LA SELVA JUNGLE LODGE NATUREXPECT – 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS
Our adventure travel and eco-friendly destination has plenty of options for activities day and night. Swimming where the lodge sits on Lake Garzacocha is a popular daytime activity to relax and cool down after an excursion. Fishing is also popular as guests have the opportunity to fish for piranhas! If they are big enough, our chef may even cook them for a special dinner!
Our Native Trackers and English-Speaking Naturalists will guide you on both easy and challenging trails along an extensive trail system that is usually filled with wildlife.
(5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS)
Welcome at Quito airport, Transfer to Anahí Hotel in Quito
City Line (City Tour + Middle of the world)
8.00 Pick up from your Hotel
8.30 Basilica de Voto Nacional
9:30 Plaza Grande
10:00 Compania de Jesus
10:30 Sanfrancisco Square
11:30 Vist to the Panecillo
13.00 Arrive Monument Equator Line
14:00 Itinan Museum Museum – Guided Tour 45 min.
15:00 Visit Puluhua Crater
15:30 Return to your hotel
19:00 Welcome Dinner
*Please be aware that this is a sample itinerary and each guide has its own route which may or may not visit these locations*
Breakfast – Transfer out to the airport
Arrival At the Quito International Airport you will be met by one of our lodge representatives in the National departure area. Here they will assist you with the check-in process and give you a short briefing about the journey.
After a 30 minute commercial flight to Puerto Francisco de Orellana “El Coca”, our representative will transfer you by private transportation to the city’s main dock at the Napo River.
The next two hours will be on a motorized canoe heading down river on what will be the beginning of an unforgettable experience in the tropical rainforest, the Amazon.
At the end of the motorized canoe ride, you will be dropped off at the lodge main dock and your first close encounter with the rainforest begins and the final leg of the trip to the lodge will be completed in a paddle canoe. The only thing you must take care of during this part of the trip is your carry-on and camera equipment, all other luggage will be transported by the lodge staff.
The manager will be waiting to greet you with a refreshing juice, snacks and a short briefing with general information about your stay at the lodge.
16:30 – Intro To The Rainforest
One of the Naturalist Guides will give you basic info about the tropical rainforest, the Amazon, and how the lodge operates. The idea is to begin your activities with background knowledge of the amazing place you have just arrived to.
17:00 – Matapalo Trail
This trail was given the Spanish name of the famous Strangler fig (Ficus sp), one of many remarkable trees that you can find on this short walk. Mahogany trees over 400 years old can be seen and your guides will share their knowledge of the flora and fauna. Due to the time of day there is great natural light and the diurnal and nocturnal animals are beginning their daily transitional activities.
19:00 – Snacks
At the bar you can find snacks and order cocktails from the bartender. Or, feel free to help yourself to limitless tea and coffee.
19:30 – Dinner
Dinner will be served at this time. Find your seat and get comfortable while our waiters serve you each course.
18:00 – Wake Up Call
18:30 – Breakfast
19:00 – Observation Tower/Tucaneta or Mandi Forest
After a 20 minute walk the observation tower comes into sight. This amazing construction will allow you to climb 120 ft above the forest. Your Naturalist and Native guides will help you spot the colorful birds of the Amazon, maybe even certain primates.
On the way back from the tower there is the option of taking the Tucaneta Trail where your Native Guide can show you some of the medicinal plants still in use today and your Naturalist Guide will provide you with interesting info on the ecology and natural history of the Amazon.
There is also the option of visiting the beautiful lagoon of Mandi Cocha. A hike of about 1 hour takes you to the lagoon where an Igapo Forest is present, meaning that the forest is temporarily flooded by black water. Different species of birds and even giant otters can be seen here.
13:00 – Lunch
16:30 – Charapa Trail
This trail goes on for about an hour beginning at the lodge and ending by the edge of the lagoon. It is a great loop where different mammals, monkeys and birds can been seen that come closer to the lagoon at this time looking for food. It is also perfect for witnessing an Amazonian sunset from the water in the canoe.
18:40 – Night Canoe Ride
With the help of a spot light your guides will take you around the lagoon via canoe looking for nighttime wildlife. This is also a great opportunity for star gazing!
