Walk to Silverio´s house: Cross Garzacocha Lake to begin a two and a half to three hour walk on a rugged trail with some physically challenging parts. Half of the walk takes place in primary forest and the other half passes by the huts of our indigenous neighbors along the Napo River.
Sacha Huagra Trail: Cross Garzacocha Lake, walk through virgin forest to observe the Giant Kapok Tree (Ceiba Pentandra) and the Strangler Fig Tree (Ficus sp), as well as other plant and animal species that can be seen along the trail; arrive at the lodge for lunch. It takes about four and a half hours for the whole loop.
Parrot Clay Licks: Visit to the Yasuní National Park to appreciate a unique site where parrots and parakeets gather in order to obtain the minerals that will help them to digest the fruits or seeds they have consumed. Option to enter to an indigenous community inside the Yasuní Park where other species of parrots and macaws can be seen (additional park entrance fees apply).
Chawamango Trail: Head east at the Mandiñan trailhead, followed by a walk back to Garzacocha lake. 3–4 hour walk. Surprises can be found on the way.
Matapalo trail: This is an introductory walk perfect for your arrival day. Here you will have the chance to appreciate the particular Strangler Fig (Ficus sp), Azteca Ants (Azteca Trigona) lots of bright and beautiful heliconia plants and the Rubber Tree (Hevea Brasiliensis).
Toucaneta’s Trail: This is a short 2-hour walk around the lodge where you will get a general idea of the tropical rainforest (flora, fauna & microfauna).
Charapa Trail: Short trip by foot around the edge of Lake Garzacocha. Return by canoe to the lodge.
Climb to the top of our bar and restaurant for incredible views, wildlife observation and birdwatching opportunities.
Observation tower: Not far from the lodge you can observe many birds flying by at eye-level, wildlife of all kinds, and yes, a bird’s-eye view of it all from our remodeled 135-foot observation tower.
Butterfly Farm: Available every afternoon. Close to the lodge, watch and photograph butterflies at close range. With any luck, witness the miracle of metamorphosis.
Coto Trail: This trail, like the Charapa Trail begins next to the butterfly farm and ends on the edge of the lagoon. It is also a loop where you start our walking and come back to the hotel by canoe. Depending on the guest’s interests, the trail can be done in the morning or in the afternoon. It lasts approximately two hours, and is ideal for observing diverse flora and fauna. With luck we will have mammal and bird sightings close to the lake.
Mandiñan Trail: Lasts 3-4 hours depending on the animal sightings that happen along the way. The entire trail is by foot to observe flora and fauna typical of the tropical rainforest.
Ruth’s Trail: Across the Mandicocha lake, it goes on and on and on. Good place to look for Jaguars.
Night excursions Sample the LA SELVA nightlife
Canoe or walking trips after dark to view nocturnal animals such as caiman, monkeys, insects and owls.