Journey Overview

Join us for an unforgettable immersion with two extraordinary and complementary cultures: the legendary Achuar, whose courageous warrior spirit is dedicated to protecting the pristine rainforest on behalf of us all, and the deeply spiritual Sápara whose commitment to the healing power of the forest and finding viable alternatives to oil exploitation has preserved their culture against all odds. They are powerful allies for one another and have been working with the Pachamama Alliance for two decades to preserve their ancestral cultures and territories.

With stays at the Achuar community lodge of Ti’inkias and the Sápara community-based project of Naku, there will be lots of opportunity for intimate connection and sharing with these remarkable people.

Journey Leader

Laura Weaver

Laura Weaver, MA, is a facilitator, guide, author, poet, and organizational consultant with over two decades of experience in education, writing, facilitation, and non-profit and social change work. More about Laura

Journey Itinerary

Day 1 – Monday, March 12th:

Group lodges at charming Quito hotel

Day 2 – Tuesday, March 13th:

  • Welcome circle and briefing
  • Descend Avenue of Volcanoes and waterfall-laden Pastaza river canyon to Amazon gateway
  • Dinner and evening discussion about entering the rainforest at our charming Puyo hotel

Day 3 – Wednesday, March 14th:

  • Flight over primary rainforest to Achuar Territory
  • River canoe trip and hike to Ti’inkias community and lodge, traditional welcome

Day 4 – Thursday, March 15th:

  • Flight over primary rainforest to Achuar Territory
  • Cultural traditions – ceramic and basket making, weaving, blowdart practice, etc.
  • Rainforest hike with emphasis on medicinal plants and Achuar spirituality
  • Storytelling around fire

Day 5 – Friday, March 16th:

  • Hike into rainforest to learn about Achuar spiritual traditions
  • Visit sacred waterfall, solo time for contemplative meditation with forest
  • Purification ritual under waterfall
  • Achuar invitation to participate in evening shamanic ceremony

Day 6 – Saturday, March 17th:

  • Sharing time with shaman
  • Time for rest and reflection in hammock, journaling, etc.
  • Evening cultural exchange with Achuar dances, chants, etc. (bring songs, small instruments)
  • Traditional Achuar feast

Day 7 – Sunday, March 18th:

  • Ti’inkias farewells
  • Flight to Sápara territory
  • Arrival at Naku lodge, welcome ceremony with traditional beverage chicha
  • Swim in Conambo river

Day 8 – Monday, March 19th:

  • Dream sharing and ancient cleansing ritual
  • Excursion down Conambo river in dugout canoes
  • Picnic with locally gathered foods and swimming on beach
  • Forest hike back to Naku
  • Sharing around campfire

Day 9 – Tuesday, March 20th:

  • Hike in forest to visit medicinal plant garden
  • Learn about Sápara’s physical and spiritual connection to forest
  • Sacred tobacco ritual and solo meditation
  • Evening shamanic ceremony

Day 10 – Wednesday, March 21st:

  • Open space for reflection, journaling and simply being with beauty of forest
  • Afternoon river swim then sharing intimate time with Sápara friends
  • Traditional food, music and sharing

Day 11 – Thursday, March 22nd:

  • Goodbyes to Sápara friends
  • Fly out of forest, travel to ideal destination between rainforest and Andes
  • Time for rest, reintegration and sharing with group

Day 11: Friday, March 23rd

  • Celebration, acknowledgement and commitments moving forward
  • Ascend to Andes for farewell dinner
  • Stay in charming Andean lodge

Day 12: Saturday, March 24th

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