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La Selva Jungle Lodge Ecuador - 4Days/3Nights

USD.1,350 per person

USD. 350 extra night, per person

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Remember, TO KEEP IN MIND that this is a sample itinerary subject to change due to weather conditions, your physical condition,season, group limitations, group interests, and guide decisions based on passenger safety and organized operations.

DAY 1 ARRIVAL: At the Quito International Airport you will be met by one of our La Selva 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 La Selva's 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 La Selva 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 La Selva. 4:30 pm – Intro To The Rainforest One of the Naturalist Guides will give you basic info about the tropical rainforest, the Amazon, and how La Selva operates. The idea is to begin your activities with background knowledge of the amazing place you have just arrived to. 5:00 pm – 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. 7:00 pm – 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. 7:30 pm – Dinner Dinner will be served at this time. Find your seat and get comfortable while our waiters serve you each course.

DAY 2: FULL DAY OF ACTIVITIES: 6:00 am – Wake Up Call 6:30 am – Breakfast 7:00 am – 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. 1:00 pm – Lunch 4:30 pm – 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. 6:40 pm – 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! 7:30 pm – Dinner.

DAY 3: FULL DAY OF ACTIVITIES: 6:00 am – Wake Up Call 6:30 am – 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. 1:00 pm – Lunch 4:30 pm – 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. 6:30 pm – 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. 7:15 pm – Departure Briefing Our manager will provide you all the necessary information about your departure procedure for the next morning. 7:30 pm – Dinner.

DAY 4: DEPARTURE DAY: 6:00 am – Wake Up Call 6:30 am – Breakfast 7:00 am – 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!.

Assistance at the airport of Quito and Coca. Transfers in the city of Coca. Canoe transportation from Coca to the Lodge. Accommodations and all meals. Guided excurtions. Bilingual English/Spanish speaking Naturalist Guide + Native Assistant Guide. Rain poncho and rubber boots will be provided during your stay at the Lodge. Boots available up to size mens 10 ½ US.

Not included:
Air ticket Quito – Coca – Quito, USD 230.00 net per person. Transfers to and from Quito’s airport. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages & soda. Personal expenses, Souveniers, others not specified in the program. Gratuities.

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A different way to explore the Amazon jungle - "5 Days Ecuador Amazon Cruise Explorer"


5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS Amazon cruise from USD. 2,456 per person MONDAY TO FRIDAY

4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS Amazon cruise from USD. 1,966 per person FRIDAY TO MONDAY

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Remember, TO KEEP IN MIND that this is a sample itinerary subject to change due to weather conditions, your physical condition,season, group limitations, group interests, and guide decisions based on passenger safety and organized operations.

DAY 1 MONDAY: Flight from QUITO to COCA city – NAPO RIVER
Our adventure begins in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. After a 30-minute flight from Quito to the Amazonian city of Coca, we will transfer to the dock and board our motorized canoe for a 90-minute journey down the river, taking in the Amazon, until we reach the Amazon Explorer and receive our welcome aboard. On board, we will be joined by expert local naturalist guides, who will provide us with a brief, informative introduction to the Ecuadorian Amazon; afterwards, guests will have the opportunity to explore our cruise ship and admire the rainforest landscape as we glide down the Napo River. After dinner, we will take a nighttime forest walk to observe the rainforest's nocturnal activity and vividly experience its biodiversity first-hand.

Early in the morning, we will visit Yasuni National Park, a pristine region of the Ecuadorian Amazon, home to the legendary pink river dolphin. In this area, we can also find anacondas, river turtles, and various primate species, as well as the colorful hoatzin, a unique bird known locally as the “stinky turkey”. In the afternoon, we will take a motorized canoe to a black-water lake, home to giant otters and the elusive manatee, and enjoy a pleasant hike in the riparian/gallery forest, with the chance to spot flocks of birds and marvel at the intricate organization of a colony of leaf-cutter ants.

We will start the day off by visiting an authentic Kichwa family on the banks of the Napo River, where we will receive the opportunity to learn directly from members of the local community. We will then board for lunch as we continue upstream. Guests will participate in a cooking class with our expert chef and prepare exquisite traditional Ecuadorian. Guests are also invited to try their hand at traditional handicrafting or enjoy our onboard facilities, including the Rainforest Spa, the spectacular view from our Amazon Hot Tub, cocktails at our Bar and Lounge, and stargazing from our Observation Deck.

Our guests can relax and enjoy the Manatee Amazon Explorer during the morning and disembark to explore the nearby forest and discover a myriad of animals and plant species endemic to the Amazon basin. In the afternoon, we will visit a canopy tower built against a giant kapok tree and take in the view from the top as we loom above the lush treetops and look down on the sheer vastness of the Amazon. In the evening we will take a canoe onto the river to search for black caimans by flashlight.

This is where our adventure ends! Enjoy the final part of our return journey, then disembark the Amazon Explorer to take the motorized canoe 90 minutes back to Coca.

Onboard accommodations. All meals on board. Scheduled excursions according to the itinerary with a certified naturalist guide. Unlimited supply of water, coffee, and tea. Exclusive access to our VIP Lounge (before and after the cruise). Transfers from/to the Vessel when arriving on our recommended flightsl Private & personalized assistance for Quito – Coca - Quito flights at both airports when arriving on our recommended fights.

Not included:
Air ticket Quito – Coca – Quito, USD 230.00 net per person. This rate includes (if purchasing the air ticket with us): private and personalized assistance for Quito – Coca - Quito flights at both airports. ** For those passengers who choose not to purchase their air tickets with us, an additional fee of USD 40.00 per person, shall apply for the services listed above.* Subject to change without prior notice. Admission to local communities and natural reserves (USD 70.00 net per person for 4 & 5 day cruises, USD 80.00 net per person for 8-day cruise)* Subject to change without prior notice. Transfers to and from Quito’s airport. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Gratuities. Wi-Fi Internet (Due to the remote area of navigation, satellite internet is only available in certain zones and during certain times. Should our guests require this, we are able to offer it for the price of $15 for the entire duration of the cruise). Personal expenses. Other services not specified in the program.

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