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 and the Sápara lodge, Naku, there will lots of opportunity for intimate connection and sharing with these remarkable people.

Journey Leaders: Anita Sanchez and Kit Tennis

Meet Anita & Kit

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday, July 7th

  • Group meets at 4p.m. at Quito hotel for opening circle dinner

Day 2: Sunday, July 8th

  • Descend Avenue of the 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, July 9th

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

Day 4: Tuesday, July 10th

  • 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, July 11th

  • Hike to beautiful black water lagoon and explore in dugout canoes and kayaks
  • Solo meditation with giant Kapok tree
  • Time with community to play games with children, visit local school, hear the Achuar vision for
  • the future

  • Night walk to witness incredible nocturnal life of the forest.
  • Traditional Achuar feast

Day 6: Thursday, July 12th

  • Pre-dawn dream sharing and interpretation
  • Hike in forest to learn more about interdependent relation have with their rainforest
  • 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 7: Friday, July 13th

  • Market with hand-made artisan pieces (available for purchase)
  • Farewells with friends at Ti’inkias
  • Canoe to airstrip and fly 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 8: Saturday, July 14th

  • 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: Sunday, July 15th

  • Share dreams and experience a cleansing ceremony using ancient and highly effective
  • techniques

  • Excursion down the Conambo River to the pristine and uninhabited Sápara reserve
  • Hike to wild medicinal garden for a sacred tobacco ritual
  • Ancient shamanic ceremony in evening

Day 10: Monday, July 16th

  • Morning integration time for sharing, reflection, journaling, rest
  • Afternoon river swim, fishing, relaxing
  • Traditional food, music, and sharing of chicha, the local beverage

Day 11: Tuesday, July 17th

  • Preparations for departure, dream sharing and farewells
  • Flight out of pristine forest
  • Travel to mountain lodge, the ideal place for rest and integration

Day 12: Wednesday, July 18th

  • Open space for hiking, journaling
  • Time for completions and celebration

Thursday, July 19 th

  • Departures for home or next destinations

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.