Amazon Spanish Camp


Here is an example of how to create a tour business.  This example shows how one of our conduct a Super Spanish teachers combined a Super Spanish course with an eco trek in the Amazon.

This course was conducted at the La Selva lodge in Ecuador’s Amazon.

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These photos were sent to me by Kjetil Haugan, the owner of La Selva lodge. 

The photos Kjetil sent show what…

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a great job was done with the …

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rejuvenation of the lodge. This is the main lodge.

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The main lodge balcony.

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Steps up into the canopy!  You are in the wilderness but…

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in luxury.

La Selva Lodge has been in operation since the 1980s, offering incredible eco tours… jungle treks… free birding… wonderful cuisine… a true adventure that supports the indigenous community and environment.

Ecuador Living club members have been able to save far more than the cost of a year’s club membership on just a La Selva Jungle Lodge adventure.

Now that La Selva is upgraded so too are the benefits.  We have worked closely with Kjetil both in his Palmazul and Vistazul projects and his outstanding Galapagos cruises.  His ownership of La Selva added an expanded benefit to Ecuador Living club membership.  The previous owners provided Ecuador Living club members a 15% discount.   Now under the new ownership this discount has been increased to 20%.   Ecuador Living club members can save more than the cost of their membership on one stay at La Selva lodge.

See how to get an Ecuador Living Club password here.

This created a special opportunity for the teacher to teach Spanish in a three day course at La Selva Lodge.

The lodge is authentic… in operation since the 1980s and…

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offering incredible eco tours…

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jungle treks…

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free birding…

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boating…

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wonderful cuisine… a true adventure that supports the indigenous community and environment.

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The lodge is comfortable plus…

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luxurious.

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There is plenty of space for quiet contemplation…

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meetings and…

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private time.

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Delegates at this course learned Super Thinking, Spanish and the wonders of the Amazon while they saved hundreds of dollars.

The Amazon Super Thinking + Spanish Camp included the Super Thinking + Spanish course fee plus four nights accommodation, all meals at La Selva Lodge, all excursions and all transport in the Amazon and an English naturalist guide.

Because Kjetil Haugan, a friend for more than a decade, recently purchased La Selva we have been able to help Super Thinking + Spanish teachers put together a super special price that cut the cost of your Spanish course in half.

(Fees did not include airfare to or from Quito, Ecuador, airfare from Quito to Amazon ($145), National Park Fee ($25), bar bill and or tips.)

First, we negotiated a bargain price with the owner of La Selva, Kjetil has offered us a special price.  Second most hotels and tour businesses in Ecuador offer us a commission.  We do not accept commissions and passed this savings to the delegates.  This allowed the teacher to offer a program where delegates had better rates for both the course and the time in the Amazon.

This was a great success. The teacher Glenn Sterling, who is living a better retirement himself, sent us this report about that Amazon Spanish Camp he organized and conducted.

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Here is a picture of lodge from the canoe on the lake.

Glenn Sterling always wanted to visit the Amazon so he organized course there.

Getting There – To the Amazon or Bust

By Glenn Sterling

Arriving was 99% of the adventure.  We’d flown from Quito, Ecuador.

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Quito at night taken from Stubel Suites and Cafe.

We flew next morning for a half hour flight to Coca (named after a local Indian Community ) a city of about 60,000.

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This was our Aerogal flight to Coca.

This bus was waiting for us at the Coca Airport.

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The bus took us to Coca and once there we loaded onto a boat and donned life jackets.

Our seatbacks were slid into place and we began the 2.5 hour journey down the broad, shallow, silt-laden Napo River.

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The weather is never chilly here but is frequently blessed with warmish showers.  Our ride was no exception, so we were wet but warm and our rears comforted by the deep foam seat bottoms.

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There were lots of odd boats on the Napo, a tributary of the Amazon River. One had been a jet!

In the Amazon, the river IS the highway.

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Our guide, leader and naturalist, Rodrigo, showed us how to open a unique local fruit we’d found in our yummy, bagged lunches.  Bottled water accompanied our snack.

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We sped downriver dodging islands of debris, tree stumps, clumps of floating grass and other items.

The river was widening as its banks collapsed from swollen waters and frequent rains.  Daunesh said “Hey, it’s a rain forest.”  It was.

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Napo River bank.

We were never alone on the river.

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The ponchos kept us dry.

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Finally we felt alone in the jungle when we were led to a 15 minute walk down a boardwalk trail into the Amazon jungle.

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Daunesh was among the first to arrive at our canoes and soon our Armada struck off through a narrow waterway.

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The water way led to the open waters of Lake Garcocha (Heron lake in Quicha).

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In another 10 minutes we arrived at the lodge on the edge of the lake.

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They had refreshing drinks and mouth watering snacks awaiting us  and after the travel adventure our appetites were ready.

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See here why La Selva is the number one lodge in the jungle.

See details of  our Florida based Super Thinking + Spanish course here.



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