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This lodge is inaccessible by road. From Coca, a two-hour motorized canoe ride down the Napo River and a gentle paddle to the southern banks transports guests to the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve. This is where La Selva Lodge is located, overlooking Garzacocha Lagoon.
‘La Selva’ means rainforest in Spanish, and this lodge is located in the heart of Ecuador’s Amazon. It is a slice of luxury nestled into one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, surrounded by millions of species of plants, animals, birds and insects.
With each day, journey just beyond the lodge’s territories to discover monkeys, caimans, jaguars, turtles, marmosets, frogs and a vast array of bird species. A variety of self-guided and naturalist-guided hikes by day and night reveal the incredible biodiversity surrounding La Selva.
Climb up the 125-foot rainforest canopy tower to see tanagers, parrots, toucans, parakeets, woodpeckers, and hoatzins at eye-level. Yasuni Biosphere Reserve is known to contain more species of bird than any other region in Ecuador, and more than the USA and Canada combined.
Winding throughout the property, nature trails connect La Selva Ecolodge with the magnificent forests that surround it. With ample space to explore some of the most impressive unseen areas of the Amazon, La Selva also has plenty of open-air wildlife viewing areas - perfect for an armchair Amazon safari.
For the adventurous and the daring, there’s a jumping board to swim in the lagoon. For those seeking tranquility and relaxation make the most of the intimate spa treatments that take place on the open-air pavilion with peaceful sounds of the forest and natural waters below.
Much of the lodge is open-air and lends itself perfectly to the uninterrupted surroundings of uninterrupted natural paradise. Sundowners on the fully-stocked bar overlooking the lake are a perfect way to see in the evening before heading out on night-time treks or simply relaxing in spacious high ceiling suites.
La Selva has 19 guest rooms which are spacious and shaded. The efficient design uses a natural cooling system and whilst not having aircon (to reduce environmental impact), the ceiling fans provide incredible airflow - much needed when travelling to the depths of the Amazon. Suites bring together traditional architecture with modern conveniences. Tastefully decorated beds are draped with mosquito nets, the balcony exposes the rainforest surrounding and rain showers are a refreshing way to cool off. Scenic Suites are located higher up and have fantastic views of the lake and Family Suites feature a porch, hammock and a tub.
WiFi, hot water showers, security box, 110 V electricity, mosquito nets, L’Occitane amenities, robes and slippers, hairdryer available on request, spa, multiple lounge chairs, viewing platforms, fully-stocked bar, restaurant.
The restaurant, dining room and lounge are open plan and boast panoramic views of the lake. Gourmet organic food is provided using local ingredients from the on-site garden to elevate and enhance the international favourites with Ecuadorian flavours. The kitchen specialises particularly in vegetarian, healthy and raw food and the on-site chef will happily cater to any dietary needs.
At Wayfairer we promote sustainable and positive tourism to all our clients who choose to travel with us. This means that all stays actively benefit the countries we visit, and experiences give back to the wildlife and communities we interact with. We only partner with lodges, hotels and tour operators in Ecuador who share our ethos.
La Selva is a sustainable place for visitors to enjoy the Amazon with minimal environmental impact. The lodge employs members of the local Pilchi community, and 80% of the food served on site is purchased from either the local communities or is grown in the garden. La Selva also works to reduce hunting, fishing and deforestation in the area and boats used for expeditions have low emissions. Structures have been consciously built using wood and bamboo from sustainable sources, and all-natural amenities and biodegradable products are provided for showers and baths.
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