ARCHITECTURE

architecture

The founding vision of Kapawi Ecolodge and Reserve is to create one of the most remote environments in the world.

  • The typical Achuar house is elliptic, divided in two social areas, and built out of wood, lianas and palm leaves.
  • The house (jea) is the minimum social unity in the Achuar society. A house is always formed by one family.
  • It is built exclusively of wood by the men, elliptic shaped, normally without external walls and covered by a very complex thatched roof made of palm leaves, which turns the Achuar house into a vast and harmonious structure.
  • The size of the house depends on the number of the man’s wives, as well as the number of helpers he has been able to bring into the home. The extent of a house is an indication of a juunt or “big man” and everyone’s ambition is to have many wives and a big house.