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Kapawi Amazon Lodge

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Stay in the Amazon Rainforst on your trip to Ecuador. The Kapawi Ecolodge and Reserve offers a variety of excursions and activities throughout during your visit. Your helpful guides will assist you in daily adventures and provide information about Achuar culture. Take the opportunity to explore the Kapawari River, walk along the Pitzococha trail and look for nocturnal animals on this exciting vacation!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Kapawi Lodge
Days 2-4 : Activities at Kapawi Lodge
Day 5 : Depart from Kapawi Lodge | Return to Quito


  • Go swimming in the calm Kapawari River
  • Fish for piranha or catfish
  • Visit an Achuar community and purchase some traditional handicrafts

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Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Easy Active

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Day 1 Arrive Kapawi Lodge

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Depart from Quito and travel to Shell. From there fly across the rainforest to the local Achuar community. Take a beautiful canoe ride to the Kapawi Amazon Lodge with your Kapawi guides. 

In the afternoon you can walk along one of the Pastaza River beaches. Here, your guides will give guests an orientation session with information about the rainforest and the Achuar culture, while enjoying a beautiful sunset.

Day 2-4 Activities at Kapawi Lodge

  • Hotel
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Depending on the weather, you will have the opportunity to partake in daily excursions in groups of 4 or more. Here is a sample of what a day in the Amazon might entail:

There are a few options for early morning excursions. You can take a 30 minute motor boat ride with your guides to reach one of the best natural attractions, the Claylick, where you will see different species of parrots and macaws such as the Colbalt-Winged Parakeet, Chestnut-Fronted Macaw, and Yellow Crowned Amazon. You also have the opportunity to find and spot the great variety of birds that the southeast Rainforest of Ecuador offers like the Hoatzin, Anhinga, Speckled Chachalaca, White Eared Jacamar, Cocoi Heron, Neotropical Cormorant, and the Great Egret. There are also chances to go birdwatching up the Kapawari River and to go to the Claylick again.

After breakfast you can take a 2 hour walk with stops to learn about the medicinal plants of the area and tropical forest ecology. You can also take a walk to learn about the benefits and uses of the palms to the Achuar and the important ecological role played by insects and animals in the forest. Another excursion includes your guides escorting you along the Pitzacocha trail and Lagoon. During this time you can learn about the forest and its benefits for the Achuar native people. You will have the chance to see a community and its members and purchase some traditional handicrafts. 

After lunch there is time to rest and then you will be able to explore, via kayak, the Kapawari River and its connecting lagoons, while looking at the local wildlife such as the pink river dolphin. The river is quite calm, so swimming is completely safe. Take another afternoon to fish for piranha or catfish or partake in cultural activities like legends in hammock house and traditional greetings around a campfire. You will be able to learn the art of Achuar face painting and how it relates to their different activities. Another option includes having a picnic in the forest. You will then be able to go to the Achuar community. 

After dinner you can partake in a spectacular night walk, observing the many different kinds of insects and amphibians that are found around the hotel. Take another night to explore the Kapawari River in search of nocturnal animals such as monkeys, alligators and birds.

Day 5 Depart from Kapawi Lodge | Return to Quito

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Early in the morning your guides will bring you to specific points near the hotel in order to locate various species of birds. After breakfast prepare for departure. Before you depart from the Achuar territory, you can participate in a blowgun contest to demonstrate who is the best hunter. 

Kapawi Lodge

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Rate includes roundtrip flights Shell - Kapawi Lodge - Shell


  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Nights Accommodations
    • 4 Nights Lodge
  • 5 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.
  • Internal Flights: Shell - Kapawi - Shell


  • International Flights

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  • $35 Park Entrance Fee
    • Contribution to the Achuar Community
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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