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 ratingAn Amazing Rainforest Adventure We enjoyed our boat rides on the Napa River going to and from La Selva. The motorized canoe is steady and tra... read more

    Karen K

    5 star ratingUnparamounted Experience When you think of sleeping in the thick of the Amazon Rainforest, I promise that you won’t be able to imagine ... read more


    5 star ratingUnique and extraordinary experience for grown ups and kids My son (15) daughter (11) and I traveled with our friends who also had a 15 yo son. The trip was extraordinar... read more

  • 5 star ratingAmazing service and care during difficult time! The best guides! We were so fortunate to have experienced 2 nights of our stay when the country shut down for coronavirus. It... read more


    5 star ratingFantastic guides brought the jungle to life! My wife and I spent 6 days / 5 nights at La Selva Jungle Lodge as part of our honeymoon. While the lodge acco... read more


    5 star ratingAmazing experience of the rainforest La Selva is an amazing Lodge. All the staff were very helpful and the food was one of the highlights of the tr... read more

    Petra S