Lodges in Ecuador's Amazon offer an excellent experience of the rainforest for the general wildlife enthusiast, and those with special interests. There are indigenous community-based lodges, a lodge for the all-round jungle experience, and even two Amazon river boats.
The best access to the wildlife of Ecuador’s western Amazon is provided by three excellent jungle lodges: Sacha Lodge, Napo Wildlife Centre, and La Selva, located within an hour of each other along the Napo river. Each is beautifully situated, operated to a similar pattern, and offers a broadly similar experience of the rainforest, its wildlife and birds.
Visitors fly to the small town of Coca, to be met by each lodge’s boat. The journey downriver is taken at speed. June and July are often very rainy with serious flooding. All three lodges provide excursions to the same parrot licks on the south bank of the Río Napo.
Probably the best run (and busiest) of the 3 rival main lodges on the Napo river.
Napo Wildlife Centre
Great wildlife, lovely location, and very nice accommodation.
La Selva Lodge
The longest established, and most remote, of these three lodges. Wildlife is very good; the accommodation is more rustic.
Two lodges that provide similar direct experience of the lives of traditional communities that live in the rainforest.
All round and active experiences
All round experience of rainforest wildlife, jungle hikes, and visits to indigenous forest communities
Amazon river cruises
Two river boats that cruise the Napo river combine the experience of an Amazon river cruise with excellent wildlife excursions into the forest.
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