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Kapawi Eco-Lodge, Ecuador

kapawi1 (26K)Kapawi is a beautiful eco-lodge situated in Achuar territory by a lake near the Pastaza river, in one of the most remote areas of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Accessible only by air, Kapawi has great wildlife: pink dolphins, macaws and a plethora of other species of birds and mammals.

The Lodge offers 20 comfortable double rooms, each with private bathroom and heated showers. Built according to special architectural concept based on Achur design (no metal nails), the lodge is very conscious of ecological principles: solar energy, biodegradable soaps and garbage recycling systems, make this eco-lodge one of the best in South America. Visitors have numerous choices with regards to the activities offered at the lodge, which they can customize and arrange according to their own interests. Guides are at hand to help the group or visitors to design the most suitable program to meet individual interests and physical conditions.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Monday:

Room at Kapawi Lodge, EcuadorFlight from Quito to Kapawi, arrival at the Kapawi Community where a guide will introduce you to the cultural diversity of this place: you will meet Quichuas people and Achuar people. To get to the lodge you will take a ride in a canoe. During the trip you will be briefed on the services and facilities at the lodge. Lunch at the Lodge. In the afternoon your guide will take you birdwatching by the Pastaza river. After dinner you can go on an optional nocturnal walk to see frogs, insects and nocturnal animals, or relax and enjoy the serene atmosphere deep in the jungle as you listen to the evening sounds of wildlife.

Tuesday:

Accommodations at Kapawi Lodge, EcuadorIf you like to rise early, you can take an optional birdwatching hike at 6h30 am, to see parrots and guacamayos in a special place called Saladero. Return to the lodge for breakfast. At 9h30 join an ethnobotanical walk and learn about the many ways in which the Achuar people use palms. Box lunch in the forest. Your guide will give you an introduction to Achuar behavioural codes and ettiquette and the rules that you have to follow in Achuar Community. He will also explain to you how chicha, a typical beverage, is prepared. In the afternoon visit the Wachirpas Community to meet and share with an Achuar family, visit the chacra (place where they live and cultivate their produce). Return to the hotel for dinner. After dinner chat about Achuar Cosmovision.

Wednesday:

At 5h00 participate in Wayusa ceremony, another typical beverage used to interpret dreams. After breakfast, take a walk with the guide to practice hunting skills. Return for lunch. In the afternoon visit Kusutkau, where you will meet and talk with an Achuar family. Here women will go to the chacra and men will do the activities of the moment. At 17h00 you will set up camp, or if you prefer, you can spend the night in an Achuar house. At 17h30 enjoy a refreshing splash in the river. You will have dinner in the community. This meal will be prepared by the natives with typical ingredients (alternatively, if you don't want to eat this, you will receive a dinner prepared by the lodge)

Thursday:

Dinnerhall at Kapawi Lodge, EcuadorReturn to the lodge, breakfast, walk to a lagoon where you will learn about medicinal and edible plants. Box lunch and return to the lodge, paddling in quillas or canoes. During the trip you can stop to fish. Free afternoon to explore the trails (optional). Enjoy a typical Achuar dinner. At night join the circle around the bonfire to learn about Achuar mythology and history.

Friday:

At 6h30 am take a trip to Capahuari river for birdwatching. Return for breakfast at 8h00 am. Practice your blowgun skills, learn about basket-making and have your face painted with achiote.

Departure by canoe to Wayusentsa where you will take a small aircraft to return to Quito.

PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION

What to bring:

Luggage

  • 1 large backpack or 1 duffle bag
  • 1 small daypack

Clothing

  • 3 lightweight long pants; quick drying material preferred; avoid jeans
  • 2 long sleeved cotton shirts
  • 2 or 3 short sleeved cotton t-shirts
  • 1 pair of cotton hiking socks for each day in the rainforest
  • underwear (avoid synthetics)
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 1 light wind breaker
  • 1 sweater or fleece jacket
  • 1 brimmed hat (suitable for both sun and rain)
  • 1 water-proof poncho (available at the lodge at no extra charge)
  • bathing suit

Footwear

  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
  • 1 pair of sandals
  • 1 pair of rubber boots (available in most sizes at the lodge; the minimum size is women's 4 (34), not available for children or in sizes larger than men's 13 (45); for smaller or larger sizes, we recommend that you buy them in your home country as they can be very difficult to find anywhere in Ecuador )

Equipment

  • Eye glasses/contact lenses (extra pair, if possible)
  • Sunglasses with a strap
  • Sun block lotion (SPF 30 or 45 is recommended)
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Anti-malaria pills
  • Tampons or sanitary napkins
  • Bright flashlight (headlamp models recommended)
  • Alkaline batteries
  • Self-sealing plastic bags
  • Reading material (also available at the lodge)
  • Small notebook and pen or pencil
  • Sewing kit
  • Water bottle
  • Dry bag for camera equipment

Camera and Binoculars

  • We recommend high-speed films or fine grain. Avoid bulky tripods. Binoculars are an essential item, even if you are not a birdwatcher. The best ones are the waterproof models with high light transmission. An excellent size: 10 x 42


RATES PER PERSON IN 2014

Program Double Junior Suite Master Suite
4 days / 3 nights: US$ US$ US$
5 days / 4 nights: US$ US$ US$
8 days / 7 nights: US$ US$ US$


Tour includes:Not included:
  • Accommodation
  • All meals and excursion.
  • Filtered water
  • Excursions and activities by motorized canoes, kayaks, trails and Achuar community visits.
  • Bilingual naturalist guide
  • Rubber boots and rain ponchos
  • Local guide
  • Transfers and baggage handling between airport and the lodge.
  • Air transportation Shell - Kapawi - Shell (US$312 +12% per person)
  • Ground Transportation Quito-Shell-Quito US$90
  • Achuar community contribution (US$35 per person and US$2.50 per night).
  • Government tax 12% on flights.
  • Any other National or International tax
  • Additional activities
  • Soft and alcoholic beverages or bottled water
  • Boutique and personal purchases
  • Tips and personal expenses.

Available programs:

4 days tour: From Friday to Monday
5 days tour: From Monday to Friday
8 days tour: From Monday to Monday

NOTES:

Due to the type of weather of the tropical rain forest some delays can be expected, our recommendation is for you to please consider adding an extra day to your itinerary after visiting Kapawi to make sure you meet your connecting flights to your next destination (Galapagos Islands, etc.)

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