The Amazon is the world’s largest remaining tropical rainforest. Ecuador’s Amazon, popularly known as the Oriente, is on the eastern side of the Andes, separated from the rest of the country by unbroken mountains. Ecuador boasts one of the best developed infrastructures for visiting the Amazon, with many destinations accessible within a day’s journey from Quito. The Award winning La Selva Lodge is one of the first Amazon rainforest lodges in Ecuador, and was completely renovated and reopened in July of 2012, to include 12 brand new state of the art eco-suites with Private Balconies and Panoramic Windows, thus becoming the premier Ecolodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
The lodge offers a wide array of jungle activities with English-speaking guide, with multi-levels of difficulty to make sure that they meet the needs and preferences of each client serviced. Situated on Garzacocha Lake along the border of Yasuni National Park some 60-miles from the town of Coca, down the Napo River (one of the main tributaries of the Amazonas River) and one mile inland from the river itself. This region boasts bountiful flora and fauna where you will be spotting monkeys, hundreds of species of birds, sloths, caymans and butterflies are just a short walk or canoe paddle away. An easy trail close to the hotel is usually filled with wildlife at any hour of the day. A short walk through rainforest will allow you to appreciate the giant kapok tree (Ceiba pentandra) and the Strangler fig tree (Ficus sp), along with thousands of other plant and animal species.
Three to five nights
When to go
The Amazon region normally has a warm, humid and rainy climate. Average temperature varies from 72°F to 80°F. The drier season is generally November to February but varies by region.
• Interaction with Indigenous communities
• Photographic safaris
• Treks in the jungle
• Canopy tours
• Bird watching