Barefoot Expeditions: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and Peru Travel Adventures

La Selva Ecolodge & Spa

The Amazon Jungle offers opportunities for cultural exchange, photography, adventure, hiking, relaxation, birdwatching and wildlife observation. The area surrounding La Selva has perhaps the largest list of bird species in the neo-tropics due to its ideal location on the border of Yasuni National Park. Thanks to biodiversity and top-notch guides, you will have the chance to see unique flora and fauna. Most choose a 4 or 5 day tour. Custom birdwatching packages can be designed according to your needs. Contact us about designing the perfect tour for your specific interests, needs and tastes.

2018 PRICES PER PERSON
4 Days 3 Nights . $1215 Superior, Scenic or Family Suite Contact us
5 Days 4 Nights $1510 Superior, Scenic or Family Suite Contact us

 

Itinerary

DAY 1 / Arrival
At the Quito International Airport you will be met by one of our La Selva representatives in the National departure area. Here they will 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 at the Napo River. The next two hours will be on a motorized canoe heading down river on what will be the beginning of an unforgettable experience in the tropical rainforest, the Amazon. At the end of the motorized canoe ride, you will be dropped off at La Selva's main dock and your first close encounter with the rainforest begins and the final leg of the trip to the lodge will be completed in a paddle canoe. The only thing you must take care of during this part of the trip is your carry-on and camera equipment, all other luggage will be transported by La Selva staff. The manager will be waiting to greet you with a refreshing juice, snacks and a short briefing with general information about your stay at La Selva.
4:30 pm - Intro To The Rainforest
One of the Naturalist Guides will give you basic info about the tropical rainforest, the Amazon, and how La Selva operates. The idea is to begin your activities with background knowledge of the amazing place you have just arrived to.
5:00 pm - Matapalo Trail
This trail was given the Spanish name of the famous Strangler fig (Ficus sp), one of many remarkable trees that you can find on this short walk. Mahogany trees over 400 years old can be seen and your guides will share their knowledge of the flora and fauna. Due to the time of day there is great natural light and the diurnal and nocturnal animals are beginning their daily transitional activities.
7:00 pm - Snacks
At the bar you can find snacks and order cocktails from the bartender. Or, feel free to help yourself to limitless tea and coffee.
7:30 - Dinner Dinner will be served at this time. Find your seat and get comfortable while our waiters serve you each course.
DAY 2: / Full day of activities
6:00 am - Wake Up Call
6:30 am - Breakfast
7:00 am - Observation Tower/Tucaneta or Mandi Forest
After a 20 minute walk the observation tower comes into sight. This amazing construction will allow you to climb 120 ft above the forest. Your Naturalist and Native guides will help you spot the colorful birds of the Amazon, maybe even certain primates. On the way back from the tower there is the option of taking the Tucaneta Trail where your Native Guide can show you some of the medicinal plants still in use today and your Naturalist Guide will provide you with interesting info on the ecology and natural history of the Amazon. There is also the option of visiting the beautiful lagoon of Mandi Cocha. A hike of about 1 hour takes you to the lagoon where an Igapo Forest is present, meaning that the forest is temporarily flooded by black water. Different species of birds and even giant otters can be seen here.
1:00 PM - Lunch
4:30 pm - Charapa Trail
This trail goes on for about an hour beginning at the lodge and ending by the edge of the lagoon. It is a great loop where different mammals, monkeys and birds can been seen that come closer to the lagoon at this time looking for food. It is also perfect for witnessing an Amazonian sunset from the water in the canoe.
6:40 pm - Night Canoe Ride
With the help of a spot light your guides will take you around the lagoon via canoe looking for nighttime wildlife. This is also a great opportunity for star gazing!
7:30 pm - Dinner
DAY 3:
6:00 am - Wake Up Call
6:30 am - Breakfast
7:00 - Parrot Clay Lick and Mandi Wasi
Today you will make your way back to the Napo River and take a motorized canoe ride to the clay licks, one of the most fascinating displays of the wild world. Hundreds of parrots and parakeets gather here to eat the mineral rich soil, an important part of their diet. Binoculars are essential to really capture the moment. After the clay licks we will take you to experience our Cultural Activity. An Amazonian Kichua woman will welcome you at their community center to share their life of the Kichua's in the Amazon. This is special because it is part of the Amazon you do not find on the maps and provides the special and unique opportunity to really get to learn more about the people of the Amazon.
1:00 pm - Lunch
4:30 pm- Garzacocha Lagoon and Ceiba Trail
This is one of the most beautiful lagoons in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Here there are many chances to see monkeys and birds and sometimes families of squirrel monkeys join capuchin monkeys looking for food. The tremendous calls of the Howler monkeys can be heard in the afternoon and the smallest monkey in the world, the Pigmy Marmoset can be seen here too. Plenty of birds like the Hoatzin, toucans or macaws can also be seen flying overhead.
6:30 pm- Nocturnal Walk
On a night walk we give you the chance to enjoy the creatures and sounds of the Amazon Jungle at night. Sometimes we can see amazing things during this activity. Make sure you bring a flashlight for this fantastic experience.
7:15 pm - Departure
Briefing Our manager will provide you all the necessary information about your departure procedure for the next morning.
7:30 pm - Dinner
DAY 4:
6:00 am - Wake Up Call
6:30 am - Breakfast
7:00 am - Departure for Coca In accordance to your briefing the night before, you will have an early wake up call, breakfast and departure from the lodge. The lodge staff will assist you with your checked luggage and the motorized canoe ride will head upstream back to Coca, where our representatives will take you to the airport to help you with your checked luggage and boarding passes.

On the 5 days tour you have an of extra visits to the Coto Trail

This is a fantastic walk that takes off from the lodge to the edge of the Garzacocha Lagoon. In the afternoon th elight from the sun will come from behind most of the time, making this walk an amazing experience and the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beauty of this amazing forest. Groups of black-mantled tamarin monkeys can be spotted on this walk and some of our groups have even seen tapirs too. Your Naturalist Guide is going to explain about all the different creatures that can be found and our Native Guide is going to explain about all the different creatures that can be found and our Native Guide will show you some of the medical plants that they have been using for thousands of years. A canoe ride back to the lodge.


Included

  • Assistance at the airport: Quito and Coca, Transfers in the city of Coca
  • Canoe transportation from Coca to the Lodge on scheduled days
  • Accommodation + All meals
  • Guided excursions • Bilingual English/Spanish speaking naturalist guide + Native assistant guide
  • Rain Poncho and Rubber Boots will be provided during your stay at the Lodge. Boot size available up to size 10 ½ men size

Not Included

  • Airfare - Transport Quito-Coca-Quito
  • Personal Expenses, Souvenirs, Tips
  • Alcoholic Beverages, Sodas & Other not specified

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