La Selva is a magical place with a very well run, practically perfect, Amazon Adventure. My wife and I did the standard 3 night adventure and enjoyed it immensely. Three nights were perfect. I spent way too much time beforehand trying to decide between La Selva and another well reviewed lodge. We met folks who went to the other one and they also enjoyed their stay a great deal, but as difficult as it was to get to La SAelva, the other lodge is even further up the Napo. I would choose La Selva again and I heartily recommend it. Some tips:
Don’t bring mosquito netting
Do bring inserts for the boots they provide.
And my most important tip? Spring for your own private guide. It costs a small fortune to stay at La Selva anyway. Don’t chintz on this one item. The difference in the experience between those who shared a guide among 8 people and my wife and I who had our own private guide was monumental. We are not birders, but the increase in the wildlife you will see by having a private guide is alone worth the money. Pay the extra $400-$500. It is well worth the added expense. Really.
I highly recommend Paul as an absolutely great naturalist and Rodrigo as the native leader. You will not go wrong with them. I guarantee it.
Come to La Selva. It is an amazing, magical experience. You will be glad that you did.
- Also Known As:
- La Selva Jungle Hotel Yasuni National Park
- La Selva Jungle Hotel
- La Selva Amazon Ecolodge Ecuador/Yasuni National Park
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Selva Amazon Ecolodge is the perfect Reserve for all kinds of travelers. We offer naturalists - wildlife tours, special birdwatching programs, honeymoon trips and family excursions, all in harmony with the rainforest around you.At La Selva, guests are given the opportunity to explore intricate trail systems led by both a local Native Guide and a bilingual Naturalist Guide divided into small groups in order to maximize overall experiences. La Selva’s guides are the key to fulfilling and captivating outings because they already know the area well hearing, seeing and even smelling things guests cannot, they are passionate about the jungle and their years of experience make all the difference between an acceptable tour and an astounding tour in the Amazon.Native guides are from the local communities and behold an awesome amount of ancestral knowledge about the AmazonThe Naturalist Guides that lead guests through the Amazon are bilingual and have studied and trained for many years in order to become a Naturalist and National Park certified guide. ... more less