December 2023

Delivering the experience of a lifetime in the Ecuadorian Amazon

My wife and I stayed at La Selva between November 6 and 10, 2023.

Everything about our stay was excellent, starting with our booking agent, Vlady, who was responsive, professional and knowledgeable from the time we first made contact to book our stay through to the day before our transfer from the hotel in Quito to the airport. It all went exactly as planned. Despite travelling to such a remote location, we were quite comfortable. The motorized canoe that rockets you down the Napo River for 2 hours from Coca to the landing for the lodge is equipped with plush seats from a highway coach and a canopy to protect you from sun and rain. We were then paddled down a creek through the forest from the Napo River to the lagoon that the lodge overlooks. Our room was luxurious, clean and comfortable.

Elvis, the Chef, is a true artist. First class dining! We looked forward to each meal to see what Elvis had created. Also, a big shout out to Pamela, Jimmy and Manuel who attended to our every wish in the dining room and bar with grace and kindness. Our Naturalist, Paul, is deeply knowledgeable of the forest and its inhabitants. He held our interest on every excursion into the forest or onto the water with a seemingly endless well of information. He also provided some great tips on taking photos with cameras and phones.

In addition, we benefited from his knowledge of the stars in the southern hemisphere. Our Local Guides, Darius and Henry were masters of finding wildlife in the forest. It was truly the experience of a lifetime and exceeded our expectations.

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