Guided Trips at La Selva Ecolodge
These are some examples of what you will do and see during your stay at the lodge:
- WALK TO SILVERIO'S HOUSE: Cross Garzacocha Lake to begin a two and a half to three hour walk on a rugged trail with some physically challenging parts. Half of the walk takes place in primary forest and the other half passes by the huts of our indigenous neighbors along the Napo River.
- OBSERVATION TOWER: Climb to the top of our bar and restaurant for incredible views, wildlife observation and bird watching opportunities. Our newly remodeled observation tower is now ready.
- BUTTERFLY FARM: Available every afternoon and close to the lodge, watch and photograph butterflies at close range. With luck, witness the miracle of metamorphosis.
- PARROT CLAY LICKS: Visit the Yasuni National Park to appreciate a unique site where parrots and parakeets gather in order to obtain the minerals that will help them to digest the fruits or seeds they have consumed. Option to enter an indigenous community inside the Yasuni Park where other species of parrots and macaws can be seen (additional park entrance fees apply).
- CHAWAMANGO TRAIL: Head east at the Mandiñan trailhead, followed by a 3-4 hour walk back to Garzacocha Lake. Surprises can be found on the way!
- MATAPALO TRAIL: This is an introductory walk perfect for your arrival day. Here you'll have the chance to appreciate the strange Strangler Fig (Ficus aurea), Azteca Ants (Azteca Trigona), lots of bright and beautiful heliconia plants and the Rubber Tree (Hevea Brasiliensis).
- SACHA HUAGRA TRAIL: Cross Garzacocha Lake, walk through a virgin forest to observe the 5 Giant Kapok Trees (Ceiba Pentandra) and the Strangler Fig Tree (Ficus aurea), as well as other plant and animal species that can be seen along the trail; arrive at the lodge for lunch.
- TOUCANERA'S TRAIL: This is a short 2 hour walk around the lodge where you will get a general idea of the tropical rainforest (flora, fauna & microfauna).
- CHARAPA TRAIL: Short trip by foot around the edge of Lake Garzacocha. Return by canoe to the lodge.
- MANDIÑAN TRAIL: Lasts three to four hours depending on the animal sightings that happen along the way. The entire trail is by foot to observe flora and fauna typical of the tropical rainforest.
- PAÑACOCHA: Pañacocha is located between the two largest protected areas in the Amazon, Yasuni National Park and Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. Established in 1994, Pañacocha offers rare exceptional views of 9 different species of primates, 500 species of birds, and 100 different species of fish in the protected waterways, including Lake Pañacocha. Pañacocha also boasts tropical butterflies with endless varieties of colors and patterns. Join one of our local naturalist guides to experience the beauty found within this 140,000 acre protected rainforest. Please note that there is an extra fee for this activity.