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Itinerary

DAY 1 - ADVENTURE IN THE JUNGLE: TRAIL TO THE CEIBO, THE GIANT TREE

  • Welcome to Ricancie office

  • Departure by vehicle to the community

  • Accommodation in the rooms

  • Hike through the forest and visit the giant tree (2h)

  • Interpretation of medicinal plants

  • Visit Pajuyuk ("wise" in Kichwa)

  • Medicinal plants workshop

  • Medicinal treatment with infusion

  • Lunch

  • Confraternization afternoon

  • Ancestral hunting and survival techniques in the jungle

  • Blowgun practice

  • Kichwa workshop

  • Dinner

  • Rest

DAY 2 - CEREMONIES, DREAMS, AND CRAFTS

  • "Guaysa Upina" ceremony

  • Space for dream interpretation, legends, and history

  • "Pataka mikuna" ancestral breakfast

  • Visit the family gardens

  • Planting and harvesting activity

  • Lunch

  • Confraternization afternoon to get to know the local culture

  • "Chicha de yuca", typical drink elaboration

  • Handicraft workshop with natural fibers (pita) and clay

  • Kichwa practice with local families

  • Dinner

  • Cultural exchange night, music and traditional dance

  • Rest

DAY 3 - THE CAVE OF ELF

  • Breakfast

  • Jungle trekking

  • "Chuyan Supai Uktu" cave explore

  • Lunch

  • Homemade chocolate workshop

  • Visit Paikawa lagoon

  • Departure

What's included

  • Entry to the Community

  • Land and river transport

  • All meals

  • Native guide

  • Accommodation in the domes (private room and shared bathroom)

  • Hiking equipment (rubber boots)

  • National taxes

Exclusions

  • Insurance

  • Drinks and/or additional meals

  • Tips

Please note

  • It’s recommended to drink only the boiled water available in the dining room

  • To take pictures of people you should first consult the companion

  • Do not carry bladed or sharp weapons

  • Do not consume narcotic substances

  • Respect the local culture

  • It is forbidden to remove plants, seeds, and animals of the area.

  • Any type of question that may arise during the stay can be communicated to the community guide, and/or to the representant of the community project

  • The itineraries may be subject to changes for several reasons such as weather, passenger interest, among others

What to pack

  • Light clothes for walks

  • Bathsuit, caps, and glasses

  • Repellent

  • Camera

  • Lantern for night walks

  • Raincoat

Meeting point

Ricancie Office, Tena

Cancellation policy

Moderate: 
More than 7 days before: 100% 
Between 7 and 3 days: 50% 
Less than 3 days before: 0%

 
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