Kapawi Ecolodge Amazon Experience 4-night Program

Kapawi, Pastaza, Ecuador

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4 reviews
Duration: 7 days
Group size: 1 - 999
Kapawi Ecolodge Amazon Experience 4-night Program
Kapawi, Pastaza, Ecuador

4 reviews

Duration: 7 days
Group size: 1 - 999

About this trip

Experience the Amazon Rainforest and the Achuar culture with Kapawi Eco-lodge's 4-night trip itinerary. This Program runs Monday through Friday. The highlight of our Kapawi Ecolodge travel experience is not only the remoteness of our nature sanctuary in the Amazon Rainforest, but the unique Achuar cultural immersion you will experience as our guest. A 4-night program allows guest enough time (in comparison with the 4-day program) to include more natural and cultural activities. Guests can always customize their experience, with activities ranging from wildlife, birdwatching, relaxed or hard-core adventures, hiking and paddling, fishing, and cultural immersion. Our 4-night program can also allow guests to spend one night in one of the neighboring Achuar communities, in an Achuar cultural immersion experience.

Suggested Packing List

Clothing 

  • 3 to 4 pairs of lightweight long pants; quick drying material preferred. Avoid jeans, as weather is hot, humid and wet. 
  • 4 long-sleeved shirts; quick-drying material preferred. 
  • 3 or 4 short sleeved t-shirts. 
  • 1 pair of hiking socks for each day in the rainforest. 
  • 1 light windbreaker, sweater or fleece jacket. 
  • 1-2 brimmed hats (suitable for both sun and rain). 
  • Bathing suits. 
  • 1 rain poncho. We provide rain ponchos, but some people prefer to bring their own.

Footwear  

  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes. 
  • 1 pair of sandals.

Equipment  

  • Sun block lotion. SPF 45 or higher is recommended.
  • Insect repellent (plenty of, as also useful to spray directly onto clothing). 
  • After bite/itch relief  
  • Anti-malaria pills (please check with physician before).
  • Small flashlight. Headlamp models recommended. 
  • Refillable Water bottle.  
  • Binoculars (optional) 
  • Diarrhea medication, rehydration sachets, probiotics and electrolytes. 
  • 1 quick drying towel 
  • Wet tissues or supplies of small tissue packs 
  • Light snacks/energy bars (just in case) 
  • Black bin liners/or zip lock bags to keep belongings dry 
  • Journal/camera/sunglasses etc 
  • Personal toiletries  

* Please bring US dollars in small bills for purchases made in the communities (handicrafts, others).

What’s included

  • Accommodation
    Private accommodation.
  • All meals
  • Guides
    Local and naturalist bilingual guides
  • All activities
    Includes hikes, river activities, community visits and overnights.
  • Boots and rain poncho
    We will require shoe size confirmation prior to the travel experience.
  • International airfare
    International flights to and from Ecuador
  • Alcoholic beverages
    Please bring cash for purchases at the bar. Unfortunately we cannot take credit card payments at the ecolodge yet...
  • Souvenirs
    Handicrafts, ceramic, weavings
  • Overland Transportation
    The Kapawi experience starts when you board the plane in Shell. We can arrange private transfers to Shell from different starting points: Quito, Baños, others. Please ask for a personalized quote.
  • Private flights
    Chartered two-way flight Shell-Kapawi-Shell. Includes a 50-minute flight each way in a small 3-, 5-, or 9-seater plane over the Amazon basin. Price per person for 2-way flights is USD 290.

Available Packages

Standard double room price per person
$1296

Available options

Private flights Shell-Kapawi
$145
Private flight Kapawi-Shell
$145

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Kapawi Ecolodge
4 reviews
Inaugurated in 1996, Kapawi Ecolodge is an award-winning Achuar indigenous ecotourism enterprise, located in Ecuador's last large tract of Amazon Rainforest in southeastern Ecuador. Kapawi Ecolodge offers a unique and authentic natural and cultural travel experience deep in the Amazon Rainforest, in the lower basin of the Pastaza, Capahuari, and Kusutkau rivers. Kapawi is owned and operated by the local communities, and offers an immersion in nature and culture, and an experience with Achuar communities, forest, and Amazon rivers.

