Kapawi Ecolodge is an award-winning indigenous community ecotourism enterprise in the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador.
It offers conscious and responsible travelers the opportunity to engage in authentic cultural experiences, in an unspoiled rainforest setting, with people of the Ecuadorian Amazon at a top rated lodge in Ecuador.
The Kapawi Ecolodge and Preserve was created in the mid-1990s for the purpose of contributing to the sustainable development of the Achuar communities. Under a partnership that operated under high environmental, social, and cultural standards, Canodros managed the Kapawi Ecolodge and Preserve since 1996 until it was transferred entirely to the Achuar in 2008.
Since then, the Achuar people have managed their own project, developing over the years other community enterprises in a region of more than 100,000 hectares where ecotourism has established as a key instrument supporting conservation and community development.
Since it started operations in 1996, Kapawi Ecolodge has provided several benefits to the Achuar, but still faces several challenges and increasing threats from extractive industries. After 22 years the community owners decided it was necessary to carry out a renovation not only of the Ecolodge, but also one that would add new natural and cultural travel experiences and itineraries for future visitors.
Kapawi Ecolodge finished a renovation process in 2019 that lasted almost 2 years. During the renovation process, a new Achuar Management structure was created. Currently, the communities of Kapawi, Suwa, and Kusutkau manage the Ecolodge, and work closely with the neighboring communities of Wayusentsa, Tsekunts, Sharamentsa, Napurak, Wachirpas, Ishpingo, Tiinkias, and Chichirat to strengthen the ecotourism region in the lower Pastaza Basin, a region considered to be part of the Sacred Headwaters of the Amazon river. Several partnerships have been strengthened during this period as well.