La Selva Jungle Lodge Ecuador   5 comments

Breaking update …. Current as of August 21, 2009 La Selva Jungle Lodge operates packages any day of the week, with no minimum number of people and with no extra surcharge.

Located in pristine Amazon jungle (Oriente) of Ecuador this is a very family friendly jungle lodge and singles can have our adventure travel alone without paying for two as most luxury resorts charge.

The exact latitude and longitude of La Selva Jungle Lodge is: latitude -0.229498 / longitude -78.524277.Responsible_logo

We are convinced that the encounter offered at the Ecotourism Lodge, La Selva, is unique in the entire world. They have been refining their skills toward providing this ultimate experience, deep in the Amazon rainforest, in its friendly Amazon Jungle, since 1986, even before the dawn of ecotourism.

Packages, as you will later find here, run 4, 5, or 6 days (longer programs upon request) with many all- inclusive programs that include destinations like the Galapagos Islands and can be fully escorted.

Price per person in double cabin

6 days / 5 nights $1042
5 days / 4 nights $852
4 days / 3 nights $717
3 days / 2 nights $547

Single supplement is 30% more of LA SELVA rate. Children under 12 years old have 30% off in any of our programs.

Prices includes:

• Tour length 5 days/ 4 nights OR 4 days/ 3 nights OR 3 days / 2 nights
• River travel from Coca
• Accommodation
• All meals and beverages with meals included at La Selva
• English Speaking naturalist guide
• Free use of kayaks, fishing droplines, canoes, rubber boots, etc.

Prices do not include:

• Entrance fee to the Yasuní National Park ($25 per person)
• Air ticket Quito – Coca – Quito (aprox. $125 per person – prices subject to change)
• The bar bill
• Laundry service
• Personal expenses.
• Tips/gratuities
• Everything not mentioned under “included in the price”.

The friendly native staff will become like your own family in no time and join in your festival of marvel and wonder. Their motto says it all: “…in the jungle anything is possible…” A real adventure travel event, ecotourism at its finest: living and walking in the Amazon jungle lodge with the best naturalists and native trackers.

You are as far away from civilization as you can possibly be and a gourmet meal will arrive at your table with only the freshest ingredients. The food is another of La Selva Jungle Lodge’s major events.

The Amazon jungle lodge will fill you with wildlife sightings, our hammocks will fill you with a stolen siesta and our bar will fill you with tropical delights, Pepe, the barman will be patient to teach you to pronounce.

La Selva is the friendliest Amazon Jungle Lodge, a boutique, dedicated to fulfilling even the childhood fantasies of our far-flung guests.

For authentic Adventure and Ecotourism in the Amazon rainforest read on about friendly La Selva Jungle Lodge.


SAMPLE RANDOM ITINERARY FOR SOFT ADVENTURE


DAY 1:

Your clients should be at the airport of Quito one hour before the departure time, they will be met by our Representative, who will hand in boarding passes, check suitcases and will give them all the assistance they may require.

The private airline that we use is ICARO, VIP or TAME and the flight takes 30 minutes (Quito – Coca)

Follows a 15 minutes transfer from the airport in Coca to a private dock.

A motorized canoe will be waiting for the group to take them down the River Napo (2 ½ hours). During the ride downriver a box lunch prepared in the morning will be ready for each guest.

Arrival to LA SELVA dock, our staff will help you carrying your luggage (carry on, as well as camera gear, is guests responsibility.) A complementary welcome cocktail greets them in the bar along with the Naturalist guides.

The first excursion will be organized, as fast as they want and they will be ready to choose one of the innumerable possibilities that we are glad to detail for you:

SACHA HUAGRA TRAIL: Cross Garzacocha Lake, walk through virgin forest appreciating the giant kapok tree (Ceiba pentandra) and the Strangler fig tree (Ficus sp) between the most representatives along with some other plant and animal species that can be seen in the trail; arrive at the lodge for lunch. It takes about four and a half hours for the whole loop.

PARROT CLAY LICKS: Visit the Yasuní National Park for the whole morning in order to appreciate a unique site where parrots, parakeets and macaws concentrate in order to gather the minerals that will help them to digest the fruits they have consumed.

DANTA’S TRAIL: The duration can vary between 3 to 5 hours. Cross the Napo River and arrive at a challenging mountainous trail which offers yet another ecosystem. It is a chance to see birds and other wildlife nowhere else seen.

GARZACOCHA-MANDICOCHA-MANDIYACU:
A 3 to 4 hour trip. Follow the Mandicocha trail until you reach Mandicocha Lake which has a completely different ecosystem called Igapo Forest, board paddle canoes for a one hour glide down Mandiyacu stream. One easily sees the myriad of wildlife that presents itself along the shores of the stream.

WALK TO SILVERIO’S HOUSE: Cross Garzacocha Lake. Two and a half to three hour walk on a purposely underdeveloped trail which has some physical challenge. Most of the walk takes place in primary forest and at the end it passes by the huts of our indigenous neighbors near the Napo River. There is a great possibility to discuss about the Kichwa people life style, and visit an indigenous family.

CHAWAMANGO TRAIL: Head east at Mandicocha trail head and walk back to Garzacocha lake. 3 – 4 hour walk. Surprises can be found on the way.

MATAPALO TRAIL: This is an introductory walk perfect for the day of your arrival. Here you will have the chance to appreciate the particular Strangler Fig (Ficus sp), Azteca ants (Azteca trigona) lots of bright and beautiful heliconia plants and the Rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) among other surprises!

TOUCANETA’S TRAIL: This is a short 2 hour walk around the lodge where you will get a general idea of the tropical rainforest (flora, fauna & microfauna).

LITTLE CHAWAMANGO: Short trip by foot around the edge of Lake Garzacocha. Return by canoe to the lodge.

135 FOOT OBSERVATION TOWER: Not far from the lodge you can spend a couple of hours observing birds that move around the canopy, perhaps monkeys and wildlife of all kinds, and of course, a wonderful view of the Amazon Basin.

NIGHT EXCURSIONS: Canoe rides are done in order to listen the nocturnal sounds and to look for fishing bats, nightjars, some insects and possibly to get a glimpse of the caimans.

Walking excursions give us the possibility to encounter with nocturnal creatures such as; Tarantulas, Whip-scorpions, toads and frogs, but possibly as well with snakes.

BUTTERFLY FARM: Available every afternoon. Close to the lodge, watch and photograph butterflies at close range. With any luck, witness the miracle of metamorphosis.

At 7:00 o’clock, Dinner.

There are Night Excursions (caiman hunt, search for owls, frogs, insect excursion, etc) in case guests are interested available every night.
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All the excursions will be organized day by day with your guide and the group. Meals schedule can slightly change. Every afternoon, after lunch from Monday to Saturday from 12h00 – 16h00 you can have the chance to enjoy of a relaxing and renewing treatment at our indigenous spa. Please ask your guide for this service.
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Day 2:

Early wake up call at 6:00 am, breakfast at 6:30 am.
Departure for the excursion 7:10 am:
The Lunch will be served 12:30 o’clock.
Afternoon: Leisure time until 4:00 pm that is your departure to the next adventure
At 7:00 o’clock, Dinner
Night Excursion.

Day 3:

Early wake up call at 6:00 am, breakfast at 6:30 am.
Departure for the excursion 7:10 am:
The Lunch will be served 12:30 o’clock.
Afternoon: Leisure time until 4:00 pm that is your departure to the next adventure or we have prepared as an optional activity, fishing, canoeing, going to the observation tower or simply relaxing.
At 7:00 o’clock, Dinner
Night Excursion.

Day 4:

Early wake up call at 6:00 am, breakfast at 6:30 am.
Departure for the excursion 7:10 am:
The Lunch will be served 12:30 o’clock.
Afternoon: Leisure time until 4:00 pm that is your departure to the next adventure or we have prepared as an optional activity, fishing, canoeing, going to the observation tower or simply relaxing.
At 7:00 o’clock, Dinner
Night Excursion.

Day 5:

Last day: Early wake up call, breakfast and canoe ride to catch the flight back to Quito. Arrival to Quito around noon time.
In case you stay for an extra day:
Early wake up call at 6:00 am, breakfast at 6:30 am.
Departure for the excursion 7:10 am:
The Lunch will be served 12:30 o’clock.
Afternoon: Leisure time until 4:00 pm that is your departure to the next adventure or we have prepared as an optional activity, fishing, canoeing, going to the observation tower or simply relaxing.
At 7:00 o’clock, Dinner. Night Excursion.

ACTIVITIES

La Selva is a study in adventure travel and ecotourism in the Amazon rain forest of Ecuador. We think it is, along with a Galapagos Islands package, which we also offer, the most unique wildlife experience in all of South America.

Through more than 22 years of refinement, La Selva Ecolodge has achieved a oneness with the environment. Our exclusive jungle lodge comes of native design:rustic,authentic and comfortable. It’s a friendly haven of private bungalows that are cozy and immaculately clean.

