at La Selva Amazon Ecolodge

Birdwatching in the Amazon Rainforest is a bucket-list adventure for many birdwatchers, and there is no better place in the Amazon to see them than La Selva Lodge, located in the heart of the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve.

After all, there are more species of birds in Ecuador alone than in all of North America combined, and a large percentage of those birds make the Amazon their home. You’re sure to see dozens of species of birds…just on the canoe trip from the town of Coca down the Napo River to get to the lodge on your first day! Check out our bird-list if you don’t believe us ; )

See our Bird List

Birdwatching Program



bird paradise

We love having birdwatchers at the lodge, and here are just a few things we do to make your birdwatching experience unforgettable:
– Native guides from local communities: they may not speak much English, but they know the local names of all of the birds, and better yet, where to find them!
– Early breakfasts
– An observation tower high in the rainforest canopy Quiet, hand-paddled canoes for seeing birds on the lagoon and the creeks that lead in and out of it.
– Private, specialized birdwatching guides upon request with an additional fee. Why opt for our private guide? Read this.


birdwatching at la Selva Lodge

Why La Selva Lodge? Here are just a few of the many, many highlights of birding with us:
– It’s the place where the Long-tailed Potoo was first seen
– It’s also the place where the Ochre Striped Ant-pitta and the Cocha Antshrike were first documented;
– The world capital of the spectacular Zig-zag Heron.
– The Yasuní Biosphere Reserve is home to hundreds of species of birds, from tiny hummingbirds to massive Harpy Eagles
– Our guests regularly see dazzling species such as macaws, toucans and tanagers


For more details, see our list of birds that you might see while at La Selva.

Promotions & Combinations

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Be sure to check out our special promotions for Amazon rainforest tours, as well as the option to combine your journey to our Amazon ecolodge with a cruise to view the fabled wildlife of the Galapagos Islands or a chance to discover the wonders of Peru.

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comments from our guests

  • 5 star ratingAmazing Amazon adventure La Selva lodge is a remarkable place on a gorgeous lagoon in the middle of nowhere. We stayed there with our ... read more

    Silvan C

    5 star ratingWonderful lodge I ended up here after multiple changes to my itinerary so I was not sure what to expect - I was incredibly imp... read more


    5 star ratingMemorable Rain forest experience La Selva is a wonderful lodge to stay at. The staff are so helpful and welcoming, the cabin was so lovely and ... read more

    Julie B
  • 5 star ratingAmazing experience! We met our tour guide (David) on a day tour in Quito. He told us about this place and we knew we had to come g... read more

    Dominique D

    5 star ratingDreams do come true This lodge is everything you can wish for and more!
    Helpful staff, amazing food, knowledgeable naturalist gu...
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    5 star ratingBeautiful Amazon Eco Lodge We came to the Amazon during our 6 month travel around the world trip and we were really impressed with La Sel... read more

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