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Overview

Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve is one of the  most remote, ecologically responsible and cultural sensible Amazon Jungle Ecolodges in the world. Your visit to this Amazon Jungle Lodge really contributes to sustainable socio – cultural communities and the protection of a unique natural environment. It is a remote and pristine region, the Amazon rainforest, untouched by logging, mining or petroleum extraction. It is a preferred destination in the Amazon to develop sustainable services in environmentally friendly practices, quality and international standards for sustainable tourism that allows a complete experience for our visitors and socio-economic development of the Achuar community who have full knowledge of the activities of their company.

The Kapawi project opened in 1996 as a unique partnership between Canodros, an Ecuadorian tourism company, and the Achuar people. Each partner shared a vision of building an economically sustainable project that would contribute to the preservation of the cultural and environmental riches of Ecuador’s Amazon region. As planned, Canodros transferred the ownership of Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve to the Achuar on January 1, 2008. The project is now operated by the Achuar through their tour operator CEKSA, (Complejo Ecoturistico Kapawi Sociedad.Anonima), a legal structure that has a category of a Tour operator, in charge of the ownership, operation and management of the lodge.

Awards and International recognitions received by Kapawi:

  • 1998 -Tourism for tomorrow,
  • British Airways 2000 – Ecotourism Excellence Award
  • Conservation International 2002
  • Ecotourism Award, Skal International 2004
  • Conservation Category – Sustainable Tourism Award for Conservation (STAC) (Third place). 2009
  • PRODUCT Awarded Top 50 Eco-Lodges 2009 by the Editors of National Geographic ADVENTURE Magazine

Itinerary 4 days:

DAY 1:

PICK UP: Guests will be picked up from their hotel in Quito beginning at 6:00 am.

  • Departure from Quito: Guests will be driven along the new “Oriental” highway, passing through Tambillo, Latacunga, Ambato, Baños, before arriving in Shell.
  • Breakfast will be provided for every passenger. Short stops will be made during the trip for bathroom breaks and photo opportunities.
  • Arrival in Shell. Guests will be welcomed by our Achuar representatives and will be assisted onto small planes.
  • The 50-minute flight from Shell will pass over unbroken pristine rainforest, arriving at the airstrip of the local Achuar community.
  • There you will be welcomed by Kapawi guides, who will escort you on the final leg of your journey, a beautiful 30-minute canoe ride into the majesty and tranquility of the rainforest.

Lunch at Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve. After lunch guests will have the opportunity to relax, unpack, and situate themselves with the surroundings.
Afternoon: we will have a quiet activity where guests can walk along one of the Pastaza River beaches. Here, our guides will give guests an introductory orientation session with information about the rainforest and the Achuar culture, while enjoying a beautiful sunset.
At night after dinner, we will explore the Kapawari river in search of nocturnal animals such as monkeys, alligators and birds. All this coupled with a fantastic starry sky Kapawi.

Day 2:
Early morning: Our guides will escort guests on a 30 minute motor boat ride to reach one of the best natural attractions, the Claylick, where guests will see different species of parrots, macaws, and parrots such as the Cobalt-Winged Parakeet, Chestnut- Fronted Macaw, Yellow Crowned Amazon.
After breakfast guests can take a walk, approximately 2 hours with stops, where they will learn about medicinal plants of the area and tropical forest ecology.
Lunch at Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve. Time to rest.
Afternoon: guests will be able to explore, via kayak, the Kapawari River and its connecting lagoons, while looking at the local wildlife such as the pink river dolphin. As the river is quite calm, swimming is completely safe. After dinner: guests can partake in a spectacular night walk, observing the many different kinds of insects and amphibians that are found around the hotel.

Day 3 
Early morning: guests will have the opportunity to finding and spotting the great variety of birds that the southeast Rainforest of Ecuador offers like Hoatzin, Aninga, Speckled Chachalaca, White Eared Jacamar, Cocoi Heron, Neotropical Cormorant, and the Great Egret.
Breakfast and departure for a full day activities: our guides will escort guests along the Pitzacocha or Pama trail. During this time guests can learn about the forest and its benefits for the Achuar people. Our guides will also teach guests about Achuar hunting techniques and Arutam the spirit of the forest.
Picnic lunch in the forest. After lunch: guests will visit one of the Achuar communities that is located close to the lodge. This is one of our most popular activities offered in Kapawi, because of the significant cultural contribution to the Achuar people. Guests will have a chance to see a community and its members and purchase some traditional handicrafts. Return to the lodge followed by dinner.
After dinner: cultural activities (legends in hammock house, traditional greetings)

Day 4
Early morning: our guides will bring guests to specific points near the hotel, in order to locate various species of birds. Breakfast and preparation for departure.
In the last few hours before departure from the Achuar territory, guests can participate in a blowgun contest to demonstrate who is the best hunter among the guides and guests. Guests will also be able to learn the art of Achuar face painting and how it relates to their different activities.

