Kapawi EcoLodge

Kapawi Ecolodge is an award-winning indigenous community ecotourism enterprise in the Amazon Rainforest. Responsible travelers will have the unique opportunity to engage in authentic cultural experiences with the local people in an unspoiled rainforest setting, while directly supporting the sustainable development of the Achuar indigenous nation. A primary part of the mission is to invite guests to reconnect with nature, discover the abundant Amazon Rainforest wildlife, learn new ways of environmental stewardship and ultimately contribute to the protection and respect of the Amazon Rainforest.

Guests are welcomed into each of the handcrafted bungalows, furnished with expert craftsmanship and woodwork. All buildings at Kapawi are designed with traditional Achuar architecture and built by the local community. The bungalows are either double cabins (2 beds) or triple suits (3 beds). The Gathering Hut is the communal area for family-style dinners, happy hour, breakfast, lounging after a day of adventure, reading, a meeting place pre-adventure, group adventure planning and more.

Before sunrise, guests gather at the Hearth Hut around the fire for an Achuar Wayusa tea ceremony to discuss your dreams plus detox & re-energize for the day ahead. During the day, this is the go-to adventure meeting place to plan the day's events before setting off from the dock below. At night, you may find yourself relaxing in hammocks as guests and guides mingle around the fire to tell stories of the forest and share the day’s adventures.

Kapawi Eco Lodge has 20 locally resourced bungalows, which are built on stilts in the water to minimize the impact on the area. To further ensure conservation of the environment, eco-friendly methods of power generation and waste disposal are utilized. Located near the Ecuador-Peru border in the heart of Ecuador’s most pristine rainforest, Kapawi is accessible only by plane.  The cabanas, each built of wood and palm leaves in a style similar to traditional Achuar homes, are arrayed atop a lagoon formed by two effluents of the Amazon River.

Cabanas are solar powered, completely screened in, and equipped with mosquito netting for beds, a hammock or deck chair to lounge in over the lagoon, a balcony, and a private bath. And if you’re feeling more social, there’s a main lounge to mingle. Kapawi Ecolodge is the ultimate home for travelers seeking the highest-quality experience of another culture, while reveling in a beautiful, tropical environment.

RIVER EXPLORATIONS

The Amazon River is one of the largest rivers in the world, and it is the largest drainage system in terms of volume and flow. Kapawi Ecolodge, located in the Sacred Headwaters of the Amazon, allows visitors to spend time in nature exploring 4 different rivers. The  river explorations take place in the Pastaza, Capahuari, Kusutkau, and Ishpingo Rivers. Through active adventures as well as relaxing explorations, our visitors explore these calm rivers as part of a learning experience about the Amazon, its people, wildlife and biodiversity.

Every river exploration from Kapawi takes guests through the winding veins of this dreamlike landscape and deep into the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest.

Launch from our dock and into the Capahuari river for magnificent animal & wildlife encounters. You might even spot a river dolphin! Paddle a Kayak upriver to a secluded stream or sit back and relax on a sunset ride down the Capahuari. Join a birdwatching boat ride at dawn for a glimpse into the unique biodiversity that is all around Kapawi.

Once the sun sets, our guests have the opportunity to take a night ride along the moonlit passageways encompassed in the lively nocturnal sounds of crickets, toads, kaymen, and screechers.

CULTURAL IMMERSION

Some of our most unique experiences at Kapawi are those closely connected with the Achuar People, Achuar culture and the Achuar's unique connection with the spirit of the Amazon Rainforest.

Guests can spend a day with the Achuar, visit an Achuar house & farm, or go explore the forest with a community member. On special occasions, guests have the opportunity to spend the night at either of the Wayusentsa, Tiinkias or Sharamentsa communities.

WELLNESS PROGRAMS

Wellness at Kapawi Ecolodge means participating in the active process of becoming aware of your self and your surroundings. The Amazon Rainforest's biodiversity and natural settings are sources of restoration, well being, relaxation, and disconnection from the stress of life.

From the architecture and design of our facilities to our wellness programs, we offer an experience focused on providing our guests with a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. Wellness is more than being free from suffering and illness; it is a dynamic and mindful process of change and growth.

Guests have access to peaceful & silent communal spaces for yoga & meditation. We host yoga retreats, workshops, and classes at different times throughout the year. Please inquire with us directly to find this specific experience at Kapawi.

HIKING

No two Kapawi hikes and treks are the same. That’s because the way you experience Kapawi will be designed to fit your particular interests while connecting you with the rainforest and with the Achuar people. Kapawi is located in southeastern Ecuador, in a region of lowland Amazon Rainforest characterized by meandering rivers like the Pastaza, Capahuari, and Kusutkau rivers. The 20 km. trail system offers a wide array of hikes of varying lengths and levels of difficulty.