Minga Lodge offers excellent access to one of the most ecologically rich regions in the world. The lodge is also operated by Me to We, a part of Free the Children, so half of all profits from projects here go back into the community.
La Selva Jungle Lodge
La Selva Jungle Lodge, Amazon, Ecuador
Perched high on the shores of Lake Garzacocha, La Selva offers guests a remarkably comfortable experience given its remote Amazon location.
The 18 spacious suites have been inspired by local bamboo designs. All feature a private balcony and are cooled by ceiling fans and large windows, some open and screened by insect nets allowing you to wake to the sounds of the jungle. Additional touches such as high quality bed linens, turn down service and indulgent bathroom amenities make a stay at La Selva feel extra special.
Jungle and river excursions are always accompanied by two guides – an English speaking naturalist and a local guide native to the area, whose skills in spotting reptiles, mammals, and birds are often remarkable. There is a canopy observation tower close to the lodge, and yoga and massages can be arranged for a little relaxation in the jungle.
In between excursions, the lodge’s elevated lounge and dining area is a wonderful place to recover, offering prime views of the lake and curious visitors such as the pre-historic looking Hoatzin bird often just meters away.
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Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
A stay at the Minga Lodge offers a unique opportunity to get to grips with what life is really like in the Amazon. Culturally, this is far more in-depth, interactive and rewarding than a regular Amazon visit and allows you to spend time with the local community during your stay.