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La Selva Amazon Ecolodge
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Reviewed April 9, 2014

We booked our trip through Columbus Travel beginning with one night at the SwissHotel in Quito followed by 3 nights at La Selva, culminating with a week on the OceanSpray in the Galapagos. I cannot begin to express what a wonderful trip this was. Our stay at La Selva was a great way to kick off the adventure. I had no idea how interesting birds are - there were so many birders at the lodge and so many interesting and rare birds to be seen that you simply can't help but become one yourself!
Our naturalist Oscar and native guide Rodrigo were both excellent. Rodrigo has eyes like a hawk - spotting a pigmy marmoset (the size of your fist and the same colors as the bark and knots in the tree) up a tree about 50 feet in the air. My younger son caught a piranha on his first toss, though the rest of us were not so lucky. The chef cooked it up for us - actually quite tasty though LOTS of bones!
The accommodations are very nice. We lucked out with the weather - though it rained quite a bit (it is a rainforest, as they will remind you often) - it stopped at just the right moments for us to enjoy our activities. Lots of walks and canoe rides. Very interesting trip to the local village - encourage your guide to go to the Sima Isla (??) village rather than just the house as there is a lot more to see and it more interesting based on conversations with other guests who just went to the house.
Lots of early mornings which my 14 year old could have lived without, but leisurely midday rests and early nights. No AC, which was fine, though I imagine at times it can be pretty hot so just know that before your visit.
Very clean accommodations and great food. People are all very friendly. Our guide spoke perfect English, though I have heard that for some there was a bit of a language barrier, so if you have no Spanish you might request a naturalist with good English skills. The native guides don't speak much English, but as long as your naturalist does it is totally fine.
You learn so much and really can't go wrong. I highly recommend this addition to your Ecuadorian adventure.

Room Tip: BIG TIP - It is L-O-U-D in the jungle at night. There's a frog that sounds exactly like an alarm...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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LaSelvaEcolodge, Guest Relations Manager at La Selva Amazon Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2014

Dear Loweissman

Thanks for your review!

It is great to know that you did the best of Ecuador in just one trip, Amazon and Galapagos.
For sure wildlife was the highlight of your journey.
We are delighted to know that you enjoyed every aspect of our lodge, as well as our guides and activities.

Thanks for you choosing us.

Sincerely,
La Selva Jungle Lodge

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Reviewed April 8, 2014

This is a comfortable lodge to stay in and we were in a superior suite on the upper floor. Though it is hot, with the open walls and a light breeze blowing through, you could sleep fairly easily and I think we only saw one bug in the room the whole time. On the day we arrived, it rained for most of our journey but we were given ponchos to wear during our journey and on arrival welcomed with towels and hot chocolate, which was most welcomed. Food was great and we had a lovely local guide called Teo. The only reason I haven't given the top rating was because we were assigned a naturalist guide who hadn't worked for La Selva before and for us it showed as he was unfamiliar with the set up and where to go. Also, he was also taking photos when we were taking photos which is a bit disconcerting when you are a guest. We spoke Spanish with him, however, he had to switch to English when some English speaking guests joined us and unfortunately, he didn't always understand the question so at times we would help out. In summary, the lodge is great and you can indeed catch a piranha which we managed to do in about half an hour! But your experience can be diminished if you don't get the right guides.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Katie B B, Owner at La Selva Amazon Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2014

Dear Penfold13

We are pleased to know you enjoyed your stay at our lodge.

La Selva Lodge works with a specific set of guides, all of them certified naturalists.
The week that you stayed with us, a last minute group confirmation required us to hire an extra guide who did not have experience at La Selva Lodge.
We take pride in our excellent guides and we will do our best to avoid this kind of situation in the future.

Thank you for your constructive comments.

Sincerely,
La Selva Lodge

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Reviewed April 6, 2014

We booked into La Selva as a "bookend" to our trip to the Galapagos. While it is somewhat of a "trek" to reach (1 hour by plane, plus another hour + via boat) it was well worth it. The lodge directly opens onto Lake Garzacocha, and is quite airy and inviting. the staff was excellent and the meals very well prepared and flavorful. The individual rooms were large and very clean.

As with any "animal" experience (Botswana, etc.) it's early up and out to do the best viewing. Not many mammals/animals, but birds galore. And, our guide/naturalist was top notch. In addition to our party, there were several families. Based on the kids' reactions and experiences, it was a very worthwhile experience for them too. four nights and five days (including almost a day's travel each way back and forth to Quito) was about the right length.

