La Selva eco-lodge or "the Jungle" in Spanish is located 60 miles from Coca down the Napo River in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon basin. The lodge has been in operation for 25 years and is a highly respected jungle lodge in South America. Thatch roofed cabanas, each with private bathrooms and hot water, are located one mile from the river, on a hillside, overlooking a lake. A 2012 remodel was highlighted by 12 brand-new state of the art eco-suites and a remodel of the family and traditional suites, bringing the lodge's capacity to a total of 50 guests. In addition, a new restaurant and bar area provides incredible views of Garzacocha Lake. The lodge offers 24-hour electricity and water, powered by solar energy.
Arrival at La Selva
A special experience from the start! Flights to La Selva are available every day except Sunday. A motorized canoe takes your group down the Napo River (approximately 2.5 hours). A short hike follows this trip to finally board a paddle canoe to cross Garzcocha Lagoon before arriving at the lodge. Upon arrival to La Selva's main dock, the staff will help you carry your luggage (carry-on baggage as well as camera gear will be the guest’s responsibility). You will be greeted with a complimentary cocktail as well as introduced to your bilingual naturalist guide.
Dining at La Selva
La Selva's new restaurant provides gourmet organic food using local ingredients from its on-site garden. The restaurant's French chef, Aime, is passionate about helping the local community, and has started a program, working alongside the locals to grow food native to the area. Aime specializes in vegetarian and raw food, and can accommodate special diets upon request. The spacious dining room has a cone-shaped roof and open-air combined bar and lounge with a wrap-around view of the lake. One of your experiences at La Selva is a signature "welcome" drink upon arrival. Throughout your stay friendly bartenders will serve your favorite cocktail or introduce you to some of La Selva's special tropical drinks while you enjoy the wonderful lake view from the bar.
Activities at La Selva
A variety of self-guided and naturalist-guided hikes reveal the biodiversity of the region. Kayaks and self-guided trails are also available. In addition, La Selva offers a butterfly garden and a 135-foot rainforest canopy observation tower providing and eye-level view of rain forest birds and wildlife. In addition to the lodge La Selva features a jungle camping immersion. Depart from the lodge with your guide to spend the night surrounded by the sights and sounds of the wilderness; all equipment is provided. During your stay at La Selva, a rain poncho and rubber boots are provided for your use.
Imagine getting a massage or spa treatment surrounded by Amazonian butterflies! La Selva's elite Butterfly Spa is the first of its kind in Ecuador and in all of South America.
Accommodations at La Selva
There are 12 thatched cabanas with 24 rooms of varying sleeping configurations. 12 new superior eco-suites are outfitted with private balconies and panoramic windows. These exclusively designed suites have ample bathrooms, including rainforest showers. The property's cabanas come from native design - rustic and authentic yet comfortable with unexpected amenities, such as L'Occitane products. Each cozy bungalow has a private bathroom, hot showers, electricity, ceiling fans, a hammock and mosquito netting for each bed (although you will be surprised at what little need you will have for this item). Made entirely of secondary growth rainforest materials and designed to blend with the surroundings - La Selva's cabanas fit right in their Amazon setting.
Traditional Hut - 4 cabins available
Private bathroom; 6 x 6 m; double, triple and quadruple.
Family Suite - 3 suites available
Private bathroom, accommodation for 4 guests; 7.5 x 7.5 m; king bed and two double beds; private porch with Jacuzzi; 602 square feet.
Superior Suite - 12 suites available
Exclusive rainforest shower; 37 sq m; king bed or two double beds; luxury bed linens; private balcony; 398 square feet.
Scenic Suite - 3 suites available
Exclusive rainforest shower; 37 sq m; king bed or two double beds; luxury bed linens; private balcony with lake view; 398 square feet.