An Invitation to Journey to
the Heart of the World
Kapawi Ecolodge is an award-winning indigenous community ecotourism enterprise in the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador that offers conscious and responsible travelers the opportunity to engage in authentic cultural experiences with people of the Ecuadorian Amazon, in an unspoiled rainforest setting, while directly supporting the sustainable development of the Achuar indigenous nation.
Example Kapawi Ecolodge Itinerary
This sample itinerary shows our travel experience that starts in the town of Shell when you board the small chartered plane that will take you to Kapawi.
Every day, we will have an optional early activity, which involves time in the river (birdwatching and looking for wildlife). The early activity is usually between 6-8 am, followed by breakfast at the lodge. After breakfast we can include a full-day or a half-day activity. The activities vary every day between time in the forest, kayaking and paddling in a river, or visiting a community. You plan these activities the night before together with your guides. For example, you can choose from several 1-6 hour hikes, or a 2-3 hour visit to a local community.
Rates: From $996.00
- Accommodation, all meals
- All excursions and activities
- Rubber boots and Rain poncho
- Local guide
- Naturalist bilingual guide
- Community visits and community overnight stays (if requested)
- River excursions and activities
- Achuar community fund USD 50. This fee per visitor, included in the price, is reinvested directly in local community projects (e.g. education, reforestation, and footprint reduction)
- Personal Protection Equipment (mask, soap and alcohol dispensers in rooms and public areas)
- Chartered flights (regular cost USD 145 per person, each way, on regular travel days Mondays and Fridays, Shell-Kapawi and Kapawi-Shell). Private charter departures on special dates can also be offered separately.
- Overland Transportation and other travel arrangements (we can coordinate and quote overland transfers and private transportation from Quito, Baños, Otavalo, Cuenca, and other destinations per individual request).
- Alcoholic beverages, sparkling beverages (sodas, sparkling water)
- Special activities (personalized and customized special trips and activities)
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal expenses (handicrafts and other)
- Prices per person based on double occupancy.
- Children under 12 years of age get 30% discount off regular adult price.
- Single accommodation has a 30% surcharge on regular price.
- All cabins have private bathrooms, private decks, and 100% solar energy.
- Health and vaccinations: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/ecuador
- 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 brimmed hat (suitable for both sun and rain).
- Bathing suit.
- 1 rain poncho. Kapawi provides rain ponchos, however, some people prefer to bring their own.
- 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes.
- 1 pair of sandals.
- 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