Our top choice in the Ecuadorian Amazon is the La Selva Ecolodge, a remote and beautiful place where guests stay in thatched cabins at the edge of a rainforest lake. La Selva houses a private butterfly farm, a biology field station and a 135-foot observation tower. The ecolodge offers 4 or 5 day programs that start on various days of the week, and is easily accessible with a quick flight from Quito followed by a beautiful journey upriver. The lodge has an excellent location on a wildlife-filled lagoon, and is arguably the most comfortable option available in the area.
(Other lodge options you might consider include Sacha Jungle Lodge, Napo Wildlife Center, and Kapawi Ecolodge.)
Today you fly out from Quito, cross over the towering Andes, and land in the Amazon basin in the jungle town of Coca, where you begin the trip to your lodge. You will travel by motorized canoe upriver, then take a short hike into the jungle before boarding a dugout canoe to cross a jungle lake. The lodge sits at the edge of Garzacocha Lake, which is filled with piranha and surrounded by the sounds of howler monkeys and birdsong. (B,L,D)
For the next two days you will explore the jungle area around the lodge, visiting oxbow lakes, taking night walks, and learning to scout for elusive animal and bird life in the vastness of the jungle. This is one of the most biodiverse places on the entire planet, and the sheer variety of plant and animal species is truly awesome. If you are doing a 5 day program, you would add one more day to explore additional sites in the area. (B,L,D)
Today you will return across the lake and head back downriver to Coca, where you will fly out over the Andes back to Quito. There, you will have the balance of the day to enjoy some more of the Ecuadorian capital. (B,L)