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Medicine for the Modern World

Go beyond eco-tourism with a transformative travel immersion to the Amazon Rainforest.

An Invitation to Journey to the Heart of the World

In 1995, a call issued forth from the heart of the natural world was heard thousands of miles away by a small group of people in the modern world. That summer, in a remote village in the rainforest, these two worlds came together, and the Pachamama Alliance was born. Since then, we have been in partnership with the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin of the Ecuadorian Amazon, enabling a profound and unique connection between two worlds.

Our indigenous partners have invited us to visit and learn from them so that we may carry their wisdom and message home and share their dream of a thriving, just, and sustainable world. Join the Pachamama Alliance on a life-changing journey to the Sacred Headwaters of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador.

Download our free E-guide series, by New York Times bestselling author and Pachamama Alliance Co-Founder John Perkins, as our gift. You’ll discover the magical secrets of the Amazon and get more information related to our immersive journeys:

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A Closer Look

Discover the Amazon, Discover Yourself

Andes
(Photo by Julie Hall)

Your Journey Begins

Meet your fellow journeyers in the highlands of Ecuador and prepare to venture into the unknown. In the next 24 hours, we will descend through the Avenue of the Volcanoes and traverse through the cloud forest and Pastaza River Canyon. It is here that we will prepare to fly into the heart of the natural world.

Amazon Jungle

Enter the Amazon

Where we are heading cannot be reached by road or boat, so we will take to the sky for a breathtaking plane ride with views of lush, virgin rainforest as far as the eye can see. Breathe deeply—the air in this region is more oxygenated than any you’ve ever breathed before. Welcome to the lungs of the planet.

Blow Gun

Meet the Keepers of the Natural World

As we descend into this pristine paradise, meet its keepers—an ancient lineage untouched by conquest, their warrior spirit still intact. These are not warriors of destruction, but the fiercely loving protectors of the forest and its inhabitants. Experience firsthand a people who are immersed in nature, connected to something deeper than what the rational mind can perceive.

Blow Gun
(Photo by Andy Isaacson)

Ancestral Traditions and Ceremonies

We are invited to participate firsthand in the daily traditions and sacred ceremonies that have maintained these cultures for thousands of years. This may vary from ceramic making, blowgun practice, or work in the gardens, to waterfall purifications and ancient shamanic ceremonies. The indigenous people of this region are masters at reading dreams, and offer us pre-dawn dream sharing rituals where the spiritual and physical, night and day, magically converge.

Kapoc Tree

Connect with Pristine Nature

Learn from the native people how they live interdependently with the forest and work with its plants for food, medicine, and shelter. When the spirit of nature is maintained in its healthy, thriving state, the Achuar people say that Arutam—the power of the forest—is alive. To be in the presence of a forest whose spirit is intact is a uniquely visceral and enlivening experience. A place exotic and far from the familiar begins to surprisingly feel like home. An ancient memory of nature-based living, stored in our very DNA, becomes awakened. You begin to feel, remember, and experience life through every sense. Your deepest self emerges, the one you’ve been waiting and yearning for.

Kapoc Tree

Surrender to the Mystery

Every journey is unique. Each group has its own special bond. There is a deep sense of magic and wonder in the rainforest that reveals itself in mysterious ways to journeyers. We invite you to join us on this one-of-a-kind immersion into the heart of the world.

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    Visit the Achuar owned and operated Kapawi lodge (Photo by Jason Bayless)
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    Enjoy delicious locally sourced food
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    Hand-made artisan crafts at an indigenous village market
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    Traditional Amazonian face painting (Photo by Julie Hall)
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    Blow gun practice
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    Encountering a giant Kapok tree on a rainforest hike (Photo by Julie Hall)
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    Ceremonial Healing Hut in Naku (Photo by Julie Hall)
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    Practice traditional ceramic making
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    Navigating Amazonian tributaries in dugout canoes
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    Standing together with our indigenous partners (Photo by Julie Hall)

Testimonials

“The Rainforest trip was THE most liberating experience I have ever had in my entire life. I’m free. This journey changed my life completely.”

Trea Yip, Business owner and philanthropist, Dallas, TX

“This is the journey of a lifetime, one I will repeat. I have been on many learning journeys throughout my life. I feel as if they were all leading to this one. It was awesome, in the highest sense of that word. I was awed, humbled, inspired and embraced by the experience.”

Cherie Clark, Troy, NY

“I can’t think of an experience that would parallel my trip with the Pachamama Alliance. It is simultaneously entertaining, relaxing, and transformational. Furthermore, the trip is structured and led in such a way that I never had to think about what I was going to do next, which really allowed me to be in the present with those around me.”

Eric Lanigan, St. Louis, MO

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Join the Next Intro Call

Facilitated by Journeys Program Director, David Tucker, who has led hundreds of travelers on dozens of journeys over the past 19 years.

David Tucker
On the 1-hour call David will:
  • Introduce the profound, life-changing experience of being with our indigenous partners in the Amazon
  • Share about the powerful journey offerings in the North
  • Describe what you will experience on a journey
  • Answer your questions

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Upcoming Journeys

The experience is thoughtfully curated, making your time as seamless as possible—freeing you to focus fully on the transformative experience. Join us one one of these unforgettable immersions.

