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Activities and Wildlife Exploration

Each day is an adventure at La Selva!

Our experienced guides will decide to do the following activities based on the time of day, season, weather, physical abilities of the group and where they believe wildlife is more likely to be found. Each activity was designed to show you the best of what the Ecuadorian Amazon beholds.

Observation Tower

Note: All of these activities are included in the regular program prices.

38 Meter Observation Tower: The observation platform of our 38 meter (125 ft.) high observation tower sits on sustainable steel. The platform offers a 360° view for world-class birdwatching.

Parrot Clay Lick: Guests visit clay licks where parrots and other birds frequently gather to eat salty clay to aid their digestion of seeds.Community Cultural Visit

Kichwa Community Visit: Several indigenous communities live near La Selva and guests areable to visit to learnabout 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

Charapa Turtle Adoption:This is a new initiative within the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve in whichLa Selva participates in. Guests can adopt an endangered Charapa Turtle and set it free intothe wild once hatched.Guests MUST mention this activity when booking. The program canonly bearranged ahead of time in order to properly coordinate with the organization. Amount of donation at tCharapa Turtles in the Wild
Night Excursionhe end of the activity is decided by guest. Activity only available from December to March.

Night Excursions: Grab your flashlight or headlamp and join your guide to see the forest come alive in the darkness.

Star Gazing: The night sky at La Selva is perfect for viewing constellations in the Southern Hemisphere. Ask your guide to help point themout! We are currently working on new star gazing kits for the Junior Naturlist Childrens Program.

Night-time Canoe Excursion: You'll go out with the guides in canoe with a spotlight onto Garzacocha Lagoonto spotcaimans, bats, owls and more.

Kayaking: This is a great way to do some exploring on your own time. The kayaks are kept by the dock. Ask reception for the paddles and life jackets to go out on your own. You'll have the opportunity to see monkeys, Hoatzins and many other tropical rainforest birds.

Swimming: Please inform reception you will be going for a swim. You can ask them for a towel instead of using one from your suite. The water is very refreshing after a jungle hike and feels silky smooth due to theblackwater.

Common Trails at La Selva

Strangler Trail: The name is derived from the famous strangler fig (Ficus Aurea, in Spanish “Matapalo”). A remarkable plant which grows around surrounding trees, suffocating it in the process.

Chaguamango Trail: Beginning at the lodge, the trail winds through dense forest and finishes at the lagoon.

Sacha Huagra Trail: Our longest and most challenging trail is also our most spectacular one. The Sacha Hugra trail goes for four to five hours through some of the only surviving original primary rainforest in the area. It’s your best chance to see some of the larger, more spectacular wildlife.

Charapa Trail: The Charapa Trail goes along a winding path that most groups can walk in about an hour and a half. At the end of the trail, you arrive at the lagoon, where the canoe will be waiting to return you to the lodge or explore Lake Garzacocha.

Marmoset Trail: In this part of the jungle you can find the Pygmy Marmoset, the world's smallest monkey. They are called “Leoncillos,” or “Little Lions” by the locals.

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