Kapawi Ecolodge

Ecuador, South America

Kapawi Ecolodge

Ecuador, South America

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‘Experience Achuar tribal life at Kapawi Ecolodge, a property built with devotion to the land. Ecuador is one of the 17 megadiverse countries in the world, so incredible wildlife spotting is certain.’

Overview

  • Highlights

    • Paddle alongside pink river dolphins
    • Learn Achuar traditions and culture
    • Incredibly rare wildlife spotting
    • Expert-guided hikes for guests
    • Runs entirely on renewable energy
    • Supports local reforestation projects
    • Panoramic rainforest and river views
    • Airport transfers included
    • 4, 5 and 8-day tours available
    • Children are welcome
    • Check-in time: Flexible

    Minimum stay: 3 nights
    Equivalent price per night: from approx. $250 USD

  • Local Knowledge

    The ecolodge is located in the remote Pastaza Province, which is home to many indigenous Amazonian Achuar communities. Guests can visit these nearby villages to learn about the fascinating culture and traditions.

    Alternatively, the stunning rainforest and the Capahuari river provide a range of interesting activities including:

    • Hikes ranging from 30 minutes to 8 hours
    • Swimming from the main dock
  • Location

    Kapawi Ecolodge is in the Kapawi community in the Pastaza Province of Ecuador, one of the 17 megadiverse countries in the world. Being based in the Amazon Rainforest, rain is expected every day, but this does not interrupt any activities.

    • Distance from airport: Quito International Airport (Kapawi is only reachable by a private inland flight)
    • Key attraction: Achuar Communities
    • Nearby restaurant: The lodge provides local, organic meals

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  • Architecture
    The lodge was built following the principles of the Achuar people, a group of Amazonian communities devoted to the land. Construction was undertaken using local...
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    materials such as wood, leaves, sand, stone and gravel from the rivers. The traditional Achuar design eliminates the need for air conditioning through natural cooling.

  • Water
    The ecolodge has water-saving technology in the toilets and taps to reduce flow.
  • Energy
    The lodge has a photovoltaic system that provides solar energy for every cabin and facility, so the lodge is run 100% on clean, renewable energy.
  • Engage Guests
    Guests have the unique opportunity to visit an Achuar house, or farm to observe and learn about tribal life and their relationship with the Amazon rainforest. Visitors can also..
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    on special occasions, decide to spend the night at the community. In these cases, a visit to a local shaman can be arranged. A variety of trails around the lodge, with varying levels of difficulty, from 30-minute to 8-hour hikes in the forest are designed to engage guests. Night hikes are also offered.

  • Waste
    Despite the remote location the lodge tries to manage waste. A waste management system is in place to compact plastic, metal and cardboard. The lodge is proactively working to reduce...
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    plastic usage. Only kitchen and cleaning products that are 100% recyclable are used here.

  • Food
    The menu at Kapawi Ecolodge is designed to incorporate as much local, organic produce as possible, sourced from the surrounding community gardens. The lodge works with...
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    suppliers from 5 local Achuar communities. The menu does not include any products that have a high carbon footprint, such as red and processed meats.

  • Conservation
    Kapawi Ecolodge cooperates with the San Francisco University based in Quito, Ecuador on projects involving the Achuar local tribal people and the rainforest...
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    As well as this, the lodge monitors local wildlife with cameras to support conservation efforts and research. They also actively support the conservation of pink river dolphins in the Capahuri, Pastaza and Ishpingo rivers.

  • Housekeeping
    All cleaning products at the lodge, such as soaps, detergents and cleaning agents are 100% biodegradable.
  • Kiwano Bonus
    A percentage of all the ecolodge bookings go towards supporting local reforestation projects. These projects aim to reforest with native species and are implemented in...
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    cooperation with the local school in the Kapawi community. The ecolodge is 100% owned by the indigenous communities of Kapawi, Kusutkau and Suwa. It also supports a network of other Achuar ecotourism projects in the neighbouring communities of Tiinkia, Sharamentsa and Wayusensta. The lodge has created a viable economic option for the isolated communities that live in the last large tract of primary Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. Kapawi Ecolodge helped develop sustainable tourism since 1996 as a viable economic option for isolated Achuar indigenous communities in the last large tract of primary Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador.

Reviews

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    "Kapawi Ecolodge was amazing"

    It is far from "civilization" as there are no roads. You get there by small plane and boat. Our accommodations were very nice--comfortable king-size bed, lots of room, private bath, large windows looking out at nature. They even have wifi (a little slow) and a library with lots of books about plants and animals, etc. The food was excellent!

    Christine, Facebook

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    "Best vacation ever!"

    We were a group of 10 friends who went to Kapawi for 5 nights/4 Days in February. It was a fantastic experience and every single one of us loved it. For being out in the middle of the jungle, the accommodations are impressive. The huts were comfortable, the food was delicious and the staff was great. We loved our local guide, Patricio, and our boat driver Simon. They were both extremely knowledgeable and very helpful.

    Minouche, TripAdvisor

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    "Amazing trip to the jungle. Great birding."

    We are naturalists and the nature experience was beyond my wildest expectations. I added over 50 new birds to my life list in a week. The guides were excellent. They knew the birds and accommodated our interests.

    Gerhard, TripAdvisor

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    "Profoundly Amazing"

    Exactly what we expected, and shown on the website. We reserved a cabana in the middle of the rainforest, and it is exactly what we received. On a side note, the beds were EXTREMELY comfortable. And, we had turn-down service? In the middle of a jungle? WOW! Kudos to Kapawi!

    Melissa, TripAdvisor

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