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La Selva Lodge & SPA - 3 Nights Itinerary

On this 4-day/3-night Amazon jungle tour based at Ecuador’s La Selva Lodge, you will regularly see parrots, monkeys, toucans, caimen and much, much more. There are literally thousands of plants and animals that you can see near the lodge and lagoon! Hike on the myriad trails surrounding the lodge, or explore by canoe or kayak. Your indigenous guide will find the wildlife and explain the secrets of the jungle on this special South American Vacation.

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“We booked our Galapagos/Peru trip through Surtrek and are very glad that we did.”A. Arima

Highlights
Ecuadorian Amazon, Selva Lodge, Amazon Rainforest, local community, observation tower
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1: Quito – La Selva Lodge
Day 2: Exploring the Amazon Rainforest!
Day 3: Parrot Clay Lick – Visit to an Indigenous Kichwa Community – Lake Garzacocha Wildlife Watching
Day 4: La Selva Lodge – Quito
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1
Quito – La Selva Lodge

At the Quito airport, a Surtrek representative will help you with your luggage and tickets (though note that transportation from your hotel to the Quito airport is available for those guests who need it).

After a short (35 minute) flight to Coca, you will be met by another English-speaking representative of La Selva Amazon Eco-lodge, who will welcome you to Coca, help you with your luggage, and transfer you and your fellow guests to the pier, where a motorized canoe will be waiting.

La Selva Lodge is located about two hours from Coca by a motorized canoe, which is covered in case of inclement weather (such as rain or strong sunshine). The ride itself is fun and interesting! A box lunch is provided for guests on the ride. The motorized canoe cannot go into the lagoon where the lodge is located, so you will disembark on the river for a short walk and a ride in another, smaller canoe. Your luggage will be handled for you.

Once you reach La Selva Lodge, there is a welcome cocktail and brief orientation meeting. Then you’ll be shown to your spacious rooms and given the chance to rest and explore a bit before dinner at 7:30. During dinner, your group and guide will discuss the activities for the following day.

After dinner, depending on the weather and the will of the group, there may be a short activity such as night wildlife walk or canoe ride near the lodge to see some wildlife. Many guests prefer to relax in the lounge with a cold drink from the bar or have a soothing massage in the spa!

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2
Exploring the Amazon Rainforest!

Breakfast will be served early because there is so much to see and do! There are a number of activities that you might do, including a visit to the parrot clay lick, a trip to a local community, or an excursion to the observation tower to see birds and monkeys. What activity you do will depend on many factors, including the weather and what the group wants to do.

If you do not wish to do the morning activity, you are under no obligation to do so. Many guests prefer to remain in the lodge’s comfortable lodge and relax.

Delicious lunches are served in the lodge’s dining room at 12:30. After lunch, guests can take a nap or read a book during the hottest hours of the day.

Afternoon activities tend to be more low-key than the morning ones. You might go for a canoe ride around the lagoon, take a short trail to hopefully see pygmy marmosets, or visit the nearby butterfly farm if it’s raining hard. Again, the activity will be decided at the last moment by the guide, depending on conditions.

A gourmet dinner will await in the lodge’s dining room as afternoon turns into evening. After dinner, depending on the weather and the will of the group, there may be a short evening activity such as night wildlife walk or canoe ride near the lodge to see some wildlife. Many guests prefer to relax in the lounge with a cold drink from the bar or have a soothing massage in the spa!

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3
Parrot Clay Lick – Visit to an Indigenous Kichwa Community – Lake Garzacocha Wildlife Watching

Today, riding in a motorized canoe along the Napo River, we will make our way to one of the most fascinating rainforest displays: A parrot clay lick. Armed with your trusty pair of binoculars, you will have a chance to witness the hundreds of parrots and parakeets that gather here daily to eat the mineral-rich soil, which is an important ingredient in their diet.

Following the clay lick experience, we will make contact with the local indigenous community, as you are welcomed into the Amazonian Kichua center by local women, who will talk with us about the lives of the Kichua in the Amazon. This exchange will provide you a special and unique opportunity to learn about the true day-to-day life of peoples in the Amazon.

After lunch, we will head out along the Ceiba Trail for Lake Garzacocha, which is one of the most beautiful bodies of water in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Along the way and once there, you will have plenty of chances to spot monkeys, birds and even families of Squirrel monkeys and Capuchin monkeys in search of food. While the raucous roaring of Howler monkeys can’t be missed, you’ll have to keep a sharp eye out for Pigmy Marmoset, the smallest monkeys in the world. At the same time, in the trees above and flying overhead, colorful birds like toucans, macaws and the prehistoric-looking Hoatzin can also be seen.  

Later in the evening, you can go on an optional nocturnal jungle walk, at which time you can take in the full orchestra of sound of the rainforest at night. Similarly, you can see some amazing spectacles that only occur after sundown, so make sure to bring a flashlight for this amazing experience. 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4
La Selva Lodge – Quito

Breakfast will be served, although you must depart the lodge early to get to Coca in time for your flight. You’ll leave the same way you arrived: a canoe ride followed by a short walk, and then a two-hour ride on the motorized canoe to Coca. An English-speaking representative will accompany you. Once you reach Coca, you will be taken to the airport, checked in and directed to the waiting room for your return flight to Quito.

That will be the end of your Amazon rainforest adventure! We only hope that you will tell your friends and return to visit La Selva Lodge someday.

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Breakfast
2017 - Price per person
RoomSuperior / Scenic Suite / Family*
4 DaysUS$ 1,215
2018 - Price per person
RoomSuperior / Scenic Suite / Family*
4 DaysUS$ 1,215
Included in the price:
  • Accommodation at La Selva Amazon Eco-lodge
  • All meals included during your stay at La Selva Lodge
  • All regularly planned guided excursions, such as wildlife walks and canoe tours of the lagoons and creeks near La Selva
  • Free use of fishing gear, canoes, rubber boots, guide books, etc.
  • Honeymoon specials: welcome package, special cocktails and more!
  • Transfer from Coca to la Selva Lodge includes a box Lunch
Not included in the price:
  • International flights
  • Airfare to/from Quito-Coca
  • Personal expenses Tips for guides and lodge staff
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Alcoholic drinks
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