Accessible only by light aircraft, Kapawi Ecolodge lies on the edge of the lagoon of the same name, near the Pastaza river in the remote Ecuadorian Amazon. The surprisingly comfortable eco-lodge, espousing a style of understated luxury much in keeping with its surroundings, works with the indigenous Achuar community to provide an environmentally sensitive base from which to explore the Amazon Basin.
The Achuar are native to the Ecuadorian and Peruvian rainforest, and until the late 1970s they remained completely isolated from western culture; to this day they live off the forest. Kapawi Ecolodge employs many Achuar people as guides, and within 15 years the entire project will be handed over to the local community.
There are no fixed programmes at the lodge: itineraries are flexible and vary according to fitness, interests and ability. Activities on offer include visits to the Achuar community and hikes through the rainforest – your Achuar guide will be able to identify the medicinal properties of the jungle's varied flora. With over 400 identified species found within the reserve, birdwatching is also a must. There are opportunities to canoe and fish on the surrounding rivers and lakes; remember that according to Achuar beliefs you must eat what you catch!