Generally no more than 40 guests are accepted and divide them into groups of 8 per guide. It is the perfect spot for family vacations, student groups, and women traveling alone (who always get single bungalows at no extra charge).

The adventure travel and ecolodge destination has plenty of options for your activities for day and night (night excursions are among the most popular).

Swimming in their lake which borders the lodge is a popular anytime activity and you can fish in it too- for piranhas ! (Not to worry our piranhas are very friendly to guests.)

Their Native trackers and English–speaking Naturalists will guide you on both easy and challenging trails along an extensive trail system that is usually filled with wildlife in what many consider the most biodiverse lodge in all of the Amazon.

They are kid-friendly, educational when you want us to be, luxurious in ways you can’t imagine and our Amazon Package fills out any Galapagos trip as the ultimate dynamic duo on the planet.

You will find great value at La Selva. Rustic by design but first class in service and amenities. Take the Amazon and Galapagos tour together for the thrill of a lifetime.

SERVICES ….

FOOD: The food is La Selva Jungle Lodge’s pride. We blend the finest ingredients Ecuador has to offer with French, North American and Ecuadorian cooking skills.

Expect to try most of these fruits: uvillas, guayabas, guanabanas, naranjillas, morete, obos, taxo, granadilla and tomate de arbol. Vegetarian and special diets are available upon request. On top of everything, La Selva Jungle Lodge bakes its own bread and serves its own freshly made pasta.

All Service for the lodge is Custom Service:

They see the job of adventure travel and ecotourism as taking care of every detail that might affect your stay, so that providence has more room to play.

The Indigenous Spa is about connecting with the ancient and native world. Satisfying natural curiosities. Being rewarded. Having a meaningful and memorable experience. Discovering the truly authentic. Finding inspiration. Awakening your body and mind to better appreciate the rainforest that surrounds you. Feeling inner peace.

The Spa also gives women of our community a sustainable resource from which they can develop a skill and prosper. It is an essential component of our belief in responsible tourism. With 6 women currently trained or in training there will be room for others as the spa facility expands its functions.

La Selva Jungle Lodge offers an opportunity to our guests to be part of a sustainable ecotourism project in which the women of the community work with us in an effort to improve their quality of life and impact the lives of those they treat in The Indigenous Spa. Their ancient knowledge is concentrated in a treatment, which will make you feel all the energies of the rainforest!

They offer the mundane: laundry service.

Guests may take out La Selva Jungle Lodge’s kayaks to explore our lake on their own anytime they wish.

Try your hand at piranha fishing from the dock where we supply the droplines and the attire is usually just a bathing suit and sandals. The lake is just a stones throw from the bar.

Swimming, another great recreational activity is highly encouraged at La Selva Jungle Lodge.

Above all they call themselves the friendly Amazon Jungle Lodge where many of our native kich-wa Indian staff began as young boys building the lodge in 1986 and still work for us today offering each new guest something that we believe should be a standard component of ecotourism: the instant acceptance into their family and the chance to share in their revelations about the forest.

From the staff of fifty on the lodge site, from those once very young, now mature men we have ten second generation employees. The sons of the original boys who came to build an Amazon Jungle Lodge now work for the lodge alongside their fathers bringing the same message of native spirit and openness that is the hallmark of our brand of ecotourism.

Some, with great effort have or are learning English to become naturalist guides and fully communicate the life of the Amazon Jungle from their special perspective.

USEFUL INFORMATION

The First Concern

For most people the first concern about visiting a place as remote as The Amazon Jungle and within it a lodge which has no resident health care professionals is daunting. They have seen and heard fact and more Hollywood fiction about tropical diseases, fatal snake bites, fish that swim up penises, piranhas that will reduce them to skeletons, anacondas that will swallow them whole and jaguars that will tear their heads off. I’m here to tell you that as La Selva reaches 70,000 guests over its near 25 year history none of those things have happened to anybody. The most serious things that have happened are three-fold: a sprained ankle, a cracked rib and a slight concussion to a man that was hit on the head by a falling tree limb.

Now we do have contingency plans for almost every kind of injury and our guides carry first aid kits, and the most extraordinary event week in and week out is that we ALWAYS have at least one and usually several doctors as guests (never called upon) but the injuries I mention above just don’t happen. I think I must have more raw data on the subject than anyone so I speak with authority when I tell you there is nothing to worry about.

