DEAR FRIENDS & PARTNERS
We hope you are well, healthy, and like all of us, looking forward to a new reinvigorated life after this unexpected pause.
We have welcomed this break as a moment for reflection, and as a chance to come out stronger. We have been busy with the upkeep of our ecolodge until its undeniable reopening, while also ensuring the health, wellbeing, and safety of the Achuar communities, our staff, and our partners and friends.
Kapawi and its region have been very fortunate to be isolated from the pandemic, with no covid-19 cases reported in this region of 12 Achuar communities (as of June 3, 2020). The shut down of travel, however, has had a significant impact on the local communities. As many may be aware, this region of the Achuar territory depends almost exclusively on tourism.
This pause has also helped us see more clearly the importance of reaffirming the connection between travel and conservation, sustainability and community resilience. We are working to improve our future travel experiences, and to make sure that we help the traveler learn and grow into new ways of being and engaging with the world.
At Kapawi we are committed to providing tranquility to our guests in all aspects of their future experience with us, especially in hygiene and biosafety. Our clients continue to be at the top of our priorities. When Kapawi Ecolodge reopens, we will provide an improved authentic and unique experience of the Amazon and the Achuar culture.
Kapawi has always maintained rigorous cleaning procedures and standards, however, we have integrated new operational, hygiene and biosafety protocols, in line with the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Tourism Organization (WTO), and with national and local health authorities to deal with the current situation. These include:
Working with the local communities to educate and to implement hygiene and biosafety protocols, and to enforce quarantine measures.
Work on new protocols for the ecolodge, including: Covid-19 tests to all staff and local providers before restarting operations and before returning to work, carrying out temperature checks with staff before every shift, and new hygiene and desinfection protocols in cabins, public spaces, and equipment.
Working on hygiene and biosafety protocols along the tourism chain, including overland and flight transportation providers, as well as coordinating with partner hotels in Quito, Baños, and Puyo.
We vow to constantly stay updated with international and governmental guidelines, regulations and information published by the WHO, WTO, and many industry leaders.
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Please rest assured that when everyone is free to travel, we will be prepared and with open arms. We will offer the tranquility and safety that guests need to enjoy Kapawi’s unique and transformational Amazon travel experience.
If you need further information or assistance, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can’t wait to see you!
The Kapawi Team