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Rainforest Itinerary

Highlands – Tiinkias – Kapawi – Highlands

October 29 to November 10, 2011

Saturday, October 29th: Arrival. Group meets at hotel Casa Sol in Quito.

Sunday, October 30th: We’ll have breakfast and an introductory meeting together and then head north in a chartered bus to the scenic indigenous Andean region of Otavalo, stopping at the equator along the way. Arrive at the Otavalan indigenous owned and operated community-based project, San Clemente, at the base of the sacred Imbabura volcano. Enjoy a communal Andean feast, followed by hiking and cultural activities with the community. Evening accommodations with local indigenous families.

Monday, October 31st: Breakfast with indigenous families followed by a trip to the artisan market displaying the crafts and culture of the Otavalan Quichua people. Afternoon visit with Quichua elder shaman for a healing and purification ceremony. Evening accommodations with indigenous families at San Clemente.

Tuesday, November 1st: After breakfast and farewells with our indigenous families, we’ll embark on a beautiful drive descending the Andes through the Avenue of the Volcanoes, stopping to visit Pachamama Alliance’s Quito office for an important briefing on the geo-political context and work happening with our indigenous partners we’ll be visiting in the rainforest. Continue on to the town of Banos where we’ll spend the evening.

Wednesday, November 2nd: Early morning soak with locals in the volcano-fed hot pools the town is named after. Descend the Andes through the waterfall-laden Pastaza river canyon, the gateway to the Amazon rainforest. Arrive in the town of Shell where we’ll take a 45-minute flight deep into the Amazon rainforest and the Achuar village of Chichirat. Receive a traditional Achuar greeting, including the sharing of their staple manioc beverage, chicha. A short motorized canoe trip will take us down the Bobonaza river to the village of Tiinkias where the traditionally constructed, community-based rustic lodge is located.

Thursday, November 3rd: Time in the village to learn about Achuar daily life and customs. Hike through the verdant forest to a pristine black water lagoon. Explore the lagoon in dugout canoes searching for birds and other wildlife, absorbing the tranquil yet vibrant surroundings. Spend some quiet and contemplative time in the rainforest. In the evening, there may be an invitation to participate in a traditional ceremony with an elder Achuar shaman.

Friday, November 4th: Open time for swimming in the river, conversing, etc. We’ll participate in a cultural exchange (feel free to bring small instruments, songs and dances for sharing) and be treated to a traditional Achuar feast. Depart by motorized canoe for a 3-4 hour relaxing river journey to Kapawi Ecolodge, taking in the magnificence of the forest from the water. Sleep at Kapawi.

Saturday, November 5th: Enjoy some free time to reflect on experiences in the village, rest in the hammock, explore the self-guided trail or simply enjoy the peaceful environment of Kapawi. Afternoon hike with our Achuar guide to learn about medicinal plants and the Achuar cosmo-vision.

Sunday, November 6th: Participate in an early morning dream sharing ritual in a nearby Achuar village. Visit with families to learn about the Achuar culture and their beliefs. Share in cultural activities with community members. Float and swim on the Capahuari river back to Kapawi Lodge in kayaks or canoes with the option of fishing – mingling with the legendary pink river dolphin if we’re lucky. Evening night hike with Achuar guide.

Monday, November 7th: Morning bird and animal watching. Depart Kapawi and fly to the small town of Shell where our bus will take us to the cozy and inviting Hacienda Manteles in the Patate Valley of the Andes, with sweeping vistas of the magnificent Tungurahua volcano. Relax and enjoy the verdant cloud forest surroundings and gourmet food.

Tuesday, November 8th: Free time for rest, reflection, hiking to nearby waterfalls; immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the enchanting Llanganates National Park. Late afternoon/evening Awakening the Dreamer Symposium – a powerful inquiry and discussion that will deepen the context and meaning of our journey, having just been with the indigenous people who inspired the Symposium’s creation and purpose.

Wednesday, November 9th: Group gathers for a trip completion circle, then we drive back through the Avenue of the Volcanoes to Quito and hotel Casa Sol. Enjoy our final celebration dinner together at a local restaurant.

Thursday, November 10th: Departures

Itinerary is subject to change

We invite you to consider giving yourself a day or two before and/or after the journey for acclimatizing, resting and integration. Reservations for Quito hotel and airport transfer can be made at Casa Sol’s website,