Reviews

I don’t even know where to begin. The entire experience was amazing. You should go and go now! Everyone I spoke with in Quito was doing Amazon trips that seemed crowded and nowhere near as amazing as my experience. Communication: My emails were answered quickly before departure and all questions answered. Once in Ecuador we easily communicated via WhatsApp. Office staff spoke flawless English. Arrival: There was a rain delay leaving. Staff communicated via WhatsApp and then at the hangar they updated me. The flight to the lodge was in a small Cessna and I was in the copilot seat, which was super cool!! The pilot spoke English and communicated about the flight etc. I felt perfectly safe! Was met at the airstrip by lodge staff and had a 30 minute boat ride to the lodge. It is a large canoe with a canopy cover. Lodge and room: The lodge is beautiful! I don’t know how they did this in the literal middle of the jungle! If you’ve been on an African safari, the setup is similar. There is a large dining hut and then the individual rooms/huts. My room was clean and the bed was comfortable. Bugs do get in….but just crawling bugs. It’s the jungle after all! Never saw any mosquitos in the room. There is a toilet and shower, but no hot water. Shower was good pressure and soap and shampoo are provided. Filtered water was provided daily. Food: Dietary preferences were met. Food was always good! I am always amazed what they can do in the middle of nowhere. The different fruit juices everyday were fun to try. Guide: My guide was Diego. His English was fabulous! He was very attentive and helpful throughout my stay. He always checked to make sure I was doing well and was so knowledgeable! I loved learning about his tribe, his family, and his culture. I was always amazed at how he could run into the jungle and grab stuff and make something out of it. Activities/animals: So it’s always a gamble when you look for animals. The jungle is very different than a safari. Birds are up high in the canopy so bring a zoom lens (my 255 wasn’t good enough). Insects are up close so bring a macro lens for getting good shots of them. Animals move very fast! We saw dolphins, but they never jumped out of the water. Saw a capybara moving in the water. Lots of insects. Lots of birds at a distance. Honestly, for me this was less about the animals and more about learning about this special culture and appreciating a pristine part of the world. My visit to a village family was simply amazing. Diego translated and it was fun answering their questions (quite shocked I was traveling without my husband) and playing with the kids.
By Naomi E for Naomi Ekas x 1 Kapawi experience August 1 - 8, 2021 on 10 Aug, 2021
This was my 16th trip to this incredible destination. Kapawi has been through a lot of changes over the decades, but it has been resilient and has come back in a wonderful way. For nature and culture it is truly a once in a lifetime experience. Do NOT miss this. Break out of your routines. When COVID is behind us, DO THIS!
By Samuel C for Sam Crothers x 2, Kapawi Ecolodge 5-day Feb 15-19, 2021 on 21 Feb, 2021
I had an amazing Amazon experice at Kapawi Eco-lodge! It is owned and run by the Achuar Indian tribe who were most gracious and helpful. My guide, Simon, was very knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna and brought me on 3-4 nature excursions per day/night. The food was fantastic as was the service staff. I highly recommend this gem of a lodge deep in the Amazon jungle.
By Janet B for Janet Biondi, Kapawi Ecolodge 5-day February 24-28, 2020 (copy) on 01 Mar, 2020
Like none I’ve taken before. This was an opportunity to travel deep into the jungle, far from any roads, to absorb its sounds, smells, tastes, sights, and feels, guided by people who have lived their entire lives in this place. This is not simply a wildlife viewing trip. It is a chance to experience a very special place in the world and to see what it means to the people who live there.
By Keith D for Keith de Young x 2, Kapawi Ecolodge 5-day February 10-14, 2020 (copy) on 20 Feb, 2020
Thank you Keith for your kind words. We look forward to seeing you in the future again. Saludos from Kapawi.
By Kapawi Ecolodge on 20 Feb, 2020
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