As to tropical diseases such as malaria and yellow fever and the more exotic dengue and the horrible typhoid: We have never had a case of any of these but you are going to go to your family doctor or your tropical medicine clinic or wherever they puncture and provide pills for such things and the practitioners who have never been to La Selva and who are looking at outdated geographic information are going to give you shots and pills for all of these things and for this I am truly sorry.

BUT PLEASE NOTE: LA SELVA JUNGLE LODGE, NOR THE THE AUTHOR, NOR ANY OF THE AUTHOR’S REPRESENTATIVES, NOR ANY OF THE AUTHOR’S HEIRS MAKE ANY MEDICAL OPINION NOW OR AT ANYTIME EITHER IMPLIED OR DIRECT ABOUT MEDICAL PROPHYLACTICS OR POSSIBLE ILLNESS FROM THE LACK OF USE OF SAID MEDICINES. LA SELVA, THE AUTHOR, HIS HEIRS, SUGGEST ONLY THAT THE VISITOR TO THE AMAZON JUNGLE CONSULT HIS OR HER PHYSICIAN AND DECIDE WITH THAT QUALIFIED PRACTITIONER WHAT COURSE OF ACTION TO TAKE WITH RESPECT TO INOCULATIONS AND OTHER PROPHYLACTICS WHILE VISITING THE AMAZON. Do I Make Myself Clear ?

The Second Concern

La Selva is located .2 degrees below the equator. It’s weather is effected more by the Humboldt current which comes from out in the pacific ocean and rolls over the Andes and makes up its mind whether or not to dump water on the Amazon. There are strange weather conditions called El Niño which can last for years with the Humboldt current which effect the weather pattern in the Amazon.

On a daily basis warm humid air rises from the ground and if cloud conditions are correct the heavy particles in the clouds made full of water by the humidity from the earth. The clouds then produce what is called convection storms which cool the earth down again in the form of rain and so regulate our tropical temperature so that all living things will survive to see another day. A ten year weather chart of my area looks like the peaks and valleys of the Swiss Alps which is to say there is no distinct pattern. A lot of people like to say that January is the driest month and June is the wettest month but I have seen many wet Januaries and many dry Junes.

What does all of this mean beside the fact that global warming may be gumming up the works for everybody everywhere is that there is no absolute pattern of weather in the Ecuadorian rain forest and in is after all a RAIN forest. So whenever you come you will experience some glorious rain and it is one of life’s great pleasures to be out in the forest in the rain and while on that day you may not see any primate activity you will see other amazing things that our trackers and naturalists can only point out to you when it rains. We have guests year round and January and June are equally busy so come at least to the rain forest in the upper Napo anytime of the year. In Peru and Brazil where the rivers rise 40 feet or more in their rainy season (inquire) I know some of them continue to operate but it is no longer a land based experience.

WHAT TO WEAR

I wear high quality light colored running shorts and short sleeve running shirt. On my feet if it is muddy I wear rubber boots (provided at the lodge) with soccer socks that come up above the height of the boot. For good measure I give the rubber boots one turn down to form a cuff so they never rise above the soccer socks (if I have to cross a stream I flip the rubber back up).

Now I have a woman CEO who probably spends more time out in the jungle than I do who wears long pants and long sleeve shirts and sometimes a good dose of deet bug spray and we will go out together and she will come back loaded with bug bites. None of our native staff uses any protective clothing or bug juice.

My theory is that I have become impervious to the things that sting in the forest just like my staff and that unless it is swarming sand flies which are rare and seasonal and biting flies which are enormous, I think my skin has become immune to the allergic reaction of a mosquito or insect bite.

It is also based on the notion that most lodge trails are well defined and although we rotate our trails at La Selva, having a very large expanse of land, you do not bump up against much that would do you harm.

That Said I would start you off with lightweight long sleeved shirts and pants, the rubber boats and a hat. If you have these items in a light color so much the better so that you can immediately see if there is a critter of any sort on your person. Don’t bathe in your insect repellent but put in on strategically and carry the bottle so that you can be prepared with more to allay your fears. A bandanna or a handkerchief might be useful if you are prone to heavy sweating.

