Journey Overview

Join us on this intensive journey into the heart of the Amazon rainforest, ancestral territory of our Achuar and Sápara indigenous partners. 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 have 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, the Achuar’s acclaimed Kapawi Ecolodge 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: Steve Torneten

Steve Torneten is a speaker, healer, coach and adventurer. He is highly committed to the work and vision of the Pachamama Alliance and deeply involved in every program of the organization. More about Steve

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday, June 16

  • Group meets at a charming mountain lodge south of Quito at 4pm for opening circle, orientation and evening meal together.

Day 2: Sunday, June 17

  • Descend Avenue of Volcanoes and waterfall-laden Pastaza river canyon to Amazon gateway
  • Traditional purification cleansing with Salasaca indigenous people in Andes, followed by locally grown and prepared meal
  • Dinner and evening discussion about entering the rainforest at our charming hotel in Puyo

Day 3: Monday, June 18

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

Day 4: Tuesday, June 19

  • Early morning dream sharing ritual with Achuar families
  • 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: Wednesday, June 20

  • Pre-dawn dream sharing and interpretation
  • Hike to beautiful black water lagoon and explore in dugout canoes and kayaks
  • Refreshing swim in oasis like natural pool
  • Cultural exchange with Achuar dances, chants, etc. (bring songs/dances to share, small instruments)
  • Traditional Achuar feast

Day 6: Thursday, June 21

  • Market with hand-made artisan pieces and farewells
  • Three hour canoe ride up Pastaza river to encampment of elder Achuar traditional healer
  • Evening shamanic ceremony

Day 7: Friday, June 22

  • Morning sharing with elder shaman
  • 30 minute canoe trip to acclaimed Kapawi Lodge
  • time for rest and integration
  • kayaking, swimming and floating in refreshing waters of the Capahuari

Day 8: Saturday, June 23

  • Rainforest hike on Achuar’s sustainable and traditional relationships with forest
  • Visit massive Kapok tree for solo meditation and reflection
  • Lunch in forest
  • Open space at Kapawi
  • Night walk to witness the incredible nocturnal life of the forest

Day 9: Sunday, June 24

  • Early morning bird and animal watching on river
  • Flight to Sápara territory
  • Arrival at Naku lodge, welcome ceremony to further open to the magic of forest
  • Orientation, swim in Conambo river, relax in community

Day 10: Monday, June 25

  • Morning dream sharing and cleansing ritual
  • Learn about the Sápara’s unique physical and spiritual connection to the rainforest
  • Hike through the pristine forest learning flora and fauna
  • Sacred tobacco ritual and solo meditation
  • Evening ceremony

Day 11: Tuesday, June 26

  • 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 the local beverage, chicha

Day 12: Wednesday, June 27

  • Dream sharing and farewells
  • Flight out of rainforest, go to ideal integration location in Puyo
  • Rest and relax in wood-barrel hot tubs

Day 13: Thursday, June 28

  • A day of completion, commitments and celebration
  • Return to original mountain lodge for farewell dinner

Day 14: Friday, June 29

  • Travel home or on to next destination

Itinerary is subject to change

We recommend having a day or more on the front and back side of the formal itinerary to acclimate, rest, integrate and see Quito if you wish.