into the heart of Ecuador's Amazon basin, lodging in two of the best jungle
hostelries on the continent: Kapawi Lodge and Sacha Lodge. Both
lodges practice low impact tourism and are sensitive to the preservation
of the local cultures as well as the delicate ecosystems that they strive
to share with the ecotourist. The Napo River is the principal tributary
of the Amazon River and creates this vast rainforest region east of the
Andes Mountains. Experience one of EcoAdventures custom vacations to the
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The thatch-roofed, 130 ft. jungle tower juts above the tallest tree level at Sacha Lodge. Climb the tower's inside stairway to the covered observation platform
for a true bird's-eye view of the Ecuadorian rainforest and the seemingly
unending sea of green! The tower has been enhanced with a 940 foot canopy
walkway. This is only one of the many adventures at Sacha Lodge.
is an adventure, too. First fly 45 minutes from Quito to Francisco de
Orellana (Coca for short), an outpost on the edge of the rainforest. From
there, travel two-and-a-half hours by boat down the Napo River, hike 30
minutes on an elevated boardwalk and finally canoe 15 minutes across the
mirror-like Pilchicocha Lagoon to the lodge.
than basic necessities are provided at Sacha Lodge: screened cabins complete
with forest views, modern bathrooms with hot water and free bottled water.
The cuisine incorporates local dishes, tropical fruits and traditional
hotel fare, which will satisfy the appetite of any active guest.
is home base for hikes and canoe trips through the surrounding rainforest;
bird-watching, botany, entomology,
fishing and photography are only a few of the many activities available
to you. The Lodge offers dozens of trails of varying lengths, degrees
of difficulty and ruggedness, as well as several routes accessible by
canoe. In addition, the observation tower enables guests to climb 130
feet into the canopy for an unobstructed view of endless miles of intact
rainforest, as well as a close-up view of mammals, plants and dozens of
species of birds. You might even see a lemur observing you from
the observation tower.
For travel Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, for
1-3 pax there is a per person surcharge in each direction: 1 pax
$94; 2 pax $47; 3 pax $32.
For travel Sundays there is a $275
one-way surcharge for private
canoe transfers for 1-4 pax.
Children under 12: 30% off double rate & 50% off the air.
Rates Include: Your choice of either 4- or 5-Day All-Inclusive package at Sacha Lodge.
Not Included: Transfers to/from Quito Hotel to airport, bottled or alcoholic
beverages, park fees, and tips to guides and staff.
Day One: Quito to Sacha Lodge Transfer to the airport for your flight to Coca. You will be met by a
representative of Sacha Lodge for the boat transfer to the lodge. Enjoy
a welcome drink before a brief lodge orientation. (B, L, D)
Days Two & Three: At
Sacha Lodge Days for jungle excursions with ecological and native
guides. (B, L, D daily)
Day Four: Sacha Lodge to
Quito Morning transfer back to Coca for your return flight to Quito. (B)
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began in 1993 when Daniel Coupermann, an ecotourism manager with a background
in the Achuar Territory, won the approval of OINAE (Organization of Ecuadorian
Achuar Nationalities), and then convinced a well-known tour operator to
build a lodge and research center in Kapawi in the heart of Achuar Territory. The
goal was to pioneer a new trend in ecotourism, in partnership with the
Achuar people, by providing a means of economic support and jobs. By 2010
all installations will belong entirely to the Achuar.
A History of the Lodge:
Reserve is a unique creation derived from the cooperation between native
Achuar Indian Communities and an experienced Ecuadorian travel association.
Their goal is to preserve the rainforest and the Achuar culture and language,
while revealing this fascinating biology and culture to the discerning
is located in the most remote area of the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin, east
of the Andes, and it takes most of the day to get there. First you have
a 45-minute flight via scheduled air to Macas, followed by a 30 minute
transfer via light aircraft to Sharamentza. Then you journey down the
Pastaza River through dense virgin forest. As you cross the Kapawi Lagoon,
the 20 cottages dot the lake's edge.
oval cottage has a private bath with sun-heated shower, photovoltaic
electricity and a wide terrace to observe the prodigious bird life. The
lounge offers a panorama of the rainforest, and an unlimited supply of
soft drinks, snacks and hot water for coffee or tea.
Each venture into the rainforest is accompanied
by an English-speaking naturalist plus an Achuar native who can explain
the practical and medicinal use of every plant and tree. Treks are up
to three hours on well-defined trails; for the more energetic, longer
hikes on primitive tracks are available.
Day One: Fly into Quito. Meeting service upon arrival and transfer to the your hotel.
Two: Quito to Kapawi Lodge Transfer to the airport for your flight
to Macas. Meeting service by a representative of Kapawi Lodge for the
air transfer to Sharamentza and then boat transfer to the lodge. Welcome
drink at the lodge and a brief orientation around the lodge. You'll also
be given an overview of the Achuar people, their cosmology, social organization,
and way of life. (B, L, D)
Days Three & Four:
Days for jungle excursions with ecological and native guides. (B,
L, D daily)
Day Five: Kapawi Lodge
to Quito Morning transfer back to Sharamentza for your return flight
to Macas and on to Quito. (B)
Day Six: Depart Quito (B)
|Air add-on Quito/Coca/Quito: $385
Children under 12: 50%
off double rate & 50% off the air
Rates Include: Your choice of either 4-, 5-, or 8-Day All-Inclusive
package at Kapawi Lodge, service fees, and $20 Achuar Community
Not Included: Transfers
to/from Quito hotel to airport, bottled or alcoholic beverages, park fees, and tips to guides and staff.