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Rainforest Itinerary 2010

November 4 ~ 15, 2010 Women’s Journey to the Rainforest

Embracing the Divine Feminine

Achuar woman painting a hand crafted chicha bowl in rainforest of Ecuador near Kapawi Eco-lodge

Achuar woman painting a hand crafted chicha bowl in the pristine rainforest of Ecuador near Kapawi Eco-lodge

Join us on a sacred journey of the heart to the womb of the Mother.  This journey will be steeped in ceremony and ritual.  

Thursday, November 4: Group arrives in Quito and sleeps at the charming hotel, Casa Sol. 

Friday, November 5:  Breakfast together at Casa Sol with introductory meeting. Drive in chartered bus to Otavalo stopping along the way at the equator and a bird rescue sanctuary.  Check into beautiful El Monastero de Cusin Inn and explore the area, hike in Andes.  

Saturday, November 6: Visit renowned Andean indigenous artisan market seeing crafts and culture of the Quechua people. Visit with revered indigenous shaman for healing and purification ceremony.

Sunday, November 7: A beautiful drive descending the Andes through the Valley of the Volcanoes stopping at sites of interest along the way. The journey completes at the waterfall laden Pastaza River Canyon, the gateway to the Amazon rainforest. Evening discussion circle about entering the rainforest at your hotel, El Jardin.

Monday, November 8:  Breakfast and drive a few miles to the small airport at Shell to fly 40 minutes into the heart of the Achuar rainforest territory arriving in an Achuar village where we will take a short motorized dug-out canoe ride to the Kapawi Eco-Lodge & Reserve. The Lodge has won many eco-tourism awards, most recently being named by National Geographic Explorer as one of the top 50 eco-lodges in the world. After lunch we will hike around the Lodge with our Achuar guide. Dinner and rest.  

Tuesday, November 9: Early morning dream sharing ceremony with the Achuar in a nearby village followed by the sharing of the traditional beverage, chicha, and conversation with Achuar families to learn about customs and culture.  Free time for reflection, rest in hammock, swimming, bird watching, etc.

Wednesday, November 10: Morning forest hike with Achuar guide to learn about medicinal plants and Achuar cosmo-vision. Visit Achuar village for overnight experience. Receive traditional Achuar greeting. Spend time with community members learning about Achuar daily life and then some contemplative time with the rainforest in preparation for participating in an ancient shamanic ceremony that evening with an Achuar elder shaman.  Sleep in the village.

Thursday, November 11: Morning visit to river for a swim, debrief meeting with the shaman. A cultural exchange (feel free to bring small instruments, songs and dances for sharing) followed by a traditional Achuar feast. Return to Kapawi for rest, journaling, etc., then time on the river for floating, swimming and/or fishing.

Friday, November 12: Early morning bird watching. Depart Kapawi by motorized dugout and fly 40 minutes to Shell where we will be met by our bus with your luggage and drive on to Banos and your hotel Luna Runtun high in the Andes in the cloud forest of Tungurahua volcano. Relax with spa treatments, massage, steam.

Saturday, November 13: Relax and soak in the natural beauty of the mystical Langanates National Park. Optional massages, hiking, horseback riding, time for reflection.

Sunday, November 14: Morning powerful closing circle overlooking Mt Tungurahua. Drive to Quito and return to Casa Sol. Farewell dinner and celebration in Quito.

Monday, November 15: Departures

Travelers are encouraged to arrive a day or two early in Quito to acclimate, rest and relax at Casa Sol. Reservations and airport transfer can be made easily on Casa Sol’s website,

Sponsored by The Pachamama Alliance and led by Robin Milam and Kathleen McIntire.

Trip Price $2,775


Note: The cost of the trip includes all expenses within Ecuador (food, double accommodations, travel, guides and equipment) but does not include air travel to and from Ecuador or gratuities. Dates, prices, and itineraries are subject to change. 

 *Itinerary is subject to change