Activities at La Selva®
can choose to trek, hike, fish, swim, paddle canoes, bird watch,
butterfly watch, photography or simply relax.
One walk through the virgin forests and you’ll already appreciate
the Giant Kapok Tree (Ceiba Pentandra) and the Strangler Fig Tree (Ficus
among the most representatives, along with some other plant and
animal species that can be seen.
Hikes and canoe rides allow guests to hear the nocturnal sounds
and to look for fishing bats, nightjars, some insects and possibly
to get a
glimpse of the caimans. Walking excursions give us the chance to
encounter nocturnal creatures such as: Tarantulas, Whip-scorpions,
frogs, and possibly snakes.
Enjoy a canoe ride on our lagoon, Garzacocha, and discover a great
diversity of plants and animals in two different landscapes and
La Selva Massages
Inspired by the natural beauty and essence of the Amazon, indulge
yourself with our innovative and traditional crafted treatments
provided by our highly certified massage therapist.
La Selva are our Yoga Retreats. Our certified yoga
instructor will lead you on a peaceful journey while at the same
time rejuvenating your body and soul!
Possible Daily Rainforest
Walk to Silverio's House:
Cross Garzacocha Lake
a two and a half to three hour walk on a rugged trail with some
physically challenging parts. Half of the walk takes place in
primary forest and the other half passes by the huts of our
indigenous neighbors along the Napo
Sacha Huagra Trail:
Cross Garzacocha Lake, walk
through virgin forest to observe the Giant Kapok Tree (Ceiba
Pentandra) and the Strangler Fig Tree (Ficus sp), as well as other
plant and animal species that can be seen along the trail; arrive at
the lodge for lunch. It takes about four and a half hours for
the whole loop.
Parrot Clay Licks:
Visit to the Yasuni National Park
to appreciate a unique site where
parrots and parakeets gather in order to obtain the minerals that
will help them to digest the fruits or seeds they have consumed.
Option to enter to an indigenous community inside the Yasuni Park
where other species of parrots and macaws can be seen (additional
park entrance fees apply)
Head east at the Mandian trailhead, followed by a walk back to
Garzacocha lake. 3-4 hour walk. Surprises can be found
on the way.
This is an introductory walk perfect for your arrival day.
Here you will have the chance to appreciate the particular Strangler
Fig (Ficus sp), Azteca Ants (Azteca Trigona) lots of bright and
beautiful heliconia plants and the Rubber Tree (Hevea Brasiliensis).
This is a short 2-hour walk around the lodge where you will get a
general idea of the tropical rainforest (flora, fauna & microfauna).
Short trip by foot around the edge of Lake Garzacocha. Return
by canoe to the lodge.
Newly renovated and ready for your arrival at
La Selva Amazon Ecolodge
is the Observation Tower! The tower offers great views of
35-meters (approximately 115-feet) overlooking the beautiful canopy
of the surrounding rainforest. Offering breath taking views of
the wilderness that surrounds the lodge, here you'll see and hear
many different species of birds, insects, and monkeys, as well as
different types of flowers. Atop of the tower offers great
opportunities for photography, filmography, and bird watching. The
tower is located only 10-minutes away from the lodge and butterfly
house. Guides will accompany you to the observation tower
either in the morning or the afternoon. For your safety, only
10 people max plus two guides are allowed atop of the tower.
The observation tower is made from a type of wood called black and
white "Pechiche" that we built around a large Kapok tree. As
we believe practicing ecological sustainability is very important,
no environmental footprint has been left in the renovation of the
Available every afternoon. Close
to the lodge, watch and photograph butterflies at close range.
With any luck, witness the miracle of metamorphosis.
This trail, like the charapa trail begins next to the butterfly farm
and ends on the edge of the lagoon. It is also a loop where
you start our walking and come back to the hotel by canoe.
Depending on the guest's interests, the trail can be done in the
morning or in the afternoon. It lasts approximately two hours,
and is ideal for observing diverse flora and fauna. With luck
we will have mammal and bird sightings close to the lake.
Lasts three to four hours depending on the animal sightings that
happen along the way. The entire trail is by foot to observe
flora and fauna typical of the tropical rainforest.
Pañacocha is located between the two largest protected areas in the
Amazon, Yasuni National Park and Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.
Established in 1994, Pañacocha offers rare exceptional views of 9
different species of primates, 500 species of birds, and 100
different species of fish in the protected waterways, including Lake Pañacocha. Pañacocha also boasts tropical butterflies with
endless varieties of colors and patterns. Join one of our
local naturalist guides to experience the beauty found within this
140,000 acre protected rainforest. Please note that there is
an extra fee for this activity.