This resort is considered the top jungle resort in Ecuador. Flying from Quito to the small town of Macas or sometimes to the small community of Montalvo you take a small plane deep into the jungle, close to the border of Peru. Once at Kapawi you stay in a comfortable room with private showers and go on short expeditions close to the resort. Kapawi is considered one of the best eco-tourist projects in South America.
Kapawi (and the Tropical Rain Forest) is as safe as a temperate forest where very few animals are dangerous. They are generally shy and prefer to run rather than attack (similar to poisonous snakes).
Kapawi has Achuar and naturalist guides who are well versed in the environment. They carry first aid kits and radios for emergency purposes. Life jackets, well-maintained paths and motorized canoes guarantee security for our visitors. An evacuation protocol is available upon request.
Near the Ecuadorian-Peruvian border and seen from a small aircraft, interrupted only by isolated communities, the Amazon appears to be a never ending carpet of trees. During your flight over Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve, it will be difficult to differentiate the lodge from the local communities. The twenty thatch-roofed cabañas (huts) that are aligned along a small lagoon look from the air like a rather unimpressive project. However, by combining the vernacular architecture, exogenous and low-impact technologies plus a unique and friendly working relationship with the Achuar it was possible to create what has been called "Ecuador's closest approach to the perfect eco-lodge".
You have to understand that most rainforest mammals are hard to find because they are shy, nocturnal and well camouflaged. If you are searching for animals, some patience, luck and a good guide will help you to see many, including monkeys, giant otters and fresh-water dolphins.
In Kapawi, during the past three years, 520 species have been recorded. The number increases every season with migrants from Patagonia or North America. Everyone wants to see toucans, macaws and parrots. These and other birds cannot be seen until they fly out across a river or forest gap. However, hawks, kingfishers, orioles, flycatchers and anis can be easily spotted.
Reptiles are relatively independent in open water with scaly skin and eggs that are waterproof enabling them to colonize in different areas and get all the water they need from their food. Their slow metabolism allows them to reduce water and food requirements. Activity is limited because they are 'cold-blooded', when they need to warm up, they bask in the sun and to cool down they seek shade (useful clues on when and where to look for them). You will find land reptiles such as snakes, lizards and tortoises. Aquatic reptiles like caimans (a type of alligator) and river turtles can also be found in Kapawi.
Prices are subject to change without prior notice.
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* Prices per person
* Extra bed 40%
*Price includes all meals, filtered drinkable water, jungle excursions, guides, canoe transportation and village visit.
TRAVEL FROM SHELL
- Shell - Kapawi - Shell: US$ 306 per person
TRAVEL OPTION FROM QUITO
- Quito - Shell* - Quito (overland transport) : US$ 60
*Rates subject to change without notice.
* Weather conditions are unpredictable in the tropical rain forest and occasional delays can be expected. We recommend you to consider adding an extra day on the end of your visit to Kapawi to make sure you meet your connecting flights to your next destination.
- Contribution to the Achuar Community (per passenger): US$ 35.00
- Additional excursions or private itineraries. Please review Additional Excursion Price List for prices and descriptions.
- Price does NOT include bottled water, alcoholic beverages and boutique purchases.
- For reservations with young children it is highly recommended to hire a private guide so the family can enjoy the jungle at the pace of their children.