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Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

We have kicked off our Ecuador family vacation with a 4 day/3 night stay at La Selva Lodge. I hesitatingly chose this lodge over others - my hesitation was because the activities looked a little tame for our adventurous family. I should have never hesitated.

My 8 year old son just announced that you don't need Wifi in the jungle because there is so much to do. (Amazingly, there is wifi, but it's slow - but we all put down our devices.). My 17 year old daughter announced she is now ready to audition for Naked and Afraid, based on all she learned in the Jungle.

Sound good? Here are the dets:

1. The food is very good - user friendly for kids and creative enough for adults

2. Yoga class and Spa were very relaxing - which is good because we otherwise stayed so busy

3. The combination of naturalist guide and local guide was awesome. Both were extremely knowledgeable and flexible with walks and talks to keep our family interested in nature, history and culture.

4. Mainly - this is no Disney Land. This is not touristy. This is the real deal. It's off the beaten path. It's nature in nature, yet comfortable and accommodating.

To keep both an 8 year old boy and teenage girl engaged and entertained sometimes quite a trick. We often have to "take turns" for activities. But here, we could truly have joint, family bonding activities for everyone.

And no. The mosquitoes are not that bad.

Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
5  Thank ziggy_camp
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kjetilhaugan, Owner at La Selva Amazon Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2017

Thank you so much!

Your story is similar to another where a father came to La Selva with his children who at first were glued to their cell phones and tablets...long story short, when it came time for them to leave, the kids actually cried because they did not want to leave! And guess what they forgot behind in their suites...their electronic devices!

It is amazing what nature can do. We absolutely love hearing reviews like yours and we welcome anyone to La Selva to experience the simple power of nature and the bond that can be created.

Thank you so much for putting your confidence in choosing us. We are so happy to be part of moments like these.

All the best to you and your family!

La Selva Amazon Eco-lodge & Spa

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Reviewed 4 June 2017

This place is very pleasant rather than luxurious, but you are in the heart of the Amazon rainforest! The complex is positioned alongside a beautiful lake accessible only by canoe. The grounds are lush and you can see a great deal of fauna from the windows and balconies. Morning and afternoon/evening you are taken out on walks, canoe rides, local community visits. At other times you can swim, kayak or enjoy the spa. But sometimes there is no hot water, rather it is luke warm; there is often a vague sewerage smell; the hot steamy weather is exhausting and because of the high humidity, nothing dries, which is a problem since there are no laundry facilities or options for drying other than using your ceiling fan 24/7. The fan is the only air-conditioning; there is no phone service, limited wifi and no TV - but, I stress, you are in the heart of the Amazon and since you wake very early for most activities (to avoid the midday heat), you fall into bed early at night - media and technology are the last things on your mind. The wildlife and scenery are amazing, the guides are very good, the staff are friendly and helpful, and the food is good quality and varied (unless you are vegetarian, then dishes tend to repeat). This place feels authentic if you want a real Amazon Rainforest experience. Two nights is too short but 5 nights is plenty unless they can increase the comfort factor.

Room Tip: The huts are more interesting to stay in than the main building
  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2017

We did the 4 day/ 3 night package but also arranged accommodation in Quito for a night either side through the lodge. We could not have been happier with the service from the moment we were picked up in Quito. Very personalised without being overbearing, and made sure we were looked after all the way. The lodge itself is beautifully located on the edge of a small oxbow lagoon and the rooms vary with some overlooking the lagoon, some as free standing cabins facing towards the jungle and large family suites. The activities started very early (530am wake up) to make the most of the cooler part of the day when the wildlife is more active. Options included walking, self-kayaking, canoeing, fishing...all accompanied by an English speaking naturalist guide and a local guide. We had Luis as our naturalist guide and he was excellent with perfect English and encyclopaedic knowledge. Our local guide was Henrique who seemed to be able to spot the most hidden, minute or distant wildlife with amazing accuracy. It's not like the Galapagos where you virtually trip over the wildlife and get very close, you really need a good pair of binoculars and a degree of patience and luck. We ended up seeing more birds in our last hour standing on the observation deck above the restaurant, than we did from the canopy level observation platform which is a 20 minute walk from the lodge. By the end of 3 days we had seen at least 30 different types of birds and 5 different types of monkeys plus abundant variety of flora, amphibians, reptiles and insects. The bird and animal booklet provided by the lodge was excellent as was the carry sac and water bottle as take home momentos.

All in all a wonderful stay...we would suggest doing this before you go to Galapagos so that you don't arrive with the expectation of wildlife being up close and personal.

Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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kjetilhaugan, Owner at La Selva Amazon Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2017

Dear Anna,

Thank you for your stay.

Like you said, it is not that easy to spot the wildlife, but thats why we have our amazing guides so our guests see everything that is there to see.

All the best,
La Selva Amazon Ecolodge & Spa

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Reviewed 29 May 2017

Because I am a world wide traveler who stays for the most part in Luxury Hotels, I did not know what to expect from an Ecolodge in the middle of the Amazon jungle. From the moment I was met at the airport , motored down the Napo River and canoed to the awaiting vision of The Lodge, I knew I was in for a most unique adventure. The staff is quite accommodating, the rooms are pristine and comfortable, and the food delightful. My guide David partnered by Henry were extraordinary! In three short days I was introduced to so much knowledge of the Amazon flora and fauna through their instruction and the sightings of various species. It was an incredible introduction to yet another beautiful part of Ecuador.

Room Tip: The rooms overlooking the lagoon are wonderful
  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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kjetilhaugan, Owner at La Selva Amazon Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2017

Thank you so much for choosing La Selva.

We try to offer the best service from the airport to the lodge, your time at the lodge and of course the way back. We are glad you liked the whole experience.

All the best,
La Selva Amazon Ecolodge & Spa

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Reviewed 22 May 2017

A bit of luxury after a lot of travelling. Fantastic service and food, with a lovely warm lake to swim in. Yes, they have Piranhas there, but they only seem interested in the bait when we tried basic fishing! Our guide was Jairo and local guide Jose - a good double-act who took us on lots of walks through the jungle and managed to spot all sorts of creatures - monkeys, birds, insects, turtle. Only access by a paddled canoe, very eco-friendly. Spa available. Back to nature..

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled with friends
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kjetilhaugan, Owner at La Selva Amazon Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2017

Thank you a lot for the review.

We are glad you enjoyed our luxury. After a lot of travelling the spa and the lake are perfect to calm down and relax! One of our main goals is to be eco-friendly, for example thats why we only access a lot of spots by a paddled canoe.

Thank you again,
La Selva Amazon Ecolodge & Spa

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