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Reviewed December 13, 2011

Our trip into the Amazon was a highlight. Truly an adventure from start to finish. The drive through the Avenue of Volcanoes was beautiful. The flight on the tiny 5 person plane offered us incredible views of the jungle and small communities along the rivers below. Arriving at the "airport" in the jungle was surreal. It was an entry point into a completely different world. Especially coming from NY! The canoe ride couldn't have done more to confirm that we were a LONG way from . . . everything. The lodge itself was very clean and comfortable. We were greeted by members of the staff who introduced themselves. They made sure to let us know that they would be happy to do anything to make us comfortable. We never needed anything beyond what was provided but I'm sure they would have accommodated. Everyone was incredibly kind. The food was just okay but they do the best they can with the supplies they have. We certainly never went hungry. The treks into the jungle/ canoe rides/ evening activities/community visit were all remarkable. We didn't see any large mammals, aside from pink dolphins, but we did get to see a lot of birds, insects, reptiles, and small monkeys. Overall a great trip!

The community visit was great. We were a small group so the visit felt very comfortable. The family we visited was very hospitable and happy to answer all of our, what must have seemed, crazy questions. Some of my favorite purchases were made on the visit. The handmade combs and pottery are beautiful. Purchasing from the people who made the goods gives you the uncommon experience of making eye contact with the artists who create the things you get to bring home. You also know that the money is going directly to the people.

Our Achuar guide Simon deserve a special mention. He was incredible!

Date of stay: November 2011
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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4  Thank dskorzan
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Reviewed August 27, 2011

Truly a once in a lifetime stay. Incredible journey to an area of the world not seen by most. Lodge is comfortable, with good comforts and reasonable food. The website fails to give good detail - bring more clothes than you think you will need - no laundry and nothing drys in the humid air - about 3 or 4 pants and 6 shirts plus shorts for the canoes and 2 pair of shoes, plus a small hair dryer.

Also, bring lots of $1, and $5 bills - you'll want to purchase a few things from the tribe and need small bills to do it.

Date of stay: July 2011
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5  Thank DP R
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Reviewed July 15, 2011

We booked this place because of the good reviews on tripadvisor and the fact that all the profit goes to the local Ashuar tribes to support their fight for the land against the oil companies. We have traveled extensively through South America and thought that this stay would be a highlight of our trip, regardless of the astronomical price.
It started on a high note when we were picked at the hotel in Quito by Omar, a very knowledgeable naturalist guide, to take us to the lodge. Getting to Kapawi is a nice adventure by itself! We loved the lodge and it's location on a beautiful lake in the jungle. We were assigned to a new naturalist guide Danny (who I can not praise enough !!!) and a decent local guide Selestino and had a few excellent hikes through the jungle (the trail of Pitzacocha is highly recommended) and kayak trips. Do not expect to see many animals, most of them have been hunted by Ashuars and the remaining ones keep a significant distance.
Food is OK, but small portions (vegetarians beware! i suggest to bring your own food as you will only receive protein in the form of eggs for breakfast).

Natem (ayahuasca ceremony) is a US160 scam. There was no ceremony, instead Sumpa Itzu, the shaman, gave me the drink, which had zero effect on me, except for a strong stomach ache for 3 hours!! Interestingly, a day before, the shaman mentioned that he is now a catholic, which is oxymoron!!!

I can not recommend this lodge to anyone, especially not for the price.

Date of stay: July 2011
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Annunaki
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Kapawi E, Marketing Coordinator at Kapawi Ecolodge, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2011

Dear friends, it is gratifying to know that in many ways enjoyed your stay in Kapawi, what we feel really feel sorry about is to feel that experience of Natem was not as expected, we now should clarify that the ceremony depends on many things which are physical fitness, spiritual condition, preparation, personal goals, among others, which cause a different effect each time in people, although it is clear that the effect of stomach ache is one of them, we hope that with this explanation cleared up these misunderstandings and look again to serve you the best possible way, every day is a new lesson and teaching for us.
Also remember that everything is part of the experience, a unique and wonderful experience to share in the Amazon jungle of Ecuador with a community as unique and as beautiful as the Achuar, who with their ancient customs and ceremonies will take you to a moment of peace, tranquility and above all to share feelings, joys and experiences far from the worries of the cities, thank you very much for your visit.

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Reviewed May 12, 2011

Our stay at Kapawi was perfect. Everyone was so willing and helpful, our guide was a local Achuar man and has the most amazing skills and knowledge.
There are lots of activities to do such as swimming, canoeing, hiking with a guide or on the self guided trail. We also went and did early morning bird watching from the river which was amazing.
Our rooms were spotless. The cleaners came in and tidied at least twice a day and in the evenings when we came back from dinner our beds were always turned down and the mosquito nets in place! The rooms each a have a lovely hammock in them which you can lay in and look out over the lagoon.
The food was lovely, including a range of tasty mainstream and tradional foods. There was also a bar and a lovely communal area for playing games and gathering in the evenings.

Date of stay: May 2011
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4  Thank RosaQuito
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Reviewed May 5, 2011

A great way to experience the Rainforest of Ecuador, the Achuar people, great hikes in the rain forest led by Achuar naturalists learning about rainforest trees, plants, birds and animals. Wonderful bird watching seeing parrots, parakeets and other very colorful birds from cushioned, comfortable canoes, great food, the best hosts you could ever imagine. Plus, we saw a boa constrictor!

Room tip: Reserve at least a month in advance
Date of stay: May 2011
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2  Thank johnm076
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