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The average temperature is about 25°C (77° F), and relative humidity is close to 90%. Being on the equator, Kapawi doesn't have four seasons as in temperate areas, there are however more and less rainy seasons. Normally, the temperature is slightly lower during the rainy season and higher in the "less rainy season" The rainiest, months are February to May and the driest and warmest are December, January and August. The less rainy season is from June until January, when the water in the rivers and lagoons goes down, which is a perfect time to see wildlife that comes closer to the river's edge to search for water. Remember that Kapawi is located in the tropical rainforest and the rain could arrive suddenly even if it is the less rainy season..
Kapawi is located near the Ecuadorian and Peruvian border in the southern Ecuadorian Amazon Basin, on the Pastaza River, a major tributary of the Amazon. Kapawi is one of the most pristine and isolated places in the Amazon Basin and is accessible only by air. The closest town is ten days walking distance.
Many, many birds (more than 570 species in the area). Many species of insects, including brightly colored butterflies; many of them still have not been identified by scientists. Thousands of plant-species, many of them used for medicinal purposes by the Achuar. Mammals such as fresh water dolphins, giant river otters, monkeys, bats and several kinds of rodents (including capybaras) that you may see depending on the time of year. Since they are mainly nocturnal, mammals like jaguars, ocelots, jaguarundis and other cats, although they are present in the area surrounding Kapawi, are difficult to spot.
Kapawi (and the tropical rainforest) is as safe as a temperate forest or walking in a big city. Very few animals are dangerous. They are generally shy and prefer to avoid humans which is also why it is so hard sometimes to see them in the forest. Kapawi has Achuar and naturalist guides who are well versed in the environment. They have first aid training and carry first aid kits for emergency purposes. Life jackets, well-maintained paths and motorized canoes guarantee security for our visitors. An evacuation protocol is available upon request.

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  • We visited Kapawi as a family and had a brilliant time. Carlos our guide was excellent, constantly enthusiastic, and spoke very good English. The location is very remote and so we saw plenty of wildlife and visited a local community. The jungle treks were great fun- each one different. The flights to and from the lodge were awe inspiring - endless rainforest. Truly a once in a lifetime experience. To our surprise, very few Mosquitos, and the lodges were comfortable.
  • Wow! Starting with the office in Quito, a most accommodating staff. At Kapawi, we were truly away from civilization, 8 of us navigating a small river and a bigger one (Pastaza). There were no other tourists in the vicinity at all in the 5 days we were there. The guides, Monica and Justo, were superb and great human beings, too. The accommodations and meals could not have been any better. And, not the least, the philosophical underpinnings of the Achuar community, owner and operator of the lodge, are truly remarkable: Ecotourism, ecological responsibility, respectful integration of western and native thought. The proceeds, incidentally, benefit a population that is providing medical care and education to its young. i understand one can volunteer there as well. Please, support this community. Dr. A. Coronel, Torrance, California
    Alberto Coronel
  • We spent 3 nights at Kapawi in May 2013. The trip organization and communications were good. Our Ecuadorian guide, Monica, and driver, Santiago, arrived early at our hostal in Quito. The drive to Shell was long, but they provided lots of information en route. The flight from Shell to the jungle airstrip was exciting. The lodge was once spectacular, but has suffered from a lack of maintenance. A section of boardwalk had collapsed into the lagoon. One of our group, not a very big man, broke 3 boards himself in 3 days. Some of the cabin flooring outside the walls was clearly rotting. Our companions had a mouse visit one night and a rat the next. We had only a mouse. If you treat this trip as an adventure, it will be fine, but you should not expect a 5 star resort. On the positive side, the meals were excellent. There were lots of birds and insects, but few mammals. Our Achuar guide, Celestino, was particularly good at spotting wildlife. The visit to an Achuar village was a highlight.
  • I went to Kapawi for the 4 night visit and wish it had been longer. I was traveling alone and had my own guides for the entire visit. They did everything to make me feel at home and keep me busy. I loved the walks in the jungle and the information passed along by my guide Renan about all of the birds and insects. I saw 50 different bird species along with monkeys and a Cayman hanging out in the Lagoon. I truly started to slow down and relax and it took my mind of of my hectic life. The Achuar Indians were fascinating and I enjoyed going to visit a family and the school. I loved the sounds at night and slept great! The food was incredible.
    Laura W

The Achuar of the Pastaza River: A Glimpse into Their Rainforest World

Who hasn’t wondered about life in the rainforest? Who hasn’t imagined the humidity, the chatter of monkeys, the layers upon layers of green plants growing upward seeking sunlight, the shadowy forest floor, or the smell of the spongy mat of vegetation underfoot. The reader is given a glimpse into the lives of the indigenous Achuar (pronounced aa sh ur), who have lived in inaccessible regions of the Ecuadorian rainforest for eons. Because of their remote and inaccessible location, the Achuar had limited contact with Westerners until the 1960’s. The intent of this book is to provide insight into a people whose lives are intertwined with the forest that sustains them. This book describes anthropological, spiritual and sociological aspects of the Achuar

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