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Ecuador Amazon Adventure - La Selva EcoLodge

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Ecuador Amazon Adventure - La Selva EcoLodge
Explore the incredible diversity and wildlife of Ecuador's Amazon from the newly refurbished La Selva EcoLodge. Winner of the Ecotourism Award from the World Congress on Tourism and the Environment, La Selva Amazon Ecolodge sits high on Lake Garzacocha and has developed special conservation and community projects that directly aid the planet in the true spirit of eco-tourism. See the Acc ommodations tab for more details on conservation and community at La Selva. The spacious airy suites here are inspired by native designs, each with a private balcony or porch, and the food is the pride of the lodge.

Your journey begins by canoeing the headwaters of the Amazon River to this comfortable wilderness lodge surrounded by a region of megadiversity. Daily hikes and paddles, led by expert resident guides, explore the mysteries and connections of life in the Amazon rain forest. You will by thrilled by the chance to ascend a canopy platform or view hundreds of colorful birds at nearby parrot licks. La Selva is home to many trails, an observation tower, and a large butterfly farm.

This 4- or 5-day trip includes your jungle lodge accommodations and guided activities. An Amazon lodge trip is the perfect extension to a Galapagos cruise, or our Amazon travel experts can craft a custom Amazon tour. AdventureSmith Explorations offers the Ecuador Amazon Adventure from three different lodges. View the following links for information on the other two options, or head back to the main Ecuador Amazon Adventure page:
Ecuador Amazon Adventure - Sacha Lodge
Ecuador Amazon Adventure - Napo Wildlife Center
Ecuador Amazon Adventure Main Page
read more Explore the incredible diversity and wildlife of Ecuador's Amazon from the newly refurbished La Selva EcoLodge. Winner of the Ecotourism Award from the World Congress on Tourism and the Environment, La Selva Amazon Ecolodge sits high on Lake Garzacocha and has developed special conservation and community projects that directly aid the planet in the true spirit of eco-tourism. See the Accommodations tab for more details on conservation and community at La Selva. The spacious airy suites here are inspired by native designs, each with a private balcony or porch, and the food is the pride of the lodge.

Your journey begins by canoeing the headwaters of the Amazon River to this comfortable wilderness lodge surrounded by a region of megadiversity. Daily hikes and paddles, led by expert resident guides, explore the mysteries and connections of life in the Amazon rain forest. You will by thrilled by the chance to ascend a canopy platform or view hundreds of colorful birds at nearby parrot licks. La Selva is home to many trails, an observation tower, and a large butterfly farm.

This 4- or 5-day trip includes your jungle lodge accommodations and guided activities. An Amazon lodge trip is the perfect extension to a Galapagos cruise, or our Amazon travel experts can craft a custom Amazon tour. AdventureSmith Explorations offers the Ecuador Amazon Adventure from three different lodges. View the following links for information on the other two options, or head back to the main Ecuador Amazon Adventure page:
Ecuador Amazon Adventure - Sacha Lodge
Ecuador Amazon Adventure - Napo Wildlife Center
Ecuador Amazon Adventure Main Page
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Day 1 - Quito to Coca & La Selva EcoLodge

Days 2 - 3 - La Selva Amazon Adventure

Day 4 - Depart La Selva EcoLodge to Coca & Quito


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Day 1 - Quito to Coca & La Selva EcoLodge

You are greeted at the Quito airport by a representative from La Selva Amazon EcoLodge, then fly 30 minutes from Quito to the town of Coca (officially known as Francisco de Orellana) on the Napo River. After a short drive from the airport to the dock, board a large, motorized, covered canoe for a scenic two-hour trip down the Napo River. A short walk and paddle canoe leads to La Selva EcoLodge. Upon arrival, the naturalist guides will provide an orientation to the rainforest and present many options for excursions helping you craft a custom Amazon travel adventure based on your interests and abilities.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
La Selva Amazon EcoLodge
MEALS:
lunch and dinner

Days 2 - 3 - La Selva Amazon Adventure

Each day at La Selva is designed to explore the Amazon rainforest up close. There are a number of possible excursions and tours with an English-speaking guide, some more physically challenging than others, which cater to all ages and physical abilities. Activities may include:

MATAPALO TRAIL: This trail, named after the famous Strangler fig (Ficus Aurea), provides a short introductory walk and terrific opportunities to see plants, insects, birds and wildlife close to the lodge.

NIGHT WALK: A flashlight and a camera are all you need as guides point out insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals during an hour walk in the darkness of the forest.

CANOE RIDE IN GARZACOCHA LAGOON: 1.5- to 2-hour day and night canoe excursions discover a great diversity of plants and animals in two different landscapes and ecosystems.

