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Kapawi Eco-Lodge - 4 Nights Itinerary

The Kapawi Eco-lodge is located in one of the remotest and most well-protected areas of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, at least a ten-day hike from the nearest road. In addition to all of the activities in the 4-day Amazon tour, on this 5-day Amazon adventure you will also be able to go piranha fishing, do some additional jungle trekking, and participate in a nocturnal safari and a traditional indigenous ceremony.

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“The trip was excellent from beginning to end. The Isabella II was a fine ship and the crew and guides were all of the highest quality. I would recommend them to others. For us, the ship was the perfect size – not too small and not too large.”Walter Squire

Kapawi Eco-Lodge: Highlights

Birdwatching, Traditional Crafts, Nocturnal Safari, Indigenous Ceremony, Jungle Trek, Cultural Activity, Face Painting

Kapawi Eco-Lodge: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Quito – Amazon Rainforest
Day 2: Parrot Claylick – Pink River Dolphin Exploring – Night Walk
Day 3: Birdwatching – Piranha Fishing – Traditional Crafts – Nocturnal Safari
Day 4: Traditional Indigenous Ceremony – Jungle Trek – Cultural Activity
Day 5: Blowgun Contest / Amazon Face Painting – Return to Quito
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Kapawi Eco-Lodge: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Quito – Amazon Rainforest

AM: Guests will be picked up from their hotel in Quito beginning at 6:00 am. Departing from Quito, guests will be driven along the new “Oriental” highway, passing through the towns of Tambillo, Latacunga, Ambato, Baños, before arriving in Shell. Breakfast will be provided for every passenger. Short stops will be made during the trip for bathroom breaks and photo opportunities. Arriving in Shell, guests will be welcomed by representatives of the Achuar community and will be assisted onto small planes. During the 50-minute flight from Shell, you will pass over unbroken pristine rainforest, arriving at the airstrip of the local Achuar community. There, you will be welcomed by your Kapawi guides, who will escort you on the final leg of your journey: a scenic 30-minute canoe ride into the majesty and tranquility of the rainforest.

PM: Lunch at Kapawi Eco-lodge & Reserve. After lunch guests will have the opportunity to relax, unpack, and situate themselves in their new surroundings. That afternoon we will have a relaxed activity in which guests can walk along one of the banks of the Pastaza River. Here, the guides will give guests an introductory orientation session with information about the rainforest and Achuar culture while enjoying a beautiful sunset. At night, after dinner, we will explore the Kapawari River in search of nocturnal animals such as monkeys, alligators and birds. All of this will be combined with the fantastically starry Kapawi sky.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2
Parrot Claylick – Pink River Dolphin Exploring – Night Walk

AM: Early in the morning, the guides will escort guests on a 30-minute motor boat ride to reach one of the best natural attractions: a parrot claylick. Here, guests will see different species of parrots and macaws, such as the Cobalt-winged parakeet, the Chestnut-fronted macaw, and Yellow-crowned amazon. After breakfast guests can go on a walk for approximately 2 hours, during hich time they will learn about medicinal plants of the area and tropical forest ecology.

PM: Lunch at Kapawi Eco-lodge & Reserve, followed by rest time. In the afternoon, guests will be able to explore, via kayak, the Kapawari River and its connecting lagoons while observing local wildlife such as the fascinating Pink river dolphin. As the river is quite calm, swimming is completely safe.  After dinner, guests can partake in a spectacular night walk, observing the many different kinds of insects and amphibians that are found around the lodge. 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3
Birdwatching – Piranha Fishing – Traditional Crafts – Nocturnal Safari

AM: Early this morning, guests will have the opportunity to find and spot the great variety of birds that the southeast Ecuadorian rainforest has to offer (ones like the Hoatzin, Aninga, Speckled Chachalaca, White Eared Jacamar, Cocoi Heron, Neo-tropical Cormorant and the Great Egret). After breakfast guests will go hiking for about 2 hours, with stops, to learn about the benefits and uses of palms to the Achuar people and the important ecological role played by insects and animals in the forest. Lunch at the lodge.

PM: In the afternoon, activities will include fishing for piranha or catfish. Also, guests will learn the art of making crafts with the Achuar staff members at the lodge.  That night, after dinner we will search of nocturnal animals such as monkeys, alligators and birds ...all this coupled with the fantastically starry Kapawi sky.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4
Traditional Indigenous Ceremony – Jungle Trek – Cultural Activity

AM: Early in the morning, guests are offered the unique experience of participating in a traditional ceremony involving the drinking of a local Achuar tea called “guayusa.” The ceremony will begin at approximately 4 am, when guests will drink the purifying tea around a campfire as an Achuar man interprets the dreams of the participants. Towards the end of the ceremony, everyone will be able to enjoy the sunrise. Following breakfast at Kapawi, various activities will be offered, including fishing and handicraft making.

PM: After lunch, guests can take kayaking and hiking trips to explore the surrounding areas. After dinner guests can participate in cultural activities, assembling in the hammock house to share legends, traditional greetings and more).      

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5
Blowgun Contest / Amazon Face Painting – Return to Quito

AM: Early in the morning, the guides will direct guests to specific points near the lodge to observe various species of tropical birds. Breakfast and preparation for departure. In the last few hours before leaving the Achuar territory, guests can participate in a blowgun contest to demonstrate who's the best hunter among the guides and guests. Guests will also be able to learn the art of Achuar face painting and how it relates to their different activities.

PM: From there you will fly back to Shell (box lunches will be provided) and you will continue on to Quito along the same route as your arrival.   

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Breakfast - Lunch

Kapawi Eco-Lodge: Prices

2018 - Price per person
Days
Junior SuiteMaster SuiteStandard
DoubleDoubleDouble
5US$ 1,570US$ 1,694US$ 1,480
Included in the price:
  • All meals at the lodge
  • Accommodations
  • Excursions of your choice
Not included in the price:
  • Soft drinks, bottled and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and personal items
  • Boutique purchases
  • Land transportation (Quito – Shell – Quito)
  • Flight (Shell – Kapawi – Shell)
  • Entrance fee into the Achuar community
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