Kapawi Ecolodge and Reserve is located on the Pastaza River close to the Peruvian border in one of the most pristine and isolated parts of the Amazon Basin. Access is only by air, with the nearest town a 10-day walk away. The lodge began as a partnership between a private company and the Achuar, a local tribe of Amazonian Indians and is now wholly owned by the Achuar community.
Being so remote there is a great variety of wildlife in the surrounding rainforest, and visitors are given an insight into the flora and fauna of the rainforest and the life of the Achuar by a naturalist guide and an Achuar guide from the local community. The area is home to about 540 species of birds and 200 mammal species.
It is possible to see pink dolphins, giant otters, caiman, tapirs, capybaras, various species of monkeys including squirrel and howler monkeys, and more! The ecolodge does not offer fixed excursions, but multiple choices and flexibility. There are visits to Achuar communities, river canoeing, tubing and kayaking, birdwatching and rainforest hikes. The hikes range from easy, short walks of up to 3 hours on well-defined trails to demanding treks of many hours.
Time: GMT -5 hours
There is an international airport at Quito and at Guayaquil. KLM and Iberia have routes via Europe to both cities. The flying time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly via America.
Language: Spanish is Ecuador's official language.
Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.