So in your day pack:

* Insect repellent.
* Plastic bag to protect camera if it rains.
* Water Bottle (La Selva Provides them as souvenirs)(and be sure to drink frequently.)
* Very lightweight Rain poncho Or my preference, small collapsible umbrella that will keep you cool but keep still keep the rain off.
* Cheap small magnifying glass (there is much that is small to be seen in the forest)
* Toilet Paper (recycled please. Our guides always carry some but if you are embarrassed or prefer to carry your own a half a roll should more than see you through. And the dung beetles will thank you ever so much)
* Camera, the sophistication of your choosing but to get close-ups of anything in the trees you need a lens of at least 135mm. Very good souvenir pictures can be taken with almost any point and shoot camera just make sure the flash is working for shots deep in the forest.
* Flashlight one that is small and powerful that you are bringing primarily for use on night excursions and around the lodge, but it is my experience that many afternoon excursions last past 6pm and it is always the smart guest who is leading the rest of the strays home. (On the Equator it is sunrise at almost exactly 6am and sunset at exact 6pm. The reason an excursion may last longer is because the group- no more than 8 at La Selva may have seen something so fantastic that they lost all track of time.)
* At some point on every excursion you will be out in the sun on a lake or a river for an extended period so bring or buy a hat at the bar if you don’t want to bring one.-A small personal first aid kit for that little nick you might get when your guide is not around.
* A walking stick will be found for you if you need it and this is no place to be macho. Walking on unfamiliar muddy trails in unfamiliar boots a pole for certain parts of a trail is not to be scoffed at.

A brief note on Bluejeans. If you are taking La Selva’s survival package where some bushwhacking will be involved bluejeans or other heavy pants are recommended because they will keep thorns and thistles from scratching your lower extremities, but for lodge hikes they are NOT recommended because once wet they do not dry out (unless sent to the lodge laundry and if you are in the middle of t a day hike and they get wet you will be especially uncomfortable dragging yourself around for the rest of the day.

Clothing to wear around the lodge can be as casual as you want I find that people dress up a little and by that I mean nothing more than a new-looking shirt and pants or shorts.

One strategy you might want to use at least for the bottom half of your attire is to have what you will call “field pants” pants that are muddy but have remained dry, old pants, that you can make last for maybe two days or even your whole trip and another set of clothing that is your lodge clothes, the squeaky clean clothes that you will wear to every meal and to hang out in the bar.

For foot wear around the lodge most guests wear sandals or flip flops (there are elevated boardwalks going most everywhere) and nearly all having realized the lack of menace opt for shorts and short sleeved shirts. If it looks like rain, grab the huge umbrella that sits in its bamboo cone outside your bungalow and take it to the bar or the restaurant or the hammock house or wherever you’re headed. Usually a nice breeze kicks up off the lake right into the bar where Pepe, our Barman since ancient times, can whip up any cocktail you can think of.

You leave your boots which are provided free of charge outside the cabin and at La Selva if they have been clung by a great deal of that wonderful Amazon mud, most of it will be dry by morning and will easily kick off- or ask your guide to direct you to the boot washing station near the butterfly farm.

Sleep wear should be light, but surprisingly many jungle nights require a light blanket which you will find in your night stand.

Other Stuff

* A Flashlight is a must and along with bug juice (you might as well get 100% deet) sunscreen is necessary. They make a combination sunscreen and repellent which might be to your liking.
* Common sense dictates a cheap watch, perhaps plastic and with a dial that lights up at night.
* Soap, shampoo and even a water flask are provided at La Selva but if you are going somewhere else be sure to inquire. It is important to stay hydrated and cleanliness is desirable to most.
* Binoculars that are waterproof with adequate optics can be bought relatively cheaply and I wouldn’t recommend a major investment unless you were planning a future of wildlife forays.
* Your average digital camera will get you your average digital camera photo and anything more valuable is best protected against moisture with a case that contains silica gel.
* Bring a few hundred dollars in small denominations for tipping and for your expenditures including souvenirs in the bar.

DO NOT BRING FOOD of any kind which you would store in your bungalow. Ants and other ravenous critters would get to it before you would.

Packing List

1 pair of underwear for each day of your trip
1 pair of socks for each day of your trip
1 pair of light “field pants” for every other day in the forest
1 light colored long sleeved shirt for everyday in the forest
1 set of clothes for leisurely activities around the lodge
1 set of clothes for arrival and departure
1 sweater for sometimes very cold river transit to and from lodge
1 pair of running shoes or boots for arrival and departure
1 sandals or flip flops for use around the lodge
1 bathing suit for delicious swim in Garzacocha Lake
1 rain poncho (light weight) or collapsible umbrella
1 insect repellent
1 sunscreen
1 soap and shampoo if your lodge does not provide it
1 half roll of Eco toilet paper
1 hat
1 flashlight
1 binoculars (waterproof)
1 camera
1 magnifying glass
1 lens cleaning paper (optional)
1 water bottle if not provided by the lodge you choose
1 small personal first aid kit
all prescription medicines you need for your entire trip plus any non prescriptions you think you might need
small notebook for field notes (optional)
Journal (Optional)
1 day pack

Note: La Selva serves gourmet food, international in style with an Ecuadorian flair. We are very accomplished with vegetarian food and can accommodate every diet we have ever heard of given ideally a week’s notice or more. If you have a special diet or finicky kids please find out if the lodge you are planning to visit can accommodate these needs if you believe as we do that serving you the food that makes you happy will be an integral part of your stay. For those of you with no food restrictions prepare for a gastronomic sensation.

