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Ecuador rainforest, touristsKapawi is located in the most remote area of the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin, in the province of Pastaza. Flight destinations are to Sharamentsa from where motorised doughnut canoes will take you to Kapawi in a comfortable 1-hour and a half ride.

The Kapawi Project began in 1993. The goal was to commence a new trend in eco-tourism, in partnership with the OINAE, by providing a monthly means of economic support and jobs to the Achuar located in Kapawi as well as in other communities. In 15 years, all installations will belong entirely to the Achuar Indians. At the moment, up to 70% of all the employees that work at the lodge are Achuar. Kapawi provided a launching platform for the Achuar as it has brought the area to the attention of many people from non governmental organizations that invested money and time to develop projects to reinforce the structure of the FINAE organization and develop different projects parallel to ecotourism such as: health, communications, transportation, and education for the entire Achuar territory.

Kapawi uses solar energy, biodegradable soaps, and recyles. There is no nighttime illumination in order not to disturb the beautiful rainforest that surrounds this unique place.


The lodge accommodates up to 50 guests and was built in accordance to the Achuar concept of architecture. It offers 20 double and triple rooms with private bathrooms, sun heated showers and electricity provided by a solar panel system. Every room has a wide terrace. One thing you should kept keep in mind during your stay here at Kapawi is that you are in the “jungle”. Insects are by far the most numerous form of life in this habitat, even though the rooms are screened through the walls and floors, you may have some unwanted “guests” in your cabin.


Ecuador rainforest, jaguarThe Lodge provides multiple activities in programs that are characterized by their flexibility: hiking through the tropical rainforest to get to know its rich flora and fauna with explanations of trees, medicinal and poisonous plants, night walk through the forest to observe nocturnal animals and insects, canoeing on the lagoon and river, bird watching, self guided trails through the forest and camping and visit of a Achuar community to learn about the life of the native Indians there. These programs depend mainly on the distance and time you would like to spend on the trails; all other activities can be included in any program. continues...

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