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KAPAWI ECOLODGE & RESERVE

The Kapawi Project began in 1993. The goal was to commence a new trend in eco-tourism, in partnership with the FINAE, by providing a monthly means of economic support and jobs to the Achuar located in Kapawi as well as in other communities. Starting 2008, all installations will belong entirely to the Achuar Indians. The lodge accommodates up to 40 visitors and was built in accordance to the Achuar concept of architecture (not a single nail was used!).

Kapawi is a place of multiple choices and is characterized by its flexibility. We do not offer fixed programs, but you can design with your guide and your group, the most suitable one to meet your interests and physical condition. In Kapawi you can do many activities and the most of the itineraries will include visits to the Achuar communities, you can share all of a day with the Achuar families, hikes in the rain forest, canoeing in rivers and lakes, swimming, watching piranhas, pinks dolphins, see caimans and other animals of the area, as well as bird watching, where there are more than 530 species.

Awards and International recognitions received by Kapawi:

1998 – Tourism for tomorrow, British Airways
2000 – Ecotourism Excellence Award, Conservation International
2002 – Ecotourism Award, Skal International
2004 - Conservation Category - Sustainable Tourism Award for Conservation (STAC) (Third place).



ACTIVITIES AT KAPAWI

There are three alternatives, according to your physical condition (not your age):

EASY: Programs that include short hikes in the rainforest (up to 3 hours) on well defined trails, visits to the Achuar communities as well as trips in canoes. Meals are served in the lodge or light meals are taken for the trip. Typical Achuar meals are also offered in their communities. During overnight stays can be in the lodge or in tents.

MODERATE: Programs that include medium-distance hikes in the rain forest (up to 5 hours), sometimes crossing flooded areas. Trips in canoes and visits to the Achuar communities are also covered. Light meals are taken for the journey or typical Achuar dishes are served in their communities. Overnight stays include the lodge, the Achuar communities and occasionally in tents.

DIFFICULT: Demanding hikes of many hours or days in poorly defined and often flooded trails. Porters will carry food and supplies. Overnight stays are in tents or in the Achuar communities. Exploration journeys to virgin areas are occasionally offered. Trips on inaccessible rivers are done in inflatable rafts. Excellent physical condition is required!

Groups are always lead by one Naturalist Guide and one Native guide. Some of the possible activities that can be done at Kapawi are:

Hiking.- Easy, moderate or difficult, a long the tropical rain forest visiting Achuar Communities.

Bird watching.- It can take 2 hours approximately, generally this activity starts early in the morning, at 6 a.m. approx. There have being seeing more than 530 bird species round the area.

Kayaking & canoe trips.- this activity can be done a long short rivers as the Capahuari or some lagoons near the lodge. The canoe trips can be taken along rivers as the Pastaza. Canoe trips are part of the regular activities in companion of the naturalist and local guides.

Fishing.- Catch and release prohibited.

Camping.- this activity depends on the guests decision. Part of our staff takes the food to the camping area, we will try to give our guests the same services as they were staying at the lodge. This activity should be require in advance.

Achuar Community visits.- This is one of our best activities offered in Kapawi, it is because of the significant cultural contribution to the Achuar people. We give our guests a briefing about the Achuar Culture, their ethics codes and some suggestions about how to behave during this activity.

Self-guided path.- it can take 45 min approximately round the lodge.

Caiman watching.- This activity is done during the nights because these reptiles are nocturnal animals.

Night Hikes.- A very nice activity because it offers the opportunity to see a different perspective of the Rain Forest.

Kapawi Itinerary

Day 1 Quito/Kapawi Lodge

Between 04h00 to 11h00 transfer to the airport where our representative will give you the boarding passes and the final information of the transportation to the lodge. This flight has a stopover in Shell, to take more petrol to continue with the final flight to Kapawi. The final flight lands on the Kapawi's Achuar Community airstrip where our guides and native staff will be waiting to receive our guests and help them to carry their luggage. Then, passengers will have a short hike (easy pad) of 10 minutes through the village followed by a canoe ride of 15 minutes approximately upstream Capahuari river.

In Kapawi an introductory speech will be provided by the resident manager on duty and you can begin to enjoy the Lodge facilities.

Day 2 - 7 Kapawi Lodge

A day in Kapawi starts at 6:00, hot drinks and a light snack will wake you up, for a short hike in the forest or an early morning canoe trip for bird watching in the banks of the Capahuari river or to visit the parrots salt lick. Passengers will be back for breakfast at 8:00, then at 9:00 approximately passengers depart for a morning activity which will take them back to the lodge at 13:00 for lunch or you can take the lunch along to enjoy a beautiful picnic in the forest and being back to the lodge at 17:00 approximately. For passengers who decide to have lunch at the lodge they will start their afternoon activity at 15:00. At 19:00 a briefing with the guides will be scheduled every day. Dinner is served at 19:30. At 20:30 passengers will have the opportunity to do a night hike, a caiman watching or to receive a lecture about the rainforest or the Achuar life.

The Lodge provides multiple activities in programs that are characterized by their flexibility: we allow you to design day by day, with the rest of your group and your guide, the most suitable program for your interests and desired activity level. Most itineraries include visits to the Achuar communities, hikes in the rain forest, canoeing, bird watching, and other activities. According to your interests and physical condition (but not your age!), we offer three alternative programs: easy, moderate, and difficult. These programs depend mainly on the distance and time you would like to spend on our trails; all other activities can be included in any program.