  • Fly to Shell.
  • Box Lunches will be provided.
  • Return to Quito along the same route as the arrival.

Itinerary 5 days:

DAY 1:

PICK UP: Guests will be picked up from their hotel in Quito beginning at 6:00 am.

  • Departure from Quito: Guests will be driven along the new “Oriental” highway, passing through Tambillo, Latacunga, Ambato, Baños, before arriving in Shell.
  • Breakfast will be provided for every passenger. Short stops will be made during the trip for bathroom breaks and photo opportunities.
  • Arrival in Shell. Guests will be welcomed by our Achuar representatives and will be assisted onto small planes.
  • The 50-minute flight from Shell will pass over unbroken pristine rainforest, arriving at the airstrip of the local Achuar community.
  • There you will be welcomed by Kapawi guides, who will escort you on the final leg of your journey, a beautiful 30-minute canoe ride into the majesty and tranquility of the rainforest.
  • Lunch at Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve. After lunch guests will have the opportunity to relax, unpack, and situate themselves with the surroundings.
    Afternoon: we will have a quiet activity where guests can walk along one of the Pastaza River beaches. Here, our guides will give guests an introductory orientation session with information about the rainforest and the Achuar culture, while enjoying a beautiful sunset. Dinner.

Day 2:

Early morning: Our guides will escort guests on a 30 minute motor boat ride to reach one of the best natural attractions, the Claylick, where guests will see different species of parrots, macaws, and parrots such as the Cobalt-Winged Parakeet, Chestnut- Fronted Macaw, Yellow Crowned Amazon.
After breakfast guests can take a walk, approximately 2 hours with stops, where they will learn about medicinal plants of the area and tropical forest ecology.
Lunch at Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve. Time to rest. Afternoon: guests will be able to explore, via kayak, the Kapawari River and its connecting lagoons, while looking at the local wildlife such as the pink river dolphin. As the river is quite calm, swimming is completely safe.
After dinner: guests can partake in a spectacular night walk, observing the many different kinds of insects and amphibians that are found around the hotel.

Day 3 *
Early morning: guests will have the opportunity to finding and spotting the great variety of birds that the southeast Rainforest of Ecuador offers like Hoatzin, Aninga, Speckled Chachalaca, White Eared Jacamar, Cocoi Heron, Neotropical Cormorant, and the Great Egret.
After breakfast guests will take a walk, approximately 2 hours with stops, where they will learn about the benefits and uses of the palms to the Achuar and the important ecological role played by insects and animals in the forest. Lunch at the Hotel.
In the afternoon some activities will be offered: including Fishing where you can fish for piranha or catfish. Also the guest will learn the art of making crafts with staff Achuar Hotel.
At night after dinner, we will explore the Kapawari river in search of nocturnal animals such as monkeys, alligators and birds. All this coupled with a fantastic starry sky Kapawi.

Day 4 *
This day the guests could go to Bird watching upstairs Kapawari river or to go to the Claylick
Breakfast and departure for a full day activities: our guides will escort guests along the Pitzacocha trail. During this time guests can learn about the forest and its benefits for the Achuar people. Our guides will also teach guests about Achuar hunting techniques and Arutam the spirit of the forest..
Picnic lunch in the forest. After lunch: guests will visit one of the Achuar communities that is located close to the lodge. This is one of our most popular activities offered in Kapawi, because of the significant cultural contribution to the Achuar people. Guests will have a chance to see a community and its members and purchase some traditional handicrafts. Return to the lodge followed by dinner.
After dinner: cultural activities (legends in hammock house, traditional greetings)

Day 5
Early morning: our guides will bring guests to specific points near the hotel, in order to locate various species of birds. Breakfast and preparation for departure.
In the last few hours before departure from the Achuar territory, guests can participate in a blowgun contest to demonstrate who the best hunter among the guides and guests is. Guests will also be able to learn the art of Achuar face painting and how it relates to their different activities.

  • Flight to Shell.
  • Box Lunches will be provided.
  • Return to Quito along the same route as the arrival.