CHAGUAMANGO TRAIL: Trail begins at the lodge and finishes at the edge of the lake. At the end of the walk head back to the lodge by canoe. If lucky, you might see big troops of squirrel monkeys approaching the water, allowing you to take great photos of wildlife.

CHARAPA TRAIL: A hike on this trail is about 1.5 hours, starting at the butterfly farm and ending on the edge of the lake. It's a wonderful loop that begins with a walk, returning to the lodge by canoe. Along the way sight different groups of mammals, monkeys and birds that get close to the lakeshore to look for food in the afternoon. On a clear day you can also enjoy a beautiful sunset from the canoe.

OBSERVATION TOWER: A 20-minute walk from the lodge leads to the tower. The La Selva observation tower rises 120 feet above the forest floor into the rainforest canopy. Telescopes enable you to see birds from the canopy, and maybe even monkeys or sloths. Native guides point out medicinal plants while naturalist guides discuss rainforest ecology on a 2-hour hike back to the lodge.

PARROT CLAY LICK & KICHWA COMMUNITY: Visit the most biologically diverse spot on Earth, Yasuni National Park. Canoe and walk to the Napo River where a short motorized canoe trip explores one of the most amazing displays of the wild world. Hundreds of parrots and parakeets approach the treetops and later come down to a clay bank to eat the soil rich in minerals. It is essential to have binoculars to enjoy the experience. Once you identify the different species of parrots and parakeets, your naturalist guide will provide information about the behavior of these spectacular birds. The motorized canoe ride will continue for approximately 30 more minutes of bird watching along the river banks. After a wonderful morning full of parrots, parakeets and other birds, now enjoy a unique cultural activity. An Amazonian Kichwa family will receive you in their home. Visit their garden called a "chakra," followed by a visit in their house to show you a part of the Amazonia that you will not find on the maps or in a book: the Amazon people. A motorized canoe ride, walk and paddle canoe ride will bring you back to La Selva.

BUTTERFLY FARM & PIRANHA FISHING: An enclosed butterfly "farm" houses numerous colorful species. Learn about the fascniating life cycle of butterflies with opportunities for amazing photographs. The adventure continues with fishing for piranhas in Garzacocha Lake. Fishing lines will be provided by your native guide to let you catch your own piranha. Depending on the size of the fish, usually they are released back into the water. If it is big enough you can give it to La Selva's gourmet chef and enjoy a tasty fish dinner. The fish is much more delicious when you catch it yourself!

SACHA HUGRA TRAIL: Walk through an amazing section of primary forest for about 4 to 5 hours with the chance to find the biggest and oldest trees in the surrounding forest. Guides enhance opportunities to spot birds and wildlife. Guests who find the full hike too challenging are welcome to enjoy of a portion of it instead.

Each evening at the lodge guides hold optional talks to elaborate on specific topics of the rainforest and to enhance your experience. In addition to the activities described above, La Selva offers yoga and spa treatments at additional cost. Contact our experts to customize your La Selva experience with custom activities for families, bird watching, honeymoons and more.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
La Selva Amazon EcoLodge
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Depart La Selva EcoLodge to Coca & Quito

This morning journey by boat back up the Napo River to Coca for the return flight to Quito. Arrive Quito midday. This concludes your La Selva Amazon Adventure.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife or National Park regulation. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique.

Arrival & Departure

The Ecuador Amazon Adventure begins and ends in Quito. Flights to the Amazon usually depart early and the Ecuador Amazon Adventure may require a pre trip hotel overnight in Quito. Expect to return from the Amazon late in the late afternoon on Day 4 or Day 5.
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Departures every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

$1100 - 4 Day 2014

$1370 - 5 Day 2014


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Included

Assistance at the airport: Quito and Coca; Transfers and transportation in the Amazon; Accommodation; All meals; Guided excursions; Bilingual naturalist guide and native guide; Rain poncho and rubber boots during your stay at lodge.

Exclusions

Airfare to Ecuador, fights from Quito to Coca (estimated $170 round-trip 2014, subject to change), Yasuni National Park entrance fee, gratuities to Naturalist Staff and crew, items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, and insurance of any kind. Luggage weight limit is 44 pounds for Quito-Coca flights.

Room Configuration

Rooms may be booked as a single for a supplement of 30%.

Families & Children

The Amazon rainforest is a wonderful place for family travel. Children under 12 years old receive 30% off.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $100 is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 30 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 91 days - no penalty
90 to 61 days - deposit forfeited
60 to 30 days - 50% of total trip cost
29 to 8 days - $200 cancellation fee, plus option to reschedule up to one year, no refund
7 to 0 days - 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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