Amazon Travel Itinerary- By Day
October 12th to October 24th, 2018
October 12, Friday (Day 1):
International Flights arriving in to Quito, transportation to lodging at Hotel Vieja Cuba.
Depending on the time of your arrival there, you could explore or rest.
October 13, Saturday (Day 2):
Breakfast at Hotel Vieja Cuba.
We will have a meet and greet with Rosemary and our guide for the journey ahead.
From there we will take the bus towards the Imbabura Province, stopping at the Quitsato Project to learn about the Equator, its sundial and its importance to highlander cultures.
Lunch will be on the way to our visit to the Otavalo Market. This is a treasure trove!
Arrive late afternoon to San Clemente Community.
Each participant will have the incredible opportunity for an individual healing ceremony with San Clemente Yachak, Taita Elias. Yachak is the title for a ‘far seeing shaman/ elder’.
During our stay in San Clemente Community each participant will be assigned a host family. Staying with host families gives a deeper look at the community’s way of living, an opportunity to discover the value of Sumak Kawsay (Joyful Life) and feel the community’s connection to Pachamama (Mother Earth) and other community members. Three to four people will stay at each host family’s house.
Participants will have the opportunity to engage with family activities such as: grinding corn, preparation of food in the kitchen, animal handling, etc.
Each participant will have a traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner with the host family unless there is a scheduled communal meal or group activity.
October 14, Sunday (Day 3):
After breakfast, we’ll gather together learn about the native agricultural calendar. You may get to help plow a lot or get the soil ready for seeding!
Lunch, Pambamesa style! This is a Quechua word meaning ‘community meal’. We eat family style and use our hands to eat.
Afternoon activities will include a demonstration of traditional embroidery and a medicinal plant walk, where we learn about native plants and their uses.
We’ll have dinner with our host families and then attend a farewell celebration at the community center.
October 15, Monday (Day 4):
After breakfast the group will depart towards South East Ecuador.
We will travel through the Avenue of the Volcanoes to Puyo, stopping for lunch midway.
If the weather is clear, we will see the volcanoes: Antisana at 18,874 ft. (5,753mts.), Sincholagua at 16,069 ft. (4,898 mts.), Pasochoa 13,776 ft. (4,199mts.), Rumiñahui at 15,459 ft. (4,712mts.) and Cotopaxi National Park, the home of the tallest active volcano in the world at 19,347 ft. (5,897mts). This route allows us to see and learn firsthand about the Andean volcanoes.
We’ll arrive late afternoon to the town of Puyo located at the edge of the rainforest. Accommodations and dinner will be at Hostal El Jardín.
There will be a group discussion after we’re settled to debrief the San Clemente visit and Rosemary and our guide will talk about entering the Amazon.
October 16, Tuesday (Day 5):
After breakfast at El Jardín, we travel to the town of Shell, where we catch a plane for the one-hour flight deep into the Amazon Basin and Achuar Territory.
We will land in the community of Chichirota. Then we will hike towards the Bobonaza River, taking a motorized canoe to Tiinkias Community dock. This is a moderate level activity: mud, swamp and root walking through the Amazon for 2 hours.
We will have a box lunch on the river.
After arriving at Tiinkias Camp, there will be an introduction to the Tiinkias Project and a guided tour of the camp accommodations.
Dinner at Tiinkias Camp.
October 17, Wednesday (Day 6):
Starting early in the morning we’ll experience a Wayusa tea ceremony and dream sharing with Achuar elders.
The Achuar is a dream sharing culture. Every morning they wake early and share their dreams with each other. This is also a time where they teach the young people how to prepare food and make tools, and is a time to sort out any kind of disagreements or have negotiations.
Early breakfast at camp.
After breakfast we’ll hike to Wankanim Lake. There we will kayak, and do some wild life spotting.
We’ll have lunch and dinner at Tiinkias Camp, with ample time in between to debrief, journal, and explore.
October 18, Thursday (Day 7):
Fasting begins, however, breakfast is available for those who cannot fast.
No lunch- fast continues for ceremony preparation.
This is a low activity day of reflection and preparation for the evening ceremony and medicinal plant journey.
We will end the day with an optional Ayahuasca Ceremony led by the Achuar Shamans.
October 19, Friday (Day 8):
Breakfast at Tiinkias Camp.
We will have the opportunity to debrief and share our experience of the plant ceremony with the Achuar Shamans. There will be reintegration time to recover from our medicine journey.
We’ll visit the Achuar community learn about their culture and share a feast.
There may be time for swimming in the river. There is a good chance you’ll be able to swim with pink dolphins found in the river!
Dinner at Tiinkias Camp, and prepare for departure the next morning
October 20, Saturday (Day 9):
After an early breakfast, there will be time to prepare for our departure from the Amazon.
We will then journey out of the Amazon rainforest, traveling by canoe and small plane back to Shell.
Once we’re on the ground, we’ll drive back to our accommodations at Hostal El Jardin.
The evening can be spent resting, doing laundry, and/ or reintegrating.
October 21, Sunday (Day 10):
Breakfast at El Jardin.
After breakfast and laundry delivery we will drive back into the highlands up towards Salasaca Community.
Lunch at town of Baños
Dinner and overnight at Runahuasi Family Stay family home of Alonso Pilla.
October 22, Monday (Day 11):
After breakfast we will visit Alonso Pilla Weaving Center where we will be shown traditional ancient textile weaving techniques. We will have an opportunity to purchase Alonso’s textiles which are very beautiful.
Lunch at Salasaca Community.
We will celebrate our journey with local food and music.
Overnight at Runahuasi Home Stay.
October 23, Tuesday (Day 12):
After breakfast we will start our drive through Papallacta’s high grasslands, which house the famous Papallacta hot springs. Keep an eye out for the endangered Andean Condor!
We will visit the Papallacta hot springs and enjoy relaxing massages, with plenty of time to soak in the healing medicinal waters.
We will end our night in Papallacta with dinner and a small ceremony to honor our journey together.
October 24, Wednesday (Day 13)
Begin our airport journey home!