Lodge Managed by a Community

Many times we have asked ourselves how would it be to have our own business, a job that day by day you will go with more effort than the day before, a place that is our second home, we always desire to have something as I describe, it seems like an unreachable dream right?, well I know a magical place, far away, beautiful, a place in the middle of the Ecuadorian Amazon, in what normally we call the Rain Forest, the one that by a simple travel is quite an adventure, a crossing of several days if you go walking, several hours if you go by car, plane or the traditional boat, a place far away from and kind of petroleum or mining contamination, a huge territory that the Achuar community calls home.

The Achuar are a community that today has around of 7.000 people distributed in several small communities all over the provinces of the Ecuadorian Amazon. In this territory the Achuar with the support of a private company and the vision of many people, built a Lodge in the middle of their territory in the jungle, a beautiful place that shelters hundreds of national and foreigner tourists at the year, a place that is handled and its property of the community, a project that everybody supports and work for, because it is the income of many families of the community and it is the future of many more.

Hundreds of people want to work in this place, and why not if it is an excellent source of income for their lives and most of all, it is their own business…

So I understand the idea and I desire to have something by my own, I understand how important it is to develop an idea for this project, it is clear for me because I can see the progress that it is having, so I stop and think…. My dream my desire, someone else is living it.

There are 7.000 people in the communities on the last count in the Amazon Forest until the 20th century, a community highly rich in culture, nature, kindness and willing to work, people who keep their traditions and culture as pure as they can, people that prepare themselves day by day to be businessman of the future, they want to take this project to a full success, they want to protect their lands, culture and heritage, and over all, they want to share it with all of us…

I smile and understand the importance and magnitude of this, I understand that my dream can wait a little bit more, because at the end I believe that it is more important to help fulfill the dream of 7.000 people and preserve our cultural and natural heritage than knowing that after some years everything that they have fought for is over…

An Ecological Lodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon managed by the community?, I know about one, it’s the place I work at, a place that day by day I feel with more will than the day before. I feel proud of taking care of it and to know that I am making a contribution to future generations so that they can still enjoy the wonders that the Rain Forest has, their people, their culture, their magic and their joy, it is part of my dream because I am taking care of my country, my people and my heritage, it is my dream and I am living it at maximum… What is it called?.. Well, this wonderful place has a name, KAPAWI ECO LODGE & RESERVE, I invite you to be part of this dream all together, I invite you to know this unique and wonderful community , but over all I invite you to LIVE THE EXPERIENCE KAPAWI!.