IN summary -- a top notch lode with a very good wildlife program.

Room Tip: All appeared to be of equal quality.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Katie B B, Owner at La Selva Amazon Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2014

Dear RoyboyIII,

We are delighted to know that you enjoyed La Selva Jungle Lodge.

In the rainforest, patience is really important in order to see certain animals.
It is not comparable with a safari or a Galapagos cruise, where abundant wildlife is easy to spot but we are thrilled you were able to experience the incredible diversity of bird species that live in this area.

We are also very pleased that you and your family enjoyed the services and meals provided, as we always strive to deliver an excellent experience. The journey itself, to the lodge, is part of the adventure and its isolation permits unique animal sightings and a more relaxing experience deep in the rainforest.

We greatly appreciate your comments.

Sincerely,
La Selva Jungle Lodge

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Reviewed March 31, 2014

If you are a " Birder " you have to stay at La Selva Lodge in Ecuador, and ask for Daniel and Tio Jose for your guides. We had the most amazing time, saw wonderful birds and wild life, and enjoyed the comfortable accommodation and grand food, with fresh juice always. We had a small glitch at the beginning of our stay because the lodge did not have the information that we were primarily interested in birding. However, that was sorted out gracefully and quickly, and the rest of the stay was great. I highly recommend this lodge and am pleased to report that there are virtually no bugs, certainly not in the Cabanas.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Katie B B, Guest Relations Manager at La Selva Amazon Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2014

Dear Robininsky

We are pleased to know that you enjoyed your stay at the lodge.

It is very important that, during the booking process, you inform your preferred travel agency of your specific interests. Unfortunately we did not receive any notification about your bird interest in advanced, and we are sorry for any inconvenience that it might have caused you.

We will remind our travel agencies to inform us of such important details and we are thankful for your valuable feedback

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La Selva Amazon Ecolodge & Spa

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Reviewed March 27, 2014

I arrived with friends by boat as described by others. The main lodge is welcoming and completely open to the lake. The acidity of the waters of Heron Lake (Laguna Garzacocha) repels mosquitos so I never detected one in the lodge or my lovely room, practically an extension of the rainforest with screens but no windows. If you want mosquitos, they await in the forest. Equipped with rubber boots, be prepared to explore the forest by night as 70% of forest activity occurs during the hours of darkness. Bring a strong flashlight! Henry, our guide, had an uncanny ability to find frogs and exotic insects in the dark poised under leaves or on branches. By day he was equally adept at spotting birds, monkeys, sloths, etc. in the canopy. Naturalist Diane knowledgably described their origin and role in the life of the jungle. As most creatures feed at dawn and dusk we climbed at first light to a viewing platform 150 feet up in an enormous ceiba tree offering a vast panorama above the third canopy. One evening we drifted across the lake in a canoe into the narrow, twisting canal system to see tiny marmosets in the trees then, as darkness enveloped us, were surrounded by bats devouring insects attracted to the canoe by a spot light. The food was excellent. Typical Ecuadorian fare. There was plenty to see and do as well as time to rest an enjoy the sounds and abundant rains which raised the lake a foot overnight. The safety of guests was always a priority but be prepared for the unexpected (boa anyone?) and moderate exertion. Our departure was serenaded in early morning by a loud chorus of howler monkeys. What a way to see the rainforest!

Room Tip: The entire resort was remodeled in 2012. My room (#5 - cacique) was adjacent to the lodge, elevated...
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Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

Let me start by saying I am in the Tourist industry and have owned a lodge and currently own my own attractions. Every aspect of my trip was perfect. From booking online to the transportation, the accommodations, the food, and the staff. Diana and Henry were our guides and they both are wonderful guides and know their jobs well. The food was great and well presented. Our room was clean and beautiful. The entire facility was well run and the Manager welcomed us all and clearly knows how to manage the entire program. It is very safe and somewhere you could take the entire family. This was a wonderful 4day trip. I will be back.

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Reviewed March 25, 2014

My room was really comfortable and out guide Jose was excellent (very knowledgeable, entertaining and passionate about the jungle). The food was delicious, very fresh and varied. 5* experience in the middle of the jungle - what more could you ask for?

Room Tip: The more expensive rooms have balconies facing onto the lake - in between excursions it was nice lyi...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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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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