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. La Selva has the largest accommodations of any Ecuador rainforest lodge. 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.
Conservation at La Selva
At La Selva, you'll be educated on how and why the lodge uses sustainable tourism. Highlights of the conservation program at La Selva include: Hunting, fishing and the cutting down of trees has been greatly reduced thanks to the agreements that have been signed with the Pilchi community. New engines with low emission and less fuel consumption are now used for La Selva's boats on the rivers, and on Lake Garzacocha the use of any engine is prohibited. The lodge's goal is to purchase 80% of the food used at the lodge from the local communities, and all products used at the lodge are natural and fresh from the local area. Construction of the lodge was built to last with bamboo taken from sustainable plantations from in and around the local communities. All natural amenities and biodegradable products are used for the showers and baths. All water from these locations flow into a natural pond for further environmental sustainability.
Community Service at La Selva
La Selva supports the local Pilchi community by paying local teachers a monthly wage and helping them build schools and sanitary facilities. The lodge works closely with the people from the local community for management and guidance purposes such as sustainable and organic farming, and hires many community members who work at the lodge. La Selva also donated a motorized canoe combined with a low emission engine that results in less fuel consumption for the local community to use and sends volunteers to the community from its nonprofit organization Fundación Bolivar Education to aid in various conservation projects such as health care and sanitation.
Accommodations at La Selva
Thatched cabanas offer varying sleeping configurations in a total of 18 suites. 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). Due to preserving the authentic Amazon experience and for ecological reasons, there is no air conditioning in the rooms, but an open design allows for ample air circulation. Made entirely of secondary growth rainforest materials and designed to blend with the surroundings - La Selva's cabanas fit right in their Amazon setting.
Family Suite - 3 suites available
Private bathroom, accommodation for 4 guests; king bed and two double beds; private porch with Jacuzzi; 602 square feet.
Superior Suite - 12 suites available
Exclusive rainforest shower; king bed or two double beds; luxury bed linens; private balcony; 398 square feet.
Scenic Suite - 3 suites available
Exclusive rainforest shower; king bed or two double beds; luxury bed linens; private balcony with lake view; 398 square feet.