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La Selva Amazon Ecolodge
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

We booked this lodge via one of the best Travel Agencies we've gone through. Columbus Travel in Quito, could not have been more organised, delivering quality and courtesy throughout - particular mention of Veronica Darquea who dealt with us from first enquiry through to the end. The lodge was beautiful and very much in keeping with the Amazon. Our room was so clean and not a mosquito or insect in sight! My husband and I had our own naturalist, Vini and our own native guide Teo - they made the trip - they were so knowledgable and patient with us and an absolute delight to spend this precious time with. It was everything we hoped it would be and can't thank all involved in making this trip so special.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kjetil H, Owner at La Selva Amazon Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2014

Dear Tri F,

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at La Selva Lodge. Columbus Travel does a great job keeping organized in order to deliver the best quality trips our customers deserve. We will personally let Vero, Vini and Teo know about your great comments. I hope you remember your time with us at La Selva for many years to come! Cheers!

Best Regards,
La Selva

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Reviewed 18 May 2014

My wife and I stayed for a few days at La Selva Lodge recently, and the experience was all we hoped it would be and more. Everything was perfect: when the time came to fill out the comment cards at the end of our stay, we couldn't think of any suggestions about how to improve the lodge, staff, service or experience!

Guests are put into groups according to language and interests, and each group is assigned two guides: one naturalist and one native guide. The guides then decide what the group will do on any given day. You might take a canoe ride, go on a jungle hike, visit the butterfly farm or go to the observation tower, for example. It all depends on weather, time of day, where the animals will probably be, etc. These excursions are all included in the price. We loved the hikes and especially the canoe trips! I get vertigo sometimes but I was still able to climb the observation tower.

The lodge itself is great. It's amazing how they can create and operate such a comfortable lodge in such a remote place. The rooms were airy and clean. The food was delicious.

Of course, the wildlife was spectacular. We saw five species of monkey, countless birds including macaws, toucans and parrots, and reptiles including caimans and snakes. There were insects, but they didn't bother us: the guide told us that mosquitoes can't breed in the water in the lagoon.

What surprised me was the level of community involvement. They don't necessarily talk about it much - usually the guides focus on the plants and animals, but when I asked they told me how involved with the local communities they are. It's more than just providing work for local natives; the lodge supports local schools, sends volunteers into communities and even is helping one nearby village set up, market and run its own ecolodge.

I can't recommend La Selva enough. Check it out! You won't regret it!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Christopher M
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Kjetil H, Owner at La Selva Amazon Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2014

Christopher M,

We really appreciate all the great things you had to say about La Selva. What we appreciate even more is when others notice the little things. La Selva is not just about high-end accommodations and service in the jungle. It is also about giving back to the surrounding communities that allow us to be located where we are. Many times it is easy to forget about the effects of tourism in areas such as the Ecuadorian Amazon. Understanding that, it is very important that we offer opportunities to the communities around us and lend them a helping hand, after all, it is their home that they are allowing us to operate in. Thank you so much for choosing La Selva and once again, we are so elated that you enjoyed your stay and got to see a glimpse of the amazing flora and fauna found within.

Kindest Regards,

La Selva

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Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

Just completed 4 night 5 day stay at la Selva Lodge. It was a delightful experience including jungle walks and canoe explorations. The bilingual guide and native guide had an extensive knowledge of the area and were most interested in making our stay enjoyable. The cabins are well in tune with the environment updated and comfortable. The food was excellent with an amazing presentation and variety. Intimate ratio of guests gives a pleasant quite repose to this unique location.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
2  Thank Cathleen P
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Kjetil H, Owner at La Selva Amazon Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2014

Thank you so much for sharing your great comments about your stay with La Selva. We are pleased you enjoyed the setting, service and food so much. Our guides take great pride in their work and will do almost anything to ensure guests a wonderful time. Thanks again!

Best Regards,
La Selva

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Reviewed 2 May 2014

Fanstastic trip for age ranges 6-70 in our family! Individual, enthusiastic, and genuine client care by the entire staff. Excellent and diverse itinerary with something for everyone. Feels like stepping into National Geographic.

Room Tip: Rainforest sounds lull you to sleep and howler monkeys help wake you up, no matter where you are.
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank beargrass777
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Kjetil H, Owner at La Selva Amazon Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2014

Dear Beargrass777,
Thank you for your review! What sets La Selva Jungle Lodge apart is being able to offer something for everyone, along with exceptional services tailored specifically to each of our guests. We are very happy that you and your family were able to experience these services and that each family member was able to enjoy their stay as they wished! Like you said, our location cannot be beat and we are thrilled that you were able to experience an adventure so extraordinary!

Sincerely,
La Selva

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Reviewed 1 May 2014

We just spent five days and four nights at La Selva. It was awesome. We had a fantastic time and would recommend it highly. We saw tons of wildlife up close, especially monkeys. What we liked best:

- The lodge was super cool. Great design and well maintained.
- Our cabana was fun! You sleep under a mosquito net and it is nice and cool at night.
- Our nature guides were fun and knowledgeable
- The staff and service were really, really great
- The food was fantastic. Especially considering that this is a very remote place. Couldn't believe how good the food was. Biggest surprise.

Warnings:

- This is the jungle. It is hot and sweaty. If you don't like hot and sweaty don't go here. It is not hot at night but there is always a slight dampness.
- If you are really afraid of nasty things like big spiders and aggressive ants don't go here.
- The internet is really slow. I was surprised they had it at all. If you need a place with a really good internet connection don't go here.

Our family of three loved it. We did the Galapagos the week before, and between the two trips, we felt like our 13 year old son got a semester long in-the-field nature course that we all loved. Would go back in a second!

Thank you La Selva for a fantastic experience!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank Fowlinator
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Kjetil H, Owner at La Selva Amazon Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2014

Dear Fowlinator,

Thank you so much for a great review regarding your stay at La Selva. We are delighted to know that the time you spent with us and your family was so special. It would be wonderful to host you again and hope that we will see you in the future! It is very important to us that we provide only the best services, from the great food to our respectable and highly knowledgeable guides.
Once again, thank you for all your fantastic comments about our lodge and services!

Sincerely,
La Selva

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