19:30 – Dinner
6:00 – Wake Up Call
6:30 – Breakfast
7:00 – Parrot Clay Lick and Mandi Wasi
Today you will make your way back to the Napo River and take a motorized canoe ride to the clay licks, one of the most fascinating displays of the wild world. Hundreds of parrots and parakeets gather here to eat the mineral rich soil, an important part of their diet. Binoculars are essential to really capture the moment.
After the clay licks we will take you to experience our Cultural Activity. An Amazonian Kichua woman will welcome you at their community center to share their life of the Kichua’s in the Amazon. This is special because it is part of the Amazon you do not find on the maps and provides the special and unique opportunity to really get to learn more about the people of the Amazon.
13:00 – Lunch
16:30 – Garzacocha Lagoon and Ceiba Trail
This is one of the most beautiful lagoons in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Here there are many chances to see monkeys and birds and sometimes families of squirrel monkeys join capuchin monkeys looking for food. The tremendous calls of the Howler monkeys can be heard in the afternoon and
the smallest monkey in the world, the Pigmy Marmoset can be seen here too. Plenty of birds like the Hoatzin, toucans or macaws can also be seen flying overhead.
18:30 – Nocturnal Walk
On a night walk we give you the chance to enjoy the creatures and sounds of the Amazon Jungle at night. Sometimes we can see amazing things during this activity. Make sure you bring a flashlight for this fantastic experience.
19:15 – Departure Briefing
Our manager will provide you all the necessary information about your departure procedure for the next morning.
19:30 – Dinner
6:00 – Wake Up Call
6:30 – Breakfast
7:00 – Departure for Coca
In accordance to your briefing the night before, you will have an early wake up call, breakfast and departure from the lodge.
The lodge staff will assist you with your checked luggage and the motorized canoe ride will head upstream back to Coca, where our representatives will take you to the airport to help you with your checked luggage and boarding passes.
During your free time in between activities you can use our kayaks, swim in the lagoon, have a massage or just relax in your room and have a nap!
END OF SERVICES
City tour in Quito
Middle of the world entrance
Assistance at the airport: Quito and Coca
Transfers in the city of Coca
Canoe transportation from Coca to the Lodge on scheduled days
Accommodation + All meals at the Resort in Coca
Guided excursions in Coca
Bilingual English/Spanish speaking naturalist guide +
Native assistant guide in Coca
Rain Poncho and Rubber Boots will be provided during your stay at the Lodge. Boot size available up to size 10 ½ men size.
|Personal Expenses, Souvenirs
Alcoholic Beverages & Sodas
Airfare Quito-Coca-Quito (EQ211; EQ212)
Other not specified
Contact us if you wish to visit us on a non-scheduled departure day
For Sunday operations please contact us in order to arrange special transportation accordingly
Prices are subject to change without prior notice
All prices are per person and in U.S. Dollars
Recommended Packing List
Cash in small denominations (Visa & MasterCard are accepted at the Lodge)
Sunhat + Sunblock
Walking Shoes/Sneakers + Waterproof Sandals
Socks: Tall socks that don’t slip easily inside rubber boots. Two pairs per day are ideal.
Light-weight, Earth- or Darkcolored, Long-sleeved Shirts and T-shirts Light-weight Quick-dry Hiking Pants
Binoculars (waterproof) + Backpack
Headlamp (or Flashlight) + Extra Batteries.
Inexpensive Magnifying Glass (optional)
Personal First Aid Kit + Medication
Camera + Dry Bags
Swimwear to use in the Spa or Hot Tub
Rubber Boots are supplied at the lodge.
Available size: 5 to 11
Terms & Conditions
To confirm a reservation a $300 down payment per person is required.
91 days ore more before the trip: no penalties
Between 90 and 61 days before the trip: the deposit will not be refunded.
Between 60 and 30 days before the trip: 50% of the tour will be charged.
Between 29 and 8 days before the trip: passengers will have the option of rescheduling their trip up to one year from the previous departure date, plus a cancellation fee of $500.00 USD per person. No refund will be given.
Between 7-0 days before the departure date, no refund or rescheduling option will be given. Reservation must be paid in full.