Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve is a hotel and ecological reserve located in the province of Pastaza, Ecuador. It is surrounded by the Pastaza and Capahuari Rivers, the former is a major tributary and the latter is a minor tributary of the Amazon River.1 The operational area of the lodge comprises a fifth of the 5,000 square kilometers of the territory of the Achuar indigenous nationality .
6:00 am . We will pick you up from your hotel.
Kapawi is a 4 stars ecolodge where you will have direct contact with the nature and all its environment, its perfect place to relax and have an amazing time. The tour has everything program, but if you want to change the activities you have to talk tou your guide and we will help you.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Quito at 6:00 am. Then you will be driven along the new “Oriental” highway, passing through Tambillo, Latacunga, Ambato, Baños, before arriving in Shell.
Arrival in Shell there you will be welcomed by our Achuar representatives and will be assisted onto small planes. From Shell to the lodge the flight lasts 50-minutes. During the flight you will pass over unbroken pristine rainforest, arriving at the airstrip of the local Achuar community.
Then you perform a 30 minutes canoe ride into the majesty and tranquility of the rainforest in order to reach the Lodge.
After lunch you’ll have plenty of time to take in your surroundings
In the afternoon you will have a quiet activity where guests can walk along one of the Pastaza River beaches. Here, you will have an introductory orientation session with information about the rainforest and the Achuar culture.
Early morning you will drive 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 the Kapawi River by kayak, 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.
arly in morning you 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, you will take a walk, approximately 2 hours with stops, where you can 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 lodge.
In the afternoon you will enjoy piranha or catfish fishing. Also you could learn the art of making crafts with staff Achuar lodge.
After dinner, you will explore the Kapawari river in search of nocturnal animals such as monkeys, alligators and birds.
This day you will visit the Claylick 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)
Early morning you will go 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.