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Each team member shares a commitment to support the Achuar in preserving their lands and culture for generations to come. 

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Octavio Mukucham

Octavio is from the community of Kapawi and has been working at Kapawi for almost 20 years, and is currently the resident manager.

Eduardo Molina

Eduardo is from Quito, and is in charge of Kapawi’s accounting and financial reports, working closely with the staff at the ecolodge.

Simon Santi

Simon comes from the community of Kusutkau, and is one of Kapawi’s local guides. Simon has extensive experience guiding and leading groups in the Achuar territory.

Luis Narankas Mukucham

Luis comes from the community of Kapawi, and worked for many years at the ecolodge. Nowadays, he is the Director of the TUNA School in the community of Kapawi, and helps link the work of the Ecolodge with the education and training of the younger generation of Achuar leaders. 


Christobal Mukucham

Cristobal is from the community of Kapawi, and manages the dining and bar areas. 

Marco Vargas

Marco comes from the community of Suwa and is Kapawi’s resident chef. He has been working at Kapawi for almost 20 years, and is in charge of preparing delicious meals using local products. 


Ramiro Vargas

Ramiro is from the community of Kapawi, and is one of Kapawi’s local guides. Bilingual, and extremely knowledgeable about the culture and forest, Ramiro guides visitors and teaches them about the Achuar and their forest.


Pascual Saant

Pascual is from the community of Kapawi, and is in charge of logistics and operations, making sure that food and other key supplies are there for visitors.


Diego Calleras

Diego comes from the community of Charapacocha, and has been guiding groups for over a decade. An enthusiastic photographer, Diego is a local bilingual guide, very knowledgeable about all aspects of the Achuar culture and about the fauna and flora.  


Mauro Mukucham

Mauro comes from the community of Kapawi, and he shares his time between being the President of the community and helping with Kapawi’s operations. Mauro is also very knowledgeable about mechanics and maintenance, two very important aspects of Kapawi’s operations.


Mario Orozco

Mario lives in the town of Shell, the starting point for the Kapawi Ecolodge experience. Mario provides logistical support for all our guests before flying into the Achuar territory.

Juan Carlos

Juan Carlos lives in Quito, and worked at Kapawi Ecolodge as naturalist guide and resident manager in the early years of Kapawi. He has been working closely with the Achuar for over 20 years, and runs operations and marketing activities from Kapawi’s office in Quito, Ecuador’s capital.


Fundación Pachamama supports the permanent protection of the Amazon basins and indigenous territories against the expansion of extractive industries. Fundacion Pachamama is Pachamama Alliance’s sister organization in Ecuador, and promotes a resilient and innovative model that respects life, with an emphasis on the recognition and respect of human rights and the rights of nature, to generate the necessary conditions in which indigenous nationalities and peoples of the Amazon strengthen their self-determination processes.

Trek Ecuador is a tour operator based in Quito that has been designing travel experiences to the Achuar territory since 2005. Relying on many years of experience in conservation and ecotourism in natural and heritage areas, and through a commitment to conservation and the protection of culture and natural wealth, Trek Ecuador supports tourism as a way to promote conservation and sustainable development.

Pachamama Alliance is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization on a mission to empower indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest to preserve their lands and culture and, using insights gained from that work, to educate and inspire a sustainable future for all.

Pachamama Alliance, empowered by its partnership with indigenous people, is dedicated to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet. Pachamama Alliance supports Kapawi Ecolodge since 1996.


With the TourCert Label we have committed ourselves to continuously improve environmental protection, working conditions, customer information, human rights and fair business practices. Our sustainability management has been developed according to the TourCert certification standard, it was assessed by an independent auditor and approved by an expert commission. We are in constant dialogue with our suppliers and our travel offers are planned and developed based on ecological and social criteria. We are committed to ensure fair payment of our partners and our  employees and to keep resource consumption and ecological impacts of our travel offers as low as possible.


Ecomadic is a platform that connects sustainably-minded travelers with responsible businesses & experiences. Compared to traditional travel platforms, sustainability is at the heart of ecomadic’s operations and ambitions. Our collection of accommodations, experiences, eateries, & shops are carefully curated to make booking your next sustainable adventure more streamlined and accessible. Through empowering responsible travel, ecomadic helps tourism dollars stay within local communities, further supporting the long-term environmental, social, and economic health and resiliency of communities and cultures around the world.

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