Kapawi Eco Lodge
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Kapawi Eco Lodge
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Fitness: Medium - High
Length: 4 - 8 Days
Places: Primary Rainforest
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Aproject with over 20 year in the making, Kapawi is an ambitious project that started back in 1993 with the initiative of a local tour operator in partnership with the Achuar community, its sole purpose was to generate a sustainable way for the Achuar’s and other communities found in the surroundings to have a way of living with an economical income without hurting their resources; the true meaning of Eco tourism.

Kapawi Eco Lodge Highlights

Kapawi Eco Lodge is now a reality, the lodge emanates Achuar’s culture even to very design & concept of the architecture (not a single nail was used!). The lodge now entirely belongs to the Achuar Nation making it the largest Eco tourism project available in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Kapawi is located in the depths of Ecuadorian rainforest bordering with Peruvian rainforest far to the southeast, making it the most isolated Eco lodge available, its remote location covers nearly 2 million acres of pristine & untouched forest far from logging; mining or petroleum extraction. Listed programs are only suggested, guest can design the most suitable itinerary that meets their interest & physical condition with their guide & group.

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Kapawi Eco Lodge Details

 

LAND (Quito – Shell – Quito)

Transport type: Private vehicles
Travel time: Approx 4 hours per way
Schedule: 06:30 – 11:00 / 16:00 – 20:00
Land transport cost: $90 per person (subject to change)
Includes: Pickup, meal box, viewpoints stops
Luggage restriction: 11.3 kg, 25 pounds
Pick up point: Hotel pickup (Quito only)

Private land transport to shell is optional, we highly recommend their private service, it includes many benefits such as Hotel pickup & Drop-off, stops at scenic viewpoints and waterfalls, Meal box, a personalized service, but most importantly it ensures you don’t miss your connecting plane transport.

 

AIR (Shell – Kapawi – Shell)

Transport type: 3 private small aircraft’s
Flight time: 50 minutes
Planes capacity: 3, 5 & 9 passengers
Air transport cost:
$222 per person (subject to change)
Operational days: Monday & friday only
Luggage restriction: 11.3 kg, 25 pounds
Drop-off: Quito hotel

Booking your flight with Kapawi is mandatory, private small planes are arranged in order to reach the lodge. Given the unpredictable weather conditions the rainforest has – flight delays can occur, please have at least a day in between with your international connections to avoid missing your flight.

Kapawi Eco Lodge Features

Kapawi Eco Lodge Features

Amazon Tree

Kayaking & Canoe Trips

Kayaking is a great way of complimenting the amazing surroundings you have at Kapawi Reserve, these activities can be arranged in long and short rivers like the Capahuari or some lagoons near the lodge. Canoing can be done along larger rivers like Pastaza.

Camping

An optional and adventurous activity at Kapawi, their staff will carry the food and equipment to the camping area; services will be more rustic and not the same as those found at the lodge. Camping has to be requested in advanced in order to have the activity scheduled.

Achuar Community Visit

This is one of the most popular activities available at Kapawi, the Achuar people hold a significant cultural contribution to your Kapawi experience. They will brief guests and introduce them to the Achuar Culture, their ethics codes and offer advice in how to behave during your visit. You will have the opportunity to see a community and its members and purchase some traditional handicrafts.

Hiking, Fishing & Birdwatching

Hike along short and long trails in the tropical rain forest observing the outstanding flora and fauna, when night falls hikes are approached with a completely different perspective with night walks along primary forest. Birdwatching is an eye opening experience, this activity usually takes place in the early morning at about 6 am.

Kapawi Eco Lodge Itineraries 2017

Day 1

INTRODUCTION: Discover a different lifestyle, experience an ancient culture, travel in to the past of the Amazon rainforest without sacrificing comfort. Learn about unique life forms witness an untouched ecosystem.

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.

Day 1

INTRODUCTION: Pink dolphins have survived for centuries due to the local belief that they possess magical powers that allowed them to be untouchable, now they are in danger of extinction in other areas. According to Achuar legend, at night they turn into handsome gentlemen who seduce wives and daughters before returning to the river. Explore with us and seek out this endangered mythological creature.

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.

Day 1

INTRODUCTION: The Achuar people believe in spirits that guide them in maintaining a harmonious relationship between the rainforest and its creatures. Wisdom is obtained through the spiritual guide ¨Arutam¨ the Great Spirit of the Forest. Imagine waking up in an Achuar community in the rainforest sharing their beliefs and ritual ceremonies. Be dazzled with landscapes, sunrises and sunsets, of the Ecuadorian rain forest. Learn the meaning of your dreams. Clean your spirit of impurities. Renew your energy.

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.

Kapawi Eco Lodge Rates 2018

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* Operation only available Monday through Friday, to (enter/exit) the lodge.
* A single supplement of 30% applies for private rooms/suites

Inclusions & Exclusions

INCLUSIONS
 
Accommodation, use of lodge facilities
All meals, snacks, water, coffee & tea
All activities as listed, community visit
Native & bilingual guide
Aquatic transportation
Land transport (Quito-Shell-Quito)

EXCLUSIONS
 
Round flight (Shell – Kapawi – Shell) $222
Achuar Community Contribution $35
Bar consumptions & bottled water
Private guide
Personal expenses, travel insurance, souvenirs, tipping (guide & staff)
Optional Excursions

 

Children Allowed: Yes
Children Minimum Age: None
Considered Child: Under the age of 12

Child Discount: 50%
Guidance: Might require private guidance for kids.
Discount Restriction: With an adult guest in room.

Terms & Conditions

The above Terms & Conditions/Policies do not represent to a full extent all the terms & conditions by the Lodge, the most important and relevant clauses have been listed as a guideline, and are enforced by the tour operator to GreenGo Travel as your acting travel agent and subsequently to the end customer. In cases such as the initial percentage of payment required, the amount of days prior to cover the final balance & cancellation fees will be subject to our terms and conditions. A higher/lower initial payment, and additional time may be required to process your reservation.

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