The Achuar live in extreme isolation in an area considered “terra incognita” until the late 1960s when missionaries began entering their territory. There were virtually no converts, but an increase in intercultural contact began that shaped the future of the Achuar nation. Due to a unified position against resource extraction, they have maintained their territory free of highways, oil, timber, and mining companies. They successfully developed a separate revenue source in the form of the Kapawi Ecolodge.
Gondwana-founder Jared Sternberg lived with the Achuar for a summer and published a chapter in “Tourism in the Green Economy,” using the Achuar’s ecolodge as a case study.
A portion of the proceeds from any visitors are donated to the support of the indigenous Achuar Nation. Photo by @pmgfilm taken on our Andes to Amazon Ecotour. #soultravelers #gondwana_ecotours #ecotourism