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“A relaxing lodge up the Amazon”

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La Selva Amazon Ecolodge
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

Technically on the Napa river, a tributary of the Amazon, this is an amazing place to spend some time and see the Amazon river. The food during our time there was of excellent quality. The rooms were comfortable and clean with an overhead rain-fall shower and we had a king sized bed. The main lodge is also a great place to hand out with comfortable couches looking out over the lake.
Generally you will be placed in a group of 6-8 people and will go on two excursions a day one in the morning after breakfast and one just before supper. There are two guides, one an indigenous guide. If you are interested in certain activities, I am told they can be arranged but we did very well just doing whatever the guide took us on.
Massages and yoga lessons are available.
A dry bag is recommended for your camera and you spend a lot of time in canoes. A small tripod or monopod might be useful as you are taking photos in low light a lot of the time.
They claim that they do not get a lot of mosquitos and we didn't get bitten a lot so whether to take Malarial prophylaxis is up to you (we did while there).
Food is included in the price, alcohol is extra and is a little expensive by Ecuador standards. They do take visa and mastercard.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

La Selva in my opinion was the best place to relax and be in contact with nature in the Jungle! Accommodation was wonderful! the stuff really helphful! great food!
The most impactan was to see the squirrel monkeys come sooo close to the lodge, great change to take a nice picture of them!
I really recommend you this place!! Magic, special, Unique!!

Room Tip: Scenic rooms or family cabins are comfortable, nice view!
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

We had an amazing experience staying at this lodge. It was recently completely rebuilt and is under new ownership, and the accommodations and main lodge were beautiful. It had recently reopened and was just starting to ramp up in bringing more tourists in. Just getting to the lodge was an adventure--2.5 hours in a motorized canoe, a 15 minute hike, and then a 20 minute paddled canoe ride across Lake Garzacocha to the lodge. All of the staff were extremely friendly. The lodge also works with the local Quichua community, which is great. Every meal we ate was delicious, which is quite an accomplishment considering they have to bring all supplies in the same way we came in! There were not many other people staying while we were there, so we almost had the place to ourselves. We had one English-speaking guide and one "native" guide, who was from the local community. They were both great, and obviously knowledgable and passionate about the rainforest and preservation. We hiked through the jungle, did a lot of bird- and monkey-watching, went to a canopy tower, visited the butterfly garden, saw a parrot clay lick, kayaked around the lake, fished for piranhas, went for night hikes/boat rides, and visited a local Quichua family. It was amazing to be in such a remote location, to experience the amazonian rainforest in person, to see all the unique plant life and wildlife, etc. It was also fun to play with the cute baby Tamarin monkey that was found abandoned and was adopted by the staff.

Tips: Our room was right next to the reception desk, so it could get kind of loud, but overall not too bad, but our balcony view of the lake made it worthwhile! Also, the fan in the room did little to allieviate the stifling humidity and heat that characterize the Amazon. The main lodge area was definitely tolerable, but we sweltered in our room at night and during the day. A more powerful or different type of fan would be very appreciated!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

An amazing holiday experience. Myself and my husband are both scientists and have been lucky enough to have explored some of the worlds' amazing nature destinations but nothing prepared us for the experience we had in La Selva. The main draw to this lodge is not the comfortable rooms, or delicious food but the knowledge of the guides that attended us on our jungle hikes. We had an English speaking guide called Rodrigo Jipa who spoke fluent English, Spanish, Kichwa and knew the latin names for every bird/fish/butterfly that came our way. He and the local guide, Omar (I'm sure that is spelled incorrectly but I never saw his name written down) were assets to the lodge. We enjoyed the local Ecuadorian wine (not too shabby) and plenty of cocktails. The lodge took care of my Coeliac diet and of my husbands' diabetic diet. My husband loved fishing, it was his dream to fish in the Amazon and the local guide happily took him out for a day, tailoring our experiences to suit our wishes. Two men who couldn't understand each other had a day's enjoyable fishing and laughing together! While there the plight of the local jungle by oil companies was mentioned briefly with a wonderful book "Savages" by Joe Kane was available in the lodge that delved into the local peoples' fight against the oil exploitation. This lodge therefore, can be as educational or relaxing as you make of it. Personally, I got to touch a tarantula! Highlight of my spider loathing life.

Room Tip: Bring cash for tips, was embarrassing trying to put tips on a credit card.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

The best experience of our five weeks in Ecuador! We had difficulty choosing between the top Amazon lodges but are convinced that we made the right decision!! What a fantastic experience we had!!
This lodge should be #1 You will notice that the low ratings are really old - it has changed hands and been completely renovated and rebuilt. Shame those ratings can't be removed!
Everything was arranged for us and was so smooth from start to finish! Our flight to Coca, a two and a half hour motor canoe trip along the Napo river, a short hike through the jungle (our luggage taken for us) and then a paddled canoe ride across the river to our first sight of the magnificent lodge! So exciting!!
It was a perfect four days. Excellent guides (two for each group of 2 to 4 guests, we were with our son and his girlfriend), who pointed out animals, birds, insects and fascinating facts that we would never have spotted! Delicious food and drinks (how do they do that in the middle of nowhere!!?) served and cooked by the excellent staff. The rooms were gorgeous. Great big king sized beds looking out over the lake. No mosquitos. A trip to an indigenous family where we tried chicha (the local 'beer') and barbequed grubs! (ugh!) They answered our questions and were genuinely pleased at our interest in their lives. We were pleased to buy some of their very reasonably priced seed and nut jewelry and it did not feel like they just wanted to see us for money!
We even swam in the lake and then fished for (and ate) pirahnas! Really!! It is much safer than you think - but makes a great story!! We went to a parot lick and took great photos. We saw toucans, numerous types of monkeys, caimans in the lake and so many butterflies!
We learnt and experienced so much in our four days and can't wait to return!
The owners have a company, Columbus Travel, in Quito who also organised our trip to San Clemente (Palmazul resort). This was also great and I wish we had arranged our whole 5 weeks in Ecuador through this company!

Room Tip: Lake side rooms are large, private and have great views!
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

I have been in the Amazone jungle in other countries than Ecuador before and I have been longing to go back ever since and let my grown up children have the same experience. Now we have been to La Selva and we just loved it. It is far enough from the civilization to feel you really are in the deep jungle and it is close enough so that you don't get tired of travelling. We had two excellent guides from the Rio Napo area and they impressed us with their knowledge of the wildlife and about how they could see, hear, imitate and spot the animals. The surrounding nature gave us a lot of different experiences and a swim in the lagoon felt lovely after a hike. And it was a pleasant surprise that there was almost no insects around us at the lodge. A stay at La Selva gives a combination of interesting, surprisingly, hot, funny and muddy experiences combined with friendly luxury.

Room Tip: A room in the main building gives you a lovely view over the lagoon. A room in a bungalow in the ga...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the lodge in October with another couple. Everything about the experience was fantastic from the flight arrangements right through our stay. The guides were superb. The accommodations were beautiful and wonderfully appointed. The food was fantastic as well. We are well travelled and this was one of our best experiences ever.

Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: | Yasuní Biosphere Reserve, Yasuni National Park 170143, Ecuador
Location: Ecuador > Yasuni National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Yasuni National Park
Price Range: $774 - $780 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — La Selva Amazon Ecolodge 4*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Selva Amazon Ecolodge offers 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 Guides and a bilingual Naturalist Guides 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 by seeing, and hearing 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 Amazon. The 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 
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La Selva Jungle Hotel Yasuni National Park
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