Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve is built entirely using traditional Achuar architecture and fans out around an ephemeral lagoon crowded with plant and bird life. A wooden boardwalk meanders its way from the river through the jungle to the lodge itself, and on out over the lagoon, providing an ideal location for early morning bird watching and sipping freshly brewed coffee.
The lodge includes19 guest rooms, each with private bath, and two centrally located communal structures - large dining room and separate lounge/library - which serve as the social and meeting center.
In Kapawi's kitchen we prepare a tasty combination of Ecuadorian and International dishes, as well as local fare from the rain forest area. Vegetarian dishes are always available. While our staff provides full service at mealtimes, we do provide a semi-buffet light breakfast at 5am for early-rising birdwatchers.
Kapawi has a comfortable lounge area with a well supplied bar, library, and boutique that stocks essential items (film, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sunscreen, insect repellent, hats, etc.), as well as Achuar handicrafts and souvenirs. The library houses a wide range of novels, magazines and anthropological and wildlife resource books.
At the end of your day you are invited to swing in a hammock or relax in a reclining chair on the lodge's wide veranda and watch the sunset while listening to the sounds of the jungle and sipping something delicious from our well-stocked bar.
You also have the chance to enjoy our self guided trail, an easy 45 minutes walk, around a loop, where you will be able to experience the sounds and the magic of the forest by yourself.
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. And during overnight stays in the lodge or in tents.
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, in the Achuar communities and occasionally in tents.
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!
Kapawi is a great place for birding. In ten days you can get a list of almost 400 species. The river islands often have Horned Screamers and Orinoco Geese. Muscovy Ducks are more prevalent. Other birds of exceptional interest featured in Kapawi are two species of Ant wren recently discovered (Herpislochaus and Terenura, sp. Novum), Salvin´s Curassow, Buckley's Forest-Falcon, Sapphire Quail-Dove, Blue-winged Parrolet, Scarlet-Shouldered Parrolet, Black-billed Cuckoo, White Chested Puff bird, Spotted Puff bird, Tawney-throated Leaftosser, Black Bushbird, Amazonian Umbrella bird, Orange-eyed Flycatcher (Tolmomyas trailli, sp. Novum), Moriches Oriole and the most amazing thing is that you can see and record new species on the islands (like Arremonops, sp. Novum)!