A note about our Ecotourism Standards

As near as we can tell we are the only lodge in the Amazon that consistently practices zero tolerance ecotourism and we have the awards on our website to prove it. We continue to win global competitions for our ecotourism projects which you can also find in great detail on our site. If this is an issue in choosing your lodge you should enquirer of the lodge other than La Selva what ecotourism activities they are involved in and compare their efforts with ours.

Additionally, we have formed a foundation to help the indigenous people of our area and although still in its infancy we have made great strides already. Read further about it on our website. Again we believe we are the only lodge in Primary forest who has taken on such charitable responsibilities.

Children

Finally, to show that some organizations are all-encompassing, if you have kids, check to see if the lodge is kid-friendly. And by that I mean that they are able to cater to children from special menus if necessary, to, like La Selva (sometimes one family or two families together for private tours). We have board games and play dough in the bar for downtime when parents can rest assured that our staff will keep a keen eye on them or join in the fun. I recommend the age of four as being a reasonable first time age because I have seen it work again and again. Of course, you know your own child and their expected adventure travel reactions, but since there are almost always other kids at the lodge you just might be surprised. At La Selva we have even taken infants, using native women as nannies for the new parents and it has worked out just fine.

Now for those of you who envision yourself in a group with boisterous children not seeing anything and generally getting a pain in the neck. It won’t happen. The moment you are bothered for any reason you are free to go to another group, just ask your guide. If we can see it when they arrive we try to pair off boisterous children (and boisterous adults) with a separate guide immediately. Sometimes we can make an all children group. So for those expecting tranquility in the forest,let it be known that we always have enough guides and enough contingency plans to give you that tranquility. Exuberant child or tranquil transcendentalist make sure the lodge you choose can address these issues.

An Excursion in the Rainforest

OK. You’ve got your shiny boots on. They make you feel ready to go. The binoculars are hung around your neck, close at hand. Camera’s on your hip, maybe. You’ve been introduced to your native tracker who, at La Selva is a kich-wa Indian who probably lives in the neighborhood and has walked the forest you are about to step into all of his life. He knows all the birds , all the tree sounds that indicate which kind of monkey, all the tracks that tell us where the jaguar has been. He has a P.H.D. in jungle craft. He knows the names of all the things you are going to see in English and he will help you to find them.

He even has a little secret instrument that he uses that I am not going to reveal here that we’ve discovered that helps you see what he sees. And with him is the Naturalist, A man or women of great learning usually with a masters or P.H.D. in neotropical science who is there to help point things out and explain as much or as little of the rain forest and its flora and fauna as you care to hear. He or she is a walking encyclopedia . Can produce the Latin names if you want and tell you which plants are medicinal which are hallucinogenic and which are just simply beautiful.

On your first excursion you will see maybe 25 species of birds with names like the screaming piha, the paradise tanager, the long tailed potoo, you can try to write them down if you want but sometimes things will happen very fast in the jungle and the cuviers toucan sighting will lead you to a troop of squirrel monkeys and capuchin monkeys traveling together their babies holding on for dear life to their stomachs.

Then a violaceous jay calls as the monkeys swing from sight and next an oropendala makes its famous drop-of-water call and the next thing you know your native tracker appears with a frog in his hands the exact color and complexion of the leaf litter on the forest floor and he’s about the size of your thumbnail so for sure if you brought that magnifying glass…

Not all things in the forest happen in split seconds but it is the hunt; being in a primary Amazon forest where everything that should be here is here at one moment or another that is so exciting and that will fill you with the marvel and wonder you had when you were children, perhaps a sense about the world that has long since atrophied. Many of our Guests visit the Galapagos Islands either before or after a trip to La Selva and almost all of them note the difference in the two experiences.

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  1. I’ve Stayed at this place just last July and having visited several jungle lodges both in peru and near this one on the Napo, Find La Selva to be the best by far in all areas: accomodations, food and especially wildlife sitings. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anybody.

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