La Selva Ecolodge
La Selva eco-lodge is located in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon basin. Thatch-roofed cabanas, each with private bathrooms and hot water, are located one mile from the river, on a hillside, overlooking a lake.
The lodge’s total capacity is 50 guests, and it offers the largest accommodations of any Ecuador rainforest lodge. In addition, a new restaurant and bar area provides gorgeous views of the lake. The lodge offers 24-hour electricity and water, powered by solar energy.
To begin, a motorized canoe takes you down the Napo River (approximately 2.5 hours). A short hike follows this trip to finally board a paddle canoe to cross Garzcocha Lagoon before arriving at the lodge. Upon arrival to La Selva’s main dock, the staff will help you carry your luggage. You are then introduced to your bilingual naturalist guide.
Thatched cabanas offer varying sleeping configurations in a total of 18 suites. 12 new superior eco-suites are outfitted with private balconies and panoramic windows. These exclusively designed suites have ample bathrooms, including divine rainforest showers. The cabanas draw on native design – rustic and authentic yet comfortable with unexpected amenities, such as L’Occitane products.
To preserve the authentic Amazon experience and for environmental reasons, there is no air conditioning in the rooms, but an open design allows for ample air circulation. Made entirely of secondary growth rainforest materials and designed to blend with the surroundings – La Selva’s cabanas blend beautifully into their Amazon setting.
La Selva’s new restaurant provides gourmet organic food using local ingredients from its on-site garden. The restaurant’s French chef, Aime, is passionate about helping the local community, and has started a program, working alongside the locals to grow food native to the area. Aime specializes in vegetarian and raw food, and can accommodate special diets upon request. The spacious dining room has a cone-shaped roof and open-air combined bar and lounge with a wrap-around view of the lake.
A variety of self-guided and naturalist-guided hikes reveal the biodiversity of the region. Kayaks and self-guided trails are also available. In addition, La Selva offers a butterfly garden and a 135-foot rainforest canopy observation tower providing and eye-level view of rain forest birds and wildlife. In addition to the lodge La Selva features a jungle camping immersion.?Depart from the lodge with your guide to spend the night surrounded by the sights and sounds of the wilderness; all equipment is provided. During your stay at La Selva, a rain poncho and rubber boots are provided for your use.
Imagine getting a massage or spa treatment surrounded by Amazonian butterflies! La Selva’s elite Butterfly Spa is the first of its kind in Ecuador and in all of South America.
At La Selva, you’ll be educated on how and why the lodge uses sustainable tourism. Highlights of the conservation program at La Selva include: Hunting, fishing and the cutting down of trees has been greatly reduced thanks to the agreements that have been signed with the Pilchi community. New engines with low emission and less fuel consumption are now used for La Selva’s boats on the rivers, and on Lake Garzacocha the use of any engine is prohibited. The lodge’s goal is to purchase 80% of the food used at the lodge from the local communities, and all products used at the lodge are natural and fresh from the local area. Construction of the lodge was built to last with bamboo taken from sustainable plantations from in and around the local communities. All natural amenities and biodegradable products are used for the showers and baths. All water from these locations flow into a natural pond for further environmental sustainability.
La Selva supports the local Pilchi community by paying local teachers a monthly wage and helping them build schools and sanitary facilities. The lodge works closely with the people from the local community for management and guidance purposes such as sustainable and organic farming, and hires many community members who work at the lodge. La Selva also donated a motorized canoe combined with a low emission engine that results in less fuel consumption for the local community to use.
Amazon – Ecuador
One of the world’s most isolated landscapes, the hundreds of waterways that make up this famous region have created innumerable islands that are home to the most brilliant diversity of creatures. Use the bases such as Huaorani to plan your expedition and take in the wonder of the rainforest.