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Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know more about La Selva Lodge? Here are answers to some of our most common questions. If your question is not here, contact one of our representatives and we will answer it!

When is the best time to visit La Selva Ecolodge?

Any time of the year is a good time to visit La Selva. Because we are so close to the Equator, the overall climate does not vary much from month to month. In the Amazon rainforest, most days have some sunshine and some rain. Our guests often tell us that the jungle was less hot, less rainy and less buggy than they expected.

Is La Selva Amazon Ecolodge a good place for kids?

Absolutely! At La Selva we love kids and kids love us, and the jungle! After all, what better adventure is there for young explorers than looking for troops of monkeys, unearthing cool creepy crawlies, or learning about the wildlife? We take great pride in being the most family-friendly lodge in the Amazon, even creating a special program for kids: the Junior Naturalist Guide Program. Children under 12 receive special priced discounts. We welcome families with children between 3 and 6 years old with a private guide. Talk to our representative for more details.

Do I need special vaccinations to travel to La Selva Lodge?

No vaccinations are required to enter the Republic of Ecuador or La Selva Amazon Ecolodge. There have not been any cases of tropical diseases (malaria, yellow fever, cholera) reported in or near the lodge. However, we always suggest that our passengers consult their physician to get the most up-to-date information and advice.

What are the rooms like?

At La Selva Lodge, we have a total of 19 suites. All of them are built in the local style, with high ceilings, airy interiors, private bathroom, ceiling fan and mosquito nets on the beds. Some of them have king-size beds and some have double beds. A few are roomy suites perfect for a family.

What’s included in the price?

The price includes rooms, meals, guides and regularly scheduled excursions like canoe trips, hikes and visits to the observation tower. It also includes the transfers in Coca to and from the lodge.

What’s not included in the price?

The price does not include anything ordered from the bar, such as soft drinks or alcoholic beverages. Some excursions, such as the romantic sunset canoe ride, have an extra cost. Massages and treatments at the spa are not included. Tips for your guides and staff are not included. Anything purchased from the gift shop, or during your visit to the native comunities such as t-shirts, guide books, sunscreen, or handicrafts is not included. Flights to and from Coca are not included in the price.

What sort of gear does the lodge provide?

The lodge provides rain ponchos and rubber boots up to size 10˝ men size (if you have really large feet, you may want to bring your own boots). You should bring sunscreen and bug spray, but we do sell these things at the gift shop in case you forget.

What should I pack?

La Selva provides a complete packing list for our guests.

What wildlife will I see?

That’s impossible to say, because the animals are not on our staff and we never know for sure where they’re going to be! Our visitors regularly see monkeys, parrots, toucans, caimans and many other animals and birds. On very rare occasions, a group might get lucky and see a jaguar or a harpy eagle. Although we don’t know for sure what you’ll see, we do know you’ll see something spectacular!

Will my stuff get wet?

It will if you don’t take a few simple precautions. If you have things you want to keep dry, such as cameras, cel phones, medication and documents, you should take some simple precautions. Ziploc bags are great for keeping things dry while out on hikes, and a waterproof backpack will protect camera gear from sudden showers.

Can La Selva accommodate special diets?

At La Selva, we’re proud of our chefs and their ability to produce mouth-watering food at every meal. If you have special dietary needs or food allergies, please let our staff know well before your trip, during your booking process, so that we can be ready for you!

Is there electricity at the lodge?

You bet. We have a generator which runs around the clock, so bring your electric gadgets and chargers. Our outlets are 110V, which is fine for devices from the US or Canada, but if your chargers need a different voltage you will want to bring an adapter. Our wall outlets have three prongs (two narrow and flat, one rounded) like in the USA: if you have a simple two-narrow-flat plug, you might want an adapter to convert it into a three-prong plug.

Are there lots of bugs?

The Amazon rainforest is home to an estimated 30 million species of insects, so yes, there are a lot of bugs. But assuming you’re worried about mosquitoes, scorpions, tarantulas and other dangerous and unpleasant insects, you can put your mind at ease. The water of our lagoon is not apt for breeding mosquitoes, so our lodge is nearly free of bothersome bloodsuckers. Out on the trails, a simple application of bug cream is usually enough to keep anything away. All rooms come with a mosquito net over the bed to keep away any unwanted nighttime pests. Most of our guests tell us they were surprised at how few annoying insects there were.

Where is the lodge, and how do I get there?

La Selva Amazon Ecolodge is located in the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve on Garzacocha Lake in the Province of Sucumbios, Ecuador, with exact coordinates:

Latitude: 0.5026°

Longitude: 76.3821°

If you’re not already in Ecuador, you’ll need to get to Quito (our representatives can help you book your flights if you wish). You should plan on spending at least one day in Quito, because sometimes flights get delayed and it would be a pity to miss part of your jungle trip due to a missed connection. From Quito you will fly to the city of Coca. At Coca, you’ll be met by representatives of La Selva Lodge who will accompany you on a two-hour motorboat ride along the river until you reach the lodge. Note that the river rde is the only way to reach the lodge there are no roads to get there.

What about my luggage?

Normal airline luggage restrictions apply on the flights into Quito and from Quito to Coca and back: check with your airline for details, but usually anything not exceeding 20 kilograms (44 pounds) is fine. Our representatives in Coca will help you with your luggage, which will travel with you to the lodge and back. We suggest to pack as light as possible since the luggage is carried from the dock on Napo River to your suite by our helpful staff. At the lodge, our staff will place your bags in your room.

What will I do all day at La Selva Lodge?

At La Selva, your day will be full of adventures! Our trained naturalist guides will take you and your group on exciting jungle walks, canoe rides, visits to the observation tower and much more. These excursions have no extra cost and are designed to show our guests the best parts of the Amazon rain forest. If you don’t feel like leaving our comfortable lodge, that’s no problem: you’re welcome to stay back in the lounge and read a book, watch birds from the wrap-around observation window or spend a day at the spa.

What sort of photography equipment should I have?

On your trip, you will see many species of animals, birds, insects and plants, and most of them will be at a distance or hiding in the vegetation you’ll certainly want a good camera on hand. Make sure you have plenty of memory space!

Will I need binoculars?

Yes! Binoculars are essential to our trip, most animals hide in the canopy of the rainforest and others like to rest in the branches of the threes, remember this is a different ecosystem and animals have adapted themselves to be invisible to the naked eye and binoculars will help you to unravel the hidden world of the Amazon rainforest.

Can I combine my La Selva tour with anything?

Ecuador is a wonderful country, full of friendly people and much to see and do. The most popular visitor destination is the world-famous Galapagos Islands, where British Naturalist Charles Darwin developed his Theory of Evolution. Other attractions include a trip on the newly-refurbished train, the handicraft market at Otavalo, the charming colonial city of Cuenca and much, much more. La Selva Lodge’s representatives will be happy to help you design your adventure of a lifetime!

 

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