Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve is located in one of the most remote and well protected parts of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Deep in the nearly two million acres of the Achuar people’s territory, Kapawi is accessible only by air — flying in small planes over an unbroken green expanse of rainforest near the Peruvian border.
Kapawi is an award winning eco-lodge* noted for its comfort and quality of service, for its ecological design and sensitivity, and for its abundance of wildlife and rich biodiversity. Located in the territorial lands of an indigenous nation (6,000 people in 64 communities) still living as they have for generations and in intimate harmony with nature, Kapawi provides guests a range and depth of cultural experiences unmatched by any other rainforest lodges.
At Kapawi you have a variety of experiences and excursions available. For 4, 5, or 8 days you choose the type of hike, canoe excursion, cultural visit that suits you and your group, each led by 2 guides: an Achuar guide along with a bi-lingual naturalist guide.
* A sampling of Kapawi's many awards:
- 2010: nomination in the 17th Annual World Travel Awards (equivalent to the Oscar!)
- Top 5 Ecolodges 2010. Special recognition of outstanding work in biodiversity conservation, poverty reductioin and adaptation to climate change.
- 2009: Designated as one of the top 50 EcoLodges by the editors of National Geographic ADVENTURE Magazine.
The Achuar are historically a nation of warriors with a firm commitment to preserve their territory and way of life, and to resist the encroachment of extractive industries and a western style of development. Kapawi Lodge is an example of an alternative development path and is a key element in the Achuar strategy for protecting their lands. It brings revenue, training and a connection with potential allies from the outside world.
A visit to Kapawi is a truly authentic and unique experience but authenticity need not come at the expense of comfort! 19 fully screened cabins built in traditional Achuar style sit atop stilts over a lagoon full of stunning plant, bird and insect life. Fine dining, fusing international and Ecuadorian cuisine, and a well stocked bar and social area are enjoyed by guests supported by a staff eager to make your stay in Kapawi an unforgettable experience. An Achuar guide and a bi-lingual naturalist guide accompany each group on a wide variety of activities designed to reveal the mysteries and majesty of the rainforest and Achuar culture.
The Kapawi project opened in 1996 as a unique partnership between an Ecuadorian tourism company, and the Achuar people. Each partner shared a vision of building an economically sustainable project that would contribute to the preservation of the cultural and environmental riches of Ecuador’s Amazon region.
The goal of the original Ecuadorian company, who provided the Initial funding, management and technical expertise, was to create this internationally recognized eco-tourism project that would eventually transfer total ownership and responsibility to the Achuar people. As planned, January 1, 2008 marked the official transfer of Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve to the Achuar people, who own, manage and operate it to this day.