Kapawi Ecological Reserve

Ecuador

Duration:5 days

Kapawi is located in the remotest area of the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin. The Kapawi Lodge, built in 1993, lies in the heart of Achuar Indian Territory, and accommodates up to 40 visitors in single and duplex cabins with private facilities and hot water. All cabins are constructed according to Achuar architectural style and while they are rustic, they are elegant and luxurious. Each cabin has a view of the Kapawi lake through screened windows and a covered porch. Three large buildings form the centre of the complex – a separate hammock building, a lecture hall, library, lounge and bar, and a kitchen-dining room. They are all connected to the cabins by raised board walks. A biological research station was also built in the area. Four naturalist-biologists serve as guides along with an Achuar Community member. Excursions can be chosen from a variety of easy to moderate or difficult hikes and canoe trips.

Fly from Quito to Sharamentsa from where motorised dugout canoes will take you on a comfortable 1 hour ride to Kapawi. Excursions vary from 1 to 7 nights at Kapawi. However, we do suggest a minimum of 3 nights to fully enjoy this tropical rain forest.

Day 1 – Monday

Quito – Kapawi

This morning, fly to KAPAWI, here motorised dugout canoes will take you on a comfortable ride to Kapawi Lodge, your base for the next four nights as you explore the jungle. LD

Day 2 to 4 – Tuesday to Thursday

Kapawi

The Lodge provides multiple activities in programs that are characterized by their flexibility: we allow you to design day by day, with the rest of your group and your guide, the most suitable program for your interests and desired activity level. Most itineraries include visits to the Achuar communities, hikes in the rain forest, canoeing, bird watching, and other activities. According to your interests and physical condition (but not your age!), we offer three alternative programs: easy, moderate, and difficult. These programs depend mainly on the distance and time you would like to spend on our trails; all other activities can be included in any program. A day in Kapawi starts at 6:00, hot drinks and a light snack will wake you up, for a short hike in the forest or an early morning canoe trip for bird watching in the banks of the Capahuari river or to visit the parrots salt lick. Passengers will be back for breakfast at 8:00 o clock, at 9:00 approximately passengers depart for a morning activity which will take you back to the lodge at 13:00 or you can take the lunch along with you and enjoy a beautiful picnic in the forest and be back to the lodge at 17:00 approximately. For the passengers who decide to have lunch at the lodge they will start they afternoon activity at 15:00. At 19:00 a briefing with the guides will be scheduled every day. Dinner is served at 19:30. At 8:30 passengers will have the opportunity to do a night hike, caiman watching or receive a lecture about the rainforest or Achuar life. Overnight in the community or camping is also available upon request to the guides. BLD

Day 5 – Friday

Kapawi – Quito

Morning departure by dugout canoe back to the airport for your return flight to Quito. BL

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  • B: BREAKFAST
  • L: LUNCH
  • D: DINNER

Dates and cost

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Days of operation: Friday to Monday.

What’s included

  • Meals, sightseeing and transfers as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Airfare Quito/Sharamentsa/Quito

What’s not included

Achuar Community Fee US$10 (payable on arrival); Airport or air ticket taxes or levies, port taxes (except where shown as included); passport or visa fees; excess baggage charges; any insurance; any meals, air fares or sightseeing not specified in the itinerary; optional gratuities to guides, drivers etc; beverages; laundry or other items of a personal nature and any items not specifically mentioned as being included.

How to Book

The completion and return of the booking form is mandatory to the acceptance of reservation. We advise that you book as far ahead as possible. To initiate your reservation, please complete the Booking Form which must be signed and returned to Adventure Associates along with the applicable Deposit. Reservations are established only when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the Booking Form and deposit payment. Ticketing and joining instructions are normally issued two weeks prior to departure.

Deposit required: $500 per person
Balance due: 60 days prior to departure
If booking within
60 days of departure:
full payment must be made

Should a booking be amended once reservations are processed, a $55 amendment fee per booking for each amendment made, plus any communication expenses incurred, will be added to the cost of the tour.

Cancellations

Written instructions only will be accepted by Adventure Associates to cancel a reservation. Cancellation charges are subject to regulations or airlines, cruise companies, coach and tour operators, hotels and any other Principals involved. If it is necessary to cancel your arrangements, the following non-refundable provisions will apply.

More than 60 days prior to departure $250 per person
Between 59 and 35 days prior to departure 25% of tour cost per person
Between 34 and 14 days prior to departure 50% of tour cost per person
On or within 13 days prior to departure No Refund

Note

  • All the above amounts are in addition to any fees levied by the airlines, hotels or cruise companies. Communication charges incurred may also be added to the above.
  • All cancellation provisions will be strictly applied. If the non-refundable amount is more than your advance payment, you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned in these Terms and Conditions you are strongly urged to take out travel insurance at the time of your reservation. Adventure Associates or your Travel Agent will be pleased to advise you on the best policy which may protect you.

All cancellation provisions will be strictly applied. If the cancellation charge is more than your advance payment you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned above you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance. Once the tour has departed there will be no refund for any unused portions of the trip.

KapawiBirds2 Note: Packages are generally based on First class, centrally located hotels, except where specified, and include transfers between airports, hotels, sightseeing and meals as indicated in the itinerary. Ask us for details should you wish to stay in Deluxe Hotels, or another hotel of your choice. KapawiFood Tour costs are quoted in Australian Dollars per person unless otherwise indicated. All itineraries and prices may be subject to changes beyond our control as a result of airline rescheduling, tour arrangements, fare and hotel rate increases. Prices may also be adjusted due to currency fluctuations. Please check before you book with your travel agent or Adventure Associates to ascertain if there are any alterations to the tour you select.