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Kapawi Lodge

Last updated: 06 January, 2023

This beautiful eco lodge sits in pristine, remote forest in Ecuador’s lower Pastaza Basin – one of the headwaters of the Amazon. The land belongs to the Achuar indigenous nation who regard the region as sacred. While transfers and infrastructure are managed in conjunction with an experienced tour operator in Quito, the Achuar own and run the lodge and use the income to protect their livelihood and land.

Rooms sit in thatched bungalows built to traditional Achuar designs (but decked out and furnished for Western comfort). They sit over bird-rich wetlands in primary rainforest, but stays focus on indigenous culture as much as wildlife.

Surrounding area

The forest surrounds are pristine and primordial – no lodge in the Ecuadorean Amazon is more remote. The nearest town is 160km away; arrival is by small turboprop plane.

Bungalows sit over a wetland busy with wading birds and caiman-crocodiles. Achuar people lead hikes into the surrounding forest – which is filled with huge trees. Purpose-built communal houses offer numerous places for quiet contemplation and for cultural exchange – learning about traditional indigenous crafts, medicine and ceremonial spirituality.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Not available

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed