La Selva Lodge
Day 1 Quito/Amazon rainforest (1L,1D)
Transfer to the airport with a local representative for the morning flight to the Amazon Rainforest at approximately 7am. At the Quito International Airport you will be met by La Selva representative in the National departure area in order to assist you with the check-in process and give you a short briefing about the journey. After a 30 minute commercial flight to Puerto Francisco de Orellana “El Coca”, our representative will transfer you by private transportation to the city's main dock. Our representative will take care of your luggage and will provide you with life vests and fresh water bottles. An amazing fluvial journey of approximately two and a half hours in a motorized canoe will be the beginning of a great experience ITINERARIES Itineraries depend on weather and natural conditions. The first day, after receiving your accommodations, you will have an introductory briefing and a short activity to introduce you into the rainforest beauty. For the rest of the days at La Selva, activities will be designed in accordance to the number of groups at the lodge, weather, facilities, logistics and specific season of the year. We offer a certain number of activities that will be provided in different schedules for each group.
Days 2-3 La Selva Lodge (2B, 2L, 2D)
See the canopy of the rainforest from a tower, 43m in height (141 ft), and choose from dozens of walks of varying lengths and difficulty; several routes can only be accessed by canoe. Choose from a variety of activities: wake up early for some bird watching or stay up late and go out on a boat to view caimans by flashlight. Learn about the environment and wildlife from your naturalist guide, who accompanies you to ensure you get the most out of your excursions. The opportunities for birding, botany, hiking, herpetology, canoeing, photography, entomology, fishing, relaxing and swimming at La Selva Lodge are boundless. Below is a sample of what you may do: ACTIVITIES PLEASE NOTE THAT RAINFOREST ITINERARIES MAY VARY SLIGHTLY SO AS TO MAXIMIZE WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS, DEPENDING OF THE REPORTS OF OUR NATURALISTS GUIDES, YOUR MAIN INTERESTS AND WEATHER CONDITIONS. INTRODUCTORY RAINFOREST BRIEFING: Important introductory explanation before "getting into" the forest held by one of our Naturalist Guides. MATAPALO TRAIL: This trail was named after the Spanish name of the famous Strangler fig (Ficus aurea) one of many remarkable trees that you will find during this short introductory walk, where your native and naturalist guides will start to share with you part of their knowledge about flora and fauna of the tropical rain forest. NIGHT WALK: A flashlight and a camera will be the only things you will need to enjoy all of the insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals that you might see during an hour walk in the darkness of the forest. NIGHT CANOE RIDE IN GARZACOCHA LAGOON: With the help of a spotlight, your guides will take you in a paddle canoe around the lagoon looking for caimans, boas, bats, owls, night mammals and more nocturnal wildlife. If the sky is clear, you might have the chance to do some star gazing. DAY CANOE RIDE IN GARZACOCHA LAGOON: A 1 1/2 to 2 hour canoe ride will let you observe the biodiversity around the Garzacocha lagoon, where the famous Hoatzin Stinkbird can be seen as well as some fish, wet and beautiful trees that grow inside the black waters sytem and good chances to see monkeys. 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: This trail lasts about one and a half hours, starts at the butterfly farm and ends 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 we will try to sight different groups of mammals, monkeys and birds that in the afternoon hours get close to the lakeshore to look for food. Apart from a clear afternoon, you can also enjoy a beautiful sunset from the canoe. OBSERVATION TOWER: A 20 minute walk will lead you to the tower. This construction will allow us to be 120 feet above the forest floor to enjoy the canopy of the tropical rain forest. Observing with a telescope will enable us to see birds from the canopy, and maybe even monkeys or sloths. On the way back we will hike for about 2 hours. Our native guide will show some of the medicinal plants that natives still use and the naturalist will provide information about the ecology and natural history as well. PARROT CLAY LICK: Visit the most biologically diverse spot on Earth, the Yasuni National Park. A 20 minute canoe ride plus a 15 minute walk will bring you back to the Napo River. A motorized canoe ride lasting 10 minutes will let you enjoy one of the most amazing displays of the wild world. Hundreds of parrots and parakeets will 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 a lot of interesting information about the behavior of these spectacular birds. The motorized canoe ride will continue for approximately 30 more minutes of birdwatching 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 “chacra”, 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 a paddle canoe ride will bring you back to the lodge. BUTTERFLY FARM: Here learn about the biology of these amazing butterflies. Our farm will show you each of the different stages of the butterfly complemented with interesting information provided by your naturalist guide. You will not want to leave the butterfly flying area without taking your best photos of our colorful butterflies. Now that you have enchanting photos for your album, the adventure continues with fishing for Pirhanas in the 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 our gourmet chef and enjoy a tasty fish dinner. The fish is much more delicious when you catch it yourself! SNACK FESTIVAL: At the bar enjoy your favorite beer or coacktail after an afternoon excursion accommpanied by the prepared snacks. EVERY DAY YOU WILL HAVE A BRIEFING ABOUT NEXT DAYS ACTIVITIES MEALS BREAKFAST: Wake up call and breakfast according to activities LUNCH: 12:30 p.m. DINNER: 7:30 p.m. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SPECIFIC TOPIC TALKS: One of our Naturalists will hold an optional activity to talk about a specific topic of the rainforest. DEPARTURE BRIEFING: Just before dinner on the previous night's departure, La Selva's Manager will provide all the necessary information needed prior to departure of Coca and flight back to Quito. PLEASE NOTE: Itineraries may vary slightly to maximize wildlife sighting depending on the reports of our naturalist guides, your main and weather conditions.
Day 4 Quito (1B)
The lodge staff will assist you with your checked luggage. Motorized canoe ride upstream to go back to Coca, where our representative will take you to the airport to help you with your checked luggage and boarding passes. Your trip ends at the airport in Quito.