La Selva Amazon Ecolodge
La Selva Amazon Ecolodge is situated on the edge of Yasuni National Park in Ecuador’s Amazonia region.
La Selva was constructed using sustainable, locally sourced products such as bamboo and enjoys a stunning rainforest setting by Lake Garzacocha. The lodge is surprisingly comfortable considering its location in pristine Amazonian rainforest far from civilisation.
Recently renovated, La Selva added 18 new luxury suites in 2013. There are now 12 Superior Suites, 3 Scenic Suites with private lake view balcony and 3 Family Suites.
The Scenic and Superior Suites include rainforest showers, private balconies and panoramic views, while the Family Suites include extra spacious bathrooms, hammocks and a hot tub on a private porch.
The lodge restaurant serves gourmet cuisine using fresh produce and local ingredients. On site you can enjoy excellent spa and yoga treatments and a variety of massage and other therapies, all available in the Butterfly Spa.
Each suite has private bathrooms with hot water and electricity, dining room, bar and lounge area, spa, massage and yoga treatments, ceiling fans and each room has a private balcony or porch.
The lodge is noted for its high bird diversity and there are many specialities to find like zig-zag heron and ochre-rumped ant pitta alongside more frequently observed and impressive toucans, trogons, hoatzins, parrots and raptors. Mammals are always difficult to watch in tropical rainforests but troops of squirrel, howler and capuchin monkeys and pygmy marmoset could be seen. Spectacled caiman are often observed on the night boat trips and amphibians and sometimes snakes and lizards on forest walks.
The activities on offer range from customised birdwatching and wildlife tours to family adventures. Canoe and kayaking trips can be taken around the lake and rivers and a night excursion by canoe provides the chance to spot hunting bats and nightjars, caiman, and other nocturnal species. Nocturnal walks may reveal amphibians, large spiders and whip scorpions, moths, and maybe even snakes, owls or mammals. Daytime guided walks reveal some of the most impressive trees in the rainforest such as the strangler fig and giant kapok, and troops of various monkey species including spider and squirrel monkeys. There is a 35-metre high observation tower giving a unique canopy level view of the rainforest, often producing sightings of flying macaws, parrots, toucans, raptors and feeding tanager flocks. Another attraction is the butterfly farm where many of the most spectacular local species can be observed undisturbed close up.
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