*In the case guests don´t want to camp overnight, they have the option of coming back to the Lodge

 

Day 3 
Early morning: guests will have the opportunity to finding and spotting the great variety of birds that the southeast Rainforest of Ecuador offers like Hoatzin, Aninga, Speckled Chachalaca, White Eared Jacamar, Cocoi Heron, Neotropical Cormorant, and the Great Egret.
Breakfast and departure for a full day activities: our guides will escort guests along the Pitzacocha trail. During this time guests can learn about the forest and its benefits for the Achuar people. Our guides will also teach guests about Achuar hunting techniques and myths relating to the rainforest. Picnic lunch in the forest.
After lunch: guests will visit one of the Achuar communities that is located close to the lodge. This is one of our most popular activities offered in Kapawi, because of the significant cultural contribution to the Achuar people. Guests will have a chance to see a community and its members and purchase some traditional handicrafts. Dinner at the community provided by Kapawi. Camping overnight in the community

Day 4 
Early morning: guests are offered the unique experience of participating in a traditional ceremony involving the drinking of a local Achuar tea called guayusa. The ceremony will begin at approximately 4am, where guests will drink the purifying tea around a campfire, while an Achuar man will interpret the dreams of the participants. Towards the end of the ceremony, everyone will be able to enjoy the sunrise. Breakfast at Kapawi.
After breakfast: various activities will be offered, including fishing and handicraft making. After lunch: guests can take kayak and hiking trips to explore the surrounding areas. After dinner: cultural activities (legends in hammock house, traditional greetings)

Itinerary 8 days:

DAY 1:

PICK UP: Guests will be picked up from their hotel in Quito beginning at 6:00 am.

  • Departure from Quito: Guests will be driven along the new “Oriental” highway, passing through Tambillo, Latacunga, Ambato, Baños, before arriving in Shell.
  • Breakfast will be provided for every passenger. Short stops will be made during the trip for bathroom breaks and photo opportunities.
  • Arrival in Shell. Guests will be welcomed by our Achuar representatives and will be assisted onto small planes.
  • The 50-minute flight from Shell will pass over unbroken pristine rainforest, arriving at the airstrip of the local Achuar community.
  • There you will be welcomed by Kapawi guides, who will escort you on the final leg of your journey, a beautiful 30-minute canoe ride into the majesty and tranquility of the rainforest.
    Lunch at Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve. After lunch guests will have the opportunity to relax, unpack, and situate themselves with the surroundings.
  • Afternoon: we will have a quiet activity where guests can walk along one of the Pastaza River beaches. Here, our guides will give guests an introductory orientation session with information about the rainforest and the Achuar culture, while enjoying a beautiful sunset. Dinner.

Day 2
Early morning: guests will have the opportunity to finding and spotting the great variety of birds that the southeast Rainforest of Ecuador offers like Hoatzin, Aninga, Speckled Chachalaca, White Eared Jacamar, Cocoi Heron, Neotropical Cormorant, and the Great Egret.
After breakfast guests can take a walk, approximately 2 hours with stops, where they will learn about medicinal plants of the area and tropical forest ecology.
Lunch at Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve. Time to rest. Afternoon: guests will be able to explore, via kayak, the Kapawari River and its connecting lagoons, while looking at the local wildlife such as the pink river dolphin. As the river is quite calm, swimming is completely safe.
At night after dinner, we will explore the Kapawari river in search of nocturnal animals such as monkeys, alligators and birds. All this coupled with a fantastic starry sky Kapawi.

Day 3
Early morning: Our guides will escort guests on a 30 minute motor boat ride to reach one of the best natural attractions, the Claylick, where guests will see different species of parrots, macaws, and parrots such as the Cobalt-Winged Parakeet, Chestnut- Fronted Macaw, Yellow Crowned Amazon.
After breakfast: departure to Ishpingo trail beginning with a 30 minute canoe trip to the beginning of the trail. Guests are kindly asked to be prepared for crossing some log bridges. This trip is combined with a canoe or kayak trip up the Ishpingo river in order to observe the local wildlife along the river’s shoreline. Lunch will be provided during the trip. Return to Kapawi for Dinner.
After dinner: guests can partake in a spectacular night walk, observing the many different kinds of insects and amphibians that are found around the hotel.