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Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST

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E-Books

Pachamama Alliance Co-founder and New York Times best-selling author John Perkins, shares the most important and relevant indigenous wisdom he has gathered over the past 40 years. Having spent decades studying with shamans around the world, John has come to understand how indigenous wisdom can be the key to creating a thriving and fulfilling future for the planet.

Download these three mini-ebooks today and step into the heart of the forest with us.

Frequently Asked Questions

When you travel with us on this experiential learning adventure, you’ll benefit from 20 years of familiarity with the land, culture, traditions and people. Our itineraries are thoughtfully organized and skillfully curated, making your time in Ecuador as seamless as possible and freeing you to focus fully on the experience.

  • How do I register?
    You can register online or by downloading a registration form (PDF) and faxing or mailing it. A $500 deposit holds your space. See full payment and cancellation policy.
  • When and where should I arrive/depart?
    Your experience with Pachamama will begin and end in Quito, Ecuador and participants make their own flight arrangements. The dates of your journey include travel dates both into and out of Quito. While it is fine to arrive and depart on the specific travel days, we do recommend that you arrive one or more days early to rest and acclimate to the altitude of the Andes. It also ensures that possible travel delays do not hold you up from joining the group on time. After the journey is complete, some participants find it helpful to have a day or two to integrate the experience in Ecuador before heading back home.
  • What ages travel with you?
    Our trips have included travelers from age 8 to over 80. Family, children and teens are welcome and in our experience have made great additions to groups, adding a multi-generational touch and perspective.
  • Are vaccinations required?
    While the Center for Disease Control recommends certain vaccinations, neither Ecuador nor Pachamama Journeys require any vaccinations to enter the country. Some of our participants choose to pursue the full spectrum of vaccinations, while others choose not to have any. Please consult with your personal physician or local travel clinic for advice on your specific needs.
  • What about malaria?
    Since malaria is found in the rainforest region where we travel, we require that each participant take an antimalarial preventative medicine. The most effective allopathic medicine with the least amount of side-effects that we’ve encountered is called Malarone. Herbal remedies such as those with Artemisia (wormwood) and Black Walnut can also be a good option. Again, please consult with your personal physician for advice on your specific needs.
  • Is it advisable to bring gifts for our hosts?
    While gift giving is a generous and common practice throughout the world, we are trying to minimize our impact on the cultures and territories we visit. And due to the shared nature of indigenous society, giving gifts to individuals can disrupt the balance of the community. Certain unplanned acts of generosity that emerge organically on the journey are natural, but please do not burden yourself or our indigenous partners with lots of ‘stuff’. The biggest gift for them is your presence and partnership.
  • What does the payment include?
    The cost of the trip includes meals, double accommodations, transportation, guides and equipment within Ecuador. It does not include international air travel to and from Quito, gratuities, or optional activities such as shamanic experiences. Dates, prices, and itineraries are subject to change.
  • What is the weather like in the highlands and rainforest?
    The weather in Ecuador is fairly consistent year-round since it straddles the equator. In the mountains, temperatures can reach the upper 60′s to low 70′s during the day and drop to the low 50′s – 40′s at night. In the rainforest, the daytime temperature is typically in the upper 70′s to low 80′s with humidity and in the evenings it can drop to the low 60′s. Because we are in primary forest with lots of canopy and rivers, the heat is less intense than most expect. In our experience, rainy seasons are highly unpredictable and don’t necessarily correlate with accuracy to a specific time of year. As we will be entering the rainforest, you can expect some rain and it will not adversely impact activities on the trip.
  • How many people are in one of your groups?
    We generally have from 10-15 participants on our journeys, with a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 18 to maintain intimacy. While some participants have experience with group travel, for many this is their first time. And a consistent highlight for most participants is the connections and experiences they share with their fellow travelers.
  • Will I need a visa to enter Ecuador?
    For North American or European travelers, a visa is not necessary to enter Ecuador, though you will need a passport that is current for six months following your date of entry into Ecuador (VERY IMPORTANT). If it is not, you must renew it before departure or otherwise be denied entry. For travelers from other countries, please check with you embassy.
  • How do I know if this experience is right for me?
    We trust that people are called to this experience and go when the time is right. If you would like support in looking to see if this is the right experience and timing, please contact Pachamama Journeys Director, David Tucker, who has been leading groups and overseeing this program for nearly two decades. He is very familiar with the unique opportunity of the journey and the potential it has to offer. Our Travel Coordinator, Pat Jackson, has supported hundreds of travelers prepare logistically for this experience and is available to offer any assistance. Most importantly, trust your heart.
  • What is the cancellation policy?

    A $500 deposit per person is required to hold a reservation ($250 is non-refundable). In the event you cancel:

    • 6 weeks or more before departure: your entire payment will be refunded less $250
    • Between 6 weeks and 30 days before departure: 50% will be refunded
    • 30 days or less before departure: No refund will be granted

    Pachamama Journeys reserves the right to cancel a scheduled journey at any time. In the event that your journey is cancelled, your full payment will be refunded to you.

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Pat Jackson

We're here to answer your questions and support your Journey. Pat markets and facilitates traveler’s participation in Pachamama’s journeys to the rainforest of Ecuador and supporting each person in realizing their personal goals for the journey.