Day 8 Kapawi Lodge/Quito

You will leave your jungle paradise by boat and head to the Kapawi Communitys airstrip. Fly to Quito.

Flight information

QUITO – SHELL - KAPAWI

It is important to know that at the moment Kapawi is using only ICARO aircrafts. Between 07h00 to 11h00 (depending on the flight departure time) the passengers should be at the Quito Airport (National Departures or private terminal depending on the company that we are using) where our representative will give them the boarding passes and the final information of the transportation to the lodge. This flight is 35min to Shell. If it a clear day you can see the splendor of the avenue of the volcanoes. In Shell the passengers will be assisted by our Representative, Mrs.Vanessa Ochoa, who will inform you about the details for the final flight to Kapawi.

In Shell normally the waiting time is about 1 to 3 hours, depending on the number of flights that are scheduled according to the number of people flying to Kapawi.
The final flight takes about 50 minutes ands lands on the Kapawi or Wachirpas Community airstrip where our guides and local staff will be waiting to receive our guests and help them to carry their luggage and take them to the canoe. Then, passengers will have a short hike of 10 minutes, followed by a canoe ride of 15 to 30 minutes approximately upstream on the Pastaza river and the Kapawari river. In Kapawi Ecolodge guests will be received and be provided with an introductory speech by the resident manager on duty.
Depending on the number of passengers and weather conditions flights could be delayed in any of the different locations. It is important to know that the decisions are made by the pilots according to the safety regulations of the DAC www.dgac.gov.ec.

KAPAWI – SHELL - QUITO

Between 08h00 to 15h00, the passengers are transported to the Kapawi or Wachirpas Community where they will take the flight to Shell (The stopover is due to the change in airplanes).

Note 1: The departure times could be modified because of climatic or operational conditions. It is very important for us to know in advance the name of the hotel where our guests are staying before their Kapawi excursion; our representatives will contact them in order to confirm that passengers have received the information about their trip to Kapawi. At the return of the excursion the person who handles the passengers transfers in Quito between the airport to the hotel will contact our representative who will inform guest’s hotels of the confirmed arrival time from Kapawi. Please remember your excursion to Kapawi begins at the airport, Kapawi does not provide transfer service but we always can recommend travel agencies which can provide you this service.

Rates

JUNGLE LODGE
KAPAWI LODGE
PREPAID 2008 RATED
4 DAYS
ROOM GROSS RATE USD REBATED OFFER USD CHECK AVAILABILITY BOOK IT
Exclusive Single 935,00 46,75
Shared Single 670,00 33,5
Double 670,00 33,5
Triple 570,00 28,5


PRICES PER PERSON

PRICES INCLUDE:


-Accommodation
- All meals
- Aquatic transportations
- Excursions with native and bilingual guides


PRICES DON'T INCLUDE:

- USD $ 10,00 Achuar community tax
USD $ 224,00 Airfare Quito - Kapawi - Quito
USD $ 3,00 Local Air Terminal Tax
USD $ 6,00 Services fee


FORM
Name
Last Name
E-mail
City
Country
Phone number
Trip date
Stay
Number of persons (included itseld)
Number of adults (18-65)
Number of children (2-12)
Numer of teenagers (12-17)
Numer of infants (0-2)
     

Rates

JUNGLE LODGE
KAPAWI LODGE
PREPAID 2008 RATED
5 DAYS
ROOM GROSS RATE USD REBATED OFFER USD CHECK AVAILABILITY BOOK IT
Exclusive Single 1.250,00 62,5
Shared Single 895,00 44,75
Double 895,00 44,75
Triple 760,00 38


PRICES PER PERSON

PRICES INCLUDE:


- Accommodation
- All meals
- Aquatic transportations
- Excursions with native and bilingual guides


PRICES DON'T INCLUDE:

- USD $ 10,00 Achuar community tax
USD $ 224,00 Airfare Quito - Kapawi - Quito
USD $ 3,00 Local Air Terminal Tax
USD $ 6,00 Services fee


FORM
Name
Last Name
E-mail
City
Country
Phone number
Trip date
Stay
Number of persons (included itseld)
Number of adults (18-65)
Number of children (2-12)
Numer of teenagers (12-17)
Numer of infants (0-2)
     

Rates

JUNGLE LODGE
KAPAWI LODGE
PREPAID 2008 RATED
8 DAYS
ROOM GROSS RATE USD REBATED OFFER USD CHECK AVAILABILITY BOOK IT
Exclusive Single 1.970,00 98,5
Shared Single 1.405,00 70,25
Double 1.405,00 70,25
Triple 1.195,00 59,75


PRICES PER PERSON

PRICES INCLUDE:


- Accommodation
- All meals
- Aquatic transportations
- Excursions with native and bilingual guides


PRICES DON'T INCLUDE:

- USD $ 10,00 Achuar community tax
USD $ 224,00 Airfare Quito - Kapawi - Quito
USD $ 3,00 Local Air Terminal Tax
USD $ 6,00 Services fee


FORM
Name
Last Name
E-mail
City
Country
Phone number
Trip date
Stay
Number of persons (included itseld)
Number of adults (18-65)
Number of children (2-12)
Numer of teenagers (12-17)
Numer of infants (0-2)
     
      
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