Day 4
In the morning you can choose from a bird watching Activity or go to the Claylick.
After breakfast guests will take a walk, approximately 2 hours with stops, where they will learn about the benefits and uses of the palms to the Achuar and the important ecological role played by insects and animals in the forest. Lunch at the Hotel.
After lunch: guests will visit one of the Achuar communities that is located close to the lodge. This is one of our most popular activities offered in Kapawi, because of the significant cultural contribution to the Achuar people. Guests will have a chance to see a community and its members and purchase some traditional handicrafts. Dinner at the community provided by Kapawi. Camping overnight in the community

Day 5
Early morning: guests are offered the unique experience of participating in a traditional ceremony involving the drinking of a local Achuar tea called guayusa. The ceremony will begin at approximately 4am, where guests will drink the purifying tea around a campfire, while an Achuar man will interpret the dreams of the participants. Towards the end of the ceremony, everyone will be able to enjoy the sunrise. Breakfast at Kapawi.
After breakfast: various activities will be offered, including fishing and handicraft making. After lunch: guests can take kayak and hiking trips to explore the surrounding areas.

Day 6
After breakfast: departure to the Pastaza-Kusutkao Trail. Guests will arrive at the trail after a one hour motor canoe ride up the Pastaza River. Guests are kindly asked, once again, to be prepared for crossing log bridges, as the trail can become quite swampy. At the end of the trail, guests will end at the Kusutkao River, where they will be met with lunch by the Kapawi staff.
After lunch: guests have the option of kayaking back down to Kapawi. The trip is approximately three hours. Dinner at Kapawi.
At night after Dinner the guest can choose from a night walk in a different trail or go to a canoe ride.

Day 7
After breakfast: departure to Wayusentsa community. Guests will take a beautiful two hour in a canoe up the Kapawi River. Our guides will then bring guests on a thirty minute hike to a beautiful waterfall where they will then be taught about the Achuar’s importance of the waterfall. Lunch at the community (bring for the hotel).
Visit to the Wayusenta Community: this will be an opportunity for guests to learn more about the Achuar way of life. Return to Kapawi for dinner.

Day 8
Early morning: our guides will bring guests to specific points near the hotel, in order to locate various species of birds. Breakfast and preparation for departure.
In the last few hours before departure from the Achuar territory, guests can participate in a blowgun contest to demonstrate who is the best hunter among the guides and guests. Guests will also be able to learn the art of Achuar face painting and how it relates to their different activities.

  • Fly to Shell.
  • Box Lunches will be provided.
  • Return to Quito along the same route as the arrival.

What’s Included:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals from Lunch day 1 until Breakfast Last Day (Breakfast, lunch, dinner),
  • All the guide excursions: Bird watching, night canoeing, night guided hikes, swimming & tubing, kayaking & canoeing, fishing,
  • Achuar community visits
  • Land transportation
  • Quito Shell Quito
  • Air transportation Shell – Kapawi – Shell.
  • Contribution to the Achuar Community.

What’s Not Included:

  • Alcoholic and No alcoholic beverages
  • Boutique purchases
  • Tips

Notes:

Daily operations are available with groups of 4 passengers or more.
Less than 4 passengers please ask to our sales department.

What to bring:

  • Good binoculars for wildlife viewing (an absolute necessity). We suggest that each visitor carry their own binoculars.
  • Camera/video gear (if using film, lower ASA for open areas (50 or 100), higher ASA for forest (400 and up). [24 hour electricity (120v) is available for charging batteries and digital equipment.)
  • Two or three pairs of lightweight long pants.
  • Two or three long-sleeved lightweight shirts.
  • Two or three T-shirts.
  • One or two pairs of shorts (mostly for around the lodge).
  • Lightweight sweater or jacket.
  • Raingear (if you prefer not to use the ponchos provided).
  • Three or four pairs of cotton socks.
  • Sandals (Teva type or similar for around the lodge).
  • Three or four pairs of absorbent socks.
  • Small day pack for excursions.
  • A bottle or canteen to carry water on hike (1-quart size is sufficient).
  • Ziplock-type plastic bags to cover optics or other gear.
  • Insect repellent (Skin-so-soft or DEET product with at least 20% concentration).
  • Flashlight or headlamp bright enough for use on night walks.
  • Small, packable umbrella (can be useful in light rain – very useful!).
  • A hat for sun protection (and that will stay on during windy boat rides).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen lotion with a high SPF rating.
  • Personal toiletries and medications (carry medications with you when arriving and leaving the lodge).
  • Extra batteries/film/video tapes as appropriate.
  • A photocopy of your passport (always good to have while traveling).
  • Money (in small US$ bills – ones and fives and coins) for bar bills and Artesania purchases.
  • We recommend using rechargeable batteries in your visit to the lodge so that you need not dispose of used batteries, thus contributing to the quality of our environment.

 

Costs:

  • 4 days / 3 nights: Price $ 1185 + $ 6 service charge (double room)
  • 5 days / 4 nights: Price $ 1361 + $ 8 service charge (double room)
  • 8 days / 7 nights: Price $ 1589 + $ 8 service charge (double room)