Activities

Experience a wide range of activities at La Selva, from peaceful canoe rides on the Garzacocha Lagoon to guided tours through the heart of the rainforest. Explore the rich biodiversity through community visits, expeditions to observation towers and enchanting parrot sightings at clay licks.

Night excursions offer a unique glimpse of the Amazonian rainforest, while family activities guarantee enjoyable moments for all ages. Kayak, stargaze and participate in conservation initiatives such as the Charapa Turtle Adoption Program. Private excursions to Pañacocha offer a peek at pristine beauty.

Experience adventure, wildlife exploration, and cultural enrichment in the Amazon.

Canoe Rides

Enjoy a canoe ride on our lagoon, Garzacocha, and discover a great diversity of plants and animals in
two different landscapes and ecosystems

Trails

Heading out from the lodge, your guides can lead you on half-a-dozen trails that wind their way through the surrounding rainforest and connect with the lake.

You never know what you might find along the way… A giant ceiba tree, strangler figs, walking palms, Azteca ants, heliconias, bromeliads, and maybe even some forest fauna — if you’re lucky.

Pilche Community Visit

Several indigenous communities live near La Selva Eco-Lodge & Retreat and guests are able to visit to learn about their way of life. We like this quote that perfectly sums up why our guests enjoy the community visit so much.

“People travel because it teaches them things they could learn no other way.” – Lance Morrow

Observation Tower

Our tower offers amazing views from its platform 38 meters(124 ft)up from the forest floor. It’s nestled into the branches of a giant kapok tree, allowing us to observe life in the surrounding forest canopy. From here, we can spot many different species of birds, insects, and monkeys, as well as different types of flowers.

The tower offers great opportunities for photography, filming and bird watching. The tower is located a 15-minute walk from the lodge. Guides will accompany you to the observation tower either in the morning or the afternoon.

Parrot Clay Licks

One of the most amazing sights in the Amazon that is relatively easy to enjoy is observing parrots coming to feed on clay, on the banks of rivers or streams. There are two places on the south bank of the Napo River (inside Yasuní National Park) where parrots, parakeets and even macaws gather.

They come to obtain the minerals in the clay that help them to digest the fruits and seeds better.For this excursion, we take motorized canoes along the Napo and enjoy a box lunch in the forest.

Night Excursion

Hikes and canoe rides allow guests to enjoy the nocturnal choruses and sounds of the forestas well as trying to spot bats, nightjars, some insects and possibly to get a glimpse of the caimans that lurk at the lake’s banks.

Walking excursions give us the chance to encounter nocturnal creatures such as tarantulas, whip-scorpions, toads and frogs, and possibly snakes.

Two-in-one

La Selva offers guests the opportunity to explore two stunning lagoons during their stay: Lake Mandi and Garzacocha Lagoon. Mandi Lagoon is located near the lodge and offers a serene setting for activities such as canoeing, swimming and wildlife viewing.

Guests can spot a variety of birds, caimans and other animals on the shores of the lake. While Garzacocha Lagoon is located in a short distance from the lodge and can be reached by paddle canoe. The lagoon is surrounded by pristine rainforest and offers excellent bird watching opportunities.

Retreat

The lodge is a haven of comfort and luxury, offering breathtaking views of the incredible Amazon life from wherever you are.

Ceremonies

Holistic ceremonies allow you to experience the opportunity to regenerate your mind and body, achieving a focus on your purpose.

They allow you to reconnect with both your spiritual side and with yourself.

Pañacocha

The visit to Pañacocha offers an exclusive and engaging experience in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Guests begin their adventure with an early morning motor canoe ride from the lodge along the Napo River. After approximately one hour of navigating the waters of the Pañacocha River, they arrive at the pristine Pañacocha Lagoon.

Covering 56,000 hectares, this isolated paradise lies between Yasuní National Park and the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, showcasing the Amazon’s untouched beauty. The best part? The possibility of spotting pink river dolphins adds a touch of magic to this nature-filled trip.

Stargarzing

Star gazing at La Selva is a mesmerizing experience under the night sky of the Southern Hemisphere. Guests can enjoy viewing constellations with the help of knowledgeable guides, making it a perfect activity for those interested in astronomy.

The lodge provides an ideal setting for star gazing, and we are developing new star gazing kits for the Junior Naturalist Children’s Program, enhancing the experience for younger guests.

Family Activities

We offer a variety of family activities suitable for guests of all ages, guaranteeing an exceptional adventure in the Amazon rainforest. Whether it’s hiking, kayaking, canoeing, fishing or exploring the treetops from our observation tower, there is something for everyone.

We are proud to be the most child-friendly lodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and invite children ages 5 and up to join our Junior Naturalist Program. Older children can participate in a variety of activities, strengthening their bond with nature and creating fond memories for the whole family.

Charapa Adoption Program

Join us in our conservation initiative that starts with an early morning adventure, beginning with a scenic motor canoe ride on the Napo River to the Charapa Turtle pools. Here, witness the community’s dedicated efforts in safeguarding turtle eggs until they hatch. Guests then have the special privilege of selecting a turtle, naming it, and releasing it into the Napo River.

As a gesture of gratitude, participants receive a conservation certificate and a small gift from the community, fostering a deep connection with local wildlife and environmental stewardship.