Ecuador: Kapawi Eco-Lodge & Reserve (4 - 5 days)
Ecuador's Kapawi Amazon Lodge is a model eco-tourism project that immerses guests into the traditional world of the Achuar culture while balancing sustainable principles.
In a decade, all installations will belong entirely to the Achuar Indians. The Lodge accommodates up to 40 visitors and was built in accordance to the Achuar concept of architecture (not a single nail was used!). Environmentally friendly methods such as solar energy and trash recycling are also being utilized. Achuar is the name of one of the four groups of the linguistic family Jivaro, (Achuar, Shuar, Aguaruna and Huambisa). With a global population of about 80,000 people, the Jivaro group is by far the most important homogeneous culture on the Amazon Basin. Well known in the past for their internal wars, the Achuar live today in peace, mostly in small villages, a way of living suggested by the missionaries, wherein they obtain their products produced in small plots and from hunting, fishing and gathering in the rain forest. At the beginning of the 1970's the Achuar were the only Jivaros who had not suffered any loss of culture due to contact with the western world.
2017 Departure Dates & Costs
5 days/4 nights Monday to Fridays: $ 1,395 USD per person rates based on dbl/twin share
4 days/3 nights Fridays to Mondays: $ 1,200 USD per person rates based on dbl/twin share
Transfer Quito - Shell - Quito by road
Airfare Shell - Kapawi - Shell
Meals and guiding
Achuar park entry fee and room tax
Kapawi is a place of multiple choices and is characterized by its flexibility. We do not offer fixed programs, but you can design with your guide and your group, design the most suitable one to meet your interests and physical condition. In Kapawi you can do many activities and the most of the itineraries will include visits to the Achuar communities, you can share all of a day with the Achuar families, hikes in the rain forest, canoeing in rivers and lakes, swimming, watching piranhas, pinks dolphins, see caimans and other animals of the area, as well as birdwatching, where there are 480 species. There are three alternatives, according to your physical condition (not your age):
EASY: Programs that include short hikes in the rainforest (up to 3 hours) on well defined trails, visits to the Achuar communities as well as trips in canoes. Meals are served in the lodge or light meals are taken for the trip. Typical Achuar meals are also offered in their communities.
MODERATE: Programs that include medium-distance hikes in the rainforest (up to 5 hours), sometimes crossing flooded areas. Trips in canoes and visits to the Achuar communities are also covered. Light meals are taken for the journey or typical Achuar dishes are served in their communities.
DIFFICULT: Demanding hikes of many hours or days in poorly defined and often flooded trails. Porters will carry food and supplies. Exploration journeys to virgin areas are occasionally offered. Trips on inaccessible rivers are done in inflatable rafts. Excellent physical condition is required!
Kapawi is a great place for birding. The river islands often have Horned Screamers and Orinoco Geese. Muscovy Ducks are more prevalent. Other birds of exceptional interest featured in Kapawi are two species of Antwren recently discovered (Herpislochaus and Terenura, sp. Novum), Currasow, Forest-Falcon, Sapphire Quail-Dove, Blue-winged Parrolet, Scarlet-Shouldered Parrolet, Black-billed Cuckoo, White Chested Puffbird, Spotted Puffbird, Tawney-throated Leaftosser, Black Bushbird, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Orange-eyed Flycatcher, Moriche Oriole and the most amazing is that you can see and record new species on the islands.
Please call us for more information.