Kapawi Ecolodge

Location: Ecuadorian Amazon | Ecuador & the Galapagos

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

Kapawi Ecolodge is a boutique lodge in the heart of Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest, at the confluence of the Pastaza and Capahuari rivers. The lodge is extremely remote – ten days’ walk from the nearest road – yet is supremely comfortable, offers fantastic cuisine, and is very well equipped for tourists. All the guides are experts in the natural environment, and will lead you on informative excursions over water and land to learn about this incredible part of the world.
Perfect forIntrepid explorers looking to discover the Amazon rainforest in style.
In the know
  • Remote ecolodge reachable only by plane
  • Built by skilled craftsmen from the Achuar tribe, and committed to benefitting the local community
  • Spot a range of wildlife on walks and canoe trips
  • Authentic Ecuadorian and Achuar cuisine

Recommended for...

  • Adventure
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Off the Beaten Track
  • Walking & Trekking

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Kapawi Ecolodge was built by skilled Achuar craftsmen, a tribal people who have lived in the Amazon for thousands of years. They used sustainable local materials to create a hotel which is beautifully rustic but also supremely comfortable, and surrounded by the most biodiverse environment on earth, the Amazon rainforest.

Rooms at Kapawi Ecolodge

Kapawi’s cabins are circular in design with high thatched roofs, each one separate and private but connected by high wooden walkways. They are built entirely from local wood, and have screened-off sleeping areas with huge, comfortable beds, and bathrooms with hot, solar-powered water.

The huge range of wildlife which you will likely spot while relaxing in your hammock includes hummingbirds, egrets and kingfishers, though the cabins themselves are completely creature-proof. The sleeping areas also feature mosquito nets to keep out unwelcome insects.

Food & Drink

The food at Kapawi is very varied and of high quality, despite the lodge’s remote location. The kitchen gets going early, with breakfast available for early-rising birdwatchers from 5am. Lunch is served either in the dining room, or packed for you if you’re out on an excursion; porters will carry your food for you. Dinner, back at the restaurant, comprises classic Ecuadorian as well as traditional Achuar cuisine, further enhancing your authentic jungle experience. Vegetarians and those with other dietary requirements can be accommodated, too.


The lakes are rivers around the lodge are safe to swim in and beautifully scenic, meaning there’s no need for a pool. There’s no Wi-Fi, which only adds to the remote, off-grid atmosphere, but a satellite internet connection is available in the main office for use in emergencies. There’s a boutique gift shop, where you can pick up a memento of your stay, and a cosy lounge area where you can relax and get to know your fellow guests.

Activities at Kapawi Ecolodge

Your stay at Kapawi will follow one of the hotel’s itineraries, which are of varying lengths and include various activities. You’ll explore the river on scenic canoe rides, stroll along beaches, and meet unique local wildlife such as the pink river dolphin; night walks around the hotel will help you spot the nocturnal creatures who transform the jungle after the sun goes down. All the guides are expert naturalists, who will ensure that your experience is as safe, enriching and educational as possible.

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Hotel location

Kapawi Ecolodge is only accessible by air: the nearest road is a ten-day walk away. You’ll fly from the Achuar town of Shell, which is reachable by a 4.5-hour private road transfer from Quito; you will be picked up from your hotel in Quito.

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