Join us on a life-changing, spiritual and cultural adventure deep into the Ecuadorian Amazon. Shamanic ceremonies, village life and a journey of self exploration await.




Learn documentary portraiture using only the light seeping in from the Amazon canopy! Capture the essence of the Achuar people while learning so much about yourself. A truly unique and immersive cultural experience - living with the Achuar people of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Theirs is one of the world's most intact indigenous civilizations and the rainforest where they make their home is one of the most pristine primary forests. Be a part of real village life, daily traditions and sacred ceremonies! Soak up Quito, one of the most beautiful cities in South America - nicknamed 'the open air museum', then on to the Andean highlands to visit the Caranqui Quichau people before descending into the rainforest. 

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The Pachamama Alliance works tirelessly with the Aboriginal people of the Amazon to help save their environment and way of life. Their "programs integrate indigenous wisdom with modern knowledge to support personal and collective transformation that is the catalyst in bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet."

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(sample itinerary, subject to slight changes)

Travel Day

Roundtrip airport:  Quito, Ecuador
Accommodations:   Boutique Cafe Cultura

(Day 1: Quito to San Clemente)
Orientation meeting before heading north to the scenic Andean region of Otavalo. Artisan market displaying the crafts and culture of the Otavalan Quichua people. On to San Clemente,  an Indigenous-owned community-based project on the flanks of the Imbabura volcano. 
Accommodations: Host Family

(Day 2:  San Clemente )
Explore this unique community’s approach to agriculture.
We will hike a mountain forest hike to learn about native medicinal plants, 
the Andean cosmo-vision, a bonfire, followed by a cave cleansing ceremony!
Accommodations: Host Family

(Day 3: San Clemente to Puyo)
We leave the Andes and travel through the avenue of the volcanoes and the cloud forest
until we reach the gateway to the Amazon rainforest.
Accommodations: El Jardin

(Day 4:  Achuar territory in the ecolodge of Ti’inkias, deep in the rainforest)
We fly deep into the Amazon rainforest to the Achuar village of Chichirat and walk to the Bobanaza River for a beautiful canoe ride down to the village of Ti’inkias. Then we hike to the simple encampment built in traditional Achuar style that will be our home for the next three days and nights.
Accommodations: Open-walled structure, wooden platform bed, comfortable mat and mosquito nets.

(Day 5:  Achuar territory in the ecolodge of Ti’inkias)
Early morning dream sharing ritual with Achuar families followed by time in the village. Here they weave, make ceramic bowls etc.  In the afternoon, we’ll explore a beautiful black water lagoon in dugout canoes, swim in the natural pool close by the community, and have an Achuar feast from local foods!
Accommodations: same

(Day 6: Achuar territory in the village of Ti’inkias)
Morning class and then out on jungle walk to learn about medicinal plants, traditional forest
uses and the Achuar cosmology and spirituality. Later, a traditional ceremony
with an elder Achuar shaman. 
Accommodations: same

(Day 7:  Ti’inkias ecolodge to Kapawi ecolodge)
Then we head, by river, to the Kapawi Lodge. Great photo opportunities...but
the experience alone, is truly magical. Cocktail Critiques
Accommodations: Kapawi Lodge

(Day 8: Kapawi Ecolodge) 
Morning Class and then relax and edit, soak up the serenity of Kapawi. Then we head out onto the river to swim, float in kayaks or canoes with the option of fishing and mingling with the legendary pink
river dolphin if we’re lucky. Evening night walk.
Accommodations: Kapawi Ecolodge

(Day 9 : Kapawi to Llanganates , Ecuador)  
Fly to the small town of Shell and bus to Hacienda Manteles in the Patate valley of the Andes, 
with a view to the Tungurahua volcano. Cocktail Critiques
Accommodations: Hacienda Manteles

(Day 10:  Llanganates, Ecuador)
We hike into the nearby Llanganates National Park, cloud forest and waterfalls!
Accommodations: Hacienda Manteles

(Day 11:  Llanganates to Quito, Ecuador )
After lunch at Hacienda Manteles, we’ll drive back through the Avenue of the Volcanoes to Quito.

Accommodations: TBD

Farewell…we’ll miss you…Safe Journey!



MARCH 21 - April 2, 2020

Cost      8 Guests:    $5595 usd
              12  Guests:  $4695 usd

Arrival airport – Quito



camera equipment, waterproof hiking/walking boots, quick dry layered clothing, rain poncho, modest bathing suit.


THE ACHUAR PEOPLE OF THE PASTAZA RIVER: A glimpse into their rainforest world


Comfortable Lodge and Haciendas, along with traditional hut and home stays, some strenuous walking, jungle/bugs/wildlife, sun, mud, rain. 


*Price includes accommodations, instruction, meals, internal transport (bus & remote return flight deep into the rainforest). Does NOT include international airline tickets, tips to guides/drivers, alcohol, and participation in optional ceremony. 

When single room occupancy is available it will be an extra cost