotel by canoe. It lasts approximately two hours, and is ideal for observing diverse flora and fauna. With luck we will have mammal and bird sightings close to the lake.
Mandiñan Trail: Lasts three to four hours depending on the animal sightings that happen along the way. The entire trail is by foot to observe flora and fauna typical of the tropical rainforest.
Private Visit To Pañacocha: Pañacocha is located between the two largest protected areas in the Amazon, Yasuni National Park and Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.
Established in 1994, Pañacocha offers rare exceptional views of 9 different species of primates, 500 species of birds, and 100 different species of fish in the protected waterways, including Lake Pañacocha. Pañacocha also boasts tropical butterflies with endless varieties of colors and patterns. Join one of our local naturalist guides to experience the beauty found within this 140,000 acre protected rainforest.
Please note that there is an extra fee for this activity. Private visit subject to availability, you must book in advance.